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Waterway Reopens after Barge Sinks

The U.S. Coast Guard has reopened a portion of the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge after it was partially closed due to a barge that sank Monday. A portion of the river had been closed to commercial deep-draft traffic after a deck barge sank November 11. The search for the sunken barge was conducted using sonar surveys by vessels from the Army Corps of Engineers as well as contracted vessels. At 1 p.m. Tuesday, the barge was found outside the navigable channel, and that portion of the Mississippi River was reopened to all traffic. The Coast Guard is working with the owner of the barge to develop a salvage plan for the safe removal of the barge. No pollution or injuries have been reported, and the Coast Guard is continuing its investigation to determine the cause of the incident.  

Sunken Barges to be Monitored

The Department of Ecology (Ecology) and U.S. Coast Guard agreed on a plan to continue monitoring two sunken barges in Elliott Bay, after divers found no leaking oil yesterday. A diving team hired by Ecology made three dives to inspect the unidentified barges, located a half-mile off Seattle's Magnolia Bluff on a slope under 80 to 105 feet of water. Ecology received a report about the wrecks late last month from the People for Puget Sound environmental organization

Sunken Drydock Blocks Shipping Channel

A Louisiana shipping channel used to supply crude oil to two big Gulf coast refineries has reopened to most ships but very large vessels may still not be able to get through, the U.S. Coast Guard reported on Monday. A sunken drydock has been blocking the shipping channel in the Calcasieu River, just north of the Intracoastal Waterway, since Tuesday, preventing deepdraft vessels, such as crude oil tankers, from passing through the area

T&T Bisso Salvages Tug

The 600 ton capacity D/B BIG T, owned by T&T MARINE SALVAGE of Galveston, Texas, and the 700 ton capacity D/B CAPPY BISSO, owned by BISSO MARINE of Houston, Texas, were used to make a tandem lift of a 105-ft. sunken tugboat in Port Arthur, Texas. T&T BISSO initially responded to the sunken vessel with the GEORGE T, a salvage support barge used for the diving survey and rigging operations. Once the diving survey and salvage rigging phases were complete

Original Stealth Ship Sold for Scrap

Photo courtesy of Federation of American Scientists

Once-classified Navy stealth ship 'Sea Shadow' has been sold to an Alameda shipyard for scrapping The $2.5 million bid from Bay Ship & Yacht Co. won the federal government auction. The firm was interested not so much in the space-age stealth ship but the barge that houses it, which will be converted into a drydock, reports 'The Sacramento Bee'. Sea Shadow was built in 1985 by Lockheed Martin in Redwood City, under contract with the U.S. Navy, for a price of $50 million

Update: Crews Examining Discharge from Sunken Barge

Discoloration on Lake Erie from an unknown source as seen from the air from an overflight conducted by crews from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, Oct. 24, 2015. The discoloration was believed to be emanating from a nearby sunken barge. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Marine Safety Unit Toledo)

Crews continue to investigate a reported discharge of an unknown substance from the site of a sunken barge near Kelley's Island Shoal in Lake Erie, Monday. The Unified Command, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Ohio EPA, is continuing to take all necessary actions to ensure the safety of the public and the environment, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a press release. At 9:30 a.m., members of the Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team and a crew from Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio

Wreckage in Gulf Poses Problems

Many unmarked marine hazards listed in the Coast Guard's latest Local Notice to Mariners, such as missing oil platforms to sunken boats to unidentified debris fields have been reported in the weekly updates since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita swept through the GOM oil patch. Even as some wreckage is located and cleaned up, more lost and sunken platforms -- or pieces of them -- are being discovered and reported to the Coast Guard every week.

Falmouth Coastguard Searches for Missing Crew

Falmouth Coastguard is coordinating a major air and sea search and rescue operation following the capsize and sinking of a French fishing vessel today, 14 miles South by West of Lizard Point in Cornwall. At 12.40pm this afternoon, Falmouth Coastguard received a distress alert from the fishing vessel ERIDAN reporting that they had seen another fishing vessel capsize and sink and subsequently Falmouth Coastguard received a distress alert from an Emergency Positioning Beacon (EPIRB).

T&T Bisso Refloats Sunken Tug

Photo courtesy T&T Bisso Marine

T&T Bisso refloated a tugboat that sank in the Houston Ship Channel. The company used the C/B Curtis T to prepare the sunken tug for lifting after its dive team recovered the body of a missing crewmember onboard the vessel. The vessel then was lifted to the surface by a derrick barge and dewatered. The 56-ft tug sank with five people aboard near the Sims Bayou turning basin. The other four crewmembers were rescued by nearby refinery workers.  

