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Saturday, August 18, 2018

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Upper Mississippi Fleeting Signs with MobileOps

Upper Mississippi Fleeting has signed a deal with MobileOps to help bolster safety, maintenance and regulatory initiatives across its fleet.Upper Mississippi Fleeting, located in Buffalo, Iowa, performs a variety of services in the area, including barge switching, fleeting, cleaning, repair, dry docking, lock and dam assistance bridge assistance.MobileOps is a technology company that specializes in the design and development of software applications for the maritime industry.

U.S. Coast Guard Responding to Barge Fire on Mississippi River

Accumulating water from firefighting causes barge to begin sinking.   The U.S. Coast Guard reported late last night that it was responding to a sinking barge near the Huey P. Long Bridge in New Orleans, LA.   Coast Guard reports have the barge moored at a fleeting area, and was ablaze at Mile Marker 105 on the Mississippi River. Beyond this, and as water accumulated during firefighting efforts, the barge - loaded with scrap cars - began to sink.   As of approximately 2100 hours CDT last night, no injuries had been reported.   Reporting by Karen Rodrigues

Shipbuilding: Weldon Named VP at HII Ingalls

Scott Weldon. Photo: HII

Scott Weldon was promoted to vice president of supply chain management at HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division. In this role, Weldon will provide leadership to all Ingalls supply chain management functions, including sourcing, procurement, inventory control and material warehousing. He succeeds Lori Harper, who will retire on Aug. 1 after more than 15 years of service at Ingalls. Weldon joined HII in 1998 and served in various leadership positions across the shipyard. Most recently, he served as chief procurement officer.

Huntington Ingalls Industries Completes Sea Trials of Indiana

Indiana. Photo: Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding division has successfully completed the initial sea trials on the newest Virginia-class submarine, Indiana (SSN 789). The initial round of sea trials, known as alpha trials, provides an opportunity to test all systems and components. It includes submerging for the first time and high-speed maneuvers while on the surface and submerged. “Sea trials is a significant milestone and the first major test of submarine’s capabilities at sea,” said Dave Bolcar, Newport News’ vice president of submarine construction.

An Unlikely and Remarkable Safety Journey

(Credit: Gregory Thorp)

Late last year, the Transportation Research Board released a major study that was undertaken “in response to the rapid development of domestic sources of energy and questions about the safest ways to move these products.” The Study Committee examined the operational responses of the three primary modes impacted by the fracking revolution – rail, pipeline and maritime. A primary observation of this work was that that the “Marine Transportation System Offers a Model for Robust Safety…

E.N. BISSO Acquires PETCHEM

The Christine S operates in Port Canaveral (Photo: E.N. BISSO & SON)

New Orleans based E.N. BISSO & SON, INC. announced it has acquired fellow harbor tug serves provider PETCHEM, INC. of Port Canaveral, Fla., effective June 27, 2018.PETCHEM’s business at Port Canaveral, which includes three tugs and has been active since 1984, will continue to operate as PETCHEM, INC. with all staffing, personnel, equipment and service commitments unchanged.E.N. BISSO has a fleet of 16 tugs and provides ship assist tug service at New Orleans/Lower Mississippi River and Gulfport, Miss.“We are excited about this expansion opportunity as we believe PETCHEM, INC.

VT Halter Launches New Ferry for Virginia

Powhatam (Photo: VT Halter Marine)

Mississippi shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc. has launched a new ferry, Powhatam, for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).In November 2016, VT Halter Marine was awarded the contract for the design, construction and delivery of the new 499-passenger/70-vehicle ferry that will replace the current vessel, the Virginia, which was built in 1936. The new ferry Powhatam, measuring 270ft x 65ft x 15ft, is capable of holding up to 70 passenger vehicles, or 14 trucks/buses…

Oil Companies Make Few Bids in US Offshore Lease Auction

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Oil companies bid on less than 1 percent of the parcels offered in a sweeping U.S. auction of Gulf of Mexico exploration leases on Wednesday, showing tepid interest in the region for the second time this year.Oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp was awarded 25 blocks, the largest of any company, followed by BP Plc with 19 high bids and Hess Corp and Equinor, which each had 16.Smaller companies, including Talos Energy Offshore, Houston Energy and W&T Offshore were among the top ten high bidders. In total, 23 companies bid in the U.S.

