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Higman Marine Grows:

Higman Captain in the Wheelhouse / photo: courtesy of Higman.

Innovation and New Building are Key Movers for this Gulf Coast Bulk Transportation Provider.   Fleet And Staff Have Doubled In Ten Years Gordie Keenan, Higman's vice president of training told MarineNews in January, “We have 54 inland towboats, the majority of which are rated at 2,000 horse power, and 116 inland tank barges. Today our vessels are bigger with more horsepower, pushing more barrels, than ten years ago.” The company carries a myriad of crude oils and refined products for its clients on a fleet of barges and inland towboats that has doubled in number over the last ten years. Today, Higman has a workforce of 415 employees, also nearly twice what it was a decade ago.   Higman Marine: By the Numbers Founded: 1917 Barges (today / 2002): 116 / 59 Inland tow boats (today / 2002): 54 / 28 Bulk Commodities Carried: crude oil, condensate, # 6 fuel oil, natural gasoline, xylene, para xylene, benzene, gasolines, naphtha, raffinate, reformate, diesels, jets fuel and others. Total Mariners (today / 2002): 356 / 162 Total Employees (today / 2002): 415 / 201 Offices (5): Houston, Channelview, Orange, Covington, Mobile, AL Earnings: Proprietary Source: Higman Marine  


Hope Shipyard Delivers M/V Redfish

Photo courtesy Hope Shipyard

Higman Marine Services of Houston, Texas, took delivery of its newest vessel, the M/V Red Fish. The vessel was built in five months by Hope Shipyard, located in Dulac, La. The pushboat is slightly larger than previous vessels built for Higman, measuring 78 ft by 32 ft with a 10 ft depth. The M/V Red Fish headed out from Hope’s fabrication yard on the Houma Navigational Waterway after a quick delivery to meet up with her first tow


Coast Guard Responds to Barge Fire

According to reports, A cargo van whose contents caught fire on a barge was still billowing smoke as the vessel was being towed to Juneau from Frederick Sound. Officials said the fire broke out in the van, which was full of solid waste being shipped on an Alaska Marine Lines barge from Sitka to the disposal site in Washington state. A firefighting tug from Petersburg and a Coast Guard cutter hosed the blaze through the night


Waterways Councinl Names New Officers, Directors

At its Annual Meeting held October 1 in Houston, the Board of Directors of Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) elected the following officers and Executive Committee members for 2007-2008: Dan Mecklenborg, Senior Vice President, HR & Chief Legal Officer, Ingram Barge Company, Chairman; R. Barry Palmer, WCI, President and CEO; Steve Little, President and CEO, Crounse Corporation, General Counsel; Peter Stephaich, Chairman, Campbell Transportation Co


USCG Issues Notice

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice stating that the regulations issued on April 23, 2002 establishing a special load line regime for river barges operating on certain Lake Michigan routes came into effect on June 20, 2002. Owners or operators of dry cargo river barges desiring to operate on those Lake Michigan routes must submit barge information to the Coast Guard in order to qualify for the special regime.


On Deck: Cashing in on Safety

the Patterson YoYo Winch.

Patterson’s YoYo Barge Winch transcends efficiency, while creating a markedly safer workplace. In business since 1858, the Patterson Company of Pittsburgh, PA has shown the staying power like few others in the ever-changing and always competitive marine industry. A barge and towboat winch manufacturer more than a half century, the company is primarily known for their contributions to that market even today. Their newest entry into the winch market – the Patterson YoYo Winch


Kirby Buys Hollywood Marine, TriggersDebt Fears

Kirby Corp, the largest U.S. tank barge operator, recently agreed to buy Hollywood Marine Inc., an inland tank barge company based in Houston, Texas, for about $325 million. While the company views Hollywood's operations as complementary to its core inland tank barge operations, some analysts were immediately skeptical of the effects on Kirby's bottom line. Standard & Poor's placed its triple-'B' corporate credit and senior unsecured debt ratings for Kirby Corp


Memco Barge Line Sold

American Electric Power Co. Inc. signed a definitive agreement with Progress Energy Inc. to buy its MEMCO Barge Line Inc. for $270 million, in a deal AEP said would immediately add to its earnings. Columbus, Ohio-based AEP said its AEP Resources Inc. wholly-owned subsidiary will buy 1,200 hopper barges and 30 towboats from Electric Fuels Corp., a Progress subsidiary, making AEP one of the leading barge operators. "The coupling of the MEMCO barge assets with our existing fleet will add


Virginia Asphalt Spill Worse Than Originally Thought

The Coast Guard has drastically increased its estimates of the amount of asphalt spilled from a grounded barge on the James River in Virginia, saying up to 63,000 gallons have leaked from a tank holding more than twice that much, according to a PilotOnline report. Most of it is concentrated beneath and along the sides of the 250 ft., nearly submerged barge, where divers were attempting to find the leak and plug it. More than 2


ACL Adds Eight Tank Barges

American Commercial Lines Expands Liquid Cargo Fleet With Purchase of Eight 20,000 Barrel Capacity Tank Barges.   American Commercial Lines (ACL) today announced the purchase of eight 20,000 barrel capacity tank barges from SeaRiver Maritime Inc., a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation. The purchase will expand ACL's fleet of 325 tank barges, which transport liquid cargoes, including chemicals, petroleum and renewable fuels throughout the U.S. inland waterway system


