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Mass Maritime’s Manned Model Shiphandling Program

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Nothing Beats Reality   As advances in computing power have made marine training via simulator more mainstream, the majority would contend that the most effective training is on the water, at the helm. While training on real-world vessels can be tough due to time and safety constraints, Massachusetts Maritime Academy maintains its unique solutions: the Manned Model Shiphandling Program on the Great Herring Pond.   The Manned Model Shiphandling Program at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy is unique in that it is only one of a handful in the world to offer mariner’s hands-on training courtesy of professionally built, scale models of real-world ships. But it is solely unique in one very important way. “Ours is the only USCG Approved Manned Models course in the world,” said Captain Michael R. Burns, Jr., Director, Massachusetts Maritime Center for Maritime & Professional Training. “Students seeking to upgrade their license to a senior level can perform many of the practical assessments they need for an upper level license while attending this course.” The Manned Model Shiphandling Program uses its fleet of four ‘ships’, including three single screw vessels and the new twin-screw tanker Boston. While the manned model program does have some limitations: namely the window of operation in the Northeast United States is middle of April through late October, and of course Mother Nature


Marine Towing of Tampa to Debut Tractor Tug

Marine Towing of Tampa, LLC will host a private dedication ceremony on Thursday, June 12 to debut its new tugboat, Patriot, at Port Tampa Bay. The Patriot is one of the few tugboats in the United States with open ocean firefighting capabilities spraying nearly 12,000 gallons per minute at a distance of 400 feet. Built in East Boothbay, Maine, the 93’ long, 5,000 horsepower tugboat equipped with two Tier 3 sixteen cylinder Caterpillar engines and two Rolls-Royce Z-drives will add to


Elliott Bay Design Announces Promotions

Elliott Bay Design Group has announced two promotions within the firm. Brian King has been named vice president of engineering and Douglas Wolff has been promoted to vice president of operations. Brian King joined Elliott Bay Design Group in 1988 as the Seattle-based firm's Chief Marine Engineer. In the role of vice president, King will oversee and manage the firm's engineering and technical resources, ensuring superior quality and technical excellence


WETA Awarded Blue & Gold Fleet Five-Year Contract

Water Emergency Transportation Authority Awards Ferry Operating Contract to Blue & Gold Fleet. At its October 6 Board of Directors meeting, the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) awarded Blue & Gold Fleet ("B&GF") a five-year contract for the operation of WETA's San Francisco Bay Ferry services. San Francisco Bay Ferry, which recently assumed operation of the Alameda/Oakland and Harbor Bay Ferries


Cement Barge Washes Ashore in Oak Bay

A Jan. 1, Vancouver Sun report stated that a 197 ft barge went aground in Oak Bay on New Year’s morning. The barge grounded in the waves of Enterprise Channel, the narrow body of water between Trial Island and Oak Bay. (Source: Vancouver Sun)


This Day in Naval History – August 23

1864 - RADM David Farragut's squadron captures Fort Morgan at Mobile Bay winning control of Mobile Bay 1958 - Massive concentration of Pacific Fleet in Quemoy-Matsu area prevents invasion of islands by China. 1958 - In Taiwan Straits Crisis, Units of 7th Fleet move into Taiwan area to support Taiwan against Chinese Communists. 1963 - The first satellite communications ship, USNS Kingsport (T-AG-164) in Lagos, Nigeria, connected President John F


Judge Nullifies State Oil Spill Law

A federal judge has nullified Massachusetts’ landmark Oil Spill Prevention Act, striking down regulations on oil shipping in Buzzards Bay that included mandatory tug escorts and navigational routes as well as minimum staffing. U.S. District Judge Joseph L. Tauro ruled the state violated federal law because those areas fall under Coast Guard jurisdiction. He said the state regulations ''are pre-empted, invalid and unconstitutional under the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution


USCG Cutter Biscayne Bay Hauled Out

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Great Lakes Shipyard hauled out the United States Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay  using its 770-ton capacity Travelift.   The repair contract that started on May 7, 2014, includes drydocking and routine maintenance such as: Hull Plating and Ultrasonic Testing Appendages and Leak Test Shaft Seal Assembly and Overhaul Rudder Assembly, Remove, Inspect and Reinstall Anchor Windlass, Level 2 Inspect and Repair


Chandler to VP Operations, Bay Diesel

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Bay Diesel & Generator announced the promotion of Lynn Chandler to the position of Executive Vice President of Operations. Chandler will oversee the operations of Bay Diesel’s parts department, service division and administrative functions. Chandler has been with Bay Diesel since February of 1990. In his time with Bay Diesel, Chandler has participated in nearly every aspect of the business, including service coordination, payroll and accounting


Coast Guard to Respond to Cosco Busan Spill

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen announced that the Coast Guard has begun a comprehensive review of its response to the Cosco Busan oil spill in San Francisco Bay after the ship allided with the San Francisco Bay Bridge Nov. 7. At the direction of the Commandant, the Coast Guard's Chief of Staff chartered an incident specific preparedness review (ISPR) that includes membership of federal, local, state, and industry stakeholders


Lysblink Seaways to Be Towed to Shelter

Cargo ship Lysblink Seaways, which ran aground on Scotland’s west coast February 18, will be transported to shelter this afternoon after a successful ship-to-ship fuel oil transfer was performed yesterday, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.  


