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Earnings reports point to a slowdown offshore


Several quarterly earnings reports released in May appear to support projections that a downturn in the offshore drilling market, especially in deepwater, looms. The question is how serious will the downturn be?   Continued »


Index unchanged in May


The WorkBoat Composite Index treaded water again in May, gaining less than four points.   Continued »


Coal: A dirty business


Some of the dirtiest U.S. coal deposits with the highest sulfur and ash content, which are the least desirable for domestic consumption, come from Illinois, Indiana and parts of Kentucky.   Continued »


Communication is key


Communication. We do it in so many ways that sometimes we need to step back and think about what we are really trying to convey and how we are going about it.   Continued »


Independent contractors and injuries


Independent contractors are widely used in the maritime industry. Contractors can often do things in a turnkey manner, carry their own insurance, use their own equipment and reduce a company’s liability in some instances.   Continued »


New stuff: VHF radio with GPS BUILT IN AND small radar with multispeed antenna


A couple of recently introduced electronics products could be good additions to the wheelhouse of a small commercial workboat or serve as backups on larger workboats.   Continued »

The GX2200 VHF from Standard Horizon features a built-in GPS receiver.

Stronger Backbone


The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) represents major marine electronics manufacturers such as Furuno and Simrad, as well as marine electronics dealerships around the U.S.    Continued »





The big bow fender, supplied by Schuyler, is needed for LNG and other work.

The I’s Have It


Signet Maritime has been more than happy with the highly maneuverable and efficient Signet Weatherly built at its Mississippi yard in 2012. The 4,720-hp Robert Allan Ltd. RAmparts 3200-class ocean towing and escort tug and its 61 MT of bollard pull have exceeded expectations.   Continued »


Vigor expands by merging with Oregon Iron


Oregon Iron Works (OIW) and Vigor Industrial, two of Oregon’s largest industrial companies, moved to officially join forces in May with the expectation that their combined facilities and capabilities will provide additional growth opportunities.   Continued »

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