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• On this month’s cover is the tug Coyle , owned by Coyle Lines Inc., New Orleans. The 82-footer is powered by a 750-hp Cooper-Bessemer diesel. Coyle now has seven tugs and about 40 barges in its fleet. • To
The megaships are coming. But are waterways ready to handle these container behemoths? The Panama Canal broke ground in October on a $5.25 billion project that is expected to double the 50-mile canal’s capacity to accommodate the new generation of
With containers clogging West Coast ports and more growth expected in the years to come, a New Orleans group of investors believes that they have found an opportunity for the Gulf Coast. They plan to invest $200 million to build
Josip Gruzling, the founder of NautiCAN R&D Ltd. in Lions Bay, British Columbia, died in September. A marine engineer who emigrated from Yugoslavia to Canada in 1968, Gruzling received nine patents for his
• Thirty years ago, the maiden voyage of the S.S. Thorpe from Cairo, Ill., to Minneapolis, Minn., marked the start of barge service on the Upper Mississippi River. The steam-powered paddlewheel boat and her three-barge tow completed the historic run
• A WorkBoat survey of vessels completed through August 1976 indicates one of the strongest years ever for the construction of tugs, crewboats, supply boats and other vessels. In the first eight months, 136 offshore service vessels and 116 tugs
On Nov. 2, employees of Nichols Brothers Boat Builders , Freeland, Wash., were told by company CEO Matt Nichols and his son Bryan, the company president, that the yard was shutting down, effective immediately. Citing “significant financial challenges,” they said
Almost seasick over letter After reading Alice Evans’ letter (“TWIC process can catch all those bad guys,” Mail Bag, July 2007), I was almost seasick. Does she know anything about criminology and psychology? Not all, and probably not even most,
New Orleans-based Canal Barge Company Inc. recently acquired and is now operating the ConocoPhillips inland marine fleet based in Sulphur, La. Terms were not disclosed. The acquisition included seven inland towboats and 14 inland tank
Eastern Shipbuilding Group Inc., Panama City, Fla., in partnership with Aker Yards Marine (US) Inc., Houston, and Poseidon Maritime (UK) Ltd., have unveiled a new series of diesel-electric platform supply vessels. The new designs all have double skins and all
Can you be pro-development but anti-tar sands?
The city council of South Portland, Maine, has voted to ban tar sands from the city. Despite overwhelming support for the ban, I believe most city residents understand the importance of a working waterfront.
Author: Melissa Wood
July 24, 2014
Martinac goes dark
After 90 years of building commercial vessels, one of Puget Sound's premier shipyards calls it quits.
Author: Bruce Buls
July 22, 2014