Marine Log February 2023

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Back to Mobile we go


A New Year path


Good energy for better health


Hayden Grace: First in a series of RApport 2600 tugs joins Bay-Houston fleet


IMO ban on cybutryne in anti-fouling coating systems comes into force


• Alaska wins big in FTA ferry funding awards

•Fincantieri Bay selected to build Jones Act SOV


$20 million available for Small Shipyard Grants


Elizabeth Klein named BOEM Director


Alfa Laval introduces industry-first biofuelready separators


ALL adds new Manitowoc lattice boom crawlers


Why mental health is worker health




Tugboat designs and deliveries abound

From traditional tug designs to cutting-edge battery hybrid designs, tug orders aren’t slowing down any time soon


Repair yards keep busy and open to new opportunities What’s happening in U.S. repair facilities and shipyards? We’ll look at interesting recent projects, conversions and other projects underway


Dredging deliveries and contracts

Recent dredge deliveries and deals that occurred as we transitioned into the new year underscore the fact that dredging contractors are looking to up productivity and green credentials

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Back to Mobile we go

Following a successful TTB (Tugs, Towboats & Barges) event held in Mobile, Ala., last year, we are excited to return to the river city for at least one more year before we take our show to a new location.

As is the trend of late, TTB 2023 will focus on “making the green transition work.” And with our current lineup, which includes numerous tug, towboat and barge owners and operators, there is little doubt that attendees will glean something from their experiences.

The U.S. tugboat, towboat and barge industry may already be the safest, most environmentally friendly, and most economical mode of freight transportation, but it is faced with the challenge of making a transition to a low-carbon future that is already seeing trucking companies add electric vehicles to their fleets and railroads eye emerging technologies for zero-emissions locomotives (some of which could be applicable to marine).

To convey all of this to the marine space, TTB will bring together owners, operators, naval architects, shipbuilders and others to discuss these advancements in technology and design, as well as methods of meeting environmental and economic goals.


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With panel presentations proving popular with our audiences, this year’s event will feature four of them rather than two. Each panel will have a different focus: moving towards lower emissions, a hydrogen fuel cell-powered tugboat project, Subchapter M and what’s next, and women in the TTB market.

Updates on exciting projects underway will include an update on the Hydrogen One towboat, a new methanol-hybrid tug design (the SA-100 ), a harbor and power charging barge design, and a look at ammonia-powered barges on inland waterways here in the United States. We will also see what we can learn from some of the world’s first battery-hybrid and diesel-electric towboats.

All in all, TTB 2023 is shaping up to be an exciting event. I’m looking forward to seeing so many of you there and hopefully many of you will join us on a tour of the USS Alabama to wrap up the show.

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A New Year Path

We’re a month into both the new year and the first session of the 118th Congress, and Waterways Council Inc. (WCI) is starting the new year with the first in-person Capitol Hill meetings for WCI members since 2020. A Capitol Hill fly-in is an essential part of our advocacy efforts. There’s no better voice for the issues we work on than constituents traveling from home. Our 2023 key priorities are the blueprint for those discussions with Members of Congress:

• Secure Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Energy and Water Development (E&WD) appropriations for the full amount supportable by annual diesel fuel tax receipts deposited into the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF), and any additional funding need from the balance of the IWTF under the cost-share established in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022;

• Obtain one new construction start as recommended by the Inland Waterways Users Board 2022 annual report;

• Obtain an investigations new start for Bayou Sorrel Lock to begin the 3x3x3 study phase; and

• Oppose additional tolling, lockage fees, or other harmful charges for users of the inland waterways system.

While we’re excited about the start of a new Congress, we began and ended 2022 with momentum to carry us forward. At the close of last year, Congress passed a $1.7

trillion FY23 omnibus appropriations bill to extend funding through September 30 and to avoid a government shutdown when Continuing Resolution monies were to expire. The bill included Corps Civil Works mission funding in the Energy & Water Development section at $8.66 billion, an increase of $62 million from FY22 appro -

to $98.6 million, with $34.51 million derived from the IWTF. WCI expressed disappointment that almost $90 million available in collected receipts in 2022 from the IWTF were not utilized. This year, WCI will remain hyper-focused on IWTF receipts and vows to continue to work with the Corps and Congress to ensure that all receipts are utilized annually.

On December 15, the Corps of Engineers – Civil Works legislative vehicle that sets policy, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), (WRDA 2022) passed in the Senate as part of the FY23 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a vote of 83-11. The bill passed the House of Representatives on December 8 and was signed into law by the President on December 23.

WRDA 2022, which remained on a biennial schedule in Congress, authorized 33 Chief’s Reports, and included a policy provision that makes permanent the 65% general revenues/35% IWTF cost-share for lock and dam construction and major rehabilitation projects. The 65%/35% was established in WRDA 2020 as the costsharing formula that was set to expire in 2031, at which time the cost-share would return to the former formula of a 50%/50% split between the general fund and IWTF. The 65%/35% ratio would allow IWTF dollars to help finance more projects than under the 50%/50% cost-share.

In addition to removing the cost-share sunset provision, WCI was instrumental in providing flexibility to manage Houston Ship Channel Barge Lanes. Originally authorized at 12 feet, these barge lanes have presented navigational challenges. Through working with both committees and the Corps, WCI successfully included language in WRDA 2022 that will allow the Corps to dredge these channels to a depth deemed safe for navigation.

priated funding, and $2.06 billion above the President’s FY23 budget request. The annual net economic benefit generated by the Corps’ Civil Works mission is estimated to be $89 billion, which equates to a return of about $12 for every dollar expended, with the amount provided to improve the nation’s water infrastructure at $10.24 billion, according to Senate summaries.

It is unfortunate that the total of IWTFfunded construction projects amounted

WCI is hitting the ground running with a full plate ahead for the year. Be sure to sign up for our digital advocacy outreach to Congress by texting LOCKS to 313131 and have your voice heard.

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Photo Credit: Shutterstock/Mark Taylor Cunningham Originally authorized at 12 feet, barge lanes along the Houston Ship Channel have presented navigational challenges.
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Good energy for better health

instead (Cells. August 2019; 8(8): 795.). Cellular uncoupling may explain why some people can maintain a healthy weight and have a lower risk of developing obesity-related diseases despite consuming a high-calorie diet.

Although still a matter of hot scientific debate, uncoupling may prove to be a key mechanism for increased efficiency of fat burning, decreased oxidative stress, and reduced inflammation, the hallmark of chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and dementia.

Certain foods play a prominent role in the uncoupling of proteins that spur on this unfolding process, including:

1. Caffeine & Alcohol: Caffeine and alcohol may affect uncoupling protein activity positively. Two studies cited in Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics (559 (2014) 75–90), “resulted not only in an increased number of mitochondria in the studied tissues but also in an increased rate of survival and improved motor function.” More powerful cells are working, living longer, or aging more slowly!

Good energy production in the body can bring us speed, agility, and the power to stay younger for longer. The body produces power in our cells (in mitochondria), generating most of our energy through a molecule called ATP, or adenosine triphosphate. It pulls together from the food we eat. ATP then goes forward like a “currency” and becomes the power or the dollar bill spent to execute processes like muscle contraction, nerve impulses that produce thinking and response, and so much more.

While sugars are one of the most prevalent energizers, the body can also use fats as an energy source, running as a “dual-fuel” system if sugars are not readily available. This process is called ketosis.

When ATP production gets revved up, the benefits become innumerable and can include increased brain function, speed of injury or illness recovery, and slowing and perhaps even reversing the aging process. Several tried and true ways of increasing ATP production to take advantage of this wellness opportunity may include:

1.Eat for cell production: The “powerhouses” that make ATP need a diet that sparks their production. One lesser bit of known research identifies that reducing dietary carbohydrates (i.e., sugars/glucose) increases the likelihood of ketones being produced. Cells then generate power under ketones, and sugars are a “dual-fuel” system. This system can

increase mitochondria function by shifting how metabolism in a cell works and increase “the demand on our mitochondria… (that) may trigger adaptations that improve mitochondrial function” (Ketones and the Mitochondria; April 25, 2022; KetoNutrition).

2. Get enough sleep: Lack of sleep can interfere with the body’s ability to produce ATP, resulting in an aging effect noted by researcher Jonas Mengel-From, associate professor at the University of Southern Denmark. For example, after studying twins, researchers noted that 90 minutes less sleep per night reduced cell function by 10 years, which means the sleepdeprived twin aged 10 years over the other.

3. Considering supplements: Beneficial supplements may support energy production, such as coenzyme Q10, creatine, B vitamins, and iron. These additions effectively increasing ATP production and energy levels in research. However, users need to be aware that production of energy is not the result of one element. The body blends elements and factors together, so adding just one to the mix may be ineffective. If supplements are considered, they should be discussed with a healthcare provider first.

A new theory on increasing energy has recently jumped into the picture. This is the idea is that certain genetic and environmental factors may influence the ability of cells to produce ATP and heat separately, a process that is usually “coupled.” The separation of this entwined process would allow for energy that would typically be lost as heat to be used to produce ATP

2. Polyphenols: There are hundreds of types of polyphenols in vegetable and plant materials. This group of plant compounds has several potential health benefits, including the ability to control the activity of the proteins that uncouple cells. In addition, foods rich in polyphenols, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, coffee, and red wine (resveratrol), may help cells uncouple, spurring the process.

3. Omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of polyunsaturated fat that has long been known to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, depression, and dementia. In Nutrients. 2018 Mar; 10(3): 350 researchers examined the role that omega-3s play in cellular uncoupling and found them to be impactful in facilitating the process. Good sources of omega-3 fatty acids include fatty fish, nuts, and seeds. Omega-3s can also be supplemented for those without access to quality fats.

The above information is for educational purposes only. Nothing in this article constitutes medical advice. All medical advice should be sought from a medical professional.

6 Marine Log // February 2023 EMILY
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The body produces power in our cells (in mitochondria), generating most of our energy through a molecule called ATP, or adenosine triphosphate. Photo Credit: Shutterstock/VectorMine

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Hayden Grace:

Now in service in Galveston, Texas, with Bay-Houston Towing Company, the Hayden Grace is the first in a series of three Robert Alan Ltd. RApport 2600 tugs ordered by the company at Master Boat Builders Inc., Coden, Ala. (Read page 22 for more info on other tug projects underway).

Robert Allan says the vessel takes some design cues from previously completed Z-Tech tugs designed by the firm.

Main features of the vessel include compact size and shallow draft allowing it to operate in more confined waterways than previous Z-Tech vessels, as well as a specially styled deckhouse.

The customized general layout of the tug represents more than a decade of cooperation by the naval architect firm and the owners.

The master’s and chief engineer’s cabin, along with the galley and mess,

First in a series of RApport 2600 tugs joins Bay-Houston fleet

are located on the main deck, while two cabins for four crew members are located on the lower deck.

The main propulsion power for the tug is delivered by a pair of Caterpillar 3512E, EPA Tier 4 certified diesel engines, each rated at 2,213 bhp at 1,600 rpm, and driving a Schottel SRP 430FP Z-drive unit to give the vessel a freerunning speed, ahead of 12.5 knots and a bollard pull ahead of 52.5 tonnes.

The electrical plant consists of two identical John Deere 4045AFM85 diesel gensets, each with a power output of 99 ekW 480V, 3-Phase, 60 Hz.

Ship-handling fenders at the bow consist of one tier of 36- OD by 18-inch ID cylindrical fender at the main deck level; a 20- by 18-inch W-fender below the cylindrical fender and along the sheer lines of the main deck; and 18OD by 9-inch ID cylindrical fendering at the stern.


Length, O.A: 85 feet

Beam, molded: 38 feet, 6 inches

Depth, molded: 16 feet, 7 ¾ inches

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ITC: < 400

U.S. Regulatory: < 200

The tug was designed and constructed to comply with all applicable Rules and Regulations of: ABS A1 Towing Service, AMS, and USCG Subchapter M.

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IMO ban on cybutryne in anti-fouling coating systems

Amendments to the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-Fouling Systems on Ships (AFS Convention) adopted by the IMO ban the presence of cybutryne in hull coatings beginning January 1, 2023.

Cybutryne is a chemical compound used in some anti-fouling hull coating systems. When used in the outermost layer of hull coatings, cybutryne exhibits biocidal properties which prevent marine life from attaching to the hull coating’s surface.

When used as an anti-fouling agent, cybutryne leaches, following the physical mechanism well known to self-polishing anti-fouling paints, and then becomes available in the environment, together with other degradation products of its original formulation that can also be characterized as toxic and persistent.

At MEPC 71, a new output to amend Annex 1 to the AFS Convention was proposed to include controls on cybutryne and was agreed to include a new output on “Consideration of the initial proposal to amend Annex 1 to the AFS Convention to include controls on cybutryne”.

During the review process, the Technical Group developed the draft amendment to Annex 1 of the AFS Convention, and after several reviews, developed its final version and published amendments in IMO Resolution MEPC.331(76) prohibiting ships from applying or re-applying anti-fouling systems containing cybutryne on or after January 1, 2023.

AFS Convention Amendments

Introduction of new amendments to the AFS Convention prohibits usage of cybutryne (CAS No. 28159-98-0) in anti-fouling systems for new applications as well as for ships those already have applied with an anti-fouling system which contain cybutryne.

The amendments to the convention apply as follows:

New construction vessels with delivery date after January 1, 2023, shall be delivered as cybutryne free which is required to be declared by paint/coating manufacturer at the time of vessel’s delivery.

Existing vessels in operation shall comply with this requirement by the next scheduled anti-fouling system renewal survey after January 1, 2023, but no later than 60 months following the last

application to the ship of an anti-fouling system containing cybutryne.

All existing ships bearing an anti-fouling system that contains cybutryne in the external coating layer of their hulls or external parts must either:

• Remove the anti-fouling system; or

• Apply a coating that forms a barrier (Sealing coating) to this substance leaching from the underlying noncompliant anti-fouling system.

• Exceptions for existing coating systems are given for the following ship types and conditions:

• Installations that have been constructed prior to January 1, 2023, and

guidelines incorporate the previously adopted implementation schedule for the ban on cybutryne, and also provide additional details for confirming compliance, such as:

1. Definition of compliance—sampling of the anti-fouling system paint should confirm cybutryne at a level which does not provide a biocidal effect (i.e., maximum 1,000 mg cybutryne per kg of dry paint);

2. Tolerance Range—the tolerance range is 250 mg cybutryne per kg of dry paint (25%) in addition to the threshold value.

3. Sampling—when testing for cybutryne, every sample to be taken in duplicate, providing one specimen for analysis and one for storage/back-up; and

4. Analysis—details provided for onestep analysis of AFS samples to detect cybutryne.

Stakeholder actions

Shipowners, ship managers, ship operators, shipbuilders/shipyards, ship designers and paint manufacturers are recommended to be aware of this development and make the necessary arrangements accordingly when scheduling drydocking for existing vessels as well as newbuilding projects with delivery date after January 1, 2023.

that have not been in dry-dock on or after January 1, 2023, specifically:

» Fixed and floating platforms;

» Floating Storage Units (FSUs);

» Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSOs);

» Ships not engaged in international voyages; and

» Ships of less than 400 gross tonnage engaged in international voyages, if accepted by the coastal state(s).

Guidance Available

In support of the controls on anti-fouling systems containing cybutryne, three guidance documents related to the AFS Convention have been updated to reflect the regulations that entered into force on January 1, 2023.

The revisions made to these three

During the planning stage, the paint manufacturer is to be consulted for compliance options such as the procurement of cybutryne-free paints or in the case of existing vessels with anti-fouling system containing cybutryne, arrangements to remove the existing anti-fouling system or apply a sealing coating in compliance with the above-mentioned requirements.

The anti-fouling system needs to be supplemented by a cybutryne-free declaration or statement issued by the paint manufacturer. Compliance shall be verified by an attending third party surveyor who will issue the new form of the IAFS Certificate.

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(FTA) last month announced the recipients of $384.4 million in federal funding for ferries programs, with the Alaska Marine Highway System accounting for a whopping $285 million of the awards.

How come Alaska did so well? Senator Lisa Murkowski is giving herself a lot of the credit. “This landmark funding was made possible by H.R. 3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), in which Senator Murkowski played a lead role writing and negotiating for Alaska,” says a post on her website.

The long-in-the-works project to build a replacement for the nearly 60-year-old M/V Tustumena ferry serving rural southwest Alaska will account for $68 million of the Alaska funding, while other projects include upgrading ferry dock infrastructure in rural communities, modernizing four vessels ($72 million), procuring an electric ferry ($46.2 million), designing a new mainliner vessel, and for generating sustainable operations.

While all this is great news for Alaska, it did suck a lot of the air out of the room for other applicants. Although FTA is awarding 23 grants across 11 states and the U.S.


Virgin Islands, it had received 47 eligible applications totaling nearly $602 million in requests.

The funding is being made available through three FTA competitive grant programs.

• FTA’s Ferry Service for Rural Communities Program provides competitive funding to states for ferry service in rural areas. FTA is awarding $252.4 million to eight projects in four states.

• FTA’s Electric or Low-Emitting Ferry Pilot Program provides competitive funding for electric or low-emitting ferries and charging equipment that reduce greenhouse gas emissions by using alternative fuels or on-board energy storage systems. FTA is awarding $97.6 million to seven projects in seven states.

• FTA’s Passenger Ferry Grant Program supports capital projects to establish new ferry service, and repair and modernize ferry vessels, terminals, and facilities and equipment in urbanized areas. FTA is awarding $34.4 million to eight projects in six states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In addition to the Alaska projects, others receiving funding include: The Maine Department of Transportation

will receive $28 million through the Electric or Low-Emitting Ferry Pilot Program to build a hybrid-electric vessel to replace a 35-yearold vessel that has exceeded its useful life. The new hybrid-electric vessel will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote environmental sustainability for the roughly 600 residents of the island of Islesboro, a rural community in upper Penobscot Bay that relies on passenger ferry service.

New Jersey Transit will receive $7.29 million through the Electric or Low-Emitting Ferry Pilot Program to convert two New York Waterway vessels from diesel power to battery electric propulsion systems and buy charging equipment to support them. The project will improve service reliability, state of good repair and improve air quality in the community.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) will receive $6.6 million through the Passenger Ferry Grant Program to modernize the Hingham Ferry dock to improve safety and accessibility and ensure it stays in a state of good repair. MBTA will stabilize the ferry dock, reconstruct walkways, upgrading lighting, safety and security systems and facilitating back-up power, allowing for an increase in ferry capacity, operational flexibility, and resiliency.

