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EdgeTech Sonar Utilized in USS Juneau Discovery

Side Scan Sonar Image of USS Juneau Wreckage on the Sea Floor.  Credit to Paul Allen, the R/V Petrel team.

EdgeTech, developer of high resolution sonar imaging systems and underwater technology, said its side scan sonar technology was used in another very noteworthy underwater find. Just weeks after locating the USS Lexington, the research vessel Petrel and Paul Allen’s team has located the sunken remains of the USS Juneau.

#BTC100 History

(Photo: Bouchard Transportation)

In 1992, Bouchard Transportation faced new challenges resulting from the newly enacted Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90). Now headed by the fourth-generation Morton S. Bouchard III (Morton S Bouchard Jr.’s son), BTC once again leads the industry as the first company to build several new 138,000 barrel double hull barges,

Dubai Weakness Promotes AG Exports

VLCC voyages Ex Arabian Gulf Image courtesy McQuilling Services’

 In McQuilling Services’ March Short-Term Outlook, we expressed our expectation of higher crude demand out of the Arabian Gulf in the near term due to recent weakness in Dubai crude pricing.  In our report, we note the expansion of the Brent-Dubai crude differential, averaging about US $3.04/bbl through the first half of March, up from US $2.

Hamburg Welcomes Its Largest Ever Box Ship

CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupery made its maiden call at the Port of Hamburg on Thursday morning, March 15 (© HHM / Dietmar Hasenpuscch)

The largest ever containership to call at the port on the Elbe berthed in Hamburg early on Thursday morning, March 15. The oceangoing giant CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupery made its maiden call at the Port of Hamburg's HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB) where it will discharge approximately 7,000 TEU and load 4,000.

#BTC100 History

Photo Courtesy of Bouchard Transportation Co.

At the end of the 1980s, the Bouchard fleet includes 19 barges, and 11 twin screw tugboats. The barges can now carry anywhere from 18,000 to 125,000 barrels, while the tugboats run at anywhere from 4,200 horsepower to 6,000 horsepower. Also, during this rapid growth period, Bouchard extends its route to include the entire eastern seaboard,

Virginia Port’s Cargo Numbers Up

Courtesy of The Port of Virginia.

Despite a slight dip in volume of .7 percent in February, The Port of Virginia’s fiscal year 2018 cargo volumes are up nearly 4 percent, or nearly 69,000 TEUs.   “February is a short month and our volume was relatively static, in a year-on-year comparison,” said John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority (VPA).

Frank Coles Delivers Keynote at the Transas Global Conference

Transas CEO Frank Coles' delivers a rousing Keynote speech at the Transas Global Conference in Vancouver. CREDIT: Transas

Transas CEO Frank Coles' Keynote speech in Vancouver: Enterprise Change   You know if Elon Musk was to attend a plenary session of the IMO, he could be forgiven if he thought he was watching a reenactment of the Charles Dickens book Hard Times, with Mr. Gradgrind the Headmaster. What a sad reflection of our industry.

#BTC100 History

Photo Courtesy of Bouchard Transportation Co.

From 1979-1982, Bouchard Transportation constructed a trio of 19,000-ton hot oil system barges, as well as three 5,700 horsepower tugboats, and two 19,000-ton clean petroleum barges—all of which were built to transport residual products through the Gulf Coast. #BTC100    The July 2018 edition of Maritime

ICTSI volume hits 9.2 mi TEUs

Photo courtesy International Container Terminal Services,

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) reported audited consolidated financial results for the year ended 31 December 2017, posting revenue from port operations of US$1.244 billion, 10 percent higher compared to US$1.128 billion in 2016; Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) of US$578.

3,000th Neopanamax Transits Panama Canal

The MSC Caterina became the 3,000th Neopanamax vessel to transit the Panama Canal on March 2, 2018 as it traveled northbound from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean Photo courtesy Panama Canal Authority

 Today the Panama Canal announced the transit of its 3,000th Neopanamax vessel, exceeding initial traffic expectations by this date and reaffirming the value and impact its route has had on global maritime trade.  The Panamanian flagged containership MSC Caterina completed the milestone transit this

#BTC100 History

Photo Courtesy of Bouchard Transportation Co.

In 1951, under the leadership of Capt. Fred’s son, Morton S. Bouchard Sr., (A.K.A. “Buster” Bouchard), the company builds three 20,000 barrel oil barges and three accompanying tugboats, which ran the New York State Barge Canal. The construction of these vessels would then, in the years that followed,

Enhancing Historic Lake Michigan Docking Facilities

(Photo: Foth)

A federal FASTLANE grant has been approved for S.S. Badger Ports & Harbor project impacting Manitowoc, Wis. and Ludington, Mich. A primer on how things get done.   This is a story about two communities on the shores of Lake Michigan and the unique car ferry that connects them. The SS Badger provides

#BTC100 History

Photo Courtesy of Bouchard Transportation Co.

Bouchard Transportation Co. launches Liberty Ship S.S. Frederick Bouchard in November 1944. Built in memory of Capt. Fred Bouchard, the vessel is then christened by his wife, Ellen S. Bouchard. #BTC100    The July 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News will feature a special “Bouchard Transportation Co.

Mercury Marine Returns to "Lake X"

Image: Mercury Marine

Mercury Marine is reviving a piece of its history as the company has agreed to lease the property at Lake X in Central Florida.  Lake X, a pillar of Mercury’s heritage, was designed and built by Mercury Marine Founder E. Carl Kiekhaefer in 1957 and later sold to the Kirchman Foundation, who still owns

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