Brownwater News August 2021

One dead after Texas tour boat capsizes during storm 
One person died and another was injured after a tour boat capsized during a thunderstorm on Lake Conroe near Houston, Texas.
The 60-passenger double-decker Lake Conroe Queen rolled over at about 2015 on Aug. 14, according to a CNN report. The deceased passenger was an 80-year-old man, while a second person was hospitalized in stable condition.
The sternwheeler was built in the 1980s and is a replica of a traditional 1860s-era riverboat. It was used for tours, dinners and private parties.
For more details on the incident, click here.


Port NOLA signs agreement to pursue LNG bunkering 
SEACOR Holdings subsidiary CLEANCOR has reached an agreement with the Port of New Orleans to provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel to ships calling on the region.
Under the agreement, Port NOLA will offer data, marketing support and customer contacts while CLEANCOR will provide LNG fuel to port customers.
LNG burns cleaner than traditional marine diesel. As a result, it generates less harmful emissions.
Click here to learn more about the agreement.


Conrad delivers spud barge to McDonough Marine 
McDonough Marine of Metairie, La., has taken delivery of the first of four ABS-classed spud barges from Conrad Shipyard’s facility in Amelia, La.
The 180-by-54-foot vessels have four spud wells and a deck strength of 2,500 pounds per square foot. The three remaining barges in the order are scheduled for delivery from the Morgan City, La.-based shipyard later this year.
More details on the vessels can be found here.


Arcosa Marine receives AWO safety award 
A subcommittee of the American Waterways Operators (AWO) has given its second annual safety award to Arcosa Marine Products.
AWO’s Tankering and Barge Operations Subcommittee bestowed the award based on Arcosa’s newly built ARC-TB-30K clean tank barge. The vessel has innovative technologies aimed at protecting barge workers and the environment.
For more on the award, including other nominees, click here.


San Jacinto College courses eligible for GI benefits 
The San Jacinto College Maritime Technology & Training Center’s non-credit U.S. Coast Guard-approved courses are now eligible for GI Bill education benefit certification through the Texas Veterans Commission, the college said in a recent announcement.
“Every veteran has earned these benefits through sacrifice. It is truly an honor to provide workforce training to our veterans and have this training approved for GI Bill educational benefit certification,” said John Stauffer, associate vice chancellor, Maritime Technology & Training Center.
More details about the San Jacinto College Maritime Technology & Training Center can be found at or by clicking here.

By Professional Mariner Staff