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Friday, September 30, 2016

Conrad Wins Army Corps Crane Barge Contract

 Profile of USACOE Crane Barge to be built by Conrad at its Morgan City Shipyard. (Image: Conrad)

Conrad Shipyard won a contract to build a Crane Barge for the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The 300 x 68-ft welded steel barge is to be used in floating crane service by the Corps’ Rock Island District in support of its maintenance mission on the inland navigation system. The barge is designed with a deckhouse and crew support area, generator room, shop area, office and heads. Below deck will enclose machinery spaces, storage areas and tankage. The vessel will be classified by ABS as Maltese Cross A1…

Little Rock Port Authority Reports August Shipping

Total barge tonnage through the Port of Little Rock in August was 57,000 net tons. Dock activities continue to compare favorably to calendar year 2015 as Logistic Services, Inc. has handled 347 barges during the first half of 2016 year and 560,000 net tons of various commodities have moved across the docks at the Port of Little Rock. Break bulk commodities accounted for just over 50% of the total river tonnage for August. Cargoes handled across the docks included potash, rock, wetcake, bauxite, granite fines, wire rod coils, scrap metal, pipe and steel coils. The US Army Corps of Engineers reports that 921,119 tons of commodities moved through the McClellan-Kerr Navigation System in August 2016.

Harvey Gulf ATB Earns ABS, USCG Approvals

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Harvey Gulf International Marine (HGIM) announced it has received both ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) class functional approval and USCG (United States Coast Guard) design bases approval on a 4,000 cubic meter LNG articulating tug barge (ATB) construction drawing package; the design accounts for ship-to-ship transfer and shore side resupply transfers. Working closely with its design partner Waller Marine, and in conjunction with ABS and USCG HGIM has developed the design package…

MN100: Tidewater Transportation and Terminals

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Nearly 85 years ago, Tidewater pioneered commercial transportation on the upper Columbia Snake River system and opened up one of the nation’s most isolated regions to global markets. Today, Tidewater Holdings is comprised of Tidewater Barge Lines, Tidewater Terminal Company, and since 2014, Tidewater Environmental Services, Incorporated. Tidewater Terminal Company works in conjunction with its Barge Lines, using key intermodal connections to railroads, highways and pipelines.

Avalon Freight Services Redefines the Shortsea Shipping Formula

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Anything but business as usual, trusted partners operate innovative, environmentally correct and cutting edge equipment – in a decidedly niche trade. A  new freight service began operation in southern California this past April. For the businesses and residents of Catalina Island who depend on freight from the mainland, this new service aims to provide the safest, fastest, quietest, most efficient, eco-friendly and state-of-the-art freight transportation in the island’s history. Customers will also benefit from the use of unique and innovative tonnage built specifically for this niche trade.

Powerful New ATBs for Vane Bunkering

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The bold blue “V” logo emblazoned on the green-banded white stack continues to proliferate on American waterways. Vane Brothers Company has been expanding its fleet with new construction. Recently the marine transportation company announced a contract for three ATB tugs to be built at the Conrad Orange Shipyard in Orange, Texas. Designed by Greg Castleman of Castleman Maritime LLC, based in Clear Lake Shores, Texas, the 110-foot by 38-foot tugs will be mated to 80,000-barrel barges designed by Bristol Harbor Group and being built by Conrad Industries of Amelia, Louisiana.

MN100: NABRICO

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From the design of barge accessories and deck fittings to the day-to-day commitment to customer service, NABRICO is one of the most highly respected names in the water transportation industry. NABRICO started building bridges in 1902 and built its first piece of floating equipment for the U.S. Corps of Engineers in 1915. More than nine decades of experience, engineering and nautical expertise go into every piece of equipment built today. NABRICO is a major supplier of marine deck hardware on the river system as well as the offshore industry.

MN100: HydroComp, Inc.

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HydroComp, Inc. was established in 1984 to provide powering analysis services to naval architects and shipbuilders. Best known for its award-winning NavCad software, HydroComp is regarded as the premier source for performance prediction software, consulting, and knowledge. The firm’s offerings include NavCad, NavCad Premium, PropCad, PropCad Premium, PropElements, PropExpert, SwiftCraft, and SwiftTrial software. The firm has 8 employees. Sometimes the least sophisticated vehicle is the hardest to analyze. With respect to resistance, this is definitely the case with barges.

