Professional Mariner - June-July 2012 July 1, 2012 Professional Mariner Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin When things get hot, mariners should look out for each otherIt was hot, and we were down in those “little latitudes” off the coast of Belize. Legacy: Crowley’s new ATB demonstrates what the biggest of them all can doAt 1624 on a breezy day in March, the seagoing tug Legacy, coupled to the tank barge 750-1, cleared the jetties at the mouth of the Mississippi River, made the Southwest Pass Sea Buoy and entered the Gulf of Mexico, bound for Tampa, Fla. Seattle collection offers one man’s history of marine propulsionMike Wollaston can be found every morning with his friend Dan Grinstead engaging in their common interests, drinking coffee out of to-go cups and feeding a little flock of ducks at the Lake Washington Ship Canal in Seattle across from Kvichak Marine. Canadian log-towing tugs loaded on ship for scrapping in ChinaWestern Canada’s tugboat industry was built on the transport of logs from up-coast logging operations to south coast lumber and paper mills. Tug built for Alaskan waters gets a warm welcome in New YorkA tour of the ports of New York and New Jersey aboard Donjon Marine’s tug, the 81-by-28-foot Meagan Ann, affords a mere glimpse of the company’s numerous and diverse operations in one of the world’s busiest harbors. Plimsolls awarded to vessel safety advocate, pilots’ group and digital aid to navigationThe editors of Professional Mariner have presented Plimsoll Awards for 2012 to the association representing U.S. ship pilots; to the man behind the creation of a new, safer class of lightering support vessel; and to an electronic version of an aid to navigation. Columbia Coastal revamps mid-Atlantic ‘green’ container serviceColumbia Coastal Transport has reconfigured its mid-Atlantic container barge service to the ports of Norfolk, Baltimore and Philadelphia, a move it hopes will attract new customers while reducing the amount of freight that travels over highways. Oil spill response group expands presence in Gulf following Deepwater Horizon disasterOne of the most vexing problems of the Deepwater Horizon spill of 2010 was that the 5 million barrels of oil were released from an inaccessible location — the bottom of the sea — into the open ocean. Offshore support vessel runs up on Sabine Jetties in clear weatherThe U.S. Coast Guard is investigating whether the bridge crew was paying attention when their offshore support vessel ran hard aground on top of the Sabine Jetties in clear weather, causing minor injuries and a fuel spill. Tugboat crashes into boathouse during barge refloating maneuverThe captain of a tugboat that destroyed a boathouse on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Texas was trying to free a grounded gasoline barge when he lost control of the vessel, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Vessel tracking data changing industry’s courseThough the case has yet to even reach the courtroom, the investigation into the January sinking of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia is already raising eyebrows as everything from the captain’s actions to his morals are debated publicly.TSA Announces TWIC Extension OptionOn June 15th, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) TWIC website announced a forthcoming option for many holders of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) to extend the expiration date of their TWICs pending implementation of the US Coast Guardâ€™s long-awaited… Oil rig decommissioning regulation fails to produce great surge in marine workA 2010 federal regulation that requires oil and gas companies to plug nearly 3,500 non-producing wells and dismantle about 650 unused production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico has not created the anticipated boom for maritime companies that specialize in this work.TSB: Cable ferry went adrift after ice caused attachment failureA buildup of ice that broke mechanical components caused an Ottawa River cable ferry to go adrift, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said. Oncoming tows collide on Mississippi River, spilling oil from bargeAbout 6,800 gallons of crude oil spilled into the Lower Mississippi River after two barges collided near Reserve, La.Reactor vessel rolls off barge just before its delivery to a refineryA 485-ton stainless steel cylinder on its way to an oil refinery fell off a barge and plunged into Puget Sound while a crew was offloading it.Bar pilot rescued after falling into sea while trying to transfer from bulk ship to boatA Columbia River Bar Pilot was treated for hypothermia after falling into the Pacific Ocean during an attempted transfer between an outbound ship and the pilot boat. Cargo ship runs into docked vessel after pitch controls not in syncA general cargo ship collided with a moored bulk carrier while docking at a British Columbia berth as a result of a failure to synchronize central control with the starboard bridge wing controls.Class societies issue guidelines for preventing liquefaction sinkingsIn response to bulk carrier sinkings linked to liquefaction of cargoes of nickel ore, the Japanese classification society ClassNK has released new guidelines to measure the structural strength of cargo holds and the stability of new vessels specifically built to carry this ore.