October/November 2011

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Austal USA: rethinking shipbuilding

Shipbuilding News October 2011

USCG Removes Conditions of Entry for Vessels Arriving from the CongoPosted

Sensitive Security Information in the New CUI World

USCG Moves to Implement Law Exempting Some Mariners from TWIC

CUI Program Update

Casualty consequences... Is justice really blind?

After seven years, Coast Guard releases proposed towing vessel inspection rules

After seven years of discussion, the Coast Guard finally has released its proposed rule that would establish the nation's first mandatory inspections for towing vessels.

Victoria Star: Great scenery and good food on a cruise of the San Juan Islands

Two boaters hurt in collision with water taxi near Fire Island, N.Y.

The U.S. Coast Guard and local police are investigating a collision between a water taxi and motorboat that seriously injured two men in the Great South Bay off New York's Fire Island.

With a surplus of U.S. gas, LNG terminals look to export markets

An anticipated boom in natural gas imports to the United States led to a flurry of new proposals for liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminals, but the recent development of new techniques to extract natural gas from shale formations has turned the natural gas market upside down, with companies now seeking to build terminals to export LNG.

Ready to go, offshore wind sector awaiting government incentives

A regulatory framework is in place. Government agencies have issued permits. One by one, lawsuits have been defeated. Maritime traffic lanes are being identified. Construction contracts are ready to go out.

TWIC: too much time, money for a program of doubtful worth

In response to the 9/11 tragedy, Congress passed the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002.

Little tugs conduct a big environmental cleanup on the Hudson River

In 1609, Henry Hudson explored a river whose water was as pure as the name of its source implies.

NOAA sends survey vessel on mission to improve Arctic charts

In response to the need for better charts of the Arctic Ocean, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has sent the 231-foot research ship Fairweather on a two-month mission to conduct hydrographic surveys in Kotzebue Sound.

Maine passenger schooner runs aground twice within eight weeks

Some progress noted in deterring pirates, but mistreatment of mariners persists

If you go by the numbers, the shipping industry is making headway in the fight against Somali pirates: There have been fewer vessels seized this year compared with 2010, and fewer hostages are being held for ransom.

Smaller tugs give East Coast bunkering company room to maneuver

Over the past eight years, 21 new Vane Brothers tugs have been delivered from Thoma-Sea Boat Builders, of Houma, La., and Chesapeake Shipbuilding, of Salisbury, Md.

Mate piloting tug in collision with duck boat likely to get prison term

The tugboat mate involved in the fatal collision with a duck tour boat in the Delaware River likely will go to prison and surrender his merchant mariner's license.

102 rescued from passenger ferry that ran aground in Virgin Islands

Five passengers were injured when a ferry ran hard aground on the tip of an island in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

SUNY Maritime College picks Navy admiral, pioneer aviator, as its first female president

Wendi Carpenter, a U.S. Navy rear admiral, has been named the first female president of SUNY Maritime College.

High speed, poor supervision likely causes of fatal Coast Guard collision, NTSB concludes

Excessive speed and poor oversight probably caused the fatal crash involving a U.S. Coast Guard boat in San Diego Bay in 2009, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has ruled.

Silting may have played role in Lower Mississippi grounding

A tanker carrying a full load of carbon black ran aground in the Lower Mississippi River after exiting the navigation channel, possibly while trying to avoid silting in the channel.