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Study Conducted After Fatal Bridge Accidents Yields Five-Point Action Plan

The American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association for the American tugboat, towboat and barge industry, and the U.S. Coast Guard, have jointly released a study of barge/bridge allisions spanning ten years. Undertaken as part of the Coast Guard-AWO Safety Partnership, the study was conducted by the Coast Guard- AWO Bridge Allision Work Group, established last summer in the aftermath of fatal bargebridge accidents at South Padre Island, Texas in September 2001 and Webbers Falls, Oklahoma in May 2002. Based upon the findings, the Work Group report identified a fivepoint action plan to prevent bridge allisions and minimize the consequences of those that do occur. The Work Group examined ten years of accident data from the Coast Guard marine casualty database on all bridge allisions involving barges and towing vessels from January 1, 1992, to December 31, 2001. Because the Texas and Oklahoma accidents are still under investigation, the Work Group did not attempt to draw conclusions about the causes of those particular incidents. When those investigation results are released, the Coast Guard and AWO will review the findings and identify any other measures that may need to be taken to reduce any risk to the public of allisions between bridges and towing vessels. Key findings of the Work Group include: n Bridge allisions involving towing vessels occur at the rate of about six allisions per 10,000 towing vessel trips.


To Report or Not to Report - That Should Never be the Question

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In the realm of marine casualties and incidents, each case has its own set of facts, cast of mariners and vessels involved and, frequently, sharp differences of opinion regarding same.  The one common denominator of most marine casualties, however, is the requirement to report them to the U.S. Coast Guard (U.S.C.G.). While what defines a marine casualty is often in the eyes of the beholder/mariner, it is much more prudent to err on the side of caution and, when in doubt


Obstructive Bridges and the Pennsylvania and Oregon Rules

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled that a finding by the U.S. Coast Guard that a bridge over a navigable waterway constitutes an unreasonable obstruction to navigation does not invoke the Pennsylvania Rule and does not, on its own, rebut the Oregon Rule. In the instant case, defendant's towboat and barges allided with plaintiff's bridge. Some months previously, the Coast Guard had issued an Order to Alter the bridge


Electronic Navigation and Causation

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that failure to train a master on how to properly use electronic navigation equipment does not make the vessel owner fully liable for an allision nor does it prevent the vessel owner from limiting its liability when there is insufficient evidence to prove that such failure to train was the cause of the allision. In the instant case, defendant’s fishing vessel allided with plaintiff’s offshore rig in the Gulf of Mexico


Tankship Scrapes By Bay Bridge, San Francisco

Damage to Overseas Reymar: Photo credit USCG

The Coast Guard is investigating the incident where the tankshilp reported to the USCG it had allided with Tower Six of the bridge. The 752-foot Marshall Island’s-registered tanker Overseas Reymar reported to the Coast Guard at approximately 11:20 a.m. that it had allided with tower six of the Bay Bridge in the San Francisco Bay. The vessel was immediately directed to an anchorage area just west of Alcatraz Island by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port


Fender Allision on Arkansas River

The Coast Guard is responding to a fender allision involving the 23-meter motor vessel Bill Rodgers and the Interstate 30 bridge at mile marker 118.5 on the Arkansas River, Thursday. Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River watchstanders received a report from the vessel operator at 3:20 p.m. reporting that while pushing eight empty barges, the tug Bill Rodgers allided with the north fender system. The Coast Guard immediately dispatched its marine inspection and investigation teams to the


Cummings Convenes Hearing on Inspector General’s Report Concerning COSCO BUSAN

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings convened the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation to receive a report developed by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) on the circumstances surrounding the allision of the COSCO BUSAN with the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on November 7, 2007.  This report was originally requested by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi


Guilty Plea in Case of Cosco Busan Ship Pilot

John Joseph Cota, a California ship pilot, pleaded guilty on March 6 to negligently causing the discharge of approximately 53,000 gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay in violation of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, a law enacted in the wake of the Exxon Valdez disaster. Cota, who piloted the M/V Cosco Busan when it hit the San Francisco Bay Bridge on Nov. 7, 2007, also pleaded guilty to violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act for the death of protected migratory birds.


Barge Breakaway on the Mississippi River

The U.S. Coast Guard said it is responding to an allision and barge breakaway on the Mississippi River at mile marker 43.7 near Thebes, Ill., Wednesday.   Tow vessel Michael G. Morris allided with the Thebes Railroad Bridge at mile marker 43.7, causing the 30 barges it was pushing to breakaway, the Coast Guard said. The cause of the incident is under investigation.   The incident has resulted in the Coast Guard having to close the Mississippi River from mile markers 30 to 44


Cruise Ship Allision in Ketchikan, Alaska

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the allision of the cruise ship Celebrity Infinity with a pier in Ketchikan, Alaska.   Coast Guard investigators from Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan were called to the scene after the Celebrity Infinity allided with the #3 berth at the Ketchikan cruise ship dock on June 3. Weather on scene was reported to be gusting at 45-miles per hour.   Watchstanders at the Sector Juneau command center were alerted of the accident by the ship's pilot


