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Bow Mariner Update: Oil Recovery Efforts Continue

A fire-damaged lifeboat from the Bow Mariner drifts Feb. 29, 2004, after the vessel sank the night before off Chincoteague, Va. (Side View) (Photo Credit: US Coast Guard) The U.S. Coast Guard flights continues off the coast of Virginia to search for survivors and to survey the state of the fuel oil spilled from the chemical tanker which exploded and sank Saturday evening. The vessel, T/V Bow Mariner, a Singapore-flagged chemical tanker, had left Linden, New Jersey for Texas City, Texas, carrying a partial cargo of 3.2 million gallons of ethanol. Northwest winds in the area are carrying the floating fuel oil farther out to sea, and the US Weather Service predicted those winds will continue. The ethanol is dissipating. The fuel oil clumping into solid balls and mats floating on or just beneath the surface in quantities too small to recover. The Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC) oil recovery vessel, the “ Virginia Responder”, is on scene with support from a US Coast Guard C-130 fixed wing aircraft. The environmental clean-up operations are being managed from the USCG Marine Safety Office in Norfolk, Va., by an inter-agency Unified Command, which includes the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Virginia Dept. of Environmental Quality, Maryland Dept. of Environment, and representatives from the vessel owners and vessel managers.


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.  


USCG Assists Merchant Mariners Affected by Katrina

WASHINGTON -- The Coast Guard is moving quickly to restore vital services to merchant mariners in the New Orleans area. Regional Examination Center (REC) Houston, previously reported as havening incurred a loss of communications has been restored to full operating capability. Hurricane Katrina caused the Coast Guard’s REC in New Orleans to close its doors as employees evacuated the city. This REC is the largest in the country and regularly issues 20 percent of all mariners’ credentials


Noble Drilling Reaches Agreement

Noble Drilling Corporation has negotiated a resolution to the dispute with Mariner Energy, Inc. regarding the use by Mariner of Noble's newly converted semisubmersible, Noble Homer Ferrington. As announced on January 10, 2000, Noble had previously filed suit against Mariner and Samedan Oil Corporation for breach of contract regarding the use of the rig. As part of the settlement, Mariner and Noble have executed agreements covering use of Noble Homer Ferrington at variable dayrates for 660


U.S. Sec. of Labor Recognizes Merchant Mariners on Maritime Day

U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao paid tribute to the Merchant Mariners at a National Maritime Day annual luncheon hosted by the Propeller Club today. She was the first Secretary of Labor to address the Propeller Club's National Maritime luncheon. National Maritime Day honors the contributions made by merchant mariners and the maritime industry. Secretary Chao also issued a statement recognizing the contributions of the U.S. Merchant Marine:


CG Mariner Medical Advisory Committee

The U.S. Coast Guard announced the establishment of the Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee, which will be involved with matters relating to the medical evaluation process and evaluation criteria for medical certification of merchant mariners. The Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee will be comprised of 10 health care professionals with certain expertise, knowledge or experience in occupational medicine or the medical examination of merchant mariners


Bulbous Bow Fabricated and Installed on M/V Monte Carlo

In March 2006 Bay Ship & Yacht Co. installed two new series 60 Detroit Diesel engines, a new bulbous bow, bow thruster, and a new reinforced rub rail on the dinner boat Monte Carlo owned by Hornblower Yachts. The initial design for modification work was drawn up by Dejong & Lebet of Jacksonville, Florida. Bay Design and Engineering provided detail design for most of the modification items, including a new engine bed design for proper shaft alignment


USCG to Issue Tamper-Resistant Merchant Mariner Licenses

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a stating that the agency will immediately begin issuing new merchant mariner license certificates with anti-counterfeiting technology to provide for better security and centralized record keeping. The new licenses will be used to replace the old ones as they expire. At the same time, mariners who have not begun the process of requesting new or upgraded USCG licenses required by STCW may face delays.


