Greenbrier Announces Three New Marine Orders
The Greenbrier Companies announced today that its Gunderson Marine division in Portland, Oregon has received orders for three oceangoing deck cargo barges valued at approximately $25 million. Coupled with other recent orders, Greenbrier's marine backlog is now valued at over $35 million, and extends into mid-2005. The first order is for a 360' deck cargo barge for Alaska Marine Lines, a Lynden Company, the third in a series of such barges it has ordered from the Company. The other two orders are 380' deck cargo barges for Naknek Barge Lines, LLC based in Seattle, Washington.
MARAD: U.S. Vessels Can Clear West Coast Backlog
Maritime Administrator Captain William G. Schubert highlighted the capabilities of the U.S.-Flag fleet in an effort to respond to allegations that U.S.-flag vessels are not available to ease present cargo congestion in West Coast ports. "Qualified Jones Act vessels are standing by with available tonnage on the West Coast to assist any shipper or carrier in moving cargo forward as necessary," Schubert stated. Schubert added, "The Maritime Administration is carefully evaluating all potential alternatives that would alleviate congestion in the ports, and expedite the delivery of cargo to its final destination. According to the U.S. CSX-LINES - will divert a ship if necessary to pick up cargo in LA to ease port congestion for Oakland or provide other lifts to ease congestion.
Coast Guard Investigates Collision
Coast Guard marine safety officials are investigating a collision between two fishing vessels that occurred Monday in Bristol Bay. The 50-foot Ms. Ingrid and the 85-foot High Spirit near Naknek collided about 1 a.m. The Ms. Ingrid suffered extensive damage to the vessel's bow. The skipper aboard Ms. Ingrid intentionally grounded the boat on a mud flat to conduct repairs. The High Spirit suffered minimal damage and continued fishing. Coast Guard marine safety officials from Anchorage are investigating the collision. No injuries occurred to anyone aboard either vessel.
Crowley Award US$10,000 Alaska Fairbanks Scholarships
Crowley Maritime Corporation recently awarded four Thomas B. Crowley, Sr., Memorial Scholarships to University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) students Alexandra Bateman, Gabrielle Bragg, Diloola Erickson and Kimberly Greenway. These students were chosen for their outstanding academic records and having met other scholarship criteria. They each received $2,500 toward tuition. Preferences for Crowley-funded UAF scholarships are given to Alaska natives from Crowley-served communities throughout the state…
Coastwise Completes Landing Craft Design
Coastwise Corporation recently completed a landing craft design for Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska. The vessel is a shallow water roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) passenger and vehicle ferry. This new 65 foot vessel has a beam of 21 feet, travels at eight knots, operates with a crew of two and can carry ten passengers. It was designed to carry full size road graders, loaders, and tanker trucks. The vessel’s aluminum ramp is designed to load these heavy vehicles from un-improved beaches. Designated as a day-boat the ro/ro landing craft will operate June to mid-September and be hauled out of the lake, prior to freeze up. Fully loaded the vessel draws just over three feet of water.
Leader Creek Fisheries Expands Facilities
Leader Creek Fisheries has expanded their operation to include large vessel storage out of Bristol Bay in Naknek, Alaska and has devised a one of a kind system to save time and money in the dry docking process. All the vessels in this region must be placed out of the water for winter and winter is a very long season that far North. If the vessels could not be pulled from the water, they would need to be either beached or driven to other locations for the haul out process. It could take up to 10 days to reach the best haul out location in Seattle.
EBDG Offers Production Support for Landing Craft Designs
Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) has added two more projects to its portfolio, furthering its experience providing production support to landing craft vessels. The Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm delivered production support detail drawings for Kvichak Marine Industries' design of 10 MPF utility boats for the U.S. Navy. The 40-ft. high-speed landing craft are replacing the Navy's existing LCM-8 craft as part of its Improved Navy Lighterage System in support of the pre-positioned Marine Amphibious assault missions. Because of the large number of identical boats being constructed, EBDG tailored their work package to support an assembly line production approach.