Professional Mariner - March 2007

Liftboat sinks after crew of six is evacuated

The liftboat Juan sank on Dec. 30, following difficulties experienced during jack-up operations 70 miles south of Gibson, La. Juan, owned and operated by Montco Offshore, Golden Meadow, La., was operating in the Gulf of Mexico's outer continental shelf in…

Bouchard's ATB fleet leads the pack

It is hardly a race, but Bouchard Transportation of New York finished up in 2006 with the largest fleet of articulated tug barges (ATBs) in the nation. Other East Coast companies, notably Penn Maritime and K-Sea Transportation, are seemingly working…

Offshore LNG terminals approved by Massachusetts

The state of Massachusetts has approved construction of two offshore liquefied natural gas terminals.  The facilities for unloading gas from LNG tankers are to be located at points seven and 13 miles off Gloucester, Mass. The projects were approved by…

Heavy-lift ship sinks off Angola after unloading drilling rig

The semi-submersible heavy transport vessel Mighty Servant 3 developed a list and sank off the coast of Angola on Dec. 6, following the unloading of its cargo, the semi-submersible drilling platform Aleutian Key. The crew was rescued before the ship…

Charter captain pleads guilty to manslaughter

The charter fishing boat captain whose boat sank while attempting to cross the Umpqua River Bar in Oregon on Sept. 19, 2005, has pleaded guilty to three counts of seaman's manslaughter. In return for pleading guilty, the charter boat captain…

Phased sign-up program for biometric ID cards begins

As of March 2007, mariners must begin complying with the requirement to travel to an enrollment center to get a biometric ID with digital photo and fingerprints, called a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).   Developed with the U.S. Coast…

Ocean Group of Quebec introduces third tractor tug

Ocean Group (Groupe Océan), the Quebec-based company that dominates tug services on the St. Lawrence River, has added a third z-drive tractor tug to its fleet of 18 tugs, this one working in Quebec City while two others are handling…

Fast Tempo

The companies that support the offshore oil industry are adding substantial numbers of new vessels to their fleets. Nowhere is this more evident than deliveries in the fast, versatile, all-aluminum crew/supply boat segment.   Breaux Brothers Enterprises, Loreauville, La., is…

Coast Guard monitoring damaged rig to prevent sinking

The Coast Guard is monitoring a jack-up rig that was run aground this morning to prevent it from sinking approximately one mile offshore and six miles south of the Port Aransas jetties. The crew of the tug Vinton Crosby radioed…

Boat U.S. Foundation awards boating safety grants

The Boat U.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has awarded nearly $50,000 in grants to 23 nonprofit groups from Alaska to Florida to spread the message about safe boating practices. Since 1988, the foundation has awarded over three…