The full listing is posted on the FTA’s website.

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The SOV will be built at FMG’s Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., with support from Crowley’s onsite construction management group, and is set to go into service in 2026.

“We are proud to be associated with important ‘green’ projects like this,” said Marco Galbiati, CEO of Fincantieri Marine Group. “The SOV market is one of the most interesting and important markets for our company.”

here at FBS are eager to successfully execute this important strategic program and to continue to solidify our position as a premier shipbuilding supplier in the offshore wind market.”

FINCANTIERI MARINE GROUP (FMG) has reached agreement on a contract with CREST Wind, a joint venture between Crowley and Crowley and Esbjerg, Denmark-headquartered Esvagt, to design and build a 289-foot HAV 832 Service Operation Vessel (SOV).

The vessel will operate under a long-term charter with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy to support

“The SOV for CREST Wind will bring the latest innovations and performance capabilities to support the emerging clean energy sector in the U.S. — combining Esvagt European designs and operating practices with Crowley’s safety and operational expertise of the premier U.S. vessel operator,” said Bob Karl, senior vice president and general manager at Crowley Wind Services.

“We are excited to partner with CREST in the construction of this SOV,” said Craig Perciavalle, vice president of FBS. “The incredible shipbuilding professionals

Kristian Jakobsen, Deputy CEO of Esvagt said, “The partnership between Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and CREST has been developing for some time, and it has been a great pleasure to cooperate with such dedicated and accommodating professionals from FBS, and we look forward to continue the journey together within the green energy transformation in the U.S.”

The HAV 832 design has been developed by Norway’s Hav Design, a subsidiary of HAV Group ASA.

“We have designed and developed numerous SOVs for use in demanding offshore climates, but this is the first time we are designing a vessel for the U.S. market. We are confident in the operational benefits our vessel design brings to the table, so we believe that this contract can open the door for further work in the USA,” said Gisle Vinjevoll Thrane, vice president of sales at HAV Design.

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S.A. has signed a letter of intent with Chantiers de l’Atlantique covering the construction of two very large luxury sailing cruise yachts. The shipbuilder says that “the order will be signed within a few weeks” and that the first ship, the Orient Express Silenseas , will be delivered in March 2026 and the second on September 1, 2027.

With a length of 220 meters, it is claimed the Orient Express Silenseas will be the largest sailing vessel in the world. It will feature 54 suites, measuring on average 70 square meters and including a monumental 1,415-square-meter presidential suite (including a 530-square-meter private terrace). Other amenities will include a marina, two swimming pools including a lap pool, two restaurants, a speakeasy bar and a cabaret bar.

The vessel will feature three of the SolidSail rigid sails developed specifically for large vessels by Chantiers de l’Atlantique. As we reported at the time, the SolidSail received Bureau Veritas Approval in Principle last year.

With a surface area of 1,500 meters each, the SolidSails will be hoisted on balestron rigs on three tilting masts reaching

more than 100 meters high. They will provide up to 100% of the vessel’s propulsion power in suitable weather conditions. They are part of a hybrid power solution that will combine wind power with a stateof-the-art engine running on liquefied natural gas (LNG), with plans to use green hydrogen, once the technology is approved for ocean passenger ships.

“With a signed letter of intent to order two ships, Chantiers de l’Atlantique is proud to herald a new era in the shipbuilding industry with Orient Express Silenseas ,” says Laurent Castaing, managing director, Chantiers de l’Atlantique. “This concept, born in our design offices in 2018, is the quintessence of our savoirfaire in the fields of naval architecture, the construction of sophisticated hulls, as well as the design of luxurious spaces. In addition, the installation of three SolidSail rigs, a revolutionary 1,500 square meter per unit wind propulsion system, for which we have developed and tested a first prototype, will contribute significantly to the propulsion of the ship. Combined with a hybrid propulsion system running on liquefied natural gas (LNG), Silenseas will thus become the ship of reference in terms of environmentally

friendly operation and design.”

“With Orient Express Silenseas , we are beginning a new chapter in our history, taking the experience and excellence of luxury travel and transposing it onto the world’s most beautiful seas,” says Sébastien Bazin, chairman and CEO of Accor. “This exceptional sailing yacht, with roots in Orient Express’ history, will offer unparalleled service and refined design spaces, reminiscent of the golden age of mythical cruises.”

Accor owns the Orient Express trademark and the Orient Express Silensea is designed as a tribute to both the legendary train and to the equally legendary liner Normandy . Built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique in the thirties, it was at that time the largest liner in the world, the most modern, the most luxurious, and the speediest, winning the Blue Riband for the fastest transatlantic liner crossing in 1935. As for the Orient Express train, Accor is working on restoration of the original carriages with plans for a big announcement in 2025.

Chantiers de l’Atlantique has been developing a type of sails suitable for large cruise ships since the launch of the concept ship, Eoseas, in 2009.

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MPC Container Ships lines up synthetic MDO supply

OSLO-HEADQUARTERED MPC CONTAINER SHIPS (MPCC) has signed an agreement that will see it take deliveries of synthetic Marine Diesel Oil (MDO) from Karlsruhe, Germany-based INERATEC GmbH, starting in 2024.

The synthetic MDO will be made from biogenic CO2 and renewable hydrogen

and INERATEC says that, due to its drop-in compatibility, synthetic MDO can directly replace conventional fossil fuels used today by existing vessels.

Early collaboration between e-fuel providers and offtakers across industries is an important factor for scaling up production volumes and driving

decarbonization. With this agreement, MPC Container Ships and INERATEC aim to kickstart the transition towards carbon neutral, synthetic diesel in the shipping sector.

“While there will be a variety of different fuels in the future, the synthetic MDO produced by INERATEC is of particular relevance as it can be used both in conventional combustion engines on our existing vessels and as pilot fuel for our methanol-powered newbuildings,” said Constantin Baack, CEO of MPC Container Ships. “As a key building block of the decarbonization of our industry, we expect that green fuels may come to be included as part of vessel hire, in which case it will be vital for MPCC to have a strong relationship with fuel providers.”

“In order to make a sustainable future with e-fuels possible, INERATEC is acquiring partners all around the world,” says Philipp Engelkamp, CCO of INERATEC. “Following projects that target the production of SAF (sustainable aviation fuel), car fuel and sustainable chemicals we are really happy to partner with MPCC to bring a sustainable product into the shipping industry.”

INERATEC has already started the manufacturing phase for its pioneer plant in Frankfurt, where most of the sustainable fuel will be produced.

After the commissioning phase it will deliver up to 3.5 million liters of SAF, marine diesel and synthetic chemicals to transform industries. From there, the company will lead the ramp-up of e-fuel production at additional sites world-wide.

Founded in 2016, INERATEC is a pioneer in the field of power-to-liquid applications. The company supplies sustainable fuels as well as chemical products.

Modular chemical plants for powerto-X and gas-to-liquid applications use hydrogen from renewable electricity and greenhouse gases such as CO2 to produce e-kerosene, CO2-neutral gasoline, clean diesel or synthetic waxes, methanol, or SNG.

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$20 million available for Small Shipyard Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) this month announced the availability of nearly $20 million in federal FY 2023 funding to help modernize small U.S. shipyards and provide workforce training

MARAD’s Small Shipyard Grant Program strengthens the economic competitiveness of shipyards by providing grants that can be used to purchase equipment or provide employee training. In addition, these grants can support the purchase of American-made manufacturing equipment.

Grants are capped at 75% of the project’s estimated cost and are available to facilities with fewer than 1,200 production employees.

“Small shipyards play vital roles in their local economies and our national economy,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete

Buttigieg. “With these funds, we are helping small shipyards across the country train their workers, modernize their equipment, and improve their operations.”

MARAD’s Small Shipyard Grant Program has awarded 323 grants totaling approximately $282 million since the program was first funded in 2008.

In July 2022, DOT announced $19.6 million in grant awards to 24 small shipyards in 19 states through the program.

“Small shipyards are essential to the U.S. maritime industry and critical to ensuring that we have a resilient industrial base,” said Maritime Administrator Ann Phillips. “These shipyards are an economic pillar, strengthening our maritime industry and the communities along and near our nation’s ports and waterways, and employing thousands of Americans, who ensure the nation maintains

expertise and skills critical to our economic and national security.”

In July 2022, $19.6 million was granted to 24 small shipyards in 19 states.

Since 2008, MARAD’s Small Shipyard Grant Program has awarded $282.2 million to nearly 300 shipyards in 32 states and territories throughout the U.S. They strengthen communities along and near the nation’s ports and waterways. Many small shipyards, says MARAD, are family-run businesses—and they are all enterprises in which small investments can make big differences.

Applications for grants are due by 5:00 pm EST on February 27. Additional information can be found online or by contacting David M. Heller, Associate Administrator for Business and Finance Development, Maritime Administration, Room W21-318, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20590;

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Recently delivered to Suderman & Young Towing Company in Houston, Texas, the Eva is the first in a series of three Robert Allan Ltd.-designed RApport 2600 tugboats the company ordered from Master Boat Builders Inc. in Coden, Ala. The main propulsion power for the Eva

is delivered by a pair of Caterpillar 3512E, EPA Tier 4 certified diesel engines, each rated at 2,213 bhp at 1,600 rpm, and driving a Schottel SRP 430FP Z-drive unit to give the vessel a free-running speed, ahead of 12.5 knots and a bollard pull ahead of 52.5 tonnes.

