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June 2008 - WorkBoat Looks Back(3)

6/1/2008

SBlt After completing tests recently in St. Petersburg, Fla., the U.S. Coast Guard will equip each air station with at least one Type H04S-3 helicopter fitted with equipment for marine towing service. The tests, conducted between August 1957 and January   Continued »

 
Spring flooding has been playing havoc with river
    navigation, closing a number of lock-and-dam facilities on the
    Mississippi River and its tributaries and idling tows that were
    unable to lock through. The Kaskaskia Lock and Dam (above) was
    out of operation from March 20 to March 26 due to high water.
    The lock is located on the Kaskaskia River, near its confluence
    with the Mississippi River (about 60 miles south of St. Louis).
    In early May, there were still numerous lock closings along the
    Upper Mississippi, including Lock and Dams 13, 16, 17, 18, and
    20, due to flooding.

News Log

6/1/2008

In a major victory for U.S. shipbuilders, a federal judge has ordered the U.S. Coast Guard to revoke the coastwise endorsement of a U.S.-flag tanker. In late April, U.S. District Court Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the Eastern District   Continued »

 

BOATBUILDING BITTS

6/1/2008

In late April, Dakota Creek Industries , Anacortes, Wash., launched its largest newbuild vessel to date, the 292 '× 59 SSSq Grant Candies , which is being built for Otto Candies LLC, a marine transportation and towing company based in   Continued »

 

NEWS BITTS - TWIC compliance date extended into 2009

6/1/2008

TWIC compliance date extended into 2009 The Department of Homeland Security has extended the final compliance date for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program to April 15, 2009. The original compliance date set in the final rule was Sept. 25.   Continued »

 
New Handysize
tugs are designed to do
    
more with less.

On the Ways

6/1/2008

At 74 '× 30 SSSq and with 2,800 hp, The Great Lakes Group believes its new “Handysize” tug is big enough to do most tug work and small enough to significantly reduce both capital and operating costs. Designed by   Continued »

 

Tired mariners - Part I

5/1/2008

A fatigued mariner is a dangerous mariner, particularly one who steers the vessel. This person is a hazard to fellow crewmembers, other vessels and the general public. The current two-watch, six-on/six-off system that most tug and towboat mariners work under   Continued »

 

Can short sea boost coastal passenger transportation?

5/1/2008

Before railroads dominated interstate passenger transportation, coastal cargo ships carried passengers on overnight trips between ports on the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific coasts. This type of travel continues, but it’s mainly limited to international waters. But there may be an   Continued »

 

Gulf ring count jumps

5/1/2008

In late March, the number of rigs under contract in the Gulf of Mexico increased by five. The five-rig jump was attributable to jackups that started new jobs, all during the last week of March. The number of working jackups   Continued »

 

Index ends quarter on down note

5/1/2008

The WorkBoat Composite Index wrapped up the first quarter with a 2 percent loss in March. For the quarter, the Index lost 3 percent, faring much better than the broad market, which suffered its worst quarter in five years. For   Continued »

 
Combining AIS with radar and ARPA has helped
    navigators at Washington State Ferries.

Helter Skelter

5/1/2008

Successful navigation involves avoiding unexpected encounters that would prevent you from getting from point A to point B. Such encounters usually involve terra firma — the submerged or visual variety — or other vessels. Excluding mechanical breakdowns and being sick,   Continued »

 
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