Harvest Halts as Rains Douse Midwest, Could Impact Barge Loading

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Heavy rains and flooding swamped a broad swathe of the northern Midwest this week, halting the harvest of corn and soybeans and forcing the closure of at least two Iowa crop processing plants, traders and farmers said on Friday. Farmers' concerns grew that standing water in fields could damage unharvested crops, while floodwaters swelled the Mississippi River and threatened to disrupt the loading of export-bound grain barges. Parts of northern Iowa and southern Minnesota received several inches of rain at midweek…

MN100: The Shearer Group, Inc.

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The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) designs inland towboats and barges, with a focus on the inland sector. Inland barges built to TSGI designs number in the thousands, along with a myriad of towboat, dry dock and other specialty designs. TSGI provides naval architecture, marine engineering, marine surveying and technical support to clients worldwide. Commercial vessel designs include towboats, inland barges (liquid cargo, dry cargo, crane) and miscellaneous vessels such as dry docks and casinos. The firm has 10 employees.

Terex Floating Cranes for Open Sea Get Approval

Terex Gottwald Model 8 floating cranes can be used on the open sea in accordance with the Lloyd's Register Code for Lifting Appliances in a Marine Environment. TPS has again obtained the design approval first issued in 200

Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has obtained design approval for Terex Gottwald Model 8 floating cranes in the G HPK 8200 B four-rope grab variant operated on the open sea. This was necessary because the Lloyd's Register Code for Lifting Appliances in a Marine Environment has changed since the initial approval of the machines in 2007. The design of the crane, which offers an outreach of maximum 50 m, a 63 t grab curve and lifting speeds of up to 140 m/min, has also been completely reworked in the meantime and adapted to the current Model 8 series standard.

MN100: Bristol Harbor Group, Inc.

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Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) is a full service naval architecture and marine engineering firm located on the harbor in Bristol, Rhode Island. BHGI has produced more than 50 unique designs to which more than 100 vessels have been built. Specializing in commercial vessel design and consulting, the firm’s experience spans tugs, barges, ATB’s, passenger vessels, dredges and yachts. The BHGI professional team hails from some of the best naval architecture schools in the country. BHGI has been working on a number of projects through its second contract with the U.S.

Barge Numbering System Proposal Status

Outside of the requirements outlined in OPA 90, there typically aren't many regulations affecting the barge industry. One still-pending piece of legislation is the proposal of undocumented barge numbering. The Abandoned Barge Act of 1992 added a new chapter and amended another chapter, requiring the numbering of undocumented barges measuring more than 100 gt operating on the navigable waters of the U.S. In enacting the legislation, Congress noted an abandoned barge could become the site for the disposal of hazardous cargoes, wastes and petroleum products, which could lead to water pollution incidents. According to the USCG, numbering these undocumented barges will increase owner accountability…

Ingram Barge Acquires 92 Barges from Investment Fund

Ingram Barge Company announced the acquisition of 92 barges, including 17 tank barges with 10,000 barrel capacity, 62 jumbo covered hopper barges with fiber lift covers, and 13 jumbo open hopper barges from an affiliate of Ospraie Special Opportunities Fund.  All of the acquired barges were built between 2004 and 2008. Ingram’s plans for the tank barges include deployment for use in a variety of liquid trades and plans for the hopper barges include deployment in the grain, utility, and various other dry cargo trades. www.ingrambarge.com

U.S. Barge Delivers for Harley Marine

U.S. Barge delivered another petroleum barge to Harley Marine Services. The Barge Anne Elizabeth was christened on October 4, 2010 by her namesake, Anne Elizabeth Hall. Barge Anne Elizabeth measures 241’ x 64’ 6”, with a depth of 23’ 6”. The barge has a carrying capacity of 31,500 barrels. The double-hulled barge is OPA 90-compliant, with vapor collection piping. The barge has two isolated cargo systems. The main cargo is intended to be fuel oil, and the auxiliary system will handle marine gas oil (MGO). “Working closely with Harley Marine’s technical and operations group, U.S. Barge continues to construct and outfit high quality vessels that meet our expectations. We are very happy with the production and craftsmanship of U.S.

