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Voyage planning — Part I

8/1/2014

Major pollution incidents usually result in legislative and/or regulatory actions to help prevent or minimize the chance of similar events occurring in the future.   Continued »

 

Go slow on the use of virtual aids to navigation

8/1/2014

Over the last few years, there has been a lot of talk about the rising costs of placing and maintaining fixed aids to navigation (ATONs) on our nation’s waterways. With it, there have been discussions about electronic or virtual aids to navigation as a viable option to replace aging fixed aids.   Continued »

 

Offshore wind and OSVs

8/1/2014

Last month, I was sitting on the beach beside Aransas Pass on Mustang Island in south Texas, a cut to the Gulf of Mexico from the Corpus Christi Ship Channel that connects the Port of Corpus Christi (fifth largest U.S. port by total tonnage) with the Gulf of Mexico.   Continued »

 

Operators gain ground

8/1/2014

The WorkBoat Composite Index barely squeezed out a gain in June, but operators enjoyed a good month. While the overall Index increased less than 1%, the Operators Index gained almost 6%. The Philadelphia Oil Service Index gained about 7%.   Continued »

 

More domestic coal cuts?

8/1/2014

In a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll of 1,000 adults conducted from June 11-15, two-thirds of the respondents said they supported EPA emissions limits on coal-fired power plants compared to 29 percent that opposed the limits.   Continued »

 

The end of a passenger vessel and a business

8/1/2014

I’ve seen this too many times in the last few years. It all starts with a passenger vessel company that is doing fine and then either sells to new owners or expands into new areas.   Continued »

 

An old sea lesson unfolded

8/1/2014

Sometimes the lore of the sea gets ahead of itself. For example, is a ship captain really obligated to go down with the ship? Will a ship’s master face penalties for scooting clear of the ship’s rail leaving passengers and crew to fend for themselves?   Continued »

 
Four Cummins Tier 3 diesels provide main propulsion.

Back to Business

8/1/2014

The construction and delivery of the new 175'×25'×13'6", DP-2, fast supply vessel (FSV) Riley Claire was a series of firsts for the vessel’s builder, owner, and waterjet manufacturer.     Continued »

 

Riley Claire, Mason G SPECIFICATIONS

8/1/2014

August 204 Riley Claire, Mason G SPECIFICATIONS   Continued »

 

New welding equipment provides flexibility

8/1/2014

Lincoln Electric’s Power Wave S350 is a third generation inverter welder. Match this up with the company’s recently introduced Advanced Module and you get several advantages, especially for aluminum welding.   Continued »

 
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