Professional Mariner - September 2013 September 1, 2013 Professional Mariner Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin After blackouts, cruise lines say they will install more backup powerCarnival Corp. and the rest of the cruise industry have promised to install additional emergency backup power aboard each ship, creating complex and expensive technical puzzles for marine engineers. Growth in oil activity stimulates orders for new Jones Act tankersThe U.S.-flag fleet is set to grow, fueled in part by the growing domestic petroleum market. Marine warranty surveyors form association, headed by an AmericanAs offshore oil and gas development projects expand worldwide, so does the need for accredited marine warranty surveyors who can provide a consistent and robust level of service. Vibration aboard high-speed boats can cause serious health problemsWhole Body Vibration is one of the hazards of operating small, high-speed craft including passenger, light cargo, search-and-rescue, law-enforcement and rigid hull inflatable boats in choppy water. McAllister to develop box-carrying ATB for new short-sea ventureMaine Port Authority has hired McAllister Towing to design a containerized articulated tug-barge (ATB) for a short-sea shipping route proposed between Portland, Maine, and New York City. Compactness, power make this the handiest tug in Puerto RicoIn late April 2012, Capt. Neftali Padilla and a crew arrived at the Great Lakes Shipyard in Cleveland, Ohio. It was his second trip to Cleveland, this time to deliver a new tugboat called Handy-Three to Puerto Rico Towing & Barge Co. located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Towboat built in 1975 gets new engines, new pilothouse and a new lease on life“Out with the old and in with the new” was certainly the theme carried out during a repowering and rehabilitation project completed recently of Capt. R.P. Gettelfinger, a veteran Mississippi River line-haul towboat. Maine ‘mail boat’ delivers more than just letters to islandersMaquoit II is no ordinary ferry. Bisso’s upgraded ASD tugs handle the Mississippi’s strong currentsCapt. Christian Hoffman maneuvered the 96-foot azimuthing stern drive tug Beverly B alongside the bow of Energy 11103, a 391-foot Hornbeck tank barge made up to the 126-foot tug Freedom Service, upriver from New Orleans on the Mississippi River. Italian probe: Captain’s recklessness, crew’s mistakes caused deadly cruise-ship sinkingA captain who took an unscheduled side trip using the wrong scale chart and sailing too fast, too close to a poorly lit coastline were among the causes of the Costa Concordia disaster, an Italian investigator report said.Captain agrees to plead guilty to seaman’s manslaughter in 2011 parasailing deathThe captain of a powerboat that was involved in a fatal parasailing accident in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2011 pleaded guilty to seaman’s manslaughter. The company that owned the vessel pleaded no contest. Tanker gets stuck alongside New Hampshire bridge after mooring failsA 473-foot tanker broke loose from a pier and came to rest against a bridge on the river separating New Hampshire and Maine, resulting in $3 million in damage to the ship and bridge. NTSB: Ship crashed into Ky. bridge because of pilot’s error, faulty lightsA cargo ship struck and destroyed a Kentucky bridge span last year because of the operator’s over-reliance on a contract pilot and failure to consult electronic charting and radar, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said. Oil spill leads to fire, environmental cleanup aboard ship at ValdezA small fire broke out aboard a general cargo ship after mineral oil spilled out of containers, triggering a two-week environmental response at a Valdez, Alaska, dock.Tanker and bulk carrier collide while passing in the Gulf of MexicoTwo large ships sailing in opposite directions suffered hull damage after a T-bone-style collision near Galveston, Texas. The incident involving the 900-foot oil tanker Profit and the 625-foot bulk carrier Imperial Spirit occurred at about 0550 on May 30 as… Tanker, barges damaged in Houston collision during poor visibilityAn outbound Aframax oil tanker was damaged in a collision with multiple barges traveling inbound in the Houston Ship Channel. The June 2 accident tore a gash in the 800-foot Minerva Maya and caused all five barges to break away… Onboard cranes getting bigger, safer, more efficientA global rebound in offshore oil and gas exploration is helping to drive demand for shipboard cranes that are larger, more technologically advanced and safer to operate than their predecessors.Five years later, a smoother trip through the TWIC processAnyone who holds a U.S. Coast Guard-issued Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) must have a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card.