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Barging Right into LNG

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A raft of new and innovative concepts for LNG barge missions hits the market, in North America and across the pond, as well. Industry gears up for the soon-to-come need for bunkering, infrastructure and LNG-related logistics.   In 2014, innovation – as it turns out – means new ideas for the (previously) boring subject of marine barges. It also means LNG. Paired together, LNG and barges are giving naval architects, global classification societies and the operators of a new generation of LNG-powered tonnage something to think about. That’s because the final link of the push to move to dual fuel and/or LNG-powered commercial vessels involves infrastructure. Some early stakeholders are ramping up shore infrastructure to meet the coming demand for bunkers. Others are planning – and  building – barges to accomplish the task. And, since it never really has been done before, the design task faces many challenges. Spending time and money on a design that no one, to date, has agreed to pay for, represents a real leap for some smaller naval architecture and design shops. The idea of an LNG bunker barge also entails a new area for classification societies, the IMO and of course, the U.S. Coast Guard. And yet, spec designs are emerging and their creators, looking for customers. Most that already have customers aren’t yet willing to talk about it, but that doesn’t prevent the ideas from making a splash in the trade news


Boskalis Extends Container Port at Panama Canal Entrance

Boskalis extends container port at Panama Canal entrance Dredging company Royal Boskalis Westminster has won a contract for the extension of the container port of Balboa, Panama, at the Pacific mouth of the Panama Canal. The work is expected to be completed in 15 months. The contract is worth approximately $67.1m. The project will be executed for Panama Ports Company S.A., a member of the Hutchison Port Holding Group of Hong Kong


Need a Heavy Lift?

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Fairstar is an interesting new player in the Heavy Lift Market. MarineLink.com recently spoke with Mario Kerssens, Sales & Marketing Director, to discuss the company’s strategy and mission. MarineLink: Fairstar Heavy Transport is new to the heavy lift market. Can you give to me a brief company background, as well as share the general philosophy of the company? MK: In 2005 a company stocklisted on the Oslo Bors was established as vehicle to convert two of the world biggest heavy


Can Fracking Waste be Carried on the Water?

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The barging industry has the answer. It’s nowhere near as complicated as it seems. As shale gas production continues to ramp up across the United States, millions of gallons of wastewater is created through the process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. That waste, referred to as shale gas extraction wastewater (SGEWW), or frack water, needs transport to storage and reprocessing facilities around the U.S., including disposal sites in Louisiana, Texas and Ohio


Pipelayer Towed from Genoa to Rotterdam

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Tug Fairmount Glacier has towed pipelay-vessel Castoro Sei to Rotterdam, the Netherlands, from where the vessel will start her seasonal activities on the North Sea. The Fairmount Glacier hooked-up with Castoro Sei in Genoa, Italy.   The Castoro Sei is a 28,000 ton DWT 152 meters long semi-submersible pipelay-vessel operated by Italian Saipem. For her towage from Genoa towards Rotterdam the Fairmount Glacier was mobilized from Las Palmas. The convoy reached Gibraltar within six days


Antwerp Port Showcases Barge Transport Initiatives

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  Each week more than 915 barges call at the port of Antwerp carrying project cargo, containers and dry and liquid bulk to and from northern France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Keeping this barge traffic flowing smoothly requires efficient collaboration between all partners in the chain. Over the past few years this collaboration has led to the development of various digital tools that all share the same goal


Bay Shipbuilding Wins Contract

Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, a subsidiary of The Manitowoc Company Inc., has been awarded a contract to build two 521-foot long tank barges. The contract includes options for two additional vessels. The contracts were issued by U.S. Shipping Partners, a leading provider of long-haul marine transportation services. The company provides transport for refined petroleum and chemical products. The barges are scheduled for delivery in 2008


VMS To Christen Halter-Built ATB

Crowley Maritime's Vessel Management Services, Inc., will christen the first of four Articulated Tug-Barge (ATB) tank vessels this year in New Orleans on Thursday, April 25. The vessels to be christened are the 9,280-hp tug Sea Reliance and the 155,000-barrel barge 550-1. Intrepid Ship Management, a subsidiary of Marine Transport Lines, will charter the Halter Marine-built ATB from Vessel Management Services and operate it


Crowley Transports Panama Canal Gate

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  Crowley Maritime Corp.’s heavy lift barge 455 4 successfully delivered the first in a series of new gates for the ongoing Panama Canal expansion. Crowley is scheduled to help transport all eight of the gates involved in the Pacific side lock expansion of the Canal – a project that when coupled with the Atlantic side expansion will create a new lane of vessel traffic and double the waterway’s capacity.


