Archive of: Onboard

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New Lake Charles launch keeps pace with LNG boom

New Lake Charles launch keeps pace with LNG boom

In front of the Lake Charles pilot station in Cameron, La., the 70-foot Cameron Pilot II went from zero to 28 knots in a matter of seconds, and did it as smoothly as the hand of Capt. Mark Foster advancing the throttles.

June/July 2020
New Metal Shark duo speeds Lower Miss. pilot transfers

New Metal Shark duo speeds Lower Miss. pilot transfers

Belle Chasse Marine Transportation (BCMT) began operations in 1977 on the Mississippi River with one crew boat.

April 2020
Damen newcomer at Ontario port has line on versatility

Damen newcomer at Ontario port has line on versatility

Capt. Joe Farish eased the tugboat Sheri Lynn S. off the Picton Terminals dock before 0730.

March 2020
Alabama River ferry reborn with electric propulsion

Alabama River ferry reborn with electric propulsion

Capt. Ray Parker signaled to the deck hand to lift the vehicle ramp. With that, and a toot on the horn, the nation’s first all-electric passenger/vehicle ferry slipped its mooring in Camden, Ala., and entered the Alabama River.

February 2020
New SIT towboat bewitches with hull ‘voodoo,’ z-drives

New SIT towboat bewitches with hull ‘voodoo,’ z-drives

First light was breaking as Capt. Bob Asher maneuvered Karl E. Johnson across the Mississippi River to the Southern Illinois Transfer (SIT) fleet at Ste. Genevieve, Mo.

December/January 2020
Narragansett’s new fireboat built to handle every hazard

Narragansett’s new fireboat built to handle every hazard

The swimmer, Lt. Ben Lonngren, reached into a crevice in the rocks and with repeated strenuous efforts dislodged Rescue Andy.

October/November 2019
New Navy workboat stout, practical and ready for duty

New Navy workboat stout, practical and ready for duty

With sea trials completed, Brett Snow eased the first in a new series of U.S. Navy workboats into Ballard Locks on Seattle’s Lake Washington Ship Canal.

September 2019
Bay Area’s hybrid newcomer red, white and ‘green’ all over

Bay Area’s hybrid newcomer red, white and ‘green’ all over

Bucking a brisk March wind, Enhydra, the hybrid-propelled pride of San Francisco’s Red and White Fleet, made for the Golden Gate Bridge.

June/July 2019
Texas pilots go bigger, bolder with Metal Shark newbuild

Texas pilots go bigger, bolder with Metal Shark newbuild

On a late January run out to the containership Bomar Resolute, anchored near the Freeport, Texas, sea buoy, the recently delivered Brazos Pilot was bucking a 6-to-8-foot sea.

April 2019
Boston’s new fast ferries in step with the past and future

Boston’s new fast ferries in step with the past and future

Think Boston, think tradition. The naming of two new fast ferries, Champion and Glory, for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) complies with the city’s maritime history.

February 2019
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