Plains All American Pipeline Acquires 50 Percent Interest in Settoon Towing
L.P. announced that its subsidiary, Plains Marketing, L.P., has acquired a 50% membership interest in Settoon Towing LLC. the cash purchase price was approximately $33 million. with 22 tugs and 22 tank barges under charter. transport tugs (including three on lease or charter). water from inland production facilities across the Gulf Coast. to numerous inland waterways.
Conrad Industries Announces Backlog and New Contracts
Conrad Industries, Inc. million at December 31, 2006. Bay-Houston Towing Co. vessels for the others under construction. additional 214’x42’x12’ 8,500 bbl. our Morgan City facilities. by two other customers.
Eastern Shipbuilding Delivers Towboat to Setton Towing
Eastern Shipbuilding Group Finishes Up 2011 With Another 96 ft. Towboat Delivery for Settoon Towing, LLC., the JAMES J PERERA. Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is pleased to announce another on-time delivery for the third 2,600 HP Canal Class Inland Towboat, the JAMES J. PERERA, for Settoon Towing, LLC., of Pierre Part, LA. This towboat is the third in a series of a four vessel contract with Settoon, another repeat customer for Eastern Shipbuilding Group. The towboat measures 96’ X 34’ x 10’ and is identical to the two previously built boats at ESG currently in their fleet; the AUSTIN C SETTOON and the PARKER A SETTOON. The propulsion system consists of two (2) Caterpillar 3512C electronic marine diesel engines EPA Tier II…
Oil Spill Closes 65 miles of Mississippi River
A 65-mile (105-km) stretch of the lower Mississippi River, including the Port of New Orleans, remained closed on Sunday night while crews cleaned up oil that spilled when a barge was hit by another vessel, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The collision happened on Saturday afternoon near Vacherie, Louisiana, about 52 miles (84 km) west of New Orleans, according to U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Colclough. The Lindsay Ann Erickson, which was pushing grain barges, collided with a barge carrying barrels of light crude oil pushed by the Hannah C. Settoon, which caused oil to go into the river, according to Colclough. No injuries were reported, and the source of the oil has been secured, the Coast Guard said.
Barge Breakaway on Ohio River
The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to a report of a barge breakaway at the Racine Lock and Dam on the Ohio River near Huntington, W.Va., Thursday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley received a report that UTV Austin C. Settoon, pushing three barges loaded with approximately 3,780,000 gallons of natural gas condensate, allided with the lock wall at approximately 5:30 a.m. The barges subsequently broke away. One barge is contained in the lock while the remaining two barges are pinned against gates seven and eight of the dam, with the vessel pinned against gates six and seven. The Racine Lock and Dam is closed, creating a queue of 13 upbound vessels and 11 downbound vessels.
GoM Pipeline Fire Update
Lightering operations completed, flaring operations continue on the pipeline fire. The Coast Guard & assisting agencies continue response operations for a tug and barge that struck the pipeline near Bayou Perot. After the barge was removed from the scene and taken to a secure location, offloading operations were conducted and completed at approximately 3 p.m. Friday. The crude oil from the barge has been offloaded into a separate barge. At no time was any pollution observed coming from it. As the residual liquid petroleum gas in the pipeline dwindles, the flaring operations will continue. Flaring operations use flares which are devices that burn or oxidize industrial gaseous wastes in what the Coast Guard describes as a safe, controlled and efficient manner.
Pipeline Fire, Bayou Perot, News Update
Responders prepare salvage, firefighting & pollution contingencies for a tug and barge that allided with a pipeline near Bayou Pero, south of New Orleans. The fire reportedly has reduced in size by approximately 30 percent, and there are no reports of oil in the water. Visual imagery intially indicated potential pockets of crude oil; however, those areas have been determined to be particulate ash from the liquefied natural gas burn off. Approximately 2,200 barrels of crude oil remain on board the barge and has not been compromised. • Two oil spill response trailers.
