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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Tug Operator, Navy

After a four-day trial, a federal judge ruled on Dec. 18 in favor of the family of Freddie Porter, Jr., a 19-year-old U.S. Navy enlisted seaman from New Jersey who in 2007 was killed when the small craft carrying him was overrun by a tugboat pushing a large flotilla on Virginia's James River. The tug, owned and operated by Vulcan Materials Company, collided with the Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) carrying Porter as he engaged in nighttime military training exercises. The court found the United States Navy 80 percent responsible for Porter's death and Vulcan 20 percent responsible, awarding Porter's family $1,250,000. Attorneys for the victim's family believe the judge's ruling against Vulcan and the Navy will have widespread implications for the nation's tugboat operations in U.S. waterways. Porter's family was represented by Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, the N.Y.-based maritime and aviation law firm. The accident occurred on the James River near Jamestown Island, VA, the evening of October 11, 2007. Upon collision, Porter was sucked under the water beneath the 600 ft of the flotilla's eight barges and was eventually killed by the tug's propellers. Judge Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia found in the wrongful death suit that Vulcan was liable for failing to post a proper lookout aboard the tug/barge flotilla, which otherwise would have prevented the collision. The judge held the U.S


USS Porter Repair/Modernization Contract Awarded

USS Porter. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nick Scott/Released)

Naval Sea Systems Command awarded a $49,435,634 firm-fixed price contract contract for the maintenance, modernization and repair of USS Porter to BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair. The fiscal year 2013 chief of naval operations (CNO) extended dry-docking selected restricted availability (EDSRA) was competed on a coast-wide basis to maximize competitive pricing and best-value to the government. The scope of work includes damage repairs resulting from the Aug


Toronto Port Authority Welcomes new passenger/vehicle ferry

The Toronto Port Authority welcomed its new passenger and vehicle ferry in latter part of 2006. Built at a cost of $5M it will serve passengers and vehicles going to and from the new passenger transfer facilities built for Toronto City Centre Airport (YTZ).The new pasenger facilities built to accomodate the increase in passenger traffic flying on Porter Airlines. Porter are flying daily to several destinations in Canada and soon to the US.


Porter of Horizon Lines Honored

Tamara (Tami) Porter, Director of East Coast & Gulf Terminal Operations for Horizon Lines was named a 2007 Women of Influence honoree at a breakfast held yesterday in Jacksonville, FL. The Women of Influence Award honors women in Jacksonville and Northeast Florida who have demonstrated leadership and the entrepreneurial spirit within their particular industry or business sector as well as contributed their time and


News: A New Boat for Newfoundland

Edmund Porter, of Port de Grave, Newfoundland, started fishing with his father some 35 years ago as a teenager. A few years later, having moved out on his own, he was joined by his wife Marian. In 1979 he built his first vessel, a 33-ft. trap boat. The couple have now shared three decades as a fishing family. This past July, they christened a new boat, the MV Ashton & Cody named after their two grandchildren. The naming of the boat for a new generation is particularly fitting as the boat


Global Announces New Vice Presidents

Global Industries, Ltd. announced that it has appointed three to vice presidential positions. Eddie J. Evans has been named to the position of Vice President - Health and Safety. This new position reflects the importance Global places on safety in the workplace and its integral role in Global's success. Mr. Evans joined Global in January 1998 as Corporate Director of Safety responsible for all safety and health measures worldwide. He came to Global from J. Ray


Pirates Demand $1M Ransom

Somali pirates who seized a Japanese tanker six weeks ago have threatened to kill the 22 crew members unless a US$1 million ransom is paid, the AP reported. The Golden Nori is carrying crew from the Philippines, South Korea and Myanmar. According to maritime officials cited in the report, the hijackers have threatened the crew with death if the ransom demands are not met. Negotiations have been under way to free the chemical tanker, currently anchored in Somali waters and carrying up to 40


This Day in Naval History – Dec. 24

1814 - Treaty of Ghent ends the War of 1812. 1864 - Naval Forces under Rear Admiral David Dixon Porter with Army forces under Major General Benjamin F. Butler begin unsuccessful two-day attack against Fort Fisher, NC. 1950 - Under cover of naval gunfire support, Task Force 90 completes a 14-day evacuation of 100,000 troops and equipment and 91,000 refugees from Hungnam, North Korea. (Source: Navy News Service)


This Day in Naval History – Feb. 22

1865 - RADM Porter's gunboats' bombardment cause surrender of Wilmington, NC . 1870 - After arriving on USS Nipsic, and supported by USS Guard and USS Nyack, the Darien Expedition, commanded by CDR Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr., begins active operations ashore at Caldonia Bay to survery the Isthmus of Darien, Panama, for an interoceanic ship canal. 1909 - Great White Fleet returns from round the world cruise to Hampton Roads, VA


Xodus Appoints New Operations Director For London

Alistair Porter

International energy consultancy Xodus Group has appointed Alistair Porter as Operations Director for London to drive forward business across the company’s technical and commercial activities.   Based in London, Mr Porter has been with Xodus since it was founded seven years ago and previously held the role of Global Process and Facilities Director where he managed a team of 130 engineers.  As Operations Director for London


