Author: Rich Miller

Gunderson, Jeffboat busy filling contracts for new barges

Gunderson Marine and Jeffboat concluded 2008 amid a flurry of production, with Gunderson signing a contract to build eight additional deck cargo barges for Crowley Maritime Corp., and Jeffboat finishing a 50,000-barrel asphalt barge for Andrie Inc.Gunderson, a Portland, Ore.-based…

IMO rules to cut emissions from oceangoing vessels

New standards adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will require oceangoing vessels (OGVs) to reduce noxious emissions by at least 15 percent starting in 2011, with stricter limits for ships operating in designated areas already experiencing air-quality problems. The…

Diesel makers expanding capacity to reduce delivery delays

Riding a wave of growth in commercial shipbuilding that shows few signs of ebbing, manufacturers of marine diesel engines continue to expand capacity and increase production at facilities worldwide. The towboat Ann Peters, damaged during Hurricane Katrina, was refurbished by…

Washburn & Doughty to rebuild following catastrophic fire

The fire that destroyed the shipyard in East Boothbay, Maine, apparently began with sparks from a cutting torch.  (Photo courtesy U.S. Coast Guard) The flames were spectacular, sending a dark plume skyward that was visible for miles and reducing the…

Crew flees to barge from sinking tug

Four crewmembers abandoned their sinking tugboat for the safety of one of the barges they were towing in the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard said a problem with a shaft seal may have caused the tug to take on…

Congress considering strict new ballast water standards

This Hyde Guardian system on the cruise ship Celebrity Mercury employs filtration and ultra-violet radtion to remove and kill organisms in ballast water. The system, installed by the ship's crew during normal operations, was comissioned in January 2007. A bill…

Resolve Marine to open $3.2 million training center in Florida

  Resolve Pioneer is the first of five vessels Resolve Marine plans to place strategically around the United States to better respond to maritime incidents. Responding to the increasing demand for qualified personnel across the industry, Resolve Marine Group will…