Master Boat Builders launches hybrid tug for Seabulk

Master Boat Builders launches hybrid tug for Seabulk

(MOBILE, Ala.) — Master Boat Builders launched Spartan, an electric hybrid tugboat, on Nov. 1 for Seabulk. Delivery of the vessel, built at Master Boat's Coden, Ala., yard, is planned for January 2022. “Master Boat Builders is proud to launch this technologically advanced hybrid tugboat, which is the latest in a series of innovative and alternative-powered workboats that we are…
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AWO releases environmental stewardship best practices for towing industry

AWO releases environmental stewardship best practices for towing industry

(ARLINGTON, Va.) — The American Waterways Operators (AWO) has released a set of environmental stewardship best practices for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry. The best practices are intended to inform, support and guide vessel operators' continuous improvement in the areas of water quality, energy efficiency, air quality, waste management and corporate responsibility. "Barge transportation is the safest, most environmentally…
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Bay Shipbuilding to build second 5,500-cubic-meter LNG barge

Bay Shipbuilding to build second 5,500-cubic-meter LNG barge

(STURGEON BAY, Wis.) – Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding has agreed to partner with PNE Marine Holdings, an affiliate of Polaris New Energy, to build a second 5,500-cubic-meter liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker barge. This new barge will be a sister vessel to the LNG bunker barge Clean Canaveral, which will deliver to Polaris in mid-November. Demand for economical supply of LNG…
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Foss Maritime closes Seattle shipyard

Foss Maritime closes Seattle shipyard

(SEATTLE) — Foss Maritime announced with "deep regret" on Saturday that its Seattle shipyard, located in North Queen Anne, has been permanently closed as of Oct. 30. The closure does not affect any other area of Foss’s operations, the company said. "The difficult decision is a result of Foss Maritime’s regular evaluation of business lines and follows the company’s diligent…
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Man charged after pipe bombs are found on Ohio River towboats

Man charged after pipe bombs are found on Ohio River towboats

(CHARLESTON, W.Va.) — An Ohio man has been charged in a federal criminal complaint with possession of one or more unregistered destructive devices found aboard towboats on the Ohio River. According to the criminal complaint filed Oct. 28, law enforcement officers recovered suspected destructive devices from two towboats on Oct. 21 and Oct. 25. The complaint alleges that Nathaniel Blayn…
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Sea Machines completes world’s first 1,000-nm autonomous voyage

Sea Machines completes world’s first 1,000-nm autonomous voyage

(BOSTON) — Sea Machines Robotics​​​​ announced that is has completed the world’s first 1,000-plus-nm autonomous and remotely commanded journey of a commercial vessel at sea. Under the project name The Machine Odyssey, the autonomous tug Nellie Bly completed its journey in just 129 operational hours over 13 days. The program was commanded by U.S. Coast Guard-licensed mariners remotely stationed 3,000…
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