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Two recent studies point to an uptick in the construction and installation of floating production systems (FPS).   Continued »


Index jumps 96 points


A strong month for shipyards helped lead the WorkBoat Composite Index to a 96-point gain in February. The strong 5.5% gain helped offset January’s weak start to the year when the Index lost 47 points. For the month, winners topped losers by a 4-1 ratio. The Index also topped the Dow and S&P in February.   Continued »


Crude oil: Barges are well-positioned assets


The energy sector continues to push into new frontiers, which is having a big effect on barge operators and other domestic transport suppliers.     Continued »


The real insurance value of your vessel


Recently, a client wanted to purchase a tall ship at a bargain price. Our dilemma was this: What is the vessel really worth?     Continued »


The Bounty: Recklessness vs. negligence


The probable cause of the sinking of the tall ship Bounty was a reckless decision by the captain to sail into the forecasted path of Hurricane Sandy.    Continued »

DSPA-5 measures about 9" in diameter and weighs about 10 lbs. Its aerosol action can suppress a fire in seconds without harming surrounding machinery.

Hot Spot


A boat fire, especially offshore, is a frightening thing. With smoke and flames pouring down narrow corridors, into small rooms or across a deck, escape routes are few and often nonexistent.   Continued »




A number of issues important to the inland navigation industry have made significant progress in the last year. These include:   Continued »

For ACL and other dry cargo operators, there is excess capacity because of softness in the coal market.

Tanking the Market


Changes in the energy market, the lingering effects of a record drought in 2012 and a slow national economic recovery all weighed heavily on the inland barge industry last year and continue to shape the industry’s decisions and direction.   Continued »


A boom closer to shore


In our industry, usually when there’s a big boom (or bust) going on, it’s all about offshore energy. This time, however, the boom is much closer to land.   Continued »




Chef Philippe Parola sees an opportunity to reduce the carp population and build a business.   Continued »

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