Towboat Fire on Lower Mississippi Forces Crew to Abandon Ship

The crew of a towboat was forced to abandon ship after their vessel caught on fire while pushing barges on the lower Mississippi River near Greenville, Mississippi on Wednesday. Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River watchstanders received a report at 7:20 a.m. of the towboat Leland Speaks adrift and on fire on the lower Mississippi River. Other towboats reportedly … [Read more...]

LNG Powered Towboat Design Receives Approval in Principle

The push for liquified natural gas as a marine fuel across a multitude of vessel types continues with the "Approval in Principle" of an LNG-powered inland towboat for the domestic U.S. market. The design for the 4,200 horsepower LNG towboat was developed by Louisiana-based Conrad Shipyard and the naval architecture firm The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI), with the “Approval in … [Read more...]

Towboat Sinks in Upper Mississippi River

The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to the reported sinking of a towing vessel early Thursday morning in the upper Mississippi River near Chester, Illinois, southeast of St. Louis. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley received the initial report of the Maverick sinking at mile marker 105 at approximately 12:30 a.m.. Both of the two crewmembers were able to escape … [Read more...]