Blount Boats to build New York canal tugs

Blount Boats to build New York canal tugs

Rhode Island-based Blount Boats has been contracted by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to build four steel inland tugs for use on the 524-mile Erie, Champlain, Oswego, and Cayuga-Seneca Canal network. According to the state agency – which owns and operates the New York State Canal Corporation as a subsidiary – the first two tugboats are scheduled to be…
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BRIX delivers new Naiad-designed RHIB pilot boat

BRIX delivers new Naiad-designed RHIB pilot boat

Port Angeles, Wa.-based boatbuilder BRIX Marine has launched its newest pilot boat for an unnamed customer in Central America.  According to BRIX, Aldebaran is “a purpose-built craft tailored to excel in its mission as a pilot boat, seamlessly integrating quality, innovation, and functionality.” Aldebaran’s 37-foot Naiad hull has a 23-degree progressive deadrise, 5086 alloy aluminum hull skins, D-shaped foam EV50…
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A ‘first-ever’ towboat delivered to ACBL

A ‘first-ever’ towboat delivered to ACBL

American Commercial Barge Line has marked the delivery of the towboat, MV Michael J. Kennelly – the first Tier 4-engined, retractable-pilothouse towboat to enter service in the U.S.  Designed by New England-based Farrell & Norton and built at Steiner Construction’s shipyard in Bayou La Batre, Al., Michael J. Kennelly measures 82 feet and is named for the senior vice president…
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Casco Bay Lines ferry replacement program underway

Casco Bay Lines ferry replacement program underway

Rhode Island-based Bristol Harbor Group (BHGI) has been selected by Portland, Me.-based Casco Bay Lines to provide naval architecture and marine engineering services for the evaluation and design of a new, as yet unnamed, sub-chapter K passenger/vehicle ferry. The new vessel will operate year-round in Casco Bay and replace the 10.5-knot, 93-foot MV Maquoit II, which was built for CBL…
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Parker Towing takes delivery of the MV Johnny R. Holt

Parker Towing takes delivery of the MV Johnny R. Holt

Chattanooga, Tn.-based Serodino Inc. has delivered the twin-screw MV Johnny R. Holt to the Parker Towing Company. The new 60-foot, Super Tiger Class workboat is compliant with all Coast Guard Subchapter M standards and features a pair of Cummins QSK-19M engines, developing a total of 1,500 hp. at 1,800 rpm. Twin Disc reverse and reduction gears turn the shafts and…
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MV Cindy L. Erickson finally receives its due

MV Cindy L. Erickson finally receives its due

The towboat MV Cindy L. Erickson went to work for Marquette Transportation Co. in February 2018, but frustratingly adverse river conditions and the COVID-19 pandemic combined to delay the vessel’s official christening until just recently.  Named for the company’s first employee – the daughter of company founder Ray Eckstein – the towboat is the second boat the company named in…
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New LNG bunker barge enters service

New LNG bunker barge enters service

The bunker barge Clean Everglades has joined Seaside LNG’s fleet of Jones Act-compliant LNG barges extending the company’s LNG bunkering business to the Gulf of Mexico. The new barge is operated by Polaris New Energy (PNE), the bunkering arm of Seaside LNG. Seaside LNG contracted Fincantieri to build the 340-foot articulated tug barge (ATB), which is similar in design and appearance to…
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New fireboats for Maryland fire agency

New fireboats for Maryland fire agency

Shark is building two welded-aluminum fireboats for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department in Maryland. The new 50 Defiant NXT monohull pilothouse fireboats were designed by the boat builder’s in-house engineering team and are now under construction at its Franklin, La. shipyard.  The new builds were ordered to replace the department’s 20-year-old main fireboat, Lady Anne, which was built by MetalCraft Marine.  When delivered,…
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LDD Takes Delivery of Two New Cats

LDD Takes Delivery of Two New Cats

Houston-headquartered Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation has taken delivery of Cape Hatteras and Cape Canaveral – the first two Damen 3013 Multi Cats built in the U.S.  Steel was first cut for the boats at the Conrad Shipyard in Morgan City, La. in July 2021.  Fully compliant with U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stability criteria, the two…
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Bermuda receives new Gladding-Hearn pilot boat

Bermuda receives new Gladding-Hearn pilot boat

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corp., has delivered a Chesapeake-class pilot boat, certified to Lloyd’s Register class, to the Bermuda Government, Department of Marine and Port Services. The delivery follows that of a 61-foot pilot/rescue vessel to Bermuda’s port services in 2011. The new all-aluminum launch, St. George, replaces a 10-knot steel pilot boat built by the Massachusetts-based shipyard in 1980. With…
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