Maritime News

Federal oil spill fund should be increased, report recommends

(WASHINGTON, DC -- September 12, 2007) The federal oil spill fund should be increased to cover higher cleanup costs, according to a September report from the United States Government Accountability Office, released Sept. 11. Since 1990, there have been 51…

Association for Rescue at Sea to recognize heroism

(WASHINGTON, DC -- September 6, 2007) The Association for Rescue at Sea (AFRAS) will honor Coast Guardsmen Joshua H. Mitchelltree and David Ramsey with gold medals for heroic actions during rescues they made last year.The association will also honor Harold…

Conrad Industries wins Texas ferry contract

(GALVESTON, TX -- August 30, 2007) The Texas Department of Transportation awarded Conrad Industries a contract for the construction of a 264-foot passenger/vehicle ferry scheduled for delivery during 2009 with a contract price of $22.5 million. The ferry will transport…

NASCO begins construction of product carriers

(SAN DIEGO, CA -- August 28, 2007) General Dynamics NASSCO has began construction of its first product carrier ship for U.S. Shipping Partners. NASSCO is building the ship from designs provided through its collaboration with DSEC of Korea, a subsidiary…

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage assists Spirit of Columbia

(JUNEAU, AK -- August 22, 2007) Coast Guard Sector Anchorage responded to a call from the cruise ship Spirit of Columbia after it ran aground on the east side of Evans Island in Latouche Passage, near Whittier, at approximately 9:53 a.m. Sunday. There…

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…

“Giant” in the piloting industry dies at 87

(August 5, 2007) To Lou Bettinelli, Captain James Stillwaggon was a “giant in the industry.” He was also a mentor and friend.  Stillwaggon, a pilot renowned in the United States and abroad for his piloting expertise, died Aug. 4.  He…

Salvage industry nearing end of monumental Katrina cleanup

Almost a year after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf coast, the largest commercial salvage mission in United States' history is nearly complete. As of Aug. 1, about 20 commercial vessels remain to be recovered in Louisiana and 14…

U.S. seeks an injunction against tax advisor

The U.S. Department of Justice has asked a federal court to issue an injunction prohibiting Martin Kapp, a certified public accountant based in California, from advising his clients that they can claim on their income tax returns what has come…

Coast Guard mural honors responders to Hurricane Katrina

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a great deal of news coverage was given to the phenomenal air rescues performed by U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crews. Despite that recognition, Capt. Robert Mueller, deputy commander U.S. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans,…

Woodside Natural Gas and MARAD reach agreement

The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that Woodside Natural Gas has applied for a license to construct and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port (DWP) off the coast of California. Woodside has agreed to register…

Office Clerical Workers Announce Settlement in LA

(LOS ANGELES) After months of intense bargaining and marathon negotiations, office clerical workers announced this afternoon that a tentative agreement has just been reached with shipping executives on a three-year labor contract covering clerical workers at the Ports of Los…

West Coast dock strike feared

 KNX News Radio in Los Angeles reported that the Longshoremen have promised to honor the clerical workers picket lines, which could shut down the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Both the union and the seventeen shipping companies doing…

Landing craft capsizes in Alaska

The motor vessel (M/V) Pegasus, a 61-foot landing craft with two people onboard  owned by Gumption Leasing LLC, lost two containers and an excavator after overturning on its way to an unknown worksite at 11:35 a.m. this morning. A small…