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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, located on a 100' wide channel with an 18' dredged depth. The builder said it can manufacture ships, bots and barges up to 300' in length, as well as other steel fabrication. Horizon's workforce consists of 400 full-time management, engineering and production personnel. Horizon manufactures in three media (steel, aluminum and fiberglass) for a customer base which includes various U.S. government agencies, offshore boat companies and inland river operators. horizonshipbuilding.com  


MTNW Completes Project for USACE

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MTNW Completes USACE St. Louis District Dust Pan Dredge Mooring Monitoring Project for US Army Corp of Engineers. Measurement Technology NW’s Mooring Line Monitoring System Retrofits US Army Corp Dredge Potter. Measurement Technology NW (MTNW) announces successful implementation of its running line tensiometer technology with the US Army Corp of Engineers Dredge Potter. MTNW collaborated with C&J Offshore and Ockerman Consulting to ensure the mooring line monitoring project was


MDC to Repair USACE Dustpan Dredge

The Marine Design Center (MDC) of the USACE is set to provide the dredging modification and repairs to Hurley - a USACE dustpan dredge. Measuring 300 ft. with a beam of 58 ft. and a depth of 12 ft., the vessel's light displacement is 2,100 tons. Comprised of steel and welded construction, the dredge was built in 1992, and is operated by the Memphis District USACE. Hurley's dredging ladder will be extended with intentions of replacing the existing ladder


USACE Puts New Tug to Work

The USACE has put 59 ft. inland river towboat Davenport, built by Marine Builders, Utica, Ind., to work on the Upper Mississippi River system. The new steel-hulled vessel was designed by the USACE Marine Design Center, and is equipped with a galley and crew's quarters with accommodations for four. Davenport's primary duties include pushing rock barges and derrick boats, working year-round on the Mississippi River between Lock and Dam 10 and Lock and Dam 22


Bids Requested for Barges

The Marine Design Center (MDC) of the USACE intends to acquire four new inland river-style barges to serve the Pittsburgh District, in support of the Maintenance and Repair Mission on the Inland Rivers System. The first barge shall be 190 x 54 x 12.5 ft., and will be used as a floating platform for a king-post mounted Seatrax crane, which will be furnished to the successful bidder as Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) after contract award.


BHGI Wins USACE Naval Architecture Contract

Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. awarded contract for naval architecture and marine engineering services for the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Marine Design Center   Naval architecture and marine engineering firm Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) informs it was awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for naval architecture and marine engineering services for the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Marine Design Center.  


USACE Hires Team for Lock Mitigation

The USACE, New Orleans District has hired a team to help implement a $33 million Community Impact Mitigation Plan for Industrial Canal lock-replacement in New Orleans. The team members include: · Gregory C. Rigamer & Assoc., Inc. (GCR), Metairie, the prime contractor · Metro-Source L.L.C., New Orleans · College of Urban and Public Affairs, University of New Orleans · Habitat for Humanity, New Orleans The amount of the contract with GCR is for $612,915


USACE Earns Safety Award

A record low accident rate and a command-wide emphasis on safety helped the USACE earn the 1998 Chief of Staff of Army's Major Army Command (MACOM) Safety Award. USACE, one of only two commands to earn the 1998 award, has earned it three of the past four years. The award recognizes the continued improvement of the USACE safety record in FY 98. In FY 98, there were no accidental federal employee fatalities during normal duty hours, and only 470 lost-time injuries and illnesses


SC Ports Authority Container Volume Up 13%

Photo: SC Ports Authority

Today SC Ports Authority announced 13 percent year-over-year increases in container volume through the first quarter of the 2015 fiscal year. SCPA handled 150,790 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in September, up 13.4 percent over the same month in 2013. Container volumes are 10.3 percent ahead of plan for the fiscal year, which began in July. From a calendar year perspective, TEUs  are up 11.5 percent over 2013 levels.


Shipping Season Opens on the Mississippi

M/V New Dawn broke through Lake Pepin ice overnight and locked through Lock and Dam 2 around 7:45 a.m. on March 25 (Photo by Pamela Niebur)

First tow marks unofficial opening to Mississippi River navigation season   M/V New Dawn arrived at Lock and Dam 2 near Hastings, Minn. Wednesday morning, marking the unofficial opening of the 2015 shipping season on the Upper Mississippi River, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).   The USACE St. Paul District recognizes the first tow to arrive at Lock and Dam 2 as the unofficial start of the navigation season because it means all of its locks are accessible to


