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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Captain’s sleep inertia led to tow striking lock gate

Captain’s sleep inertia led to tow striking lock gate

(WASHINGTON) — A captain assuming a watch immediately after waking led to a tow striking a lock gate in the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in Marine Investigation Report 22/09 released Tuesday. On March 22, 2021, the towing vessel Ava Claire was transiting westbound pushing two fully loaded tank barges in the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway…
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Great Lakes Dredge to fund Texas A&M laboratory

Great Lakes Dredge to fund Texas A&M laboratory

(HOUSTON) — Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp. has signed an agreement with the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University to provide funding and technical support for what will become the Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Laboratory of Dredging and Coastal Studies. Lasse Petterson, president and chief executive officer at Great Lakes, and Dr. John Hurtado, interim dean of…
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Master Boat Builders delivers hybrid Tier 4 tug to Seabulk

Master Boat Builders delivers hybrid Tier 4 tug to Seabulk

(MOBILE, Ala.) — Master Boat Builders has delivered Spartan, an electric-hybrid tugboat, to Seabulk. This modern and unique vessel was built at the shipbuilder's yard in Coden, Ala.. “The Spartan is the latest addition to our fleet and constitutes the first of two hybrid diesel-electric vessels commissioned from Master Boat Builders," said Daniel Thorogood, chief executive officer of Seabulk. "She…
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Chouest floats out new river cruise ship for Viking

Chouest floats out new river cruise ship for Viking

(LOS ANGELES) — Viking announced Monday that the new 386-passenger Viking Mississippi was floated out in Louisiana, marking a major construction milestone and the first time the ship has touched water. Set to debut in June, Viking Mississippi will sail on the Lower and Upper Mississippi River, between New Orleans and St. Paul, Minn. The traditional float-out took place at…
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NTSB: Uninsulated exhaust surface led to fire that destroyed towboat

NTSB: Uninsulated exhaust surface led to fire that destroyed towboat

(WASHINGTON) — An engine room fire aboard a towing vessel was the result of spraying diesel fuel hitting an uninsulated section of the engine’s exhaust system, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in Marine Investigation Report 22/05 released Tuesday. On March 17, 2021, the towing vessel Miss Dorothy was pushing 14 barges upbound on the Lower Mississippi River, north…
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