• 2017 July 16 19:03

    Nichols Brothers delivers first U.S. tug for ammonia ATB

    The newly delivered Abundance is the first of two 139’x44’x19’ articulated tugboat-barge (ATB) tugboats that Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, Freeland, Wash., have built to push the first ammonia ATB carriers in U.S. waters, the shipbuilding company said in a press release.

    Nichols delivered the Abundance on June 30 to support operations of Tampa Port Services LLC, a subsidiary of The Mosaic Company, the world’s leading marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash. The Abundance will be operated by a subsidiary of Savage Companies, pushing a 508’ x 96’ anhydrous ammonia barge on the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi River. The scheduled startup in summer 2017 will make it the first U.S.-built ammonia ATB unit.

    The tugs are designed by Ocean Tug/Barge Engineering, Milford, Mass., with production engineering by BMT Nigel Gee, of Southampton in the United Kingdom, and engineering support by Nichols Brothers. The vessels are ABS-classed, including Maltese Cross A1-Towing service, AMS/ACCU/UWILD SOLAS compliant and meet the Coast Guard’s subchapter I requirements. They are U.S. flagged and registered to meet all rules and regulations for unrestricted ocean pushing and towing services.

    The twin-screw tugs utilize Rolls Royce propellers in Rolls Royce high efficiency nozzles, and are equipped with Rolls Royce Promas FMP flap rudders. The power comes from a pair of EMD 16- 710T13 engines running 4,000 hp at 900 rpm, transmitted through two Lufkin RHS 3200 reduction gears.

    Ship’s power is supplied by two Caterpillar C7.1 200 kW Tier 3 generators, plus one Cat C9.3 200 kW Tier 3 generator mounted fire pump and one Cat C7.1 128W Tier 3 emergency generator system.

    The hulls are double-bottomed, and outfitted for long-range ocean pushing/towing, firefighting and general-purpose vessel requirements. The barge connection system is a hydraulic connecting pin system from Articouple.

    The Nichols Brothers’ engineering team put a great deal of effort into the tug’s complex mechanical and electrical systems.

    “New innovative concepts ascended during the design and construction of this ATB, which Nichols will continue to develop and implement into future new build projects,” company officials said in announcing the delivery.

    The Abundance marks a significant milestone in Nichols’ history. At more than 1,400 long tons weight, it is the heaviest and deepest draft vessel the company has launched over its 50-plus years, and required substantial planning and equipment development.

    Nichols launch rig underwent upgrades, including replacement of all hydraulic motors and planetary gears, and was outfitted with a 1,200 hp hydraulic power unit. Center-Lift provided and installed ten buoyancy bags to the vessels hull that provided nearly 200 tons of buoyancy. General Construction Co., Seattle, supplied a 700-ton crane barge to lift the vessel and guide to deeper water. The vessel was moored in Holmes Harbor of Freeland, Washington before being towed to Nichols Brothers’ Langley facility for final outfitting, dock and sea trials.

    After its June 30 delivery the Abundance went to Portland, Ore., where it was mated to its barge for unit sea trials. Nichols Brothers has begun construction on the second ATB tug, scheduled for delivery in spring 2018.



    GULF ISLAND Shipyards is a full service shipyard that specializes in the new construction, repairs, modifications and conversions. GULF ISLAND Shipyards specializes in building a wide range of vessels: platform supply vessels, offshore construction vessels, offshore and inshore barges, towboats, tugs, casinos, passenger vessels, fishing vessels, and specialty vessels since 1965. Over the years the shipbuilding company has designed, manufactured and launched a large variety of vessels and barges up to 500 feet in length.




