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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.

USCG Terminates Bridge Project Permit

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a letter March 2 to the Detroit International Bridge Company terminating the Coast Guard Bridge Permit application process for the Ambassador Bridge Enhancement Project in Detroit, Mich. Termination of the bridge permit application process includes all final agency decisions regarding the National Environmental Policy Act environmental analysis process and the Coast Guard Bridge Permit itself.

Ulstein Bridge Vision Debuts

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With the internal mandate to create better, safer and simpler solutions for ships’ crews, Ulstein introduces its patent-pending Ulstein Bridge Vision – a concept that promises major improvements for the operational centers of vessels. Ulstein Bridge Vision offers a catalog of innovations, including: -    Gesture-controlled infographics displayed on bridge windows; -    a system that automatically adapts to the individual user’s preferred

Salvors Find Bridge of Sunken El Faro

File photo: Crews equipped with underwater search equipment, including a voyage data recorder locator, side-scan sonar and an underwater remote operated vehicle, search for missing wreckage of El Faro. (U.S. Navy photo by John Kotara)

A salvage team looking for the voyage data recorder for the sunken freighter El Faro said on Thursday it had located the bridge deck that separated from the wreckage, but the ship's black box was still missing.   National Transportation Safety Board investigators said the search continues

BMT Inks Contract with Witteveen+Bos

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BMT ARGOSS, (BMT) a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has secured a new contract with Dutch-based engineering consultancy, Witteveen+Bos (W+B), to provide specialist knowledge for the new ‘stay overnight’ harbour near Giesbeek, along the IJssel branch of the river Rhine.   

NTSB: Sunken Cargo Ship El Faro "Black Box" Still Missing

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The video documentation of the cargo ship El Faro and the associated debris field has been completed but the vessel’s voyage data recorder was not located, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.   “Over the years we’ve completed many investigations without

Final Phase of Maritime Technology & Training Center Underway

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The San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center is in its final phase of construction before its January 2016 debut.   Construction has been ongoing since last Fall. The facility will serve as the site for certificate and associate degree maritime training delivered through U

Coast Guard Monitors Oil Recovery Ops near Bayonne, NJ

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Coast Guard crews are continuing to monitor oil recovery operations (ORO) in the water near the International-Matex Tank Terminal (IMTT) Bayonne, New Jersey, Monday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New York received notification at approximately 10 p.m

Protesters Face Fines for Dangling from Oregon Bridge

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Five Greenpeace protesters who dangled from a Portland, Oregon, bridge for two days in a bid to block a Royal Dutch Shell ship headed to the Arctic to drill for oil are each facing $5,000 fines from the U.S. Coast Guard, authorities said on Thursday.  

SMOE Wins $1bln Multi-platform Culzean Contract

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 Singapore's offshore services provider Sembcorp Marine has won an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract worth over USD1 billion for the Culzean field development project in the North Sea.   Sembcorp Marine subsidiary SMOE construction contract  will cover the

Transas T-Bridge Installed on Ice Class Vessels

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Transas Marine informs it has installed and commissioned the Transas T-Bridge integrated bridge systems aboard three ice class vessels built by Keppel Singmarine, the specialized shipbuilding subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine. Transas supplied Integrated Bridge Systems including full

Transas e-Navigation Technologies at Neva 2015

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Transas Marine has introduced its e-Navigation technologies at Neva exhibition, which took place during September 22-25 in St. Petersburg, Russia. This year, Transas displayed an integrated solution presenting real implementation of e-Navigation concept; fully integrated T-Bridge linked with a

Radio Holland Revamps Cruise Ship Bridge

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Holland America Line’s cruise ship MS Noordam recently underwent a 10-day dry-dock period, during which it was fit with a customized bridge from Radio Holland. The work on Netherlands-flagged MS Noordam included refitting the navigation and bridge systems to improve working conditions in

Euroseas Sells C/V Tiger Bridge


  Euroseas Ltd. an owner and operator of drybulk and container carrier vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for drybulk and containerized cargoes, announced today the sale of C/V Tiger Bridge (a 2,228 TEU Container vessel, built in 1990) to an unaffiliated third party (the

Rolls-Royce Bridge Awarded for Ergonomic Design

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Rolls-Royce announced that its Unified Bridge Design has won this year’s Ergonomics Design Award, presented by the UK Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors. The award recognizes industrial design which puts the customer at the heart of the process using their views to

Cargo Ship Collides with Barge in Corpus Christi Harbor

The Ocean Freedom, a 480-foot cargo ship, is connected to a moored Kirby Inland Marine barge after a collision in the Corpus Christi Inner Harbor Thursday. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Gordon Bellinger)

An allision between a 480-foot cargo ship and barge occurred Thursday night in the Corpus Christi Inner Harbor. The U.S. Coast Guard and state and local partners are responding.   The Coast Guard launched a Station Port Aransas 45-foot response boat and crew after receiving a call reporting

NTSB Issues Update on El Faro Investigation

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The National Transportation Safety Board has contracted with the U.S. Navy to locate the El Faro, document the wreckage and debris field and recover the voyage data recorder (VDR). Below is an update of recent activities.   The Curve 21 remote operated vehicle (ROV) was used to confirm that

Tropical Storm Kate Halts El Faro Salvage Operation

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Salvage operations for the sunken cargo ship El Faro were suspended on Friday due to Tropical Storm Kate, which moved through the Bahamas with winds of 45 miles (75 km) per hour, U.S. authorities said.   The El Faro sank off the southern Bahamas in a hurricane last month with the loss of 33

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