Chief Engineer Sentenced for Pollution Violations

U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein (Photo courtesy of: USDOJ)

Chief U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Noly Torato Vidad of the Philippines, the Chief Engineer of the cargo vessel M/V Selene Leader, to eight months in prison, followed by one year of supervised release, for obstruction of justice and violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from


USCG, Alaska State Investigate Spill near Auke Bay

Coast Guard personnel from Sector Juneau lay absorbent pads into the water to absorb spilled petroleum products at Auke Bay Harbor in Auke Bay, Alaska, Feb. 23, 2015. Coast Guard and Alaska Department of Environmental Conse

  Coast Guard Sector Juneau and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation personnel are investigating the spill of approximately of 50-100 gallons of petroleum products at the Auke Bay Harbor, Monday. Southeast Alaska Lighterage has been contracted to contain and mitigate the


USCG Crews Work to Break Ice In Mid-Atlantic

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  The crews of the Coast Guard Cutters Capstan, Cleat and Chock are working this winter to break ice and maintain navigable waterways from the Delaware River, through the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, down to Tangier Island, Virginia.


Aguirre Offshore GasPort Project Receives EIS from FERC

FERC Deems the Proposed Offshore LNG Facility to be Environmentally Sound

Excelerate Energy ("Excelerate"), in cooperation with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority ("PREPA"), has received the final Environmental Impact Statement ("EIS") from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") for its Aguirre Offshore GasPort


Coast Guards Working to Free Laker Beset in Ice

The motor vessel Arthur M. Anderson is beset in ice near Ashtabula, Ohio, Feb. 19, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Canadian Coast Guard)

The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards are working to break free the motor vessel Arthur M. Anderson, which is beset in ice near Conneaut Harbor, and turn it around in Lake Erie so it can head to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, for its winter layup.  


USCG Commandant Visits Port of San Diego

Lleft to right: Robert Monson, Port Auditor; Thomas Russell, Port General Counsel; Thomas Gresham, Port Technology Security Supervisor; Dan Malcolm, Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners, Admiral and Mrs. Zukunft; John Bolduc, Acting President/CEO; Mark Stainbrook, Acting Chief of Police and Captain Jonathan Spaner, Commander, Coast Guard Sector San Diego (Photo: Arash Afshar)

Admiral Paul Zukunft, Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, visited the Port of San Diego’s administrative offices on February 12. The Commandant was in town to participate in the 2015 Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association /U.S


COTP Delaware Bay Modifies Ice Condition II

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  The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition II has been modified to expand STEEL HULL RESTRICTIONS in the Delaware River. There have been reports of ice formation that may impact navigation throughout the COTP zone


West Coast Ports Backups Prompt Coffee Traders to Switch Ports

A lot of coffee is handled at West Coast ports Courtesy Port of New Orleans

  U.S. coffee importers have begun diverting shipments bound for West Coast roasters to ports on the Gulf and East Coasts due to a labor dispute that has caused prolonged backlogs in California, market sources said. Traders said they began re-routing ships carrying coffee from El Salvador


Settlement Approved Between USCG, Tug Operator

A settlement between the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and the operator of the tug Shannon was approved Tuesday by a U.S. Federal Administrative Law Judge.   The settlement calls for a two month suspension of Merchant Mariner’s Credentials


USCG Medevacs Fisherman near Cold Bay, Alaska

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  The Coast Guard medevaced a 36-year-old man from the 252-foot fishing vessel American Triumph approximately 92 miles north of Cold Bay, Alaska, Thursday. A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew forward deployed in Cold Bay safely hoisted the man and transported


Zenith Acquires Bantry Bay Oil Terminal

International liquids and bulk terminaling company Zenith Energy has acquired the Bantry Bay Oil Terminal in West Cork, Ireland, from Phillips 66.   The terminal, located on Whiddy Island in Bantry Bay, has a storage capacity of more than 8 million barrels and is one of the largest and


Trearddur Bay Completes Sea Trials

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BMT Nigel Gee Ltd, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has announced that windfarm support vessel Trearddur Bay, its latest design for Turbine Transfers,  has successfully completed sea trials in the Solent, achieving 31 knots with 8 metric tons DWT


Ship Operator Fined $1.8m for Oil Discharge

Ship operator admits to covering up deliberate discharge of oil and ordered to pay $1.8 million; $450,000 of penalty to fund projects benefitting Chesapeake Bay and $250,000 awarded to crew member who provided evidence of the illegal discharges  


Vestdavit Launches Multi-boat Handling System

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Norway-based boat handling system and specialized davit supplier Vestdavit has designed a new multiple-boat handling system which aims to make boat handling safer and simpler in the hangars and mission bays of warships, seismic craft and expedition yachts






 
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