Simonelli retiring as chief operating officer at GLDD

Simonelli retiring as chief operating officer at GLDD

(HOUSTON) — Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp. (GLDD) announced Thursday that Chief Operating Officer David Simonelli will retire effective Sept. 16. After his retirement, he will provide consulting services to the company. Simonelli, who has spent 44 years with GLDD, became the president of the company’s Dredging Division in 2010 and chief operating officer in 2018. His commitment to…
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Towboat grounds in Okeechobee Waterway, breaches hull

Towboat grounds in Okeechobee Waterway, breaches hull

(MIAMI) — U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Lake Worth and salvage company crews responded to a marine casualty Friday near Clewiston, Fla. The captain of a 46-foot towing vessel notified Coast Guard Sector Miami watch standers at approximately 8:30 p.m. Friday that the vessel, Catherine, and deck barge Mobro 130 ran aground. The towboat sustained a hull breach, resulting…
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MarAd designates new Marine Highways in NC, Alaska, Puerto Rico

MarAd designates new Marine Highways in NC, Alaska, Puerto Rico

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd) has announced the immediate designation of four new Marine Highway projects — in North Carolina, Alaska and Puerto Rico — as part of the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). A Marine Highway project is a planned service, or expansion of an existing service, on a designated Marine Highway route. Since…
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Overpressurization of fuel tank, engineer fatigue cited in towboat fire

Overpressurization of fuel tank, engineer fatigue cited in towboat fire

(WASHINGTON) — An engine room fire aboard a towing vessel was caused by overpressurization of the fuel day tank and a main engine fuel return system when a fatigued chief engineer inadvertently left the day tank overflow valves to the storage tanks closed, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in Marine Investigation Report 22/17, released Wednesday. On May 18,…
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AWO elects Blessey Marine’s Clark Todd as chairman

AWO elects Blessey Marine’s Clark Todd as chairman

(ARLINGTON, Va.) — The members of the American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national tugboat, towboat and barge industry association, elected a new slate of leaders last week during the association's spring board of directors/annual membership meeting. Clark Todd, president and chief operating officer of Blessey Marine Services, was elected chairman; Rick Iuliucci, vice president of Vane Brothers, was elected vice…
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MarAd expands Marine Highway designations

MarAd expands Marine Highway designations

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd) on Tuesday announced the designation of a new Marine Highway route, two new Marine Highway projects, and one project designation extension as part of the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). While focusing on supply chain efficiency will have nationwide effects, the states of Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, California,…
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High water, ineffective comms cited in New Orleans grounding

High water, ineffective comms cited in New Orleans grounding

(WASHINGTON) — The decision to overtake a tow in a large river bend occupied by multiple vessels during high-water conditions led to the grounding of a tanker and contact with river intake fender systems in New Orleans, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Thursday. Marine Investigation Report 22/11 details the NTSB’s investigation into the March 16, 2021, grounding of…
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