Interview: Volvo Penta's Ron Huibers

Ron Huibers, President, Volvo Penta of the Americas. Photo: Ron Huibers

As Volvo Penta continues its strategic penetration of the commercial maritime sector, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News checks in with Ron Huibers, President, Volvo Penta of the Americas. When we first met with you a few years ago, Volvo Penta was in the early stages of a strategic move into the commercial maritime sector in North America. Please update your progress. Historically, we have been strong in the marine commercial markets outside of North America. Five years ago…

Rerouting a River

The Old River Control Structure and its future implications for the Mighty MississippiPrior to about 1500, the bodies of water now called the Mississippi River and the Red River (also known as the Red River of the South) were roughly parallel along their southern reaches, each emptying separately into the Gulf of Mexico. About 1500, the Mississippi, which has a long history of meandering, developed a large bend to the west in the vicinity of what is now Point Breeze, Louisiana. That bend, sometimes referred to as Turnbull’s Bend, connected with the Red River and had the effect of making the Red River basically a tributary of the Mississippi, with only a small portion of its waterflow continuing south. That southern waterflow is now called the Atchafalaya River.

USACE Approves Mississippi River Channel Deepening

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Director of Civil Works signed a memorandum to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) requesting concurrence with the finding that the recommended deepening of the Mississippi River Ship Channel (MRSC) to 50 feet is economically justified and environmentally sustainable. The memorandum also requests approval of budgeting for the project.

New US Riverboat American Song Nearly Complete

American Song (Photo: American Cruise Lines)

American Cruise Lines' new vessel, American Song, the first modern riverboat in U.S. history, is nearly complete.This week, American Song, under its own power, moved from the East Outfitting Basin at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md., to the yard’s outfitting bulkhead for the final outfitting touches.American Song is set to make its inaugural cruise October 6, 2018 on the Mississippi River from New Orleans. The vessel will cruise the Line’s Lower Mississippi River itineraries…

St. Louis: the heartland’s intermodal hub hosts two industry events

On the IMX tradeshow floor: Scania USA Sales Manager (Marine) Al Alcala and MarineNews Editor Joseph Keefe this week got together to discuss current trends in propulsion.

The 5th annual inland IMX show coincides with the first ever FreightWeek STL. For transport professionals, supply chain stakeholders and inland operators alike, there was something for everyone. St. Louis, MO: This week’s IMX inland marine industry tradeshow may have been the primary focus for inland stakeholders, but there were many more reasons to be here in St. Louis. Parallel with and coordinating with the 5th annual event was the weeklong FreightWeek STL event intended to spotlight freight and transportation industries, opportunities and to underscore the St.

Staying Afloat with Strong Workboat Insurance

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When it comes to insuring your assets, changing markets and risk variables demand better understanding of the underwriting process, as well as a long-term, stable relationship with an insurer who – like you – is in for the long run.U.S. inventor Thomas Edison once said, “There is no substitute for hard work.” Nobody knows this better than the men and women who operate diverse and industrious workboat fleets.Ferrying commuters, towing dry and liquid bulk, and assisting larger ocean…

Bollinger Wins SCA Safety Award

Ben Bordelon, Bollinger President and CEO, accepting the SCA award from Davis Gaddy, SCA Government Relations Coordinator (left) and Matthew Paxton, SCA President (right). (Photo: Bollinger Shipyards)

Bollinger Shipyards was presented the 2017 “Award for Excellence in Safety” by the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) on May 17, 2018 during SCA’s Annual General Membership Meeting in Washington, D.C.SCA, the national association representing the U.S. shipyard industry, honors companies with annual safety awards for enhancement of operations and promotion of safety and accident prevention.Ben Bordelon, Bollinger President and CEO, noted Bollinger has earned the SCA Award for…

EPA Announces Funding to Reduce Diesel Emissions

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Preference given to fleets in areas facing air quality challenges. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of grant funding to modernize the nation’s diesel fleet by retrofitting or replacing vehicles with cleaner, more efficient diesel engines. EPA anticipates awarding approximately $40 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) grant funding to eligible applicants, subject to the availability of funds. “These grants will incentivize improvements to aging diesel fleets and improve air quality throughout the country…

