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Barging Right into LNG


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. 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?


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

Fairmount Glacier

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


  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

Crowley Transports Panama Canal Gate

Panama Canal Gate

  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

Photo: Ingram Barge Company

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

MOL's Barge Terminal in Bangkok

Photo MOLs Barge Terminal

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced the signing of a Joint Venture Agreement with SahaThai Terminal Co.,Ltd., a container terminal operation company in Thailand, to establish a new barge terminal operation company in Bangkok. The new company, called Bangkok Barge Terminal Co., Ltd. (BBT), will have its head office in Bangkok. Due to shallower water depth at the Bangkok river port, Laem Chabang port which locates about 90km downstream has become the main gateway port of

Asia-Europe Box Rates Plunge 28 pct

CMA CGMs Marco Polo at sea (file image)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe plunged by 27.9 percent to $295 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ending on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.

Lightering Operations Begin for Sunken Lake Barge

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Thomas McKenzie

Lightering operations has begunn for the  tanker barge Argo sunken in Lake Erie as Unified Command responders took advantage of a favorable weather window, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.   The first of Argo’s eight tanks are being tapped and offloaded

ESL Shipping to Enter the Renewable Energy Market

Photo: ESL Shipping Ltd

 ESL Shipping and AB Fortum Värme have signed an agreement for biofuel transport. The agreement provides ESL Shipping with access to the renewable fuels transport market. The company's transport operations to the new Värtan Energy Port in Stockholm will commence at the end of this

SSAB, Aspo ESL Shipping Pact On Sea Transport

Image: SSAB

 The global steel company SSAB and Aspo Group’s ESL Shipping Ltd have signed a long-term frame agreement covering sea freight for SSAB’s inbound raw material sea transport within the Baltic Sea and from the North Sea.  

Maritime Transport and Climate Policy at a Critical Juncture: UNCTAD Report

Image: Marine Vectors

 ​As the global community commits to the new Sustainable Development Goals and gears up for a new international climate policy agreement, the UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport 2015 highlights the role of freight transport, including maritime transport

Ingram Wins EPA 2015 SmartWay Excellence Award

 Chuck Arnold, Ingram’s VP of Business & Strategic Development

Ingram Barge Company was honored today with a SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a true industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency.   “We’re so proud to be an industry leader in environmental

Heavylift Vessel Brings 22 Damen Vessels to Rotterdam

Photo courtesy of Damen

BigLift Shipping’s heavy-lift vessel Happy Star arrived in the Port of Rotterdam bringing with her Damen’s largest transportation of stock vessels to date; a total of 22 vessels.   Included in the Damen transport are two Fast Crew Suppliers 2610, one ASD Tug 2310

VOOPS: Venice Offshore Onshore Port System

An artist’s rendering of the completed VOOPS project offshore port.  (Image credit: Venice Port Authority)

Building the Venice Offshore Port   The New York Times once called Venice “undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man.” But as beautiful as Venice might be, it is still a port city struggling to compete in a global economy

Mega Maritime: Heavy Lift for FPSOs


When the Dockwise Vanguard was conceived, Dockwise, part of the Boskalis Group, had a vision for a new market - transporting the world’s largest cargoes, including FPSOs (floating production storage and offloading vessels). It hasn’t taken the vessel

Responders to Refloat Grounded Tug and Barge

The tugboat, Peter F Gellatly and barge, Double Skin 504, sit grounded near East Beach after high winds pushed it from Bolivar Roads Anchorage, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. j.g. In Choi)

Responders are working to remove a grounded seagoing tug and empty tank barge Monday, after the vessels became beached near East Beach on Galveston Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard announced. The Peter F Gellatly and barge Double Skin 504 ran aground after drifting from anchorage and across the

ABS to Class US' First LNG Bunker Barge

ABS has been selected to class an LNG bunker barge under construction at Conrad Orange Shipyard, Inc, a division of Conrad Shipyard, LLC, for WesPac Midstream LLC and Clean Marine Energy LLC (CME), the classification society announced.  

Cargo Ship Collides with Barge in Corpus Christi Harbor

The Ocean Freedom, a 480-foot cargo ship, is connected to a moored Kirby Inland Marine barge after a collision in the Corpus Christi Inner Harbor Thursday. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Gordon Bellinger)

An allision between a 480-foot cargo ship and barge occurred Thursday night in the Corpus Christi Inner Harbor. The U.S. Coast Guard and state and local partners are responding.   The Coast Guard launched a Station Port Aransas 45-foot response boat and crew after receiving a call reporting

Ministerial Round Table at Felixstowe Port

Shipping Minister Robert Goodwill MP (centre left) discusses transport-related issues with business leaders at the Port of Felixstowe

  Transport Minister Robert Goodwill MP has taken part in a round table discussion with transport leaders from the ports, road, rail freight and shipping industry at the Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Britain.   Mr Goodwill’s responsibilities at the Department for Transport

Mammoet to do Heavy Lifting for Sasol Project

Jacques Stoof, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Mammoet Courtesy LinkedIn

  Mammoet awarded heavy lift and transport engineering contract for ethane cracker and derivatives complex Westlake, Louisiana - Mammoet, the world’s largest service provider specializing in engineered heavy lifting and transport

Operations Continue for Sunken Lake Erie Barge

A responder labels a sample of product for analysis extracted from the Lake Erie Barge Argo Nov. 9, 2015. Photo USCG

Salvage operations for the sunken tanker barge Argo in Lake Erie continue as the Unified Command proceeds with plans for product recovery. Crews will start prepping the first tank this week for “hot tapping” operations. Actual lightering operations will not occur until later in the

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