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Conoco To Build New Towboats

Conoco is building four new towboats with innovative safety, environmental and design improvements that set new standards for the inland towing industry. "We are raising the bar for towboat design, machinery and marine systems by constructing American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) class boats," said Karen Stacey, director of Conoco domestic marine. "The four new boats will have double-hulled fuel tanks to reinforce safety and environmental protection." Contrary to the name, towboats actually "push" cargo barges along the Intracoastal Waterway and major rivers. Conoco's inland marine fleet of seven towboats and 14 barges made more than 600 voyages last year, hauling over 21 million barrels of crude oil and refined products "The four new generation boats will replace older assets to enhance our productivity and reinforce our commitment to respecting the environment," said Rick Oshlo, Conoco vice president and general manager, supply and trading, materials and services The new towboats, being built by Orange Shipbuilding of Orange, Texas, will have safety enhancements such as CO2 extinguishing systems, fuel shutdowns, fire detection systems and fire fighting systems. Environmental upgrades will include main propulsion engines that are compliant with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions standards.


Three Groundings Cause Closure of Mississippi River

Investigators are working to determine the cause of three separate accidents that occurred along the river on Thursday. The 140-ft. towboat Capt. Russell Simpson ran aground at about 40 miles south of Helena, Ark., at mile marker 626.1. The towboat was pushing 25 barges of dry cargo at the time of the accident. The river wa closed between mile marker 623.1 and 628. The 200-ft. towboat Robert A. Kyle ran aground on Thursday, about 15 miles north of Rosedale, Miss., at mile marker 595


USCG Towboat Licensing Rules Are Still Pending

The saga of the USCG modification of the towing licensing rules continues. On Oct. 27, 2000 the USCG delayed by six months the implementation of the new towboat licensing requirements published November 19, 1999. They were to go into effect on Nov. 20, 2000. As you may recall, these rules make far reaching changes to the licensing system for towing vessels. They completely split towboat license off from the rest of the maritime licensing system


Driving the Inland Waterways

Eastern Thunderbolt  Towboat Proposal Profile

Propulsion evolves, improves and powers forward in the inland markets. And, Z-Drive propulsion is the future. In a white paper released late in 2014 by The Shearer Group, Ed Shearer and Greg Beers outlined The Next Generation of inland vessels, what will drive design changes and the advantages of azimuthing stern drives – or ‘Z-Drives,’ for short. The authors point out that, until recently, towboats on all the inland waterways and Gulf Coast have traditionally been built


Florida Transporters Orders Four Additional Eastern Towboats

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is announced that Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. of Mandeville, La. exercised an additional four 90’x32’x10’ Canal Class Inland Towboats. On January 23, 2013, Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. signed the 56th vessel that is currently under construction and with these additional four towboats brings the total to 60 vessels contracted. This ongoing option contract adds four more towboats that will be constructed from a common design furnished


Campbell Acquires Barges, Towboats from ACBL

Photo: Campbell Transportation Company, Inc.

Campbell Transportation Company, Inc. said it has signed an agreement with American Commercial Barge Line LLC (ACBL) to acquire certain affreightment contracts along with 155 barges and four towboats that will operate on the Ohio River system. Campbell said it expects to close the transaction by the end of the second quarter, subject to customary closing conditions. Once the acquisition has been completed, Campbell will own and/or manage more than 1


ConocoPhillips to Christen Towboat

Later this month, ConocoPhillips will christen a new towboat and, in the process, set higher standards for safety, environmental and design improvements within the inland towing industry. Antonio Valdes, general manager of ConocoPhillips’ marine division says, the new towboat is more capable and efficient, as well as reinforce environmental awareness. The ceremony christening Spirit which received classification from the American Bureau Of Shipping (ABS) will be held at Brady’s Landing in


Conoco Cuts Steel on Innovative Towboats

Conoco is building four new towboats that purportedly offer innovations in safety, environmental interaction, as well as design improvements that Conoco claims will set new standards for the inland towing industry. "We are raising the bar for towboat design, machinery and marine systems by constructing American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) class boats," said Karen Stacey, director of Conoco domestic marine. "The four new boats will have double-hulled fuel tanks to reinforce safety and


Horizon Towboat for Florida Marine

The nineteenth vessel delivered to FMT  Photo Horizon Shipbuilding

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. of Bayou La Batre, Alabama has delivered the M/V A.B. York, a 120’ towboat, to its longtime customer Florida Marine Transporters (FMT).This is the nineteenth vessel delivered to FMT by Horizon and the ninth 120’ towboat. Travis Short, President of Horizon Shipbuilding, stated, “After the delivery of the A.B. York this brings the total horsepower delivered to FMT by Horizon to nearly 100


Kirby Q2 2009 Results

Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX) announced net earnings for the second quarter ended June 30, 2009 of $33.7 million, or $.63 per share, compared with net earnings of $40.3 million, or $.74 per share, for the 2008 second quarter. Kirby's published 2009 second quarter guidance range was $.52 to $.62 per share. Consolidated revenues for the 2009 second quarter were $272.7 million compared with $348.3 million reported for the 2008 second quarter.


