Enclosed Space Casualties Continue in Shipping Industry
Accidents relating to entry into enclosed spaces have resulted in a large number of deaths of both ship and shore personnel so far this year. David Nichol, UK P&I Club risk assessor, reviews enclosed space incidents and his suggestions for safer working practices. “The dangers associated with enclosed spaces are well known in the shipping industry yet each year we continue to see a number of casualties which could be prevented.
Fishing Vessel Sinks, Spills Oil in Alaska
A 58-foot fishing vessel ran aground, sunk and spilled oil in Sitka, Alaska, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. No injuries have been reported, and there have been no confirmed reports of impacts to wildlife. The fishing vessel Pacific Venture, a 58-foot seiner, ran aground Tuesday evening and subsequently rolled over around 2 a.m. Wednesday, sinking in approximately 25 feet of water in vicinity of The Twins, roughly half a mile off the mouth of the Indian River in Sitka.
Extensive Ship History Source on Tap for Researchers
In celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, the Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA) is offering access to its archives with the opening of its Ship History Center in Warwick, R.I., where the organization’s entire collection is now housed under one roof and is accessible to researchers. “This is an exciting time for us and we are pleased to finally have this wealth of knowledge available for study,” SSHSA Executive Director Matthew Schulte said.
Greece Wants EU Funding to Tackle Migrant Influx
Greece will ask the European Union for about 700 million euros to build infrastructure to shelter the hundreds of refugees and migrants arriving on its shores daily, the government said on Thursday.
USCG Hoists Ailing Man from Tug
A man believed to be suffering symptoms from a heart attack was medevaced from a tugboat Thursday morning. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Traverse City…
CTruk Delivers Wind Farm Support Vessel
Shipbuilder CTruk Boats, a manufacturer of composite wind farm support vessels (WFSV), has delivered the second workboat in a two-craft order from CWind. The MPC22 WFSV CWind Spirit was officially named at a ceremony in Ipswich and is the latest addition to a stable of nearly 30 WFSVs built by CTruk. Like her sister vessel CWind Artimus, which was handed over in June, the latest MPC22 features a a Volvo Penta Integrated Propulsion System (IPS) that reduces fuel consumption…
Busan Port Names Woo Ye-jong as New CEO
The Busan Port Authority (BPA) announced Woo Ye-jong has been named as its new CEO, as appointed by the Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries. Woo took office on July 31…
A Great Passion for Small Ships
Gottfried Knöbel owns almost 1,500 miniature model ships, many of them are Hapag-Lloyd ships. How did he end up with this collection? In a quiet residential district in Cologne, hundreds of kilometers from the sea, Gottfried Knöbel opens the door of his house to reveal an incredible collection that spans three floors. Just inside the door, in Knöbel’s home office, ships fill a giant glass case: tankers, cargo vessels, containerships and passenger ships.
MN 100: David Clark Company Inc.
David Clark Company specializes in providing communication solutions for high noise environments. Their noise-attenuating headsets and systems are used in a variety of markets and applications where clear communication is critical. All David Clark Company products are manufactured and assembled in the United States at its own manufacturing facility. Over 300 employees are involved in the design, engineering, manufacture and support of all products.
MN 100: Dometic Marine
Dometic Marine is an engineering leader of innovative products for the global marine industry and offers a large worldwide sales and service network. Products include air conditioning, refrigeration, ship-wide ventilation, air purification, water purification, and sanitation. Dometic, Condaria, Marine Air Systems, and Cruisair air conditioning systems offer a wide range of compact, modular, and shell…
MN 100: Elliott Bay Design Group
Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) is a Seattle-based, employee-owned enterprise with offices in New Orleans and Ketchikan that provides full-service naval architecture, marine engineering and production support to owners, operators and shipyards worldwide. The firm’s extensive project portfolio spans a number of vessel types including barges, tugs, offshore vessels, ferries, passenger vessels, and workboats…
Chinese Ships Headed Home After Bering Sea Sighting
Five Chinese Navy ships sighted in the Bering Sea off Alaska during a visit to the region by U.S. President Barack Obama have begun their "return transit," the top uniformed officer in the U.S.
CMA CGM Launches 18,000 TEU Containership
Container shipping firm CMA CGM Group has taken delivery of its newest colossal containership, the 18,000 TEU, 400-meter-long CMA CGM Bougainville. Now the largest vessel sailing under the French flag, CMA CGM Bougainville is the fourth vessel of the 18,000 TEU series, all bearing the names of great explorers, in this case honoring French explorer Louis-Antoine de Bougainville, who as captained the first French official world tour in the 18th Century.
Comprehensive Winch Outfitting for New Trawlers
Fishing company HB Grandi of Iceland recently awarded Naust Marine a contract for complete winch outfitting of three new 180 ft. fishing trawlers. The contract, of record size for the winch supplier, will see Naust provide no less than 20 electrical winches per vessel, including two trawl winches and three Gilsons each; four sweep-line winches, one out-haul winch, one cod-end winch, two backstrap winches…
Former CIA Spy Ship Becomes Victim of Oil Slump
A ship built by the CIA for a secret Cold War mission in 1974 to raise a sunken Soviet sub is heading to the scrap yard, a victim of the slide in oil prices. Christened the Hughes Glomar Explorer, after billionaire Howard Hughes was brought in on the CIA's deception, the 619-foot vessel eventually became part of the fleet of ships used by Swiss company Transocean to drill for oil. But the oil price…
RYDLYME Marine Selects GoM Distributor
RYDLYME Marine has named R Carter & Associates, Inc. of Mobile, Ala. a new stocking distributor for the Gulf of Mexico area, targeting shipyards, larger workboats, government vessels and drill ships operating in the region. RYDLYME Marine, a manufacturer of a line of safe, biodegradable and effective chemical cleaning solutions for descaling, degreasing and deodorizing, said R Carter & Associates has worked with its products in the past with great success.
Libya Plans to Sell Ex-rebel Tanker
Libya plans to sell a tanker that a former rebel group used in an attempt to bypass the Libyan government and export oil on its own last year, the Tripoli-based state prosecutor said on Thursday.
USCG AIS Mandate Resource Center Launched
McMurdo informs it has launched an online resource center at to help impacted vessel operators comply with the requirements of the United States Coast Guard (USCG)…
Willard to Supply Patrol Boats for the Philippines
The U.S. Department of State awarded a contract to boatbuilder Willard Marine, Inc., to provide the Philippine National Police Maritime Group with patrol vessels equipped to conduct search and rescue operations along Philippine maritime borders. This contract marks the third time Willard Marine has been chosen to provide military vessels to the Philippines, the builder noted, adding it has also recently developed boats for international military use by the Navy of Ukraine and the Nepalese Army.
Hoover Container Solutions Unveils Asset Tracer
Hoover Container Solutions, a subsidiary of Hoover Group Inc., and a global provider of chemical tanks, cargo carrying units and related products and services, has unveiled its new Liquitrac Tracer, a battery-powered GPS unit that can be easily attached to any of Hoover’s comprehensive product line offerings to track asset location – domestic or internationally, even hazardous environments. The ATEX-certified unit is equipped to support calling-based movement…