Professional Mariner - February 2009

Electrical problem causes tugboat fire that injures one

(SEATTLE) -- An electrical malfunction aboard the tugboat Corbin Foss caused a fire that injured one man, the Seattle Times newspaper reported. One man was injured in the blaze, which occurred in Elliott Bay. The 140-foot tug was attached to a…

Alaska communities try to cope with toxic derelict ships

(HOMER, Alaska) -- Towns on the Alaska coast are trying to cope with derelict ships they never expected to have, the Homer News weekly newspaper reported. As absentee owners fail to clean them up, the Coast Guard steps in and…

NCL offers vintage ocean liner SS United States for sale

(PHILADELPHIA) -- The historic ocean liner SS United States is for sale, the Los Angeles Times reported on a Travel section blog. Norwegian Cruise Lines, which once had planned to refurbish the vintage ship, has listed it with a ship…

MSC ship wins Chief of Naval Operations environmental award

The Chief of Naval Operations announced Wednesday that Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge is one of the winners of the fiscal year 2008 CNO Environmental Quality Small Ship Award. Bridge is one of MSC’s four fast…

Elliot Bay designing ferries for Washington state, Texas

The following is the text of a press release issued by Elliot Bay Design Group:   (SEATTLE) -- Elliott Bay Design Group LLC (EBDG) recently announced that it has a number of major ferry design projects in progress. With clients…

NOAA: Ships emit half as much pollution as the world's cars

The following is the text of a press release issued by the National Oceanic and Atmopheric Administration:   (WASHINGTON) -- Globally, commercial ships emit almost half as much particulate matter pollutants into the air as the total amount released by…

Cal Maritime crew honored for 2008 rescue of two fishermen

The following is the text of a press release issue by California Maritime Academy:   (VALLEJO, Calif.) -- Capt. Paul Leyda and crewmembers of the California Maritime Academy’s Training Ship Golden Bear (TSGB) have been honored with the 2008 Mary…

Crowley Continues Expansion of Marine Personnel Department

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.; February 25, 2009) Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that it is continuing the expansion of its newly formed marine personnel department through the appointments of Scott Craig to director West Coast/Alaska and Margaret Reasoner, director, East Coast/Gulf. Craig…

Ship operator to pay $1.75 million in Fla. 'magic pipe' case

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Justice Department:   (WASHINGTON) -- U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday today sentenced the Japanese corporation Hiong Guan Navegacion Japan Co. Ltd., that operates the commercial cargo…

Dangerous Khapra beetles found crawling in ship at Everett, Wash.

(EVERETT, Wash.) -- Dangerous Khapra beetles, which can devastate agricultural crops, were found on a ship docked at Everett, the Daily Herald newspaper reported. Customs inspectors spotted several of the beetles crawling amidst a load of dried foods including rice and beans.…

Report: Ocean liner SS United States may be sold for scrap

(PHILADELPHIA) -- The ocean liner SS United States may be sold for scrap because refurbishment plans have fallen through, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported. Norwegian Cruise Line had announced intentions to renovate the historic ship, which was once the world's…

Major ferry design projects for EBDG

Elliott Bay Design Group LLC (EBDG) recently announced that it has a number of major ferry design projects in progress.  With clients from across the country, including many repeat customers, the company continues to assert itself as a leader in…

NOAA research ship on National Register of Historic Places

The following is the text of a press release issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:   (WASHINGTON) -- NOAA Ship John N. Cobb, a former fisheries research vessel based in Seattle, has been named to the National Register…

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard begins construction on its tenth tanker

PHILADELPHIA, PA (February 23, 2009) – Aker Philadelphia Shipyard (Oslo:  AKPS), a leading U.S. commercial shipyard, cut steel on Hull 014, the tenth product tanker in the series of twelve to be built for American Shipping Company (Oslo:  AMSC).  Production…