NTSB says failure to pin spuds securely led to fatal fire

Washington, DC -- The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the failure of Athena Construction to require its crews to pin mooring spuds securely in place on its barges led to an unintentional release of one of the spuds. This resulted in a pipeline rupture that killed six. On October 12, 2006, the uninspected towing vessel Miss Megan was…
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Coast Guard names new head of Deepwater program

U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Ronald J. Rábago  has taken over from Rear Adm. Gary T. Blore as program executive officer of the Deepwater program , the U.S. Coast Guard’s $24 billion, 25-year  modernization initiative. Blore is slated to become the next assistant commandant for acquisition and chief acquisition officer of the Coast Guard. The shift in leadership at the…
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CLNG holds signing ceremony for LNG standards

The Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) is to hold a signing ceremony June 5 between the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD), and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, State maritime academies, and maritime union training facilities to enter into a formal agreement to develop national Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) training standards for U.S. mariners.   Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton, U.S. Merchant…
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NTSB says docking pilot was probable cause of grounding

The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded that the probable cause of the grounding of New Delhi Express was the error of the docking pilot in not using all available resources to determine the vessel's position as he navigated the Kill Van Kull waterway.  Contributing to the cause of the grounding was the failure of the docking pilot and a…
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Maine Maritime schooner Bowdoin to set sail

Maine Maritime Academy’s schooner Bowdoin will sail to southern ports in Virginia and Maryland, and make port calls in New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island in June as part of the college’s sail-training curriculum.  The vessel is scheduled to get underway on Wednesday, May 30, between 1000 and 1100. A highlight of this year’s sail training cruise and subsequent summer…
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Hospital ship Africa Mercy arrives in Liberia

Mercy Ships announced that its newest vessel, Africa Mercy, the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship, has docked in Monrovia following the vessel’s maiden voyage from the U.K.  Since 1978, Mercy Ships has used hospital ships to deliver free health care to the poor. Africa Mercy effectively doubles Mercy Ships’ capacity to provide free health care and community development services.After serving…
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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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