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BEATING THE PIRATES
What's the best way for a shipowner to avoid having a ship hijacked by pirates?

Reroute the ship even if it means a huge diversion
Stay within recommended safe limits and patrolled areas
Hire an on-board security team
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MICHAEL S LAUNCH

November 5, 2008

Busy week for Bisso Towboat

This has been a milestone week for Bisso Towboat Co., Inc., New Orleans.

Yesterday, Bisso Towboat received ISM certification by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) of its Safety Management System pertaining to the operations of its office and tugs.

Bisso Towboat says that ISM Certification, which goes above and beyond the requirements of U.S. domestic regulations, is evidence of its systematic approach to safety and pollution prevention. It says it is the only Mississippi River based ship-assist company to achieve this certification.

Today, the hull of the Michael S. was launched for Bisso at Main Iron Works in Houma, La.

Michael S. is a 4.000 hp reverse Z-drive tractor tug that will be powered by two Caterpillar 3516B main engines driving two Ulstein Aquamaster US 205 MK2 Azimuthing Z-drives. T

Michael S. is slated for delivery in April 2009 and will be the third Z-drive tug constructed by Main Iron Works for Bisso in the past ten years.

Bisso has reached an agreement with Main Iron Works to begin construction of another 4,000 HP reverse Z-drive tractor tug, construction of which is set to begin in the summer of 2009.

Founded in 1890, Bisso Towboat Co., Inc. is the oldest continuously operating tugboat company on the Mississippi River and operates the most modem and powerful fleet of ship-assist tugs on the river, featuring three reverse Z-drive tractor tugs, two triple-screw tugs and seven twin-screw tugs.


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