Captain jailed under Seaman’s Manslaughter Statute is set free

Although a captain convicted using the Seaman's Manslaughter Statute has been released from jail, the lawyer representing the owner of his vessel said industry groups should lobby to have this law changed. Capt. Wolfgang Schroder was released from jail on Feb. 7 after Callie V.S. Granade, chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Alabama, Southern District, disregarded sentencing guidelines…
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Port of Long Beach employing ROVs for underwater surveillance

In May, the Port of Long Beach began using two portable underwater robots with high-frequency sonar imaging capabilities as part of its new underwater surveillance system. The robots can be used from shore to search for dangerous objects on the port's piers, as well as the underwater surfaces of vessels, said Cosmo Perrone, director of security for Long Beach. They…
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No-smoking regs proposed for U.K. waters

Britain is formulating no-smoking regulations designed to eliminate second-hand smoke aboard almost all commercial vessels operating in U.K. waters. After the final consultation period seeking public and industry comments ends on May 11, the final regulations are expected to come into law in July 2007. The proposed rules are the result of smoke-free provisions of the Health Act of 2006.…
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2007 Plimsoll Awards go to class society group, longtime safety advocate, winch maker

The editors of Professional Mariner presented three Samuel Plimsoll awards for outstanding safety achievement on March 20 at the Connecticut Maritime Association's Shipping 2007 conference in Stamford, Conn. The individual award for outstanding service went to Richard C. Hiscock. Currently serving as Senior Professional Staff for the U.S. House of Representative's Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, Hiscock has…
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Coast Guard takes over management of Deepwater program

The Coast Guard has dumped the controversial private-sector venture it hired to manage the Deepwater program. In April, Commandant Adm. Thad Allen announced that Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS) would no longer serve as the prime contractor for the fleet modernization initiative. ICGS, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp., is eligible to compete for individual…
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Pilot project to test retrofitting technology for reducing emissions from diesel engines

In an effort to find ways to reduce air pollution from existing marine engines, APL is retrofitting one of its containerships with three promising innovations. The pilot project involves APL's post-Panamax 64,502-gross-ton, 5,108-TEU containership APL Singapore. The ship's two stroke, 66,398-hp MAN B&W 11K90MC-C diesel engine will be fitted with: • a water-fuel emulsion system developed by Sea to Sky…
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Offshore LNG terminals approved by Massachusetts

The state of Massachusetts has approved construction of two offshore liquefied natural gas terminals.  The facilities for unloading gas from LNG tankers are to be located at points seven and 13 miles off Gloucester, Mass. The projects were approved by Gov. Mitt Romney in December 2006. The state approvals were granted to Neptune LNG/Suez LNG and Northeast Gateway/Excelerate Energy. The…
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Phased sign-up program for biometric ID cards begins

As of March 2007, mariners must begin complying with the requirement to travel to an enrollment center to get a biometric ID with digital photo and fingerprints, called a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).   Developed with the U.S. Coast Guard, the program is run by the Transportation Security Administration. There will be a phased sign-up period, based on the…
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