Professional Mariner - February 2008

LNG tanker adrift off Cape Cod after losing propulsion

The following is a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:   (BOSTON) -- The Unified Command at Coast Guard Sector Boston is continuing to monitor and assist the Liquefied Natural Gas tanker Catalunya Spirit, which lost propulsion and became…

Adm. Allen speaks at National Press Club

(WASHINGTON) -- Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen spoke Friday at the National Press Club. Allen talked about the Deepwater program and explained the need to modernize the Coast Guard's fleet, computer networks and other systems. Click here to view a video of…

JonRie Series 525 Towing Winch

JonRie's new Innovative Series 500 Towing Winch will be showcased on a multitude of new Tugs in 2008. The list includes Express Marine's Z Drive Tug Honor, Vane Brothers Tugs Sassafras and Elk River, Great Lakes Towing Handy Tug 1,…

Freighter breaks from moorings, strikes ships and barges

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:   (NEW ORLEANS) -- Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a mayday call at approximately 3 p.m. this afternoon from the 588-foot freight ship Sisnos Sun, which broke from it's moorings…

Crowley emergency response tug escorts container ship

The following is text of a press release issued Feb. 8 by Crowley:   (OLYMPIA, Wash.) -- The Crowley tugboat Gladiator, the Washington state-funded seasonal emergency response vessel stationed at Neah Bay, Wash., will help escort the 918-foot container vessel…

Coast Guard releases report on Marine Safety program

(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Coast Guard has released an independent study on its Marine Safety program. The report highlights the need to boost the status of Marine Safety within the Coast Guard organization. It also suggests that relations with the…

Shell recruiting U.S. mariners for international LNG

The following is text of a press release issued by Shell International Trading and Shipping Co.:(HOUSTON AND LONDON) -- Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Ltd. (SHELL) today announced it will begin recruiting U.S. seafarers for the company’s growing portfolio…

Body of Captain Curtis crewman found in Atchafalaya Bay

The following is text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:   (NEW ORLEANS) -- St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Department personnel have recovered the body of the tugboat Captain Curtis crewman at approximately 4:00 p.m. today in Afchafalaya Bay,…

One man injured aboard ship on Welland Canal

(PORT COLBORNE, Ontario) -- A man suffered a broken arm aboard a ship on the Welland Canal, the Welland Tribune newspaper reported. The accident was aboard the ship Canadian Enterprise. The ship was docked near ADM Milling.   Click here to…

Tugboat crewmember missing near Atchafalaya Bay

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:   (NEW ORLEANS) -- The Coast Guard is searching for a missing crewmember near Atchafalaya Bay who was last seen on the tug boat Captain…

Corpus Christi RTA considers old ferry for summer service

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) -- Ocean House Charters proposes deploying a used ferry for its contracted Texas State Aquarium service, the Caller-Times newspaper reported. The contractor original told the Regional Transportation Authority it would provide a new vessel. Now Ocean House plans to use 17-year-old, 65-foot vessel…

After budget request, Coast Guard highlights woeful vessels

(WASHINGTON) -- In the immediate aftermath of its 2009 fiscal budget request, the Coast Guard is publicly highlighting some of its older, shoddier vessels, the Navy Times reported. Commandant Adm. Thad Allen plans two speeches in the next week in…

New Raritan Waste Management System Eliminates Worry

    Boaters can now rest assured that their onboard waste management system can be used anywhere they go.  Legal in all waters, Raritan's new Hold n' Treat System combines the ElectroScan, a U.S. Coast Guard-certified Type 1 marine sanitation device…

Two killed when tug sinks off Newfoundland

(ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland) -- Two mariners died after their tugboat Check-Mate III sank in the Atlantic Ocean, the Globe and Mail newspaper reported. The vessel was en route from Newfoundland to Halifax when the accident happened. Water may have been…

Towing safety committee seeks new members

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:   (WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Coast Guard is soliciting applications for seven positions to the Towing Safety Advisory Committee that need to be received on…

LNG, cruise industries using MITAGS simulator

(LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, Md.) -- The Daily Record business newspaper of Baltimore has published a feature story on a marine simulator at the Maritime Institute of Technology & Graduate Studies. The computer simulator is used to train military and commercial sailors and…

ITF decries 'kneejerk scapegoating' of mariners

The following is text of a press release issued by the International Transport Workers' Federation:   (LONDON) -- The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), the International Shipping Federation (ISF) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) have joined forces in…

Bellingham officials discuss their maritime industry

(BELLINGHAM, Wash.) -- Officials in Bellingham, Wash., participated in a panel discussion about their region's maritime industry, the Bellingham Herald newspaper reported. A representative from All American Marine talked about the development of better ferry technology. Industry representatives said a maritime cluster…

Capt. Manny Aschemeyer profiled in LA Times

(LOS ANGELES) -- Capt. Manny Ashemeyer was the subject of a profile in the business section of the Los Angeles Times over the weekend. The Baltimore native is retiring from his longtime position as executive director of the Maritime Exchange…

Foss, Signet agree to exchange vessels

The following is the text of a press release issued by Foss Maritime:   (SEATTLE) -- Seattle-based Foss Maritime Company announced today that it will enter into an alliance with Houston-based Signet Maritime Corporation.  As part of this alliance, Foss…

World's largest pipe-laying ship calls at Tampa

(TAMPA) -- The world's largest ship for laying pipe has spent the last two weeks at a Tampa shipyard, the Tampa Tribune reported. The 668-foot Deep Blue, which is used by the French oil service company Technip, is having work…

North Carolina DOT orders two new ferries

The following is the text of a press release issued by Elliot Bay Design Group LLC:   Elliott Bay Design Group LLC recently announced the completion of the contract design for North Carolina Department of Transportation's New Sound Class ferry.…