maritime news

Long-sought Houston Ship Channel expansion gets federal go-ahead

After a decade-long campaign by maritime industry stakeholders, Congress has authorized the expansion of the Houston Ship Channel for safer and more efficient navigation. The project will widen and deepen the nation’s busiest waterway, which is accommodating increased traffic…

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…

Tow operator disputes NTSB findings after barge breach at lock

Federal investigators determined that crew inattention was the probable cause of a barge accident at the Jamie Whitten Lock and Dam on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway that spilled nearly 2,800 barrels of crude oil.  Savage Inland Marine, then the operator…

Transition in the wind as shipping warms to alternative propulsion

In the light of the current scramble for alternative, low-carbon fuels that will take until the 2030s to substantially penetrate the maritime fuel mix, wind propulsion is gaining more attention from vessel owners and operators. Gavin Allwright, the secretary-general…

Bankruptcy judge removes Morton Bouchard as CEO of company

Morton S. Bouchard III addresses the audience at a Coast Guard Foundation dinner in New York City in 2016. Bouchard Transportation’s financial difficulties led to a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing last September and Bouchard’s subsequent removal…

Provision in defense act bans barge anchorages on Lower Hudson

A Bouchard Transportation tugboat guidesa tank barge up the Hudson River nearManhattan. In 2016, the U.S. Coast Guardproposed establishing 10 anchorages forcommercial vessels on the river from Yonkers to Kingston, N.Y., after requests from maritime industry…

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…