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Towing Safety Advisory Committee to Meet in St. Louis

The Towing Safety Advisory Committee and its working groups will meet in St. Louis on Sept. 21-22, 2006, to discuss various issues relating to shallow-draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety. All meetings will be open to the public. Both the advisory committee and its working groups will meet in Salons A & B at the Hilton St. Louis Airport, located at 10330 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, Mo. The working groups will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and the advisory committee will meet on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006, also from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


TSAC Meeting

The Towing Vessel Inspection Working Group of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee, sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, will meet in Arlington, Virginia on June 22 and 23. Topics on the agenda include proposed equipment standards and possible adoption of existing standards. 70 Fed. Reg. 34144 (HK Law)


Barge Grounds in Lake Michigan

A tug towing two barges ran into rough seas, grounding one barge, while attempting to find a safe haven. The tug, Holly Ann, owned by Holly Marine in Chicago, was towing two empty barges from Muskegon, Mich., to Chicago when seas increased to 10-12 feet and the captain decided to head for safety. The tug lost propulsion and steering while it was making its way toward the Holland Channel. The tug and first barge drifted to the Lake Michigan contractors’ dock and tied up on the pier


ACBL Announces New Appointments

American Commercial Barge Line has appointed Captain Samuel S. Dickey to the position of marine superintendent. He previously facilitated the training of ACBL Captains and Watch Captains at Seamen’s Church Institute in Paducah, Ky. Dickey attended the University of North Alabama and has 34 years of experience in the industry. Mario Muñoz has accepted the position of manager of corporate safety and loss control with ACBL. Muñoz was previously risk analyst


Proposed Ruling Calls For Fixed Fire Safety

The U.S. Coast Guard's supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) on "Fire Suppression Systems and Voyage Planning for Towing Vessels" appears in today's Federal Register. The SNPRM proposes the installation of fixed fire-extinguishing systems in the engine rooms of towing vessels, and it states that owners or operators, and masters, ensure that voyage planning is conducted before vessels towing barges commence on trips or voyages of at least 12 hours


AWO Hails New Deadlines for Towing Vessel Inspection Regs

The American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, hails the enactment of provisions in the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-281) that bring the industry one step closer to a historic towing vessel inspection regulation to improve safety in the towing industry.  Section 701 of the Act requires the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding inspection


Coast Guard Tries to Fix Towboat Licensing Rule Problems

The USCG published Interim Rules concerning new licensing regulations for Towing Vessels on November 19, 1999. These rules were generated in order to improve the safety record of the towing industry. There was great controversy over the evolution of these rules. Licensed individuals and operating companies considered these rules to be unnecessary overkill and were extremely reluctant to actively support the process. The Coast Guard aggressively pursued their objective and probably became so


Coast Guard Seeks Comments on Guidelines

In the August 6, 2002, Federal Register, the Coast Guard seeks comments on proposed assessment criteria to be used by Designated Examiners when evaluating candidates for licenses as officers of towing vessels, specifically when evaluating mariners' execution of certain prescribed tasks. These standards appear on the Department of Transportation's website. To access them, (1) go to http://dms.dot.gov/; (2) click on "Simple Search" on the bottom of the page; (3) type "12973" in the search box


Reducing Human Error & Near Miss Incidents

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We recently came across a very interesting report issued to Congress by the United States Coast Guard. The May 2012 study might seem dated, but that’s hardly the case. Actually, it’s a telling description of what can go wrong, why and perhaps, a blueprint for how to go forward and fix things.   That’s our take, in any event. The Report chronicles oil spills from all vessel types, including the towing industry, tank ships, the offshore industry, freighters


2015: An Action Year for Subchapter M

Jennifer Carpenter

For all of the predictions and prognostications that have been made over the last ten years, one thing is objectively true: the publication of Subchapter M – the U.S. Coast Guard’s long-awaited towing vessel inspection rule – is closer than it’s ever been. Yes, the road to Subchapter M has been long, but the end is in sight (really). As we approach our destination, both the Coast Guard and the tugboat, towboat


Cargo Vessel Collides with Tanker at Guangzhou Port

Image: Guangzhou Port Channel

 Inbound general cargo vessel Yan Zhan 58 collided with outbound tanker Zhen Peng during the evening of May 9 in Peral river estuary near buoy 48, Guangzhou Port Channel, Guangdong province, China.    The freighter struck the tanker, loaded with 2,290 tons of gasoline


Tug Launched for Suderman & Young at Eastern

Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. launched the Escort Tug OCEANUS for Suderman & Young Towing Company on April 26, 2016. This series of Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs is currently under construction at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility


Vane Bros. Continues Fleet Expansion

Hudson (Photo: Vane Brothers)

Vane Brothers, a marine transportation provider headquartered in Baltimore, has added two vessels to its fleet: the 4,200-horsepower tugboat Hudson and 55,000‐barrel barge Double Skin 601.   The Hudson is the second of eight vessels in Vane’s Elizabeth Anne Class of 4


