Maritime News

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…

Boat U.S. Foundation awards boating safety grants

The Boat U.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has awarded nearly $50,000 in grants to 23 nonprofit groups from Alaska to Florida to spread the message about safe boating practices. Since 1988, the foundation has awarded over three…

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…

Terminal Island interchange project nearing completion

To complete a major interchange project, the Port of Long Beach will temporarily block access to Terminal Island via the Gerald Desmond Bridge, closing the westbound lanes of Ocean Boulevard between the Long Beach (I-710) Freeway and Navy Way from…

Towing Safety Advisory Committee seeks new members

Washington - The U.S. Coast Guard is soliciting applications for seven positions to the Towing Safety Advisory Committee.  Applications must be received on or before March 30, 2007. The TSAC advises the Secretary of Homeland Security on matters relating to…

Twighlight to pay $100,000 fine for negligent operation of a vessel

U.S. Attorney Scott Schools announced that $800,000 has now been collected for environmental restoration projects in the San Francisco Bay as a result of three shipping pollution prosecutions.  Yesterday, Twighlight Marine, Ltd., pleaded guilty to grossly negligent operation of a…

Shipboard fire fighting - water makes a comeback

High velocity water sprays combined with low water discharge rates are changing the way shipboard fires are fought. The eruption of a fuel fire in the engine room of the cruise ship Nordic Empress (see sidebar) was controlled and extinguished…

Engine technology propels trends in ship design

Advances in propulsion technology continue to be the driving force in new ship designs. This 807-foot ferry represents a vision of the future developed by Wärtsilä Corp. and Kvaerner Masa-Yards. The 4,200-dwt ro-pax vessel, capable of carrying 2,000 passengers employs…

When a cylinder fails, engineers still keep ship on schedule

Patrick McCormack's routine as the first engineer aboard the 750-foot containership Horizon Anchorage cracked at 0800 hours. "When I came into the engine room, I could smell engine-cooling water," said McCormack. Horizon Anchorage on its way north from Tacoma, Wash.…