Spotlight on Intermodal River Transport

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Ingram Barge Company’s towboat, the M/V Miss Shirley, arrived at America’s Central Port in Granite City, Illinois, transporting containers via barge as part of a demonstration to show the viability of intermodal river transportation.   “Currently our nation’s highways and railways are operating near full capacity, while our inland waterways are vastly underutilized,” said Dan Mecklenborg, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Ingram Barge Company


Transport Ministers Summit Kicks off in Germany

Key topics of this year’s summit will be centered on transport and climate change as a milestone to the COP 21 climate change conference in December 2015.   The Annual Summit of transport ministers from around the world will take place in Leipzig, Germany from May 27-29, 2015


European Ports Identify Their Priorities

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European ports are real “multitaskers”: they combine different functions ranging from gateway to the world, nodes in the transport chain, hotspots for Europe’s industrial activity, safe and secure shelters, the link between Europe’s peripheral regions and islands to the


Snarled in Traffic, Intermodal Answers Include the Water

Joseph Keefe is the lead commentator of  MaritimeProfessional.com.

It was just last month that the (challenged) Keefe family packed up the SUV and set out for a little bit of spring break fun, mixed in with a college visit for my son, who will be a senior in high school next Fall. The decision to drive was, in part


New Bridge Unveiled for US Pushboats

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New pushboat bridge unveiled for USA Inland Shipping Expo JRC and Alphatron Marine will introduce a new pushboat bridge concept dedicated for the American river and inland waterways.   Harnessing 25 years of European inland waterways experience


BP Shipping Marks its 100th Year

The 32,000 ton British Victory leaving the fitting wharf.  HMS Hermes on the left and HMS Majestic in the distance.

  BP Shipping today celebrates its 100-year anniversary, making it the longest continually operating company in the BP group. Formed on April 30, 1915 as the British Tanker Company, the business has adapted to significant world events including two world wars, the Great Depression


VT Halter Launches Barge for Bouchard Transportation

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Bouchard Transportation Co., announced the launch of Barge B. No. 270, the first of two Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) units constructed by VT Halter Marine, Inc., a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc.   The barge was launched at the Pascagoula Shipyard Operations in Pascagoula


Dredger Conversion and Upgrade

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Dredge Yard, a company specialized in dredging and mining components, equipment and technologies, shares insight  into the upgrading of equipment, modification of dredging system and conversion of existing vessels into dredgers.   


Sixth Season of Hudson River Dredging Begins

After an area has been dredged of contaminated sediment to the EPAs standards, clean backfill is transported on a barge by a tug boat. The backfill replaces dredged sediment and maintains the natural contours of the riverbed. (Photo: EPA)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck announced the start of the sixth, and final, season of dredging of PCB-contaminated sediments from the bottom of the Hudson River. The historic dredging project – one of the largest and most complex cleanups in


FSV Group Acquires Damen Barge for Aquaculture

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  FSV Group, the Norwegian operator of specialised vehicles for maritime operations, has taken delivery of a customised 41-metre Damen barge which will provide a range of services to the Norwegian aquaculture industry. This sector is currently expanding strongly as demand for farmed fish


Seminar Highlights Freight Liability in Russia

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International freight insurer TT Club convened a special seminar at the recent conference on transport and logistics, Trans Russia in Moscow.  Lead by TT Club’s General Manager, EMEA, Kevin King and Kirill Berezov from the insurer’s long-established Russian network partner


USS Cairo: Crew Safety and Fleeting Efficiency

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Over that past 15 to 20 years there has been a revolution in U.S. ship docking tugs. Larger container ships and tankers made obsolete the conventional single and twin propeller tugs that could serve either line haul or ship docking functions


UK Welcomes New Shipping Minister

UKs new Shipping Minister Robert Goodwill. Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

Robert Goodwill, MP for Scarborough and Whitby, has been named as the UK’s new shipping minister. As Shipping Minister, he will have responsibility for completing the Maritime Growth Study. Earlier he was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport on Tuesday


Hamburg’s Seaborne Cargo Throughput Up in Q1

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The Port of Hamburg handled total throughput of 35.6 million tons (up by 0.1 percent) in the first quarter of 2015. Bulk cargoes at 11.7 million tons (up by 12.3 percent) and container transport between the port and its hinterland at 602,000 TEU (up by 11


Damen Workboat Delivered to Green Marine

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Marine operations company Green Marine Energy Support Services, based in Stromness, Orkney, took delivery of a Damen Multi Cat 2712 workboat for its offshore wave and tidal activities, the builder announced.   The vessel’s first job was laying the moorings for and towing Green


HMC Helps Fine-tune Damen Offshore Carrier

Damen Offshore Carrier (Image: HMC)

Damen Shipyards has presented a new shipping concept to the market: the Damen Offshore Carrier (DOC) is specifically designed as a smaller heavy transport vessel suitable for offshore installations.   In cooperation with Damen, independent engineering and consultancy organization HMC






 
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