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New Fireboat Delivered in Pittsburgh

(Photo courtesy of Ronald Roth, MD, Medical Director, City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety.)

Lake Assault Boats said it has delivered a 34-foot fireboat to the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire in Pittsburgh, Penn. The vessel is the department’s first new dedicated fireboat since 1974. The new fireboat, named after Pittsburgh’s first female mayor, Sophie Masloff, who passed away in 2014, was dedicated on October 27. In a formal ceremony, the former mayor’s eldest granddaughter broke a bottle of champagne on the boat’s gunnel as it was launched into the Ohio River. The Lake Assault deep V-hull fireboat respond to emergencies and help manage fires on the waterways…

Lake Assault to Build Pittsburgh Fireboat

Lake Assault Pittsburgh boat Pic by Lake Assault

Lake Assault Boats, a leading manufacturer of purpose-built and mission-specific fire and rescue boats, has been chosen to construct a 34-foot fireboat by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire in Pittsburgh, PA. The fireboat will respond to emergencies and help manage fires on waterways, waterfronts, rail lines, and marinas that lie along the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers, which join together in Pittsburgh to form the Ohio River. The contract is valued at more than $540,000. The craft will be delivered in summer 2017.

Mississippi Queen To Drop Anchor in Pittsburgh

The Mississippi Queen, one of the boats of the Delta Queen Steamboat Line, will arrive at the new North Shore docking facility on Tuesday, July 16. This is the first voyage of one of the Delta Queen boats into Pittsburgh this year and it will be repeated by the Mississippi Queen in August. Dale McClelland of Celebrate Pittsburgh and Beyond, the contracted receptive operator in Pittsburgh, is "very excited about the arrival of the Mississippi Queen and the future of the Delta Queen Steamboat operation. The possibility exists for expanding the Queens' layovers and making Pittsburgh a multi-night port city in the future." Providing the needed hotel rooms, dining facilities and entertainment would give an economic lift to tourism in Pittsburgh.

Mississippi Queen Drops Anchor in Pittsburgh

The Mississippi Queen, one of the best-known boats of the Delta Queen Steamboat Line, will arrived at the new North Shore docking facility in the early this morning. This is the first voyage of one of the Delta Queen boats into Pittsburgh this year. Dale McClelland of Celebrate Pittsburgh and Beyond, the contracted receptive operator in Pittsburgh, is "very excited about the arrival of the Mississippi Queen and the future of the Delta Queen Steamboat operation. The possibility exists for expanding the Queens' layovers and making Pittsburgh a multi-night port city in the future." Providing the needed hotel rooms, dining facilities and entertainment would give an economic lift to tourism in Pittsburgh.

Port of Pittsburgh Seeks New Technology Partners

The Port of Pittsburgh Commission (PPC) is building an innovative wireless broadband network along the rivers in Pittsburgh and is seeking partners to explore new applications for transportation, safety, security and environmental monitoring, according to James R. McCarville, Executive Director of the Port of Pittsburgh Commission. The project, called Wireless Waterways, consists of both the Network System Infrastructure (NSI), which will be scalable and expandable, and an Interoperability Test Bed (ITB). The project has been under construction for nearly a year by the PPC’s contractor, CONXX, Inc., from Johnstown, PA. The PPC will begin to conduct experiments within the Test Bed in June.

Harbor Guard Boats Gets Order McKeesport

Harbor Guard Boats, Inc., wholly owned subsidiary of Medina International Holdings, Inc. (Pink Sheets: MIHI), has been awarded a bid contract for a Firehawk 2426 boat from the City of McKeesport Fire Department, Pa. Tim Spooner, VP of Sales stated that, "We continue to see strong sales growth this year nationwide. This order demonstrates Harbor Guard's strong marketability to win bid opportunities. This boat will be used on the Monongahela and Youghiogheny Rivers in the Pittsburgh metro area."

Report Compares Inland Waterways Markets, Tech and Policies

"Inland Waterways and the Global Supply Chain" an International Conference Report on "SmartRivers 2006" is currently available at the Port of Pittsburgh Commission website www.port.pittsburgh.pa.us. SmartRivers is a coalition to benchmark best practices for inland waterways, on both sides of the Atlantic, and to help those waterways better integrate themselves into the global supply chain. “Benchmarking conferences were held in Pittsburgh in 2005 and in Brussels, Belgium Europe in 2006. James R. McCarville, Executive Director for the Port of Pittsburgh Commission. It set out the strategic similarities and differences of the US and European Union (EU) inland waterway systems.

