Maritime News

Small town plays large role in boatbuilding

Lockport, La. is a small town of 2,600 people located in Bayou Country on the Lafourche Bayou about 46 miles southwest of New Orleans. It is home to several boatbuilding companies that construct much of the nation’s offshore supply boat…

Nominations sought for 2007 Seamanship Trophy

(KINGS POINT, NY –- November 21, 2007) Nominations are now being accepted for the 2007 American Merchant Marine Seamanship Trophy.The trophy is awarded on behalf of America’s maritime industry to U.S. merchant mariners for deeds that exemplify the highest traditions…

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…

Coast Guard wants escorts for single-hull barges on Buzzards Bay

The region shaded darker blue is the area covered by New Coast Guard regulations. (Ginny Howe illustration) The U.S. Coast Guard has announced new regulations that require tugs pulling single-hull oil barges to be accompanied by a second tug when transiting…

Bender building six anchor handlers for Seacor Marine

Above, anchor handler John Coghill at its christening at the Bender shipyard in Mobile, Ala. The 265-foot anchor handler has a diesel-electric power plant comprising five Caterpillar generators producing 10,750 horsepower. (Courtesy Bender Shipbuilding and Repair) In early May, Seacor…

Coast Guard took no action before Cosco Busan struck bridge

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- November 18, 2007) The Coast Guard maintained radio silence for the two minutes before Cosco Busan struck the San Franciso Bay Bridge last week, neglecting to inform the crew of the impending collision. Coast Guard official have…

Congressional hearings into San Francisco Bay Oil Spill

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- November 19, 2007) The first major congressional hearing into the "chain of errors" in the San Francisco Bay oil spill begins Monday at the Presidio, and the questions are almost certain to produce damning answers for…

Seacor Marine receives newest vessel, John Coghill

(HOUMA, LA -- November 12, 2007) Seacor Marine announced today that it received delivery of its newest vessel, M/V John Coghill. Named in honor of a retired Seacor Marine employee, John Coghill is a 265-ft. Anchor Handling Towing Supply vessel…

Coast Guard presents first Captain Domenic A. Calicchio Award

(PORTSMOUTH, VA -- November 7, 2007) The Coast Guard dedicate and presented its first Captain Domenic A. Calicchio Award at the Coast Guard Training Center, Yorktown, Va. The award will be presented to the Investigating Officer Course graduate who, as…

Containership strikes San Francisco Bay Bridge

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- November 7, 2007) Cosco Busan, an 810-foot-long containership, hit the one of the supports of the Bay Bridge spanning San Francisco Bay on Nov. 7. The ship was outbound from Oakland and was navigating in heavy…

Tanker hits Ambrose Light tower

(NEW YORK, NY -- November 9, 2007) The U.S. Coast Guard is conducting an investigation to determine how a 799-foot tanker ship struck the Ambrose Light navigation aid at 2 a.m.on Nov. 3.   Ambrose Light is a 76-foot structure…

Small cruise ship runs aground in Virginia

(PORTSMOUTH, VA -- November 9, 2007) The Coast Guard and local authorities  removed passengers from the cruise ship Spirit of Nantucket that ran aground in the Intracoastal Waterway near the Pungo region of Virginia Beach, Va., Nov. 8.The Coast Guard…

State hopes Nichols Bros. will reopen

(FREELAND, WA -- November 9, 2007) State officials have expressed hope that the closing of Nichols Bros. Boat Builders will be only temporary.The shipyard on Whidbey Island in Washington laid off its workers and closed its doors on Nov. 2.…

Pacific Northwest boat builder closes it doors

(FREELAND, WA -- November 3, 2007) Nichols Bros. Boat Builders Inc., which has operated on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound since 1964, has laid off its workers and closed.   The family-owned shipyard employed about 250 people. The company’s financial…

Wärtsilä fuel cell prototype starts operation

Above and below, the Wärtsilä WFC20 alpha-prototype fuel cell (ESPOO, FINLAND -- October 24, 2007) The Wärtsilä Fuel Cell Program has reached a significant milestone in its development of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology. Yesterday, the first Wärtsilä WFC20 fuel cell,…

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…

Mariner groups pressing for changes to Seaman's Manslaughter Statute

Capt. Wolfgang Schroder was released in February after spending four months in jail following his conviction under the Seaman's Manslaughter Statute. (Courtesy Jonas Lyborg)   Galvanized by the jailing of Capt. Wolfgang Schroder, U.S. maritime organizations are initiating a lobbying…