Author: Richard O. Aichele

Biotechnology provides solutions to
a wide range of marine pollutants

The ferry Peter Wessel, which operates between Norway and Denmark, uses a PetroLiminator 630M treatment system. (Photos courtesy EnSolve Biosystems Inc.) Protecting the marine environment from oil spills, discharges of oily bilge water and contamination by nonnative organisms carried in…

Ferries: Ferry business still running at reduced speed

The Steamship Authority's new 1,200-passenger Island Home ghosts across Vineyard Sound on a chilly spring morning. (Brian Gauvin) Instead of placing new orders, U.S. and Canadian ferry operators have been focusing on making the most of new deliveries, planning for…

Diesel-electric propulsion pushes ahead

First and Ten is one of 10 190-foot platform support vessels designed by Guido Perla & Associates and built by Bollinger for Rigdon Marine. (Courtesy Bollinger Shipyards Inc.) The evolution of ship propulsion has brought greater use of diesel-electric technology…

Neah Bay rescue tug service to continue

The state of Washington has renewed its contract with Crowley Maritime Corp. to station a rescue tug at the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca during the winter of 2007-2008.   The rescue tug program, which began in…

Vessel designs, better agents aid firefighting

A depiction of one of the 140-foot fireboats Robert Allan Ltd. is designing for New York with a pumping capacity of 50,000 gpm. (Courtesy Robert Allan Ltd.)   When a ship fire breaks out and seconds count, the latest vessel…

Industry searching for better ways to reduce ballast tank corrosion

Improving the protection of ballast tanks from corrosion is an issue of increasing importance to regulators, shipyards and ship owners.In January 2006, Intertanko and the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) announced new revisions would be made to the IACS…

Crowley rescue tug aids disabled ship

A rescue tug stationed at Neah Bay on the Strait of Juan de Fuca proved its worth in March by towing a disabled ship to Port Angeles, Wash.On March 2 the Crowley tug Gladiator came to the aid of the…

No-smoking regs proposed for U.K. waters

Britain is formulating no-smoking regulations designed to eliminate second-hand smoke aboard almost all commercial vessels operating in U.K. waters. After the final consultation period seeking public and industry comments ends on May 11, the final regulations are expected to come…

Warbaby Fox

The government of Bermuda took delivery in August of a 350-passenger catamaran ferry Warbaby Fox built by Derecktor Shipyards LLC in Bridgeport, Conn. This is the fifth high-speed vessel acquired by Bermuda since its ferry system was created in 1999. "Our main…

The State of Shipbuilding

From larger to smaller shipyards, the outlook for newbuild work appears to be bright for the next several years.   "We're optimistic and hope it's the beginning of a good period for new-construction yards," said Allen Walker, president of the…

Ferries

Ferry orders have slowed at shipyards as operators adapt to tighter budgets and higher fuel costs. The San Francisco Bay Area Water Transit Authority (WTA) awarded a contract in mid-2006 for two ferries that are due for delivery in 2007…

A shining light in our darkest hour

As fire and heavy, black smoke were seen spewing from the 110-floor North Tower skyscraper at the World Trade Center (WTC), without instruction or guidance from authorities, vessels from tugboats to ferries in the harbor area that witnessed the incident…

Graykowski updates progress of MTS initiative

Prior to his resignation as Marad's acting administrator, John E. Graykowski delivered an update on the progress of the initiative that has become widely known as the MTS report. The MTS report, entitled "An Assessment of the United States Marine…

Superconducting motors about to move from the lab to ships

The scientific principle was discovered in 1911: Certain materials, when cooled to their critical cryogenic temperatures, create a path that offers zero to very little resistance to the flow of electricity passing through the materials. Known as superconductivity, this phenomenon…