Lake Assault to Build Pittsburgh Fireboat
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.
62 Barges Break Free on Ohio River
More than five dozen barges have reportedly broken free due to ice and high water at two separate locations on the Ohio River. So far 59 of the 62 breakaway barges have been recovered, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, who said it is working alongside the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and industry partners in response to the incidents near Pittsburgh, Pa., and Moundsville, W.Va. By Monday, 34 of the reported 35 breakaway barges from fleeting areas at mile maker 94 near Moundsville have been recovered and secured, while 25 of the 27 breakaway barges from Jack’s Run Fleeting area at mile marker 4 near Pittsburgh have been accounted for, and security video has shown seven of the barges went over Emsworth Lock & Dam.
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.
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.
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."
Inland Waterway Safety Advancement: Port of Pittsburgh & CONSUL Join Hands
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…
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. â€œBenchmarking 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.
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 Taps Martinko as 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.
PNSY Returns Submarine 'USS Pittsburgh' to the Fleet
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.
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…
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.
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 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.
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)
Allegheny River – Safety Zone
The US Coast Guard established a temporary safety zone, through December 31, on the Allegheny River between mile markers 36.1 and 36.5 due to hazards associated with the active failure of Lock & Dam #6. Entry into the safety zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by Captain of the Port (COTP) Pittsburgh. 73 Fed. Reg. 71555 (November 25, 2008). (Source: Holland & Knight)
Bechtel Inks $69.8m Navy Nuke Deal
Bechtel Plant Machinery Inc., Schenectady, N.Y., is being awarded a $69,863,062 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-07-C-2100) for Naval nuclear propulsion components. Work will be performed in Pittsburgh, Pa. (85 percent) and Schenectady, N.Y. (15 percent). Work completion date or any additional information is not provided on Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program contracts. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.