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Get on Board with Shipyard Electrical Safety

 Timothy L. Gauthier, Project Manager/Senior Training Specialist, AVO Training Institute

After teaching electrical safety for many years, one tends to understand the regulations, and the standards more than the average safety professional.  We live them most every day. We also understand what regulations and standards apply to shipyard employment and what regulations and standards apply to industry – and which apply to both.  For your safety, you should know about electrical safe work practices and shipboard electrical awareness. If you do not believe that you should know about electrical safe work practices, please keep two things in mind; one – electricity does not care if you are or are not an electrician and two – electricity does not follow any standard or regulatory rules.  Let’s take a look at that first one.  You do not need to know about electrical safe work practices if you are a crane operator, rigger, or welder, correct?  “A welder was tasked to repair a hole in the hull of a barge. Assisted by two other employees he opened the hatch into the compartment where the repair was to be made. A welding machine was positioned on deck near the hatch. Carrying the welding leads the welder climbed down to the repair site. The compartment was flooded with five inches of water, so he quickly became wet. He inserted a welding rod into the electrode holder. He waded back through the compartment and climbed up to the deck. He turned on the welding machine and went below to repair the hole


USCG Photo: Cutter Eagle in Philadelphia

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The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Cleat, homeported in Philadelphia, escorts the cutter Eagle and its crew to Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, March 18, 2011. The Eagle, homeported in New London, Conn., is the only active sailing square-rigger in U.S. government service and is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its construction. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Mike Lutz.


Multraship Refloats Capsized Cargo Ship

Salvage and towage company Multraship has refloated the Egyptian-flagged Al Shaymaa after the 5,744 gt, 1981-built general cargo vessel capsized in the southern Netherlands port of Moerdijk while discharging a cargo of steel coils. The vessel has now been safely redelivered to its owner. Reports indicate that the vessel’s cargo started shifting during discharge, and Tereneuzen-headquartered Multraship was engaged on a Lloyd’s Open Form of salvage agreement at around 0400hrs on August 15


OpSail 2000: Parade Of Tall Ships Graces New York’s Waters

Founded in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, Operation Sail (OpSail) has since found its way back to New York Harbor for significant events such as the Bicentennial celebration in 1976 and the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty in 1986. MR/EN was invited to step aboard the historic Schooner Wavertree, prior to OpSail 2000. By Regina P. Ciardiello, associate editor Stepping aboard the historic Schooner Wavertree docked at New York's South Street Seaport


Trinity Launches Deck Barge Jean-M 2501

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Designed by Bristol Harbor Group, Inc., (BHGI), , , under contract by Argosy Transportation Group, Inc., , the Jean-M 2501, a very built inland deck barge, was launched this week and is set to enter service next week. The 250 x 54 x 12-ft. barge is designed to transport large, over-dimensional cargo on the inland waterways. A 3/4" thick deck and substantial longitudinal stiffeners will allow her to not only carry a 3,000 lbs / sq. ft. deck load, but to do so anywhere along her length


Hard Work Pays Off

Coast Guard Cutter Thetis is the 10th ship of the Famous-class cutters and the third vessel to bear the name. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Anthony Casullo.

At 270 feet and weighing in at 1,646 tons, Coast Guard Cutter Thetis is equipped with the necessary equipment to perform law enforcement, search and rescue, homeland security and national defense missions. To stay mission ready, the ship’s equipment requires routine maintenance usually handled by the crew, but occasionally more attention is needed. Cue the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Md. One of the many specialized groups working at the yard is the ordnance shop’s MK75


Sustainable River Transport

Photos of the Lisa Marie courtesy of Hope Services

When Holcim (U.S.) Inc. began construction of their new state-of-the-art plant in 2006 they wanted it to be a model of environmental sustainability. The plant and quarry in Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri on the Mississippi River about 40 miles south of St. Louis would occupy only 1,700 acres of the 3,900-acres site, with the balance preserved as a conservation easement. Holcim also created and restored more than 60 acres of new wetlands, offering a large habitat resource


Tall Ship 'Eagle' Homeported for Christmas

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The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle departs Naval Submarine Base New London & returns to her home mooring at Fort Trumbull in New London. At 295 feet in length, the Eagle, known as “America’s Tall Ship,” is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in U.S. government service.  Constructed in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and originally commissioned as the Horst Wessel by the German Navy


Maritime Administrator Matsuda Tours Port of Brownsville

U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administrator David Matsuda

Highlights Port’s Role in Job Creation and Economic Growth The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administrator David Matsuda toured the site of a planned marine cargo dock at the Port of Brownsville that will help transform this vital port into a hub for international trade. The proposed infrastructure improvements are being made possible, in part, through a $12 million TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) discretionary grant from the U.S


