April 2012

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Two former Hawaii Superferry catamarans added to Navy fleet

Two former Hawaii Superferry catamarans added to Navy fleet

The U.S. Navy has added two ferries from the defunct Hawaii inter-island service to its heavy sealift fleet.

The hard but rewarding life of a Maine Maritime MUG

The hard but rewarding life of a Maine Maritime MUG

My introduction to college life was far from what you could call typical.

Vintage tug finds lots to do in New York’s nooks and crannies

Vintage tug finds lots to do in New York’s nooks and crannies

With fresh paint and new engines, tug begins long tow to Uruguay

With fresh paint and new engines, tug begins long tow to Uruguay

The 115-foot tug Ocean Tower was recently in New Orleans with a sparkling new paint job and a new power train.

Barge maker fined for closed-space blast that killed worker, seriously injured another

Crew and passengers rescued from lifeboats after fleeing sinking OSV

Following spate of casualties, Coast Guard deplores ship's 'unacceptable' condition

Barge runs aground after towline snaps

One of the largest deck barges operating on the Great Lakes ran aground after a towline parted in strong winds in Lake Michigan.

Weekend warriors and fog keep Block Island ferry crews on their toes

Knockdown of Nova Scotian sailing vessel triggers call for mandatory stability training

U.S. laker fleet experiences second fatal conveyor accident in a year

BC Ferries says electronics glitch likely caused hard landing at dock

A British Columbia ferry terminal was knocked out of service for months after a BC Ferries boat slammed into the berth, injuring three people.

Free safety video advises mariners on avoiding undersea pipelines

Hybrid ferry enters service but awaits approval for hydrogen fuel cell

An innovative ferry that uses a combination of power sources in order to be more efficient and reduce emissions is now in service.

STCW amendments to force 'big shift' in ECDIS training

Though mariners face new certification requirements for Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) this year, the maritime industry may not be ready to provide the training to meet them.

Following sinkings, industry urged to address dangers of liquefaction

When the 31,247-gross-ton bulk carrier Vinalines Queen sank on Christmas Day of 2011 in winds over 35 knots, 22 members of its crew died.

Driving under the influence could impair your maritime career

John, a third engineer I know, was recently hired to deliver a tug from Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, to Corpus Christi, Texas, but never made the trip.

Makers of fuel additives strive to demonstrate their benefits

Quest for memorable vistas for passengers can lead to sights that no one wants to see