Harken employees acquire company

From Harken co-founder Peter Harken: (PEWAUKEE, Wis.) — Throughout the years, Olaf and I have been approached by lots of good people interested in acquiring our business. The way we decided was simple. We turned down every offer that didn’t present a brighter future for our people than we could create on our own. We started this company to build…
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Maritime Casualty News, August 2020

Four mariners die in dredge explosion near Corpus Christi Four crew working aboard Waymon L. Boyd died after the dredging vessel caught fire Friday, Aug. 21, in the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. At least two other crewmen on the vessel survived the incident.  The fire was reported at about 0815 in the port facility in Corpus Christi, Texas. The vessel…
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A century in its wake, Jones Act faces new era of challenges

A century in its wake, Jones Act faces new era of challenges

One hundred years after being enacted, the Jones Act is still mired in controversy. Proponents say it protects the U.S. maritime industry from low-priced foreign competition, preserving the merchant marine and domestic shipbuilding for national defense. Detractors say it does neither, and that it leads to higher consumer costs. Officially Section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, the…
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Crowley crews finesse freighter stern-first down narrow Duwamish

Crowley crews finesse freighter stern-first down narrow Duwamish

Two Crowley Maritime tugboats guided the bulk carrier Forest Trader around the final turn in Seattle’s Duwamish Waterway, and with that the most difficult part of the job lay behind them. The open waters of Elliott Bay were straight ahead. “Once you get past the corner of Fisher’s Mill, everyone kind of breathes a little easier,” said Capt. Doug Wingate,…
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