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Barge hits bridge in Port of Tampa

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., is trying to find the owner of a 60-ft. work barge that struck the northbound lanes of the Howard Frankland Bridge, Interstate 275. The barge has two markings, MB54 and Jacksonville. It is believed that the barge broke free of its moorings due to the high winds and seas of Tropical Storm Alberto. Officials are working to find the owner of the barge and remove the barge from causing further damage to the bridge. Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Florida Highway Patrol and the Tampa Police Department are working together to assess the damage. The bridge is now open to traffic with only the right lane closed for bridge workers. The barge is carrying no cargo and there have been no injuries.


Great Lakes Shipyard Now a Damen Licensed Builder

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Great Lakes Shipyard (GLS) informed that it has entered into a five-year agreement with B.V. Scheepswerf Damen Gorinchem authorizing the Cleveland shipyard as an official builder of Damen designs. GLS explained that this combination creates an environment for further development of proven designs to establish the yard’s Damen Series, a collection of marine products for the following markets: Harbor and terminal: towage and ship assist services such as Stan tugs, launches


Obituary: Josip Gruzling, Nozzle Expert, 1943-2007

Josip Gruzling, P.Eng., President of NautiCAN R&D Ltd., passed away Monday, September 10. Josip was a pioneer in the use of hydrofoils to increase the efficiency of tugs and barges. He used his inventiveness and determination to develop two types of devices: the High Efficiency Nozzles and Hydralift Skegs for barges, receiving nine patents for his efforts. Over 100 High Efficiency Nozzles have been built and over 40 Hydralift skegs have been installed worldwide.


LA Carriers Lady Loren

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“This boat was five years in the planning,” said LA Carriers owner, Russel Plaisance, as he looked over a tug that he will place into operation by the end of December. The new vessel, to be named Lady Loren, will be the seventh vessel in the LA Carriers fleet. The boat is building at Dickie Adams Lockport Fabrication Inc. Plaisance first went to work on his dad’s fishing boat at 17 and by 21 he had his masters license


Strategic Marine Wins Offshore Cargo Catamaran Contract

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Western Australian (WA) ship builder Strategic Marine has signed a contract with repeat client Offshore Plant Hire for the construction of a 24 meter heavy duty offshore cargo catamaran. The catamaran will be built at Strategic Marine's Singapore facility which is nearing the end of a major expansion program which will see the shipyard more than double its capacity. The vessel will be completed in the first quarter of 2013 and is expected to operate in WA’s North West


Nam Cheong Clinches 2 Accommodation Work Barge Contract

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Nam Cheong Limited a leading global offshore marine player listed on the Main Board of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited and Malaysia’s largest Offshore Support Vessel builder, today announced that it has sold two Accommodation Work Barges (“AWB”) worth approximately US$84 million (approximately S$105 million)  with the option to purchase another two vessels, to a repeat customer, Bursa-listed Perdana Petroleum Berhad (“Perdana”).  


Grounded Barge Capsized

The barge ITB-260 loaded with 3,324 tons of gravel capsized north of Gig Harbor, Wash., when the tide came in, causing the load of gravel to shift and eventually spill into the water. The tug Island Breeze was towing the barge when it reported to the Coast Guard that the barge was taking on water. Over three hours later the crew of the tug reported they had pushed the barge against the shore to prevent it from sinking.


Alabama Shipyard Signs Tug/Barge Contract

Alabama Shipyard has signed a contract to build an articulated tug and barge (ATB) vessel for Allied Transportation Company of Norfolk, Va. "This is our third major contract award during the last four months of 2000," noted Alabama Shipyard president Dick Wells. "We have several pending contracts that will help us create a stable workforce here in Mobile," Wells stated. "In fact, Alabama Shipyard has been working with Mobile's Workforce Development Board to develop a training program


Jeffboat Wins Barge Contract

Jeffboat has been awarded a contract to build two 52,000 net barrel ocean service tank barges for Vane Line Bunkering of Baltimore, Maryland. These barges are the fifth and sixth built to the same design at Jeffboat since 2001. Work on the new barges is expected to begin in June 2004 and extend through September 2005. The barges are to be built for coastwise manned and ocean unmanned light oil service. The new contract contains options for Vane to purchase up to two additional barges of the


