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SENESCO Wins Barge Contract

The Southeastern New England Shipbuilding Corporation (SENESCO) will build a 180-ft. barge at Quonset Point, R.I., for John P. Picone Inc., a general contractor from Lawrence, N.Y. This is the ninth barge order SENESCO has received since it began operations in November 1999. In addition, SENESCO has manufactured a number of barge-like structures or "floats" used in marinas for passenger, gambling and other craft in Lynn and Boston, Mass. The Picone Vessel will be used as a construction barge in the New York area. All five vessels built so far at SENESCO are deck barges and have the capability of carrying heavy crawler cranes.

News: World's Largest Dry Transport Vessel Delivered

Heavy transport shipping company Dockwise Shipping B.V. took delivery of the M/V Blue Marlin after her conversion into the world's largest semi-submersible heavy transport vessel able to carry heavy cargoes up to 73,000 tons. After a conversion of three months at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Blue Marlin has re-joined the Dockwise fleet with an increased deadweight capacity of 76,061 tons. The beam has been increased by 21 m, which results in an increased unobstructed deck area of 11,227 sq

Volvo Penta India Wins Large Order

Volvo Penta India won an order for 40 D12MH-350 engines from Sesa Goa for powering their iron ore barges which will ply in Mandovi & Zuari Rivers in Goa, on west coast of India. Volvo Penta is the first imported engine manufacturer in India to offer IRS (India Register of Shipping) approved engines. Sesa Goa is India’s largest producer and exporter of iron ore in the private sector. As a first phase of their fleet expansion plan Sesa Goa will induct 20 barges powered

Conrad Adds to Backlog

Conrad Industries, Inc. won contracts totaling $13.5 million to build two 300 x 60 x 24-ft. 35,000 Barrel Double Hulled Oil Tank Barges for Penn Maritime, Inc., and to repair, renovate and perform hull modifications to a riverboat casino to be operated in Mississippi. Johnny Conrad, Conrad’s President and CEO said, "We are excited to announce the signing of these contracts with these new customers and the fact that these jobs further create the opportunity to utilize our

Container on Barge Service Launched

The Port of Greater Baton Rouge announced a new weekly short-sea shipping service for containers via barge to the Port of New Orleans. This regular service is scheduled weekly to facilitate demand from local industry. Osprey Line operates the container terminal at the Baton Rouge port’s Inland Rivers Marine Terminal and launched the first weekly shipment Friday, January 9, 2004 to the Napoleon Street Wharf Container Terminal in New Orleans

VT Halter Wins $254m Contract

VT Halter Marine won a contract to build three 330,000-barrel tank barges for Crowley Maritime Corporation's subsidiary, Vessel Management Services Inc. The vessels, which include the cost of owner-furnished equipment, are valued at approximately $254m. They are the largest in Crowley Maritime's history and the fastest in their class. VT Halter Marine is the US operations of ST Engineering's marine arm, Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine).

A New Era in Fleeting


Ship docking tugs now take the Z-drive for granted, but it has found only limited acceptance for river towboats. That is about to change with a new boat being built for The Carline Companies at Raymond and Associates in Bayou LaBatre. One of the Carline companies is the Burnside Fleet located at Mile 169 on the lower Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. When the big tows of up to 40 195 x 35-foot barges come down river

Cargotec Secures Vietnamese Pipelayer with Mooring Solutions

A contract for mooring equipment for a pipelaying barge marks Cargotec’s successful entry to the Vietnamese offshore market. In July this year, Cargotec won a contract from the joint stock company Vinh Nam (VAM JSC)/TECMACH  to supply mooring equipment outfits for Vietsovpetro’s 110m-long by 30.5m-breadth pipelaying crane barge, Con Son. The 1969-built vessel is currently undergoing a conversion at Dung Quat Shipbuilding Industry Co Ltd.

Bulk Carriers Delivered, Contract Awarded, Reports COSCO

COSCO (Qidong) Offshore wins a US$ 20-million contract for a jack-up barge, & other COSCO subsidiaries deliver bulk carriers. This jack-up barge for Australian owners will be built to GustoMSC SEA-1250 design and have capacity of 300 tons deck crane and operation in water depth up to 30 meters. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in eleven months time. COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard Co., Ltd has delivered a bulk carrier of 92500 DWT, “SIBERIA EXPRESS”, measuring 229

Manitowoc Close to Signing Navy Deal

Manitowoc Company is close to signing a contract for the U.S. Navy worth about $360m in new business, Reliable Plant Magazine reported. The company also has bid for a Coast Guard contract to build a fleet of high-speed boats, valued at several hundred million dollars, over a period of several years. The company expects to find out if it has won the Coast Guard contract by July. Under this contract, Manitowoc would build barge-like loading systems for military ships

