August 2012

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License denials soar as NMC scrutinizes medical evaluations

License denials soar as NMC scrutinizes medical evaluations

The number of mariners who fail their medical evaluations has more than tripled over the past two years as the National Maritime Center (NMC) staffed up its expanded medical division.

Costa Concordia salvage: rotate and refloat ship, then tow it away

Costa Concordia salvage: rotate and refloat ship, then tow it away

In what is being called the largest salvage operation of its kind in history, two salvage companies have been hired to refloat and tow away Costa Concordia, the huge luxury cruise ship that struck a rock and foundered near an Italian island in January.

Captain wins settlement after losing job for reporting safety violations

The message from the federal government is clear: Retaliate against a seaman for reporting a dangerous situation to the U.S. Coast Guard and you can be held accountable.

End of Northeast container feeder service disappoints short-sea shipping advocates

End of Northeast container feeder service disappoints short-sea shipping advocates

A coastal container feeder service linking New England and Nova Scotia ports has been shut down after just nine months.

Coast Guard issues ballast water rules but uncertainties remain

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued new rules for ballast water discharge treatment, but it remains unclear if vessel operators will face conflicting regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency and several U.S. states.

Efforts to keep GMATS continuing ed program alive fall short, MarAd to close school in July

The federal Department of Transportation is moving ahead with its plan to close in July the 17-year-old Global Maritime and Transportation School, the continuing education program at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.

New Gulf Coast marine training center offers comprehensive program

New Gulf Coast marine training center offers comprehensive program

Gulf Coast ports and the inland river system are home to a host of marine operating companies, supporting offshore oil drilling rigs and production platforms, assisting ships from around the world and providing barge transportation and fleeting.

In middle age, the towboat Donna Rushing gets a ‘green’ makeover

In middle age, the towboat Donna Rushing gets a ‘green’ makeover

From outward appearances the towboat Donna Rushing appears no different than it did when delivered 39 years ago as F. P. Thomas to Thomas Marine Co. by Dravo Corp.

The Voyage of the Rose City

The Voyage of the Rose City

Towboat likes tight quarters of the Houston Ship Channel

Towboat likes tight quarters of the Houston Ship Channel

Capt. Ralph Castillo was maneuvering the 70-foot pushboat, San Brooklyn, making his way through the narrow passage tightened with traffic and typical of the City Docks stretch of the Houston Ship Channel in Houston.

Bow of reefer ship tears gaping hole into side of bulk carrier in collision in Caribbean Sea

Bow of reefer ship tears gaping hole into side of bulk carrier in collision in Caribbean Sea

A bulk carrier sustained heavy damage after being T-boned by a reefer ship in the Caribbean Sea about 60 miles north of Haiti.

Chief engineer dies following fire aboard recently refurbished tugboat on Lake Ontario

Chief engineer dies following fire aboard recently refurbished tugboat on Lake Ontario

A tugboat’s chief engineer was killed in a fire on Lake Ontario during the vessel’s first voyage after an ownership change and major refurbishment.

Captain found dead after falling from tugboat off Rhode Island

The U.S. Coast Guard said it will probably never know how the veteran captain of a tugboat fell overboard to his death off Newport, R.I.

Crewman lost at sea after falling off ship while handling ladder

A crewman on a bulk carrier fell overboard in rough seas near the mouth of the Columbia River and was never found.

NTSB recommends propeller alarms after Staten Island Ferry probe

A Staten Island Ferry crash that injured 50 people in 2010 was caused by a solenoid failure that led to a loss of propulsion control in a cycloidal propeller.

Testimony confirms crew was confused about which span to transit

Mariners controlling a cargo ship that destroyed a Kentucky bridge span were confused about whether they were guiding the ship toward the proper span in the moments before the accident.

Car carrier detained after going adrift near Columbia River entrance

Car carrier detained after going adrift near Columbia River entrance

A car carrier went adrift while approaching the Columbia River and was later detained for a week after the U.S. Coast Guard found safety deficiencies.

Coast Guard: Hatch not dogged before tug listed at N.H. bridge

A tugboat repositioning a barge as part of a bridge reconstruction project in Portsmouth, N.H., partially flooded and listed after a hatch was not dogged down securely, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

With improving economy, jobs for mariners are becoming more plentiful

With improving economy, jobs for mariners are becoming more plentiful

Employment prospects for mariners seem to be recovering along with the economy.

Ship battered by Gulf of Alaska storm loses containers overboard

A cargo ship lost 29 containers overboard during hurricane-like conditions in the Gulf of Alaska.

Laser device maker hopes its products will replace flares

Laser device maker hopes its products will replace flares

A traditional pyrotechnic flare and a laser device made by Greatland Laser, which hopes to interest the Navy in its products for use in its lifeboats and rafts.

Life on a dream ship would be safe, comfortable and well paid

Knowing from experience that when life on board is good it makes things on the job go even better, my dream ship would be operated in a way that truly valued the mariners in the crew — ensuring they were well fed and in good health.

Taking the proper steps can prevent injuries aboard ships

When it comes to accidents involving injuries or fatalities during onboard operations, you can almost always boil the root cause down to one of three things