Ferry master found guilty of not reporting accident

Former ferry master David Birchall, was convicted and fined $750 and ordered to pay $130 court costs in the Wellington District Court, after being found guilty on a charge of failing to report the incident, in which the Santa Regina came within about 100 meters of rocks in Tory Channel.
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Landing craft capsizes in Alaska

The motor vessel (M/V) Pegasus, a 61-foot landing craft with two people onboard  owned by Gumption Leasing LLC, lost two containers and an excavator after overturning on its way to an unknown worksite at 11:35 a.m. this morning. A small boat from Station Juneau is on scene as well as an Air Station Sitka rescue helicopter monitoring the vessel. Marine…
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Right Whale Protection Guide now available on CD

NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Coast Guard have developed a computer-based, interactive guide and training resource for avoiding North Atlantic right whales ship-strikes. The CD program, A Prudent Mariners Guide to Right Whale Protection provides key educational and support information intended for shipboard operations in areas where North Atlantic right whales may be present. Additionally, the program includes guidelines for…
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U.S. oil tanker firm penalized for concealing vessel pollution

WASHINGTON—Overseas Shipholding Group Inc. (OSG) was sentenced today in Beaumont, Texas, to pay $10 million as part of a $37 million criminal settlement with the United States involving 33 felony counts, 12 oil tankers and ports located in Beaumont, Boston, Mass., Portland, Maine, San Francisco, Calif., and Wilmington, N.C., announced Ronald J. Tenpas, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice…
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Coast Guard seeks mariner feedback

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Coast Guard announced today that its Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee has established a mechanism to provide ongoing feedback on the mariner licensing and documentation program and the relocation of the National Maritime Center.  “The committee is reaching out to organizations such as trade associations, labor unions, and educational institutions to obtain their feedback, as well…
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Merchant Vessels of the United States Data on CD

Merchant Vessels of the United States is a data file of merchant and recreational vessels documented under the laws of the United States by the U.S. Coast Guard. The file is used by boat and yacht brokers as a source of managing owner information and by State offices for tax and other legal purposes. The Merchant Vessels of the United…
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Coast Guard seeks public input for waterway study in Rhode Island

(EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I.) The Coast Guard is conducting waterways analysis reviews of Narragansett Bay, R.I., (East and West passage) and Mount Hope Bay/Sakonnet River, R.I.  The waterways analysis review is used to determine the effectiveness of aids to navigation within the waterways. A public meeting will be held in Bristol, Rhode Island on July 16. The following areas will be reviewed:   1)  …
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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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