UK – Brownout Leads to Allision
The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the summary of its preliminary examination of the allision of a ro-ro passenger ferry with a linkspan in the Port of Calais on 29 August 2008.
Report on Collision Death off Pt. Reyes
On Dec. 10, the U.S. Coast Guard released the results of two investigations. One report outlines the causes of the July 13, 2007 fatal collision between a cargo…
USCG – Marine Safety Performance
The US Coast Guard released its Marine Safety Performance Plan for FY 2009-2014. The plan addresses the goals of: (1) reducing the risk of marine casualties; (2) facilitating commerce…
EPA – Civil Penalty Inflation Adjustment
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule adjusting for inflation its civil monetary penalties for violations of regulations that EPA enforces.
ASA - New Advisory Council Officers
The American Shipbuilding Association (ASA) announced the election of four new Partner Advisory Council officers for calendar years 2009 and 2010. They were elected…
IMO - New IMDG Code
A new edition of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code, the standard guide to all aspects of handling dangerous goods and marine pollutants in sea transport…
Lakes Coal Surges in November
Coal shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 4.1 million net tons in November, an increase of 21 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments were also up nearly 7 compared to the month’s 5-year average.
Royal Caribbean - Amaral Dir. Brazil Ops
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has selected Brazilian cruise industry veteran Ricardo Amaral as managing director of its operations in Brazil. In the newly created position…
Comms Balloon Tested Aboard USS Boxer
Members of the Arizona Air National Guard embarked aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4) demonstrated an advanced communication platform, the Combat SkySat balloon Dec. The most modern communication balloon platform available, the Combat SkySat is larger than a weather balloon, and has the potential to provide communications between ship and helicopter, ship to shore, and between those on shore. "There are some…
First RAstar Class Tugs Enter Service
A unique new design of high performance terminal/escort tug has just entered service at the Dragon LNG terminal in Milford Haven, U.K., under the Svitzer flag. The Svitzer Lindsway was delivered to the UK from the builders Freire Construcciones Navales of Vigo, Spain in early November, 2008. The overall contract for this entire project comprised two distinct designs for vessels of the new RAstar 3900 (one off) and the RAstar 3400 Classes (five off).
DuraMobile Computer Receives Approval
Comark Corporation, designer and manufacturer of custom computer solutions for the marine, military, industrial, and commercial markets, received type approval on their DuraMobile marine computer from the American Bureau of Ships (ABS). The DuraMobile has been designed and tested to meet the requirements of IEC60945 and provides a cost effective solution for marine applications requiring a type-approved computer.
Navy to Christen Submarine New Mexico
The Navy christened its newest attack submarine, New Mexico, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, during a 10 a.m. EST ceremony at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va. Rep. Heather A.
Crowley Presents USMMA Scholarships
In an effort to ensure the next generation of career mariners is the best in their fields, Crowley presented four exemplary United States Merchant Marine Academy students with Thomas B. Crowley, Sr., scholarships Monday at the Containerization & Intermodal Institute's (CII) annual Connie Awards luncheon in Newark, N.J. The event, attended by approximately 300 guests, provided the backdrop for the scholarship presentations to Midshipmen Patrick Showell…
Seigal Appointed VP at Zodiak
Zodiac of North America, Inc., manufacturer of military and commercial inflatable boats and rigid-hull inflatable boats (RIBs), has hired Commander (Ret.) Steve…
Titan - Schwall VP, Reed General Manager
Titan Salvage, Crowley Maritime Corporation's salvage and wreck removal company, announced that Dan Schwall has been promoted to vice president and Phil Reed has been promoted to general manager, salvage and engineering. Both promotions become effective January 1, 2009 and both Schwall and Reed will be domiciled at the Pompano Beach, Fla. headquarters. Schwall will report directly to Todd Busch, senior vice president and general manager of Crowley's technical services group.
Multraship Refloats Grounded Barge
Netherlands-based towage and salvage specialist Multraship reported on Dec. 8 that it had successfully refloated the Stema Barge II after the 443 ft long vessel grounded in shallow water inbound to the Dutch port of Eemshaven with a cargo of rocks following the loss of its tow to the tug Hellas on November 16. After initial attempts by local tugs to refloat the barge had proved to be unsuccessful,…
This Day in Naval History – Dec. 15
1943 - Bureau of Naval Personnel Circular Letter on non-discrimination in Navy V-12 program. 1944 - Congress appoints first three of four Fleet Admirals. 1965 -…