McKinney Chooses Mitsubishi

latest addition to the towing fleet is the new Mac Andrew McKinney

For more than 40 years, McKinney Companies has served the Gulf petroleum and dry cargo industries from its headquarters on the Mississippi River and Intracoastal Waterway.  The latest addition to the towing fleet is the shiny new Mac Andrew McKinney.  To power the push boat, they turned to Laborde Products to supply an S12A2 Mitsubishi engine rated 940 hp at 1,940 rpm. "We wanted a Tier II diesel engine with hydraulic governor," said Andy McKinney, VP of operations

Towing Industry Safety: AWO & USCG Joint Analysis … By the Numbers

Source: USCG

For 16 years, the National Quality Steering Committee has used three measures to track overall trends in safety and environmental protection. While not all-encompassing, the measures are considered to be useful indicators of towing industry trends. The measures are:

Death Toll Hits 73 in Myanmar Ferry Disaster

The death toll in a Myanmar ferry sinking has reached 73, authorities said on Friday, as they wrapped up a week-long search and rescue operation for survivors and prepared to launch an inquiry into the cause of the disaster. Marine accidents are common in Myanmar

Changing Spill Risk in a Changing Arctic Landscape

Dagmar Schmidt Etkin

Industry analyst and environmental consultant Dagmar Schmidt Etkin, PhD, takes a hard look at a rapidly shifting operational landscape in the Arctic. Always an honest broker of information, Etkin tells it like it is.    Oil spill risk is present anywhere that oil is present in

C&C Marine and Repair Delivers Double Skin Tank Barge

Photo: TSGI

The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) announced the completion of a 200’ x 35’ x 12’ double skin tank barge.    TSGI was contracted by C&C Marine and Repair, LLC to provide contract design services. The barge is the first of a series of double skin tank barges that will

Powerful New ATBs for Vane Bunkering

Photo courtesy of Cummins

The bold blue “V” logo emblazoned on the green-banded white stack continues to proliferate on American waterways. Vane Brothers Company has been expanding its fleet with new construction. Recently the marine transportation company announced a contract for three ATB tugs to be built at


(Image: NABRICO)

The Company: From the design of barge accessories and deck fittings to the day-to-day commitment to customer service, NABRICO is one of the most highly respected names in the water transportation industry. NABRICO started building bridges in 1902 and built its first piece of floating equipment

Conrad Wins Army Corps Crane Barge Contract

 Profile of USACOE Crane Barge to be built by Conrad at its Morgan City Shipyard. (Image: Conrad)

Conrad Shipyard won a contract to build a Crane Barge for the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The 300 x 68-ft welded steel barge is to be used in floating crane service by the Corps’ Rock Island District in support of its maintenance mission on the inland navigation system

Little Rock Port Authority Reports August Shipping

Total barge tonnage through the Port of Little Rock in August was 57,000 net tons.  Dock activities continue to compare favorably to calendar year 2015 as Logistic Services, Inc. has handled 347 barges during the first half of 2016 year and 560

Dukane-Seacom Selects VDR Beacon Distributor

Dukane-Seacom has awarded Mackay Marine a worldwide distributorship for its voyage data recorder (VDR) acoustic beacons. These devices are attached to a ship’s VDR and activated in the event a vessel is submerged, after which the beacon will be the primary signal locator for a sunken ship

Great Lakes Launch Hopper Dredge Ellis Island

The Ellis Island prior to launch Photo Great Lakes

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation announced today the successful launch of the Ellis Island, the barge component of its Articulated Tug & Barge (ATB) hopper dredge currently under construction.  The launch occurred on September 30

GP Group Expands Antwerp Bunker Operations

(Photo: Gulf Petrochem Group)

UAE based global bunker supplier Gulf Petrochem Group is now offering physical bunker supply in the port of Antwerp, Belgium from its existing office in Rotterdam, the Netherlands with immediate effect.    The new offering will cater to the group’s global customers and provide

Foss Maritime: Hard at Work in the Arctic

Glacier Wind in Cook Inlet (Image courtesy of Foss Maritime)

As the oil industry awaits a much-needed rebound, Foss Maritime’s robust presence in the Arctic region underscores its commitment to the region, the environment, and a business plan that looks ahead to the next chapter.   Reports of the death of commercial Arctic activities have been

Coast Guard Sets Port Condition Whiskey in NC

Image: National Hurricane Center

The U.S. Coast Guard is urging mariners and members of the maritime community across North Carolina to prepare for Hurricane Matthew as Condition Whiskey is set for North Carolina Waterways.   The Captain of the Port (COTP) has set Condition Whiskey for all waterways in the North Carolina

Skipper Fined for Dumping Trash at Sea

A barge skipper has been fined £500 and more than £2,000 in costs, after pleading guilty to dumping trash at sea, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.   On the morning of May 26 this year, the barge Beta was traveling from Exmouth to Plymouth

VOS Start Equipped with Barge Master Gangway

Photo: Vroon

Vroon has  announced that walk-to-work vessel VOS Start is to be equipped with the brand-new Barge Master Gangway.   This unique combination will enable safe and efficient transfer of personnel and cargo. The Barge Master Gangway incorporates an access tower with elevator

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