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New Pilotage Services in U.S. Gulf

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Federal pilotage service is now available by the recently formed NW Gulf Federal Pilots in the Ports Galveston and Texas City, Texas, as well as in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The NW Gulf Federal Pilots service U.S. flagged vessels in coastwise trade under enrollment and operate independently of state pilots. Captain Graylin Gant established the NW Gulf Federal Pilots to meet the needs for federal pilotage required by law in the various channels served. The NW Gulf Federal Pilots plan to offer federal pilotage services to other ship channels in the Northwest Gulf of Mexico in the near future. Captain Gant is a Beaumont native with 28 years of experience as a licensed Master.


USCG Proposes Federal Pilotage Requirement

The USCG has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), requiring vessels engaged in foreign trade on the navigable waterways within the State of Maryland to be under the direction and control of federally-licensed pilots, when not under the control and direction of state-licensed pilots. Maryland law requires every foreign vessel and every domestic vessel sailing under register use a state-licensed pilot, except when the vessel is under the control of a docking master while maneuvering


NOAA Launches Coast Pilot Disaster Impact Web Site

The NOAA Office of Coast Survey has established a special Coast Pilot Disaster Impact Web site to help speed the recovery efforts of 21 significant port facilities in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The purpose of the Coast Pilot Disaster Impact Web site is to help facilitate the recovery efforts by providing a resource for port facility managers to send critical information to NOAA's Coast Survey


NOAA Issues New Coast Pilot for Alaska

In order to promote safe navigation and enhance marine conservation, NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey and the National Marine Protected Areas Center have partnered to publish key information about the location, purpose, and permitted activities of existing marine managed areas off Alaska's southeastern coast in the United States Coast Pilot Volume 8. The U.S. Coast Pilot is used by the maritime industry, fishermen, the military, recreational boaters


Chinese Captain Fined for Entering Great Barrier Reef

The senior captain of a Chinese coal carrier was fined $8000 AUD ($6,252 USD) for sailing into a restricted section of Australia's Great Barrier Reef without a pilot, the Brisbane times reported today. Local magistrate Ian Cheetham said Chih-Ming Lu, captain of the 288-meter China Steel Developer, displayed "reckless behavior" when his ship travelled 4.88 km (2.9 miles) into a restricted area without a pilot.


The Quest to Fund Inland Waterways

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Infrastructure Projects: Perhaps Not So Quixotic After All? Over the course of 2014, significant steps forward were taken in the quest to find additional sources of funding for inland waterways infrastructure projects. First came the long awaited and much-celebrated Water Resources, Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA) in June, which included several provisions to address the funding needs of the ever-worsening condition of the inland waterways infrastructure


DHS Announces West Coast Maritime Radiation Detection Project

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) announced the West Coast Maritime pilot program that will provide maritime radiation detection capabilities for State and local authorities in Washington’s Puget Sound and California’s San Diego areas. The three-year pilot program involves the development of a radiation detection architecture that reduces the risk of radiological and nuclear threats that could be illegally transported on recreational or small


HOGANSAC to Meet

Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (HOGANSAC) will hold its next public meetings on September 5, 2002 (working groups only) and September 19, 2002 (full committee), at the offices of the Houston Pilots Association in Houston, Texas. The notice appears in the July 25, 2002, Federal Register. Source: Marine Legal Update


Hearing for Fleet Management Pilot

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, federal prosecutors told a judge that the pilot of the container ship that struck the Bay Bridge in November 2007 ignored basic safety precautions, lied to licensing authorities about his prescription drug use, and should be sentenced to 10 months in prison, the maximum recommended by his plea agreement. Capt. John Cota's lawyers asked for a two-month sentence, the minimum term in the plea agreement


US FMC Commissioner Visits Panama Canal Expansion Sites

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Counsel to the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission informs that  Commissioner William P. Doyle has recently surveyed the construction site on a visit to the Pacific-side of the expanded Panama Canal. Doyle viewed construction sites on the Pacific side and received extensive updates on several of the projects-- including the Third Set of Locks – Water Saving Basins;  Rolling Gates; Excavation of the Navigation Channels; Dredging; Gatun Lake and Culebra Cut; and Raising Gatun


Video: Durban Pilot Steers Car Carrier in Rough Seas

Port of Durban marine pilot Rainer Rauntenberg (center) with Port of Durban Harbor Master Captain Alex Miya (left) and Deputy Harbor Master Captain Justin Adams (right). (Photo: Transnet National Ports Authority)

