June/July 2012

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When things get hot, mariners should look out for each other

It was hot, and we were down in those “little latitudes” off the coast of Belize.

Legacy: Crowley’s new ATB demonstrates what the biggest of them all can do

Legacy: Crowley’s new ATB demonstrates what the biggest of them all can do

At 1624 on a breezy day in March, the seagoing tug Legacy, coupled to the tank barge 750-1, cleared the jetties at the mouth of the Mississippi River, made the Southwest Pass Sea Buoy and entered the Gulf of Mexico, bound for Tampa, Fla.

Seattle collection offers one man’s history of marine propulsion

Seattle collection offers one man’s history of marine propulsion

Mike Wollaston can be found every morning with his friend Dan Grinstead engaging in their common interests, drinking coffee out of to-go cups and feeding a little flock of ducks at the Lake Washington Ship Canal in Seattle across from Kvichak Marine.

Canadian log-towing tugs loaded on ship for scrapping in China

Western Canada’s tugboat industry was built on the transport of logs from up-coast logging operations to south coast lumber and paper mills.

Tug built for Alaskan waters gets a warm welcome in New York

Tug built for Alaskan waters gets a warm welcome in New York

A tour of the ports of New York and New Jersey aboard Donjon Marine’s tug, the 81-by-28-foot Meagan Ann, affords a mere glimpse of the company’s numerous and diverse operations in one of the world’s busiest harbors.

Plimsolls awarded to vessel safety advocate, pilots’ group and digital aid to navigation

Plimsolls awarded to vessel safety advocate, pilots’ group and digital aid to navigation

The editors of Professional Mariner have presented Plimsoll Awards for 2012 to the association representing U.S. ship pilots; to the man behind the creation of a new, safer class of lightering support vessel; and to an electronic version of an aid to navigation.

Columbia Coastal revamps mid-Atlantic ‘green’ container service

Columbia Coastal Transport has reconfigured its mid-Atlantic container barge service to the ports of Norfolk, Baltimore and Philadelphia, a move it hopes will attract new customers while reducing the amount of freight that travels over highways.

Oil spill response group expands presence in Gulf following Deepwater Horizon disaster

Oil spill response group expands presence in Gulf following Deepwater Horizon disaster

One of the most vexing problems of the Deepwater Horizon spill of 2010 was that the 5 million barrels of oil were released from an inaccessible location — the bottom of the sea — into the open ocean.

Offshore support vessel runs up on Sabine Jetties in clear weather

Offshore support vessel runs up on Sabine Jetties in clear weather

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating whether the bridge crew was paying attention when their offshore support vessel ran hard aground on top of the Sabine Jetties in clear weather, causing minor injuries and a fuel spill.

Tugboat crashes into boathouse during barge refloating maneuver

Tugboat crashes into boathouse during barge refloating maneuver

The captain of a tugboat that destroyed a boathouse on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Texas was trying to free a grounded gasoline barge when he lost control of the vessel, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Vessel tracking data changing industry’s course

Vessel tracking data changing industry’s course

Though the case has yet to even reach the courtroom, the investigation into the January sinking of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia is already raising eyebrows as everything from the captain’s actions to his morals are debated publicly.

TSA Announces TWIC Extension Option

Oil rig decommissioning regulation fails to produce great surge in marine work

Oil rig decommissioning regulation fails to produce great surge in marine work

A 2010 federal regulation that requires oil and gas companies to plug nearly 3,500 non-producing wells and dismantle about 650 unused production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico has not created the anticipated boom for maritime companies that specialize in this work.

TSB: Cable ferry went adrift after ice caused attachment failure

A buildup of ice that broke mechanical components caused an Ottawa River cable ferry to go adrift, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said.

Oncoming tows collide on Mississippi River, spilling oil from barge

About 6,800 gallons of crude oil spilled into the Lower Mississippi River after two barges collided near Reserve, La.

Reactor vessel rolls off barge just before its delivery to a refinery

A 485-ton stainless steel cylinder on its way to an oil refinery fell off a barge and plunged into Puget Sound while a crew was offloading it.

Bar pilot rescued after falling into sea while trying to transfer from bulk ship to boat

A Columbia River Bar Pilot was treated for hypothermia after falling into the Pacific Ocean during an attempted transfer between an outbound ship and the pilot boat.

Cargo ship runs into docked vessel after pitch controls not in sync

A general cargo ship collided with a moored bulk carrier while docking at a British Columbia berth as a result of a failure to synchronize central control with the starboard bridge wing controls.

Class societies issue guidelines for preventing liquefaction sinkings

In response to bulk carrier sinkings linked to liquefaction of cargoes of nickel ore, the Japanese classification society ClassNK has released new guidelines to measure the structural strength of cargo holds and the stability of new vessels specifically built to carry this ore.