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LNG receives ringing endorsement from ferry operators

LNG receives ringing endorsement from ferry operators

The two biggest ferry operators in North America are poised to embrace liquefied natural gas (LNG) as an alternative to marine diesel to fuel their fleets.

Texas company designs ATB that can deliver LNG directly to vessels

Texas company designs ATB that can deliver LNG directly to vessels

Waller Marine of Houston has developed a new concept for an articulated tug barge (ATB) that will bring LNG into smaller ports where there is no LNG infrastructure.

Mariners help with recovery from Hurricane Sandy’s devastation

Mariners help with recovery from Hurricane Sandy’s devastation

Hurricane Sandy, the killer Northeast superstorm, caused more damage to the region’s maritime industry than any disaster in memory

Pollution responders cleanse beached tanker

Pollution responders cleanse beached tanker

Study: Piracy triggering mental-health ailments among mariners

Seafarers who have been attacked by pirates suffer stress and trauma that may require professional treatment, according to the results of a three-year medical study.

Coast Guard ponders next steps needed before launch of tug inspection program

The U.S. Coast Guard is nearing a decision on whether the much-anticipated towing vessel inspection regulations need an additional round of public debate or whether a final rule can be proclaimed.

Circa 1950 railcar tugboat isn’t too old for modern-day towing training

Circa 1950 railcar tugboat isn’t too old for modern-day towing training

For more than half a century, the historic tugboat Cornell moved railcar floats, assisted cargo ships, opened ice-choked channels and starred in movies.

Wiggins Tug & Barge: A niche on the Oregon coast

Wiggins Tug & Barge: A niche on the Oregon coast

“Big boats have big problems; small boats have small problems.”

Coos Bay Bar: Currents, ‘tule fog’ pose challenges for Oregon coast’s seasoned pilots

Coos Bay Bar: Currents, ‘tule fog’ pose challenges for Oregon coast’s seasoned pilots

The Coos Bay Bar, one of several port entrances on the Oregon coast, has a well-justified reputation for being unfriendly to shipping.

Aboard ASD tug William S, Bisso crew are feeling pretty cool

Aboard ASD tug William S, Bisso crew are feeling pretty cool

Tall ship Bounty loses generators, sinks in fatal hurricane accident

Tall ship Bounty loses generators, sinks in fatal hurricane accident

The captain of a tall ship was lost and presumed drowned and a crewmember died when the vessel foundered after losing power during Hurricane Sandy.

Tall-ship captains appalled at Bounty captain’s decision not to seek shelter

Tall-ship captains appalled at Bounty captain’s decision not to seek shelter

The sinking of HMS Bounty has intensified a long-running debate in the tall-ship community: Do you head offshore for sea room when a major storm is coming or batten down in port and send the crew ashore.

Grand jury indicts boat captain in Virgin Islands parasailing death

The captain of a parasailing excursion boat faces a criminal charge after a fatal 2011 accident involving a parted towline in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Captain suffers heart attack after vehicle rolls off his ferry into river

Captain suffers heart attack after vehicle rolls off his ferry into river

A minivan aboard a St. Lawrence River car ferry rolled out of position, broke through a ramp and plunged into the water. The incident caused the boat’s captain to suffer a heart attack.

Probe: Pilot in Detroit River grounding lacked credential for the locale

The pilot of a cruise ship that ran aground in August 2012 near Detroit lacked a valid endorsement for those waters, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, which suspended the mariner’s license for six months.

Alaska tour boat runs aground while trying to get closer to bears

Alaska tour boat runs aground while trying to get closer to bears

An Alaska tour catamaran ran aground on a rock in Glacier Bay as its pilot was maneuvering to give passengers a closer look at brown bears on shore.

TSB: Poor pilot exchange, bank suction may have led to St. Lawrence Seaway grounding

Failure to inform a pilot that the steering stand was offset from the centerline and insufficient channel lighting were among the risk factors when a cargo ship ran aground in Montreal in 2011, Canadian investigators said.

Containership crewman suffers third-degree burns battling engine room fire near Calif.

Containership crewman suffers third-degree burns battling engine room fire near Calif.

A crewmember was seriously burned while fighting an engine room fire on a containership near California.

Lake Erie ferry runs aground on sandbar in channel near landing

Passengers spent an unplanned night aboard a Canadian ferry in Lake Erie after it ran aground on its regular run from Pelee Island to the Ontario mainland.

San Francisco tour boat gashed while sailing too close to island

A party boat struck a shoal near Alcatraz Island during a flood tide in San Francisco Bay, interrupting a beer-tasting cruise.

Salvage team overcomes challenges to remove Puerto Rico mystery ship

Salvage team overcomes challenges to remove Puerto Rico mystery ship

It was the recipe for a salvage nightmare: a grounded freighter with a compromised hull, thousands of gallons of fuel, tons of oil-soaked cargo, a pair of tropical storms, and endangered coral and sea turtles — all on an uninhabited Caribbean island more than 40 miles from the nearest port.

Scientists, salvors cooperate to protect coral

Scientists, salvors cooperate to protect coral

Vessel groundings are tough enough on coral. But in many cases salvage operations just make things worse, with dragging anchors and cables inflicting more damage than the initial impact of a hull.

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