September 2011

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Mission centers provide a place in port for mariners to phone home and unwind

Wayward tug runs into bulk carrier at Columbia River anchorage

A tugboat smashed into an anchored freighter in the Columbia River, damaging the ship's hull.

Mississippi River tow strikes bridges at Vicksburg; barges break loose

Sixteen barges broke loose after a tow struck a railroad bridge at Vicksburg, Miss., while the Mississippi River's water level was high.

Barge loaded with heating oil damaged in East River grounding

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating how a tugboat and oil barge ended up aground in Hell Gate on the East River in New York.

Barge sinks in Ohio River after cable parts following pushboat's collision with a pier

Four barges broke away from a pushboat and one eventually sank in the Ohio River west of Pittsburgh after a cable snapped in unusually high water.

Ohio River bridge closed after being hit by pushboat and tow during rush hour

A barge being pushed downstream by a towboat struck a highway bridge over the Ohio River, causing seven barges to break free and forcing officials to close the bridge during rush hour.

While docking, containership loses control, clips crane and knocks it off its track

A Horizon Lines containership went out of control and struck a shore-side crane while docking at a terminal near Houston.

Second cruise ship in 5 months experiences generator fire, blackout off coast of Mexico

For the second time in just five months, a cruise ship loaded with passengers has experienced a blackout off the coast of Mexico.

Watch-standers ensure smooth sailing at tight Port Everglades

Florida's Port Everglades resembles an airport, right down to a control tower overlooking the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIW) running between the port and a narrow barrier island that is the John U. Lloyd Beach State Park.

Three from menhaden boat killed in collision with containership

Three fishermen were killed when a commercial pogy boat collided with a cargo ship in Mississippi Sound.

Canadian ferry needs dry-dock repairs after grounding, hitting dock

A New Brunswick ferry was heavily damaged when it lost propulsion control, ran aground and struck its wharf.

Military Sealift Command to try contract crews on JHSVs

The U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command is launching a pilot program to determine whether civilian contract mariners or civil service mariners are a better crewing fit for a new high-speed ship currently being developed.

Floods, budget woes cloud outlook for Mississippi River channel depth

Record flooding of the Mississippi River created a problem with shoaling as millions of tons of silt and debris were carried down to the mouth of the river.

Trucking firm hires Foss to transport wind turbines on ocean barges

Last year Anderson Trucking Service (ATS), a St. Cloud, Minn.-based company that specializes in transporting heavy haul and unusual cargo, had to get 40 massive wind generators from Washington state to California as quickly as possible.

Wireless e-mail improving quality of life for mariners

For mariners at sea, boosting morale can be as simple as getting a message from home.

Arctic update: Maritime 'gold rush' heats up in the northern passages

An old shipmate of mine is on a passenger ship plying the waters off of Northern Canada this summer, another colleague from Seattle is master on a survey boat in the Chukchi Sea, and a steward I know is working on an oilrig right now in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

EPIRBs with GPS can result in quicker response times and more lives saved

The U.S. Coast Guard is encouraging the use of GPS-enhanced emergency position indicting radio beacon (EPIRB) units.

Seamen's Church marks the expansion of its N.J. mariner center

Argo Merchant grounding off Nantucket produced lessons in tracking oil spills

In December 1976, Capt. Georgios Papadopoulos commanded Argo Merchant on a venture beginning at Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela.

Ship full of logs has steering casualty, slams into Columbia River dock

A log carrier lost steering and crashed into a loading dock, forcing closure of the Columbia River due to a large amount of wreckage in the water.