Professional Mariner - December/January 2007

Tug, barge strike bridge at Beverly, Mass.

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard on Dec. 21:   (BOSTON) -- The Coast Guard, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company responded after a tug and barge struck a…

Wisconsin officials back shoreside ballast treatment

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is supporting a plan to treat ships' ballast water on the shore. The Daily Telegram newspaper of Superior, Wisc., published an editorial questioning details of the feasibility study, the plan's cost and whether it…

Wave capsizes 'unsinkable' Coast Guard boat

(SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.) -- An estimated 22- to 25-foot wave capsized one of the Coast Guard's new 47-foot rescue boats at Morro Bay, California, the Web site Global Surf News reported. The vessel was part of a training mission…

Cosco Busan pilot surrenders his federal license

The following is the text of a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard. (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Coast Guard Sector San Francisco received Capt John J. Cota's Federal Merchant Marine Officers license today through 'voluntary deposit'.  The Coast Guard requested…

Novice navigator guided Alaska cruise ship that ran aground

The National Transportation Safety Board said a 22-year-old novice navigator, fresh out of California Maritime Academy, was on watch when the Empress of the North ran aground off in May 2007. The NTSB said the inexperienced seaman, who was unfamiliar…

Inventor tests combination double-hull boat-submarine

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- A combination double-hull boat-submarine has undergone its first public test in Florida, the Florida Times-Union newspaper reported. The Hyper-Sub is made of steel and acrylic material. The vessel differs from other mini-subs in that it can operate…

Senate holds hearing on non-tank vessel spills

(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation held a hearing on oil spills from non-tank vessels. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen and other government officials and industry experts testified on issues including preparedness, environmental impact and cleanup…

Inspectors find more corrosion in Washington state ferries

(SEATTLE) -- Inspectors have discovered corrosion in five more Washington state ferries, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper reported. The Coast Guard ordered the inspections after the ferry agency yanked at least four of its vessels out of operation last month due…

Bush signs bill to promote short-sea shipping

The following is a statement from the U.S. Maritime Administration: (WASHINGTON) -- On Dec. 19, 2007, President George W. Bush signed into law the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which contains provisions establishing a formal marine highway program…

GPS software from Northport Systems available for cell phones

(TORONTO, CANADA -- December 19, 2007) GPS software manufacturer Northport Systems has launched Fugawi Touratel, a new cell phone-based outdoor navigation software and interactive web site, today for use in the United States. Designed to enhance outdoor activities such as…

Northern Lights celebrates 50th anniversary

(SEATTLE, WA -- December 17, 2007) Northern Lights, a leading manufacturer of marine diesel generators and propulsion engines, will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2008. Founded in 1958 as Alaska Marine & Equipment in Cooper Landing, AK, by Harold Walton…

Bulk ship slams into dock, spills fuel into Maumee River

(TOLEDO, Ohio) -- The 730-foot Algonorth slammed into a Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority dock, the Toledo Blade newspaper reported. The dry-bulk carrier pierced its hull at its stern, rupturing two fuel holds and spilling 3,300 gallons of diesel into the Maumee…

NOAA and VT Halter Marine launch third fisheries survey vessel

(PASCAGOULA, MS -- December 19, 2007) A new NOAA fisheries survey vessel, launched today in Mississippi, will be able to study fish quietly without altering their behavior. Pisces is the third of four planned 208-ft. fisheries survey vessels to be built…

New Alaska-based Foss executive to support oil & LNG projects

(SEATTLE, WA -- December 17, 2007) Mike O’Shea has been hired as Foss Maritime Company’s Vice President of Oil Field Services, a new position that reports to Foss’ president and chief operating officer.The new position was developed to meet Foss’…

Guam tug, barge run aground on reef

(HAGATNA, Guam) -- A tug and barge involved in a sewer project for the Guam Waterworks Authority ran aground in Hagatna Bay, the Pacific Daily News reported. The Coast Guard and Guam agencies were removing ballast water in an attempt…

U.S., Canada release St. Lawrence Seaway study

(WASHINGTON and OTTAWA) -- The U.S. and Canada have released a joint study outlining their vision for the future of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway. Participating agencies, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, call for greater capital investment…

High winds break towline on Seattle fuel barge

(SEATTLE) -- A barge carrying 284,000 gallons of bunker fuel broke free from its tugboat near downtown Seattle, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper reported. Coast Guard officials said high winds caused the towline to snap. The barge grounded on rocks near…

Tanker manager fined $4.9 million in oil dumping case

(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) -- A U.S. District Judge in Connecticut sentenced Ionia Management of Greece to a $4.9 million fine for falsifying records and obstruction of justice. In September, the company was convicted of 13 counts of violating the Act to Prevent…

Crown Princess officer was 'a bit nervous'

(WASHINGTON) -- The second officer of the Crown Princess told National Transportation Safety Board investigators that he erred when he turned the cruiseship to port, causing the vessel to heel. The officer disengaged autopilot after an instrument showed a sharp…

Pentagon Channel: Coast Guard law enforcement feature

(WASHINGTON) -- The Pentagon Channel featured a video, produced by the Coast Guard, that explains the Coast Guard's law-enforcement duties. The Coast Guard explains how its enforcement role has expanded in areas ranging from drug-interdiction to enforcing the nation's immigration…

Amid protests, Coast Guard escorts Hawaii Superferry

(HONOLULU) -- Protesters greeted the Hawaii Superferry Alakai as it returned to commercial service. The Coast Guard escorted the 349-foot catamaran as the vessel sailed from Honolulu to Maui. The news Web site HawaiiReporter.com provided a firsthand account of the…

Emergency tug responds to disabled K-Sea vessel

The following is the text of a press release issued by the Washington State Department of Ecology:   (OLYMPIA, Dec. 12) – The Gladiator, the state-funded seasonal emergency response tug stationed at Neah Bay, was dispatched shortly before midnight last night…

Six crew injured when workboat strikes wellhead

The following is the text of a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard:(NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 11) -- Coast Guard crews rescue nine people after a workboat struck and became lodged on a wellhead near Venice, La., seven miles north…

Fourth Guido Perla & Associates PSV serving offshore industry

Grand Slam, the fourth of the ten GPA-designed 654 Platform Supply Vessels being built by Bolligner Shipyard. (SEATLLE, WA -- December 12, 2007) Guido Perla & Associates, a world leader in naval architecture and marine engineering, has announced that Bollinger Shipyard in Lockport, LA, has…