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Oil Spill off Staten Island

As many as 30,786 gallons of heavy fuel oil spilled into the Arthur Kill on Monday during a transfer from a barge to the Chevron plant here, Newsday reported. The spill stretched from the Chevron facility to Smoking Point in Staten Island, and the U.S. Coast Guard and spill response companies had set up boom boats to contain it. The worst case scenario was that 733 42-gallon barrels of oil, equaling 30,786 gallons, got into the waterway. The New York City of Department of Environmental Protection said that a hazardous materials team the agency sent to monitor the Staten Island shoreline had reported that a small amount of oil came aground near the Outerbridge Crossing. The cause of the spill was being investigated by the Coast Guard. The spill happened during a transfer of approximately 1.5 million gallons of oil from a barge to the Chevron facility. Chevron had assumed responsibility for the spill and contracted with two companies to help with the cleanup. The Coast Guard halted vessel traffic from the Outer Bridge Crossing to Fresh Kills, Staten Island. (Source: Newsday)


The Manitowoc Company Launches Staten Island Ferry

Marinette Marine Corporation, a subsidiary of The Manitowoc Company, Inc., launched the ferry Guy V. Molinari, for New York City's Department of Transportation, on September 20. This 310-ft. ferry is one of three to be built as part of a $120-million contract that was awarded to Manitowoc in 2001. The launch ceremony featured Michael R. Bloomberg, mayor of New York, and Guy V. Molinari as the keynote speakers, with the Honorable Susan Molinari, former U.S


Coat Guard Responds to Oil Spill

The Coast Guard is responding to an oil spill at the Chevron Perth Amboy facility, in Perth Amboy, N.J., that was reported yesterday, February 13. The spill occurred during a transfer of approximately 1.5 million gallons of number six heavy fuel oil from a barge to the facility. It is unknown how much of the product entered the water. A New York Police Department over-flight confirmed the spill stretching from the Chevron facility to Smoking Point, Staten Island, in the Arthur Kill.


Court Orders Ferry Captain to Appear Before NTSB

Photo Credit: USCG Photo/Mike Hvozda The outside lower level of the Staten Island Ferry Andrew J. Barberi after it struck a pier killing ten people October 15, 2003. The Captain of the Ferry was ordered to appear before the NTSB. The United States District Court Judge Frederick Block enforced NTSB's subpoena and ordered Michael Gansas, the master of the M/V Andrew J. Barberi, to appear tomorrow for an NTSB interview. "We are gratified by the Court's decision today," said


Second Staten Island Ferry Ecospeed Application

Recently the underwater hull of m/v Sen. John J. Marchi, one of the ferries owned by Staten Island Ferries was coated with Ecospeed in Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.A.   This is the second ferry owned by Staten Island Ferries that was given an Ecospeed treatment after m/v John Noblewas coated in Bridgeport, Connecticut last year. Ecospeed was also applied on one the company’s fuel barges in Staten Island, New York earlier this year and a third ferry is planned to be coated later this year


Marine Artist John A. Noble: Birthday Centenary Celebrations

John Noble: Photo courtesy of the Noble Maritime Collection

The Noble Maritime Collection is set to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Staten Island seaman artist. John A. Noble From 1928 until 1945, Noble worked as a seaman on schooners and in marine salvage.  In 1928, while on a schooner that was towing out down the Kill van Kull, the waterway that separates Staten Island from New Jersey, he saw the old Port Johnston coal docks for the first time.  Filled with new but obsolete wooden ships


Coast Guard Establishes Mariner Physical Exam Requirements

The Coast Guard recently published two Federal Register notices relating to physical examination requirements for merchant mariners, based on National Transportation Safety Board recommendations issued following the catastrophic 2003 Staten Island ferry marine casualty in New York Harbor. The first notice announces and seeks public comment on a draft Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular on medical and physical evaluation guidelines for merchant mariner credentials


Donjon Marine Salvages Dinner Cruise Vessel

Donjon Marine, Co., Inc. salvaged the dinner cruise vessel Sunset Queen, which sank on January 28, 2007, alongside one of the Municipal Piers located in Sheepshead Bay, New York, in about 20 ft. of water. The Sunset Queen is approximately 100 ft. long and 30 ft. wide with a light ship weight of approximately 200 tons. The salvage effort, considered a pick and pump operation, involves lifting the vessel to the surface with the use of the 400-ton capacity Donjon Derrick Barge Columbia


Senesco, Caddell Sign Contract for a Dry Dock

Senesco Marine, North Kingstown Rhode Island has signed a contract for the construction of a 120 x 420-ft., 7300 long ton hauling capacity Dry Dock, with Caddell Dry Dock and Repair Company, Inc., of Staten Island, NY. The announcement was made by Senesco Marine, North Kingstown, Rhode Island, Tom Johnson, Vice President Business Development, “We are pleased to announce the contract award by Caddell Dry Docks & Repair Co’s. new dry dock


MM&P Hopes to Pad Ranks with Brown Water Mariners

Ron Tucker, Secretary Treasurer of Local 333 and Captain Don Marcus, who serves as President of the Masters Mates & Pilots.

