Catching Covid-19 on a commercial ship

For mariners working on commercial vessels, the process of obtaining official documents is not the only change Covid-19 has brought. In October, President Biden mandated masks be worn on board all U.S.-flagged commercial vessels. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) backed the mandate and added some recommendations of its own.  Along with wearing masks, the CDC advises crews on…
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Infrastructure plan contains billions  for maritime industry

Infrastructure plan contains billions for maritime industry

The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill recently passed by Congress will pump billions of dollars into the American system of roads, bridges and tunnels. Equally important is the money it makes available for the nation’s maritime industry. The vast spending package allocates some $17 billion in maritime spending, along with additional maritime funding through separate programs. Money will be available for…
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Lack of communication cited in fatal Texas tanker collision By Michael Joe

Lack of communication cited in fatal Texas tanker collision By Michael Joe

A fatal collision in dense fog between a tanker and a commercial fishing vessel near Galveston, Texas, was caused by the fishing vessel’s imprudent course and lack of communication, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said.  The shrimp trawler Pappy’s Pride overturned and sank in the Outer Bar Channel after colliding with Bow Fortune at 1537 on Jan. 14, 2020.…
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Engine fire disables Florida Marine tow in Ohio River

Engine fire disables Florida Marine tow in Ohio River

A towboat caught fire in the Ohio River near Cincinnati and went adrift with its 15-barge tow before a good Samaritan vessel pushed it against the bank.  The 4,000-hp Capt. Kirby Dupuis, operated by Florida Marine Transporters (FMT), was upbound when the fire started Nov. 9 at about 0730. The tow was near mile marker 500 at the time.  The…
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Crew inattention cited in Lower Mississippi anchor-dragging incident

Crew inattention cited in Lower Mississippi anchor-dragging incident

Nomadic Milde sustained more than $5 million in damage. The ship’s path before hitting the anchored Atlantic Venus. Nomadic Milde hit the bow of Atlantic Venus before colliding with a nearby chemical dock. Nomadic Milde sustained more than $5 million in damage. Previous Next A cargo ship that dragged anchor in the fast-moving Mississippi River struck another ship, then careened into…
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Ohio man accused of dropping pipe bombs onto passing tows

Federal authorities have charged an Ohio man who they say dropped pipe bombs onto tows passing below in the Ohio River. None of the devices detonated.  Nathaniel Blayn Becker, 42, of Marietta, Ohio, is accused of possessing an unregistered firearm and of attempting to destroy a maritime vessel.   According to court documents, a deck hand working aboard the towboat Janis R. Brewer spotted a 1.25-inch-by-24-inch pipe…
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Fishing captain cited after ‘near miss’ with Columbia River ro-ro 

An apparent “near miss” between a commercial fishing boat and a roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) cargo ship on the Columbia River near Astoria, Oregon, has yielded violations against the smaller vessel’s captain and owner. The incident involving the 587-foot Grand Race and the unidentified 48-foot fishing vessel happened on Nov. 29 near buoy No. 8 in the Columbia River navigation channel, the Coast Guard…
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Abrams Marine Group acquires Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy 

Abrams Marine Group has acquired Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy (MAMA) of Norfolk, Va. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Dave Abrams, CEO of Abrams Marine Group, also owns Training Resources Maritime Institute in San Diego. He intends to merge the two centers into a single organization that will be the largest maritime training company in the United States. Abrams intends…
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Metal Shark delivers 55-foot launch to  Pascagoula pilots

Metal Shark delivers 55-foot launch to Pascagoula pilots

The Pascagoula Bar Pilots’ Association has taken delivery of a 55-foot launch from Metal Shark.  Singing River Island was built using Metal Shark’s Defiant-class aluminum monohull design with modifications for pilotage, the shipyard said. Key features include nonskid decks from bow to stern and an array of safety rails and grab handles. The foredeck has boarding platforms on the port and…
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Kirby to pay $15M for 2014 Houston  Ship Channel spill 

Kirby to pay $15M for 2014 Houston Ship Channel spill 

Kirby Inland Marine will pay $15.3 million to resolve federal and state claims stemming from a 2014 collision and oil spill in the Houston Ship Channel.  The federal government and the state of Texas sought damages and reimbursements under the Oil Pollution Act stemming from the 2014 incident that spilled 4,000 barrels (168,000 gallons) of oil. The incident happened at…
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