The electrical plant consists of two

identical John Deere 4045AFM85 diesel gensets, each with a power output of 99 ekW 480V, 3-Phase, 60 Hz.

Ship-handling fenders at the bow consist of one tier of 36- OD by 18-inch ID cylindrical fender at the main deck level; a 20- by 18-inch W-fender below the cylindrical fender and along the sheer lines of the main deck; and 18- OD by 9-inch ID cylindrical fendering at the stern.

“We are proud to have delivered the first of a series of three tugs for Suderman and Young,” said Rice. “They have been a great partner and we look forward to the deliveries of the Eva’s sister ships later this year.”

“We are very excited to welcome Eva , our first of three RApport 2600s into the fleet,” said Kirk Jackson, president, Suderman & Young Towing Company. “This newest tug along with the others soon to be delivered will enhance and build upon our ability to provide excellent towing service to our customers. We appreciate our professional mariners and other team members that are an integral part of providing this outstanding customer service experience. Master Boat Builders is great to work with and they have delivered a beautiful, well-constructed tug. We look forward to future deliveries.”

Master Boat Builders Inc. also booked a contract to build a new tugboat in addition to the three-boat series for Suderman & Young last summer.

“We at Master Boat Builders take pride

22 Marine Log // February 2023
Photo Credit: Crowley (Top), Master Boat Builders Inc. (Bottom) From traditional tug designs to cutting-edge battery hybrid designs, tug orders aren’t slowing down any time soon. Editor in Chief The Eva is the first in a series of three RApport 2600 tugboats being built by Master Boat Builders Inc. for Suderman & Young Towing Company in Texas.

in our work and are heartened by this vote of confidence from the team at Suderman & Young,” said Garrett Rice, president of Master Boat Builders. “Suderman & Young is one of the premiere tugboat operators in the United States and we are excited to continue partnering with them to provide another quality tugboat to serve the western Gulf Coast ports.”

The tugboat will have an overall length of 98 feet, 6 inches, beam of 42 feet, 5 inches, and produce a bollard pull of over 80 metric tonnes. The vessel will feature two Caterpillar main engines (3516E), EPA Tier 4 certified and each producing 3.500 hp, along with two Schottel Z-Drive thrusters (SRP 510FP), and a Markey Machinery Company bow winch (DEPSF-48-100).

And in November, Master Boat Builders executed a contract to build two new tugboats for New Canaan, Conn.-headquartered Moran Towing Corporation. The two tugs will be the first that Master Boat Builders will build for Moran Towing, which traces its roots backs to 1850 and whose coast-to-coast operations today include vessel towing, bulk marine transportation, LNG support operations, and environmental recovery services.

“We look forward to working with Master Boat on this project,” said Sean Perreault, vice president, engineering services at Moran Towing. “Master Boat has a great reputation for delivering quality equipment on a consistent basis and we hope this new contract will lead to future opportunities for collaboration between the two companies. While we have an ongoing commitment to our traditional suppliers, our demand from customers has given us the opportunity to work with new partners that we hope will become long term relationships.”

Naval architect and marine engineering firm Crowley Engineering Services, which has a long history of designing vessels for Moran, created the design for the new tugboats which will meet United States Coast Guard Subchapter-M regulations and will be ABS classed.

The new tugboats will have an overall length of 86 feet, a beam of 36 feet and produce a bollard pull of over 55 tonnes. The vessels will each feature twin Caterpillar 3512E main engines, EPA Tier 4 certified and each producing 2,549 hp, Kongsberg US 205S FP thrusters and a Markey Machinery Company DEPC-48 bow winch.

“Moran is one of the most respected tugboat operators in the U.S. and we are honored they have chosen us to build their next set of tugs,” said Rice.


Based on what the company has learned in its construction and design of the eWolf tug, Crowley Engineering Services recently developed a first-in-class battery hybrid ship assist/escort tug (eTug+) for harbor and near shore applications. Utilizing electrically driven L-drives, the combination of diesel generators and a battery energy storage system offer multiple scenarios to provide economical and environmentally friendly operations, whether it be tied up at the dock, underway to assist, or conducting high speed escort operations.

Coulston Van Gundy, vice president of construction and engineering for Crowley, told Marine Log that the vessel is targeted to be launched in 2025.

Designed with the help of current tug operators, visibility is maximized by having large windows in the pilothouse and a raised operator platform. The bridge is equipped with suitable monitoring and control equipment for intelligent maneuvering, remote operations, and future semi- and full autonomous operations.

Power is primarily provided by two lithium-ion battery energy storage systems (BESS). Four diesel generators provide back-up power as well as charging power to the BESS. High power direct current (DC) and low power alternating current shore

connections are installed on the vessel to allow charging of the BESS from shore.

Minimum Bollard Pull is expected to be 90 short tons ahead and astern via two (2) azimuth stern drives (ASD). A Class II+, electrically driven hawser winch with slipping disc brakes forward and an anchor capstan windlass aft provide line handling capability for escort and ship assist work. Both the hawser winch and ASDs will have regenerative capability.

The vessel is designed for offshore work as well as harbor operations. Individual staterooms are provided for a compliment of five persons with a maximum crew complement of six persons. The lower accommodations are forward, with the battery rooms and electronics room/machinery space located aft. Generators are located on the main deck to allow for ease of maintenance while deploying noise and vibration reduction strategies and technologies for maximum crew comfort.

In January, Crowley Engineering Services achieved Platinum ISO 9001 certification. Van Gundy says this certification means, “our entire management system has achieved a high level of performance that benefits our customers, whether its traditional maritime, offshore wind or other marine engineering and construction management. It’s important to note this isn’t a single product but applies to an organization.”

The eTug+ has been designed for harbor and near shore applications.

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Photo Credit: Crowley

Making the Green Transition Work

TTB 2023 will bring together owners, operators, naval architects, shipbuilders and more to discuss advancements in technology and design, as well as methods of meeting environmental and economic goals.

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Moderator: Bob Lennon, Business Development Mgr.Americas, Rexnord CENTA

Making the Green Transition Work

MARCH 6, 2023

3:00 - 7:00 PM

6:00 - 7:00 PM 8:00 AM 9:00 AM 9:20 AM 9:50 AM 10:00 AM 10:30 AM

Badge Pick-up

Drinks Meetup

Join us at Fathoms on the lobby level for a drink. Catch up with colleagues and meet new contacts. Pick up your drinks ticket from the conference registration desk on the 2nd floor!

MARCH 7, 2023

Registration / Badge Pick-up / Continental Breakfast / Expo Open

Keynote Address

David Cummins, Executive Dir. & President, Blue Sky Maritime Coalition

The Hydrogen One: An Update

Beau Berthelot, VP of Business Development & Dir. of Government Affairs, Maritime Partners LLC

Sponsor Spotlight with Sherwin Williams: High-Performance Marine Coating Solutions in a Green World

Matthew T. Heffernan, Commercial Marine Business Mgr., North America, Marine Division, Sherwin-Williams

Morning Coffee Break / Expo Open

Panel: Embracing the Technology Shift as We Move Toward Zero-Emissions

Josh Sebastian, VP of Operations – Sr. Naval Architect, The Shearer Group

Lydia Benger, Technical Dir., Elliott Bay Design Group

Robert Galinski, VP Sales & Marketing, Kongsberg Maritime

Garret Rice, President, Master Boat Builders Inc.

New Methanol-Hybrid Tug Design—the SA-100

David Lee, VP of Sales – Marine Systems, ABB Marine & Ports

Peter Soles, Marine Operations & Business Development, Glosten

Networking Luncheon

Harbor Power & Charging Barge Design Unveiled

Mike Complita, Principal & VP of Strategic Expansion, Elliott Bay Design Group

The Digital Transformation

Cole Van Gundy, VP of Engineering, Crowley

How Owners / Operators Can Take Advantage of the Newly Expanded Capital Construction Fund Program

Daniel Ladd, Dir., Office of Financial Approvals, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration

Afternoon Coffee Break / Expo Open

Tug Charters & Emerging Offshore Wind Market

Frank Manning, Dir. of Business Development, Tug Construction LLC

Christopher Mack Jr., COO, Foss Maritime Company

The HyZET Project: A Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Powered Tugboat

Moderator: Myra Shannon-Fuller, Marketing & Communications Mgr., ABB Marine & Ports

Samantha Griswold, PE, R&D, Crowley Shipping

Bryan Lee, Lead Project Mgr., CALSTART

11:30 AM 12:10 PM 1:30 PM 2:00 PM 2:30 PM 3:00 PM 3:30 PM 4:15 PM

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5:15 PM 6:15 PM

Jeremy Rodriguez, P.Eng, Sr. Project Engineer, Energy Storage Systems, ABB Marine and Ports

Eduardo Rodrigues, Sr. Consultant, Advisory Americas – Houston Maritime, DNV GL USA, Inc.

Cocktail Reception

Day One Ends

MARCH 8, 2023

8:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 10:30 AM

Continental Breakfast / Expo Open

Panel: Sub M, Beyond COI: What Next?

Moderator: Tava Foret, President & Co-Founder, Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau

Sean Reilly, Regulatory & Compliance Mgr., Southern Towing

Brian Khey, Dir. of Safety & Compliance, Marquette Transportation

Mark McManus, VP of Operations, Lebeouf Bros. Towing

Jason Soutiere, Mgr., Area Operations, ABS

Robert Keister, VP, Sabine Surveyors

Ammonia-Powered Barges on Inland Waterways

Seonghoon Woo, CEO, Amogy, Inc.