New York Harbor Tug Boat Captains and Crews, Staten Island Ferry Workers, Circle Line and Other Tourist Boat Crews Vote on Joining New Union Uniting with the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots will bring added clout, resources and training to local mariners and open the door to opportunities beyond the East Coast, the union said. Ballots are arriving in the mail this week at the homes of 1


PVA Elects 2016 Leadership

Margo Marks (Photo: PVA)

During the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2016 held January 23-26 in Crystal City, Va., members of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) elected Margo Marks of Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Island, Mich. as PVA President for 2016.   


Beacon Finland Appoints Rio Marine for US Support

Beacon Finland, a maritime-related firm engaged in naval architecture, marine engineering and equipment, has appointed Rio Marine to service its JAK-ATB coupling systems in the U.S.   Tuija Horkko, Beacon Finland’s Chairman, said Rio Marine will become the exclusive company to


This Day In Naval History: April 19

Program for the Commissioning Ceremony held of the USS The Sullivans DDG-68, held at Staten Island, New York on April 19, 1997.

1917 - The U.S. Naval Armed Guard crew on board SS Mongolia engages and damages a German U-boat, the first engagement against the enemy after declaration of war on April 6. 1920 - The first German submarine brought to the United States after World War I arrives at New York


Ferry Conference: Technology Drives Vessel Advancements

File image: an Elliott Bay Design Group ferry (EBDG)

On June 2-3, 2016,  the Ferry Safety and Technology Conference will be held in downtown Manhattan.   Throughout the world, the quickening pace of technological advances is impacting all sectors of the maritime business; ferries are no exception


Staten Island Ferry Safety Statistics Released

Guy V. Molinari (Photo: Staten Island Ferry)

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) sets the standards passenger vessels, such as the Staten Island Ferry, must meet and then inspects the vessels regularly to ensure that they are in compliance. For large passenger vessels, the Coast Guard conducts four safety inspections each year


Where in the World is USS Slater?

USS Slater in drydock (Photo courtesy Destroyer Escort Historical Museum)

To answer, USS Slater is at Caddell Dry Dock and Repair in Staten Island. Typically, the ship is open to the public in Albany near the beginning of April. This season, after several years of fundraising, the ship has been taken to drydock for repairs to her hull.


USS Slater Commissioned 70 Years Ago

Photo courtesy Destroyer Escort Historical Museum

USS Slater's Log Book entry for May 1, 1944 states, "Moored starboard side to Lee Terminal, Tampa, Florida. Captain R.B. Daggett, USN, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Tampa, representing the Commandant, Seventh Naval District, placed the ship in commission pursuant to orders from the Chief of


GCT (USA) President & CEO James Devine Retires

James J. Devine: Photo GCT

Global Container Terminals (GCT) has announced the retirement of James J. Devine, President & CEO of GCT USA, at the end of June, 2014. Devine’s retirement brings a distinguished 13-year tenure with GCT to a close, where he was instrumental in revitalizing the US operations.


Bayonne Container Terminal Upgrade Celebrated

Container terminal departure: Photo courtesy of Maersk Linee: Photo courtesy of Maersk Line

GCT Global Container Terminals Inc. (GCT) says it celebrated the grand opening of its newly expanded, semi-automated facility in Bayonne, New Jersey, which is intended to be the most productive marine terminal on the US East Coast once complete in summer 2014.


USS Slater is Homeward Bound

USS SLATER Starboard 2014.jpg

USS Slater, the last Destroyer Escort afloat in America, will soon return to her home berth in Albany, New York. Launched in 1944, Slater served gallantly in both the Battle of the Atlantic and the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II


Protecting Your Right to a ‘Bon Voyage’

The National Transportation Safety Board’s Earl F. Weener responds to our March 2014 MarineNews BY THE NUMBERS feature, entitled “Passenger Vessel Safety Record Defies NTSB Hit List.” The NTSB Board Member takes issue with the inference that their scrutiny of the record of


EBDG to Design New Class of Staten Island Ferries

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), a naval architecture and marine engineering firm with offices in Seattle, New Orleans and Ketchikan, Ala., has been selected by the New York Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) to design a new class of ferries that will operate between the boroughs of Staten


NY-Area Seafarers to Join MM&P

Ron Tucker, Secretary Treasurer of Local 333 and Captain Don Marcus, who serves as President of the Masters Mates & Pilots.

New York Harbor Tug Boat Captains and Crews, Staten Island Ferry Workers, Circle Line and Other Tourist Boat Crews Vote to Join New Union.   New York-area watermen who operate tugboats, dredges, tourist boats and ferries, members of Staten Island-based Local 333


Fire Aboard RoRo Vessel Inbound to New York

A fire has broken out aboard the motor vessel Grey Shark at Homeport Pier in Staten Island, New York, Wednesday, The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reported.   The USCG, FDNY, NYPD and the ship’s owners are working together to extinguish the blaze that ignited Sunday aboard the 360-foot


Webb Institute Hires New Assistant Professor

Michael T. Martin (Photo: Webb Institute)

Webb Institute announced Michael T. Martin, PE as its new Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. Prof. Martin has over 23 years of experience as a marine electrical engineer with a broad background in electrical systems including, electrical propulsion, power generation, power distribution






 
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