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ACBL Makes Appointments

American Commercial Barge Line announced the following appointments: Larry Cornett, Keith White and Reuben R. Bush have joined ACBL as Fleet Managers in the Planning Center. James Benjamin Chandler, Theus Slemmons and Jackie Hansford have been named Dispatcher in the Logistics Department. Donald N. LaVigne, Jr. has joined ACBL as Boat Com Operator in the Logistics Department. Scott W. Nelson has joined ACBL as Oracle DBA Administrator and Betty Waggoner has been named PeopleSoft Programmer/Analyst in the Technology Department. Sean Smith has been named Director of Operations and Enrique Gil has been named Director of Finance and Administration for ACBL de Venezuela, C.A. In addition, the Louisiana Dock Company LLC announced the following appointments: Lee Schroeder has been named Fleet Superintendent for the Harahan and Marrero, Louisiana Fleets. Trinette M. Jasmin has joined LDC as Senior Administrative Assistant for the Gulf Coast Operations in Harahan, Louisiana. Riley E. Fitzgerald, Jr. has been named Manager of Barge Repair and Cleaning at the Cairo, Illinois facility. Jeffrey A. Davis has joined LDC as Tank Barge Maintenance Inspector based in South Point, Ohio . George S. Clark has been named Port Captain for Gulf Coast Operations in Harahan, Louisiana. Louisiana Dock Company LLC is a subsidiary of American Commercial Lines LLC, an integrated marine transportation and service company headquartered in Jeffersonville, Indiana.


Frasher Steps Down as ACL CEO

American Commercial Lines LLC announced that Stephen A. Frasher will step down as President and CEO effective April 30, 2004. ACL will make the following executive changes on that date. Richard L. Huber will assume the position of Chief Executive Officer of American Commercial Lines LLC. Mr. Huber has been a member of the ACL Board since 2000, and currently serves as its Chairman. Mr. Huber has over forty years of investment and merchant banking, international business


Ship Channel Opening Attempt Fails

The U.S. Coast Guard failed in its weekend attempt to reopen the Lake Charles, Louisiana, ship channel to all ships including large crude oil tankers, a spokesman said. The Coast Guard will now dismantle the sunken dry dock that has since mid-June stopped crude tankers getting to two big Gulf Coast refineries served by the channel. Work will start on Wednesday and take three to four weeks. Currently large crude vessels still cannot get to Conoco Inc


This Day in Coast Guard History – Nov. 2

1820-The Revenue cutter Louisiana captured five pirate vessels during a cruise from Florida to Cuba. 1881-A rowboat with two men and a young girl was going down the Manistee River towards the harbor capsized about a hundred feet abreast of Station No. 5, Eleventh District, Lake Michigan. One of the men swam to the dock and was helped out by the life-saving crew. The remaining man tried to swim with his daughter on his back. She began to struggle violently and dragged him under


Harvey Gulf Wins Charters & Orders Drydock

Artists Depiction: LNG powered Offshore Supply Vessel

Harvey Gulf Awarded Four Long Term OSV Charters and Orders 9,000 Long Ton Drydock.   Today, Harvey Gulf International Marine announced that it has signed long term charters for 3 of its LNG powered Offshore Supply Vessels, making Harvey Gulf the first company to build and contract Liquefied Natural Gas powered Offshore Support Vessels for Deepwater Exploration and Production in America.  The HARVEY ENERGY


Bollinger Adds Drydock Lift Capacity

Photo: Bollinger

Bollinger Shipyards has taken delivery of two drydocks with a total lifting capacity of 12,000 tons.    The announcement was made by Bollinger Chief Operating Officer, Ben Bordelon: “These two docks will position us well in the diverse customer markets that we serve and will further enhance our position in the market with lifting capacity needed by our customers.”   Terms and conditions of the purchase were not made available.  


AAPA Names LaGrange Chairman

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has named Gary LaGrange, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Port of New Orleans, as Chairman of the AAPA Board for 2004-2005. The appointment was made today at AAPA's 93rd Annual Convention, held September 26-September 30 in Long Beach, California "Gary LaGrange is extremely well respected by his colleagues in the port industry," said AAPA President Kurt Nagle


Restoration Begins for T/V Westchester Spill

Federal and Louisiana agencies settled with Marine Oil Trader 3, Ltd. and Ermis Maritime Corp. for the November 2000 T/V Westchester oil spill into the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish, La. With oversight from the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of the Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries


Bollinger Long-serve V-P Larry Vauclin to Retire

Larry Vauclin: Photo credit Bollinger

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. announce the upcoming retirement of its Vice President Central Division, Larry Vauclin. Vauclin’s retirement was announced by Bollinger Executive Vice President, Ben Bordelon, who said, "Larry has been a critical part of the growth of Bollinger over the past 16 years, and a mentor to many in the shipyard industry over his 52 year career. His attention to detail, hard work and focus on client satisfaction have helped create a solid foundation for us going


Louisiana Dredging Outlook

Photo: Magnolia Dredge

Louisiana relies on dredging for navigation and land restoration   When maritime stakeholders think about dredging, they typically first conjure up visions of harbor deepening projects to accommodate those giant, post-Panamax boxships. Conversely, inland players hope for maintenance dredging in the heartland to keep the nation’s 31,000 cargo barges afloat as they head for the coast. But, there is much more to it than that.  


