Professional Mariner - August 2007

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…

Lloyd's Register issues green passport to new Crowley barge

the Crowley barge 650-3 [Courtesy Lloyd’s Register Americas, Inc.] Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc. has issued a Green Passport to the Crowley Petroleum Services barge 650-3 that was recently christened in Mobile, Alabama, for entry into the company’s US coastwise…

MOPS heading to international workboat show

Exhibiting in Booth #2033, MOPS Marine License Insurance will be joining professionals from throughout the maritime industry at the International WorkBoat Show 2007. Considered the leading commercial-maritime event serving commercial vessel operators on offshore, inland, and coastal waters, and businesses…

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…

New company launched by towing industry veterans

Busy days in the tug industry naturally lead to the establishment of new tug companies. This time it's a classic start-up story courtesy of Dominique and Rachel Smith, both veterans of the towing industry. They have established a one-boat towing…

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…

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…

“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…