Imtech Marine Awarded Second Jack-Up Contract

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Imtech Marine (Radio Holland Netherlands) has been awarded an extensive contract from Jack-Up Barge for the communication and IT systems for its newbuild, self-elevating platform JB-118.   This follows a similar contract for the JB-117, which Imtech Marine successfully completed earlier this year.  Additionally, Jack-Up Barge and Imtech Marine have concluded an Advanced Support Agreement for the vessels, which includes 24/7 remote Monitoring & Maintenance and covers all of the


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


Smith Brothers Chrtisten New Tug

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Smith Brothers, Inc., Chesapeake Bay-based barge and marine equipment charter company, recently added the tug Capt. Kenneth to its fleet of inland and truckable tugs. With the 99-year-old namesake looking on alongside his son, Jeffrey Smith, company president


Missouri River Basin is Booming

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Missouri River Basin Water Management Division is maintaining above normal releases at the four lower dams on the Missouri River. The excess water will allow the Corps to extend the navigation season and provide higher winter releases


Sunken Barge Salvage Stops Traffic on Chicago River

The U.S. Coast Guard said it is restricting vessel traffic on the Chicago River to allow for salvage of a sunken barge. All cargo has been removed from the sunken barge in the Chicago River between the Lake and Randolph Street bridges and divers are currently in the water to conduct a survey of


US Shipyard to Produce GTT's LNG Membrane Tanks

Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), via its U.S. subsidiary GTT North America, announced the signing of an agreement with Conrad Shipyard for the future production of LNG membrane


Marine Highway Momentum from Maine Port Authority

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The more than 25,000 miles of navigable Great Lakes, rivers, and waterways that make up America’s Marine Highway System are – and will remain – a key economic asset. Our nation’s marine highway routes and the tugs and barges that ply those marine highways help alleviate


Crowley Awards Scholarships to Cal Maritime Students

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Crowley Maritime Corporation last week presented four California Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) students with Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial scholarships during Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards dinner in Long Beach, Calif


Keppel Bags Repeat Orders

  Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd wholly owned subsidiaries Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard) and Keppel Nantong Shipyard Co. Ltd have secured contracts from repeat customers worth a total of S$153 million. Keppel Shipyard's contract is for the conversion of a Floating Production


Preventing Barge Explosions

Recent casualties involving explosions aboard barges conducting tank cleaning operations alongside marine terminals have resulted in serious injuries to vessel crews and facility workers, catastrophic property damage, as well as harm to the environment


Barge Fleet Lighting

Within the U.S. Coast Guard Eighth District alone, marine casualty data indicates that over the past 12 years, 44 recreational vessels have struck (allided) moored barges within barge fleets, resulting in 26 fatalities and 44 injuries. These serious incidents involving barges highlight the


UK Aircraft Carrier’s Center Blocks Completed

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Cammell Laird has completed its first center blocks for a second aircraft carrier set to become the centerpiece of Britain’s military capability. The Birkenhead marine and engineering services company has fabricated and outfitted two blocks for the new Prince of Wales aircraft carrier


Monitored Confined-Space Entry

Preparation and vigilance are everything when it comes to confined space entry.

Protecting Workers, and Ensuring Safe Sailing for the Maritime Industry. The cable-laying vessel GS Global Sentinel was undergoing repair work. Shipyard workers and members of the ship’s crew found a mysteriously high hydrogen sulfide reading in a confined space on board that created a


Vigor Delivers Tank EBDG Barge to Maxum Petroleum

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The Seattle divisions of Vigor Fab and Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) today announced that the 15,000-barrel tank barge Global Pilot has been delivered to Maxum Petroleum. Designed to balance performance with fabrication cost, the 15,000-barrel tank barge features a recessed machinery space


Barge Master Installed on Walk-To-Work Vessel

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On October 14 the Barge Master BM-T40 system motion-compensated knuckle boom crane pedestal was installed on the new Wagenborg Walk-to-Work vessel, designed and built by Royal Niestern Sander. The vessel and Barge Master system will be delivered in the first quarter of 2015


SUNY Maritime Opens Bouchard Tug & Barge Simulation Center

The Bouchard Transportation Company, Inc. and the State University of New York Maritime College (SUNY Maritime) today held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the official opening of the Bouchard Tug & Barge Simulation Center. The Bouchard Tug & Barge Simulation Center is a training






 
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