Kirby Expands With Three New Units

Kirby Corporation Announces Purchase of Three Coastwise Tank Barge and Tug Units; Purchased Seaboats, Inc. coastwise tank barge fleet consisting of three 80,000 barrel tank barge and tug units for $42.3 million in cash. Kirby Corporation has announced the purchase of the coastwise tank barge fleet of Seaboats, Inc. and affiliated companies consisting of three 80,000 barrel coastwise tank barge and tug units for $42.3 million in cash. The three coastwise tank barge and tug units currently operate along the East Coast and have an average age of five years. Financing of the purchase was through Kirby's $250 million revolving credit facility.

Antwerp Port Promoting Barge Projects

Instream campaign

Antwerp is the leading barge port in Europe. Now with its Instream campaign it is showcasing its barge facilities. 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…

Barge Partially Sinks

The AP has reported that a barge hauling 800,000 gallons of liquid asphalt that strayed from its tow has partially sunk to the river bottom, according to the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard said the barge doesn't seem in danger of breaking. The river current has pushed the 80-foot barge sideways against a railroad bridge near downtown Louisville. Nauert said the barge is believed to be stable. The barge was one of three that got away from their tow Thursday when a connecting cable broke or separated. Two of the barges were caught, but the third went over the McAlpine Dam spillway and eventually wedged against the bridge. Officials can't tell how much has leaked from the barge, but Nauert said there was no evidence of significant leaking. Barge owner Magnolia Marine Transportation Co.

Trinity Industries to Construct Tank Barges for Kirby

Kirby Corporation has signed a contract with Trinity Industries, Inc. for the construction of 16 double-hull, 30,000 barrel capacity, inland black oil tank barges. Kirby plans to take delivery of seven of the tank barges in 2003 and nine in the first half of 2004. The total purchase price of the 16 barges is approximately $29 million, with an estimated $12.6 million to be expended in 2003 and $16.4 million in 2004. Under the terms of the contract, Kirby has an option for the construction of 16 additional 30,000 barrel capacity black oil tank barges. In October 2002, Kirby entered into a barge management agreement with Coastal Towing, Inc. ("Coastal") to manage 54 black oil tank barges owned by Coastal, along with the 66 barges Kirby operates in its black oil fleet.

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, namely to make the port of Antwerp more accessible for barges.

Conrad Announces New Contracts and Deliveries

Conrad Industries, Inc. months. 111’x66.5’x10’liftboat. liftboats in progress previously announced by Conrad. that range in size from 120’x30’x7’ to 200’x40’x7’. barge in June. delivered to Penn Maritime of New York. 35,000 bbls. of asphalt. captain. barges, one to Inland Barge Rental and one to Traylor Brothers. W.C. 140’ deck barges. NY. 35’x 9’. necessary to accommodate the end use. The Fish Stocking Vessel, “Spencer F. June to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. the fish stocks in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Cross A1, AMS, Survey/Fishing Vessel. accommodations for 3 crew members and 5 scientists.

Brownsville Marine Products Hopes to Cash In

According to the Tribune Review, an aging barge fleet coupled with high scrap steel pricing and demand from the biodiesel and ethanol industries has launched a barge-building boom, the likes of which hasn't been seen since the 1970s, industry experts say. Brownsville Marine Products, LLC, of Fayette County, hopes to cash in on the construction boom, and is building barges as it can, carrying on a tradition of barge building on that stretch of the Monongahela River that began with the old Hillman Barge Co. in 1938. Nationally, a fleet of more than 27,000 barges moves over 800 million tons a year of raw materials and finished goods over the 25,000-mile inland waterway system, adding about $5 billion annually to the U.S. economy, according to the trade group.

U.S. Barge Delivers for Harley Marine

U.S. Barge recently delivered another high capacity petroleum barge to Harley Marine Services. Barge Sixty-Five Roses is a unique design from Elliott Bay Design Group. With new efficiency and voluntary environmental features incorporated into the design, the barge continues Harley’s pattern of continuous improvement. Barge Sixty-Five Roses is a 422 x 76-ft. tank barge with capacity of 83,600 barrels. Outfitting requirements include two vertical turbine cargo pump systems, a cargo heating system, a vapor recovery system, two hose cranes, and five hydraulic mooring winches. There are provisions for the future addition of a self-contained vapor processing unit. All outfitting was completed in house by U.S. Barge. U.S. Barge’s facility is ideally arranged for construction of very large barges.

 

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