Earlier this week, Port of Durban’s marine pilot Rainer Rauntenberg safely steered a car carrier vessel into the port as cyclonic weather conditions battered the Durban beach front. On Sunday, March 12, 2017, Rauntenberg steered the ro-ro vessel under adverse weather conditions believed


Rolls-Royce, Stena Line Partner on Ship Intelligence

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Rolls-Royce said it has signed a deal with Swedish ferry company Stena Line AB to collaborate in the development of its first intelligent awareness system.   Intelligent awareness systems will make vessels safer, easier and more efficient to operate by providing crew with an enhanced


Guam Bolsters Oil Spill Recovery Capacity

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Lamor recently commissioned itsLSC 4C Side Collecting Oil Skimming System for Guam’s Oil Spill Response Operations Company (OSROCO) and T&T Marine Salvage (T&T) making it the largest skimming system in the region.   OSROCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cabras Marine


Fisheries Research Vessel Ordered for Germany

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The German Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung, BLE) has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards Group for the construction of a new fisheries research vessel following a European tendering process


East Coast Gateway Terminal Agreement in the offing

The Georgia Ports Authority and the Virginia Port Authority filed on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to create the “East Coast Gateway Terminal Agreement.” The agreement encourages voluntary cooperation in the areas of operational and supply chain


Op/Ed: Offshore Energy Can Power US Growth

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Following President Trump’s address to the joint session of Congress, National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) president Randall Luthi weighs in on  shifting U.S. policy and its effects on offshore energy and the American economy.  


AIWW Outlook Brightens

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Working to Develop an Integrated Maritime Transportation System    The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association is an advocacy organization for one of the nation’s longest water infrastructure projects stretching over 1,100 miles – the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW)


Docking Errors Caused Cruise Ship Allision -NTSB

Screen shot from a CCTV monitor, provided to the NTSB by the U.S. Coast Guard, shows the allision of the Carnival Pride with the pier at Cruise Maryland Terminal, South Locust Point, Baltimore Harbor, Md., as the elevated passenger embarkation walkway falls and crushes three vehicles parked below on the pier (Photo: USCG / NTSB)

 Too much speed and too steep of an angle of approach resulted in the May 8, 2016, allision involving the cruise ship Carnival Pride in which more than $2 million in property damage occurred, according to a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) marine accident brief released Tuesday.


Louisiana Dredging Outlook

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Louisiana relies on dredging for navigation and land restoration   When maritime stakeholders think about dredging, they typically first conjure up visions of harbor deepening projects to accommodate those giant, post-Panamax boxships


WRDA 2016: Reclaiming Our Transportation Infrastructure

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 In the United States, transportation infrastructure is the bedrock of our supply chains. Ports and waterways in the United States moved over 2.3 billion tons of goods in 2014. A robust maritime infrastructure to support such ports and waterways helps goods to move freely and aid in more flow


Port of Amsterdam Reduces CO2 Footprint by 25%

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 Following a previous successful pilot, GoodFuels Marine has also won Port of Amsterdam’s tender for its fleet of five patrol vessels. The vessels will now run on fuel containing 30% exceptionally high-quality biodiesel. This will reduce CO2 emissions by 25% compared to fossil diesel.


FMC Establishes Regulatory Reform Task Force

 Acting Chairman of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Michael A. Khouri has designated the agency’s Managing Director, Karen V. Gregory, to serve as Regulatory Reform Officer.   Gregory will stand up a Regulatory Reform Task Force that will work to identify burdensome


Tech File: Harken’s TR31 Tight Radius Rail and Trolley System

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Being safe on board any workboat has never been easier. That’s because when the Sabine Pilots in Port Arthur, Texas took delivery of their all new all-aluminum pilot boat, the Port Arthur, in May of last year, the vessel came with all the bells and whistles that operators have come to expect


Remote Controlled Workboats

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Tuco Marine Group has introduced remote controlled navigation systems for the ProZero Workboats, offering autonomous self-piloting vessels.    Working together with Sea Machines, Tuco Marine Group can now provide the ProZero series


Martek Named on EU Maritime Drone Contract

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Martek Marine (Martek) has been awarded a two-year Remotely Piloted Aircraft Services (RPAS) contract from the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). The services offered will fulfil part of the world’s largest ever maritime drone contract.  






 
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