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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Lifting Barge

Crowley Transports Panama Canal Gate

Panama Canal Gate

  Crowley Maritime Corp.’s heavy lift barge 455 4 successfully delivered the first in a series of new gates for the ongoing Panama Canal expansion. Crowley is scheduled to help transport all eight of the gates involved in the Pacific side lock expansion of the Canal – a project that when coupled with the Atlantic side expansion will create a new lane of vessel traffic and double the waterway’s capacity. The 455 4 was contracted by Sarens, a Belgium-based heavy lift company, to transport the gates from Cristóbal, a port on the Atlantic side of the Canal, to Grupo Unidos por el Canal, SA’s (GUPC SA) construction dock, which was built to receive the gates on the canal’s Pacific side. The 105-foot wide barge, currently the largest capable of transiting the Canal, was towed by Panama Canal Authority (ACP) tugs and made the transit in only one day. “Crowley provided Sarens the barge to complete this important step in the historical expansion of the Panama Canal,” said John Ara, vice president Crowley solutions group. “As family-owned, privately-held companies, both keenly focused on safety, integrity and high performance, working together proved to be a successful partnership for a project that the entire world is literally watching.”

Conquest Offshore Partakes in Troll Solution Wreck Removal

Photo: Conquest Offshore

Conquest Offshore’s MB-1 heavy lift barge was the key asset in the largest wreck removal recorded in 2016.  Conquest MB-1 removed the Troll Solution jack-up rig from the seabed 30 meters deep of the Bay of Campeche, Mexico.  The accident occurred back in May 2015 when the Troll Solution tilted during the positioning to carry out maintenance work related to the Caan Alf production platform, operated by PEMEX, Mexico’s National Oil Company

Offshore Lifting Trials Completed

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Offshore lifting trials with crane barge Conquest MB1 and Cargo / supply vessel Abis Dublin successfully completed. deugro Denmark A/S, together with partners Conquest Offshore and Amasus Shipping / Abis Shipping, have developed a plan for the installation of offshore windpark components. The approach of this plan is the use of a standard offshore barge with a 1,500 tons offshore crane (Conquest MB1) that will stay on location and will do the actual installation work on site (at present

Inland Salvage Completes Salvage of Sunken Barge

Inland Salvage Raises Scrap Metal Barge on the Mississippi River.

Inland Salvage Inc. Completes Lightering and Salvage Operations of Sunken Hopper Barge. Inland Salvage Inc.recently completed the removal of approximately 1000 tons of structural scrap steel from a sunken hopper barge and subsequent salvage of the barge which had been obstructing a loading dock on the Mississippi River near LaPlace, LA. Immediately upon being notified by the dock's owner that Inland Salvage Inc. (ISI) had been appointed as the salvor

Heavy Lifter: Spreader Beam Lifting Rig for Bridge Project

The spreader beam lifting rig was used below the hook of a crane barge on the Firth of Forth.

 Rope and Sling Specialists Ltd provided a below-the-hook solution to infrastructure management company Amey to lift a truck-mounted access platform during maintenance on the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland. Amey, on behalf of Transport Scotland, undertakes services associated with the operation, management and maintenance of the Forth Road Bridge and its approach roads. It carried out overnight repairs on the bridge last month (December)

Offshore Living Quarter Modules Delivered by SAL Heavy Lift

Loading the Modules: Photo courtesy of SAL Heavy Lift

SAL Heavy Lift recently transported two living quarter modules from the fabrication yard in Stord, Norway to their destination in Onne, Nigeria. In addition to the sea transportation of the modules, SAL arranged a multi-modal pre-carriage from the manufacturer to the berth where MV “Lone” loaded the Living Quarters. For the pre-carriage, SAL and Norwegian agents Alex Birger Grieg mobilized a 9,000 mtons dwt flat top barge which was towed from Stavanger by a 50 tbp tug to the

Offshore Salvage of Barge 100 ft Down Succeeds

Inland Salvage Inc. successfrully completes offshore salvage operation to raise anchor barge from 100 ft of water Inland Salvage Inc. recently conducted offshore salvage operations 40 nautical miles southwest of Eugene Island, LA, successfully raising an anchor barge that sank in approximately 100 feet of water. They were called upon by the vessel's owner to develop and execute a safe and expedient salvage plan to recover the anchor barge which went down during high seas in the Gulf of

Donjon Salvages Sunken Barge

Donjon’s Chesapeake 1,000 heavy lift crane works to salvage a sunken barge under the Newport Pell Bridge in Newport, Rhode Island last November.

