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Longshoremen labor negotiations to continue under federal mediation


Allison Beck, acting director of the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, issued the following statement yesterday on the labor negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).   Continued »


Oil prices dive … again


As they say in Texas, this ain’t my first rodeo. Oil prices are on the skids again. For me, it’s the fifth time in memory. I would like to say that it will get better soon and that little harm will be done, but experience tells me no.   Continued »


Stocks of operators get hammered again


The WorkBoat Composite Index was only off about 10 points in November, but that masked the big story. After treading water in October, operators lost 58 points, or 13%, in November.   Continued »


The deepwater Gulf continues to develop


A lot has happened in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM) since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. Exploration and planned or new production platforms in the deepwater U.S. Gulf continues to grow, which is good news for both the blue water and brownwater sectors.   Continued »


How to handle a vessel fire


Nothing is worse than a fire aboard your vessel, especially when the fire is in areas that are hard to reach and fueled by something you’re not prepared to deal with.   Continued »


A shipyard and construction company at loggerheads


Business owners are attracted to the notion of incorporation. That’s because corporations have a unique trait. Generally, owners and staff are not personally on the hook if the business is sued. But that isn’t always the case.   Continued »


Raised Expectations


Z-drive and retractable towboats are becoming familiar sights on the U.S. inland waterways. But when they’re combined in a broad-shouldered, single-deck linehauler that can cut up to two-and-a-half days off an east-west Intracoastal Waterway passage and do it in style with the lowest possible fuel burn, people are going to take notice.   Continued »

The proper isolation mounts dampen genset vibrations.

Load Masters


Cummins has been building diesel-electric marine power systems since 2004. Then at the end of 2014, Cummins advanced its game with variable-speed, diesel-electric power generation. Its first variable-speed, diesel-electric package is powered by the QSK50.     Continued »

On Display News from the 35th International WorkBoat Show.

On Display


From his harrowing ordeal with Somali pirates, Capt. Richard Phillips learned three important things: “You are much stronger than you’ll ever know; nothing is over ‘til we choose to give up; and a dedicated, motivated, focused team can overcome most any obstacle.”   Continued »


It was quite a show


Each year in my welcoming remarks at the International WorkBoat Show I hint that the show will be the biggest and best ever. For the most part, that has been accurate. But there were several reasons why the 35th edition of the WorkBoat Show topped all its predecessors.   Continued »

Featured Content
Of Pirates, NATO and a deceased owner
A Taiwanese citizen sued the U.S.A. for killing her husband and sinking his fishing vessel in connection with a NATO counter-piracy initiative. Author: John K. Fulweiler
January 30, 2015
Oil prices and OSVs: It’s not all bad news
OSV operators are one tough bunch and the current down cycle isn’t their first rodeo. Author: David Krapf
January 29, 2015
Oil price free fall tip of iceberg
The collapse of the price of oil was in the wind. Author: Dr. William J. Pike
January 29, 2015
It’s vigorous in Portland
Swan Island has long been a commercial center in Portland, Ore. During World War II, Kaiser Shipyards established one of its seven wartime shipyards on Swan Island. Now, it’s home to Vigor Industrial.    Author: Bruce Buls
January 29, 2015
BP's fine is a drop in the bucket
BP has plenty of money to pay fines stemming from the Deepwater Horizon accident. Author: Ken Hocke
January 28, 2015

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