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Seattle, Tacoma ports form new partnership


It’s not a merger, but in October the Washington state ports of Seattle and Tacoma announced the beginnings of a joint operation they are calling the Seaport Alliance. The alliance will focus entirely on protecting marine cargo market share and growing cargo volumes for Puget Sound.   Continued »


Fate of Wisconsin boatbuilder uncertain


Fate of Wisconsin boatbuilder uncertain   Continued »


Fueled by shale, opportunities for barge companies grow


Shipments of crude oil, refined products and biofuels by barge from the Midwest to the Gulf of Mexico — mostly crude oil from North Dakota and Canada — rebounded slightly in the second quarter, according to Department of Energy statistics.   Continued »


Boatbuilding Bitts


November 2014 Boatbuilding Bitts   Continued »

The 5,150-hp tug Buckley McAllister was christened in New York in September.

Second Z-drive towboat for Chem Carriers


Sunshine, La.-based Chem Carriers christened its second Z-drive towboat on the New Orleans waterfront in September.   Continued »


Gulf Island delivers first of two OSVs to Seamar


In early October, Houma, La.-based Gulf Island Marine Fabricators was finishing up the 220'×48'×16', DP-2 offshore service vessel Cape Horn, the first of two OSVs for Seamar, Lafayette, La. A sistership, the Cape Cod, is set for delivery in the first quarter of 2015. The two new boats, designed by Elliott Bay Design Group’s New Orleans office, will be the first vessels in the new company’s fleet.   Continued »


Patrol/rescue boat for NYPD from Gladding-Hearn


“It makes an honest 41 knots all day. It’s a real blast to run and handles like a 60' sports car,” said Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding’s Peter Duclos. He’s talking about the last of three 3,200-hp 61' patrol and rescue boats for the New York City Police Department’s harbor unit that was delivered on Aug. 1.    Continued »

Norway’s Buksér og Berging currently has two LNG-fueled harbor tugs at work overseas, including the 115'x50'6" Borgøy which has a bollard pull of 68 MT.

Pumped Up


New tug construction continues to be driven by the energy markets. Domestic oil production has increased recently at a feverish pace and LNG production continues to expand both in blue and coastal waters. To service these markets for ship assist, terminal escort and rig construction and support, the tugs are now more powerful than ever.   Continued »

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Three questions for Pyrotek at SNAME


WorkBoat Editor in Chief David Krapf caught up with Dave Wolf, sales manager-noise control, for Pyrotek, Spokane Valley, Wash., at the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers annual conference in Houston last week.   Continued »


Coast Guard issues Ebola virus precautions bulletin


The purpose of this Bulletin is to provide an update to the maritime industry with respect to assessing Ebola risks and the responsibility of vessel/facility agents, owners, masters, operators, Area Maritime Security Committee members and persons to immediately report potential communicable disease hazards to the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).   Continued »

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