Thordon to Eqip New Class of Towboat

Installation of Thordon’s RiverTough water-lubricated bearing (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

Thordon Bearings, of Burlington, Ont., has received an order to supply four comprehensive shipsets of stern gear for a new class of towboat.The four boats are being built by U.S. shipyard Master Marine of Bayou La Batre, Ala., for Waterfront Services, based in of Cairo, Ill.. The new vessels have been designed to meet the requirements of Subchapter M, a set of federal rules recently introduced by the U.S. Coast Guard, relating to the inspection requirement for towboats, including seaworthiness standards and safety protocols.The 67ft x 28ft boats…

Kirby Acquires Targa's Inland Tank Barge Fleet

File Image: A Kirby tankerman attends to a cargo operation (CREDIT: Kirby)

Kirby Corporation has announced the signing of an agreement to acquire Targa Resources Corp’s inland marine tank barge business for approximately $69.3 million in cash. The purchase will be financed through additional borrowings. Targa’s inland marine tank barge fleet consists of 16 pressure barges that have a total capacity of approximately 258,000 barrels, many of which are under long-term multi-year contracts. The closing of the acquisition is expected to occur near the end of the second quarter and is subject to customary closing conditions.

Tech File: Material Handler Boosts Paducah’s Productivity

Located at the confluence of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, the Ohio River and the Cumberland River and just upstream from the Mississippi, the City of Paducah is an important hub in the inland waterways network. In 2015, newly appointed Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority Executive Director Bill Miller’s first priority was to upgrade the port’s infrastructure.“Our 20 year old lattice boom crane was past its useful service life,” he said, adding, “So the Board for the Riverport Authority authorized a bid spec to replace it with the best available equipment.” Today…

Memphis Orders Fire Rescue Patrol Boat

San Francisco Bay Area boat designer and builder Moose Boats said it has been awarded a contract from The City of Memphis Fire and Police Departments for the construction of a M2-38 Fire Rescue and Patrol Catamaran.Twin Cummins engines at 425hp each with Hamilton water jets will power the boat, which is being built to respond to incidents on the Mississippi River and in The Port of Memphis, Tenn. Memphis Fire and Police’s new boat will be equipped with a single Hale fire pump flowing close to 2,000 gallons per minute of water through Task Force Tips fire monitors and valves.The M2 will be equipped with a host of Simrad electronics including multifunction navigation screen…

Shell Awards Deepwater Installation Contract in GOM

Photo: Jumbo

In another sign that activity in the moribund offshore sector is starting to loosen, Jumbo said that it has won the installation contract for the Shell deep-water Vito development in the US Gulf of Mexico. The Vito development is located in the Mississippi Canyon, approximately 150 miles south of New Orleans in water depth of more than 4,000 feet. Jumbo’s installation contract involves the initial pre-lay of the mooring system as well as the subsequent tow and hook-up of the FPS. "The Jumbo Offshore team is very grateful to Shell for this opportunity.

Op/Ed: The Mississippi River is Boiling!

(Photo: GLDD)

U.S.-Flag dredgers answer the call in the Mississippi River Basin.Major flooding this winter in the Mississippi River Basin has created significant increased shoaling in the Southwest Pass Channel of the Mississippi River. Shoaling is generally described as the river containing elevated levels of sand and sediment resulting in high water levels and river swelling. The Southwest Pass, spanning the lower end of the Mississippi River (Baton Rouge, La.) to the Gulf of Mexico, services…

Inland Drydocks: Location, Location, Location

(Photo: TPG)

A recent dry dock rehab project in Chicago provides new options and money saving opportunities for inland and Great Lakes stakeholders alike.From software to steel plating, Indiana-based TPG Marine Enterprises provides a range of services in the Great Lakes and inland waterways markets. River based tug and barge services are based in Jeffersonville and Mt. Vernon, IN, on the Ohio River, as well as on Kentucky’s Green River. The company also owns TPG Chicago Dry Dock, located on the Calumet River.

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