Port of Philadelphia Designated as Military Seaport
Pennsylvania Gov. Mark Schweiker today accepted the formal orders from the Department of Defense designating the Port of Philadelphia as a Strategic Military Seaport. "This designation is yet another historic moment for Pennsylvania and the Port of Philadelphia," Gov. Schweiker said. "The port has played a vital role in our nation's security since the days of the Revolutionary War, and it will do so again as America faces new challenges in a post-Sept. The designation was made by the Military Traffic Management Command (MTMC) and the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD). Strategic Military Seaports are designated to support major force deployments during the times of national security needs under one or more national defense contingency plans.
Obstructive Bridges and the Pennsylvania and Oregon Rules
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled that a finding by the U.S. Coast Guard that a bridge over a navigable waterway constitutes an unreasonable obstruction to navigation does not invoke the Pennsylvania Rule and does not, on its own, rebut the Oregon Rule. In the instant case, defendant's towboat and barges allided with plaintiff's bridge. Some months previously, the Coast Guard had issued an Order to Alter the bridge, based on a finding that the bridge constituted an unreasonable obstruction to navigation as defined by the Truman-Hobbs Act. The bridge had not been altered prior to the allision. presumption that the vessel was at fault.
Latest DoD Contracts
Contracts have been awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, NASSCO-Mayport, Timken Gears & Services Inc., and Colonna's Shipyard, Inc. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co., Oak Brook, Illinois, was awarded a $25,376,872 firm-fixed-price contract for dredging the main channel of the Delaware River. Work will be performed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2015. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity. Earl Industries L.L.C.
New US Pipelines to Drive Natural Gas Boom as Exports Surge
U.S. energy firms are scrambling to finish a slew of pipelines that will unleash rich reserves of shale gas in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio as the nation prepares to become one of the world’s top natural gas exporters. The pipelines are expected to boost output from shale fields in the three states by giving producers access to new domestic and international markets. Those states could supply about a third of all U.S. natural gas once the pipeline expansion is complete, up from about 25 percent now, according to projections from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
Understanding Legal Liability in a Subchapter M Environment
There is more to SubM than just attention to safety. Protect yourself accordingly. In today’s environment, safety management systems for brown water marine operators are standard industry practice, whether they come in the form of the American Waterways Operators (AWO) Responsible Carrier Program (RCP) or the Tanker Safety Management Assessment (TSMA) framework developed by the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) for liquid carriers. However, with the full-fledged implementation of Subchapter M on the horizon…
Pennsylvania Gov. Denies Proposal for Riverboat Gambling
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge all but completely shut the door on a proposal by state Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Philadelphia), to legalize riverboat gaming in Philadelphia as a way to raise funds for city schools and the construction of new sports stadiums. Ridge said he "remains firm in my long-held position that approval of a statewide referendum should precede any expanion of gambling in the state." The governor said Evans should work to build a consensus among his House colleagues for a statewide referendum on the gambling issue.
PA Rule not Applicable to Jones Act
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decided that the Pennsylvania Rule is not applicable to cases of seaman personal injury brought under the Jones Act. In the instant case, plaintiff’s decedent had been employed as a crewmember on defendant’s vessels. After leaving such employment, decedent was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, for which he later died. Plaintiff brought suit against defendant, alleging that the cancer was due, in part, to decedent’s exposure to benzene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) while working on the vessels. Plaintiff alleged that the level of benzene and PAHs on the vessels exceeded that allowed by Coast Guard regulations and…
USS Pennsylvania Departs Drydock
Trident-class ballistic missile submarine USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) completed a major step in its 27-month, engineered refueling overhaul (ERO) when it departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PNS & IMF) Aug. 5. Pennsylvania, based at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, entered dry dock in December 2009 for its ERO, which will enable the submarine to provide another 20 years or more of service. Cmdr. Gustavo Gutierrez, Pennsylvania's commanding officer, applauded the efforts of his crew and shipyard personnel for ensuring a safe and successful undocking. "I cannot be more proud of the hard work done by my crew along with the shipyard to make this day possible," said Gutierrez.
