Professional Mariner - June/July 2007

Woodside Natural Gas and MARAD reach agreement

The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a notice stating that Woodside Natural Gas has applied for a license to construct and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port (DWP) off the coast of California. Woodside has agreed to register…

Office Clerical Workers Announce Settlement in LA

(LOS ANGELES) After months of intense bargaining and marathon negotiations, office clerical workers announced this afternoon that a tentative agreement has just been reached with shipping executives on a three-year labor contract covering clerical workers at the Ports of Los…

Ferry master found guilty of not reporting accident

Former ferry master David Birchall, was convicted and fined $750 and ordered to pay $130 court costs in the Wellington District Court, after being found guilty on a charge of failing to report the incident, in which the Santa Regina…

West Coast dock strike feared

 KNX News Radio in Los Angeles reported that the Longshoremen have promised to honor the clerical workers picket lines, which could shut down the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Both the union and the seventeen shipping companies doing…

Landing craft capsizes in Alaska

The motor vessel (M/V) Pegasus, a 61-foot landing craft with two people onboard  owned by Gumption Leasing LLC, lost two containers and an excavator after overturning on its way to an unknown worksite at 11:35 a.m. this morning. A small…

Right Whale Protection Guide now available on CD

NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Coast Guard have developed a computer-based, interactive guide and training resource for avoiding North Atlantic right whales ship-strikes. The CD program, A Prudent Mariners Guide to Right Whale Protection provides key educational and support information…

Konzel joins Northeast Technical Services Co., Inc. Senior Management

Northeast Technical Services Co., Inc. announced that Stephen N. Konzel has joined NETSCo in the newly created position of VP/General Manager.  Konzel will be responsible for general management and marine engineering activities required to support the company's growth & business…

Bisso Towing Inc. announces new appointments

June 25, 2007 – Bisso Towboat Co., of New Orleans, Louisiana has announced the following appointments within the organization:   Ruben S. Dupre, Jr. has been named to the position of Vice-President, Engineering.  With Bisso since 1981, Mr. Dupre will…

U.S. oil tanker firm penalized for concealing vessel pollution

WASHINGTON—Overseas Shipholding Group Inc. (OSG) was sentenced today in Beaumont, Texas, to pay $10 million as part of a $37 million criminal settlement with the United States involving 33 felony counts, 12 oil tankers and ports located in Beaumont, Boston,…

Dynamic tugboat industry active on numerous fronts

The tugboat industry appears to be anything but stagnant. Despite the usual limiting factors in local operating environments, and despite others in the world economy that would seemingly make sales and earnings growth difficult to achieve, most tug companies are…

Seaboats keeps the new tugs launching: Scott C

Seaboats, a small, family-owned company in Fall River, Mass., continues to build its fleet of tugs and barges with one new tug launched and two barges acquired in the past year.The newest tug for Seaboats is the 4,500-hp twin-screw conventional…

It's the ideal ocean-towing tugboat from Sause Bros: Mikiona

Sause Bros. Ocean Towing Co. recently introduced its idea of the ideal ocean towing tugboat with the launch of the 128-foot, twin-screw conventional tug Mikiona. Mikiona, the newest Sause Bros. tug. [photo by Chris Alcock for Sause Bros.] The new…

Express unveils unique tug for handling coal barges: Duty

Express Marine, a traditional family-owned East Coast tug and barge company, has taken a giant leap into the future with the introduction of a modern-looking z-drive tug for use in towing barges loaded with coal.The company's first such tug, a…