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Coast Guard Closes Portions of the Illinois River

The Coast Guard captain of the port at Sector Upper Mississippi has closed the portions of the Illinois River due to high water levels Tuesday, Sept., 23, 2008. The Illinois River is closed to recreational vessel traffic near Montezuma, Ill., from mile marker 50 to 199. The Illinois River is also closed to all recreational and commercial vessel traffic from mile marker 136 to 138 near Copperas Creek, Ill. The Mississippi River has reopened to all recreational traffic from Chester, Mo., from mile marker 109.9 to 185.4. Local and state law enforcement agencies are authorized to enforce all of the above zones that are restricted to recreational and commercial vessel traffic. 

USCG Issues Guidance For Vessel Boarding Safety

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued guidance to its personnel regarding vessel boarding safety when conducting boardings of large commercial vessels as part of the homeland security mission. The guidance cautions Coast Guard personnel about the need for safety briefings prior to any such boarding, the risks of explosive vapors, and the risks inherent in confined space entry. It notes that many Coast Guard personnel may not have received specific training concerning the risks related to this new

Kuykendall Introduces Legislation To Increase Employment Of American Merchant Mariners

Congressman Steven T. Kuykendall, vice chairman of the Merchant Marine Panel for the House Armed Services Committee, has introduced legislation that would provide merchant mariners the same tax credits as other Americans working abroad. Kuykendall introduced this legislation to increase the employment of American merchant mariners aboard commercial vessels in the foreign and international trades. Currently, American citizens employed outside the United States may exclude up to $74

Seaway Corporations Open Waterway to Mandatory AIS

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) and the Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) opened the binational waterway’s 45th navigation season. This season marks the beginning of mandatory Automatic Identification System (AIS) use on commercial vessels entering waterway in North America to employ this technology as a requirement for transit.

USCG Civil Penalty Appeal Decisions

The U.S. Coast Guard has begun posting redacted versions of its Civil Penalty Appeal Decisions on its Coast Guard Legal page on the Internet located at . Clicking on "Civil Penalty Appeals" will they lead you to a menu of cases involving bridges, COLREGS, commercial vessel violations, marine casualties, negligence, pollution, recreational vessels, and uninspected passenger vessels. Source: HK Law

Errant Boater Endangers Commercial Traffic in Puget Sound

The US Coast Guard announced that an unidentified vessel operator forced five large commercial vessels to take evasive action in Puget Sound near Port Townsend. The incident occurred during a period of low visibility and the boater did not respond to radio calls. The professionalism of the commercial mariners involved, with assistance from the Puget Sound VTS, averted what could have been a potentially disastrous situation. [Source: HK Law]

Raytheon And Samsung Collaborate On Bridge System

Raytheon Marine and Samsung Industries have entered into a cooperative agreement to meld key components of Raytheon's Integrated Bridge System into Samsung's Naru 2000, which is an ECDIS-based Integrated Navigation System. The agreement is designed to further additional business in Asian markets - a large chunk of the industry's shipbuilding. The joint-venture with Samsung is expected to bring in an additional $10 million per year in new sales revenue.

Coast Guard Increases Presence in Preparation in and around NYC/NJ

U.S. Coast Guard Marine Science Technician 3rd Class Christopher Estelle, 24, observes passengers as they embark aboard a Circle Line ferry at Ellis Island. The Coast Guard has increased its local law enforcement patrols, including the presence of armed tactical operations boarding teams aboard ferries and other commercial vessels operating in and around the Port of New York and New Jersey, in response to the heightened terror warnings and to prepare for the upcoming Republican National


The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) relating to servicing intervals for inflatable liferafts and inflatable buoyant apparatus (IBA) on domestic commercial vessels not certificated under SOLAS. Under the proposal, the first servicing of such new devices on these vessels would be deferred to two years after initial packing. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by May 6, 2002. Source: HK Law

DOJ – Ship Operator Fined for ORB Violation

  The US Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said that a ship management company and a chief engineer pleaded guilty to a charge that they falsified the oil record book (ORB) on a commercial vessel. The company was sentenced to pay a $1m fine and a $200,000 community service payment. It will also serve a three year period of probation and institute an environmental compliance program. Source: HK Law

VIKING, PVA Join Forces for New USCG Safety Compliancy

VIKING Americas VP, Al Osle

  Coastal vessel operators trying to come to terms with upgraded US Coast Guard regulations for survival craft have been helped along the way by VIKING at the annual Passenger Vessel Association and U.S. Coast Guard Industry Day in Miami.  

