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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


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


Eastern to Build 4 Towboats for IWL River

Image: ESG

IWL River, Inc., a Impala Terminals Colombia affiliate, and Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) on May 20, 2015 signed a contract for the construction of four 134-foot ABS Classed Inland River, Triple Screw Towboats each with a Retractable Pilothouse (ESG Hulls 243-246), the shipbuilder announced.   According to Eastern, this inland towboat design and detailed engineering is being provided by CT Marine of Portland, Maine.  


FMT Options for another Towboat from Eastern

Photo courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding Group

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announce that Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. of Mandeville, La. exercised another additional 90’x32’x10’ “Canal Class” Inland Towboat to the six-vessel program currently under contract. In September 2014, Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. signed the seventh vessel and this additional towboat brings the total to 62 vessels contracted. Three of the now seven towboats have been delivered to Florida Marine since February 2014


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


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.


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.


MN100: Tidewater Transportation and Terminals

(Photo: Tidewater Transportation and Terminals)

The Company: Nearly 85 years ago, Tidewater pioneered commercial transportation on the upper Columbia Snake River system and opened up one of the nation’s most isolated regions to global markets. Today, Tidewater Holdings is comprised of Tidewater Barge Lines, Tidewater Terminal Company


MN100: Patterson Manufacturing, Inc.

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The Company: The Patterson Company provides a full product line for an array of industries – from winches to ratchet turnbuckles to tensors and beyond. Every day, Patterson seeks out new ways to improve its products through innovative teamwork with customers and partners throughout every


MN100: The Shearer Group, Inc.

(Image: The Shearer Group, Inc.)

The Company: The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) designs inland towboats and barges, with a focus on the inland sector. Inland barges built to TSGI designs number in the thousands, along with a myriad of towboat, dry dock and other specialty designs


MN100: Karl Senner, LLC

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The Company: Karl Senner, LLC is the exclusive North American distributor and service provider of Reintjes Marine Transmissions, Steerprop Azimuth Thrusters and EPD Electrical Systems. The firm supplies robust, industry-proven marine propulsion systems; all backed by an experienced


MN100: David Clark Company Inc.

(Photo: David Clark Company Inc.)

The Company: David Clark specializes in providing communication solutions for high-noise environments. The firm’s noise-attenuating headset systems are used worldwide in applications where clear communication is critical. All products are made in the USA at a 250


MobileOps Pursuing Maritime Business

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Redmond, Wash. based MobileOps, Inc., a software company specializing in the design and development of maritime software applications (dispatch, safety, compliance, vessel maintenance, timecards and analytics), has recently reformed and is now pursuing further business development within the tug


MN100: Conrad Shipyard

Johnny Conrad (Photo: Conrad Shipyard)

The Company: Conrad Shipyard was established in 1948 and is headquartered in Morgan City, Louisiana. The company designs, builds and overhauls tugboats, ferries, liftboats, barges, offshore supply vessels and other steel and aluminum products for both commercial and government markets


MN100: Reintjes GmbH

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The Company: Founded in 1979, Reintjes GmbH is an independent propulsion technology company that manufactures thousands of gearboxes annually. More than 90,000 units have been supplied to customers worldwide. Over time, Reintjes has expanded its product portfolio of marine gearboxes for engine


MN100: Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.

(Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.)

The Company: Eastern’s original shipyard was established in 1976 for the purpose of constructing commercial fishing boats for the company’s founder and President, Brian R. D’Isernia. By 1980, 26 commercial fishing vessels had been constructed and delivered


MN100: Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc.

(Photo: Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc.)

The Company: Thrustmaster builds a complete line of Z-Drive azimuthing thrusters from 500 HP to 4,000 HP for the inland towboat industry specifically designed to endure the demanding conditions when operating in brown water. Using Z-Drives on towboats results in substantially improved fuel


Eastern Launches Towboat for IWL River

Impala Puerto Salgar (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has launched the second vessel in a series of four new inland river towboats for IWL River, Inc. The newly built vessel, Impala Puerto Salgar (Hull #244), was launched on August 2, 2016.   The series of CT Marine designed 134 ft


MN100: Master Marine, Inc.

Photo: Master Marine

The Company: Master Marine has provided excellent marine repair and new construction services for over 55 years to all marine sectors. Equipment includes one 750-ton floating dry-dock (152’ x 46’) inside the wing walls and one 220-ton Marine Travel lift for servicing inland and


MN100: Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc.

Photo: Horizon Shipbuilding

13980 Shell Belt Road Bayou La Batre, Alabama 36509 Telephone: (251) 824-1660 E-mail: llemcool@horizonshipbuilding.com Website: www.horizonshipbuilding.com CEO/President: Travis Short   The Company: Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. is located on the Southwestern coast of Alabama


Master Marine Delivers Z-drive Towboat to Marquette

St. Matthew (Photo: Master Marine)

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


AWO to Hold Subchapter M Info Sessions

File photo: Eric Norcross

The American Waterways Operators (AWO) will hold Subchapter M information sessions open to both members and nonmembers at its summer regional meetings in Portland on August 10, in Pittsburgh on August 17 and in New York on August 24.  






 
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