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Water Women

By Pamela Glass

Water Women

Government and others feel that women are critical 

to the future of the maritime industry.

As tug and barge operators and others in the maritime industry struggle to fill vacancies and worry about the future as older mariners retire, they should look to an underused source — women.

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By David Krapf, Editor in Chief

In late March, Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Panama City, Fla., signed a contract with Weeks Marine Inc., Cranford, N.J., to complete construction of the Magdalen, a 356' trailing suction hopper dredger. Initially, the vessel was to be built by BAE Systems Southeast Shipyard, Mobile, Ala., where the keel was laid in 2012. The new schedule calls for delivery in 2017. Dredge Technology Corporation (DTC), a member of the IHC Merwede International Group, is providing the design and detailed engineering.  Continued »

New fiberglass research vessel for New Jersey

By Michael Crowley

Maine has had more than its share of snowy days this year and March 3 was typically white when the Petrel rolled out of the boatshop at SW Boatworks in Lamoine, Maine.  Continued »

Bordelon delivers ultra-light intervention vessel

By Ken Hocke

Bordelon Marine Shipbuilders has delivered a Stingray-series 260-class ultra-light intervention vessel to its parent company, Bordelon Marine Inc. A christening ceremony was held at the Houma, La., shipyard in March.  Continued »

Where’s my information?

By John Fulweiler

When you want information, it’s mostly online until it isn’t.  Continued »

Fifth ASD tug for Bisso from Main Iron

By David Krapf, Editor in Chief

Luling, La.-based Bisso Towboat Co. Inc. has taken delivery of a new 4,480-hp ASD ship-assist tug from Main Iron Works, Houma, La.  Continued »

Coast Guard wants easier shore access for mariners

By D.K. DuPont

Prompted by complaints from mariners trying to go ashore, the Coast Guard proposed a rule late last year to remove obstacles erected at some facilities.

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Mates are not supervisors, NLRB says

By D.K. DuPont

The National Labor Relations Board has reaffirmed its decision that mates are not supervisors for union organizing purposes, a ruling that could significantly impact the workboat industry. Brusco Tug & Barge, Longview, Wash., has appealed the March 18 decision. Continued »

Virginia awarded offshore wind energy lease from BOEM

By Kirk Moore

Virginia vaulted to the front line of offshore wind energy development in the U.S. when the state was awarded a wind research lease from the federal government in late March.  Continued »

Marquette acquired by equity firm

By David Krapf, Editor in Chief

Marquette Transportation Co. LLC announced in late March that BDT Capital Partners LLC had acquired a majority interest in the company. Continued »