Cammell Laird Seals the Deal for UK Polar Ship

NERC chief operating officer Paul Fox and Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret seal the deal in Birkenhead on November 19 (Photo: Cammell Laird)

The deal has been finalized for marine and engineering services company Cammell Laird to begin work on the U.K.’s new £200 million polar research ship.   The Birkenhead shipyard Cammell Laird said it saw off competition from Europe and beyond including Korea and Singapore to be

Vesper Marine Debuts New AIS Transponder

XB-6000 (Image: Vesper Marine)

Marine safety products manufacturer Vesper Marine has released a new Class B Automatic Identification System (AIS), the XB-6000. The black box transponder includes a built-in NMEA 2000 gateway and GPS antenna that integrates AIS, GPS and NMEA instrument data to display vital safety information on

Maritime Cook Islands Expands Network to India

  Maritime Cook Islands (“MCI”), the leading ship registry, has recently established its presence in India with the appointment of two deputy registrars (“DR”), Mr Faust Pinto Jr and Ms Fereshte D Sethna, to serve the growing yacht owning community in the Indian

VFD Controlled Pumps Help Keep Barges Afloat

Photo: Invertek Drives

Optidrive E3 variable frequency drives (VFDs) from Invertek Drives have completely automated the control of pumps used to fill and empty ballast tanks on board commercial barges in the Netherlands.   As well as a faster and more reliable filling and emptying process

Damen’s New Yacht Range Sails to the Extremes

Image: Damen

Damen’s new SeaXplorer yacht range brings true capability to expedition yachting, from extreme polar to remote tropical areas.   The world’s first purpose-built, Polar Code compliant range of expedition yachts has been launched by Dutch shipbuilder Damen and its luxury

SulNOx, LR Join Forces to Promote SulNOxEco Fuels


  SulNOx Fuel Fusions Plc. (SulNOx), the leading global producer and supplier of fuel emulsion technology, and Lloyd’s Register (LR), a leading technical, business services organisation and maritime classification society, today signed an agreement that will see LR provide verification

MN 100: FloScan Instruments, Inc.

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The Company: FloScan is a Seattle-based corporation that designs and manufactures its products in the United States. With worldwide sales at an all-time high, FloScan Fuel Monitoring Systems are in use on a wide range of diesel powered commercial vessels on every continent including ocean-going

US Navy: Arab Coalition Slowing Aid Efforts in Yemen

Aid to Yemen is being slowed by a Saudi-led coalition which has warned commercial vessels to stay away from areas hit by fighting, a U.S. Navy report said. The Arab coalition, fighting to end control of much of Yemen by the Iran-allied Houthi movement

NOAA Orders Research RHIB from Willard

Willards SEA FORCE RHIB model. (Image: Willard)

Willard Marine, Inc.was awarded a contract by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to produce a 20’08” rigid hull inflatable boat for the Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) to facilitate their fisheries and marine mammal research in the Pacific region

Ferguson Signs $150mln LNG Ferries for CMAL

Image: Caledonian MacBrayne

 Scotland-based Ferguson Marine Engineering (FMEL) has signed a deal to build two 100-meter, dual-fuel ferries for Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) in a contract worth £97 million (USD 150 million) that will boost shipbuilding on the River Clyde and secure 150 shipyard jobs.

Maersk Tanker Fuels US Navy Tanker at Sea

Maersk Peary (Photo: MSC)

USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199), a Military Sealift Command (MSC) fleet replenishment oiler, has completed a fueling evolution at-sea with the U.S. flagged tanker Maersk Peary in international waters off the coast of Sasebo, Japan, October 22., the U.S. Navy said.  

Oil Tankers Queueing in US Gulf Seen as New Symbol of Glut

A traffic jam of oil tankers has emerged along the U.S. Texas coast this month, a snarl that some traders see as the latest sign of an unyielding global supply glut.   More than 50 commercial vessels were anchored outside ports in the Houston area at the end of last week

South African Boatbuilding: Tugboat Honors Mandela Birthplace

(Photos courtesy of Southern African Shipyards)

Transnet National Ports Authority announced a milestone in its $98 million tug building contract when the first of its nine new tugboats was launched at the Durban premises of contractor, Southern African Shipyards.     “This is the largest single contract TNPA has ever

U.S. & China: U.S. Must Invest in Maritime to Avoid “Sea Strangulation”

(Image: HHI // CSCL)

A new study examines the steady decline of the U.S. Merchant Marine fleet, which today numbers less than 100 vessels in international trade, and warns that U.S. global competitiveness and maritime security -- particularly in light of a fast-emerging China -- is at grave risk unless investment is

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