Tanker hits Ambrose Light tower

(NEW YORK, NY -- November 9, 2007) The U.S. Coast Guard is conducting an investigation to determine how a 799-foot tanker ship struck the Ambrose Light navigation aid at 2 a.m.on Nov. 3.   Ambrose Light is a 76-foot structure that sits about 12 miles southeast of Staten Island, N.Y., and watches over the main shipping lanes to New York…
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State hopes Nichols Bros. will reopen

(FREELAND, WA -- November 9, 2007) State officials have expressed hope that the closing of Nichols Bros. Boat Builders will be only temporary.The shipyard on Whidbey Island in Washington laid off its workers and closed its doors on Nov. 2. But according to a story by the Associated Press, state transportation officials still hope that Nichols Bros. will remain in…
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Retail container traffic continues below last year’s levels

(WASHINGTON, DC -- November 6, 2007) A monthly Port Tracker report released today reveals that traffic levels at the nation’s major retail container ports are dropping for the second month in a row as compared to last year’s levels. The report, released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Global Insight, predicts that levels will continue either flat or below…
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Pacific Northwest boat builder closes it doors

(FREELAND, WA -- November 3, 2007) Nichols Bros. Boat Builders Inc., which has operated on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound since 1964, has laid off its workers and closed.   The family-owned shipyard employed about 250 people. The company’s financial problems were compounded by two lawsuits filed by customers who say Nichols Bros. failed to meet deadlines for delivery of…
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Dynamic positioning authority Jenssen receives Distinguished Achievement award

Nils Albert Jenssen (left) and Mr. Howard Shatto, the Conference Chairman (right), at the Marine Technology Society's Distinguished Achievement award ceremony. (HOUSTON, TX – October 30, 2007) The Marine Technology Society has honored Kongsberg Maritime veteran Nils Albert Jenssen with a Distinguished Achievement award for his services to dynamic positioning (DP). Jenssen, who is internationally recognized as one of the…
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Wärtsilä fuel cell prototype starts operation

Above and below, the Wärtsilä WFC20 alpha-prototype fuel cell (ESPOO, FINLAND -- October 24, 2007) The Wärtsilä Fuel Cell Program has reached a significant milestone in its development of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology. Yesterday, the first Wärtsilä WFC20 fuel cell, a 20 kWe alpha-prototype, was warmed up for the first time at the Wärtsilä Fuel Cell Laboratory in Espoo, Finland.…
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Increasingly, the first step in salvage is the removal of harmful liquids

Diver Mike Lucia prepares to head below from  the dive support vessel Sea Trader to the research vessel Ocean Leader, which sank in 170 feet of water off the coast of Veracruz, Mexico. (Photos courtesy Global Diving and Salvage) Before salvage operations can begin, many salvage companies now require that any potentially polluting liquids first be recovered from a sunken…
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Congress holds hearing on allegations of bias by Coast Guard administrative law judges

Jeffie J. Massey, a retired administrative law judge, testifying before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee that the Coast Guard pressures judges to rule in its favor. (Baltimore Sun/Jed Kirschbaum) For years mariners have suspected that, when they must face justice in the U.S. Coast Guard administrative law system, the deck is stacked against them. Now influential members of Congress…
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Connecticut adds its coastal waters to growing list of no-discharge zones

Only two states besides Connecticut — Rhode Island and New Hampshire, both of them also in New England — have designated all their coastal waters as no-discharge zones. Massachusetts, which has taken a more gradual approach, may have all its waters as no-discharge zones within five years. (Ginny Howe Illustration/Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) In July, Connecticut became the third…
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Vessel designs, better agents aid firefighting

A depiction of one of the 140-foot fireboats Robert Allan Ltd. is designing for New York with a pumping capacity of 50,000 gpm. (Courtesy Robert Allan Ltd.)   When a ship fire breaks out and seconds count, the latest vessel designs, equipment and agents increase the chances for a fast, effective response. Increasingly vessels that serve primarily in support roles…
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