Professional Mariner - October 2007

EBDG completes well stimulation vessel contract design

The design of a well stimulation vessel for ONGC. (SEATTLE, WA -- November 21, 2007) Elliot Bay Design Group has completed the design phase of a contract awarded by the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) of India in early…

Bourbon Offshore inaugurates first training center in Marseilles

PARIS, FRANCE -- November 22, 2007, Bourbon Offshore inaugurated its first training center in France in the city of Marseilles. Developed by Offshore Simulator Center (OSC) in Norway, the training center was designed to provide seamen with theoretical knowledge and…

Nominations sought for 2007 Seamanship Trophy

(KINGS POINT, NY –- November 21, 2007) Nominations are now being accepted for the 2007 American Merchant Marine Seamanship Trophy.The trophy is awarded on behalf of America’s maritime industry to U.S. merchant mariners for deeds that exemplify the highest traditions…

Small cruise ship grounds on Alaskan island

The 143-foot cruise ship Spirit of Columbia grounded on the east side of Evans Island in Latouche Passage, near Whittier, Alaska, at about 0953 on Aug. 19.   There were 51 passengers and 21 crew on board the 514-gross-ton vessel…

Diesel-electric propulsion pushes ahead

First and Ten is one of 10 190-foot platform support vessels designed by Guido Perla & Associates and built by Bollinger for Rigdon Marine. (Courtesy Bollinger Shipyards Inc.) The evolution of ship propulsion has brought greater use of diesel-electric technology…

With a history of innovation, AmNav is ready for the future

Capt. Marc Fankhauser in the pilothouse of the AmNav tug Revolution. (Photos by Alan Haig-Brown) It would be an understatement to call the San Francisco Bay ship docking market highly competitive. As vessel and crew costs escalate, the several fleets…

Towboat executes rapid rescue of sinking harbor tug's crew

Capt. Tim Maxfield, master of Audrey Fouts.  He praised his crew for their quick and cool response to the emergency. (photos by Jeff Yates)   Capt. Tim Maxfield, master of the 3,200-hp towboat Audrey Fouts, credits routine safety drills for…

Ship pilots who use helicopters say they reduce the risks

Capt. William Worth, of the Columbia River Bar Pilots, descends from a helicopter to the deck of a bulk carrier just north of the Columbia River entrance buoy. The helicopter, an AgustaWestland 109 Power with two 640-hp Pratt & Whitney…

Neah Bay rescue tug service to continue

The state of Washington has renewed its contract with Crowley Maritime Corp. to station a rescue tug at the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca during the winter of 2007-2008.   The rescue tug program, which began in…

Coast Guard wants escorts for single-hull barges on Buzzards Bay

The region shaded darker blue is the area covered by New Coast Guard regulations. (Ginny Howe illustration) The U.S. Coast Guard has announced new regulations that require tugs pulling single-hull oil barges to be accompanied by a second tug when transiting…

Tug-barge hits boat anchored in channel

The Coast Guard is nearing the end of its probe into a fatal barge-recreational craft collision in western Long Island Sound in June, and the chief investigator says the agency is unlikely to take any action against the pleasure boater…

God of thunder packs a punch

Top, the double-ended tug Thor is powerful yet maneuverabie. Above, Capt. Blake Morgan assists an outbound ship in Galveston, Texas. (Photos by Brian Gauvin) Recently I joined the crew aboard Thor, Suderman & Young's new tug, and for now, the…

McClure and Boucher receive industry awards from NMEA

Mark Young (right), Chairman of the NMEA Board of Directors, presents Steve Boucher, CEO/Chairman of Airmar Technology Corporation with the prestigious NMEA Lifetime Achievement Award. (SEVERNA PARK, MD – November 11, 2007) The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) recognized two…