Author: Susan Buchanan

Waterways need more investment to stay competitive, USDA says

The nation has to invest more heavily in locks, dams and river dredging, and aging waterways infrastructure must be restored to full capacity to allow growth in traffic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in a recent study, weighing the benefits to commerce and exports.

Crew/supply boats

U.S. shipyards will produce only a few offshore supply vessels (OSVs), which are considered the lifeline to oil and gas rigs, this year.

Coast Guard upholds Jones Act waiver for Dakota Creek trawler

Dakota Creek Industries violated the Jones Act when it used too much foreign-fabricated steel in building the factory trawler America’s Finest, but the company did not knowingly break the law, the U.S. Coast Guard said in upholding a waiver for the vessel to operate in U.S. waters.

Crew/supply boats

Only a handful of supply, platform and other large offshore vessels will be produced in the United States this year as builders remain affected by the global oil downturn of 2014.

J.L. O'Brien

The 95-foot J.L. O’Brien, delivered in February, is the fourth oil spill response vessel (OSRV) built by Midship Marine Inc. for Clean Gulf Associates, a nonprofit cooperative in New Orleans.