Professional Mariner - August 2008

Hurricane forces evacuation of hundreds of Gulf oil platforms

(NEW YORK) -- Workers have been evacuated from 223 Gulf of Mexico oil platforms in preparation for Hurricane Gustav, CNN reported. That represents 77 percent of the region's production that will be shut in until the powerful storm clears the…

Coast Guard issues hurricane statement to Gulf mariners

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:   (HOUSTON) -- With the approach of Hurricane Gustav to the Texas coast, the Coast Guard is preparing to respond in any way necessary.   In…

Calif. officials to sue MarAd over reserve fleet contamination

(VALLEJO, Calif.) -- The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Board intends to sue the U.S. Maritime Administration over contamination from the reserve fleet vessels, the Times- Herald newspaper reported. About 70 decaying vessels are moored in Suisun Bay. After a…

Sediment, low water levels stranding vessels in the Mississippi

(EVANSVILLE, Ind.) -- About two dozen vessels remain stranded in the upper Mississippi River because of flood-related sediment and low water levels, the Evansville Courier & Press newspaper reported. The Army Corps of Engineers said tows are hitting bottom, and…

General Prudential Rule (ColRegs/ Inland 2(b)

By Jim AustinA collision discussed here previously has seen its (presumably) final Court of Appeals finding rendered. It and the finding are reviewed with a focus on ColReg 2(b) — the rule that, in good part, formed the centerpiece of…

Court: U.S. can seize Florida's SeaEscape gambling ship

(PORT EVERGLADES, Fla.) -- A court has ruled that the U.S. Marshal's office can seize a Florida gambling ship, the South Florida Sun-Suntinel newspaper reported. Crew aboard the SeaEscape vessel haven't been paid in several months while the company contemplates…

Intoxicated tug captain arrested after plowing into fishing boat

(DULAC, La.) -- A tugboat captain was charged with operating the vessel while intoxicated after he allegedly passed out in the wheelhouse and smashed into docked fishing boat, the Daily Comet newspaper of Thibodaux reported. His pushboat, the Trey Paul,…

Tugboat restorer moors at new home along Hudson River

(HALFMOON, N.Y.) -- A noted tugboat restorer has moved from Kingston, N.Y., to a new riverside home at the confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson rivers, the Daily Gazette newspaper of Schenectady reported. Steve Trueman rescues sunken vessels from the…

Maersk Line adds tanker Marco to its U.S.-flag fleet

The following is the text of a press release issued by Maersk Line:   (ARLINGTON, Va.) -- Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) has completedthe purchase of a 47,000 DWT product tanker to add to its U.S. flagvessel fleet.  The M/T MARCO,…

Ships in Northwest Passage must report to Canadian Coast Guard

(TUKTOYAKTUK, Northwest Territories) -- Canada will require all large ship entering the Northwest Passage and other Arctic waters to report to the Canadian Coast Guard, CBC reported. Prime Minister Harper said Canada also will apply its maritime environmental laws to…

Dock worker killed in fall from containership at Oakland

(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- A Port of Oakland dock worker died after being knocked off the deck of a cargo ship by a loose container, the Oakland Tribune newspaper reported. Fellow longshoreman say the man struggled in the water for a half-hour…

Opposition coalesces against Savannah harbor deepening plan

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) -- At least two community groups are threatening to oppose a plan to deepen the Savannah harbor, the Savannah Morning News reported. The proposal being considered by the Army Corps of Engineers would result in a 48-foot depth,…

NOAA seeks comment on whale-strike reduction rules

The following is the text of a press release issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: (WASHINGTON) -- NOAA’s Fisheries Service is seeking comment on the final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Ship Strike Reduction Rule. The EIS…

Hawaii Superferry's fate still depends on court decisions

(HONOLULU) -- The Hawaii Superferry's future is still dependant upon the result of a court appeal, the Star-Bulletin newspaper reported. Three environmental groups have sued to block a law that allows the ferry to operate. If the law is struck…

Newfoundland shipyard loses order to build Coast Guard boats

(MARYSTOWN, Newfoundland) -- The Peter Kiewit Sons Co. shipyard will not received a previously planned contract to build 12 patrol boats for the Canadian Coast Guard, CBC reported. The shipyard also lost a contract to build Joint Support Ship military…

Metal thieves cause leaks on derelict ship on Columbia River

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:   (PORTLAND, Ore.) -- The Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Washington Department of Ecology are beginning the process…

Vandal-thieves cause damage at Toledo Harbor Lighthouse

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:   (TOLEDO, Ohio) -- The Coast Guard Investigative Service is investigating a report of vandalism to the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse after damage was discovered on…

NTSB urges review of pilot training, post-casualty alcohol testing

(WASHINGTON) -- The National Transportation Safety Board has issued two sets of recommendations resulting from the 2007 bridge allision involving the tanker Kition at Baton Rouge, La. Click here to view the recommendation that pilots be fully trained in docking and undocking…