Ken HockeKen Hocke
Ken Hocke (pronounced HOCKEY - like the game) has been the senior editor of WorkBoat magazine since 1999. He came to WorkBoat as an associate editor in 1997. Prior to that, he was the editor of the Daily Shipping Guide, a transportation daily in New Orleans. He has also written for other publications, including the Times-Picayune and Blockbuster Video's in-house magazine. He graduated from Louisiana State University with an Arts & Sciences - concentration in English - degree in 1978.

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Wind power plans for offshore New York

The Feds are offering four wind energy open houses to New York residents.   As many of you know, I believe that wind power driven energy is going to help the U.S. meet its future energy needs. We can argue about how much of a factor it will be going forward. Many are dismissing it because it will have to be heavily subsidized to even get off the ground (no pun intended). But there are many believers in this country, especially on the East Coast. Deepwater...

Moran ATB tug christened in Florida

Moran Towing christened its newest tug in Pensacola, Fla., on Tuesday. On Tuesday, Patti Marine Enterprises delivered a 121'x36'x18' tug for Moran Towing Corp. to the downtown waterfront of Pensacola, Fla. The occasion was the christening of the articulated tug/barge tug Mariya Moran. Two of Moran's heavy hitters — Paul R. Tregurtha, chairman and CEO and his son, Ted Tregurtha, president — were on hand on Pensacola Bay in the warm Florida sun. Ted Tregurtha said the new vessel is “a...

Obama is not anti-oil

Those who say President Obama is anti-oil have no leg to stand on. President Obama wants energy independence for the U.S., and I’m with him. As long as it’s done in an environmentally responsible manner, I don’t see the problem with going after that goal. Why not try? And if at first you don’t succeed ... When Obama was new to the presidency, he spoke about opening the waters off the U.S. East Coast to oil and gas exploration and drilling. This idea was proposed in the past, but those...

Offshore wind energy gets off the ground

The first offshore wind energy project is set for the waters offshore Rhode Island.   Whenever I praise the efforts of the offshore wind energy industry or the solar energy industry, I always get pushback from some in the oil and gas industry about where my allegiance lies. I make no bones about where my loyalty falls — U.S. ENERGY INDEPENDENCE. But you grew up in the Gulf, you should be behind the oil and gas industry 100%, they say. I am. That industry...

Playing Army with the Navy

Playing Army again at Austal shipyard in Mobile.   When I was a kid, war movies were popular. And like generations before and after, we were influenced by the popular films of the day. In fact, we would act like we were soldiers and “play Army” in backyards across the neighborhood. It didn’t matter if we, in our imaginations, were on the ground, in the air or on water. It was all “playing Army.” I hadn’t thought of that in many years until a few weeks ago when I was at Austal USA...

Leevac and Aries do it again

Aries Marine christens another PSV in near perfect weather. How do they do it? We have had so much rain this year that it’s a subject that’s brought up wherever I go. (I know that it doesn’t compare to the snow the northeastern U.S. suffered through this winter or the extreme drought conditions in some places out west. I’m not suggesting that it is in any way as difficult a situation — slow your roll.) I’m not whining. I’m just saying that in the south Louisiana area lots of rain is a...

Condition monitoring at the show

To find out what condition your diesel engine is in, you can have it monitored while it’s running. That’s a simple enough idea. We’ve all had car mechanics listen to our cars’ gas engines to try and find out what’s wrong. You know the drill.   To find out what condition your diesel engine is in, you can have it monitored while it’s running. That’s a simple enough idea. We’ve all had car mechanics listen to our cars’ gas engines to try and find out what’s wrong. You know the...

Show time in New Orleans

WorkBoat's new Maintenance & Repair Show opens on Tuesday in New Orleans and runs through April 16. What the workboat industry needs is another trade show. Now, now, I know what you’re thinking: Hocke, have you lost your mind? Well, no, I haven’t — yet. Stay with me for a minute. A lot of what we do at the magazine is report on new vessels that are coming into the industry. Whether it’s a $600,000 municipal fire/rescue boat or a $40 million offshore service vessel, we like to get...

Waterways investment means more jobs

Speakers shine at WorkBoat's Inland Summit.   You’ve heard it before. Lock and dam structures are crumbling along the Upper Miss. River. But over the past several years, industry and government entities have worked hard to repair the most significant locks and dams problems to keep cargo moving efficiently along the system. Finishing these navigation projects could mean as much as $1 billion in new job income annually. That’s one of the messages that Michael Toohey, president and...

Cancer fighting Gulf OSV

A portion of the money earned from Bordelon Marine's new OSV will go toward cancer research. Last Friday, I attended the christening of the Shelia Bordelon, the second Stingray 260-class DP-2 ultralight intervention vessel for Lockport, La.-based Bordelon Marine. The ceremony was held at Bordelon Marine Shipbuilders in Houma, La. The OSV's namesake, Shelia Harasimowicz (left), and Wes Bordelon. Photo by Ken HockeThe 257'x52'x18' offshore service vessel is named for Shelia...