Bill G To Work Great Lakes
A & B Industries of Morgan City, La., delivered Bill G, a 76 x 26 ft. model-bow tug to Luhr Bros. Contractor of Columbia, Ill. Bill G will provide service for Luhr Bros. in its construction operations on Lake Michigan. Several special features were required to work in the area due to low bridge clearance and high water conditions. For example, the pilothouse roof is designed to fold down, and both the mast and radar base were designed to meet these requirements. Other features include dual spotlights, on port and one starboard, and bow pudding that extends to the 12 ft. mark. Main propulsion comes from two Caterpillar 3508B diesels, producing a total of 1,710 hp at 1,800 rpm. The engines are connected to Michigan 70 in. by 60 in. four-bladed, stainless steel wheels through Twin Disc MG-5310DC marine gears with 4.96 to 1 reduction ratios. Bill G's running speed is approximately 13 knots. The Bill G's service power comes from twin Caterpillar 3304B gensets. All of the Caterpillar engines for the tug were serviced by Louisiana Machinery's Morgan City location. The pneumatic controls are from Wabco and the hydraulic steering system from ESI. Tankage inclues 27,310 gal. fuel; 5,624 gal. potable water; 150 gal. lube oil; and 150 gal. hydraulic oil. Bill G has a crew capacity of five. A & B also recently expanded the dry dock and the dry dock facilities
A&B Industries To Build 76 Ft. Tug
A&B Industries, of Morgan City, La., has signed a contract with Luhr Bros., Columbia, Ill., for a 76-ft. model bow tug for service in the Great Lakes as a switch tug and general operations vessel. The tug will be powered by twin Caterpillar 3508B main engines producing 1,710 hp. Since the tug will be involved in operations in low bridge clearance areas, its superstructure and mast were modified to a low profile to meet a 19 ft. air gap clearance
WWII Landing Ship Restored as Floating Museum/Memorial
The LST-325 (Landing Ship, Tank), a World War II amphibious vessel designed to land battle-ready tanks, troops and supplies directly onto enemy shores, will once again be plying the waters, but this time, being towed as a floating memorial making a maiden educational voyage on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers this summer. The LST-325 is one of only two World War II LSTs to be preserved in the United States and is crewed solely by veterans
Ferries to be Sold at Unreserved International Auction
Three PacifiCat-class fast ferries capable of carrying 1,000 passengers and 250 vehicles at speeds of up to 34 knots will be sold at an international, unreserved public auction March 24 at Canada Place, Vancouver, by Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. The 400-ft. (122-m) aluminum vessels, PacifiCat Explorer, PacifiCat Discovery and PacifiCat Voyager, are among the largest catamaran fast ferries in the world, and were designed by Phil Hercus of Incat Designs, Sydney, Australia
Coast Guard Investigates Sinking of Towboat
At press time, U.S. Coast Guard from Marine Safety Office (MSO) St. Louis investigators were trying to determine the cause of the sinking of the towing vessel Patty Ann, while the Missouri Highway Patrol searched the Mississippi River for Patty Ann's operator, John Distefano. The boat sank at about 11:50 p.m. on Feb. 27 at mile marker 127.2, at the Tower Rock Stone Fleet, on the Upper Mississippi River, approximately three miles north of Ste. Genevieve, Mo.
Coalition Urges Congress to Address Asian Carp in the Great Lakes
A coalition of maritime business and industry organizations sent a letter to key Members of Congress on Friday, March 24 urging funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) to further support efforts undertaken by the State of Illinois to slow, stop and reverse the migration of Asian carp, an aquatic invasive species, through cost-effective measures. In the letter, the UnLock Our Jobs (UOJ) coalition members review the record of success that the GLRI has had in working
A&P Group & McCall Bros. Form Alliance
McCall Bros. Propellers Ltd., and A&P Group agreed to form a non-exclusive marketing alliance to promote their respective capabilities and resources. Commenting on the alliance, Hugh McCall, chairman and managing director of McCall Bros. Propellers said "We welcome the alliance which will enable us to enhance our service to our customers." Clive Towl, Group Business Development Director of A&P Group also commented "This alliance is further evidence of our desire to forge close ties with
Greenbrier Announces New Marine Orders
The Greenbrier Companies announced today that its Gunderson Marine division in Portland, Oregon has received an order from Sause Bros. for a 100,000 barrel double-hull oceangoing oil barge. The order is the fourth in a series of barges currently on order from Sause Bros., also headquartered in Oregon. Coupled with other recent orders from Alaska Marine Lines, a Lynden company, Greenbrier's marine backlog is now valued at over $30 million, and extends into mid-2004.