ALP's Long-range Oceangoing Tug Named ALP Striker

ALP Striker (Photo: ALP)

ALP Striker, named at a ceremony held named on May 13, 2016, is the first of four ultra-long distance towing and anchor handling vessels for ALP Maritime Services, each with a bollard pull of approximately 300 metric tons.   The vessels of the SX157 design are a part of the ALP


USCG Cutter Tows Disabled Fishing Vessel

A boat crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa transits alongside the disabled fishing vessel Hope & Sydney about 70 miles east of Cape May, N.J., Friday, March 11, 2016. The crew of the cutter Tampa towed the Hope & Sydney to Cape May, where a boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cape May took over the tow. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa assisted the crew of a disabled fishing vessel about 70 miles east of Cape May, New Jersey, Friday. The fishing vessel Hope & Sydney lost steering and power. The Tampa crew arrived on scene Friday with the Hope & Sydney


Evolutionary Carrousel RAVE Tugs Under Construction

The Carrousel Towing System system eliminates risk of capsizing under  tow load. In combination with two Voith Schneider Propellers arranged in-line, the tug design allows for a slender and highly efficient hull Photo Voith

In cooperation with R. Allan Ltd. (RAL) and Novatug B.V., Voith participated in the development of a new tug. The Carrousel RAVE Tug (CRT) is characterized by a towing winch on a ring. This ring can rotate freely around the tug's deckhouse – a unit referred to as the "Carrousel Towing


The Master’s Authority: a Vital SMS Caveat

Katharine Sweeney

As safety management systems (SMS) on board vessels evolve, the vessel’s master still holds ultimate authority.    Subchapter M is finally underway. A starring role in this new CFR is a safety management system onboard all vessels


Eastern Cranking Out Escort Tugs

Neptune (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivers the escort tug Neptune to Suderman & Young Towing Company and launches the Escort Tug David B to Bay-Houston Towing Co.   Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has delivered the escort tug Neptune (Hull# 237) on March 28, 2016


Adventure Runner Calls off Voyage at Sea

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Gannet speak with a man within a hydro pod off the coast of Jupiter, Florida, April 24, 2016. After speaking with the crew aboard the Gannet, Reza Baluchi agreed to end his voyage Bermuda and safely embarked the cutter. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The second attempt by an endurance runner hoping to reach Bermuda from Miami ended early Sunday when he asked to be removed from his "hydro pod."   The runner ignored a previously issued order from U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) to not depart on his seagoing journey


AIS Regulations: New Responsibilities and Opportunities

(Photo: Stevens Towing Co., Inc.

March Coast Guard deadline represents milestone for AIS use in U.S. waters   From increasing situational awareness and enhancing the safety and security of maritime transportation, to its use in accident investigation, search and rescue, Aids to Navigation and asset monitoring


Disabled Fishing Vessel Towed to Maine

Coast Guard Cutter Moray tows the fishing boat Paulo Marc after it became disabled east of Portland, Maine (USCG photo)

 The 60-foot fishing boat Paulo Marc was towed by the crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Moray after the fishing vessel became disabled Wednesday about 90 miles east of Portland, Maine.   Watchstanders at Sector Northern New England’s command center received notification at


OMB - Subchapter M Cleared for Publication

File Image: an aerial view of a typical fleeting operation on Americas inland rivers (WCI)

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) completed its review of the draft final rule entitled Inspection of Towing Vessels, also known as "Subchapter M." The document has been returned to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the US Coast Guard for final preparation prior to


Shell Presents Crewmember Safety Awards

Pictured left to right are Captain Tim Downs, GM Shipping and Maritime, Americas; DeAnn Lewis, Regional Marine Manager, Shell Chemicals Company; Captain Greg Wilkinson, Master, M/V GREGORY, Enterprise Marine Services; Mr. Eric Ricker, Manager, Marine Operations, Enterprise Marine Services; and Tankerman Von Smith, Enterprise Marine Services (Photo: Shell)

Shell Shipping and Maritime, Americas recently held its third annual Goal Zero Hero Awards dinner in Houston, recognizing the crewmembers of 21 contracted/chartered vessels, who had the courage to intervene and clearly demonstrate their commitment to zero incidents and safe operations in service


AWO Holds Spring Convention

Tom Allegretti (Photo: AWO)

AWO members converge on Washington D.C. for another record-setting barge-in; new leadership elected   The American Waterways Operators’ (AWO) 2016 Spring Convention attracted more than 200 members to Washington, D.C. April 19-21, including 36 first-time attendees.   


Maersk Working to Tow Safmarine Meru to Safety

Safmarine Meru (Photo: Maersk)

Update on the containership collision off Ningbo, China   Maersk Line said it is working with Chinese authorities to develop a plan to tow its severely damaged containership Safmarine Meru to safety.   On May 7, the Maersk-owed Safmarine Meru was heavily damaged and caught fire after






 
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