Z-Drive Collaboration on the Inland Waterways Expands

(Photo: ACBL)

American Commercial Barge Line’s leadership and early adoption of ZF Marine’s z-drive propulsion technology underscores a growing trend on the inland waterways.    American Commercial Barge Line (ACBL) has been around a long time – since 1915


IMS Announces New Client: Campbell Transportation

Dave Hammond (Photo: IMS)

U.S. inland vessel management company Inland Marine Service (IMS) said it has taken on Campbell Transportation Company as its latest client.   A fully integrated marine services company, Campbell is currently undergoing an acquisition with American Commercial Barge Line


Campbell Acquires ACBL Assets

Marine services company Campbell Transportation Company, Inc. (CTC) said it has completed the acquisition of certain affreightment contracts along with 155 barges and four towboats from American Commercial Barge Line LLC that will operate on the Ohio River system.  


Eastern Delivers Fourth Towboat to IWL River

(Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. said it has delivered the last of four newly built inland river towboats to IWL River, Inc., one of the builder’s newest clients.   The four new towboats – Impala Soledad, Impala Salgar, Impala Mompox and Impala Cantagallo – will service


Dozens Rescued from High-speed Ferry Accident

 The U.S. Coast Guard and local responders have rescued 55 people stranded aboard a high-speed ferry that hit a jetty while entering Hyannis Harbor, Mass.   The local fire department notified Coast Guard watchstanders at about 9:30 p.m


New Push Boat Delivered to Devall Towing

Photo: Laborde Products

Devall Towing and Boat Service pushes into the future with Mitsubishi Engines The newly built M/V Jackson Scott has been delivered to owner Devall Towing and Boat Service of Hackberry, La. The Jackson Scott is a 64’ X 27’ inland push boat, powered by two fully mechanical


Glosten Debuts New Harbor Tug Design

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Seattle-based marine consultancy Glosten has unveiled the HT-67: a new 67' ASD (Z-Drive) harbor tug designed for versatility of service on inland and near coastal waters. Outfitted with a tow winch and pin box/stern roller assembly, this tug can tow astern as efficiently as a conventionally


Subchapter M Survey Reports

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The advent of the subchapter M towboat rules – even though the bulk of the rules don’t come into effect until July of 2018 – requires a close look at your equipment. How you go about that important task will make all the difference.  


AWO Welcomes CVIDA Inclusion in Coast Guard Authorization Bill

Tom Allegretti (Photo: AWO)

The American Waterways Operators (AWO) said it welcomes the inclusion of the Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (CVIDA) and the recapitalization of the aging fleet of inland waterway tenders as part of the FY 2018 Coast Guard Reauthorization Act


AWO Approves LR as Third-Party RCP Auditor

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Lloyd's Register has received approval from the American Waterways Operators (AWO) as a third-party organization authorized to conduct audits of AWO member operations as part of its Responsible Carrier Program (RCP).   The RCP is a safety management system that provides a framework for the U


Horizon Delivers Towboat to FMT

Bayou La Batre, Ala. shipbuilder Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. said it has delivered the M/V Victoria Pasentine, a 120’ towboat with a retractable pilot house, to its home port of New Orleans.   The vessel, the 20th built by Horizon for Florida Marine Transporters (FMT) during their nine


Brazilian Shipyard BECONAL Uses FORAN

Photo: FORAN

The SENER engineering and technology group has signed a contract with shipyard Bertolini Construção Naval da Amazônia Ltda (BECONAL), providing it with a license to use its marine design and construction system, FORAN.


Western Towboat Signs with MobileOps

Image: MobileOps Inc.

MobileOps, Inc., a Redmond, Washington software comapny that specializes in the design and development of maritime software applications (dispatch, safety, compliance, vessel maintenance, timecards, analytics) announced that it has signed a contract with Western Towboat Company of Seattle.


Mississippi Mishap: Bridge Allision Triggers 2-Year License Defense

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Professional captains and pilots in all sectors of the maritime industry confront daunting challenges and hazards every day on every trip. From piloting oceangoing ships into congested harbors and safely docking them, to navigating ferries, tourist vessels and water taxis through harbors and


New Towboat Delivered to Lorris G. Towing

M/V Cole Guidry (Photo: Bollinger Shipyards)

M/V Cole Guidry, the newly designed Bollinger inland towboat, was delivered to owner Lorris G. Towing on December 16, 2016.     The M/V Cole Guidry, designed and built by Bollinger Shipyards, is a 2,000 HP inland towboat measuring 80 feet by 36 feet with a 10-foot draft






 
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