Edward Maritime launches the Raptor for inland

Pensacola, Fla.-based Edward Maritime, a shipbuilding and repair company that provides steel fabrication services to the Eastern Seaboard and the Gulf Coast, recently launched the Raptor 1, a compact and versatile push boat designed specifically for small dredging and dock companies operating along the Intracoastal waterways and inland rivers of the United States.

According to company president Edward McDonald, the small vessel offers affordability and reliability for small businesses in need of...


Ports get $48.4 million piece of $1.8 billion RAISE grants pie

Port projects are to receive $48.4 million of $1.8 billion of grants awarded June 28 under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program. As in years past, the demand for RAISE funding outpaced available funds, with the DOT receiving almost $13 billion in requests for the $1.8 billion available this year.

The awards were welcomed by the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA).

“These port infrastructure projects...


Lake Michigan sea cargo terminal plan wins a key CBP approval

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has approved a proposal from Ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor to establish the first international sea cargo container terminal on Lake Michigan. This would create the only all-water container route for ocean vessels to serve the greater Chicago metropolitan area via the Great Lakes.

Ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor terminal, where the sea cargo terminal is proposed ,is located in northwest Indiana, inside the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area and within sight...


Johan Sperling named new Tidewater Holdings CEO

Vancouver, Wash, headquartered Tidewater Holdings Inc. reports that president and CEO Todd Busch is retiring, effective June 30, to be succeeded by Johan Sperling, who joined the company as vice president and COO in September, 2020.

Tidewater says that Busch is stepping down after four and a half years in which he has been instrumental in driving significant changes within the organization, including building a new leadership team, fostering an inclusive and positive company culture,...


McAllister Towing announces departure of Eric McAllister

Eric McAllister. (Credit: LinkedIn)

McAllister Towing today announced that Eric McAllister, officer, director and shareholder of the company, is leaving to pursue various other opportunities.

“I want to thank Eric for all of his contributions to the company during his many years here,” said Buckley McAllister, the McAllister‘s President Brian Buckley McAllister. “Eric has been an integral part of the team here. We wish him the best of luck in his upcoming endeavors.”

Eric said, “I leave...


New JV between Tug Construction and BP orders two tugs at Diversified

Vancouver, Wash., based vessel leasing company Tug Construction LLC reports that it is teaming up with BP in a new joint venture to provide Jones Act operators with state-of-the-art, emission-compliant tugboats for bareboat charter.

Foss charters in Tier 4 tug Earl W Redd for offshore wind work

The newly formed JV, Ursa Major Marine Holdings LLC, has acquired a tugboat from Tug Construction and has placed an order for two additional tugs from Portland, Ore. shipbuilder Diversified Marine Inc.



Great Lakes Towing launches new Caribbean breakbulk service

The Great Lakes Towing Company (GLT) has purchased the 5,800 tonnes cargo deadweight capacity, fully enclosed warehouse barge Crimson Clover from Crimson Shipping and has created a new operating company named Great Lakes East, LLC (GLE) is launching a Jones Act compliant breakbulk service from Fernandina Beach, Fla., to San Juan Puerto Rico.

Great Lakes East, (GLE) will operate a domestic and international marine transportation service that will effectively reactivate Crimson Shipping’s former...


Barge giant ACBL makes executive team changes

Leading inland barge transportation specialist American Commercial Barge Line (ACBL) has announced a reorganization that CEO Mike Ellis says “confirms our commitment to building a strong and diversified team capable of executing our strategic initiatives.”

Among other moves, Patrick Sutton will move from COO to assume the new role of senior vice president of fleet development and strategy. In this position, Sutton will be responsible for vessel reliability, leasing, building and acquisitions and...


Industry makes progress in fight against dangerous CARB DPF requirement

In a major milestone for mariner safety in California, the California Senate Transportation Committee has voted 14-0 in favor of a measure that would prevent the California Air Resources Board (CARB) from enforcing a potentially deadly requirement in its harbor craft regulations. That requirement would force operators to install unproven and uncertified diesel particulate filters (DPF), widely seen as a fire hazard. The U.S. Coast Guard has already said that it won’t enforce the CARB DPF...


VIDEO: AWO higlights American Waterways HERO Award

The American Waterways Operators (AWO) has produced a new video showcasing the American Waterways Honor & Excellence in Rescue Operations (HERO) Award. The HERO Award, established on March 1, 2023, documents and recognizes rescues undertaken by AWO member company employees that demonstrate selflessness, skill and bravery.

The two-minute video, The American Waterways HERO Award: Honoring Industry’s Heroic Mariners, highlights the bravery of award recipients as well as the important role that...


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