Professional Mariner - October 2008

Norfolk Tug acquires startup James River Barge Line

(NORFOLK, Va.) -- Norfolk Tug Co. bought James River Barge Line Inc. for an undisclosed price, the Daily Press of Newport News, Va., reported. T. Parker Host Inc. sold off the container cargo line because of the weak economy. The…

Feds praise whistleblowers in Genmar Defiance guilty verdicts

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Department or Justice:   (WASHINGTON) -- A federal jury in Corpus Christi, Texas returned guilty verdicts against General Maritime Management (Portugal), the operator of a fleet of…

Great Lakes states may enforce own ballast rules, court says

(DULUTH, Minn.) -- A federal court has ruled that states may have their own ballast water rules, Minnesota Public Radio reported. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Michigan's ballast regulations, and Minnesota's permit system went into effect Oct. 1.…

Coast Guard boards New England tugs to check mariner licenses

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:   (BOSTON) -- Coast Guard personnel throughout New England recently launched an operation to ensure that commercial tugs are following rules, regulations and licensing procedures.…

Cruise West adds summer service on Columbia and Snake rivers

(PENDLETON, Ore.) -- Cruise West plans to add summer passenger service on the Columbia and Snake rivers, the East Oregonian newspaper of Pendleton reported. The move follows an announcement that Majestic America will discontinue cruise service in the region. Cruise West's…

Sealer deaths prompt TSB report to urge safer towing in ice

(OTTAWA) -- The deaths of four sealers off Cape Breton has prompted the government to call for safer towing practices, CBC reported. Canada's Transportation Safety Board issued a report recommending stricter policies for towing small vessels in ice and to…

Slowdown at Charleston container port hurts tugboat operators

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- A slowdown at Charleston's container port is hurting maritime businesses including tugboat operators, the Wall Street Journal reported. The port authority says it is rethinking some business plans after losing volume due to the economic slowdown and…

British Columbia mariner killed when bow gate opens in rough seas

(BELLA BELLA, British Columbia) -- A Vancouver Island mariner was killed when a bow gate opened unexpectedly in rough seas, the Times-Colonist newspaper of Victoria reported. The man was transporting silviculture workers on a 35-foot flat-bottom Sealander in Burke Channel. The vessel listed…

U.S. admiral: Mariners can use evasive measures to thwart pirates

(WASHINGTON) -- A U.S. naval commander says there are evasive, not-violent measures that mariners can take to thwart a pirate boarding off Somalia, the New York Times reported. The admiral suggests that ship officers make rudder adjustments, vary speeds and…

Diesel makers expanding capacity to reduce delivery delays

Riding a wave of growth in commercial shipbuilding that shows few signs of ebbing, manufacturers of marine diesel engines continue to expand capacity and increase production at facilities worldwide. The towboat Ann Peters, damaged during Hurricane Katrina, was refurbished by…

Ambrose Light, deemed obsolete, passes into history

It was New York Harbor’s beacon for 41 years. Now Ambrose Light is a thing of the past — a victim both of a maritime accident and of progress. After the 76-foot light tower was smashed by a tanker ship…

Ferries find new life on Long Island Sound

The Wronowski family of New London, Conn., owns a string of marine companies along the Thames River waterfront, including Cross Sound Ferry Services and Block Island Ferry Services. When the Wronowskis go abroad to buy new ferries, they most often…