Donjon salvags sunken barge under Newport Pell Bridge.   Donjon Marine, Co., Inc., a provider of multi-faceted marine services including marine salvage, heavy lift, dredging and related emergency response services, was contracted in early November 2011 to raise a 300-ton barge used as a platform for painting supplies and disposal equipment that sank in 100 feet of water after a violent Nor’Easter storm near Newport Pell Bridge in Newport, Rhode Island

TITAN Salvage Lighters the New Flame

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With personnel working around the clock for the past 10 days, the TITAN Salvage team in Gibraltar managed to reduce the weight of the New Flame's stern section by 300 tons to about 2,660 tons, thereby enabling the crane barge Rambiz to lift the piece free from the water and place it aboard the barge Giant III for onward transport to a scrapping facility. The achievement is the latest in a series of major milestones, in what is believed to be the largest wreck removal operation being undertaken

T&T Bisso Refloats Sunken Drill Barge

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T&T Bisso salvaged a 2,000-ton inland drill barge capsized by Hurricane Gustav in Southern Louisiana. T&T Bisso salvage engineers designed a method to right and refloat the inland drill barge using four derrick barges and a pull barge. “The rig sustained minimal damage from the hurricane so it was imperative that we use extreme care in salvaging the barge to mitigate further damage,” said W.A

BigRoll to Continue as Part of Roll Group

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BigRoll will continue  services as part of Roll Group. With the merger of the BigRoll organization, Roll Group will expand its fleet with of two module carriers in combination with the five existing multifunctional heavy lift, semi-submersible Ro-Ro vessels. The combination of BigRoll and RollDock allows for greater flexibility and enables Roll Group to provide improved Ro-Ro solutions to clients. Roll Group can benefit from the many years of engineering and project execution experience

Locks Failure Highlights US Infrastructure Woes

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The Ohio River was closed to commercial navigation on Monday near Brookport, Illinois, after a hydraulic system used to open and close lock gates at lock and dam 53 failed, the Waterways Council said.   A queue of more than 65 towboats was waiting to pass through the area on Monday morning, the group said in a news release.   The closure was the latest headache for shippers scrambling to haul newly harvested soybeans from Midwest farms to export terminals along the Gulf Coast.

Fuel Imports, Distribution in Puerto Rico Starts to Unclog

Shipments of gasoline and diesel into Puerto Rico have resumed after Hurricane Maria, with ports restarting operations, though there were still long fuel lines around the island on Thursday, according to traders and Thomson Reuters tracking data.   Residents lined up for diesel for power generators and to fill cars with gasoline, while at least one tanker discharged at the port of San Juan as oil terminals reopened some facilities.  

Conrad Awarded 9-Barge Build Contract

Cutter Suction Dredge ‘Alaska’ previously delivered by Conrad to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (Photo: Conrad)

Conrad Shipyard said it has been awarded a contract to build four anchor barges, two deck barges and three crane varges for Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company LLC (GLDD), headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill. The four anchor barges will be built in Louisiana at Conrad’s Morgan City Shipyard, and the deck and crane barges will be built at its shipyard in Orange, Texas.   Conrad Senior Vice President and Director Dan Conrad made the announcement: “We have delivered seven vessels

US Amphibious Assault Ships Relief Mission in Virgin Islands

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 The amphibious assault ships USS Wasp (LHD 1), USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) along with the Marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit are supporting the lead federal agency in providing humanitarian relief efforts for Hurricane Irma.    Wasp, the first Navy platform to arrive in the vicinity of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is providing medium and heavy lift helicopters to transport people and supplies

US Navy Awards USS Fitzgerald Heavy Lift Contract

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The U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command has awarded a $3.1 million firm, fixed-price contract for the heavy lift of USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) following a fatal collision with a Philippine containership off the coast of Japan on June 17. Houston based Patriot Shipping has been awarded the contract to move Fitzgerald from Yokosuka, Japan, to Pascagoula, Miss. where the ship will be repaired by Huntington Ingalls Industries. 