Egypt Bans Qatari Ships Docking in Suez Canal

 Photo: Suez Canal Authority

 The Suez Canal Authority is committed to a ban on allowing Qatari ships to dock in ports within the Suez Canal’s economic zone, Ahram reported as chairman Mohab Mamish saying.   In press statements on Friday, Mamish said that Egyptian ban on the ships is being imposed on all


Rugged Propulsion System Designed for the Swamps

Metal Shark 21 Riverine equipped with Swamp Shark surface drive, shown powering through vegetation in Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin (Photo: Metal Shark)

A new all-terrain vessel propulsion system specially engineered and built for operation in extreme shallow water, riverine and mud flat environments will safely and reliably propel a vessel through dense vegetation, mud and debris-strewn waters.  


Shell Exercises FPSO Turritella Purchase Option

FPSO Turritella (Photo: SBM Offshore)

Shell E&P Offshore Services B.V. will exercise its right under the charter agreement to purchase the floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) Turritella, enabling a Shell affiliate to assume operatorship of the Gulf of Mexico ultra-deepwater Stones development in its entirety.


Grand Bahama Shipyard Appoints UK Representative

Carnival Glory (Photo: GBS)

Grand Bahama Shipyard and L&R Midland (UK) Ltd have signed an exclusive agency agreement covering the U.K. markets effective June 1, 2017.   Caribbean shipyard Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) has engaged L&R Midland (UK) as its representative in the U.K


Apilot Autopilot: New Nav Tech for Autonomous Ships

Ship simulator. (Image: VTT Technical Research Center of Finland)

VTT Technical Research Center of Finland said it is developing steering for the remote-monitored and controlled autonomous ships of the future. The new technology has been developed for navigation systems and ship autopilots, which steer ships automatically.


Oil Traders Brace for US Gulf Coast Storm

Oil traders from Texas to Louisiana braced on Tuesday for supply disruptions as Tropical Storm Cindy, formed in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, threatened to hit refining and production centers with wind and rain later this week.   Cindy was located about 265 miles (430 km) south of Morgan City


Indian Navy Launches Floating Dock

Photo: Indian Navy

 The first indigenously built Floating Dock (FDN-2) for the Indian Navy was launched on 20 June 2017 by Smt Anjali Deshpande, wife of Vice Admiral DM Deshpande, AVSM, VSM, Controller of Warship Production & Acquisition at an impressive ceremony at Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T)


Tropical Storm Cindy Rolls in on US Gulf Coast

Image: NOAA National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Cindy is likely to hit the Gulf Coast near the Texas-Louisiana border on Wednesday night, threatening to bring flash floods from Texas to Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center. Cindy was located about 165 miles (265 km) south of Morgan City, Louisiana


Cindy to Weaken this Morning - NHC

Tropical storm Cindy is expected to weaken while moving farther inland and become a tropical depression later Thursday morning, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory.   "Continued weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours


Madrid Maersk Call at Antwerp Port Sets New Record

Photo: Port of Antwerp

 The Madrid Maersk, the largest container carrier ever to call at the port of Antwerp, moored in the Deurganck dock on 9 June.    This record-breaking ship with a capacity of 20,568 TEU unloaded 3,000 containers and loaded another 4,000 in the port of Antwerp in just 48 hours


Interior Refit for Cunard's Queen Victoria

Queen Vic Exterior (Photo: Cunard)

McCue Crafted Fit secured a repeat order from Cunard to refit the shops and art gallery on board its luxury liner, Queen Victoria. This follows the remastering of aspects of the Queen Mary 2 (QM2) in Hamburg, Germany in 2016. The £34 million ($43 million) refit comprises of an upgraded and


Perama Ship Repair Zone Floating Dock Getting Ready

Photo:  Piraeus Port Authority S.A.

 Perama Ship Repair Zone dock maintenance works completed and the new floating dock is expected to get ready by November 2017.     P. Kouroumplis, Minister of Shipping and Insular Policy, S. Pitsiorlas, Deputy Minister of Economy and Development, the Mayor of Perama, I


Oil Spilled After U.S. Train Derailment

File Image: A typical Crude Oil train in the United states makes its way south along inalnd waterways. CREDIT: Dagmar Etkin

Canadian National Railway Co said about 20,000 gallons of oil was released following a freight train derailment at Plainfield, the U.S. state of Illinois on Friday, according to a filing with state pollution regulators.   The cause of the derailment was unknown


Turkish Captain Says Greek Coast Guard Fired on His Ship

The captain of a Turkish freighter said on Monday that the Greek coast guard had fired on his vessel after he refused an order to dock at a port on the Greek island of Rhodes.   Turkey said the action was "disproportionate" and showed no regard for human life.  


Conrad Shipyard Founder Parker Conrad Passed Away

John Parker Conrad, Sr. (Photo courtesy of Conrad Shipyard)

John Parker Conrad, Sr., founder of Conrad Shipyard, died peacefully on July 6 surrounded by family and friends at his home in Morgan City, La. He was 101 years old.   A shipbuilding pioneer and a legend along the Gulf of Mexico coast and beyond, Parker founded Conrad Industries in 1948






 
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