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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Mariner groups pressing for changes to Seaman’s Manslaughter Statute

Capt. Wolfgang Schroder was released in February after spending four months in jail following his conviction under the Seaman's Manslaughter Statute. (Courtesy Jonas Lyborg)   Galvanized by the jailing of Capt. Wolfgang Schroder, U.S. maritime organizations are initiating a lobbying effort to change the Seaman's Manslaughter Statute.The Council of American Master Mariners Inc. and the Seamen's Church Institute began contacting…
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Fate of two LNG terminals in Maine hinges on dispute over right of innocent passage

LNG terminals have been proposed for Robbinston and Perry, Maine, on Passamaquoddy Bay. To reach the terminals, tankers would have to pass through the Canadian waters of Head Harbour Passage.  Depths shown are in meters. (Ginny Howe Illustration/Source: Maptech Inc. and Quoddy Pilots USA) It's a localized dispute at the easternmost harbor in the United States, pitting economic interests in…
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Ex-Engineer of the Year to head Deepwater

Rear Adm. Ronald J. Rábago will be directing the Coast Guard's efforts to reassert control over its $24 billion modernization program. (Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard) Promising to develop in-house acquisitions expertise, the Coast Guard has tapped a former Engineer of the Year to take over leadership of its troubled Deepwater program.Rear Adm. Ronald J. Rábago is the new program executive…
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American Salvage Association elects new leaders

(WASHINGTON, DC –- October 12, 2007) The American Salvage Association (ASA) has announced the election of John A. Witte, Jr. as its president for the 2007-2009 term. Witte, who also acts as executive vice president of Donjon Marine Co., will succeed George Wittich, president of the association since 2005 and vice president of American Marine Corp.   Mauricio Garrido is…
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Capt. Ashemeyer announces retirement after 45 years in industry

(SAN PEDRO, CA -- October 11, 2007) After 45 years in the maritime industry, Captain Manny Aschemeyer has announced that he will retire as executive director of the Marine Exchange of Southern California. On March 31st, 2008, at the age of 67, he will be succeeded by Capt. Dick McKenna, currently deputy executive director of MX-SoCal. Aschemeyer and McKenna worked closely…
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U.S. ports support reducing emissions from ships

(NORFOLK, VA -- October 10, 2007) The members of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) are putting their support behind new, tougher standards for air emissions from both foreign and domestic ships. Representing 160 public port authorities in North and Central America, the AAPA decided on the emissions-limiting agenda at a meeting in Virginia last week.The AAPA is modeling the…
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Two ships being built by Aker Philadelphia to be used as shuttle tankers

(PHILADELPHIA, PA -- October 8, 2007) Two vessels owned by Aker American Shipping (AAS), a builder of commercial ships, will be the first shuttle tankers operating in compliance with the U.S. Jones Act. The 46,000-dwt Veteran Class tankers will be used at the Chinook and Cascade fields in the Gulf of Mexico.AAS is collaborating with Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG), a major…
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Rider named to head Seamen’s Church Institute

(NEW YORK, NY -- October 4, 2007) The Rev. David M. Rider has been named president and executive director of the Seamen's Church Institute of New York and New Jersey. Rider succeeds the Rev. Dr. Jean R. Smith, who is retiring after 17 years of service. Rider comes to SCI after 10 years with The Church Pension Group, where he…
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Crowley to build larger, faster ATBs

(JACKSONVILLE, FL -- September 27, 2007) Crowley Maritime Corporation has signed a contract to build three articulated tug-barge (ATB), 330,000-barrel tank vessels, the largest in the company's history and the fastest in their class. VT Halter Marine will construct the 750-class barges in its shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss.  Dakota Creek will build the 45,000 deadweight ton, 600-foot tugs in its Anacortes, Wash.,…
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