Inland Waterway Safety Advancement: Port of Pittsburgh & CONSUL Join Hands

Waterway Operations: Photo courtesy of CONSOL

CONSOL Energy & Port of Pittsburgh unveil a state-of-the art broadband network designed to Improve efficiency & safety on Inland waterways. Aboard its newly refurbished river fleet vessel, the M/V Safety Pledge, CONSOL Energy Inc. and the Port of Pittsburgh Commission have unveiled the first wireless broadband network deployed on inland waterways in the United States. Developed exclusively on Pittsburgh's three rivers over the past several months, this new neutral wireless broadband network…

Bechtel Wins Navy Nuclear Work

Bechtel Plant Machinery Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa., is being awarded a $312,584,222 modification to previously awarded cost-plus-fixed fee contract (N00024-08-C-2118) for Naval nuclear propulsion components. Work will be performed in Pittsburgh, Pa., (68.3 percent), and Schenectady, N.Y., (31.7 percent). Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. No completion date or additional information is provided on Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program contracts. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity.

Port of Pittsburgh Applies for ARRA Grant

The commonwealth has applied for a $1.5 million Clean Diesel Emerging Technology grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to upgrade two marine diesel engines in the Pittsburgh area, Governor Edward G. Rendell announced. "Diesel engines play important roles in our everyday lives, but old, inefficient engines are major sources of air pollution that make it difficult for many people to breathe," Governor Rendell said. "Diesel emissions are not limited to our highways and factories. Marine vessels used at the Port of Pittsburgh are essential to moving freight along the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers, but they also diminish the region's air quality.

Grant to Reduce Emissions at Port of Pittsburgh

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded a $1,156,838 grant to the Port of Pittsburgh Commission on July 28 to oversee extensive repowering of four marine towing vessels with new, more efficient diesel engines and generators that will reduce air pollution, improve air quality and lessen overall environmental impacts. The grant was awarded under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act. “Putting clean diesel engines in these hard-working marine vessels will bring cleaner, healthier air for communities along the Port’s 200-miles of navigable waterways,” said EPA mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. EPA and the Port were joined by the Allegheny County Health Department…

PNSY Returns Submarine 'USS Pittsburgh' to the Fleet

USS Pittsburgh un-docking: Photo credit USN

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) has delivered Los Angeles-class attack submarine 'USS Pittsburgh' (SSN 720) on-time and under budget after drydock overhaul. PNSY conducted the Pittsburgh pre-inactivation restricted availability (PIRA) off-yard at Sub Base New London in Groton, Conn. beginning Sept. 5, 2012. Although PNSY routinely performs work off-yard, this was the first major Chief of Naval Operations availability of more than 100,000 man-days which PNSY executed outside of Kittery, Maine.

Port of Pittsburgh Taps Martinko as Executive Director

Stephen Martinko, Port of Pittsburgh Executive Director

The Port of Pittsburgh Commission (PPC) announced today that Mr. Stephen Martinko will be the Commission's new executive director. Since January, 2013, Martinko has been the deputy staff director of the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and previously served as chief of staff for U.S. Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA). Martinko was instrumental in the development of the Water Resources and Reform Development Act (WRRDA) that was signed into law by President Obama earlier this year.

NAVSEA Dahlgren Develops Helpful Device

NAVSEA Dalgren?s Coastal Systems Station (CCS) has developed a hands free communications device. This device could produce life saving results for the individual firefighter who would have an improved ability to communicate in high noise situations. The head contact microphone, usually mounted into the headband of a hat or helmet, transmits spoken words from the wearer through physical contact of a transducer with the human cranium. The device has the ability to reject external noise in excess of 100 decibels. The technology is simple and should be affordable when mass-produced. By rejecting such noise, the microphone assembly could be very useful in a number of high noise environments including fire and police systems…

EPA Awards $1.15m to the Port of Pittsburgh

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented a check for $1,156,838.00 to the Port of Pittsburgh Commission (PPC), in Pittsburgh, on July 28, 2010. The federal funds will be matched by $1,970,964.00 in private funds by Campbell Transportation Company (CTC), Consol Energy (CE) and River Salvage, Inc. (RS) for a total of $3,127,802.00. The funds will be used to re-power eight old engines and generators on four towing vessels, with new, cleaner burning engines and generators. The vessels are: the Tensas (CTC), the Sara Elizabeth (CE), and the Big Daddy and Anita Domino (RS).   

