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Equity firm acquires Marquette Transportation

By David Krapf

Marquette Transportation Company LLC announced yesterday that BDT Capital Partners LLC has acquired a majority interest in the company.

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Battling snow and ice

By Joel Milton

It’s early March and winter is still unleashing its wrath on mariners in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic — mariners who are weary of the cold, snow and ice, and all the challenges that go along with working in these harsh elements. 

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Bankroll

By Dale K. DuPont, Correspondent

Bankroll 

There’s more financing available with better terms, but some operators are wary.

 

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It’s a gas

By David Krapf, Editor in Chief

In our cover story on page 42 (“Gassed Up”), Max Hardberger writes about the newest innovation in offshore service vessels — the use of liquefied natural gas as a bunker fuel. 

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Natchez bridge allision causes minor damage

By Kirk Moore

A fast roundup of 21 dry cargo barges averted serious damage when a towboat dinged the Mississippi River bridge at Natchez Sunday evening, according to Coast Guard officials.

The 168'x40'x11' Lindsay Ann Erikson was pushing the barges upriver, contending with high water and a fast current, when the stern struck a glancing blow on one of the pylons supporting the highway span over the river between Natchez and Vidalia, La. The impact broke loose the barges, and workers with Vidalia Dock and Storage Co. – designated first responders for that section of the river – got the barges corralled and moved to the west side of the river.

"The barges were pushed to the Vidalia side and the tow put back together," said Lt. Brian Porter, a spokesman for Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi, which along with the Mississippi Department of Transportation dispatched inspectors to the scene Sunday night. There were no injuries, only minor damage to some barges and "the bridge was minimally damaged, some scrapes," Porter said.

Operated by Marquette Transportation Co., Paducah, Ky., the Lindsay Ann Erikson is listed on the company's website as a 6,400-hp towboat built in 1982. "Between our boats and Erikson, we were able to collect them all," said Albert Smith, port captain for Vidalia Dock and Storage. "He was heading up the Natchez side of the bridge, and he had some trouble with the current." But the tow was soon reassembled and only one barge needed to be offloaded, Smith said. The National Weather Service reported the river stage was at 49 feet at Natchez Sunday, which is rather high, Smith said. It's expected those levels should begin declining soon.

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All American delivers passenger boat built to new rules

By Bruce Buls

On March 28, All American Marine Inc. and King County (Washington) dedicated a new passenger ferry at a ceremony on Vashon Island, near Seattle. 

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BOATBUILDING BITTS April 2015

By Bruce Buls

Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG), Panama City, Fla., has unveiled a new design for a 120'×36'×13'3", twin V-pod, diesel-electric towboat called the Thunderboltclass. ESG worked closely with thruster manufacturer Verhaar Omega and Gilbert Associates on the design.

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Blount building small bunker tanker for New York

By Michael Crowley

Blount Boats, Warren, R.I., has started construction on the Chandra B, a steel 79'×23' double-hull, fuel-bunkering tanker for American Petroleum & Transport, Lake Grove, N.Y. The vessel was designed by Farrell & Norton Naval Architects, Newcastle, Maine, and Fairhaven, Mass. 

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Another shallow-draft tug from Rodriguez

By Bruce Buls

On the Gulf Coast where the Mississippi River meets the Gulf, shallow-draft lugger tugs have been earning their keep supplying the near-shore oil industry.

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Nichols Brothers delivers 23-car ferry to Wahkiakum County, Wash.

By Ken Hocke

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, Freeland, Wash., delivered the 115'×47'6"×5'4", 100-passenger, 23-car ferry Oscar B to Wahkiakum County on the Washington-Oregon border in late February. 

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