Abu Dhabi Ports Achieve Pilot Certification

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

Khalifa Port and Zayed Port become first commercial ports in Middle East to achieve certification for marine pilots; Abu Dhabi Ports Marine Services gets I.S.P.O – International Standard for Maritime Pilot Organizations – certification for pilots at two ports   

NMEA Award for Simrad HALO Pulse Compression Radar

NMEA 2015 Technology Award

  Simrad HALO Pulse Compression Radar has been awarded the Technology Award at the 2015 National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) Conference and Expo in Baltimore, Md. The NMEA 2015 Technology Award is judged by an independent panel of experts recognizing exceptionally innovative

PCCI to Provide Revised Crane Load Chart

PCCI facilitates efficient environmental and regulatory compliance.

  PCCI, Inc. of Alexandria, Virginia, was awarded a contract by the Department of Transportation/U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) to provide a new, revised and certified crane load chart for the self-propelled crane barge “MARY ANN”.

Becker Marine, Kotug Sign MOU for LNG Hybrid Barge

From left to right: Ard-Jan Kooren (KOTUG), Dirk Lehmann (Becker Marine Systems) and Arjan Stavast (Shell Downstream LNG)

Press release - Becker Marine Systems and KOTUG signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch a LNG Hybrid Barge in the Port of Rotterdam with effect from June 2017. The LNG Hybrid Barge, a floating energy plant, is designed to provide environmentally friendly power for ships in ports

Korean Shipbuilders in Red

Photo: Samsung Heavy Industries

 South Korean shipbuilders are struggling with huge losses stemming from the delivery of low-priced ships and a delay in the construction of offshore facilities such as drill ships.   The shipbuilders' earnings are expected to remain in the doldrums until the first half of 2016

AEP to Sell AEP River Ops To ACL

An AEP river tow (File image)

American Electric Power (AEP) has signed an agreement to sell its commercial barge transportation subsidiary, AEP River Operations LLC, to American Commercial Lines (ACL), owned by Platinum Equity, for approximately $550 million. AEP River Operations is a commercial inland barge company

CG Sets Port Condition Whiskey in Preparation for Hurricane Joaquin

The Coast Guard set Port Condition Whiskey Wednesday for all navigable waters in the North Carolina Captain of the Port Zone in preparation for the anticipated weather impact of Hurricane Joaquin. Gale-force winds of 39 mph are predicted to reach Frying Pan Shoals Lighted Buoy 16 (LLNR 8355)

Seaspan Unveils Massive Barge in Canada

Seaspan 252 (Photo: Paul Hilder)

Seaspan bulks up investment in BC’s marine sector, celebrates addition of fourth new barge in the past 10 months  Seaspan Marine unveiled the newest addition to its marine fleet, a 16,000-metric-ton barge named Seaspan 252, during an official commissioning ceremony at Seaspan’s

Daewoo Put Under Pressure by Korea EXIM

Image: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co

 South Korea’s second-largest shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME) hit a hurdle in its efforts to get capital injection after the Export-Import Bank of Korea (Korea Exim Bank) delayed necessary funding for its shipbuilding project, reports MKBN.  

GTT Receives 3rd FSRU Order of 2015

GTT, a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), announced it has won a new order for a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) from the Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries.  

Volvo Penta Wins NMMA's CSI Award

Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) this week presented the 12th consecutive Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) award to Volvo Penta recognizing excellence in customer satisfaction in marine sterndrive engines.   The CSI award is based on an independent survey of over 50

World Court Hears Boliva-Chile Dispute Over Sea Access

The International Court of Justice said on Thursday it will continue to hear a case brought by Bolivia against Chile seeking to force its neighbour to enter negotiations to grant Bolivia unfettered access to the Pacific Ocean. Chile had asked the court, also known as the World Court

VFD Controlled Pumps Help Keep Barges Afloat

Photo: Invertek Drives

Optidrive E3 variable frequency drives (VFDs) from Invertek Drives have completely automated the control of pumps used to fill and empty ballast tanks on board commercial barges in the Netherlands.   As well as a faster and more reliable filling and emptying process

Polarcus Gets West Africa Contract

 Polarcus Limited  has announced it has received a letter of intent for a 3D marine seismic project in West Africa.    The client was not disclosed by the Dubai-based seismic vessel operator, who will utilise its RightBAND technique for the broadband data acquisition. 

MSC India Wins MALA Award

Photo by MSC - Mediterranean Shipping Agency AG

 For the 6th consecutive year, the Maritime and logistics awards (MALA) ceremony took place on 4th September at the Leela Hotels, Andheri east, Mumbai. The awards, which were started in 2009 by the Nikhil Modi’s Exim team, are the most prestigious awards for the shipping fraternity in

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