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 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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Coast Guard took no action before Cosco Busan struck bridge

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- November 18, 2007) The Coast Guard maintained radio silence for the two minutes before Cosco Busan struck the San Franciso Bay Bridge last week, neglecting to inform the crew of the impending collision. Coast Guard official have defended the decision, saying they were trying to limit communications during the "critical maneuver." Cocso Busan pilot John Cota has…
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Congressional hearings into San Francisco Bay Oil Spill

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- November 19, 2007) The first major congressional hearing into the "chain of errors" in the San Francisco Bay oil spill begins Monday at the Presidio, and the questions are almost certain to produce damning answers for the Coast Guard and for the operators of the ship that spilled the fuel that has been fouling beaches along…
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Seacor Marine receives newest vessel, John Coghill

(HOUMA, LA -- November 12, 2007) Seacor Marine announced today that it received delivery of its newest vessel, M/V John Coghill. Named in honor of a retired Seacor Marine employee, John Coghill is a 265-ft. Anchor Handling Towing Supply vessel (AHTS) featuring an environmentally friendlier, lower emission diesel electric power plant and 10,750 total horsepower from four Caterpillar 3516 diesel…
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Coast Guard presents first Captain Domenic A. Calicchio Award

(PORTSMOUTH, VA -- November 7, 2007) The Coast Guard dedicate and presented its first Captain Domenic A. Calicchio Award at the Coast Guard Training Center, Yorktown, Va. The award will be presented to the Investigating Officer Course graduate who, as elected by fellow classmates, most exemplifies the personal and professional qualities exhibited by Calicchio. The Coast guard considers Calicchio’s  service…
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Small cruise ship runs aground in Virginia

(PORTSMOUTH, VA -- November 9, 2007) The Coast Guard and local authorities  removed passengers from the cruise ship Spirit of Nantucket that ran aground in the Intracoastal Waterway near the Pungo region of Virginia Beach, Va., Nov. 8.The Coast Guard was notified at approximately 6:16 a.m. today from the captain by phone. He indicated the ship was taking on water, and that he intentionally…
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