Speaker from Southern Devall

Morning Coffee Break / Expo Open

11:00 AM

Panel: Women in the TTB Market

Moderator: Kasey Eckstein, Founder & Executive Dir., WIMOs; President, Eckstein

Trade & Transport

Mary McCarthy, Dir. of Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility, Moran Towing

Taylor Dickerson, Sr. Dir. Project Mgmt. Office & ESG Leader, Kirby Corporation

Additional Speakers to Be Announced

Sponsor Spotlight with Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS)

Jack Grogan, Sales Mgr., VPS Testing & Inspection Inc.

Insight into the World’s First Battery-Hybrid & Diesel Electric Towboats

Christian Heidrich, Sales Dir. Tug & Offshore Energy, Schottel

Lawren Best, Dir. of Design Development, Robert Allan Ltd.

Attendees on their own for lunch.

Visit USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park

Conference Ends program subject to change

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The Sherwin-Williams Company is a global leader in the manufacture, development, distribution, and sale of marine coatings. The Marine Division encompasses a team of subject matter experts strategically located throughout North America. This team provides service for sales distribution, field technical service, specification writing, crew training and fleet corrosion assessment. protective-marine


VPS delivers testing and advisory solutions that protect our customers, people and the environment by helping clients achieve measurable improvements to fuel and lubricant management and operational efficiency. Customers remain at the heart of our business as we continue to expand our service offerings, including fuel quality testing, lubricant testing, oil condition monitoring, transformer oil testing, data-driven decarbonization, technical troubleshooting and emergency equipment testing. VPS operates a global network of customer service offices supported roundthe-clock by technical experts, and six specialized, wholly owned and strategically located testing laboratories. Our guidance enables our customers to optimize their use of resources, minimize their environmental emissions, and operate in a more sustainable manner.



Stricter environmental regulations and an increased demand for efficient operations are driving changes to traditional coastal and inland water transportation. ABB proven hybrid and fully electric solutions are designed for cost efficient and hassle-free operations throughout the lifetime of the vessel, while protecting our surroundings. short-distance-shipping/tug


Christie & Grey: for over 100 years, a leader and innovator in shock and vibration control. Providing proven products and engineering for highly effective isolation to protect your investment, improve habitability and reduce your environmental impact. When performance counts, count on Christie & Grey.



Since 1975, the team at Bergan Marine Systems has been designing and manufacturing quality marine instrumentation. We specialize in tank gauging, alarm monitoring, fuel management, automation systems, and more. Our team of engineers, sales support and customer service employees work to protect your life, your investment, and the environment.



360 Coverage Pros safeguards the licenses, incomes, and livelihoods of USCG-licensed mariners in the event of an incident or allegations made against them while operating a vessel or providing services.


ABS, a leading global provider of classification and technical advisory services to the marine and offshore industries, is committed to setting standards for safety and excellence in design, construction and operation.

Conrad Shipyard is among the nation’s most respected shipbuilders with more than 75 years of delivering safety, quality, craftsmanship, integrity and service. With five modern shipyards located along the Gulf Coast in Louisiana and Texas; an experienced workforce and computerized manufacturing equipment; multi-disciplined engineers; and a management team laserfocused on customer satisfaction, Conrad Shipyard is well-positioned to provide cost-effective solutions to complex shipbuilding challenges.


Crowley Engineering Services provides a diverse range of maritime solutions including engineering, project management, and construction management. Our team delivers comprehensive engineering services, including detail and conceptual design, interior design, shipyard management, and on-site consulting services. We are at the forefront of electrification technology including propulsion, shoreside and operational solutions. engineering-services

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Elkon was established in 1980 to develop, design, integrate and commission power distribution and electric propulsion systems, low-voltage electrical equipment, and automation systems for the maritime industry. Since May 2022, the majority shareholder of Elkon is SCHOTTEL, the 100-year-old German propulsion experts with a wide range of propulsion systems for main and auxiliary applications. |


Great Lakes Power is a leader in marine propulsion and control system sales and service. We are the East Coast distributor for Twin Disc, Veth, HamiltonJET, Torqeedo, Konrad, Glendinning, Vulkan and CENTA through our 12 branch locations.


Hiller provides fire protection and life safety offerings that preserve lives and property around the world. Headquartered in Mobile, Alabama, Hiller extends its reach globally from over 25 offices across the U.S. From design and installation to inspections and service, we offer an extensive range of solutions for marine environments.


Karl Senner, LLC is a premier distributor, integrator and service provider of propulsion and electrical systems. The company is the exclusive sales and service representative for REINTJES Marine Gearboxes throughout North America, while also supplying and servicing azimuth propulsors, controllable pitch propellers, tunnel thrusters, and controls.


Kongsberg Maritime is a world leader in marine technology. With an extensive portfolio of innovative and integrated products and solutions, we deliver efficiency, reliability, flexibility and environmental sustainability to enhance the business of our customers.


Since 1964, MER Equipment has been a trusted partner to the commercial marine industry, building the most rugged generators and PTOs available. Our experienced staff is comprised of fishermen, vessel owners, marine engineers, designers, and fabricators. We know what it takes to keep a workboat on the water.


Rolls-Royce provides world-class power solutions and complete life-cycle support under our product and solution brand mtu. Through digitalization and electrification, we strive to develop leading-edge solutions that are robust, reliable and smart. Our powerful engines and systems are trusted around the world.


On Site Alignment (OSA) offers all the assistance you may need when facing questions about alignment, engineering, mounting or troubleshooting critical machinery. We are innovative thinkers with in-depth knowledge and 35 years of field experience. OSA carries out shaft alignment on all types of rotating equipment, including engines, gearboxes, generators, shaft (support) bearings, pump sets, winches and bow thrusters. We also measure and correct crankshaft web deflections, conduct dimensional checks, and measure bending stresses.


RIX’s methanol-to-hydrogen generator system provides an onboard, on-demand source of fuel cell grade hydrogen without the need to store high-pressure gaseous or liquid hydrogen, eliminating cost, complexity and large hydrogen storage volume. Our scalable hydrogen generators can support primary propulsion, auxiliary power systems and cold ironing up to megawatt solutions.


SSI develops Autodesk-based solutions for the shipbuilding and offshore industries. SSI’s flagship software is ShipConstructor, an AutoCAD-based CAD/CAM suite. These solutions take advantage of the native DWG platform and the global pools of experience provided by the world’s most popular CAD platform. SSI combines this with industryspecific standards and best practices. IT expertise is applied to ensure the ability to share engineering data with other business processes and applications such as MRP, ERP or PLM tools. Shipbuilders, naval architects and marine engineers trust SSI solutions.


American VULKAN Corporation serves the marine markets with our (highly) flexible couplings, composite shafts and resilient mounts.


Acuity International provides process and technology-based critical services to global government and commercial enterprises. As global problem-solvers, Acuity implements purpose-built frameworks, repeatable processes, and enabling technology to accelerate time-to-value. Acuity International is comprised of three business practices:

1) Care to drive a healthy and compliant workforce; 2) Build for providing cost engineering and construction management and delivering munitions response/ demilitarization services; and

3) Secure delivering mobile and static security services, and end-to-end critical facilities management.


As a leading distributor for Carboline Global, we offer a complete line of protective and marine high-performance paints, coatings, chemical linings and fireproofing products and services.


Austal USA, a ship manufacturer and repair yard in Mobile, Alabama, supports the manufacture and repair of aluminum and steel ships and is under contract for several U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard vessel programs. Austal USA’s service business provides global support to Navy, Military Sealift Command and other customers.


Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) is a full-service naval architecture, marine engineering and consulting firm located on the harbor in Bristol, Rhode Island. We have been in business for over thirty years and have produced numerous designs, to which hundreds of vessels have been built. We specialize in commercial vessel design and consulting and have experience with tugs, barges, Articulated Tug/Barge Units (ATB), passenger vessels, workboats, dredges and floating dry docks.


Located in Gulfport, Mississippi, CME is the leading manufacturer of marine deck machinery, serving the commercial and military industries. CME designs, engineers, builds and tests all its equipment right here in the USA! We furnish parts and service for everything we build, which includes anchor windlasses, anchor winches, capstans, tow winches, mooring winches, tuggers, storage reels and rescue boat davits.

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DMT Marine Equipment is one of the leading companies in the maritime sector, with a proven record of over 2700 vessels equipped. We design, produce and test all our equipment in-house with high consideration towards our clients’ needs and specific requirements, as well as with a thorough understanding that the equipment we deliver must be fully reliable, highly performant and operative under all and any harsh sea conditions.


Elliott Bay Design Group is a full-service, employee-owned naval architecture and marine engineering firm that supports owners, operators and shipyards. Our team of naval architects, engineers, designers, certified weld inspectors and analysts have expertise with designing vessels and marine facilities, providing engineering support for fleets of vessels and analyzing the feasibility of marine transportation.


Electronic Marine Systems (EMS) is a Veteranowned 43-year-old small business and an ABS Type Approved Manufacturer for ACCU and ABCU Designations, as well as an ISO 9001:2015 Certified Manufacturer. EMS products include barge tank level indication systems, engine order telegraph and throttle systems – as well as alarm and monitoring systems – are manufactured in the USA and are fully tested and witnessed by ABS, owner’s representative and contracting shipyard(s). EMS has manufacturing facilities on both the East and West Coasts for national coverage, as well as engineering support offices in Florida and Mississippi.


