Master Marine delivers fourth pushboat in series to Plimsoll

Master Marine delivers fourth pushboat in series to Plimsoll

(LAPLACE, La.) — Master Marine Inc. has delivered the 67-by-28-foot Steel Skipper to Plimsoll Marine, the fourth pushboat that the builder is scheduled to deliver to the operator. All four were designed by Entech Designs LLC and are fully compliant with all U.S. Coast Guard regulatory requirements. “Plimsoll Marine strives to provide the Lower Mississippi River with premier pushboat services…
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American Maritime Partnership announces new leadership team

American Maritime Partnership announces new leadership team

(WASHINGTON) — The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, has announced the election of new leadership for the organization. Ku’uhaku Park takes the helm as president, and he is joined by a new vice president, Jennifer Carpenter. Sara Fuentes will serve dual roles as secretary and treasurer. Elected officers will hold their positions for a…
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Coast Guard warns mariners of high water on Ohio River

Coast Guard warns mariners of high water on Ohio River

(NEW ORLEANS) — The U.S. Coast Guard is urging mariners to be aware of the risk associated with high water and dangerous currents on the Ohio River throughout the week. Higher than average water levels have created stronger than normal currents on the river that are leading to dangerous situations. Debris, rip currents and eddies are showing up in areas…
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Blakeley delivers pushboat Green Wave to Plimsoll Marine

Blakeley delivers pushboat Green Wave to Plimsoll Marine

(MOBILE, Ala.) — Blakeley BoatWorks recently completed construction of M/V Green Wave, an advanced Subchapter M inland pushboat. Owned by Plimsoll Marine, the vessel will operate within the Cooper Consolidated fleeting footprint, the largest fleeting footprint on the Lower Mississippi River. All three companies are part of the Cooper Group of Companies. Designed by Farrell and Norton and built by…
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Poor communication between bridge operator, tow cited in Louisiana collision

Poor communication between bridge operator, tow cited in Louisiana collision

(WASHINGTON) — Poor communication led to a tow striking a railway swing bridge near Slidell, La., the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in Marine Investigation Report 22/01 released Thursday. On Jan. 12, 2021, an empty hopper barge being pushed by the towing vessel Robert Cenac struck the CSX Rigolets railway swing bridge while it was opening. The bridge sustained…
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Army Corps details $2.2 billion in new spending on inland waterways

Army Corps details $2.2 billion in new spending on inland waterways

(WASHINGTON) — On Wednesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its spending plans outlining the specific inland waterways projects that were allocated funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Specifically, the spending plans will fund the following inland navigation construction projects at $2.22 billion: • Kentucky Lock (Tennessee River): $465.49 million (funded to completion) • Montgomery Lock (Ohio…
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Chesapeake to build fleet of 12 catamarans for American Cruise Lines

Chesapeake to build fleet of 12 catamarans for American Cruise Lines

(GUILFORD, Conn.) — American Cruise Lines has revealed details of Project Blue, a new fleet of go-anywhere ships for the U.S. market. The company announced plans for 12 identical sister ships that will more than double the nation’s current capacity for domestic coastal cruises. Featuring an innovative hybrid catamaran design, these boats will have unprecedented near-shore operating versatility, according to…
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Main Iron Works delivers z-drive Capt. Joseph Bisso

Main Iron Works delivers z-drive Capt. Joseph Bisso

(HOUMA, La.) — Main Iron Works has delivered another azimuthing stern drive (ASD) tugboat to Bisso Towboat Co. The 6,008-hp Capt. Joseph Bisso is the company’s fifth new delivery in the past seven years. It was built to U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter M rules, and already received its certificate of inspection. The 100-by-38-foot tugboat is driven by twin Caterpillar 3516E…
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Bayou payday: Dredges dig in to bring Lower Mississippi to 50 feet

Bayou payday: Dredges dig in to bring Lower Mississippi to 50 feet

A long-awaited project to deepen the Lower Mississippi River ship channel to 50 feet from the Gulf of Mexico to Baton Rouge, La., is now underway. It will eventually allow larger ships to call at ports and refineries farther upriver than is currently possible, reducing shipping costs for exporters. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates it will take four…
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