Nominations sought for 2007 Seamanship Trophy

(KINGS POINT, NY –- November 21, 2007) Nominations are now being accepted for the 2007 American Merchant Marine Seamanship Trophy.The trophy is awarded on behalf of America’s maritime industry to U.S. merchant mariners for deeds that exemplify the highest traditions of seamanship performed in the current calendar year.Nominees for the 2007 Seamanship Trophy must be U.S. citizen seafarers who have…
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With contract for third cutter, Coast Guard hopes design issues have been resolved

Bertholf, the first of eight National Security Cutters, sits at a berth at Northrop Grumman's shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. It is due for delivery in 2008. The second, Waesche, visible to the rear, is due for delivery in 2009. (Courtesy Northrop Grumman Ship Systems) The contract awarded in August 2007 to Northrop Grumman Ship Systems for construction of the third…
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Diesel-electric propulsion pushes ahead

First and Ten is one of 10 190-foot platform support vessels designed by Guido Perla & Associates and built by Bollinger for Rigdon Marine. (Courtesy Bollinger Shipyards Inc.) The evolution of ship propulsion has brought greater use of diesel-electric technology to meet challenges of reliability and increasingly stringent environmental standards.   Because of its versatility and redundancy, diesel-electric is adaptable…
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Neah Bay rescue tug service to continue

The state of Washington has renewed its contract with Crowley Maritime Corp. to station a rescue tug at the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca during the winter of 2007-2008.   The rescue tug program, which began in 1999, was extended in July when Crowley signed a new agreement to station the Invader-class tug Gladiator at Neah Bay…
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Coast Guard wants escorts for single-hull barges on Buzzards Bay

The region shaded darker blue is the area covered by New Coast Guard regulations. (Ginny Howe illustration) The U.S. Coast Guard has announced new regulations that require tugs pulling single-hull oil barges to be accompanied by a second tug when transiting Massachusetts' Buzzards Bay.   The new regulations, which go into effect Nov. 28, mirror some of the regulations that the…
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Slow-to-arrive z-drive units create headaches for tug operators and builders

Ocean Henry Bain is a new tug employing controllable-pitch propellers. The vessel is the third in a series of 5,000-hp z-drive tugs built for Ocean Group, a Quebec company that operates on the St. Lawrence River. The tug has Rolls-Royce drives with CP props in nozzles. (Mac McKay) What takes longer than ordering a new Toyota Prius, or, say, obtaining…
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Coast Guard plans to hire civilians to boost its troubled Marine Safety role

Lt. Cliff Harder of Sector Houston/Galveston describes procedures to Adm. Thad Allen, commandant of the Coast Guard, during a safety and security inspection of a chemical carrier in the Houston Ship Channel. Allen has acknowledged that the Coast Guard's resources have been stretched thin. (Photos courtesy U.S. Coast Guard)   The Coast Guard hopes to hire hundreds of civilian inspectors…
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Bender building six anchor handlers for Seacor Marine

Above, anchor handler John Coghill at its christening at the Bender shipyard in Mobile, Ala. The 265-foot anchor handler has a diesel-electric power plant comprising five Caterpillar generators producing 10,750 horsepower. (Courtesy Bender Shipbuilding and Repair) In early May, Seacor Marine LLC of Houma, La., christened the first of six anchor-handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels built by Bender Shipbuilding and…
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