First-of-class Tug for Sanmar

Yenicay (Photo courtesy of Sanmar)

Cooperation between both the operational and construction teams of Sanmar AS and the designers at Robert Allan Ltd. has resulted in another new tug/workboat design.   Yenicay, this first-of-class compact ASD achieves a 30mt bollard pull in a vessel measuring 18.7m x 9.2m, with a draft of 3


Robert Jumonville Wins AAPA Cruise Award

Former Port of New Orleans Cruise and Tourism Director Robert Jumonville

  Former Port of New Orleans Cruise and Tourism Director Robert Jumonville received the 2015 American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Cruise Award yesterday during the AAPA biennial Cruise Seminar in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  


Lowrance Support for Power-Pole Shallow Water Anchors

HDS Gen3 System Control Panel

  Lowrance announced the upcoming software update for the HDS Gen3 fishfinder/chartplotter series — enabling wireless compatibility with the complete line of C-Monster compatible Power-Pole products. These efficient hydraulic anchors and all-electric Micro Anchor products quickly and


Fitzpatrick Appointed President of Robert Allan

Mike Fitzpatrick

  The Board of Directors of Robert Allan Ltd. have accepted the announcement from Ken Harford, P. Eng. of his intention to retire in June, 2016 after eight years of leadership at Robert Allan Ltd. “Having completed the ownership transition from Rob Allan and his family to a group of


Sustreanu Named COO of FleetPro Group

Christine Sustreanu (Photo courtesy of FleetPro Group)

Christine Sustreanu will join FleetPro Group June 1, 2015 as its new chief operation officer (COO), the company announced in a press release.   Sustreanu, who presently serves as general manager at Uniworld Boutique River Cruise collection, will replace Robert Heijlands


Dry Bulk Shipping Group CMB Expects Volatile 2015

Belgian dry bulk shipping group CMB on Thursday said markets would remain volatile after a disappointing 2014 in which falling commodity prices reduced stock building by clients.   The group added that freight rates would come to a sustainable level once overcapacity in the shipping market


Wärtsilä Propulsion Solution for 3 Tugs

Wärtsilä 34DF

  Three large new escort tugs contracted by Norwegian operator Østensjø Rederi, will feature Wärtsilä dual-fuel (DF) engines integrated with a customized gas storage and supply system also supplied by Wärtsilä


US Wants Japan to Patrol South China Sea

Courtesy: Japanese Ministry of Defense

 Admiral Robert Thomas, senior U.S. Navy officer and commander of the Seventh Fleet and the top U.S. navy officer in Asia, has told Reuters that the United States would welcome operations conducted by the Japanese Self-Defense Forces in the South China Sea


Gondan to Build Three Tugs for Østensjø Rederi

Image courtesy of Gondan Shipyard

Astilleros Gondan awarded a contract to build three escort tugs for North Sea operation   Gondan Shipyard has signed a new contract with the Norwegian shipowner Østensjø Rederi AS for the construction of three tugboats that will join its fleet in Melkøya terminal of the


New Tugboat Console Aims to Improve Ergonomics

Image: Alphatron Marine Group

JRC and Alphatron Marine have delivered new tugboat consoles for the new generation of Rotortugs.   Offering full control from a sitting position and all-round visibility through full height windows, the Robert Allan designed ART 80-32 Hybrid tugs RT Evolution and RT Discovery have been


AAPA Announces 2015 Cruise Award Recipients

The St. Lawrence Seaway (Photo courtesy of the APAA)

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) will honor two 2015 Cruise Award recipients at the group's 2015 Cruise Seminar, the APAA announced today. J. Robert Jumonville, former cruise and tourism director for the Port of New Orleans, and René Trépanier


Parson Brinckerhoff names new Dir. of Ports & Marine Western Div.

     Robert Johansen (Photo courtesy of Parson Brinckerhoff)

Robert Johansen has been named Director of the Ports & Marine Western Division at Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering and design firm.   Johansen will be responsible for business development and the management of design and construction projects for port and marine facilities in


Brunswick GA's IAP Moves 5 Millionth Vehicle

 Vehicle #5,000,000 (Photo courtesy of Georgia Ports Authority)

International Auto Processing at the Port of Brunswick, Georgia, handled it's five millionth vehicle, Georgia Ports Authority announced yesterday. The five millionth vehicle was a silver Hyundai Genesis that arrived on the Wallenius Wilhelmsen vessel Isolde.


New Orleans, St. Lawrence Cruise Directors Win AAPA Cruise Award

  Robert Jumonville, 2015 AAPA Cruise Award winner (Photo courtesy of the Port of New Orleans)

Robert Jumonville, former Port of New Orleans Cruise and Tourism Director and René Trépanier, Director of Cruise the Saint Lawrence, received the 2015 American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Cruise Awards yesterday during the AAPA biennial Cruise Seminar in Fort Lauderdale


Skipper's Swift Action Saves Crew

Holyhead Coastguard Operations Centre coordinated the rescue of three fishermen last night after their vessel started taking on water at the start of its fishing trip. At 22.22 yesterday the fishing vessel Cesca reported that it was on route from Milford to Conwy and was taking on water






 
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