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Last coal-fired ferry has a yesterday, today, tomorrow

Last coal-fired ferry has a yesterday, today, tomorrow

Coal passers have shoveled the black fuel into the stoker. A pair of Skinner Unaflow steam engines are churning at 95 rpm. The captain knows he’ll be pivoting off the anchor when it’s time to dock.

February 2014
Weeks Marine suction dredge vital to restoring Louisiana’s coastline

Weeks Marine suction dredge vital to restoring Louisiana’s coastline

On a drizzly Gulf Coast morning in March, the Weeks Marine cutter suction dredge C.R. McCaskill was pumping a thick mud sludge of dredge spoil through a 30-inch diameter pipe at 400 psi on a six-mile journey into Louisiana’s marshland. It took the mud 25 minutes to reach its destination.

August 2013
Drought means less cargo, fewer barges and higher costs for towboat operators

Drought means less cargo, fewer barges and higher costs for towboat operators

The Midwest’s worst drought in decades has resulted in a complicated and costly shipping season for companies operating on the Mississippi River.

December/January 2013

Ship carrying iron runs aground in St. Lawrence Seaway

The Canadian vessel Sedna Desgagnes, with a load of raw iron, ran aground in the St. Lawrence Seaway

Web Bulletin 2012

Coast Guard presents safety award to Chicago port captain

The Coast Guard presented a Meritorious Service Award to Wendella Sightseeing's Capt. Michael McElroy

Web Bulletin 2012

Kirby agrees to acquire Allied Transportation for $116M

Kirby Corp. has agreed to buy Allied Transportation for $116 million to add more offshore tugboat and barge services

Web Bulletin 2012

Mississippi River, industrial canal cleared of vessels as hurricane approaches

The Coast Guard said it would close the Mississippi River, and all vessels were being cleared from the river and industrial canal as Hurricane Isaac approached

Web Bulletin 2012
Towing company draws on chief’s background as a naval architect

Towing company draws on chief’s background as a naval architect

Jantran Inc. has taken delivery of Lucy Janoush, a twin-screw 4,000-hp towboat designed by the towing company’s president.

American Tugboat Review 2012
Despite slow economy, some towboat yards still built several boats

Despite slow economy, some towboat yards still built several boats

Several inland shipyards saw no shortage of towboat orders in 2011 and some made several multi-boat deliveries to new and repeat customers.

American Tugboat Review 2012
Overnight river cruises stage comeback as American Queen sails again

Overnight river cruises stage comeback as American Queen sails again

The return of the refurbished American Queen sternwheeler to the U.S. inland waterways system marks a major milestone in the rebirth of the American river cruising industry.

May 2012
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