Conrad Announces Contracts, Deliveries
Conrad Industries, Inc. announced the signing of contracts for the construction of ten vessels totaling $32.3 million and delivery of three vessels in recent months. Offshore Marine Contractors has executed contracts for three 175 foot class 110'x64.5'x9' liftboats, similar to previous liftboats built by Conrad. W.C. Fore Trucking, McCleary Offshore Construction and Inland Barge Rentals have executed contracts for the construction of deck barges that range in size from 120'x30'x7' to 210'x72'x14'. Settoon Towing signed a contract for two 6,500 bbl. inland double skin barges that will be certified for crude oil service. In addition Foss Maritime Company signed a contract for two 26,000 bbl. double skin barges that will be equipped as bunkering barges for their west coast operations.
Coast Guard Responds to Allision, Pipeline Fire South of New Orleans
Responders continued to monitor and prepare salvage, firefighting and pollution contingencies for a tug and barge that allided with a pipeline near Bayou Perot 30 miles south of New Orleans Wednesday. All crew members were able to exit the tug; the captain reportedly suffered second to third-degree degree burns. ES & H, the oil spill response organization, is on scene and has mobilized 7,218 feet of containment boom and 6,000 feet of 18-inch containment boom, one cabin boat, five responder class boats, one Marco skimmer and two 24-foot express hull vessels in response to the incident.
Sneed Shipbuilding: An (Extended) Family Affair
When Martin M. Sneed embarked in the business of building for the demanding workboat market in the mid-60s, he likely did not imagine that four decades later, his son Clyde (pictured) and business partner and co-owner Mitch Jones would be at the helm of a highly successful boat building company, crafting finely appointed custom boats for some of the industry’s most discriminating owners. Sneed Shipbuilding was founded by Martin M. Sneed in 1965, and many of the principles upon which it was founded: quality, integrity and efficiency, are as valid today as ever.
One Person Missing After Boat Capsized
The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for one person who ended up in the Pungo River near Hobucken, N.C. after a boat capsized. The 21-foot TowBoatUS vessel was towing a 47-foot recreational boat when the lead vessel capsized near the river entrance Thursday morning. Officials say and they are now searching the water for a 45-year-old TowBoatUS captain reported to be wearing coveralls, rubber boots and a lifejacket. Coast Guard crews aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and helicopter are searching on scene along with state and local partners…
OSD Rolls Out New Harbor Tug Design
Offshore Ship Designers (OSD) has launched a new tug design as part of its expanding portfolio of fuel-efficient vessels. The 390 gt Azistern 2870 harbor tug has a hard chine hull form which optimizes energy-saving during transit and results in a very low wash. It has a bollard pull of 70 metric tons and a maximum speed of 12 knots. Providing accommodation for six persons, it has an overall length of 28.3 m, and a breadth of 11.5 m. The Azistern 2870 has been designed with multiple deck equipment options, the installation of which are dependent on specific end-user preference.
Cargo Vessel Runs Aground off St. Thomas
A 223-foot cargo vessel has run aground near Charlotte Amalie Harbor in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The U.S. Coast Guard said its watchstanders in San Juan where contacted at approximately 5 a.m. Tuesday by St. Thomas Harbor pilots who reported that the Togo-flagged cargo vessel Ocean Spirit I had run aground just off of the entrance of the harbor’s East Gregory Channel. There are no reported signs of distress or oil leaking from the vessel, according to the Coast Guard, whose marine casualty investigators are on scene investigating the cause of the incident.
NTSB Issues Report on 2016 Columbia River Bulker Grounding
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a report on its investigation into the November 2016 grounding of the bulk carrier Nenita in the Columbia River. The Marshall Islands-flagged vessel was fully laden when it suffered an engine failure that impacted its ability to maneuver and subsequently ran aground at Three Tree Point on the Washington State side of the river. The ship’s bulbous bow and hull were damaged, but no injuries or pollution were reported. The vessel was towed to Longview, Wash.
Great Lakes Towing, Shipyard to Hire 100
The Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard have announced plans to hire 100 employees before the end of January 2018 to support continued growth driven by client demand. The company said it is seeking candidates to fill a wide range of positions, including shipyard welders, shipfitters and more. “At The Towing Company, we’re looking for great people to join our team,” said Joe Starck, the company’s president. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, The Towing Company is the owner and operator of the largest fleet of shipdocking tugboats on the U.S. Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence River Seaway.
