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July 2014 NEWS BITTS
An appeals court has set back American Commercial Lines’ (ACL) efforts to get reimbursed for cleanup costs from a 2008 oil spill. The spill, which dumped more than 250,000 gals. of fuel into the Mississippi River at New Orleans, closed about 100 miles of the waterway for several days.
The Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which is expected to set up a new strategy for funding and improving the U.S.’s aging inland waterways system, passed both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate in late May. The bill was expected to be signed by President Obama as WorkBoat went to press in early June.
Sleep apnea along with chronic heart disease and diabetes are among the most common medical issues that can delay a mariner’s application for credentials.
In June, the Hornblower Guardian, a new open-deck tour boat, began taking passengers out for wet rides around Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.
Marine Transportation Services, a 40-year-old family-run owner, operator and builder of crewboats, has added a new vessel to its fleet.
Bayou La Batre, Ala.-based Raymond & Associates recently delivered a 76'×35'×11' inland pushboat to Harahan, La.-based Blessey Marine Services. The 1,700-hp Erin C Grenon, which has a maximum draft of 8'6", was designed by Sterling Marine, Gulf Breeze, Fla.
July 2014 BOATBUILDING BITTS
Can you be pro-development but anti-tar sands?
The city council of South Portland, Maine, has voted to ban tar sands from the city. Despite overwhelming support for the ban, I believe most city residents understand the importance of a working waterfront.
Author: Melissa Wood
July 24, 2014
Martinac goes dark
After 90 years of building commercial vessels, one of Puget Sound's premier shipyards calls it quits.
Author: Bruce Buls
July 22, 2014