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MetalCraft Marine, Kingston, Ontario, delivered the first of three new 70'10"×22'10" aluminum fireboats to the Port of Houston Authority in early June. Designed by MetalCraft, Fireboat 2 and its sisterships will operate in the Houston Ship Channel.
At Eastern Shipbuilding Group in Panama City, Fla., the shipyard is busy with a bulging order book it hasn’t seen in years — or ever.
Patti Marine Enterprises is busy constructing a pair of 105'×38'×17'8", 6,800-hp tugs for Signet Maritime Corp. at its Pensacola, Fla., shipyard.
July 2013 BOATBUILDING BITTS
Little by little, operators are sticking their “tows” in new waters. Z-drive installations and inquiries are up, and one company will be the first in the U.S. to use a Netherlands system that cuts vibrations in a floating deckhouse.
U.S. House Energy & Water Subcommittee has approved a $1 billion draw from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for maintenance of America’s deep-draft navigation channels and harbors.
The captain and crew of Crowley’s Prevention and Response tug Alert were personally recognized by the Alaska State Legislature for courage, teamwork and professionalism during the emergency rescue tow of the drill barge Kulluk off the southern point of Kodiak Island.
WIRE-Net has selected The Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard as one of the four local manufacturing companies to receive this year’s Mission Builder Awards. Winners have been chosen for investing in Northeast Ohio, through plant expansion, job creation or new business growth.
Australian ferry builder Incat Tasmania’s world first high speed dual-fuel vehicle and passenger ferry is now officially fast with a lightship speed of 58.1 knots - (107.6 kilometres an hour) and a thrill for the designers of the 99 metre high speed vessel Francisco (Incat hull 069).
During a change-of-command ceremony in Clear Lake on June 14, Capt. Brian Penoyer relieved Capt. James Whitehead as commander over Coast Guard units in the Houston-Galveston area and Captain of the Port in those areas.
WorkBoat Compensation Survey 2013
WorkBoat's new survey about who makes how much money in the workboat industry and a whole lot more.
Author: Ken Hocke
June 18, 2013
Congress hits DHS on TWIC readers
The House has approved a budget for the Department of Homeland Security that would withhold $30 million until the agency demonstrates how requiring TWIC readers would enhance maritime security.
Author: Pamela Glass
June 17, 2013
Spilling oil can ruin your day
There is no amount of oil that’s OK to spill. A simple drop of oil that causes sheen on the water is a pollution incident. You and your company can be held directly and personally liable.
Author: Capt. Peter Squicciarini
June 17, 2013
Deckhands: How important are they?
For over two decades, deckhand positions on Northeast tugs were relegated to “unskilled” labor status. While some still hold this view, this is beginning to change.
Author: Joel Milton
June 12, 2013