Author: Photos and story by Brian Gauvin

Commuter headaches, toll roads boost popularity of Va. ferry fleet

Only the occasional muffled sound emanating from the BAE Systems shipyard across the Elizabeth River from Norfolk’s Waterside Marketplace and the low drone of Elizabeth River Ferry II approaching from Portsmouth cut the quiet of a September morning washing over Hampton Roads.

Classic schooner equipped with modern propulsion redundancy

The word “unique” gets thrown around with abandon in this age of hyper promotion, but it seems the most apt word to describe the 85-foot schooner America 2.0, a modern high-tech version of the famous 19th-century racing schooner and winner of the first America’s Cup.

Starlight Marine escort tugs ready with high horsepower, control

The 100-foot azimuthing stern drive tug Ahbra Franco sparkled on a perfect San Francisco Bay morning. Named for the daughter of Harley Marine Services founder Harley Franco, the tug was delivered last September to the company’s subsidiary, Starlight Marine Services,…

Pushboat Fury adds to Harley Marine Gulf’s fleet

When Harley Marine Services acquired MGI of Houston in 2011, the Seattle-based company spawned its 10th subsidiary, Harley Marine Gulf, and established itself on all of the U.S. coasts and the country’s commercial inland river system.

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.

First-ever lightering support vessels prove to be nimble

In mid May, Capt. E.J. “Junior” Breaux was at the controls of AET Excellence, the second in a four-boat series of purpose-built lightering support vessels (LSVs) constructed at Leevac Shipyards in Jennings, La., for AET Offshore Services of Galveston, Texas.