Alabama ferry conversion is an all-electric first; Eastern delivers first FMT newbuild with Sub-M certificate

May 28th 2019
May 28, 2019 — After conversion at the Master Marine shipyard in Bayou la Batre, Ala., the historic Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) Gee’s Bend ferry returned to service in April as America’s first zero-emission, electric-powered passenger/car ferry. Operated by HMS Ferries on behalf of ALDOT, the 15-vehicle/132-passenger ferry runs on the Alabama River between Camden and Boykin, Ala.

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Eastern delivers first FMT newbuild with Sub-M certificate

Eastern Shipbuilding, Panama City, Fla., has delivered the first new construction towboat in a long running series to be issued a USCG Subchapter M Certificate of Inspection (COI). The vessel, M/V Brian Boudreaux, (Hull 198) is the 68th in a series of 90’x 32’x 10’ inland towboat built by Eastern for Florida Marine Transporters, LLC, of Mandeville, La.
W&O picked for Offshore Patrol Cutter valve supply

Eastern Shipbuilding has selected Jacksonville, Fla., headquartered W&O Supply as the major supplier of valves for the United States Coast Guard’s new Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC). The Offshore Patrol Cutter is the Coast Guard’s largest shipbuilding program with the current contract calling for Eastern Shipbuilding to build up to nine OPCs.

Damen inks contract for advanced aggregates dredge

Damen Shipyards Group and Southampton, U.K.,-based Hanson Aggregates Marine have signed a contract for construction of a Marine Aggregate Dredge (MAD) 3500 vessel. The ship will be used to extract aggregates offshore up to depths of 55 metres, for use in the onshore construction industry.
World’s largest, most powerful crane vessel makes its debut

Sembcorp Marine’s Tuas Boulevard, Singapore, shipyard has completed construction of the world’s largest and most powerful semi-submersible crane vessel. Built for Heerema Marine Contractors, the SSCV Sleipnir’s twin revolving crane’s can lift 22,000 tons in tandem – no other existing crane vessel has this capability.


NCDOT ferries feature Schottel STP propulsion

Two 185 ft vehicle ferries under construction at Gulf Island Shipyards, Houma, La., for the North Carolina Department of Transportation will each be equipped with four Schottel type STP 150 L Twin Propellers with a propeller diameter of 1.05 m.

USCG grants type approval for largest PureBallast 3 reactor

Alfa Laval has gained U.S, Coast Guard ballast water management system type approval for its largest PureBallast 3 reactor size: 1,500 cu.m/h. Customers can now select any PureBallast 3 system configuration for use in United States waters.