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FMT Signs on for Another Eastern Towboat

Photo courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced that Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. of Mandeville, La. exercised one additional 90’x32’x10’ Canal Class Inland Towboat to the five vessel program currently under contract. On August 5, 2014, Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. signed the sixth vessel and with this additional towboat brings the total to sixty-one (61) vessels contracted. This option vessel adds one more towboat that will be constructed from the design furnished by Gilbert Associates, Inc. of Boston, Mass. This series of towboats originally began with a 25-vessel contract with on-time deliveries starting in 2006. It has expanded to become the largest single builder single owner new construction program of the same class towboat design in United States history. Installed in each new vessel will be Tier 3 main propulsion engines and generators. The vessel is powered by two Caterpillar 3512C Tier 3 diesel engines rated at 1,500 HP at 1,600 RPM provided by Louisiana Power Systems. The reduction gears are direct coupled Twin-Disc Model MG-5600 with a 6.04:1 reduction supplied by Sewart Supply, Inc. of Harvey, Louisiana. Electrical power is provided by two (2) 99kW John Deere 4045AFM85 99KW Tier 3 generator sets rated for 60 Hz, at 208 VAC provided by Kennedy Engine Company of Biloxi, MS. These diesel engines comply with the current EPA/MARPOL control of emissions of nitrogen oxides from marine diesel engines.


Owner May Limit Liability for Master’s Negligence

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled that the owner of a tug may limit its liability for damages resulting from negligent navigation of the tug by its master. In the instant case, plaintiff’s new gaming vessel was proceeding up the Mississippi River to its homeport. It was not far behind a large towboat, also headed upstream. Defendant’s towboat was headed downstream pushing concrete barges. The master on defendant’s towboat arranged for a two-whistle passing of the


Horizon to Build USACE Towboat

M/V George Grugett, delivered to the U.S. Army Corps in August, 2013

Horizon shipbuilding, Inc. announced that it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Little Rock District, to build the M/V Shorty Baird Replacement, a 95' Z-drive towboat. This is the latest of three recent USACE contracts, having delivered the M/V George Grugett, a 114' towboat, in August of this year and the M/V General Irwin, a 58' towboat, in April 2012. Horizon owns and operates two shipyard facilities in Bayou La Batre, Alabama


Collision on lower Mississippi River

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Press Release stating that on February 10, a towboat pushing seven barges collided with a freighter on the lower Mississippi River near Donaldsonville, Louisiana. The towboat and one barge sank. The crewmembers were rescued. The freighter incurred minor damage. Light pollution has been observed. The incident is under investigation. Source: HK Law


Seabulk Intl. Finalizes Sale of Inland Barge and Towboat Fleet

Seabulk International has completed the sale of the inland barge and towboat fleet of its Sun State Marine Services, Inc. subsidiary to Colonial Towing, which is a subsidiary of Colonial Group, Inc. of Savannah, Ga. The proceeds from this sale, which amount to approximately $3.8-million will be used by Seabulk to pay down debt.


Conrad Wins $8.9M Towboat Contract

Conrad Industries, Inc. won an $8.9 million contract by the United States Army Corps of Engineers to design and build a 144-ft., 3,300-hp, ABS-Classed welded steel towboat. When delivered, the vessel’s primary mission will be the support of the MAT Sinking Unit revetment operations on the Mississippi River for the Vicksburg District of the United States Army Corps of Engineers


Mississippi River Closes After Towboat Accident

The Coast Guard has closed the Upper Mississippi River on Sunday from mile marker 130 to 144, to all vessel traffic due to a towboat accident which resulted in one sunken barge and 6 others damaged. The towboat John Paul Eckstein, lost power and ran its 25 barge tow into a dock near mile marker 144, approximately 20 miles above St. Genevieve, MO. As a result of the accident, the tow broke apart and all 25 barges were set adrift. All of the barges, except one were recovered.


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


Bisso Towboat Launches Reverse Z-Drive Tractor Tug

Cecilia B. Slatten, launched in late December at Main Iron Works, Inc., is the new reverse Z-drive tractor tug for Bisso Towboat Co. Inc. The 4,300 hp tug was built exclusively for ship-assist work on the Mississippi River. A pair of Aquamaster US 2001 Z-drives that are powered by twin EMD 16-645-E6 diesel engines, each producing 2,150 hp at 900 rpm, will drive the tug. Electrical power will be supplied by two 75 kW generator sets powered by two GM 6-71's.


