The American Waterways Association (AWO), the national association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, announced the achievement of 100 percent compliance by its eligible members in the Responsible Carrier Program (RCP). AWO also reported it terminated 11 members for non-compliance with the program. The safety program is a requirement for membership in AWO, and a January 1, 2000 deadline had been set for members companies to achieve an AWO-certified, third-party audit or forfeit membership. The terminations result in a loss of more than $30,000 in revenue to AWO. The RCP is an award-winning, USCG-recognized safety and environmental protection program developed by AWO for barge and towing companies. The RCP is a safety code of practice that involved every aspect of fleet operations, including management, equipment and human factors. The program is designed to complement and build upon existing government regulations, requiring company safety standards that often exceed those required by federal law.
Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. announced that their Bollinger Fourchon, L.L.C. facility has worked 13 years without a lost time accident. Building on a philosophy that starts at the top, Bollinger Shipyards strives for zero accidents. Workforce, contractors, and customer safety is priority and an evident core component of facility operations. Through dedication of top management, a proactive workforce, and comprehensive safety program
A new Coast Guard marine safety unit has been put into place to more quickly respond to a myriad of marine safety missions, such as response to oil spills and commercial vessel incidents in northeast North Carolina. Marine Safety Team Elizabeth City, N.C., a field unit for Marine Safety Office Wilmington, N.C., has been stood-up at the Coast Guard Support Center, Elizabeth City and will be responsible for port safety and security, inspections of U.S
Marine safety in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula area is getting a boost with the donation of 1,400 children’s lifejackets as part of the Torres Strait Marine Safety Program (TSMSP) School Based Maritime Safety Education Project. The primary focus of the TSMSP is to improve and promote boating safety in the Torres Strait, which will help reduce the number of search and rescue operations in the area and support the development of the region’s coastal maritime
Horizon Lines of Puerto Rico, Inc., a subsidiary of Horizon Lines, Inc., participated in a signing ceremony of its Maritime Industry Safety Partnership Agreement with the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) Local 1575 and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This agreement marks the second time Horizon Lines has taken a leadership position nationwide with a safety program of this nature. In 2002
Northrop Grumman Corporation announced today that its Newport News sector received two awards from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The Newport News sector was recognized as the largest Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) STAR site. The VPP, administered by OSHA and the Department of Energy, is a cooperative effort among labor, management and government. OSHA awards the STAR only to those companies with comprehensive
We all can agree that the safety of our employees is critical; if not the most important concern of each of our companies. Our marine-based employees face day-to-day perils that are not encountered by the average American office worker. It is our duty to do everything that we can to ensure that each of our employees returns safely to his or her family once their hitch is over. Our industry has made great strides in improving safety over the years by utilizing improved training programs
The two-year budget for the Washington State Ferries system approved in the spring by the state Legislature will create a modern fleet of passenger-only ferries and terminals to help move more people across Puget Sound. But the new spending plan also represents a significant investment in two other key areas: renovating older terminals and expanding safety programs throughout the fleet. The budget is broken down into two areas: the $303 million operating budget
Ship-owning and managing company Crowley informs that a Military Sealift Command (MSC) vessel under its management has rescued 11 fishermen from a sinking vessel in the South China Sea. While transiting toward Subic Bay, Philippines, on July 19, USNS Impeccable’s (T-AGOS 23) on-watch lookout spotted lights, debris floating in the water and numerous distressed mariners struggling to stay afloat and waving from atop the wheelhouse of a nearly submerged ship located approximately
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) today issued a Notice to Lessees (NTL) that provides further guidance on the previously issued Safety and Environmental Management System (SEMS) rule. The SEMS rule, also referred to as the Workplace Safety Rule, is designed to reduce the likelihood of accidents, injuries and spills that occur in connection with offshore oil and gas exploration and development activities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has awarded Qualship 21 status to 30 bulk carriers owned and operated by Star Bulk Carriers Corp., the largest U.S. listed dry bulk operator. The Qualship 21 program rewards high quality ships sailing under qualifying flags.
Effective leadership and a safety management system are the keys to success. Failure to lead has consequences. Over the last 20 years we have seen a dramatic shift in the way that our industry operates. When I started practicing law
Wood Group PSN Inc., a Nevada corporation headquartered in Houston, was ordered to pay $9.5 million in two separate cases involving its conduct in the Gulf of Mexico. Specifically, Wood Group PSN was ordered to pay $7 million for falsely reporting over several years that personnel had performed
Brian Salerno was sworn in as the Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) on August 26, 2013. He is responsible for promoting safety, protecting the environment and conserving resources through the vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement of offshore operations
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that its “MOL Body FIT Exercise” was awarded the “The Best Practice Award of Seafarers Onboard Safety, 2016 MLIT” from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)
Forum promotes improved safety, security, productivity, efficiency and environmental performance through collaboration and innovation. ABS hosted the fall meeting of the Ship Operators Cooperative Program (SOCP) in Houston October 5 and 6, welcoming representatives from industry
American Maritime Safety recognized Foss Maritime's efforts in building and maintaining a strong culture of safety by awarding the company the American Maritime Safety Award for the implementation and management of zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy.
ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries, unveiled the first comprehensive cybersecurity certification and optional notations for marine and offshore assets and facilities at the SMM (Shipbuilding, Machinery
Regent Seven Seas Explorer is billed as the most luxurious cruise ship in the world. Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco took the role of godmother. Dubbed as the ‘most luxurious ship ever built’, at a whopping cost of $450 million
The Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) has recognized 73 vessels of Foss Maritime and their subsidiary companies with the 2015 Jones F. Devlin award for outstanding safety records. The Jones F. Devlin Award is one of two award programs CSA has sponsored since 1968
ABSG Consulting Inc., a subsidiary of ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (ABS Group), has been contracted by Kinder Morgan, Inc. to develop a Maintenance and Integrity Program for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminal at Elba Island (Elba LNG Project) near Savannah, Georgia.
With the successful completion of a pilot-program at five terminals, the new initiative will be in place across the entire APM Terminals Global Terminal Network by year-end. The Hague, Netherlands – APM Terminals announces a new Truck Safety program featuring carefully researched
APM Terminals has graduated another 19 competitively selected managers from across the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network from the MAGNUM accelerated leadership training program at a formal ceremony in The Hague. Members of this year’s class represented 16 countries in Europe
The Worldwide Ferry Safety Association’s conference on Ferry Safety and Technology, underway today, has featured sessions on Vessels & Landings, Marine Weather, and Training Challenges and Innovative Solutions. The panel on Training
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Brian Salerno and U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Paul Thomas participated in a luncheon panel discussion today at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston. The discussion focused on topics relevant to joint inspections