Biloxi Industrial Seaway Closed Due to Landslide

(U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The U.S. Coast Guard closed the Biloxi Industrial Seaway in Gulfport, Miss., due to a landslide, Saturday.   The Biloxi Industrial Seaway in the vicinity of the Lorraine Bridge is closed to all traffic.   The USCG said it was notified at approximately 5:20 p.m


Vessel Draft Restrictions Lifted at Oregon Inlet, NC

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) informed it has lifted restrictions and enforcement of the regulated navigation area Thursday at Oregon Inlet between Bodie and Pea Islands.   The captain of the port for Sector North Carolina lifted vessel draft restrictions and enforcement of the regulated


USACE Soo Lock Bulkheads Delivered

Photo: Moran Iron Works

Moran Iron Works, Inc. (MIW) was contracted to fabricate, galvanize and deliver two bulkheads for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Detroit District for installation in the Soo Lock Complex located in Sault Sainte Marine, Michigan.   


Jasper Ocean Terminal Budget Approved

Georgia and South Carolina port authorities to each contribute $1.25 million to Jasper Ocean Terminal’s 2016 budget   The Jasper Ocean Terminal (JOT) board of directors met earlier this week to solidify a budget and work plan for FY2016 as well as review work completed during the 2015


IRPT: Missouri River Showing Progress

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Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals (IRPT) has anounced  the newly formed working group “MO River Basin – Navigation Revitalization Committee”, designed to increase freight traffic and business on the Missouri River. IRPT has encouraged and received cooperation with


HYPACK Automatic Download of ENC Charts

FIGURE 1. S-57 Charts in HYPACK

The new HYPACK feature allows U.S.-based users to quickly obtain the most recent charts provided by NOAA and the USACE at no additional charge. U.S.-based users who have an Internet connection will be able to download the charts from the USACE and NOAA web-map servers with the click of a


GAO: Limited Commercial Arctic Development Foreseen

Arctic Tow: File photo

Decreasing seasonal sea ice has opened up Arctic waters for longer periods with resulting potential economic opportunities in commercial shipping, cruises, commercial fishing, oil, and mining. In light of the importance of U.S. efforts to effectively manage Arctic issues, GAO was asked to examine U


US Dredging Needs Growth as Army Corps’ Budget Shrinks

USACE photo: NY/NJ Harbor dredging action.

Spend dollars up on dredging, cubic yards moved down. Combined with a reduction in the USACE federal budget, the situation threatens a perfect storm for domestic requirements. U.S. dredging this decade, measured in cubic yards, is only half as active as it was in the early 1960s


USACE Gets Bird’s-eye View of Houston Ship Channel Growth

Lt. Gen. Bostick prepares for liftoff in a city of Houston helicopter used in patrols over the Houston Ship Channel Security District, which includes PHAs terminal facilities.

The 53rd U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, visited the Port of Houston Authority last week and was given an aerial tour of the Houston Ship Channel as part of a briefing that highlighted economic growth along the


The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway – A Silent Giant No More

Jim Stark

The recent enactment of the Waterways Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA) has brought a sense of optimism to inland waterways mariners, operators and industries across the nation.   Our inland waterways are poised for success


SC Ports’ Container Volumes Up 17%

Photo: South Carolina Ports Authority

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) announced today that October volumes were up nearly 17 percent year over year, continuing a growth trend in container traffic well above the organization's financial plan. SCPA handled 164,672 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in October, up from 141


Phase 1 Dredging Wraps Up in Redwood City

Photo: Port of Redwood City

Phase 1 of maintenance dredging of the Redwood City Harbor and Channel was completed this week, bringing the Port of Redwood City channel to a depth of 28 feet. The $12.8 million project, completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)


Marine News January 2015 - Editor's Note

MarineNews Editor Joseph Keefe

Our annual Ferry and Passenger Vessel edition kicks off the New Year in high gear, even if oil prices aren’t necessarily following suit. As vessel operators – our ferry drivers included – celebrate lower bunker prices, another maritime subset frets over what might happen to the


USACE Barges, Tugs Up for Repair

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Buffalo District has awarded a repair contract to Great Lakes Shipyard for two tugs and two barges from the Corps’ Cleveland Field Station.   The shipyard said it has been contracted to perform drydocking


Great Lakes Shipyard Awarded Contract for Work Barges by USACE

 Newbuilding at the Great Lakes Shipyard in Cleveland, OH (photo courtesy of Great Lakes Shipyard)

  Great Lakes Shipyard in Cleveland has been awarded a new construction contract by the United States Army Corps of Engineers for two 38-foot work barges, the company announced today.    The two new steel work barges will be used by USACE Rock Island District as a working






 
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