2017 July 26

18:06 Norwegian Maritime Authority laid down amendments to the Regulations on environmental safety1 and the Regulations on port State control2
17:36 Simon Stevin arrives in Norway to load 32,000 tonnes of rock for the Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm
17:06 Campbell Shipping appoints ISS for global husbandry representation services contract
16:53 NCSP wins anti-monopoly case in court
16:47 Hampton RoadsTransit сhristens BMT-designed ferry
16:29 SPb Governor and representatives of Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg visit Turku
16:00 Port of Antwerp supports pilot project for secure, efficient release of containers
15:34 Okskaya Shipyard launches multi-purpose diving catamaran of Project SDS18, Igor Ilyin (photo)
15:02 ABS classes U.S.-built Liquefied Gas Barge
14:47 PETRONAS and partners will not proceed with Pacific NorthWest LNG project
14:22 Dr Wolfgang Hönemann represents Rotterdam port in North Rhine Westphalia
13:55 PETRONAS delivers first LNG cargo to Thailand
13:32 European Commission publishes Mobility Package for Transport
13:02 Georgia Ports Authority of USA ordered more STS cranes from Konecranes
12:53 Ukraine to close Ilyichevsk Ship Repair Plant and Museum of Ukrainian Navy
12:30 Samskip makes major Norwegian acquisition with Nor Lines takeover
12:01 Cnsortium of Bolloré Transport & Logistics, CMA CGM and CHEC sign the concession agreement for the Containers Terminal of the new Port of Kribi (Cameroon)
11:59 OCIMF and ReCAAP step up counterpiracy cooperation
11:51 Maersk Line launches Remote Container Management for customers
11:20 Wärtsilä scrubber systems to clean the exhaust from two new Japanese bulk carriers
10:40 Indicative bunker prices go up at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
10:03 Brent Crude futures price up 0.72% to $50.56, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.94% to $48.34
09:37 Baltic Dry Index up to 980 points
09:18 Rosmorport appoints Yegor Shelukhin as Deputy Director for Security of Arkhangelsk Branch (photo)

2017 July 25

18:00 Krasnoye Sormovo delivers two chemical tankers of Project RST27 to shipping company Volgotrans (photo)
17:05 Western Marine delivers 176 TEU inland container vessel to Invicta Limited
16:33 Cruise ship Pacific Princess made her inaugural call to Passenger Port of Saint Petersburg
16:05 Wagenborg to repair Oostersluisbrug Groningen
15:44 Kaliningrad seaport boundaries changed
15:39 W&T Offshore contracts the Enterprise Offshore 264 jackup rig to drill the ST 224 gas condensate prospect
15:16 COSCO (Guangdong) Shipyard announces delivery of vessel
15:12 Ferryboat Petersburg returns to Ust-Luga – Baltijsk line (photo)
14:48 Commercial Sea Port of Taganrog invested RUB 114.9 mln in port infrastructure development in HI’17
14:27 380-tonne cargo unit handled by Multipurpose Terminal YUG-2 at the port of Ust-Luga (photo)
14:00 AquaStroy to invest RUB 493 mln in construction of yacht port Aquamarine in Vladivostok
13:59 VOS Start W2W vessel departs Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf
13:33 Vostochny Port completed modernization of its water treatment facilities (photo)
12:58 Lotus Shipyard to launch cruise ship of Project PV300VD in April 2018 (photo)
12:05 Hyundai Merchant Marine increases Asia-US West Coast volume by 77% YoY, ranks 4th in market share in June 2017
11:46 LNG developer NextDecade finalizes business combination with Harmony
11:30 DP World establishes new logistics arm in Australia
11:04 Almost 1 000 MLC-inspections carried out in Norway in 2016
10:57 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:42 MES establishes after-sales service company for container handling cranes in Malaysia
10:19 Coal exports via Rosterminalugol terminal hit 13 mln t milestone this year
10:04 DP World reports 10.7% gross volume growth in second quarter of 2017
09:54 Brent Crude futures price up 0.49% to $48.84, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.54% to $46.59
09:36 Port of Gdansk announces record high transshipment results
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is flat at 977 points

2017 July 24

18:27 ABP South Wales celebrates 30 year partnership with WNO
18:02 Marine Recruiting Agency starts cooperation with Saint-Petersburg Employment Centre
17:38 Freeport of Riga Authority announces winners of Innovation Competition for students “The Port for the City”
17:16 Nakilat concludes half year 2017 with net profit of QR 409 million
17:09 MOL Group Ship Management Company acquires latest international certification for Environment and Energy Management Systems
16:50 CMA CGM announces GRR - From Red Sea ports to West Africa
16:35 CMA CGM announces new FAK Rates - From Asia to North Europe
16:11 Maersk Line and JF Hillebrand partner for sustainable growth by signing the Carbon Pact
15:48 CMAL held a keel-laying ceremony for new Kerrera ferry
15:24 88-tonne fuel tank delivered for Scotland’s first LNG ferry
14:57 IMO Council is meeting for its 118th session