Author: Twain Braden

Cruiseship propeller sinks tug

A harbor tug assisting in docking maneuvers of a cruiseship at the Port of Houston's Barbours Cut Terminal was sunk following a collision with the ship's propeller. The hull of the tug Jupiter was slashed by the prop of the…

Tanker plows into Savannah LNG terminal

A chemical tanker departing the port of Savannah on a clear night in September, 2000 suddenly veered from the channel and plowed into a LNG terminal, destroying a large section of pier and damaging shoreside machinery. The chemical tanker Sun…

Grounding of NOAA vessel result of operator error

The April grounding of the research vessel Ronald H. Brown on Canada's Inside Passage was the result of a maneuvering error on the part of the vessel's officer of the deck (OOD), according to an internal report by NOAA officials.…

The Return of LST 325

At a navy base near Athens, Greece, on a warm sunny morning last November, Robert Jornlin asked the pilot if he could "take her out." Left to right, operations officer William Gollan; engineering officer James Edwards; US Ambassador to Greece…

Improving crew comfort

From where he stood on the stern deck, 3rd Mate John Carlisle could see — far above — a shape dancing in the sky astern of the tanker. The ship was mid-Atlantic and making 15 knots, still some days from…

Mariner IDs to incorporate fingerprints

Mariners around the world will soon be carrying fingerprint-based identification cards, following a meeting in Geneva of the International Labour Organization and the International Maritime Organization. Last updated in 1958 (ILO 108), the new Convention on Seafarers' Identity Documents could…

Sail training vessel runs aground off California

A100-foot wood-hulled sail training vessel ran hard aground off the southern California coast in March, striking a submerged sandbar formed by recent storms. The vessel remained aground for several days, being pounded by heavy surf before salvors wrenched it free.…