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Upper Miss empty barges hit highest level since 2005, USDA reports

By David Krapf

The number of upbound empty barges transiting Mississippi River Locks 27 (near St. Louis) hit its highest level since 2005.

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Climate change is the biggest challenge, Obama tells Coast Guard Academy grads

By Kirk Moore

The U.S. Coast Guard is on the front line of dealing with the impacts from climate change, President Barack Obama told the 2015 graduating class of the Coast Guard Academy.

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Video: Blount to build offshore wind farm vessel

By WorkBoat Staff

Deepwater Wind awarded a contract to Blount Boats to build a vessel to support its wind farm project off of Block Island.

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Conrad adds Theriot to its management team

By WorkBoat Staff

Conrad Industries, Inc. announced today the appointment of Scott J. Theriot as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. 

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Crowley receives second consecutive vessel award from Marathon

By WorkBoat Staff

(Jacksonville, Fla.; May 20, 2015) – Crowley Maritime Corporation’s petroleum services division has once again been honored by Marathon Petroleum Company (MPC) with its annual Elite Vessel Award, which is given to tank vessel operators who demonstrate a commitment to safety, environmental stewardship and operational excellence.

To earn the recognition, the five Crowley ATBs chartered by MPC – including the Courage/650-5; Achievement/650-8; Legacy/750-1; Legend/750-2; and Liberty/750-3 – had to meet a series of stringent standards, including zero Coast Guard-reportable injuries, no significant vetting issues and zero vessel-generated product quality incidents for the year. All five were similarly recognized last year.

This year’s honor, the 2014 Elite Vessel Award, was presented during a luncheon held at Crowley’s headquarters in Jacksonville by MPC’s George McAfee, Ph.D., head of commercial development, marine division, and Gregg Qualls, logistics commercial manager, marine division. Crowley’s Rob Grune, senior vice president and general manager, petroleum services, accepted it before an audience of MPC executives and Crowley employees. Guests of honor included Captains Phillip Wright and Calvin Paterson, Courage/650-5 and Legacy/750-1, and Chief Mates John Crawford and Robert Cope, of Achievement/650-8 and Legend/750-2.

“We appreciate MPC’s recognition of Crowley’s safety measures,” said Grune, who accepted the award on behalf of the company. “Our captains and crews aboard these vessels are exemplary environmental stewards who strive for operational excellence each and every day. Without them, this Elite Vessel Award would not be possible.”

05.20.2015 Crowley2“This award recognizes Crowley for its operational excellence with outstanding safety and reliably performance,” said McAfee.

Crowley is one of the largest independent operators of petroleum barges and tankers in the United States, specializing in the safe and reliable transportation of domestic bulk petroleum and chemicals. The company owns and operates 17 articulated tug barges (ATBs) ranging in size from 155,000 bbl to 330,000 bbl capacity. Additionally, Crowley provides tanker management services for other U.S. companies.

Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 123-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company. The company provides project solutions, energy and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of six operating lines of business: Puerto Rico/Caribbean Liner Services, Latin America Liner Services, Logistics Services, Petroleum Services, Marine Services and Technical Services. Offered within these operating lines of business are: liner container shipping, logistics, contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response through its TITAN Salvage subsidiary; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture through its Jensen Maritime subsidiary; government services, and petroleum and chemical transportation, distribution and sales. Additional information about Crowley, its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at www.crowley.com.

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Rolls-Royce marine to shed 600 jobs

By Kirk Moore

Continued low oil prices and reduced demand for its products is leading Rolls-Royce to cut 10% of its marine workforce by the end of this year.

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Laborde repowers half of Stone Oil fleet

By WorkBoat Staff

In 2014, Laborde Products sold its first Mitsubishi engine to John W. Stone Oil Distributor for the vessel John W. Stone. Since then, Laborde has supplied the Gretna, La.-based oil distributor with seven more Mitsubishis, repowering half its fleet.

The John W. Stone, Olga G. Stone and Moose are now powered by a S12A2-Y2MPTK at 940 hp, while the Jennifer, Shell Fueler, Hiawatha and Custom each have a S6R-Y2MPTK at 630 hp. Stone Power utilizes a S12R-Y3MPTAW at 1,100 hp.

"As our inland barge fleet grew larger in numbers and dimensions, we knew we needed to begin a repower initiative. We required increased horsepower, while decreasing fuel consumption where possible. Comfort and reliability for the crew and mechanical staff was also important. All this had to be done while meeting the latest emissions requirements and conserving fuel," said Tony Odak, vice president operations and business development at John W. Stone. "After reviewing several options we were very pleased with the Mitsubishi engine design at its given horsepower rating as well as the sales and support from Laborde. We have been pleased with the staff and support for the engines and parts."

Laborde also repowered the Lil Susan S, a boat that is chartered by John W. Stone Oil. In addition, Laborde provided the company with five fully mechanical 400-hp barge power units, and two Vapor 8.6 MBTU thermal fluid heaters.

John W. Stone Oil is a leader in dockside, midstreaming, and offshore fueling along the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge through the mouth of the river. In addition, there are seven shorebases that support the Gulf of Mexico oil business. It has 16 inland vessels and 36 inland barges to service brownwater as well as bluewater craft. Stone Oil also has several offshore units, including the Great Expectations, WorkBoat's 2014 Boat of the Year. It is the largest DP-2, multipurpose fuel oil carrier that is used to support the Gulf of Mexico and offshore oil business.

Laborde Products is the largest Mitsubishi Marine distributor in North America. 

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Blount to build wind farm vessel for Rhode Island

By WorkBoat Staff

Blount Boats has signed a contract with Rhode Island Fast Ferry for the construction of a 21-meter crew transfer vessel for the Block Island Wind Farm project.

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Coast Guard releases boating safety app

By WorkBoat Staff

The Coast Guard released its first boating safety app on Saturday as the kickoff to this year's National Safe Boating Week.

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Video: Best of WorkBoat's Three Questions series

By WorkBoat Staff

WorkBoat Technical Editor Bruce Buls talked with David Moseley, outgoing head of the Washington State Ferries, last year.

 

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