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Monday, October 23, 2017

Towing Barge

Puerto Rico Towing Assists 'Run Out of Gas' Ship

Disabled Greek Ship on Tow: Photo credit Puerto Rico Towing

Tugs 'Triton' and 'Honcho' of the Puerto Rico Towing & Barge Co. recently assisted a drifting vessel off the coast of Puerto Rico. The cargo ship Global Destiny, owned and operated by Diavlos Maritime based in Athen, Greece, called for assistance the morning of Saturday, March 16. The vessel reported that it had run out of fuel and was drifting approximately five miles off the coast of Dorado, approximately nine miles north west of San Juan. Puerto Rico. Towing’s tug Triton came to the vessel’s aid and stood by the vessel until it was directed by the United States Coast Guard to proceed to the San Juan harbor anchorage. On Monday, March 18, the disabled ship was towed by the tug Triton and tug Honcho to anchorage, where after receiving inspection and clearance by the USCG, the vessel was towed to Pier 11 for refueling. Puerto Rico Towing’s Captain Neftali Padilla, celebrating his 15th year with the Company, was in charge of the rescue operation.  

Alabama Shipyard Sign Contract for ATB

Alabama Shipyard has signed a contract to build an articulated tug and barge (ATB) vessel for Allied Transportation Company of Norfolk, Va. Both vessels will be designed and built to ABS classification standards. "This is our third major contract award during the last four months of 2000," said Dick Wells, the yard's president. "The total value of these contracts is greater than $65 million. Our employment will grow to over 600 an increase of 300 new jobs from today."

102 Year-Old Steam Tug in Alameda Dry-Dock

Photo courtesy Wes Starratt

The 102-year old steam-powered, ocean-going tug, Hercules, is in dry-dock at Bay Ship & Yacht Co.’s Alameda yard for maintenance and repair work. Earlier this month she was towed across the bay from her berth at the Hyde Street Pier of the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, operated by the National Park Service.  She will be in dry-dock at BS&Y for about a month for sandblasting and painting the riveted steel hull, replacing the boat deck

Crowley Restructures Senior Management

Rockwell Smith (Photo courtesy Crowley Maritime Corporation)

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced a restructuring involving three members of its senior leadership team. John Douglass and Rob Grune will move to new positions, with Douglass taking over as senior vice president and general manager of Crowley's Puerto Rico/Caribbean liner services, and Grune taking over as senior vice president and general manager of Crowley's petroleum transportation group. Both executives will remain domiciled in Jacksonville and continue to report to Tom Crowley

Naming Ceremony for Tugboat HANDY-THREE

newly constructed tugboat, HANDY-THREE

A newly constructed tugboat, HANDY-THREE, is to be ceremoniously named at Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio, on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.  The tugboat has been sold to Puerto Rico Towing & Barge Co. of San Juan, Puerto Rico.   Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Representative of Northern Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District, will be the Sponsor and Principal Speaker for the tugboat HANDY-THREE. The vessel is the third of a class of Handy Size tugboats designed by Jensen

Texas City Y Collision: Formal Casualty Hearing Notified

Aftermath Texas City Y collision: Photo USCG

The US Coast Guard informs that in conjunction with the National Transportation Safety Board, it will begin a formal hearing at the Galveston County Criminal Justice Center Monday, June 2, 2014 at 1 p.m. concerning the collision between the bulk carrier 'Summer Wind', the tugboat 'Miss Susan' and its towed barge Background On March 22, 2014, the Summer Wind was en route to the Port of Houston when it collided with a barge owned by Kirby Inland Marine

Hydralift Skeg Use Gaining Speed

A device that increases the efficiency of barges is gaining in popularity on the West Coast, especially for Seattle to Alaska and Southeast Alaska runs. Many people report that Hydralift skegs substantially increase the efficiency of towed barges. This results in either increased towing speed or reduced fuel consumption because the horsepower required to tow at the same speed decreases. The Lynden Companies, Alaska Railbelt Marine (ARM) and Alaska Marine Lines (AML)

Canada Raises Security Bar: New Regs Coming

Transport Canada has strengthened its security requirements for vessels, marine facilities and ports by establishing the Marine Transportation Security Regulations. "The Government of Canada is committed to maintaining the safety and security of Canadian ports," said Transport Minister Tony Valeri. "The Marine Transportation Security Regulations will further enhance marine security across Canada and abroad." These regulations

Canadian Security Regs Tightened

Proposed amendments to the Marine Transportation Security Regulations that strengthen security requirements for vessels, marine facilities and ports were announced by Transport Minister Tony Valeri. "A secure, strong marine industry is vital to Canada's dynamic economy," said Mr. Valeri. "These regulations will surpass the International Maritime Organization requirements and help ensure that Canada's marine transportation system remains one of the most secure in the world."

Marine News Editor's Note, July 2015

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This edition of MarineNews headlines the increasingly diverse articulated tug-barge (AT/B) units which are beginning to make up a large percentage of the domestic merchant fleet. Conventional, less expensive towed barges are much slower than the traditional ships they replaced. That’s one reason that ATB’s are here to stay. The demand for the now familiar AT/B grew out of the need for low cost, safe, reliable, and more rapid marine transportation. That story begins on page 23.

Colac Remembered

Imagery Scanned from Navy Historic Archive. Photo:  Royal Australian Navy

 Despite being in the thick of action on many occasions, Bathurst class corvette HMAS Colac ended the Second World War with only two members of her ship’s company killed and two wounded, another amazing ship and crew being remembered 75 years on.   The casualties occurred on 26 May 1945, when the ship was hit twice by Japanese artillery fire from Choiseul Island, part of the Solomon Islands group.  

