Professional Mariner - Web-Exclusive 2014

Maritime Casualty News, December 2014

Bulker crewman found dead in Lake Huron The body of a 55-year-old sailor was recovered from Lake Huron several hours after he was reported missing by fellow crewmen aboard MV Lubie. The unidentified Polish sailor hadn’t been seen for at…

BrownWater News, December 2014

Hill appropriators fund government through FY 2015 House and Senate appropriators have released a $1 trillion spending bill, including over $5.5 billion for the civil works program of the Army Corps of Engineers, to fund most of the government through…

Shipbuilding News, December 2014

Bollinger delivers 11th fast response cutter Bollinger Shipyards Inc. announced delivery of William Trump, the 11th fast response cutter (FRC), to the U.S. Coast Guard. The 154-foot patrol craft William Trump is the latest in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC…

Germann: It’s time for maritime academies to ‘think small’

Back in the ‘60s, for those of you who are old enough to remember, the Volkswagen Beetle was “the” small car. Japanese compacts were a distant second, and many brands we know today did not even import into the U.S. until years later. Along with having the most popular small car, VW’s ad campaign was brilliant — “Think Small.” Their idea was simple; basic transportation need not be expensive.

Maritime Casualty News, November 2014

Containers fall from ship during offloading Three containers fell from a cargo ship during offloading in California and began drifting in a nearby waterway. The boxes fell from MV NYK Aquarius on Nov. 15 while it was unloading at the…

BrownWater News, November 2014

Midterm elections yield ‘a mix’ for waterways stakeholders Debra Colbert, senior vice president of Waterways Council Inc., concluded Nov. 5 that the midterm elections yielded “a mix of outcomes for waterways stakeholders.” On the positive side, “key Senate leadership and…

Shipbuilding News, November 2014

Burger Boat delivers RV Arcticus Burger Boat Co. delivered a 78-foot research vessel to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) on Oct. 17. RV Arcticus replaced the 38-year-old RV Grayling and brought the USGS Great Lakes Science Center’s (GLSC) large…

Salyers: Towboat crews need to rest during hitch and at home

Whether you work shoreside or live/work on a towboat, you’re always trying to improve your quality of life. With technology and resources at your fingertips — which is both a pro and a con — information about nutrition, exercise, managing…

Maritime Casualty News, October 2014

Coast Guard urges safe tank barge cleaning to prevent explosions The U.S. Coast Guard is recommending that personnel involved with tank cleaning, stripping or gas freeing of flammable cargoes review industry safety guidelines.  As a result of recent casualties involving…

BrownWater News, October 2014

Hours of three locks on Upper Mississippi to be reduced The Army Corps of Engineers plans to reduce the hours of operation of three Mississippi River locks in Minneapolis, Minn. — Upper and Lower St. Anthony Falls, and Lock and…

Shipbuilding News, October 2014

Two tugs delivered to Signet Maritime This past summer, Signet Maritime took delivery of Signet Arcturus and Signet Polaris, the eighth and ninth tugboats designed for the company by Robert Allan Ltd., to add to its fleet of 37 conventional…

Maritime Casualty News, September 2014

Coast Guard calls for action on air-draft-related accidents Over the past 11 years, the U.S. Coast Guard has counted 205 air-draft-related accidents at bridges, including fixed, swing, lift and drawbridges. There have been several additional incidents in which vessels have…

BrownWater News, September 2014

Mixed views of U.S. maritime industry Mark Tabbutt, chairman of Saltchuk Resources, a major transportation and distribution company, told the House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee on Sept. 10 that the American maritime industry is “strong, vibrant and growing.”…

Shipbuilding News, September 2014

Eastern delivers new towboat to Florida Marine Eastern Shipbuilding Group Inc. announced the delivery of M/V Kimberly Hidalgo (Hull 188) to Florida Marine Transporters Inc., of Mandeville, La., in August. The towboat is one of a series of three vessels…

Maritime Casualty News, August 2014

Mass. ferry twice leaves passengers stranded at sea  A Massachusetts passenger vessel has suffered two casualties this summer. The 83-foot Cetacea is a ferry that also serves as a whale-watching boat. On July 28, with 163 people aboard for a…

BrownWater News, August 2014

TSA implements TWIC OneVisit program The American Waterways Operators has advised the industry that the Transportation Security Administration has begun implementing a program that reforms the process by which mariners and other transportation workers receive their required Transportation Worker Identification…

Shipbuilding News, August 2014

Harvey Gulf orders hybrid MPFSV at Eastern Shipbuilding Harvey Gulf International Marine Inc., of New Orleans, has awarded Eastern Shipbuilding Group a contract to construct a hybrid Multi-Purpose Field Support Vessel (MPFSV) of Robert Allan RAmpage 6400 design. The vessel…

BrownWater News, July 2014

Aging waterway infrastructure major challenge for COE Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, Army chief of engineers and commanding general of the Army Corps of Engineers (COE), said June 26 that a major challenge facing the Corps is the nation’s “aging, deteriorating…

Shipbuilding News, July 2014

Senesco builds tractor tug for McAllister McAllister Towing commissioned its newest tractor tug in late June. The 5,150-hp Buckley McAllister is a Jensen design and is named for company president Buckley McAllister. The vessel length is 96 feet overall with…