Author: Dom Yanchunas

Plimsolls awarded to pilot, tug company, air-lubrication developer

The editors of Professional Mariner have presented the 2016 Samuel Plimsoll Awards for Outstanding Service to a Columbia River bar pilot who pioneered vessel transfer safety improvements and breakthroughs in mariner fatigue management, and to a tug and barge company that established an incentive system for better safety habits.

Spirit of the Sound

On a July afternoon, Capt. Paul Lepanto piloted the nation’s first hybrid research vessel as it departed its pier at the Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk for a two-hour public education cruise.

Plimsolls awarded to legislative staffer, towing firm, immersion suit

The editors of Professional Mariner have presented the 2015 Plimsoll Awards for Outstanding Service to a former congressional staff member specializing in maritime affairs, to a towing operator that donated a simulator to an academy, and to a company that developed a more effective immersion suit.

NTSB: Fatal blast was result of towboat’s poor voyage planning

A towboat struck an underwater pipeline off Louisiana in 2013 because a relief captain, who died as a result of the explosion, hadn’t been given enough information about navigation hazards in the area, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined.

Liberty Bay

Aboard SeaRiver Maritime’s newest U.S.-flag crude carrier, crew morale was sky high. The 823-foot Liberty Bay had just been officially delivered from Aker Philadelphia Shipyard in June 2014, and the SeaRiver crew was outfitting the tanker in preparation to depart the Delaware River for the ship’s introduction to its West Coast trade route.