PVA:Three PacifiCat-class Fast Ferries on the Block
Three PacifiCat-class fast ferries capable of carrying 1,000 passengers and 250 vehicles at speeds of up to 34 knots will be sold at an international, unreserved public auction at 11:00 a.m. PST on March 24, 2003 at Canada Place, Vancouver, by Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. The 400-ft. (122-m) aluminum vessels, PacifiCat Explorer, PacifiCat Discovery and PacifiCat Voyager, are among the largest catamaran fast ferries in the world
Coast Guard Responds to Rock Barge Incident
Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit (MSU) Port Arthur is responding to a marine casualty on the Sabine-Neches waterway involving a barge under tow, which became unstable and dumped its cargo of rock into the water. The Coast Guard received a notice that the towing vessel Kacie Luhr, pushing four rock barges, was taking on water and one of the rock barges had dumped about 1,650 tons of rock into the navigation channel. Coast Guard smallboats transported all six crewmembers from the towing
Vane Bros. Continues Fleet Expansion
Vane Brothers, a marine transportation provider headquartered in Baltimore, has added two vessels to its fleet: the 4,200-horsepower tugboat Hudson and 55,000‐barrel barge Double Skin 601. The Hudson is the second of eight vessels in Vane’s Elizabeth Anne Class of 4,200‐horsepower tugboats contracted through St. Johns Ship Building in Palatka, Fla. The Elizabeth Anne was delivered in January, while the third in the series, the Baltimore, is scheduled for completion this summer.
Berth and Billions: Cruise Business Powers European Yards
In a historically weak contracting environment the cruise sector has seen a strong level of newbuild ordering and investment in the year to date, says a research report by Clarkson. Cruise lines have continued to expand their fleets, with new markets such as China in their sights. While a number of yards have benefitted from this firm level of newbuilding activity, they have all been European and the region remains dominant in the cruise sector.
Vane Bros. Orders Tugs from Chesapeake Shipbuilding
Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. announced it has signed contracts with Vane Brothers to build three more ocean going tugs, marking the 18th, 19th and 20th tugboats built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding for Vane Brothers since 2008. The new contract will continue Chesapeake’s steady output of Vane tugs as the shipyard currently has three tugboats under construction for Vane Brothers. The design of the three new tugboats will be nearly identical to previous tugboats built for
Crowley Sells Ice-breaking Cargo Barge to Tagiuk
Crowley Marine Services has sold a 205’ x 90’ x 15’ former ice-strengthened, icebreaker / cargo barge, Arctic Endeavor, to Tagiuk LLC., the ship broker Marcon International, Inc. reported. The 3,029mtdw barge was built in 1982 by Gunderson Bros. to support resupply sailings to ports in the Arctic while being pushed by two 2,100HP Point-Class tugs. The barge was unique in having a wide spoon shaped bow tapering aft from 90’ at its widest point at frame 25
EBDG-designed aluminum ferry to be Constructed
Elliott Bay Design Group has designed a steel hull, aluminum superstructure vessel which will be built by Nichols Bros Boat Builders for Wahkiakum County. The 115 ft. x 47 ft. 6 in 23-Car, 100 passenger ferry, named the M/V OSCAR B after former skipper and owner Oscar Bergseng, will run between ferry terminals in Cathlamet, Wash. and Westport, Ore. The M/V OSCAR B is designed to operate at 8
Obituary: Joseph E. LeBlanc Jr.
