Professional Mariner - February 2008

2002 Plimsoll Awards

Dr. Anita Rothblum, a research scientist at the Coast Guard's Research & Development Center in Groton, Conn., won the Samuel Plimsoll Award for Outstanding Service. The Sandy Hook Pilots and the U.S. Coast Guard shared the award for outstanding service…

Bulker loses propulsion in Strait of Juan de Fuca

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:   (SEATTLE) -- At 3:30 a.m. the Coast Guard received notification that the 651-foot bulk carrier Star Indiana suffered a loss of propulsion just north…

Shipbreakers featured on CBS '60 Minutes'

The CBS television news magazine "60 Minutes" ran a feature story about shipbreaking. "Shipbreakers: The Dirtiest Job" visits with a shipbreaking enterprise in Bangladesh, highlighting the difficulties and perils -- and profit potential -- of tearing apart the steel behemoths.…

National Maritime Center issues TWIC bulletin

(MARTINSBURG, W.V.) -- The National Maritime Center issued a bulletin notifying U.S. mariners that Sept. 25 is the deadline to obtain the new Transportation Worker Identification Credential. The bulletin offers information on the necessary fingerprinting process that remains in place…

Cummings: U.S. needs bigger Coast Guard

The following is the text of a press release issued by U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland:     Cummings: We Must Expand the U.S. Coast Guard   (WASHINGTON) -- Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Chairman of the House Subcommittee…

Robert Allan-designed boats named Tractor of the Year

The following is the text of a press release issued by Towing Solutions:   (HOUSTON) -- For 2007 Towing Solutions is proud to award our Tractor of the Year award to the 6,300 Hp. “Z-Techs” THOR and WESLEY A designed…

Mold sickens 22 aboard Canadian Coast Guard ship

(ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland) -- Mold aboard a Canadian Coast Guard patrol vessel has been blamed after 22 crew became sick, the Canadian Press reported, citing an article in the St. John's Telegram newspaper. Just before the spate of illnesses, a…

Crane on barge severs power line near Sacramento

The following is the text of two press releases issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:   (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- At 6 p.m. a 150-foot barge carrying a crane heading to Richmond, allided with four uncharged power lines in the Sacramento…

Offshore supply vessel strikes Gulf rig, spills diesel

The following is the text of two press releases issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:   (GALVESTON, Texas) -- The Coast Guard is responding to an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico 140 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas.  The…

Canadian Companies Continue Training Tradition

Newport, RI, (20 February 2008) - For more than 25 years, Canadian officers have travelled to MarineSafety International's Newport Simulator Center to attend training.  Seaway Marine Transport held a Piloting Course for four students there during the week of February…

Maritime Administration issues U.S. infrastructure report

(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Maritime Administration has released a wide-ranging report on the nation's maxed-out maritime infrastructure. The agency's report stresses that growth in maritime trade has resulted in a strain on maritime facilities. The 48-page report mentions the need to…

Fire aboard tug, barge injures two off Maine

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:   (BOSTON) -- A Coast Guard aircrew is en route to medevac two injured crewmembers from a tug and barge that caught fire about 20…

Coast Guard helicopter rescue swimmers -- 25 years later

(CHINCOTEAGUE, Va.) -- This week the Coast Guard commemorated the 25th anniversary of the event that gave birth to its helicopter rescue swimmer program. The program was created following a tragedy involving a capsized coal ship off Chincoteague in which…

AHL Shipping announces Jones Act tanker newbuilds

The following is the text of a press release issued by AHL Shipping Co.:   (SAN ANTONIO, Texas) -- AHL Shipping Company (AHL) announced today that construction has commenced on the first vessel in a series of three 49,000 deadweight…

Car carrier runs aground in Brunswick River

(BRUNSWICK, Ga.) -- An automobile transport ship ran aground in the Brunswick River, blocking deep-draft traffic for 22 hours, the Florida Times-Union newspaper reported. The Centaurus Leader was refloated without any fuel spill or injuries. The Army Corps of Engineers…

Voith Schneider Turbo Propulsion Navigation Simulator Installed

Simulation of Vessels with Voith Schneider Propellers (VSP)(Press Release from Voith)The demands on the maneuverability of vessels are constantly rising. On the one hand, larger and larger amounts of goods are moved within shorter and shorter times on the world's…

Illegal Fla. tour boat shut down by Coast Guard

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:   (DUNELLEN, Fla.) -- The U.S. Coast Guard disrupted an illegal river tour business operating on the Withlacoochee River in Dunnellon, Fla., Feb. 4. A…

Ferry bumps dock, injuring 5, at Bremerton, Wash.

(BREMERTON, Wash.) -- A Washington State Ferries vessel bumped a dock while landing, injuring five passengers, the Seattle Times reported. A WSF official said the passenger-only Snohomish was maneuvering around construction equipment that is being used to construct the new Bremerton marina when the accident…

Hawaii to lose NCL cruise ship Pride of Aloha

(HONOLULU) -- Citing competition from foreign-flagged cruise ships, NCL Corp. is pulling a second vessel from its Hawaii service, the Star-Bulletin newspaper reported. The Pride of Aloha is being sent to a Hong Kong subsidiary in May to begin serving Asian routes.…

Cargo ship goes adrift near San Francisco waterfront

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- A 902-foot cargo ship lost power and began drifting in San Francisco Bay, KTVU News reported. The Williamsburg Bridge caused residents along the city's waterfront to become alarmed, because the vessel came dangerously close to the shoreline…

Calif. science vessel strikes uncharted rocks in Mexico

(LA PAZ, Mexico) -- The scientific research vessel Western Flyer struck rocks near the Port of La Paz, the Herald newspaper of Monterey, Calif., reported. The accident involving the 117-foot ship has placed this year's scheduled research projects for the…

Tug, barge run aground in Nanticoke River

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:   (BALTIMORE) -- The Coast Guard is responding to a tug and barge that ran aground this morning near the mouth of the Nanticoke River.…

Congress pressuring EPA to reduce ship pollution

(WASHINGTON) -- Some members of Congress are pressuring the Bush Administration to reduce pollution from ocean-going ships, the Associated Press reported. Sen. Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat, said the Environmental Protection Agency is taking too long to rein in emissions…