Loose Lips Sink Ships…and Careers

Randy O’Neill

Valuable Lessons Learned – the Hard Way.   Unfortunately, vessel collisions on America’s busy (but too often overlooked) inland waters have been a fact of life for a very long time. With towboats, barges, ferries, oceangoing vessels and recreational vessels all jockeying for position in limited space, many collisions, and even more near misses, are bound to happen. And while, thankfully, most of these incidents involving professional mariners do not lead to suspension and


MN 100: AEP River Operations

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16150 Main Circle Drive, Suite #400 St. Louis, MO 63017 Tel: (636) 530-2100  Email: info@aepriverops.com Website: www.aepriverops.com President: Keith Darling The Company: Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, AEP River Operations is a barge company offering service in the


Kirby Reports Record Q2 2014

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Record 2014 second quarter earnings per share of $1.31 compared with $1.11 in the 2013 second quarter, which included a $0.07 benefit due to the reduction of the United earnout liability.   2014 third quarter earnings per share guidance range of $1.30 to $1.40 compared with $1


Master Marine Delivers Z Drive Towboat

Master Marine delivered its first 2,000 hp Z Drive inland river towboat (Photo courtesy of Master Marine)

Master Marine, Inc. delivered its first 2,000 hp Z Drive inland river towboat last month. The towboat represents the first vessel (Entech Design) of this series by the yard. Master Marine said it has not been as active in the past years building towboats as the other yards in the area


Horizon Delivers 4th 74’ Towboat for Canal Barge Co.

MV Jane Merrick: Photo credit Horizon Shipbuilding

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, AL, has delivered the fourth in a series of 74’ towboats to Canal Barge Company, Inc. of New Orleans, LA.    The Jane Merrick is 74’ long with a 32’6” beam and an 8’6” draft


Nation’s Vessel Operators Join EPA as SmartWay Affiliate

Tom Allegretti, AWO President & CEO

The American Waterways Operators, a 350-member trade association representing the U.S. tugboat, towboat and barge industry, announced today that it joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership, an innovative collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and stakeholders in the


MTU Powers Fleet of Inland Waterway Towboats

Installing new MTU engines has improved Southern Towing’s fuel consumption and maneuverability.

Industry-leading Ironmen diesel engines power four new builds and two repowers in Southern Towing’s inland waterway fleet MTU, the specialist for propulsion and power systems for ships and commercial marine equipment, has been selected by Memphis-based Southern Towing Company to power six


AWO Congratulates Jaenichen on MARAD Confirmation

Paul “Chip” Jaenichen: Photo credit AWO

The American Waterways Operators, a 350-member trade association representing the U.S. tugboat, towboat and barge industry, has offered its congratulations to Paul “Chip” Jaenichen on his successful Senate confirmation as U.S. Maritime Administrator.


River Towboat Pair Order for Gulf Island Fab

Towboat: Photo courtesy of Gulf Island

Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc. (GIFI) informs that through its subsidiary Gulf Island Marine Fabricators, L.L.C., it has signed a contract for the fabrication of two 8,000 bhp twin screw diesel-engined river towboats. Revenue backlog and man-hours associated with this project will be reported in


Horizon Delivers 140’ Towboat for FMT

Photo: Horizon Shipbuilding

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Alabama, has delivered the seventh 140’ towboat for Florida Marine Transporters (FMT). The vessel is named for FMT’s long-time Captain Phillip Box. The M/V Capt. Phillip Box was launched in April


Frank Morton Elected AWO Chairman

The members of the American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association representing the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, elected a new slate of leaders during AWO’s Spring Convention recently held in Washington, D.C. Frank Morton, Director, Turn Services LLC


Blessey Marine Growth Continues With Cummins-powered Pushboats

 Erin C Grenon

  Over the past decade Blessey Marine has coasted on a growth curve taking delivery of a large number of Cummins-powered pushboats for their inland fleet. The vessels are sized to share a common versatility with the draft and horsepower to work both the shallower waters of the Intracoastal


AWO Celebrates 70th

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The American Waterways Operators celebrates its 70th anniversary as a trade association, founded on May 20, 1944, to advocate for towboat and barge operators in response to changing national transportation needs and the new regulatory climate emerging during World War II


Eastern Shipbuilding Delivers Tug, Launches PSV

Launch of PSV Bravante Vlll

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. says it has delivered the tugboat M/V JAMES DALE ROBIN to Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. of Mandeville, LA. and not long before that christened and launched the Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) M/V BRAVANTE VIII for Boldini S.A., BRAVANTE GROUP of Brazil.


Continental Refining Expands Diesel Offering

Photo: Continental Refining Company

Continental Refining Company Now Processing Low Sulfur Marine Diesel T90-700 and Completes Upgrades to Receive Transmix for Finished 500ppm LM Diesel Fuel Production; CRC Expands with Two New Niche Market Product Offerings that Serve Marine Users and Help to Prevent Bottlenecks in the U.S


Ingram Barge to Participate in EPA’s SmartWay

Ingram Barge Company announced its participation in the new Barge Freight component of the SmartWay Transport Partnership, a public-private partnership between the U.S. Government’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the country’s leading private industry freight carriers and






 
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