Professional Mariner - March 2009

Another day in paradise for agile island tug

P&R Water Taxi is based in Kewalo Basin, where it builds its Tiger tugboats that work across Hawaii. The 4,400-hp Tiger 21 is one of more than a dozen Tiger tugs that P&R Water Taxi has built at its shipyard in Kewalo Basin, just west of Waikiki in downtown Honolulu. These nimble tugs, designed by P&R owner Charlie Pires with help from a Hawaiian naval architect, work in all of Hawaii’s commercial ports. P&R also has a contract to handle Navy ships in Pearl Harbor.

A lifetime of Crew Resource Management

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Bucking downturn, Houma-Thibodaux still gaining maritime jobs

(HOUMA, La.) -- The explosive growth in the Houma-Thibodaux region is decelerating, but the area is still experiencing a net gain of maritime jobs, the Daily Comet newspaper reported. Shipbuilding contracts and existing deepwater projects are keeping the employment outlook…

Cummings to hold hearing on Coast Guard civil rights problems

The following is the text of a announcement issued by U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md.:   (WASHINGTON) -- Tomorrow, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, will convene a hearing to…

Puget Sound Pilots

From his office, Capt. Delmar Mackenzie has a great view of Seattle’s harbor. But Seattle is not the only port he presides over as president of the Puget Sound Pilots. “We cover a large geographical area surpassing the combined areas…

Tug, barge strike bridge pylon in the Columbia River

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:   (SEATTLE) -- Coast Guard Sector Portland, Ore., is investigating a bridge allision involving the Tidewater Tug Defiance and the Hood River Bridge on the…

Defunct Hawaii Superferry leaves Honolulu, sails to Ala. (PHOTO)

(HONOLULU) -- The defunct Hawaii Superferry Alakai has departed Honolulu for its new temporary home in Alabama, the Honolulu Advertiser newspaper reported. The Superferry officials released a statement explaining that the vessel was being returned to the site of its…

Bisso Towboat gets ISM certification for its tug fleet

Alma S. is one of 13 tugs in Bisso Towboat's fleet. All of them received ISM certification from the American Bureau of Shipping. (Brian Gauvin) Bisso Towboat of New Orleans received ISM certification in November 2008 from the American Bureau…

Gunderson, Jeffboat busy filling contracts for new barges

Gunderson Marine and Jeffboat concluded 2008 amid a flurry of production, with Gunderson signing a contract to build eight additional deck cargo barges for Crowley Maritime Corp., and Jeffboat finishing a 50,000-barrel asphalt barge for Andrie Inc.Gunderson, a Portland, Ore.-based…

Historic nuclear ship gets makeover, but future remains in doubt

Savannah in Baltimore showing off its gleaming new paint. The colors are in accordance with the scheme from 1959, and were matched to contemporary color charts found in MarAd program records. (Photos courtesy U.S. Maritime Administration) The first time you…

Where the school bus is a boat

On a gray November dawn, Scholarship makes its way among the Gulf Islands of British Columbia to pick up students headed for their high school on Saltspring Island. The 42-foot boat can carry up to 40 passengers and cruises at…

Pigeon Point Lighthouse born out of tragic shipwrecks

The construction of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse 50 miles south of San Francisco was the result of multiple fatal incidents, especially the sinking of Coya and Hellespont in the 1860s. Dangerous rocks, unpredictable currents and persistent fog characterize the rugged…

Island Tug and Barge Co. commended for cold-water rescue

The following is an announcement from the U.S. Coast Guard:   Coast Guard to present public service awards to Island Tug and Barge employees - Media Advisory   WHO: Island Tug and Barge WHAT: Presentation of public service awards WHEN:…

Boat builders festival celebrates Washburn & Doughty recovery

The Seventh Annual Boothbay Boat Builders Festival on Sunday, Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will include the celebration of the recovery and rebuilding of the Washburn & Doughty Shipyard following last year’s fire. The festival takes place…

KVH offers airtime promotion

MIDDLETOWN, RI – The world’s economy is a frequent topic of conversation these days, which is helping to put a focus on value in every purchase from your morning coffee to cars and homes. Heeding the call, KVH Industries, Inc.announced…

Inspector general says EPA should get tougher on ship pollution

(WASHINGTON) -- The Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general says the agency should crack down on air pollution from ships, the Los Angeles Times reported. A report from the inspector general says the EPA has not been responsive to a call…

WESMAR Announces 12th Year of Technical Training

Woodinville, WA- 25 March 2009 – WESMAR has announced the dates for their popular Technical Training classes, which will be held this year on June 15–16 and again on August 17-18 at Company headquarters in Woodinville, WA. To date, over…

Coast Guard announces proposed TWIC reader requirements

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:   (WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Coast Guard announced today the Federal Register's publication of an advance notice of proposed rulemaking entitled "Transportation Worker Identification Credential…