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Tour Boat Violated State Laws

The Ethan Allen was in violation of state law during its sightseeing cruise on Sunday, according to a report from ABC News. New York regulations say that any commercial boat carrying between 21 and 50 passengers must have one crew member, in addition to the boat's operator. According to officials, that applied to the Ethan Allen and its 47 passengers. The tour boat capsized on Lake George Sunday, killing 20 people. State regulators have suspended licenses for all five vessels belonging to Shoreline Cruises, the company that operated the tour, officials told The Associated Press. State officials said the boat's captain had a valid master's license issued by the state and that the boat was inspected in May and passed.


Coast Guard Determines Cause of Collision

The Coast Guard completed its preliminary investigation of the collision between the tour boat, Spirit of Charleston, and a sailboat July 22 in Charleston Harbor. The Coast Guard charged Captain O.C. Polk, the operator of the Spirit of Charleston, with negligence and misconduct for his role in the collision and for failing to report the incident to the Coast Guard. As part of the settlement agreement approved by an Administrative Law Judge


Blount Boats Delivers Sister Ship to Wendella

Photo courtesy Blount Boats, Inc.

The 89-ft steel excursion boat, Linnea built by Blount Boats for Wendella Sightseeing Company was completed and accepted on July 20, 2010. The vessel was delivered to Chicago via Erie Canal and began service on July 30th. The delivery for the Linnea is especially timely on account of the fact that Wendella Sightseeing, Chicago’s original tour boat company is celebrating its 75th season as one of the city’s premier sightseeing and tourism venues.  


Bay Ship & Yacht Launches Blue Thunder

Photo courtesy of DavidAllenStudio.com

Bay Ship & Yacht has launched the high-performance yacht, Blue Thunder, marking the shipyard’s entry into the custom-built sport-yachting market.  With a service speed of 32 knots, a flank speed of 42 knots, and a draft of less than three ft, the Blue Thunder offers the speed and performance of a high-performance sport yacht.  The custom interior is crafted with veneered, ultra-light honeycomb-cored panels, with a satin varnish finish


Safety is Job One

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Maritime safety products and systems can entail everything from a sophisticated integrated bridge system down to cleaning products for the galley. Here are a few recent introductions that appear particularly topical in the never-ending push for safer ships and crews. Free Fallin’ Under normal circumstances it would be hard to imagine a a mariner or rig worker who would want to be in the freefall lifeboat to the left


The Transit to Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel

Leading efforts to minimize the environmental impact of ships and boats at work, the Port of Los Angeles and the Jankovich Company – a supplier of fuel for cargo ships, tugs, barges and other marine vessels since 1933 – announced a new agreement to fuel its marine fleet with ultra low sulfur fuel. The fuel is from BP and sold under the brand name ECD. It is designed to be a technologically advanced, cleaner-burning fuel that is refined from select crudes


Galapagos’ Latest Natural Wonder … Jessica?

It seems that the stricken oil tanker that fouled Charles Darwin's Galapagos island paradise cannot be moved and is set to become an artificial reef, teeming with fish and home to seals and exotic birds, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Sunday. The Ecuadorean Navy had hoped to clear the semi-submerged "Jessica" from the tiny harbor of San Cristobal island where it ran aground last week, leaking the bulk of its 240,000 gallon fuel cargo into the archipelago's pristine waters


Galapagos Spill Poses New Problems

Ecuadorean naval officers struggled on Tuesday to right a wrecked ship half a mile (800 m) off the shore of Ecuador's famed Galapagos islands after nearly all the fuel it was carrying spilled into the ocean, threatening some of the world's rarest species. Ecuador's navy said officers were attempting to pull the "Jessica," an 835-ton ship that ran aground near the archipelago's capital, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, a week ago


Passenger Vessel Accident on China Coast Leaves 2 Dead, 2 Missing

Passenger vessel hit cable of a moored cargo ship off the East Coast of Jiangsu Province Two people were killed and another two missing when their power boat hit the cable of a cargo ship in east China's Jiangsu Province, local maritime officials said. Eight people, including six students of Shanghai Jiaotong University, a tour guide and a boat driver, were aboard when the accident happened in Taihu lake in the city of Suzhou, the municipal maritime officials said.


