Coast Guard begins icebreaking operations in western Great Lakes

Coast Guard begins icebreaking operations in western Great Lakes

The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard: (SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.) — U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie commenced Operation Taconite on Wednesday in response to expanded ice growth in the commercial ports of western Lake Superior, Green Bay and the lower St. Marys River. Before ice impeded commercial navigation, several icebreakers…
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Barge recovery completed after Arkansas bridge strike

The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard: (NEW ORLEANS) — Barge recovery operations were completed, in which 1,976,000 gallons of denatured ethanol was successfully removed from barges near Helena, Ark., on Thursday. Over a four-day period, 292,000 gallons entered the water. Investigators believe the denatured ethanol was released into the Mississippi River and…
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Navy's new fast transports need millions in bow repairs

Navy's new fast transports need millions in bow repairs

(WASHINGTON) — The Pentagon's chief weapons tester says the U.S. Navy is spending millions of dollars to reinforce new high-speed transport ships because their weak bows can’t handle buffeting from high seas, Bloomberg Business reported. Michael Gilmore, the Defense Department’s director of operational test and evaluation, said in a report to Congress that the repairs are needed due to a…
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Wartsila unveils zero-emissions ferry design

Wartsila unveils zero-emissions ferry design

The following is the text of a news release from Wartsila: (HELSINKI, Finland) — A complete concept for a series of innovative and cost effective shuttle ferries, featuring zero or low emissions, is being launched by Wartsila. The concept has been developed in line with the Norwegian government’s new environmental regulations for ferries emphasizing the elimination of harmful emissions. This…
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Coast Guard releases plan to acquire two new heavy icebreakers

Coast Guard releases plan to acquire two new heavy icebreakers

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday released an acquisition timeline and requirements for two new heavy icebreakers that could cost $1 billion each, Reuters reported. The Coast Guard said it would meet with interested companies, among them Huntington Ingalls Industries and General Dynamics, during an industry day in March. In a federal notice, the Coast Guard spelled out…
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Shipbuilding News, January 2016

Bollinger delivers 16th fast response cutter Bollinger Shipyards delivered CGC Winslow Griesser, the 16th fast response cutter (FRC) to the U.S. Coast Guard in December. “We are very pleased to announce the delivery of the latest FRC built by Bollinger Shipyards, the Winslow Griesser, to the 7th Coast Guard District in Puerto Rico,” said President and Chief Executive Ben Bordelon.…
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Carpenter promoted to chief operating officer of AWO

The following is the text of a news release from the American Waterways Operators (AWO): (ARLINGTON, Va.) — The American Waterways Operators, the national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, has announced that Jennifer Carpenter, AWO’s executive vice president, has been promoted to the position of chief operating officer, effective Jan. 1, 2016. In announcing the promotion,…
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Coast Guard kicks off Operation RENEW in Northeast

Coast Guard kicks off Operation RENEW in Northeast

The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard: (BOSTON) — With local temperatures edging toward single digits, and reports of initial ice forming throughout New England, the Coast Guard's winter icebreaking season has kicked off in the Northeast. The season officially started Dec. 15 and runs through March. During the Coast Guard’s 2015-2016 winter icebreaking season,…
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