America's Tall Ship to visit Morehead City

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The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, America's Tall Ship and seagoing classroom for future officers in training, is scheduled to arrive March 26 in Morehead City, N.C. From its homeport in New London, Conn., the cutter will sail along the eastern seaboard and transit through Morehead as part of its spring training for Coast Guard and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officer candidates. Eagle's spring deployment is the first underway training for 2014 after the cutter completed


USCG Cutter Eagle to Open for Tours in Yorktown

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  Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, America's tall ship and seagoing classroom for future officers in training, is scheduled to be open for tours Saturday at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown. Tours will be held from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Visitors are advised there will be a third-mile walk from the


Coast Guard to Open Cutter Eagle for Tours

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U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter Eagle, America's tall ship and seagoing classroom for future officers in training, is scheduled to be open for tours Saturday at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown. Tours will be held from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.


Hoists Facilitate Offshore Crane Repairs

Photo courtesy of JD Neuhaus

When the diesel engine of a deck crane failed, it caused major handling problems for an offshore platform operating in the Dutch sector of the southern North Sea, problems that were solved with the use of J D Neuhaus air operated hoists. The crane was operating at 40 meters above sea level and


Avoiding Pitfalls on the Water

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When a land-based contractor decides to work on water, risk can arise from unexpected places. It doesn’t have to be that way. In the past, companies involved in the marine industry, whether they were vessel operators, riggers, longshoremen, ship builders, repairers


Another North Sea Contract for AquaTerra

Photo: AquaTerra

Mock-ups, practice and repetition are just some of the key elements of how AquaTerra’s Rope Access team prepare for any major job where there is the requirement to enter a potentially hazardous environment and the latest contract win for work within the concrete leg of an offshore platform


Tampa Yacht Manufacturing Introduces New Twists to Old Concepts

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In-House Design Changes are no problem at Tampa Yacht Manufacturing. Whether of internal design and manufacture or tweaking of standard, commercially available off-the-shelf marine equipment, TYM went the extra yard for its customers. Tempest 36RHIB – Wing Hybrid Collar system with field


New Sail Training Vessel for Royal Navy of Oman

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The new Sail Training Vessel (STV) for the Ministry of Defense of Oman has been officially launched at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania. This 87 m vessel, named RNOV Shabab Oman, is destined to become the flagship of the Royal Navy of Oman to continue the role of the current STV of the same


USCG Tall Ship Returns from Repair

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Coast Guard Barque Eagle returned to New London, Conn. yesterday after spending the last three and a half months undergoing dockside maintenance and a foremast overhaul at the Coast Guard Yard facility in Baltimore.  The Eagle will be inport in New London during February and early March


Fendercare Provides STS Support Services

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Fendercare Marine provided STS support services for the first open sea’s Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) STS operations for two of the world’s leading Gas Majors. The LNG STS operations were performed in the Eastern Mediterranean with a number of 152


Construction and Drilling Training Center Opens

TQ Construction and Drilling Training Center Inaugurated in Dammam. Leading representatives from Saudi’s oil and gas sector gathered in Dammam on Thursday, February 27, to launch the newest Saudi Petroleum Services Polytechnic (SPSP), the Construction and Drilling Training Center


Damen Names Royal Oman Navy Flagship

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Dignitaries from the Ministry of Defense of Oman joined senior Damen management at a ceremony at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding, Vlissingen on May 8 to mark the naming of the Royal Navy of Oman’s new flagship, the Sail Training Clipper Shabab Oman II.


Salvage for the Greater Good

Coral Transplants - Global Diving’s coral restoration specialist carefully relocates live corals from the HUI FENG #1.

Preserving pristine Coral Reefs in a remote location is no small task, but also of big importance. Global Diving & Salvage shows how it is done.  On June 19, 1991 officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration were notified of a 121 foot long fishing vessel


P&O Cruises’ “Adonia” Joins the Windjammers For the 1st Time

Kieler Woche attracts cruise ships

  “The Kieler Woche regatta – an international top sailing event and at the same time the biggest summer festival in northern Europe – is setting new standards and attracting in-creasing numbers of cruise ships”


Tall Ship Cutter Eagle to Visit Rockland

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle (USCG photo by Erik Swanson)

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle is scheduled to arrive in Rockland, Maine, Friday, at 3 p.m. as part of its 2014 cadet summer training deployment. The Eagle's visit to Rockland is to celebrate the Maine Lobster Festival. The Eagle will be open for free public tours Saturday, Aug. 2, from 1 p


Crane Operator Alert: Certification Requirement

Crane operator training facility: Photo CICB

Although OSHA Stakeholders have voted to extend the final deadline in four different meetings, the deadline has not been officially extended by US Government agency OSHA as of yet, say the experts at Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau (CICB)






 
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