Professional Mariner - May 2007

NTSB says docking pilot was probable cause of grounding

The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded that the probable cause of the grounding of New Delhi Express was the error of the docking pilot in not using all available resources to determine the vessel's position as he navigated the…

LNG training agreement reached for U.S. mariners

Suez LNG, Massachusetts Maritime Academy and the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots (MM&P) have reached an agreement to recruit, train, and supply U.S citizen mariners for service on the LNG tankers owned or chartered by Suez LNG. Suez…

Hospital ship Africa Mercy arrives in Liberia

Mercy Ships announced that its newest vessel, Africa Mercy, the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship, has docked in Monrovia following the vessel’s maiden voyage from the U.K.  Since 1978, Mercy Ships has used hospital ships to deliver free health care…

Maine Maritime schooner Bowdoin to set sail

Maine Maritime Academy’s schooner Bowdoin will sail to southern ports in Virginia and Maryland, and make port calls in New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island in June as part of the college’s sail-training curriculum.  The vessel is scheduled to get…

Captain jailed under Seaman's Manslaughter Statute is set free

Although a captain convicted using the Seaman's Manslaughter Statute has been released from jail, the lawyer representing the owner of his vessel said industry groups should lobby to have this law changed. Capt. Wolfgang Schroder was released from jail on…

Barge runs up on lock wall, spills volatile cargo

0hio River traffic was halted for more than 12 hours and traffic on a nearby interstate highway bridge was disrupted for several hours following a Feb. 27 accident involving a barge carrying 960,000 gallons of highly flammable cumene. The accident…

Coast Guard takes over management of Deepwater program

The Coast Guard has dumped the controversial private-sector venture it hired to manage the Deepwater program. In April, Commandant Adm. Thad Allen announced that Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS) would no longer serve as the prime contractor for the fleet…

Crowley rescue tug aids disabled ship

A rescue tug stationed at Neah Bay on the Strait of Juan de Fuca proved its worth in March by towing a disabled ship to Port Angeles, Wash.On March 2 the Crowley tug Gladiator came to the aid of the…

Containership grounding in New York blamed on contaminated fuel

The Hapag-Lloyd containership Kobe Express ran aground outside New York Harbor on March 17, after losing power as a result of contaminated fuel. According to U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Rekiya Jansen, the single-hull vessel was outbound from Bayonne, N.J.,…

No-smoking regs proposed for U.K. waters

Britain is formulating no-smoking regulations designed to eliminate second-hand smoke aboard almost all commercial vessels operating in U.K. waters. After the final consultation period seeking public and industry comments ends on May 11, the final regulations are expected to come…

Class B AIS is coming, growing pains included

"All AIS is good; and Class B is going to give people a better picture of what's going on out there, no question about it, but my problem with it is that update rate of just once every 30 seconds,"…

Ship carrying container cranes collides with dredge barge

The 38,519-gross-ton heavy-load carrier Zhen Hua 16, carrying four new container cranes, collided with the dredge barge Cherokee in the Port of Wilmington, N.C., at about 1715 on Feb. 3. As Zhen Hua 16 approached a planned starboard turn to…