Professional Mariner - December-January 2009

St. Lawrence Seaway ends 2009 season, a year of steep declines

(WATERTOWN, N.Y.) -- The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway's 2009 season has ended with total cargo down 28 percent from 2008, the Watertown Daily Times newspaper reported. The number of transits decreased by 17 percent. The year's last upbound ship, the J.W.…

Prince William Sound grounding renews call for tanker escorts

(VALDEZ, Alaska) -- The grounding of the tugboat Pathfinder in Prince William Sound has renewed calls to require all tankers leaving Port Valdez to have tug escorts, the news Web site Alaska Dispatch reported. Though it was equipped with modern…

Newfoundland ferry stranded at sea because of high winds

(PORT AUX BASQUES, Newfoundland) -- The ferry Atlantic Vision has been stranded at sea with passengers for more than 24 hours because of high winds, Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. Winds in the crossing between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland are 80 kilometers…

Fire aboard Houston-bound ore carrier kills 9 off Venezuela

(CARACAS, Venezuela) -- Nine Filipino and Greek mariners were killed in a fire aboard an ore carrier bound for Houston, the Houston Chronicle newspaper reported. The accident happened off Venezuela aboard the Aegean Wind. Authorities said the fire started in…

Tugboat crewman crushed to death in Hackensack River

(SECAUCUS, N.J.) -- A crewman was crushed to death while handling lines on a tugboat in the Hackensack River, WCBS-TV reported. The man was working on the Turecamo Girls when he attempted to tighten connections between the boat and its…

Funding wait may slow Monongahela River lock work (SLIDESHOW)

(CHARLEROI, Pa.) -- An Army Corps of Engineers project to build larger lock chambers on the Monongahela River is being slowed by the availability of federal funding, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review newspaper reported. Lock and Dam 4 at Charleroi is the…

Samson Introduces New Fiber to Rope Industry, New Rope to Sailors

Ferndale, WA – December 21, 2009 – Samson, the worldwide leader in performance cordage, introduces Innegraâ„¢-S to the rope industry. Available exclusively at Samson, the use of Innegraâ„¢-S has enabled Samson to develop a line of products that bridge the…

Widow of dead Fla. jet skier sues operator of tug and barge

(MANATEE, Fla.) -- The widow of a jet skier who died in an incident involving a tugboat and barge has sued the tug operator, the Bradenton Herald newspaper reported. The lawsuit says the commercial vessels violated federal law by obstructing the waterway. The…

Coast Guard: Response boat sailed at high speed before fatal crash

(SAN DIEGO) -- The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the fatal collision involving a Coast Guard response boat and recreational vessel, public broadcasting's KPBS reported. A Coast Guard officer said the response vessel was traveling at a high speed. The NTSB said…

AWO defends barge industry in Asian carp lawsuit (AUDIO)

(ANN ARBOR, Mich) -- American Waterways Operators, on behalf of the barge industry that uses the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal, responded to a lawsuit that attempts to force the federal government to close the canal locks, Michigan public radio…