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Conoco To Build New Towboats

Conoco is building four new towboats with innovative safety, environmental and design improvements that set new standards for the inland towing industry. "We are raising the bar for towboat design, machinery and marine systems by constructing American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) class boats," said Karen Stacey, director of Conoco domestic marine. "The four new boats will have double-hulled fuel tanks to reinforce safety and environmental protection." Contrary to the name, towboats actually "push" cargo barges along the Intracoastal Waterway and major rivers. Conoco's inland marine fleet of seven towboats and 14 barges made more than 600 voyages last year, hauling over 21 million barrels of crude oil and refined products "The four new generation boats will replace older assets to enhance our productivity and reinforce our commitment to respecting the environment," said Rick Oshlo, Conoco vice president and general manager, supply and trading, materials and services The new towboats, being built by Orange Shipbuilding of Orange, Texas, will have safety enhancements such as CO2 extinguishing systems, fuel shutdowns, fire detection systems and fire fighting systems. Environmental upgrades will include main propulsion engines that are compliant with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions standards.


Three Groundings Cause Closure of Mississippi River

Investigators are working to determine the cause of three separate accidents that occurred along the river on Thursday. The 140-ft. towboat Capt. Russell Simpson ran aground at about 40 miles south of Helena, Ark., at mile marker 626.1. The towboat was pushing 25 barges of dry cargo at the time of the accident. The river wa closed between mile marker 623.1 and 628. The 200-ft. towboat Robert A. Kyle ran aground on Thursday, about 15 miles north of Rosedale, Miss., at mile marker 595


ConocoPhillips to Christen Towboat

Later this month, ConocoPhillips will christen a new towboat and, in the process, set higher standards for safety, environmental and design improvements within the inland towing industry. Antonio Valdes, general manager of ConocoPhillips’ marine division says, the new towboat is more capable and efficient, as well as reinforce environmental awareness. The ceremony christening Spirit which received classification from the American Bureau Of Shipping (ABS) will be held at Brady’s Landing in


USCG Towboat Licensing Rules Are Still Pending

The saga of the USCG modification of the towing licensing rules continues. On Oct. 27, 2000 the USCG delayed by six months the implementation of the new towboat licensing requirements published November 19, 1999. They were to go into effect on Nov. 20, 2000. As you may recall, these rules make far reaching changes to the licensing system for towing vessels. They completely split towboat license off from the rest of the maritime licensing system


Florida Transporters Orders Four Additional Eastern Towboats

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is announced that Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. of Mandeville, La. exercised an additional four 90’x32’x10’ Canal Class Inland Towboats. On January 23, 2013, Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. signed the 56th vessel that is currently under construction and with these additional four towboats brings the total to 60 vessels contracted. This ongoing option contract adds four more towboats that will be constructed from a common design furnished


Driving the Inland Waterways

Eastern Thunderbolt  Towboat Proposal Profile

Propulsion evolves, improves and powers forward in the inland markets. And, Z-Drive propulsion is the future. In a white paper released late in 2014 by The Shearer Group, Ed Shearer and Greg Beers outlined The Next Generation of inland vessels, what will drive design changes and the advantages of azimuthing stern drives – or ‘Z-Drives,’ for short. The authors point out that, until recently, towboats on all the inland waterways and Gulf Coast have traditionally been built


Conoco Cuts Steel on Innovative Towboats

Conoco is building four new towboats that purportedly offer innovations in safety, environmental interaction, as well as design improvements that Conoco claims will set new standards for the inland towing industry. "We are raising the bar for towboat design, machinery and marine systems by constructing American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) class boats," said Karen Stacey, director of Conoco domestic marine. "The four new boats will have double-hulled fuel tanks to reinforce safety and


Kirby Q2 2009 Results

Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX) announced net earnings for the second quarter ended June 30, 2009 of $33.7 million, or $.63 per share, compared with net earnings of $40.3 million, or $.74 per share, for the 2008 second quarter. Kirby's published 2009 second quarter guidance range was $.52 to $.62 per share. Consolidated revenues for the 2009 second quarter were $272.7 million compared with $348.3 million reported for the 2008 second quarter.


Wärtsilä Dual-Fuel Technology for River Towboats

The Mississippi River and other inland rivers of the United States are home to several thousand towboats. They are vital carriers of goods and materials, and an important element within the country's overall transportation system. Current and future environmental restrictions on emissions are creating the need for a new “greener” design for these vessels. Wärtsilä and Ship Architects, Inc., USA, are cooperating to develop a new environmentally sound towboat concept


Rodriguez Towboat For Mid-River

Dianna Lynn (Photo courtesy of Rodriguez Boat Builders)

Over the years, Rodriguez triple-screw shallow-draft towboats have won a following in the shallow waters of the Mississippi River estuary. Many of these boats are the distinctive aft-cabin Lugger-type of vessel. Recently Mid-River Terminals of Osceola, Ark. has taken delivery of a new design towboat from Rodriguez. With a conventional forward-house pusher configuration, the new 70- by 30-foot MV Dianna Lynn utilizes the same propulsion as the Lugger tugs


Master Marine Delivers Z-drive Towboat to Marquette

St. Bartholomew (Photo: Master Marine, Inc.)

