Miles add up fast for  Mobile Bay ferry captains

Miles add up fast for Mobile Bay ferry captains

With three short blasts of the whistle, Marissa Mae Nicole got underway from Dauphin Island, Ala., for Fort Morgan, four miles across Mobile Bay. Longtime Mobile Bay Ferry Capt. Dennis Kula guided the double-ended vehicle ferry away from the landing under gray skies and steered east toward open water.  Joe Kula, his brother and port captain, came along for the…
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McAllister launch servicing Long Island Sound with deliveries, crew transfers

McAllister launch servicing Long Island Sound with deliveries, crew transfers

McAllister Towing of Connecticut has initiated launch service on Long Island Sound from Bridgeport, a deepwater port about 50 miles from New York City. The service began in February 2020, just before the COVID-19 pandemic changed the rules for just about everything. With new protocols in place, the launch has provided a less congested option for crew changes and other…
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Larger, faster Sabine pilot boat built to go the distance

Larger, faster Sabine pilot boat built to go the distance

Oil has fueled the Texas economy since the Spindletop field near Beaumont began gushing at a rate of 100,000 barrels per day in 1901. This year, Breaux’s Bay Craft of Loreauville, La., delivered Spindletop, a 90-foot pilot boat, to the Sabine Pilots of Port Arthur, Texas. Spindletop was conceived and built to keep pace with growth in the petroleum trade,…
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Versatile Weeks dredge  tender  built tough from  bottom up

Versatile Weeks dredge tender built tough from bottom up

Jack K., a 62.5-foot Cummins-powered dredge tender, is described by Weeks Marine’s project manager as a Swiss army knife for the tugboat set. The newbuild will assist dredges, tow dredges, push barges, handle anchors and move pipe, primarily along the Gulf Coast, while also carrying an oceans classification for towing equipment offshore. The versatile vessel was designed by MiNO Marine…
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Newly renovated paddlewheeler rollin’ on the river in NOLA

Newly renovated paddlewheeler rollin’ on the river in NOLA

Notwithstanding the COVID-19 pandemic, dozens of masked passengers lined the gangway of City of New Orleans on a clear January afternoon. The 189-foot, diesel-electric paddlewheeler is the second vessel in the New Orleans Steamboat Company fleet, joining the 265-foot steamboat Natchez in September. With all of the passengers aboard, pilot Troy Delaney blasted the ship’s horn. Capt. Charles Ladner, armed…
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