Towing Industry Safety: AWO & USCG Joint Analysis … By the Numbers

Source: USCG

For 16 years, the National Quality Steering Committee has used three measures to track overall trends in safety and environmental protection. While not all-encompassing, the measures are considered to be useful indicators of towing industry trends. The measures are:


Workboat vs. Jet Ski: A Mysterious Collision and Its Consequences

Randy O’Neill

As summer slowly fades to memory and commercial vessels have less frequent encounters with recreational vessels of all sizes, shapes and descriptions on America’s inland waterways, it might be a good time to review a strange, but not completely unusual incident that occurred in Louisiana on


Kongsberg to support RAN Bridge Simulator Expansion

Maritime Warfare Officers of the Royal Australian Navy at HMAS Watson, Sydney Australia will soon be trained on upgraded K-Sim Polaris ship’s bridge simulators, made possible by a beneficial support contract between KONGSBERG and RAN. Credit ABIS Alan Lancaster. Copyright Commonwealth of Australia

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is expanding its maritime simulator facility at HMAS Watson, Sydney with the addition of new KONGSBERG ship-handling and navigation simulators and the integration of a new visual display system for its existing bridge simulator


Hatteland's Maritime Display, Panel Computers at IWBS 2016

Hatteland Display - 55” Ultra High Definition Chart & Planning table (Photo: Hatteland)

Hatteland Display will highlight its diverse portfolio of maritime displays and panel computers at the International Workboat Show 2016 (IWBS 2016) this week. Headquartered in Norway and with its US office in Vista, California, Hatteland Display is a developer of displays and computers for


Crane Collapse at Tappan Zee Bridge Spurs USCG Response

Coast Guard crews are enforcing a safety zone on the Hudson River around the Tappan Zee Bridge after a crane collapsed Tuesday afternoon. At approximately 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, Coast Guard Sector New York received a report of a partial crane collapse across the western end of the Tappan Zee Bridge


26 Hours of Information Recovered from El Faro's VDR

El Faros voyage data recorder in fresh water on the USNS Apache (Photo: NTSB)

A group led by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has gathered information from the recovered voyage data recorder (VDR) of sunken cargo ship El Faro to develop a detailed transcript of the sounds and discernible words captured on the ship’s bridge before sinking during


Navigation Simulation Suite Opens at Port of Milford Haven

The Port of Milford Haven’s Marine Navigation Suite (Photo: MARIN)

Safe navigation is a priority operating principle for the UK’s largest energy Port, the Port of Milford Haven. And earlier this week the Port demonstrated that commitment with the unveiling of its new, state of the art marine navigation simulator.


NTSB Assesses USCG’s Vessel Traffic Service System

A safety study recently released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) details 14 conclusions and 21 recommendations aimed at further reducing the risk of collisions, allisions and groundings involving vessels operating within U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) areas.


RH Marine Launches Rhodium Product Line

Photo courtesy of RH Marine

System integrator and innovator of electrical and automation systems RH Marine has officially launched its own product family brand at the international maritime trade fair SMM in Hamburg last week. RH Marine said product innovation is one of its main focusses


United Nations East River Security Zones Scheduled

Photo: USCG

U.S. Coast Guard crewmembers are scheduled to enforce security zones on the East River near the United Nations Headquarters beginning Friday. The security zones scheduled to begin Sept. 16, and continue until Sept. 25, 2016, include all waters of the East River between East 35th Street and the


Navtor Takes Lead for Autonomous Ship Project

 NAVTOR e-Navigation Project Manager Bjørn Åge Hjøllo

NAVTOR will spend the next three years helping the EU chart a route towards autonomous vessels, as it was selected to represent the maritime industry in the ENABLE project - conceived to prove, verify and validate the safety of autonomous vehicles in Europe


Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum for Four Cruise ships

The Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum series of navigation, automation and control systems. Photo Wartsila

Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract to supply a broad range of integrated automation, navigation and dynamic positioning equipment, as well as the complete uninterruptable power systems (UPS) for four new cruise ships. Two of the vessels are being built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in


India Approves $77.4 Mln for Sagar Port Project

Photo: Kolkata Port Trust

 Indian Government has given in principle approval to a grant of Rs. 515 crores ($77.4 Mln ) to make the development of the proposed Sagar Port project in West Bengal financially viable.    This is part of the continuous efforts by the Ministry of Shipping during the last two


Bulgarian Naval Academy Acquires VSTEP Simulators

Vaptsarov Naval Academy has selected VSTEP again to deliver and install a Liquid Cargo Handling Simulator with Instructor Station Photo Vaptsarov Naval Academy

On the 6th of August 2016, the official opening ceremony for The Centre for Integrated Management and Monitoring of the Coastal Zone was inaugurated by Mr. Boyko Borisov, the Prime Minister of Bulgaria.   At the opening ceremony were present the Rector of the Academy, Commodore Prof


Tug Allision Causes Diesel Spill in Texas

 U.S. Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi and the Texas General Land Office are responding to an oil spill at mile marker 667 on the Intracoastal Waterway near Port Isabel, Wednesday.   Watchstanders at Sector Corpus Christi received a report that the uninspected towing vessel Capt






 
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