Dräger celebrates 100 year anniversary

2007 marks 100 years that Dräger first established subsidiary offices in the United States. Dräger in Lübeck, Germany. with its rescue breathing apparatus used by miners and fire brigades in Europe, England and Mexico. And in 1904, Dräger was awarded a gold and a silver medal at the World’s Fair Universal Exposition in St. Louis for their respiratory devices. Mr. Bernhard(1), along with a Mr. offices at 11 Broadway in New York City in 1907 and within a few months, moved the company to Pittsburgh, PA calling it the Draeger Oxygen Apparatus Company. Avenue and the building still exists today. the world in 1907.

More Funding for Port of Pittsburgh District

The Port of Pittsburgh Commission Executive Director, James R. McCarville, praised the announcement from Senators Specter and Casey that additional funding was included for the locks and dams in the Port of Pittsburgh District. These funds included $25m for rehabilitation of the Emsworth Dam; $21.4m for maintenance on the Ohio River; $16.8m for maintenance on the Mon; and $9m for maintenance on the Allegheny River and $1.75 for the important study of the navigation needs of the Upper Ohio River at Emsworth, Dashields and Montgomery, all in southwestern Pennsylvania. Not as sufficient, however, was the $6.2m for the rehabilitation of Locks and Dams 2-3-4 on the Lower Monongahela river, near Pittsburgh.

Inland Leadership Means Embracing Technology

The Port of Pittsburgh’s state-of-the-art wireless network will eventually allow a myriad of users to collaborate, improve operations, maritime safety, security and a host of other tasks. Really: the cloud is the limit. This story weaves technology, leadership and innovation – all of it happening on the waterfront. The inland waterfront. If this sounds like something more closely associated with bluewater container shipping logistics, then you can be forgiven for getting lost in the moment.

Interview: Jim McCarville, Executive Director, Port of Pittsburgh

Jim McCarville, Executive Director, Port of PIttsburgh

Jim McCarville, Executive Director, Port of Pittsburgh shares with readers of MarineLink.com his insights on key market drivers for the coming year. If you could change or improve one policy in the federal government that affects your business's bottom line, what would it be? JM: The federal government, unfortunately, looks at transportation projects as stovepipes, failing to grasp that a decision to make or not make waterway improvements will impact other modes of transportation.

This Day in Naval History - Aug. 29

From the Navy News Service 1861 - U.S. squadron captures forts at Hatteras Inlet, N.C. 1862 - Union gunboat Pittsburgh supports Army troops in landing at Eunice, Arkansas. 1915 - Navy salvage divers raise F-4, first U.S. submarine sunk in accident. 1916 - Congress passes act for expansion of Navy but most ships not completed until after World War I. 1964 - USS Boxer (LPD 4) and two LSDs arrive off coast of Hispaniola to give medical aid to Haiti and Dominican Republic, which were badly damaged by Hurricane Cleo.

Giancola Joins Goldsmith & Ogrodowski

Russell D. Giancola, formerly law clerk to the Honorable Ronald W. Folino, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, has joined Pittsburgh-based admiralty defense firm, Goldsmith & Ogrodowski, LLC, as an associate attorney, and will focus on admiralty and maritime, insurance coverage, personal injury, and commercial litigation.

Hartings U.S., Canada Manager, PPG Coatings

PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) protective and marine coatings (PMC) business has appointed Michael T. Hartings as general manager, PMC, United States and Canada (USCA). Hartings began his career with PPG in 1992 and has served in several managerial roles of increasing responsibility in the United States and Asia. Most recently, Hartings was general manager, PPG Coatings Malaysia, where he led the automotive and industrial coatings businesses in Southeast Asia. Hartings will be relocating from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to PPG’s corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pa. (www.ppgpmc.com)

Patterson Manufacturing Revamps Website

PITTSBURGH— Patterson Manufacturing announced that it has launched a newly redesigned website, www.pattersonmfg.com. The new site also features downloadable videos for four of the company's flagship products: the YoYo Winch, the Low Profile Strap Winch, the Three Shaft Manual Winch, and the Barge Connector Winch.  

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