Maritime News

U.S. oil tanker firm penalized for concealing vessel pollution

WASHINGTON—Overseas Shipholding Group Inc. (OSG) was sentenced today in Beaumont, Texas, to pay $10 million as part of a $37 million criminal settlement with the United States involving 33 felony counts, 12 oil tankers and ports located in Beaumont, Boston,…

Merchant Vessels of the United States Data on CD

Merchant Vessels of the United States is a data file of merchant and recreational vessels documented under the laws of the United States by the U.S. Coast Guard. The file is used by boat and yacht brokers as a source…

Coast Guard seeks mariner feedback

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Coast Guard announced today that its Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee has established a mechanism to provide ongoing feedback on the mariner licensing and documentation program and the relocation of the National Maritime Center.  “The committee…

Coast Guard seeks public input for waterway study in Rhode Island

(EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I.) The Coast Guard is conducting waterways analysis reviews of Narragansett Bay, R.I., (East and West passage) and Mount Hope Bay/Sakonnet River, R.I.  The waterways analysis review is used to determine the effectiveness of aids to navigation within the waterways. A…

NTSB says failure to pin spuds securely led to fatal fire

Washington, DC -- The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the failure of Athena Construction to require its crews to pin mooring spuds securely in place on its barges led to an unintentional release of one of the spuds.…

Coast Guard names new head of Deepwater program

U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Ronald J. Rábago  has taken over from Rear Adm. Gary T. Blore as program executive officer of the Deepwater program , the U.S. Coast Guard’s $24 billion, 25-year  modernization initiative. Blore is slated to become…

CLNG holds signing ceremony for LNG standards

The Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) is to hold a signing ceremony June 5 between the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD), and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, State maritime academies, and maritime union training facilities to enter into a formal agreement…

NTSB says docking pilot was probable cause of grounding

The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded that the probable cause of the grounding of New Delhi Express was the error of the docking pilot in not using all available resources to determine the vessel's position as he navigated the…

Maine Maritime schooner Bowdoin to set sail

Maine Maritime Academy’s schooner Bowdoin will sail to southern ports in Virginia and Maryland, and make port calls in New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island in June as part of the college’s sail-training curriculum.  The vessel is scheduled to get…

Hospital ship Africa Mercy arrives in Liberia

Mercy Ships announced that its newest vessel, Africa Mercy, the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship, has docked in Monrovia following the vessel’s maiden voyage from the U.K.  Since 1978, Mercy Ships has used hospital ships to deliver free health care…

Coast Guard takes over management of Deepwater program

The Coast Guard has dumped the controversial private-sector venture it hired to manage the Deepwater program. In April, Commandant Adm. Thad Allen announced that Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS) would no longer serve as the prime contractor for the fleet…

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…

Captain jailed under Seaman's Manslaughter Statute is set free

Although a captain convicted using the Seaman's Manslaughter Statute has been released from jail, the lawyer representing the owner of his vessel said industry groups should lobby to have this law changed. Capt. Wolfgang Schroder was released from jail on…

Class B AIS is coming, growing pains included

"All AIS is good; and Class B is going to give people a better picture of what's going on out there, no question about it, but my problem with it is that update rate of just once every 30 seconds,"…

Phased sign-up program for biometric ID cards begins

As of March 2007, mariners must begin complying with the requirement to travel to an enrollment center to get a biometric ID with digital photo and fingerprints, called a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).   Developed with the U.S. Coast…

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…

Coast Guard monitoring damaged rig to prevent sinking

The Coast Guard is monitoring a jack-up rig that was run aground this morning to prevent it from sinking approximately one mile offshore and six miles south of the Port Aransas jetties. The crew of the tug Vinton Crosby radioed…