CG Launches Web-Based Credential Verification

The U.S. Coast Guard announced the launch of a new, Web-based tool to provide information on the validity of merchant mariner credentials. The Merchant Mariner Credential Verification tool was created following Operation Big Tow, a marine safety operation focused on ensuring uninspected towing vessels are being operated by properly licensed individuals. The operation identified the need for an open and rapid means of verifying the validity of merchant mariner credentials


AWO’s Best Practices on Mariner Credentialing

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American Waterways Operators (AWO), a 350-member trade association tells members to foster a cooperative relationship with the Coast Guard and to support the mariners, wherever possible. The American Waterways Operators (AWO), the 350-member trade association representing the nation’s tugboat, towboat and barge industry recently released recommended best practices to assist both companies and mariners in navigating the U.S


USCG Responds to Sailing Vessel Allision

Coast Guard Station Mayport crewmembers responded to a report of a sailing vessel that allided with the Main Street Bridge Thursday in Jacksonville, Fla., in the St. Johns River. Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville command center were notified of the incident at approximately


Australian Navy Assists French Fishing Vessel

Photo: Sarah Williams, RAN

While patrolling in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa, Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Darwin provided emergency medical assistance for a heart attack victim on a French fishing vessel. The French Fishing Vessel (FV) Cape Saint Vincent called for assistance late on the night of April 10


Offshore: Seacor Raises the Bar Again

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Long acknowledged as a firm to watch in U.S. crewboat and fast supply boat innovation, Seacor Marine will be attracting industry attention once again when its latest set of new boats begin delivery in 2014. While this new class of mono-hull boats have some big dimensions


NOAA Certifies More Printing Agents

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The availability of paper "print-on-demand" nautical charts continues to expand, as NOAA's Office of Coast Survey has added three more printing companies to its roster of certified agents for paper charts. Today's action brings the total to ten companies authorized to sell NOAA nautical


AWO Urged Action on Waterways Infrastructure

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As part of the American Waterways Operators’ annual Barge-In, U.S. vessel owners, operators and mariners are fanning out all over Capitol Hill today visiting nearly 150 Congressional offices to talk about the industry’s top advocacy priorities and the industry’s important role as


Transas Adds Paper Chart Functions to Navi-Planner 4000

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Navi-Planner 4000 has been known for electronic charts, publications and other data management for several years. Recognizing the fact that a lot of shipping companies continue using paper charts, Transas has added a new functionality to its voyage planning software providing one tool for both


SCI Announces Silver Bell Honorees

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The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) announces the recipients of awards it will confer at its 37th Annual Silver Bell Awards Dinner in New York City on Thursday, June 5, 2014. SCI presents the Silver Bell Award, in recognition of outstanding leadership in the maritime community, to Orrin H


USCG Responding to Vessel Taking on Water

Fire extinguished, vessel dead in water The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said its crews are responding to a report of five mariners in distress aboard a vessel taking on water following a fire aboard the 70-foot boat, approximately 50 miles east of Fernandina Beach, Fla., Wednesday.


Taiwanese Fishing Vessel Grounds in Batanes

Taiwanese fishing vessel FV Jui Fa Tsai with five crew composed of two Taiwanese and three Indonesian nationals ran aground at vicinity 16 nautical miles Northeast off Itbayat Island, Batanes on April 1, 2014 at 6:50 a.m. Immediately, Coast Guard District North Eastern Luzon was alerted and


USCG Tows Disabled Yacht into Jacksonville

Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Diamondback are towing a 70-foot motor yacht Wednesday and are scheduled to arrive at the entrance to the St. Johns River at approximately 9 p.m. There, the tow will be transferred to a 45-foot Response Boat - Medium from Station Mayport, Fla


Ecospeed Agent Appointed in Germany

Karberg & Schmitz GmbH of Hamburg, Germany, have been appointed as Ecospeed agents for the German territory, representing Subsea Industries and Hydrex in the sale and delivery of Ecospeed, Ecoshield and related products including service, maintenance and warranty work.


NOAA's Paper Charts are here to Stay

Rear Adm. Gerd Glang certifies a new print-on-demand chart agent after inspecting the companys sample chart. (Photo: NOAA)

New certified printing agents bring buying options It won't be long before mariners and the boating public will have a wider choice of options and special services when they purchase NOAA paper nautical charts, thanks to NOAA's expanded "print-on-demand" chart production and


Louisiana Southwest Pass Dredging in Progess

GAC informs that until approximately July 8, 2014, the dredge G.D. Morgan will be conducting dredging of shoal material in the vicinity of Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River. The cutterhead dredge G.D. Morgan will be working in the vicinity of the Mississippi River, approximate Mile 6


The Offshore Service Vessel Dynamic Positioning Authority

In a recent study, two groups were shown the same painting; one group was told it was painted in 1905, the other was told 2005. Not surprisingly, the first group reported liking the painting more than the second, proving the human brain almost automatically equates longevity with quality. 


USCG Searching for 2 Trapped Under Sunken Barge

The Coast Guard, along with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Mississippi County, Ark. Sheriff's Department, are searching for two people in the water near a sunken barge in Hickman Landing Wednesday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River received a report at


 
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