Joseph E. LeBlanc Jr. passed away on June 27, 2014. He was 87 years old. Joe was president of Three Rivers Rock Quarry in Smithland, Ky. (a division of Harbert Construction), Three Rivers Towing, Harcon Barge Lines and Louisiana Limestone during the late 60s and 70s. He also worked later for Luhr Brothers at their St. Genevieve, Mo. Facility and was General Manager for Boyce Machinery in Morgan City, La. for a few years and also worked as a consultant and for NREC in Houma after he retired
DoD Awards US$117-M New Orleans Dredge Contract
The US Department of Defense informs that it has awarded Boh Bros. Construction Co., LLC, New Orleans, Louisiana, a US$116,956,672 firm-fixed-price contract with options for the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project's widening of the Florida Avenue Canal, Phase II and III, Orleans Parish, Louisiana. Work will be performed in New Orleans, Louisiana, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 15, 2018. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $116,956
U.S. Merchant Bank Buys Aging Newfoundland Refinery
A New York-based commodities merchant bank run by veteran energy traders, Neal Shear and Kaushik Amin, announced on Friday plans to buy the aging Come by Chance refinery in Newfoundland from South Korea's state-run oil company. Korea National Oil Corp said it will sell the 115,000-barrel-per-day refinery to SilverRange Financial Partners LLC for an undisclosed price following a months-long search to find a buyer. The deal also includes 53 gas stations and convenience stores.
MN 100: LeBeouf Bros. Towing, LLC
124 Dry Dock Road Bourg, Louisiana 70343 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: lebeouftowing.com CEO: Richard “Dickie” Gonsoulin President: Jon Gonsoulin Number of Employees: 250 The Company: LeBeouf Bros. Towing, LLC is one of the oldest marine towing companies operating the U.S. inland waterway system. Formed in the early 1940s by brothers Willard and Irvin LeBeouf, and joined in 1946 by Earl Gonsoulin, the company was purchased by the Gonsoulin family in 1968.
Marcon Sells 3,900BHP Tug Overseas
Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington announced the sale of the 3,900BHP, U.S. flag twin screw tug Maria Brusco (ex-Ocean Service) from a U.S. owner to private overseas buyers for transfer to registry under foreign flag. The 127’ x 32’ x 14’ depth tug was originally built in 1967 by Burton Shipyard Inc. in Port Arthur, Texas as Hull 404 for International Bulk Transport of Wilmington
Triad, EMP Join Forces
As part of its product rollout strategy Eco Marine Power (EMP) announced today that it has signed a support agreement with Theodosiou Bros Ltd (TRIAD Ltd) of Piraeus, Greece. This agreement between EMP and TRIAD Ltd will lead to the establishment of a technical support hub in Greece from which the companies will be able to provide jointly, a variety of technical services related to EMP's products and solutions.
Farmers Hit by Strife at West Coast Ports
Protracted labor strife and shipping disruptions at U.S. West Coast ports have hit farmers especially hard, posing a major barrier to perishable goods headed to overseas markets and resulting in losses estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars a week. Foreign Pacific Rim customers facing chronic delays in shipments of U.S. food and farm products are turning to other countries for produce ranging from citrus and apples to beef and pork
Port of Cleveland Scores Sediment Customer
The Port of Cleveland and its partner Kurtz Bros., Inc. have scored their first major user in the Port’s effort to market sediment for beneficial use. Great Lakes Construction, Co. has purchased 6,890 cubic yards of sediment for use in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Lakeland Boulevard / I-90 Replacement Project in Euclid. The Great Lakes’ purchase—enough to fill 300 standard dump trucks—represents a big step forward in the
First US Shale Gas Exports to Sail into Oversupplied Market
When Cheniere Energy opened a new liquefied natural gas import terminal in Louisiana in 2008, a U.S. shale drilling boom quickly made it obsolete. Seven years on, with the Houston-based firm about to open a landmark export plant on the same site, the timing, again, is far from ideal. A Reuters analysis shows that a slump in oil prices and global abundance of LNG threaten to undercut the economics of U.S. gas exports
AMP Honors Senator Mazie Hirono
The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, today recognized U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) with the 2016 Champion of Maritime Award. Sen. Hirono is honored for her long-standing support and commitment to the men and women of American Maritime in her work on the Senate Armed Services Committee and as a Ranking Member of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Energy.