September 2012

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Instead of holding up, towboat was moving ahead before collision, NTSB says

A collision between an empty oil tanker and a barge at a Texas channel intersection happened because the towing vessel moved too close to the ship after a passing agreement, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said.

ATB damaged in grounding on surprise shoal at Michigan breakwater

ATB damaged in grounding on surprise shoal at Michigan breakwater

Undetected shoaling led to the grounding and flooding of an articulated tug barge in Lake Michigan, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to the tug’s engine room and tail shaft.

On British Columbia’s rivers, tug captains learn to read tides and currents

On British Columbia’s rivers, tug captains learn to read tides and currents

Tugs have been towing aggregate-laden barges out of British Columbia’s Pitt River and on down the Fraser River since the days of wooden scows and steam-powered tugs.

Rotating winch proves it can keep escort tugs more stable

Rotating winch proves it can keep escort tugs more stable

The Auto Position Escort Winch (APEW) system, pioneered by JonRie InterTech, represents emergent technology that allows escort tugs to assist with utmost maneuverability, increased safety and better reaction time for a pilot or ship operator to act in the event of a steering or propulsion failure.

First-ever lightering support vessels prove to be nimble

First-ever lightering support vessels prove to be nimble

In mid May, Capt. E.J. “Junior” Breaux was at the controls of AET Excellence, the second in a four-boat series of purpose-built lightering support vessels (LSVs) constructed at Leevac Shipyards in Jennings, La., for AET Offshore Services of Galveston, Texas.

Shipyard blames valve failure for sinking dry dock, capsizing tugboat that was inside

Shipyard blames valve failure for sinking dry dock, capsizing tugboat that was inside

A tugboat capsized inside a Seattle dry dock after the dock partially sank due to a faulty check valve.

NTSB: Towboat pilot in barge crash failed to adjust for rainy weather

World’s most famous crane? Shuttle move shines spotlight on Weeks

World’s most famous crane? Shuttle move shines spotlight on Weeks

With a late afternoon storm threatening, the space shuttle Enterprise made its final atmospheric flight in the form of a crane lift from the deck of a Weeks Marine barge onto the flight deck of the retired aircraft carrier USS Intrepid.

Fire destroys Alaska cruise boat at Seattle service dock; crew flees

A cruise boat was destroyed by fire while on a maintenance visit at a Seattle dock.

Ferry crew rescues 3 after lift boat keels over in New York Harbor

Ferry crew rescues 3 after lift boat keels over in New York Harbor

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating why a lift boat carrying a crane truck rolled onto its side as it was preparing to leave Liberty Island in New York Harbor.

Crewmember hurt, hull breached when OSV runs up on jetty while en route to anchorage

Crewmember hurt, hull breached when OSV runs up on jetty while en route to anchorage

An offshore supply vessel ran aground on a Galveston, Texas, jetty while heading for a nighttime anchorage, injuring one crewman and leaving a six-foot tear in the hull, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.

Alaska ferry hits seafood pier while trying to dock in swift current

Alaska ferry hits seafood pier while trying to dock in swift current

An Alaska state ferry went off course and crashed into a fish-processing dock while attempting to maneuver into its regular berth.

Towing vessel ‘bridging’ examinations, which were voluntary, shift to involuntary phase

The nation’s Towing Vessel Bridging Program has passed a turning point this summer.

Washington ferries reduce crewing on some boats, may cut engineers

U.S. Army veteran takes office as new superintendent at Kings Point

U.S. Army veteran takes office as new superintendent at Kings Point

In a break with the tradition of having someone with a maritime background at the helm, a retired Army officer has been named superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Foss’s second hybrid tugboat employs new, more-powerful lithium polymer batteries

Foss’s second hybrid tugboat employs new, more-powerful lithium polymer batteries

Foss Maritime Co. took advantage of advances in battery technology when it built its second hybrid tug, Campbell Foss.

Hybrid vessels lead the way, but U.S. tax incentives are needed

In 2009, even before the general public had a chance to ride the vessel, I was lucky enough to take a trip on the first hybrid ferry in U.S. history — Hornblower Hybrid.

New international safety standards for lifeboat hooks coming in 2013

New international safety standards for lifeboat hooks coming in 2013

Impending mandatory changes in lifeboat hook designs promise to address recurring accidents that have resulted in injuries and deaths.

Seafarer study examines health care complaints, medical needs

Reliable data on health care for the 1.2 million seafarers worldwide is hard to come by, so that’s why a provider of international maritime medical management services is teaming up with Yale University to study injuries and illnesses of crewmembers on board bluewater vessels.