Crowley introduces bigger, faster ships in Caribbean islands service

(JACKSONVILLE, FL -- September 28, 2007) Crowley Maritime Corporation is adding two new containerships, Eclips and Ocean, to its Carribbean island services. The vessels are bigger (offering about 200 more TEUs of capacity) and faster (by about 2 knots) than the ships they are replacing, Sea Gale and Sea Cloud. Crowley expects the 18.5 knots speed to result in even better transit times,…
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ACL to acquire Elliott Bay Design Group

(JEFFERSONVILLE, IN -- September 27, 2007) American Commercial Lines Inc. (ACL) has reached an agreement to acquire the assets of Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), a naval architecture and marine engineering firm with offices in Seattle and New Orleans.   With approximately 2,750 employees, ACL will incorporate about 60 architects, engineers, designers, and support personnel from EBDG into its team.…
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Container ship grounds, then refloats, on Columbia River

(ST. HELENS, OR -- September 19, 2007) Hanjin Beijing, a 66,654gt container ship, refloated at about 0530 on Sept. 19 after going aground on the Columbia River, near St. Helens, Ore., according to a release from the U.S. Coast Guard.   The 872-foot Korean-flagged vessel grounded near mile 84 at 0300 on Sept. 19 with 15 crewmembers on board.  …
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Norwegian firms wins Massachusetts offshore LNG buoy contract

(ARENDAL, NORWAY -- September 18, 2007) Advanced Production and Loading of Arendal, Norway has been awarded a $60 million contract for design, engineering and supply of an offshore buoy system for Neptune LNC L.L.C., a subsidiary of Suez LNG N.A. of Houston, Texas. Final delivery of the buoy system is expected by May 2009. The Neptune deepwater port facility is…
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Northwest Passage could become shipping lane due to melting ice

(September 17, 2007) The Northwest Passage, sought for hundreds of years by explorers, could become an open shipping lane due to melting Artic ice, according to the Associated Press.The European Space Agency said that nearly 200 satellite photos taken in September showed an ice-free passage along northern Canada, Alaska and Greenland. The images also show ice retreating to its lowest…
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Coast Guard investigates barge sinkings

(BEAR MOUNTAIN, NY -- September 14, 2007) The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the grounding and sinking of two barges on the Hudson River near the Bear Mountain Bridge in Bear Mountain, N.Y., after the two barges broke free of the tug Buchanan 12 at 0400 on Sept. 11.The barges dumped thousands of tons of crushed stone into the river,…
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Prosecutors drop charges against airboat operators

(NEW ORLEANS, LA -- September 6, 2007) Federal prosecutors will not criminally charge the operators of an airboat that overturned in 2004, killing two of the 16 passengers and injuring 10 others, according to WWLTV of New Orleans. Administrative charges are still being contemplated in the Louisiana Swamp Tours accidents, according to Lt. Cmdr. Cheri Ben-Esau, spokeswoman for the U.S.…
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Federal oil spill fund should be increased, report recommends

(WASHINGTON, DC -- September 12, 2007) The federal oil spill fund should be increased to cover higher cleanup costs, according to a September report from the United States Government Accountability Office, released Sept. 11. Since 1990, there have been 51 separate spills that each cost over $1 million to clean up, according to the report. Responsible parties and the federal…
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Association for Rescue at Sea to recognize heroism

(WASHINGTON, DC -- September 6, 2007) The Association for Rescue at Sea (AFRAS) will honor Coast Guardsmen Joshua H. Mitchelltree and David Ramsey with gold medals for heroic actions during rescues they made last year.The association will also honor Harold T. Robinson, a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliarist, and the captain and crew of MV Patagonia for rescues that they performed.Mitcheltree…
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Conrad Industries wins Texas ferry contract

(GALVESTON, TX -- August 30, 2007) The Texas Department of Transportation awarded Conrad Industries a contract for the construction of a 264-foot passenger/vehicle ferry scheduled for delivery during 2009 with a contract price of $22.5 million. The ferry will transport up to 70 cars and work the Galveston terminal. The Puerto Rico and Municipal Islands Maritime Transportation Authority has executed…
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