Hockema Group, Inc. is an independent, full service naval architecture firm primarily involved in commercial and government projects in various sectors of the marine industry. We provide naval architecture and marine engineering services for tugs, barges, commercial fishing vessels, dredgers, cargo vessels, workboats, passenger vessels and government / military service vessels. Our work is balanced between new construction design, conversion / modification design and miscellaneous consulting work.


Laborde Products specializes in the marine industry, distributing commercial engines and related products. Working with timetested manufacturers such as Mitsubishi, Scania, and Steyr providing service, training and parts support with its dealer network from the Gulf of Mexico, Great Lakes, Atlantic and everything in between.


Our Gulf Coast is home to two of the most experienced Cat® marine dealers in the world. Rest easy knowing that your choice of Cat equipment is backed by two awardwinning teams who know that your success is our success. Visit our table at Tugs, Towboats & Barges for more information.

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PANOLIN is a lubricants supplier with its core competence in high-performing Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs). Since 2018, PANOLIN has exported high-performance EALs to 54 countries.

PANOLIN, part of the original PANOLIN Group founded in 1949, was acquired by Shell in 2022. PANOLIN is a statement for advanced technology, environmental responsibility, and security due to the 35 years of experience with high-performance EALs.


Phoenix Lighting manufactures Americanmade, competitively-priced exterior and navigation LED lights for tug & towboats, push boats and working vessels. We partner with shipyards, naval architects and operators to deliver customized lighting solutions. Designed to endure vibration, moisture and corrosion, Phoenix lights eliminate maintenance and improve safety for the maritime industry.


R.A. Mitchell has been in business since 1954 serving the fishing fleet as well as the workboat, tug boat & ferry boat industry. Full-service company with parts in stock and factory-trained technicians! Engines, generators, controls, pumps and more. WBE/DBE Certified.


lectrical devices, cabling, installation, and commissioning. Thermal heaters repair. Electronics, navigational and communications equipment. Steering, propulsion, alarm, switchboards, nav light panel, pilot house alerter, autonomous and remote systems. Hydraulic parts and service. New and repaired hydraulic cylinders, winches, cranes, pumps, valves and hydraulic power units. Quincy Compressor distributor and repair.


Rypos designs and manufactures diesel particulate filters that remove up to 95% of PM emissions from marine diesel gensets and propulsion engines immediately upon installation. Their proven, reliable and durable emissions solutions offer higher uptime and lower maintenance costs for operators, and a safer environment for passengers.


Separator Spares and Equipment, LLC specializes in aftermarket and genuine spare parts for Alfa Laval and GEA Westfalia separators and heat exchangers. For new builds and retrofits, we offer solutions, equipment and services for separators, heat exchangers, oily water separators, reverse osmosis water makers and marine sanitation devices.


Delivering clean energy solutions based on leading-edge energy storage systems. Meeting climate action goals through electrification and unlocking the potential of new technologies through hybrid solutions.


Your marine valve experts. Tork specializes in Navy and commercial valves, strainers, fittings and pipe. Home of the Tork ShipCheck – free onsite valve inspection with guaranteed results. Contact us at (510) 8919675 or


For over 100 years, Tnemec Company, Inc. has manufactured and developed high performance coatings that protect against some of the toughest environments around the world. From corrosion-resistant primers to the unmatched color and gloss of our fluoropolymer lines, Tnemec offers the performance needed to keep your assets on the water and looking great.


Fire detection, fire suppression, CO detection and gas detection for the marine industry. Other safety products including Active Air air purification systems.


WEG manufactures AC motors (low, medium, and high voltage) in NEMA/IEC frames (including ATEX-compliant) with global certifications, custom motors, variable frequency drives and soft starters (low and medium voltage), alternators, generators, power transformers and other complex custom solutions.

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REPAIR YARDS KEEP BUSY and open to new opportunities

U.S. ship repair yards continue to keep busy with a variety of work of all kinds. And nowhere was that variety more in evidence than at Detyens Shipyards last month. The mix of government and commercial vessels in at the Charleston, S.C., yard included the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Supply ; the ex-USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG-49), an

Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate being refurbished prior to hand-over to the Kingdom of Bahrain as the Khalid Bin Ali ; the MSC Henry J. Kaiser -class fleet USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195), the Ready Reserve Fleet (RRF) crane ship SS Cornhusker State (T-ACS-6); two American Queen Cruises coastal cruise ships, the Ocean Voyager and the Ocean Navigator ; the RRF RO/RO vehicle carrier Cape Ducato (T-AKR-5051), the

Netherlands-flag containership Bermuda Islander and the U.S.-flag cable lay ship Decisive , owned by Transoceanic Cable Company.

Also keeping busy at this time of year are Great Lakes shipyards. The Great Lakes are the largest freshwater system in the world. This is good news for steel hulls and explains the longevity of Great Lakes bulkers. Even so, when the Soo Locks close, it’s time for

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Photo Credit: Detyens Shipyards

those ships to enter their annual winter layup and maintenance phase. This year alone, U.S. Great Lakes shipping companies will invest over $126 million in their vessels at shipyards and facilities across the Great Lakes, according to the Lake Carriers Association. That includes over $48 million in Wisconsin, $43.5 million in Ohio, $9 million in Michigan, and $26 million spread across Minnesota, Illinois, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Consolidation Continues

When MARAD last got round to publishing a “Report on Survey of U.S. Shipbuilding and Repair Facilities,” which, shockingly, was in 2004, it counted

Ships receiving attention at Detyens Shipyards in January included: USNS Supply, Khalid Bin Ali (ex-USS Robert G. Bradley ), USNS Grumman, Cornhusker State, Ocean Voyager in floating dry dock, Cape Ducato in dry dock #5, Ocean Navigator, Bermuda Islander in dry dock #1 and cable layer Decisive in dry dock #2.

27 shipyards with drydocking facilities and 34 topsides repair facilities. Those numbers may still be vaguely accurate, given that graving docks seldom get filled in and that floating docks can be towed to other places. But what has happened is that there has been considerable consolidation of ownership and the disappearance of some historic names. That’s still happening.

Last November, Bollinger Shipyards caught most of the market by surprise with its acquisition of Singapore Technologies Engineering’s two U.S. yards, VT Halter Marine Inc. and ST Engineering Halter Marine Offshore (STEHMO). While Halter Marine has been much in the news as the builder of the Coast

Guard’s Polar Security Cutter, operations at STEHMO have attracted far less attention and it’s interesting that its new name is Bollinger Mississippi Repair.

With deep-water access and no air draft restrictions, the shipyard has impressive repair capabilities, including a 546-foot dry dock with a 12,000-tonne lift capacity, and announced a $10 million upgrade program in 2020. Bollinger Shipyards is a major player in the ship repair market and Bollinger Mississippi Repair joins a roster of six Bollinger repair yards in Louisiana that includes facilities in Algiers, Amelia, Harvey (Bollinger Quick Repair), Larose, Lockport, and Port Fourchon.

Conversions and Modifications Ahead?

To get an idea of what’s going on at individual repair yards around the U.S., go to and type “ship repair” in the search box. Chances are that in the months ahead, that search will produce news of some interesting conversion projects.

When you need a new vessel in a hurry, particularly if it’s specialized, then a good way to go about it is by converting an existing one. This is dramatically illustrated by the U.K.’s decision to shelve plans to build a new royal yacht and instead speed up its acquisition of specialist offshore vessels to convert to subsea protection and mine countermeasures vessels.

In the U.S., a similar “we need it faster than we can get a newbuild” project has been picking up pace. With the U.S. Coast Guard’s single active heavy polar icebreaker, Polar Star , reaching the end of its useful service life there have long been proposals floating around that the Coast Guard acquire an interim vessel until the first of its new Polar Security cutters enter service. The most frequently mentioned candidate has been Edison Chouest Offshore’s M/V Aiviq and the Coast Guard’s FY2023 budget requested $125 million in procurement funding for the purchase of an existing commercially available polar icebreaker to augment the Coast Guard’s polar icebreaking capacity until the new PSCs enter service. When the Coast Guard’s FY2023 authorization got passed it included the wording “$150,000,000 is authorized for the acquisition or procurement of an available icebreaker.”

The only vessel meeting the requirements set by the Coast Guard in an RFI issued in May of last year is the

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Aiviq . Built in 2012 by Chouest’s North American Shipbuilders for use on the Shell Alaska drilling campaign, it is the world’s most powerful, privately-owned icebreaker. With Polar Class 3, it is capable of operating in the harshest of environments and checks all the boxes in the RFI.

What remains to be seen is when the Coast Guard will pull the trigger and go ahead with the acquisition and

conversion contracts.

A rather less high-profile project underscores the attractions of conversions for commercial operators. The Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority is buying two offshore supply vessels (OSVs) from Hornbeck Offshore Services (HOS) of Covington, La., for conversion to freight ferries. The sister vessels—the 2009-built HOS Lode Star and 2008-built HOS Shooting Star —are 73

meter long 240 class OSVs.

They will replace the Steamship Authority’s aging open deck freight ferries, the 1981-buillt M/V Gay Head and 1982-built M/V Katama . Those, too, started off life as sister offshore service vessels. In 1988, the Steamship Authority converted the Katama to ferry service, adding a rounded stern to fit loading ramps and a small passenger area. Ten years later, the Katama received an additional upgrade as a 50-foot midsection was added along with more powerful EMD engines. Acquired a year after the Katama , the Gay Head also received a 50-foot midsection upgrade, as well as a new engine upgrade in the mid 1990s.

