The articulated tug barge, which will have 55,000-barrel-capacity, will be built at the Gunderson Marine facility along the Willamette River in Portland Image: Crowley has signed construction contracts to build a 55,000-barrel, articulated tug-barge (ATB). Photo: courtesy of Crowley Maritime Corporation. Gunderson Marine, a subsidiary of Greenbrier Companies, has secured an order for the construction of a 55,000-barrel-capacity articulated tug barge (ATB) from US-based marine solutions company Crowley Maritime.The contract was given by Crowley Fuels (Crowley), a business unit of Crowley Maritime based in Alaska. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed by the parties.Construction on the barge will commence in the first quarter of next year, while the delivery is expected by early 2021. The new vessel will be primarily operating in Western Alaska.The Gunderson Marine facility along the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon will be used for the construction of the articulated tug barge.The new articulated tug barge will be the 10th barge built for Crowley MaritimeThe new vessel marks the 10th barge that Gunderson Marine will be constructing for Crowley Maritime ever since its acquisition by Greenbrier in 1985.Greenbrier chairman and CEO William Furman said: “Gunderson Marine has a deep-rooted history serving Crowley. We’re pleased to continue this legacy with one of the world’s premier marine solutions companies, and one of our largest and most prominent customers.“This is an exciting opportunity, and we look forward to collaborating during the construction of this vessel.”The dual-certified articulated tug barge will be built in such a way that it will comply with both the US EPA Tier III and IMO Tier III air-quality emission standards.Crowley Fuels Alaska vice president and general manager Rick Meidel said: “Our new ATB will continue Crowley Fuels’ long-standing commitment to provide Alaska with safe and dependable marine transportation to serve the energy needs of the state.“We look forward to working with Gunderson to build a both high-performing and efficient vessel, to serve the state and enhance our overall operations. The vessel’s capabilities will meet the particular needs of Western Alaska, which depends on maneuverable and functional vessels for reliable supply of its communities’ fuel needs.”
Shown in 2020 with City Clerk Melissa Rasner, Councilman Tom Rotondi holds a Zoom meeting for his Second Ward constituents. By MADDY VITALEOcean City voters will have an election like no other.And like the other stay-at-home orders for safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no going to the polls.Instead, residents will be able to fill out mail-in ballots from home.The Cape May County Clerk’s Office is mailing all registered voters the forms by the end of April for the May 12 municipal election.“Every Ocean City voter will get a mail-in ballot with the address on file,” Cape May County Clerk Rita Marie Fulginiti said Wednesday. “Every voter was notified by the Ocean City clerk (Melissa Rasner) that the election would be by mail-in ballots.”With an unprecedented pandemic and an executive order by Gov. Phil Murphy with closures and restrictions in place for everyone’s safety, it is just something that is the “new normal,” Fulginiti said.But she emphasized that like people who normally vote by mail in other elections, this is similar and every vote counts.While there are three uncontested races in Ocean City’s four wards, there is a contested race for the Third Ward seat. Incumbent Third Ward Councilman Tony Wilson is running against Boardwalk businessman Jody Levchuk.Running unopposed are incumbents First Ward Councilman Michael DeVlieger and Fourth Ward Councilman Bob Barr and newcomer Tom Rotondi, who is running for the Second Ward seat vacated in January by Councilman Antwan McClellan, who was elected to the state Assembly.Cape May County Clerk Rita Marie Fulginiti says mail-in ballots will be sent out to registered Ocean City voters by the end of April. (Photo courtesy Rita Marie Fulginiti’s Facebook page)This is certainly not the first election where mail-in ballots were utilized in recent years.When Hurricane Sandy hit the coast in October of 2012, Fulginiti said it impacted how voting was done for the General Election.“There were executive orders in place then, for certain requirements,” she said. “But nothing like this.”Fulginiti explained how the mail-in process works.“When a voter gets a mail-in ballot, they should vote and put it in the mail. That is the method for returning the ballot,” she noted. “They need to be mailed and postmarked May 12 or before. I encourage people to do it sooner than that.”She said registered voters will receive a second card in the mail stating that the mail-in ballots were mailed and are on the way to their homes.“All of the materials have been printed and now they are being delivered to the mail house,” Fulginiti added. “They are not going out yet. It may be by next week, but we have until April 24 to mail them.”When the voting closes at 8 p.m. on May 12, the votes will be counted and unofficial totals will be available, Fulginiti said.The official vote totals will be announced on or around May 14. The law allows for an additional two days from the election day to receive the mail-in ballots.“When everything is in, counted and audited then the totals will be official,” Fulginiti said.Here is a link to the mail in ballots: https://www.capemaycountyvotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/20-OceanCity-All-Wards.pdfVoters who do not get a mail-in ballot in the mail by the end of April are asked to call the Cape May County Clerk’s Office at 609-465-1013.Ocean City Municipal Election: May 12 To cast your ballot: Look for the official ballot in your regular mail (this will NOT be a sample ballot). Complete the ballot and return (postage is pre-paid). Ballots must be postmarked by May 12.To register to vote or update your mailing address: Visit capemaycountyvotes.com to print forms that must be returned (postage pre-paid) by April 21.To request a vote by mail ballot: If you are living away from your permanent address, you can have a ballot mailed to your temporary address. Visit capemaycountyvotes.com to print forms that can be returned up to seven days prior to the election.