Association for Rescue at Sea to recognize heroism

(WASHINGTON, DC -- September 6, 2007) The Association for Rescue at Sea (AFRAS) will honor Coast Guardsmen Joshua H. Mitchelltree and David Ramsey with gold medals for heroic actions during rescues they made last year.The association will also honor Harold T. Robinson, a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliarist, and the captain and crew of MV Patagonia for rescues that they performed.Mitcheltree…
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Conrad Industries wins Texas ferry contract

(GALVESTON, TX -- August 30, 2007) The Texas Department of Transportation awarded Conrad Industries a contract for the construction of a 264-foot passenger/vehicle ferry scheduled for delivery during 2009 with a contract price of $22.5 million. The ferry will transport up to 70 cars and work the Galveston terminal. The Puerto Rico and Municipal Islands Maritime Transportation Authority has executed…
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NASCO begins construction of product carriers

(SAN DIEGO, CA -- August 28, 2007) General Dynamics NASSCO has began construction of its first product carrier ship for U.S. Shipping Partners. NASSCO is building the ship from designs provided through its collaboration with DSEC of Korea, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering.  The San Diego shipyard is scheduled to lay the ship’s keel in December and…
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Crew of British research vessel gathers extraordinary and dangerous data on waves

The crew and scientists aboard the British ship RRS Discovery expected a routine scientific voyage to study global warming in the North Atlantic, perhaps with some rough seas. What they got instead was a terrifying ordeal and a fight for survival atop the largest waves ever measured on a ship.They won't ever forget the chaotic conditions they endured off the…
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Mariners would need both a biometric ID and qualifications document under new rules

Two proposed federal rules would require mariners to obtain a biometric identity card and would also combine four existing maritime credentials into one document.The ID cards would allow entry to designated ports and vessels, and the new Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) would contain all the mariner's professional qualifications.The two rules, which will be considered jointly, were first revealed on May…
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Efforts to revive high-speed ferry service on Lake Ontario come to an end

An attempt to resume high-speed passenger and vehicle ferry service across Lake Ontario between the U.S. and Canada is dead. For the second time in two years the venture has been halted by a variety of factors including high capital and operating costs, as well as operational and maintenance issues.Ownership of the 284-foot aluminum catamaran ferry is expected to pass…
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NTSB recommends firefighting training requirement for crews of small passenger vessels

Recent fires aboard small passenger vessels have prompted the National Transportation Safety Board to recommend that the U.S. Coast Guard require crews of these vessels to have firefighting training and that the fire detection systems on these vessels be constructed with approved components. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) cited the case of the 2004 fire in the engine room…
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Industry searching for better ways to reduce ballast tank corrosion

Improving the protection of ballast tanks from corrosion is an issue of increasing importance to regulators, shipyards and ship owners.In January 2006, Intertanko and the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) announced new revisions would be made to the IACS standards for corrosion prevention coatings in seawater ballast tanks.The purpose of the new guidelines is to "assist IACS inspectors in…
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