Marquette Transportation Co. has taken delivery of a new 2,000-hp Z-drive towboat from Master Marine, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala.   The 78' x 34’ x11' vessel, St. Bartholomew, was designed by Entech Designs, La. for Marquette’s river division, based in Paducah, Ky.  


Tidewater Christens 2 New Towboats

Photo: Tidewater Transportation and Terminals

The two newest inland river towboats in Tidewater Transportation and Terminals’ fleet, Granite Point and Ryan Point, were christened during a late afternoon ceremony Saturday, June 11 at Vancouver Landing in Vancouver, Wash.   After Deacon Tim Dooley from Portland’s Holy Family


US Coast Guard Tows in Disabled Fishing Boat

The 86-foot fishing boat Buzzards Bay is pictured prior to being towed by Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane, Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 50 miles northeast of Cape Cod. Buzzards Bay became disabled due to a main engine failure. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The 86-foot fishing vessel Buzzards Bay, which became disabled with five people aboard 50 miles northeast of Cape Cod, was towed in by U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane on Tueday.   Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England were notified by the captain of the Buzzards


Conrad Shipyard Forms LNG Business Unit

Conrad LNG Vice President Brett Wolbrink (Photo: Conrad Shipyard)

Conrad Shipyard has formed a new business unit focused on LNG projects.   Conrad, builder of North America’s first LNG bunker barge scheduled for 2017 delivery, said it continues to actively pursue other LNG opportunities, including developing designs for additional transport barges


No Need to Change Tug Workers’ Hours -Study

File photo

The American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, hailed a study conducted for the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine which concludes that “[t]here is currently no


AWO Hails DHS Subchapter M Approval

Thomas A. Allegretti, AWO President & Chief Executive Officer

Regulations Now in Final Stage of Administration Review. The American Waterways Operators, the national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, hailed the Department of Homeland Security’s approval of the U.S. Coast Guard’s rule to establish an inspection


7th Z-drive Towboat from Master Marine

ST PHILLIP Photo Master Marine

In February, Marquette Transportation Co. took delivery of a new 2,000-hp Z-drive towboat from Master Marine, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Alabama. The 78'x 34’x11' St. Phillip was designed by Entech & Associates, for Marquette’s Gulf-Inland division, based in Harahan, La.


Gulf Island Delivers Towboat to Marquette Transportation

MV Loree Eckstein (Photo: Gulf Island Shipyards)

Gulf Island Shipyards, LLC recently delivered the second of a three-vessel new build program for Marquette Transportation Company of Paducah Kentucky. The M/V Loree Eckstein, named after John Eckstein’s wife, was delivered on February 18


Intracoastal Waterway Reopened after Tug Crash

A Coast Guardsman from the Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur stands at the edge of Black Bayou Bridge observing a damaged fender after it was hit by a boat that lost steering March 7, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Jennifer Andrew)

The U.S. Coast Guard has removed restrictions for Intracoastal Waterway traffic near the Black Bayou Bridge in Lake Charles, La. The waterway was restricted when a part of the bridge's fendering system was struck by a tug that lost steering with three barges Monday night.


Kirby Buys Seacor’s Inland Tank Barge Fleet

Photo: Kirby Corporation

 Kirby Corporation has agreed to purchase the inland tank barge fleet of SEACOR Holdings Inc. from subsidiaries of Seacor for approximately $88 million in cash. The asset purchase will consist of 27 inland 30,000 barrel tank barges and 13 inland towboats, plus one 30


Ingram Barge Company Makes Repower Push

Photo: Ingram Barge Company

Ingram Barge Company selects GE Marine Solutions Tier 4 technology to repower three towboats   An Ingram Barge Company pilot lives on the water, pushing cargo while navigating the more than 4,500 miles of the U.S. Inland Waterways. When Ingram needed to repower their M/V CRYSTAL D


Waterways Are the Greenest Way to Go

Photo courtesy of AWO

In celebration of Earth Day 2016, The American Waterways Operators (AWO) and Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) released a fact sheet highlighting the many environmental and energy efficiency benefits of our nation’s waterways.    Among them, Did You Know...  


AWO, Stakeholders 'Barge In' at Capitol Hill

American Waterways Operators discuss U.S. jobs, vessel discharges and national security with members of Congress during annual Barge-In. (PRNewsFoto/American Waterways Operators)

American Tugboat, Towboat and Barge Industry Urged Support for American Jobs, Vessel Discharge Reform, and Waterways Infrastructure.   Members of the American Waterways Operators, the national trade association representing the tugboat, towboat and barge industry


American Waterways Operators Elects Chairman

Jim Farley, Corporate Vice President - Industry Relations, Kirby Corporation, is named Chairman of the Board of the American Waterways Operators, the national tugboat, towboat and barge industry association. (Photo: American Waterways Operators)

The members of the American Waterways Operators, the national trade association representing the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, elected a new slate of leaders during AWO's Spring Convention held recently in Washington, D.C.   James F


Eastern Delivers 63rd Towboat for Florida Marine

M/V Lawrence Campbell (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivered the M/V Lawrence Campbell (Hull 193) on April 12, 2016, the 63rd 90-foot inland towboat to Florida Marine Transporters, LLC of Mandeville, La., continuing its ongoing newbuild program.   It was in early 2015, when Florida Marine Transporters






 
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