Professional Mariner - April 2013 April 1, 2013 Professional Mariner Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin Port Fourchon completes dredging as part of big expansion projectPort Fourchon has reached a significant milestone in the enlargement of its facilities: the completion of dredging of Slip C of its Northern Expansion.New law reduces TWIC visits, calls for NMC medical-program reviewSoon mariners will be able to get their Transportation Worker Identification Credential with only one visit to a TWIC center.U.S. renews offshore wind tax credit that industry says it needsSome U.S. offshore wind energy development may be ready to accelerate again now that the federal government has renewed a key tax incentive. Gulf operators increasingly recruiting from the maritime academiesOffshore operators in the Gulf of Mexico have been looking farther afield for vessel officers, and maritime academy graduates nationwide are the beneficiaries. Jones Act carrier Tote commits to an entire fleet of LNG-fueled shipsTote Inc., which operates Jones Act vessels serving Alaska and the Caribbean, has signed a contract to build the world’s first LNG-powered containerships. Catamaran ferry provides fast, smooth passage from Seattle to VictoriaIn a light rain and brisk wind, Capt. Jason Mihok stood at the port bridge wing controls preparing to maneuver the ferry Victoria Clipper away from its dock on Seattle’s downtown waterfront. With luxury and lore, American Queen revitalizes riverboat cruisingA few years ago, nostalgic travel, whereby passengers were coddled in comfort aboard steam-powered paddle wheel cruises on the country’s inland rivers, appeared to be over. La. college, towing company join forces to create Inland Bridge Resource Management trainingIf you sketch a plan view of Berwick Bay — a swelling of the Atchafalaya River at Morgan City, La., where the Port Allen Alternate Route, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, and bayous Teche, Boeuf and Shaffer converge on the river — you get a drawing resembling an octopus in trouble. Captain reports unresponsive thrust controls in New York City ferry crash that injured 85The National Transportation Safety Board and U.S. Coast Guard are investigating why a high-speed ferry crashed into a New York City pier, injuring 85 people.Investigators identify crew communication failure in B.C. ferry crashA B.C. Ferries boat crashed into its berth in 2011 due to a misunderstanding between the master and chief engineer while they coped with a fuel-injector problem, investigators concluded. Pilot on leave, navigation rules under review after ship hits Calif. bridgeChanges in best practices for vessels in San Francisco Bay have been proposed after an oil tanker struck a bridge tower.Tugboat goes adrift after engine fire, bumps into barge in HawaiiA tugboat shipping mixed cargo from Seattle to Honolulu caught fire, lost power and collided with its tow near Maui. Oil tanker’s hull holed when ship hits bottom in the Hudson RiverThe U.S. Coast Guard is investigating why a tanker went off course on the Hudson River, grounded and punctured two ballast tanks. Bulk carrier pierces hull, damages dock while backing at ToledoA Canadian-flagged laker punctured a stern bunker tank when it backed into a pier on the Maumee River near Toledo, Ohio.Ship loses power, avoids collision but runs aground at CharlestonA general cargo ship carrying construction equipment and containers lost propulsion and ran aground near the entrance to Charleston Harbor. Novec, FM-200 gain acceptance as ‘green’ firefighting alternativesIn the move away from Halon as an onboard fire suppressant, Novec 1230 and FM-200 have emerged as the “green” products of choice. Deepwater Horizon blast spikes demand for fire monitors on OSVsFor Glynn Grantham, the proof that the Deepwater Horizon disaster has generated attention on improving fire safety offshore can be seen in the numbers.Iridium to launch $3B next-generation satellite networkIridium Communications is preparing to launch a new satellite network starting in 2015 that promises clearer voice calls and faster downloads on vessels.U.S., Canada need to be proactive in tracking tsunami debrisOn March 11, 2011, a devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit Japan, killing nearly 16,000 people and generating a deadly 20-foot tsunami wave that hit the Tohoku region fiercely.