Coast Guard Responds to South Louisiana Casualty
The Coast Guard is responding to a report of an allision between a tug pushing a barge and a pipeline near Bayou Perot 30 miles south of New Orleans, Tuesday. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report that the 47-foot tug Shanon E. Settoon was pushing a 154-foot oil barge when it allided with a pipeline 6 p.m., Tuesday. All crew members were able to exit the tug; the captain reportedly suffered second to third-degree degree burns. A Coast Guard Air Station…
GofM Pipeline Fire Update
Personnel from T&T Salvage aboard the Todd Michael spud barge are on scene for cooling operations of the tank barge. Response operations continue for a tug and barge that allided with a pipeline near Bayou Perot 30 miles south of New Orleans Thursday. Personnel from T&T Salvage aboard the Todd Michael spud barge are on scene for cooling operations of the tank barge. The fire remains stabilized. The Coast Guard has placed temporary flight restrictions over the airspace near the Shannon E. Settoon barge at and below 5,000 feet within approximately a one-mile radius.
Jensen Design Selected for NAVSEA Newbuild
Jensen Maritime Consultants, a Crowley company, said one of its workboat designs will be used by a Pacific Northwest boat builder to fulfill a construction project for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). In support of the project, Jensen will supply a functional and regulatory design package for the 41-foot vessel, which will provide ship- and sub-assist services, as well as other port operational services at U.S. Navy port locations around the world. Jensen’s Bryan Nichols…
Sea Tow Awards New U.S. Franchises
Sea Tow Services International Inc., announced the opening of four new franchises: Sea Tow Buzzards Bay (Mass.), Sea Tow Montauk (N.Y.), Sea Tow Lake Eufaula (Ala.) and Sea Tow Lake Lewisville (Tx.). The company also announced the sale and transfer of ownership of three existing franchise areas. Captain Walter Garschagen is the new owner of Sea Tow Central Hudson (N.Y.), Jim and Jan Pulley are the new owners of Sea Tow Table Rock Lake (Mo.), and Capt. Frank Howell is the new owner of Sea Tow Orlando Lakes (Fla.). The new franchise owners for all of these locations were awarded certificates for their successful completion of the extensive Sea Tow training program, which includes both on-water and classroom instruction at the company’s corporate headquarters in Southold, N.Y.
Group Ocean Orders Two Damen Workboats
Dutch based Damen Shipyards Group said it has signed a contract with Canada’s Group Ocean for the delivery of two new workboats that will provide dredging support services at an oil sands project in northern Canada. The new vessels, both Modular Multi Cats 1205, are made of standard, container-sized units that enable easy transport. The versatile Multi Cat workboat used in many sectors for operations such as towing and anchor-handling, dive support, marine engineering, offshore energy operations and for dredging and dredging support.
Sea Tow Presents Franchise Awards
Sea Tow Services International, Inc., a professional on-water assistance provider, honored members of its national network for outstanding customer service and dedication to boating safety at the Sea Tow Awards Luncheon held on November 17. The event was a highlight of the organization’s 2016 Annual Meeting, which brought Sea Tow operators from across the country to the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort in Orlando from November 14-17, 2016. Sea Tow Franchise of the Year, awarded to the franchise that most exemplifies Sea Tow’s high standards of service and operation…
Seabulk Towing Appoints Rogers as Senior Vice President of Marketing
Seabulk Towing, Inc., the Tampa-based subsidiary of Seabulk International, announced the appointment of Kenneth M. Rogers to the new position of Senior Vice President of Marketing. in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic. Towing's development strategy. A graduate of the U.S. Carnival Corporation. Propeller Club of the United States.
JonRie Rolls Out New Auto Tow System
JonRie introduces its New ATS (Auto Tow System) for all its Series 500 Towing Winches. The new ATS (Auto Tow System) offers tug owners a complete solution to modern Open Ocean Towing. The JonRie ATS is an advanced compliment to the existing line of Towing Winch now offering a Constant Scope Tension Limiting device which will relieve tension on the tow line and when the tension is reduced the scope of the line will reclaim back to its original set scope point. As proven over many years of Towing this type of system adds an added safety factor to any tow.