Both are now showing their age and a study commissioned by the Steamship Authority indicated they had an expected useful life of less than five years, while the two OSVs being acquired from HOS have an estimated remaining useful life of at least 25 years.

Initial cost estimates for the acquisition, conversion, and re-activation of the two OSVs is approximately $30 million. The Steamship Authority will finance the acquisition through the sale of bond anticipation notes within its $100 million bonding limit.

“The purchase and conversion of available OSVs is the most efficient, rapid and cost-effective path to upgrade our fleet and best serve the vehicle and freight transport needs of island residents and visitors,” said Steamship Authority General Manager Robert Davis. “The similar design of the vessels also promotes economies of scale through interchangeability of vessels for service needs, inventory of spare parts and crew training. Additionally, purchasing these used vessels will put the authority in a better financial transition to plan for investigate the possible inclusion of alternative fuel technologies into its next newly constructed vessel.”

While a growing number of Jones Act newbuildings are being ordered for the offshore wind area, there may be growing opportunities for repair yards to modify existing vessels for that market. A lot of eyes will be on how well the Otto Candies LLC Jones Act-compliant offshore IMR vessel, the Paul Candies , performs on a Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy contract to support the construction phase of the South Fork Wind project, offshore New York.

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As 2022 ended, Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd. subsidiary Keppel FELS delivered the second of three dual-fuel trailing suction hopper dredges to Netherlands maritime company Van Oord.

Dredging: a strong ending to 2022 sets up 2023

Recent dredge deliveries and deals that occurred as we transitioned into the new year underscore the fact that, around the world, dredging contractors are looking to up their productivity and green credentials, and continue to lean heavily on the Netherlands for technology and knowhow.

As 2022 ended, Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd. (Keppel O&M) subsidiary Keppel FELS delivered the second of three dual-fuel trailing suction hopper dredges to Dutch maritime company Van Oord. Named Vox Apolonia , its green features

include the ability to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG). It’s identical to the first dredge, Vox Ariane , delivered by Keppel O&M in April 2022. The third TSHD in the series, Vox Alexia , is on track for delivery later this year.

Like the Vox Ariane , it has obtained Bureau Veritas Green Passport and Clean Ship notations.

“Van Oord is committed to lowering its impact on climate change by reducing its emissions and becoming net-zero,” said Maarten Sanders, manager, newbuilding at Van Oord. “The delivery of the Vox

Apolonia is another important milestone in this process. In the designing the new LNG hoppers, we focused on reducing our carbon footprint.”

With similar timing, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation reported that the Galveston Island, the first of two newbuild trailing suction hopper dredges under construction at Conrad Shipyard, hit the water in December 2022 and is scheduled to be in operation during the first half of 2023.

The delivery of the new dredge enabled the company to continue the rationalization of its older assets, which led them to retire the

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42-year-old hopper dredge Terrapin Island in the fourth quarter of 2022. Based on Terrapin Island’s age, the company has decided to accelerate its retirement to significantly reduce its operating, labor, and maintenance costs and improve productivity for the overall fleet. The retirement of the Terrapin Island resulted in a non-cash write-off of approximately $8 million.

Built to a basic design by Netherlandsbased C-Job Naval Architects, the new dredge is a 6,500-cubic-yard-capacity trailing suction hopper dredge that will be equipped with a direct high-power pump-ashore installation, dredging system automation, dynamic positioning and tracking, U.S. EPA Tier IV compliant engines, and the ability to run on biofuel to minimize its environmental impact.

The hopper fleet renewal program will be complete in 2025 with the delivery of the sister ship to the Galveston Island, at which time Great Lakes will have the largest and youngest hopper fleet in the U.S.

Meantime, in South Korea, the multipurpose vessel Endam, built for the Korean Marine Environment Management Corporation (KOEM), combined emergency oil spill recovery activities with maintenance dredging tasks and featured a turnkey dredge package supplied by Damen in the late fall of 2022.

Designed by KmsEmec, the vessel features a

4,100-cubic-meter hopper hold and was built by HJ Shipbuilding & Construction at its Busan shipyard. The mission equipment package provided by the Damen Technical Cooperation (DTC) team included a 15-meter rigid oil sweep arm with a dedicated pump and handling crane for emergency oil spill recovery functionality, and the complete turnkey dredging system, which was designed specifically for the vessel.

The turnkey dredge package consisted of both loading and discharging equipment, a hydraulic system, dredging control system,

and various drives. A 900-mm trailing suction pipe designed to dredge at a maximum depth of 30 meters, is hoisted by three dedicated gantries and their hydraulically operated winches. All the trailing suction pipe components are located starboard aft.

Thanks to the DTC team’s extensive experience in component integration at non-Damen yards, the large system parts were delivered from the Netherlands and integrated effortlessly. As well as the mission equipment, the delivery scope included a hydraulic system. This

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was a logical choice as the dredging equipment is its main user. Additionally, a 3,500-kW electric dredge pump drive and a 1,000-kW electric jet water pump drive were shipped to Korea. The delivery was completed with a full set of spares and Damen also carried out the commissioning and training on board.

The vessel’s name, Endam, means “the fence that protects you” in the Korean Jeju dialect. A festive handover ceremony took place in the summer and Endam has now successfully started operating along the Korean coast.

Damen also made its mark on the U.S. Gulf Coast as C&C Marine and Repair in Belle Chasse, La., awarded the Netherlands based company its first multi-vessel order in the U.S in early January 2023. DMC will supply C&C Marine with equipment packages for four newbuild Multi Cat 3013 workboats. Each package was comprised of a steering gear and rudders, five winches, and two towing pin systems.

C&C Marine and Repair will deliver the first two vessels to Galveston,

Texas-headquartered dredging and marine construction contractor Callan Marine Ltd. and will build the second two vessels “on spec” for sale or lease to the U.S. market. The primary purpose of the Multi Cats will be to support Callan Marine’s dredging fleet; handling anchors and towing barges wherever they may be operating. The DMC equipment is designed to cope in a wide range of conditions from the subtropical climate of the Gulf of Mexico to the freezing winter on the Great Lakes.

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C&C Marine and Repair will deliver the first two vessels to Texas dredging and marine construction contractor Callan Marine Ltd. A view of the deck as seen from above.
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Elizabeth Klein named BOEM Director

The U.S. Department of the Interior has named ELIZABETH KLEIN as Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), succeeding AMANDA LEFTON

Previously, Klein was senior counselor to the Secretary of the Interior. Klein served at Interior in both the Clinton and Obama administrations.

St. Johns Ship Building has appointed KEN GENTLE to the position of vice president of repair, leading the shipyard’s production and project management teams tasked with repairing various types of both steel and aluminum vessels.

Bollinger Shipyards LLC has hired ANDREW “ANDY” NAQUIN as director of sales. In this role, he will report to ERIC BOLLINGER , vice president of sales, and will assist in leading the sales team. Naquin has more than 22 years of experience in the maritime industry.

PETER RONEY has joined the executive management team at Shared Ice Services LLC (SIS) , which supports the operations of sister shipyards Nichols Brothers Boat Builders and Everett Ship Repair. As director of sales and marketing, Roney is responsible for business development and customer relations. He joins the company from Foss Maritime .

HARRY STEWART has been named CEO of San Rafael, Calif.based dredging and marine contracting specialist The Dutra Group, as the company celebrates its 50th anniversary. BILL DUTRA , who founded the company at the age of 26, is moving into the role of executive chairman.

Kirby Corporation , the largest tank barge operator in the U.S., has appointed SUSAN DIO to its board. Prior to her retirement in 2020, Dio most recently served as chairman and president of BP America . Previously she served from 2015 to 2018 as CEO of BP Shipping, where she served as an independent director with the Britannia P&I club

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Alfa Laval introduces industry-first biofuel-ready separators

vegetable oil) and FAME (fatty acid methyl ester) can be used by diesel engines without major engine modifications. They can be a carbon-neutral alternative if produced from the right biomass, but they must still be cleaned effectively to prevent performance issues and expensive engine wear. In a marine industry first, Alfa Laval high-speed separators are now compatible with HVO (EN15940) and with FAME (EN14214 or ASTM D6751) blends comprising residual fuel and/or distillate.

and differ widely in their characteristics— both from conventional fuels and from each other. Because of differences in density, moisture absorption and more, they demand additional care when it comes to fuel storage and treatment.

WITH MORE VESSEL OPERATORS looking at biofuels as a path to decarbonization, Alfa Laval is cautioning that while these fuels reduce CO2 footprint, they also pose new operational challenges. In response, the company has introduced new biofuel-optimized separators and separator upgrades.

Biofuels such as HVO (hydrotreated

“We are proud to support our customers’ decarbonization journey, no matter which fuel path they take,” says Markus Hoffmann, global sales manager, marine separation and heat transfer equipment, Alfa Laval. “Biofuels will be the choice for many marine vessels, but customers must be certain that their equipment is prepared for them. With biofuel-ready separators and cost-efficient biofuel upgrades, Alfa Laval can provide that certainty.”