Weeks Marine Selects Vessel 365 for SubM Compliance

File photo: Weeks Marine

Weeks Marine has selected MarineCFO’s Vessel 365 product to achieve Subchapter M compliance for the 15 tugs in its Marine Services Division.   Jan Andrusky, Towing General Manager for Weeks Marine, said, "We are very pleased with the Vessel 365 product. The functionality is exactly what Weeks Marine and the tug and barge industry needs to achieve Subchapter M compliance. Vessel 365 will help us meet regulatory requirements and is an ideal complement to our Towing Safety

Ivy Marine Obtains Sub M TSMS Certificate

l to r: Pat Folan (TBS), Donny Cranfill (MARCOM), Steve Wilson (Ivy), Erin Pugh (TBS), Marcus Carlucci (TBS), Patrick Boles (Ivy) and Ed Marrufo (MARCOM) (Photo: Ivy Marine)

Ivy Marine, LLC, a two-towboat company out of Mobile, AL has become one of the first companies in the United States to obtain their TSMS Certificate. They are also the smallest company in the country to have obtained this certification.   “Ivy Marine partnered with Tug & Barge Solutions to develop a Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) that meets Subchapter M and the AWO RCP standard,” said Steve Wilson, Ivy Marine’s President

Campbell CEO Stephaich Weighs in on All Things Inland

(Photo: Campbell Transportation Company)

Peter H. Stephaich is Chairman and CEO of Blue Danube Incorporated and Campbell Transportation Company. Peter is also on the Board of Directors of Blue Danube, a position that he has held since 1982. If today he isn’t the most familiar name on the domestic waterfront, then perhaps, he should be. Serving the barge industry for over 30 years in a number of key roles, he also counts among his many qualifications his tenure(s) as Past Chairman and Past Treasurer of the American Waterways

The Many Missions (and Capabilities) of Weeks Marine

(Photo: Weeks Marine)

The almost 100-year old firm has many specialties, including the ability to construct innovative, complicated tonnage for its own purposes.   The slowdown in barge construction in some sectors hasn’t dampened the need for specialty barges in other areas. In many cases, these mission requirements can involve the repurposing of existing tonnage using sometimes innovative and unusual design parameters. Such was the case when Cranford

Foss Enlists ABS for Sub M Compliance Service

(Photo: Foss Maritime)

Seattle based Foss Maritime, owner and operator of a fleet of tugs offering maritime transportation and logistics services, has awarded a contract to classification society ABS to support compliance with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Subchapter M requirements.   The contract positions ABS as Foss’ Third Party Organization (TPO), providing a complete suite of Subchapter M services, including TPO surveys, International Safety Management (ISM) compliance

Damen Stan Pontoon Delivered to Norway

Damen Sales Manager Norway Remko Hottentot, with Torgeir Vareberg and Lisa Chaparian of Skyssbåtservice on the occasion of the contract signing for a Damen Stan Pontoon 4512.   (Photo: Damen)

Norwegian maritime transport company Skyssbåtservice has taken delivery of a Stan Pontoon 4512 from the Damen Shipyards Group. The 45-meter barge will be capable of fulfilling a variety of roles in both the general maritime transport sector projects and the oil and gas industry.   As well as carrying general cargo along the Norwegian coast on its 12 metric tons per m² deck, the barge is fitted with a bow ramp giving it full RoRo capability

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

Vane Brothers’ New Tug Christened

Vane tugboat New York being christened by St. Johns Ship Building Human Resources Manager Carla Newkirk (Photo: Vane Brothers)

The newest Vane Brothers tugboat, the New York, was christened during a brief ceremony June 12 at St. Johns Ship Building in Palatka, Fla   The New York is the sixth of eight 4,200-horsepower, model-bow tugs contracted through St. Johns by Vane Brothers.   Headquartered in Baltimore, Vane Brothers also conducts operations from a facility in Brooklyn and other locations along the U.S. East Coast. More than 50 Vane Brothers tugboats are primarily tasked with towing petroleum barges

Bureau Veritas Approves Wison's W-FSRP Concept

Photo: Wison

Wison Offshore & Marine said its newly-developed floating storage regasification and power generation barge (W-FSRP) has received Approval in Principle from Bureau Veritas. W-FSRP integrates functions of LNG loading and storage facilities, regasification and power generation. Wison and Bureau Veritas have completed the validation for the specified design of 50MW FSRP this time. As the turnkey service provider for the world’s first FLNG and FSRU barge

A Significant Date for Subchapter M

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July 20 marks a milestone in Subchapter M implementation.   Towing vessels with keels laid or major conversions on or after July 20, 2017 are required to meet 46 CFR Subchapter M and obtain a Certificate of Inspection (COI) prior to operating.   Additionally, starting July 20, 2018, a portion of existing towing vessels will have one year to meet all of Subchapter M and obtain COIs. As discussed in Subchapter M

Baydelta Chooses Rapp Marine Electric Tow Winch

Photo: Rapp Marine

For several decades, Rapp Marine has designed and delivered towing winches for workboat market. Combining the best ideas from Rapp’s past work in the other commercial industries and recommendations from the tugboat operators, Rapp Marine has developed long lasting and dependable towing winches. These past towing winches have mainly been powered using hydraulic systems in the North American market. Rapp Marine has previously delivered electric winches to commercial vessels in other

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.   

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. At the same time, the distribution of refined petroleum products sees great benefit from the efficiency of Articulated Tug Barges (ATBs)

Crowley Supports Platform Tow-out, Installation in US Gulf

(Photo: Crowley)

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

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