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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.


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


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


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


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


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


Furuno's Bridge Systems for Holland America Cruise Ships

State-Of-The-Art Bridge Navigation Systems

  The extensive global network of Furuno service centers, subsidiaries and distributors was one of the reasons that Holland America Line (HAL) chose Furuno when it was time to retrofit their cruise ships with the very latest in a fully integrated navigation system.


Oregon Bridge Danglers Hope to Delay Shell's Arctic Drilling

Protestors rappelled off a bridge in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday hoping to delay Royal Dutch Shell's Arctic oil exploration this summer by blocking the return of a ship to Alaska that holds emergency equipment.   Greenpeace said 13 protestors lowered themselves from the St


Activists Block Shell's Arctic Drilling Quest

Greenpeace protestors dangling from a bridge on Thursday in Portland, Oregon, halted an icebreaker that Royal Dutch Shell needs in northern Alaska before it can start drilling into the region's oil zone.   The 13 Greenpeace protestors


Shell Moves Ahead in Arctic with Exploratory Well

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Shell Oil's icebreaker MSV Fennica weaved through nine remaining protesters hanging from the St. Johns Bridge and made its way toward the Pacific Ocean.   Authorities have removed protesters dangling from a bridge and in kayaks in Oregon


Cruise Ship Hits St. Lawrence Seaway Lock Wall

A cruise ship struck a lock wall in the Saint Lawrence Seaway upstate New York Thursday night, injuring several passengers, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.   There were 274 people, including passengers and crew, aboard the 286-foot vessel Saint Laurent when the ship allided with a wall in


Update: Cruise Ship Strikes Lock in St. Lawrence Seaway

The U.S. Coast Guard’s response to a cruise ship that allided with a concrete wall in the Eisenhower Lock in the St. Lawrence Seaway has continued Friday in Massena, New York.   There were 274 people, including passengers and crew


A/S Trumf Bunker Joins KPI Bridge Oil Group

Carsten Ladekjaer (Photo: KPI Bridge Oil)

KPI Bridge Oil, a global broker and trader in marine bunkers, marine lubricants and risk management products, has announced the take over of A/S Trumf Bunker. A/S Trumf Bunker in Denmark becomes a full member of the KPI Bridge Oil Group as of July 1


SUNY Maritime to Host e-Navigation Conference

The e-Navigation Underway 2015 – North America conference will be hosted by The State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College from September 28 to 30 on the college’s Throggs Neck, N.Y. campus.    The conference’s theme is: “Reducing Risk through


Fund Targets Mols-Linien

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 The Danish equity fund Polaris makes a tender offer on all shares of the ferry operator Mols-Linien, which sails on routes Odden-Ebeltoft and Odden-Aarhus.    Polaris offered to pay 34 Danish crowns a share, valuing the ferry operator at 482 million Danish crowns ($71.7 million)


USCG Ups River Security for MLB All Star Game

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The U.S. Coast Guard, in cooperation with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, will provide additional maritime safety and security operations on the Ohio River in support of events surrounding the 86th Major League Baseball (MLB) All Star Game at Great American Ball Park in


Uber Boats Seek to Bypass Istanbul's Road Traffic

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With the towering bridges that span the Bosphorus choked by traffic, a new boat service from Uber aims to capitalise on Istanbul's infamous road congestion.   In partnership with local sea transport company Navette the Uber Boat venture is unlikely to net a significant chunk of the


Bosphorus Strait Closure

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  Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has advised that the Bosphorus Strait in Turkey will be closed in both directions on 10 July between 06:00-14:00 approximately due to ongoing construction works on the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge (initially named the Third Bosphorus Bridge).


Bosphorus Strait Further Closure

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  Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is advising that the Bosphorus Strait in Turkey will be closed in both directions on 15 July between 07:00-14:00 approximately due to the ongoing construction works on the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge (initially named the Third Bosphorus Bridge).


Bosphorus Strait Reopens After Grounding

The Bosphorus Strait in Turkey reopened at 3:40 p.m. local time on July 21 following the grounding of general cargo ship Majed & Randy due to mechanical failure, Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) advised.   ISS also advised that the Bosphorus Strait will be closed again in both


USCG Rescues Woman from Missouri River

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  Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Gasconade rescued a woman from the Missouri River near the I-680 Bridge, Monday. While at homeport, a crewman working late to mow the grass heard screaming and saw the woman floating down the river.






 
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