Biofuels are already in widespread use, and ISO is looking to incorporate them into the 2024 revision of ISO 8217. Nevertheless, they can be prepared in various ways

To ensure optimal biofuel separation, Alfa Laval has modified both internal bowl components and the separator software. This makes setting up for HVO, FAME blends or conventional fuels a simple parameter change. Incorporated into new Alfa Laval separators for purchase, the developments are also available as upgrades for existing separators.

“Optimizing for biofuels is nothing that occurs overnight,” says Hoffmann. “Our biofuel-ready separators build on deep fuel insights, extensive research at the Alfa Laval Test & Training Center and long cooperation with ISO and CIMAC. As biofuels continue to evolve, customers can count on Alfa Laval for efficient engine protection, just as they have with conventional marine fuels.”

Alfa Laval is a global provider of products in the areas of heat transfer, separation and fluid handling.

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Solvang opts for propulsion optimization for EEXI compliance

TO MEET THE NEW EEXI regulations, Norwegian operator Solvang ASA has selected MAN Energy Solutions after-sales division, MAN PrimeServ to perform a radical and extensive optimization of the propulsion drivetrain of a 2007/2008 gas tanker during its forthcoming dry docking. The solution will enable the ship to meet the EEXI regulations through main-engine power limitation and will put the vessel’s propulsive efficiency on a par with modern buildings through, among other initiatives, clever optimization of the existing CP propeller and aft-ship system.

The project will entail the introduction of optimized propeller blades, a propellerhub fairing cone and EcoBulb rudder-bulb integration developed in close cooperation with Becker Marine Systems, Solvang ASA and MAN Energy Solutions’ hydrodynamic experts. Besides MAN Energy Solution’s scope of supply, the vessel will also be permanently power de-rated, EEXI power-limited, and equipped with a Mewis duct installation.

“We envisage that this significant, ecoconcept investment will not just have a

positive environmental impact, but that it will significantly prolong the efficiency and life of the vessel too,” said Tor Øyvind Ask, fleet director at Solvang ASA. “This investment will enhance the gas tanker’s operational efficiency while minimizing its carbon footprint and emissions in accordance with our best business practice.”

Solvang EEXI compliance project will include the introduction of optimized propeller blades, a propellerhub fairing cone and EcoBulb rudder-bulb integration.

Michael Muff Jensen, senior sales manager, MAN Energy Solutions, Frederikshavn, said: “We are very happy to be part of this exciting propulsion optimization project where, once again, a successful long-term customer relationship has proven vital in putting together such a complex project as this.”

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ALL adds new Manitowoc lattice boom crawlers

THE ALL FAMILY OF COMPANIES IS beefing up its stock of Manitowoc lattice-boom crawlers, with a focus on the versatile 330-ton class MLC300 cranes. The acquisition includes two new Manitowoc MCL300 VPC, two additional VPC-MAX attachments, one MLC300 luffing jib attachment, and one MLC650 3.5-meter-wide boom attachment.

MacGregor books orders for heavy-duty cranes and electric transloading cranes


it would supply heavy-duty cranes for a total of 10 floating crane barges to be built by PT Karya Teknik Utama at its KTU Shipyard in Indonesia. The barges are scheduled to be delivered from the second quarter of 2023 though the third quarter of 2024.

The orders consist of ten heavy-duty cranes, some of them including a foundation and a pedestal. The cranes are designed for 1,800,000 load cycles and are equipped with a mechanical grab to


ensure optimal performance and turnover. Two of the ordered cranes will be the first electric transloading cranes of the TCE type to be produced and delivered to the customer.

“MacGregor was chosen to supply the cranes based on our experience with their quality and productivity,” said Winarto Asnim, CEO of PT Karya Teknik Utama. “In addition, we have a history of successful business together and would like to continue building this relationship that weighs a lot on trust.”

Canaveral acquiring second LHM 600

PORT CANAVERAL AGREED LATE last year to purchase another mobile harbor crane from the Liebherr Group to serve the port’s growing cargo operations. The LHM 600 will be based on the updated generation of Liebherr mobile harbor cranes. Digital enhancements, a modernized cabin, and improved lifting height are among the crane’s benefits welcomed by Port Canaveral.

The second LHM 600 purchased by Port Canaveral is built for the future. It boasts a contemporary exterior design and is more digitally advanced and efficient. Assistance and partial automation systems are made possible by a sophisticated crane control system, evolved sensor integration, and digital information transfer. It will be Port Canaveral’s second mobile harbor crane to

be deployed. In early 2019, the port put into service its first Liebherr mobile harbor crane of type LHM 600.

The forthcoming crane will have a lift capability up to 154 tons and a jib length of 61 meters. Its 20-container reach will accommodate containers stacked nine high on deck—an upgraded handling capability from the first crane.

Port Canaveral is already familiar with Liebherr mobile harbor cranes. The LHM 600 that started its work in early 2019 has been instrumental in heavy-lifting operations for the port. In Fiscal Year 2020, the current LHM 600 already lifted a record number of boosters for space projects. With the upcoming LHM 600, the outreach ability has been upgraded from 58 to 61 meters.

The MLC300 VPC delivers unprecedented lifting performance with the strongest load charts in its class. A selferect mast cylinder and other features reduce set-up time. Manitowoc’s proprietary Variable Position Counterweight technology actively engages all counterweight and eliminates the need for passive carbody weights—weight that can now be added to the upperworks to increase capacity while retaining performance and on-site mobility. The result is dramatically reduced transport configuration and better center of gravity for reduced ground bearing pressures.

In addition to the VPC, the optional VPC-MAX attachment offers the ability to further increase the load chart, as well as boom and jib combination lengths. The VPC-MAX attachment increases the MLC300’s max load moment and offers more compact tailswing, delivering greater lifting capacity in a smaller work environment. With VPC-MAX, the counterweight movement is dictated by forward movement changes, so the counterweight re-positions itself automatically as forward movement occurs, based on load lift, boom length, jib length, and load radius.

Rick Mikut, ALL’s crawler crane division manager, says the acquisition continues ALL’s pledge to have the most up-to-date, best-maintained fleet.

The new equipment, expected for delivery in early summer, will be strategically deployed across ALL’s national footprint.

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mentally fit, and mariners who felt isolated or reported inadequate internet or phone access were more likely to have poor mental health. Ensuring there is connectivity both on and off the vessel is a potential way to improve mariner wellbeing.

65% of survey respondents reported they did not receive training or communication from their employer related to mental health. Providing mental health communication and training is a good place for many employers to start. Training can provide information to mariners on strategies they can use to optimize their mental health, and warning signs to look for in their crewmates. Mental health messaging from management also helps to normalize mental health from the top down, which can decrease mental health stigmas.

Think about a job you have had, or currently have. What aspects of that job don’t you like? For most of you, you are probably thinking about something that causes you stress or impacts your mental health. This could be lousy work hours, not getting along with your boss or co-workers, not getting paid enough, feeling underappreciated, feeling isolated or lacking support, having too much work on your plate, or something else that stresses you out.

I am an occupational health researcher and professor, and I study how work impacts health. While we know safety hazards and chemical exposures impact the health of workers by causing injuries or illness, less is known about what aspects of work impact mental health. This is where my expertise lies—I conduct research to better understand the relationship between work and mental health and help employers identify ways to improve the mental health of their workers.

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, my team deployed a survey to U.S. mariners to characterize how their unique work environment impacts worker mental health and identify solutions to improve mental health. Mariners often have physically demanding jobs, experience isolation while aboard, work atypical or long work shifts, and could experience traumatic events, such as injury, incident, illness, or weather-related events.

In short, mariners work tough but vital jobs, and the COVID-19 pandemic only increased their stresses and frustrations, particularly as they were forced to work under new and ever-changing protocols.

Full results from this survey were published in an academic journal and while these data were collected during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the findings remain applicable now.

In our survey of 1,384 mariners, about 20% were likely depressed, 22% likely had anxiety, and nearly 40% had high stress. Close to 10% of mariners had contemplated suicide or self-harm in the previous two weeks. But these rates weren’t uniform across the workforce. Younger mariners (particularly those aged 25-34) had much higher rates of depression, anxiety, and stress than older mariners, and female mariners had higher rates of anxiety and stress than males. As the maritime industry seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce and attract young workers, attention to the mental health needs of these populations will be important for the maritime industry to remain an attractive employment option.

We found that poor sleep quality was related to poor mental health, emphasizing the importance of good sleep hygiene and sleep-supportive schedules for mariners. Mariners who felt they had support from senior officers and someone to talk to on the vessel were more likely to be

Mariners also reported many barriers to accessing mental healthcare both when at home and when aboard a vessel—70% said they would not be able to start or continue mental healthcare onboard a vessel. Given the overwhelming evidence of the benefits of mental healthcare (with telemedicine being as effective as talking to a provider in person!), prioritizing easy access to mental healthcare and encouraging mariners to take advantage of mental healthcare both on and off the vessel could help to decrease rates of depression and anxiety in mariners.

Having a mentally fit workforce is not only beneficial for public health, but it is also beneficial to the bottom line. When workers aren’t mentally fit, they are more likely to be injured, which costs employers both money and time. Mentally unfit workers tend to exhibit poor decisionmaking and reduced productivity and are more likely to leave the workforce. Increased turnover can make it harder for an employer to recruit and retain workers, potentially leaving a vessel short staffed. Mariners work tirelessly for us every day to ensure we have access to all the goods we need. Taking steps to prioritize their mental health should be a top industry priority, and one that will provide a return on investment.

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