Vessels at Work

Miles add up fast for Mobile Bay ferry captains

With three short blasts of the whistle, Marissa Mae Nicole got underway from Dauphin Island, Ala., for Fort Morgan, four miles across Mobile Bay. Longtime Mobile Bay Ferry Capt. Dennis Kula guided the double-ended vehicle ferry away from the…

Larger, faster Sabine pilot boat built to go the distance

Oil has fueled the Texas economy since the Spindletop field near Beaumont began gushing at a rate of 100,000 barrels per day in 1901. This year, Breaux’s Bay Craft of Loreauville, La., delivered Spindletop, a 90-foot pilot boat, to…

Versatile Weeks dredge tender built tough from bottom up

Jack K., a 62.5-foot Cummins-powered dredge tender, is described by Weeks Marine’s project manager as a Swiss army knife for the tugboat set. The newbuild will assist dredges, tow dredges, push barges, handle anchors and move pipe, primarily along the…

Newly renovated paddlewheeler rollin’ on the river in NOLA

Notwithstanding the COVID-19 pandemic, dozens of masked passengers lined the gangway of City of New Orleans on a clear January afternoon. The 189-foot, diesel-electric paddlewheeler is the second vessel in the New Orleans Steamboat Company fleet, joining the 265-foot…