NTSB: SEACOR Power capsized as crew prepared to drop legs

NTSB: SEACOR Power capsized as crew prepared to drop legs

Facing an unexpectedly strong storm, crew aboard the lift boat SEACOR Power began lowering the vessel’s retractable legs in an effort to ride out the weather. Moments later, the 234-foot vessel rolled over as the helmsman turned into the wind, according to preliminary report on the April 13 capsizing in the Gulf of Mexico. “Before the turn was completed, SEACOR…
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Fire disables U.S.-bound containership off California coast

Fire disables U.S.-bound containership off California coast

The containership NYK Delphinus lost electrical power and propulsion after a fire damaged the engine room while it was operating off the California coast. Crew reported the fire at about 0500 on May 14, when the 964-foot ship was about 50 miles west of Monterey. The fire left the vessel adrift in the Pacific Ocean for more than a day…
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Crewmember hurt when N.J. ferry grounds in East River

A high-speed catamaran ferry experienced an unspecified mechanical issue in New York City’s East River before running aground in a Brooklyn inlet. The 150-foot Seastreak Commodore had 118 passengers and seven crew on board when it grounded in Bushwick Inlet in Brooklyn on June 5 at about 1615. One crewmember was taken to a hospital for observation. No passengers were hurt, and no…
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Golden Ray salvage resumes after wreckage catches fire

Golden Ray salvage resumes after wreckage catches fire

Salvage work has resumed near Brunswick, Ga., following a fire inside the Golden Ray wreck that burned for roughly seven hours. Workers noticed smoke emanating from the capsized vehicle carrier around noon on May 14. At the time, crews were using cutting torches and preparing to separate two sections of the ship, according to U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Michael…
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Bulker leaves channel, grounds near entrance to North Carolina port

A foreign-flagged bulk carrier loaded with agricultural products ran aground near Morehead City, N.C., and it required help from multiple tugboats to refloat.  The 590-foot Kite Bay became stuck May 25 at about 0700 on the sandy bottom in Beaufort Inlet. The vessel grounded completely outside the navigation channel near the entrance to the port, Coast Guard spokeswoman Katherine Blue said. The service is investigating the incident, which…
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Simulator  advances meet pandemic  demand for  remote training

Simulator advances meet pandemic demand for remote training

In an era where movies and video games use computer-generated images to create realistic scenes, it should be no surprise that the same technology has found a home in maritime training. This has long been the dream across multiple industries. For instance, one of the first government computer research programs after World War II aimed to provide navy pilots with…
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By oar and by sail, Coastal interns get a summer of seasoning

By oar and by sail, Coastal interns get a summer of seasoning

You learn to ride a bike by falling. You learn to swim by not drowning. A sailor learns to sail by sailing. And it helps if they sweat at it. This is the idea behind the Summer Mariner Program at Coastal Transportation Inc. (CTI). As the last U.S. fleet operating “stick ships,” Coastal’s refrigerated freighters travel the Inside Passage of…
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Tips for a trouble-free travel day

My wife and I pulled up at the ferry terminal passenger drop off area and parked our truck. I grabbed my bags and the lunch she made me for the trip, and after a short hug and kiss, headed down to board the 0440 ferry. A few minutes later the ship got underway, and the island faded in our wake.…
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