Connaughton to Visit Port of VA

The nation’s new top maritime official, Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton, will make his first trip outside Washington to the Port of Virginia on Friday, September 15. Administrator Connaughton will inspect the port and receive a briefing on how the facility is expanding to deal with growing demand for cargo shipments and how this growth is creating new local jobs and investment. Administrator Connaughton will take a boat tour of the port to view existing facilities and learn


USCG Responding to Vessel Aground in St. Marys River

The motor vessel Mississagi sits aground in the lower St. Marys River near De Tour Village, Mich., April 22, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Air Station

  The Coast Guard continues to monitor the 603-foot bulk carrier Mississagi which ran aground in the St. Marys River near De Tour Village, Michigan early Wednesday. The motor vessel, a Canadian-flagged bulk carrier with a load of stone, was transiting downbound the St


Bulker Aground in St. Marys River

The motor vessel Mississagi sits aground in the lower St. Marys River near De Tour Village, Mich., April 22, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City)

A 603-foot bulk carrier ran aground in the St. Marys River near De Tour Village, Michigan, early Wednesday.   The motor vessel Mississagi, a Canadian-flagged bulk carrier with a load of stone, was transiting downbound the St. Marys River from Bruce Mines, Ontario


Newport News Shipbuilding Hosts Sen. Inhofe

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) today hosted Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., for a tour of the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division.   The senator, a military veteran, also met over breakfast with sailors from Oklahoma serving aboard the aircraft carriers USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN


New Cruise Ship Terminal Plan for Cockenzie

The proposed cruise ship terminal in artists imagination by Paul Welsh Architects

 To take advantage of the global increase in on-board touring holidays, the Firth of Forth is planning a new cruise ship terminal.   Developers hope to secure permission for the first purpose-built terminal on the Scottish mainland at site of the decommissioned Cockenzie power station


Jason Dunham Sailors Paint Bulgarian Orphanage

USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) Executive Officer Cmdr. Kevin Hoffman answers questions, while providing a tour of the ship by for children from a Bulgarian orphanage Courtesy USN

  On a chilly April 4, day, Sailors from USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) boarded a bus to Princess Nadejda Orphanage in Varna, Bulgaria, paint brushes in hand, for an afternoon with local children excited to spend time with their new American friends.


IMO, El Salvador Enter Technical Cooperation

Photo: IMO

A new agreement on supporting the Republic of El Salvador to implement International Maritime Organization (IMO) treaties was signed in San Salvador on Monday, March 23.   IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu, who is on a visit to central America


Hedging Your Bets

Courtesy of Hedge Solutions

Up and Down brown water bunker pricing is giving small-to-medium sized operators heartburn. It doesn’t have to be that way. The recent free fall in oil prices is grabbing the attention of many in the commercial marine business. Ferry services, cruise lines, tour boat operators, tugs, etc


Bow Thrusters Ordered for New NYC Ferries

Photo courtesy of WESMAR

WESMAR (Western Marine Electronics) announced that its heavy duty Bow Thrusters have been selected for three new 165-foot, 600-passenger excursion and sightseeing ferries operated by Circle Line Cruises, the New York City sightseeing company.


Modi Makes Waves in Indian Ocean

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offering prayers at the Naguleswaram Temple, in Jaffna, Sri Lanka (Photo by Press Information Bureau, Government of India)

 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived back home after five days tour of three Indian Ocean countries.  His tour has served to reclaim some of New Delhi’s lost footing in the area.   New Delhi accepts that India can less afford its past passivity regarding its


Record Thames Ridership

River Action Plan delivers record Thames ridership

  A record 9.8 million passengers are using the River Thames‎, two years on from the launch of the Mayor's River Action Plan, it was announced today. The River Action Plan, launched in February 2013, details a host of measures designed to increase the number of river passengers to 12


Long Beach Harbor Tour Season

Online reservations for free boat excursion available Monday, March 2

  Long Beach Port is once again giving tourists opportunity to enjoy a rare view of port operations on a free Port of Long Beach harbor tour. The organizers are being welcomed to experience an up-close view of the biggest ships to call in North America and learn about cargo operations


Gladding-Hearn Bags Hy-Line Cruises Catamaran Order

Courtesy of Gladding-Hearn

  Hy-Line Cruises, a division of Hyannis Harbor Tours, Inc., Hyannis, Mass., has ordered a new 493-passenger, high-speed catamaran from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, the Duclos Corporation. The fourth Incat-Crowther fast ferry built by the Mass


WWII Museum’s PT Boat Readies for Passengers

Photo of PT305 officers at Bastia in 1944.  Image courtesy of the WWII Museum

A cadre of volunteers navigate the regulatory labyrinth and a host of safety requirements to bring back to life an enduring symbol the nation’s can-do spirit and resiliency. Early next year, a 78-foot Patrol Torpedo 305 boat, being restored at the National WWII Museum, should be U.S


Catamaran Tour Vessel Under Construction

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Construction of a 19m Catamaran Tour Vessel has commenced at Aluminium Marine. Offering Incat Crowther’s hull form and design, the vessel offers operators a competitive edge in tour operations.   According to the designer, the vessel’s platform can be customized to the


Transportation Sec., Maritime Administrator, VP Biden Visit Charleston Port

 Maritime Administrator Chip Jaenichen

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was joined by Vice President Joe Biden, and Maritime Administrator Chip Jaenichen at the Wando Welch Terminal Project in Charleston as part of the secretary’s four-day, five state GROW AMERICA Express bus tour aimed at encouraging Congress to act on






 
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