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. Louis, Missouri, region delivers the highest level of grain barge handling capacity anywhere along the Mighty Mississippi. In fact, it is now being called the “Agriculture or Ag Coast” of America in terms of barge transfer facilities for

Damen Stock Tugs Shipped to Rotterdam

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Shipbuilder Damen said its latest transport of newbuild vessels has arrived in the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The multiple vessel shipment carried on board the SAL Heavy Lift vessel MV Lone comprises various Damen Tugs and one Multi Cat that have been constructed at Damen’s yards in Vietnam.   Consisting of two Stan Tugs 2608, three ASD Tugs 2411, four ASD Tugs 2810, two ASD Tugs 3212 and a Multi Cat 1908

ZEABORN Buys Five Heavy-lift Cargo Ships

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 On July 31, 2017, the ZEABORN Group signed the contracts for the purchase of five 30,000dwt Superflex Heavy Lift vessels, all of which are sister ships of the previously acquired Rickmers Hamburg, and are employed in the Rickmers-Line liner service acquired by ZEABORN in April. The parties involved have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.   While the title to the vessels will pass to ZEABORN by the end of September

Crowley Supports Platform Tow-out, Installation in US Gulf

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Crowley Maritime Corp.’s ocean class tugboats and 455-series high-deck strength barges recently played an integral role in the tow-out and installation of Hess’ Stampede tension-leg platform (TLP) in the deep waters of the U.S. Gulf.   Demonstrating both nearshore and offshore capabilities, six Crowley vessels worked together alongside other third-party assets to deliver the oversized, overweight platform, tendons and other equipment from the Kiewit facility in Ingleside

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.   Following the delivery of the first ATB in the fall of 2016, the recent delivery completes a contract signed in July 2014.   

Harren & Partner to Acquire SAL Heavy Lift

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 Bremen-based shipping company Harren & Partner and "K" Line, Tokyo, have reached an agreement for Harren & Partner to acquire German carrier SAL Heavy Lift today (27 July 2017).    SAL will become the new dominant player in the super heavy lift segment (900 t to 2,000 t crane capacity).   SAL Heavy Lift, founded in 1980 in the "Altes Land" area near Hamburg, is one of the world's leading carriers specialised in the sea transport of heavy

Hatenboer-Water Reverse Osmosis Units For Diving Support Barges

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Holland Shipyards has asked Hatenboer-Water to supply two Tethys reverse osmosis (RO) water treatment  units for diving support barges scheduled to be deployed along the Gabon coast. The order marks the first project for Tethys, the new Hatenboer-Water standard water maker series for compact applications.  From the Netherlands to Africa The RO units are to be installed aboard two diving support barges currently under construction in the Holland Shipyards’ site in

Aircraft Carrier John F. Kennedy Half Complete

John F. Kennedy’s lower stern was lifted into place at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division, where the second Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier is now 50 percent structurally complete. (Photo: John Whalen/HII)

U.S. shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) said the structure of nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) is now 50 percent complete.   The second Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier CVN 79 grew about 70 feet in length with the addition of the lower stern, which was recently lifted into place at HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division.   Like Ford, which was delivered to the Navy earlier this month

Public-Private Project Promises to Revive America’s Marine Highway

APH engineer incorporates patent-pending aspects allowing the LNG powered self-propelled self-docking vessels to travel without a wake. The radical technology being incorporated in the vessel design allows the loaded vessels to operate at a draught of less than 10 feet.

Plaquemines and American Patriot Holdings plan new container port-vessel system.   Plans are underway for a new 4,200-acre intermodal container terminal within the Port of Plaquemines Harbor and Terminal District. The project, a partnership (Exclusivity Agreement) between the Port and American Patriot Holdings (APH) calls for the development of a logistics system for “vessel operations comprised of deep-water docking at the Pointe Celeste Container Terminal and multiple upriver

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