Professional Mariner - February 2007

Tanker voyages give a cadet the chance to learn his limits

By the time I finished my junior year at Maine Maritime Academy, I thought I knew something about tanker operations. I had taken all kinds of classes and had completed some credits toward my tankerman's certificate. The author running an…

Securing LNG

Whenever a liquefied-natural-gas (LNG) tanker is mentioned, the words huge, caution and safety seem to hover close by. Recently Moran Towing and McAllister Towing, the East Coast giants in the ship-assist business, conducted a joint firefighting exercise near the Dominion…

Engine technology propels trends in ship design

Advances in propulsion technology continue to be the driving force in new ship designs. This 807-foot ferry represents a vision of the future developed by Wärtsilä Corp. and Kvaerner Masa-Yards. The 4,200-dwt ro-pax vessel, capable of carrying 2,000 passengers employs…

Frank Basile: Architect, boatbuilder and 'imagineer'

Frank Basile, engineer, naval architect and boatbuilder, has been at the center of the churning Gulf Coast workboat industry for over half a century. At 78, he shows no eagerness to retire. An engineer by training and a naval architect…

Titanic

The compass was in plain sight of all who boarded in April of 1912. It sat atop a 15-foot-tall platform on the roof of the first-class lounge. The role of Titanic's standard compass in the loss of the ship and…

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute to buy research vessel

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute has signed a $1.6 million contract for a 60-foot coastal research vessel. The boat will be built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding of Somerset, Mass., for rugged inshore duty in the waters around Cape Cod. One mission…

Hawaii pilot dies after falling between ship and pilot boat

Capt. Dave Lyman, a 30-year-veteran pilot and past president of the Hawaii Pilots Association, died Jan. 29 after falling from a ladder while debarking from the cruise ship Island Princess. Lyman had just guided the cruise ship out of Nawiliwili…

Coastal Messenger

Capt. Roy Getman grabbed a napkin and pulled a pen from his shirt pocket at the kitchen table of the Coastal Missions base in Chemainus, British Columbia. He scattered a series of dots and drew various-sized circles around each. "These…

St. Lawrence pilot faces charges in collision with sailboat

A St. Lawrence River pilot will face three charges in connection with an incident on Aug. 11, 2004, in which the containership Canada Senator struck the sailboat Mondisy off Saint-Nicolas, Quebec, killing two people on the sailboat. The trial was…

Collisions and Their Causes - third edition

Thucydides' wry observation in the fifth century B.C. that "a collision at sea can ruin your entire day" could well be the subtitle of Richard Cahill's Collisions and Their Causes. The third edition, published by the London-based Nautical Institute after…

Integrating AIS with other bridge electronics

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) was originally conceived as a safety and navigation aid for ships at sea. Mandated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and implemented and enforced by member states, AIS provides information otherwise unavailable to a crew.…

Staten Island ferry crash leaves 10 passengers dead

Initial reports indicated that the assistant captain at the ferry's controls may have lost consciousness in the crucial final minutes as the ferry approached land. Because the assistant captain was apparently no longer controlling the boat's speed or direction, the…

Containership dragons anchor, runs aground off South Africa.

A U.S.-flagged containership, Sea-Land Express, dragged anchor and grounded on a beach near Cape Town, South Africa, despite warnings from Cape Town Port Control that it was in trouble, according to a South African official. Sea-Land Express, a 32,926-dwt containership…

New rules for ballast-water management are on the way

The U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta has directed the U.S. Coast Guard to propose new rules for tighter regulation of shipboard ballast-water management for all ships using U.S. waters. Reducing the introduction of nonnative aquatic species into U.S.…

Mariner IDs to incorporate fingerprints

Mariners around the world will soon be carrying fingerprint-based identification cards, following a meeting in Geneva of the International Labour Organization and the International Maritime Organization. Last updated in 1958 (ILO 108), the new Convention on Seafarers' Identity Documents could…