Author: John Snyder

Liftboat sinks after crew of six is evacuated

The liftboat Juan sank on Dec. 30, following difficulties experienced during jack-up operations 70 miles south of Gibson, La. Juan, owned and operated by Montco Offshore, Golden Meadow, La., was operating in the Gulf of Mexico's outer continental shelf in…

Offshore LNG terminals approved by Massachusetts

The state of Massachusetts has approved construction of two offshore liquefied natural gas terminals.  The facilities for unloading gas from LNG tankers are to be located at points seven and 13 miles off Gloucester, Mass. The projects were approved by…

Heavy-lift ship sinks off Angola after unloading drilling rig

The semi-submersible heavy transport vessel Mighty Servant 3 developed a list and sank off the coast of Angola on Dec. 6, following the unloading of its cargo, the semi-submersible drilling platform Aleutian Key. The crew was rescued before the ship…

Pilot Boats

Repeat orders by Delaware, Boston and Charleston pilots are testimony to Ray Hunt's proven designs and Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding's quality workmanship. The Somerset, Mass., yard has delivered vessels recently to all three groups.   The Charleston Branch Pilots' Association took delivery…

Crew escapes unhurt from sinking ship in free-fall lifeboat

Fourteen crewmembers of the heavy-lift cargo carrier Sjard escaped in the ship's free-fall lifeboat after the 353-foot vessel began taking on water, approximately 350 miles east of St. John's, Newfoundland. The crew of Sjard escaped in a free-fall lifeboat. This…

NTSB recommends adding reserve buoyancy to amphibious craft

The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that operators of amphibious passenger vehicles provide their craft with enough reserve buoyancy — from watertight spaces or built-in floatation — so that they remain afloat when flooded. The NTSB report came in…

NOAA installing sensors on bridges to measure air gap

The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration has installed sensors to measure clearances under two bridges spanning the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. A ship passes under the bridge over the C&D Canal at Chesapeake City, Md.    Image Credit: Courtesy National…

Eight crew killed by steam-boiler explosion aboard Norway

A steam-boiler explosion aboard the 1,035-foot SS Norway claimed eight lives and injured 19 on May 25. The incident occurred while the ship was docked in the Port of Miami after having just completed a weeklong Caribbean cruise. There were…

Barge Spills fuel oil on approach to Cape Cod Canal

A barge being towed by a tug spilled an estimated 928 barrels of No. 6 fuel oil in Massachusetts' Buzzards Bay on April 27. The tug Evening Tide was headed north with the 376-foot barge Bouchard-120 on a 1,000-foot towline…

Fisherman dies after being struck by tug and barges

A tug pushing three asphalt barges struck and killed a 73-year-old fisherman in a 14-foot outboard motorboat on the Tennessee River near Mile 102. The accident occurred at 0930 on June 5 as Wayne Day and a companion, Jimmy Bratcher,…

Shifting cargo kills crewman during unloading operation.

The boatswain of a Ukrainian bulk carrier was killed when the cargo of gypsum rock shifted in the ship's hold, burying him alive. MV Pioneer was unloading at the Sprague Energy Terminal in Newington, N.H., on Aug. 30, when the…

Runaway dry dock narrowly misses NOAA research vessel

A dry dock berthed at the Signal International Pascagoula River repair yard in Mississippi broke loose in a windstorm on June 2 and hit a nearby wharf in the Port of Pascagoula, nearly colliding with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric…

Tug sinks, spills fuel near preserve for whooping cranes

A tug pushing a barge filled with cyclohexane, a highly flammable petroleum product, sank after taking on water in San Antonio Bay, south of Seadrift, Texas, on May 27 at about 2200. Five hundred to 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel…

Alaska tour boat evacuated after holing hull on a rock

The tour boat Star of the Northwest struck a submerged object and began taking on water in Resurrection Bay, Alaska, on July 25, 2004, forcing the evacuation of the 161 people aboard. Passengers wearing life vests line the rails of…