Stena Adds Vessel on Gdynia-Karlskrona Line

(Photo: Stena Line)

Stena Lines reports the number of units carried by its Baltic Sea South freight business increased significantly in the first eight months in 2017, following strong growth through 2016.   This calls for increased capacity, and from Monday, August 28, a fourth ship, M/V Gute


'K' Line Collaboration Eyes Japan’s First LNG-fueled Ferry

Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line Kinkai) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) have agreed to work on joint study for “K” Line Kinkai’s newbuilding passenger ferry being fueled by LNG, whose study includes specifications


K Line to Develop Japan’s First LNG-Fueled Ferry

Photo: Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd

 Japan's shipper giant Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) and Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisha (K Line Kinkai) will work on a joint study for what would be Japan’s first LNG-powered ferry.   "K Line Kinkai and K Line) have agreed to work on joint study for K Line Kinkai’s


ATB Tug Launched for Great Lakes Dredge and Dock

(Photo: SAi)

A new ATB tug for Great Lakes Dredge and Dock (GLDD), M/V Douglas B. Mackie, was launched in Mobile, Ala. The vessel is being built by Eastern Shipbuilding and is scheduled to be delivered this fall.   The design for the 14-knot ATB was developed by GLDD from an Ocean Tug and Barge concept


Samskip Scoops up Nor Lines

(Photo: Samskip)

European multimodal transport provider Samskip said it will acquire activities associated with Nor Lines AS, marking a major expansion of its shipping, transport and logistics businesses in Norway.    Subject to approval by Norway’s competition authorities


ATB Newbuild Delivered to Kirby Corporation

The first of two new ATBs ordered by Kirby Corporation from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (Photo: Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding)

A second Articulated Tug Barge unit (ATB) Paul McLernan and the 155,000-barrel barge 155-02 for Houston-based tank barge operator Kirby Corporation has been delivered by Sturgeon Bay, Wisc. shipyard Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS), a subsidiary of Fincantieri Marine Group.  


Japan's Big Three Shippers Bullish

Photo: Mitsui OSK Lines

 Japan’s big three shippers -Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) -  have reported profits for the first quarter, bouncing back from losses a year earlier Reuters reported.  


The Evolving ATB Jones Act Business Model

ATB Corpus Christi/Petrochem Supplier (Image Credit: US Shipping Corp)

Today’s ATB play seemingly has legs for the long haul, as operators build and market needs fluctuate.   The refined product trades are always in flux. Similarly, the supply patterns for products (and for chemicals derived from oil refining) are subject to constant change


Fuel Removal from Grounded Kea Trader in Progress

Kea Trader. Photo: Lomar Shipping Limited

 Three weeks after the grounding of Kea Trader on a reef off New Caledonia, the removal of heavy fuel oil from the 2017-built containership is now underway and could be completed next week.   According to Radio New Zealand, helicopters are being used to remove fuel from a ship stuck on


Barge Fire Extinguished in the Gulf of Mexico

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Brandon Davis)

Emergency responders have extinguished a fire aboard a barge adrift approximately 2 miles west of Cat Island, Miss.   U.S. Coast Guard watchstanders received a report at approximately 1:20 p.m. Thursday that a barge being pushed by the tug vessel Kathryn T


Fate of Seine-Nord Canal Project Depends on Funding

A project to build a canal to link Paris with major harbours of northern Europe will depend on lining up the necessary funds, the French government said on Wednesday, without saying if it believed the finance could be found.   France has long planned to build the waterway dubbed the


SJSB Launches Caribbean Landing Craft

(Photo: St. Johns Ship Building)

Florida based shipbuilder St. Johns Ship Building (SJSB) launched a newly built 190-foot landing craft vessel for owner Bahamas Ferries on July 28.   Designed for transport in the Bahamian islands, the vessel the Grand Master II is outfitted for Caribbean transport with a forward


Wison Granted AIP for Its Innovative Floating LNG Storage

Photo provided by Wison Group Holding Limited

 Wison Offshore & Marine announced that it has received Approval in Principle (AIP) from Bureau Veritas  for its newly-developed large-scale Floating LNG Storage and Regasification Terminal.    Featuring scalable storage capacity up to equivalent size of a Q-Max


Damen Stan Pontoons to Support London’s ‘Super Sewer’ Construction

(Photo: Damen)

The Ferrovial Agroman Laing O'Rourke joint venture (FLO) has taken delivery of two Damen Stan Pontoons. FLO will deploy the vessels – a SPo 7120 and a SPo 4113 – for marine infrastructure construction duties on the Thames Tideway Tunnel project in London


St. Louis Region’s Agriculture Freight Network Poised for Growth

This 15-mile section of the Mighty Mississippi is being called the “Ag Coast” of America.

As cargo handling capacity increases along the Mississippi River, this 15-mile section of the Mighty Mississippi is being called the Ag Coast.   Located in the heartland of America, one 15-mile section of the Mississippi River in the St






 
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