Port of Pittsburgh Taps Martinko as Executive Director
The Port of Pittsburgh Commission (PPC) announced today that Mr. Stephen Martinko will be the Commission's new executive director. Since January, 2013, Martinko has been the deputy staff director of the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and previously served as chief of staff for U.S. Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA). Martinko was instrumental in the development of the Water Resources and Reform Development Act (WRRDA) that was signed into law by President Obama earlier this year.
PA Pipeline Spat Could Upend International Oil Flows
Refiners from the Midwest United States are fighting for access to a vital Pennsylvania pipeline – a move that could cripple their East Coast competitors and redraw the map for international flows of crude and fuel into coveted coastal markets. The regulatory dispute centers on a proposal by pipeline operator Buckeye Partners’ to that state's Public Utilities Commission. The plan would reverse the flow of fuels on a section of Buckeye’s 350-mile Laurel Pipeline, which currently flows from the East Coast to Pittsburgh.
YANMAR Expands Americas Distributor Network
YANMAR America’s Commercial Marine Division has made three new additions to its distribution network, Mack Boring & Parts Co., W.W. Williams and Antilles Power. Established in the 1920s, Mack Boring & Parts Co. is one of America’s leading distributors of marine diesel engines, including YANMAR’s pleasure marine product lines. For YANMAR’s commercial marine division they will support the northeastern United States, including Maine, New Hampshire, Rhoda Island, Connecticut, eastern New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, eastern Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina. W.W. Williams has a history as long as YANMAR’s. Since 1912, the company has been providing experience and solutions…
Freight Train Derails, Sparks Fire in Pennsylvania
A freight train on a CSX Corp line derailed in southern Pennsylvania on Wednesday, the company said, and local authorities said a freight car struck a garage which caught fire and they ordered the evacuation of nearby residents. No injuries were reported after the derailment in Hyndman, about 100 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The company said trains and shipments would be delayed between Connellsville, Pennsylvania, and Cumberland, Maryland. Harry Corley, an emergency management coordinator for Bedford County, said six cars derailed, crashing into a local garage that caught fire, and was still burning. Corley said he did not know what the train was carrying. A U.S. government agency later said the train was hauling propane tanks.
Pennsylvania Rule not Insurmountable
In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the ruling of the trial court that, under the facts of the case, violation of various Coast Guard regulations by the master of a tug did not result in the tug being liable for damage to a barge being towed by the tug. In the instant case, a barge loaded with barite was being towed on the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) when it suddenly listed to port, submerging the port bow and discharging a quantity of cargo into the waterway. The owner of the barge and the cargo brought suit against the tug owner for damage to the barge, loss of cargo, and removal costs under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).
26 GE Diesels to Power Panama Canal Tugboats
GE Transportation will supply Marinsa, Panama, with 26 V228 diesel engines. The 12-cylinder engines will power 13 new tugboats to be used in the Panama Canal in Panama. “This is a significant order for GE, the largest we’ve received to date in Latin America. We faced stiff competition in the marketplace and are delighted that ultimately our V228 engines were selected for this project,” said John Manison, manager of GE Transportation’s marine and stationary power business, Erie, Pennsylvania. Marinsa is GE’s authorized distributor in Latin America.
Erie Shipbuilding to Undergo Expansion
Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. jobs to the local economy over the next three years. tax credits. for more than 15 years. Governor Rendell. project that is expected to cost $12.8 million. times to deliver orders and products. Pennsylvania locations. at least 205 new jobs within three years and retain 26 existing employees. including a first-of-its-kind, multi-million dollar robotic welding system. Grant, $92,250 in CJT, and $410,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits (JCTC). operations. repair, ship conversions and dry-docking services. dock on the Great Lakes. expansion project.
Great Lakes Education Conference Wrap Up
The Bayfront Center for Maritime Studies (BCMS) hosted the first ever Great Lakes Region Primary and Secondary Maritime Education Conference. The conference was held at the BCMS waterfront campus on May 11th and 12th, 2009, in Erie, Pennsylvania. There has been a growing movement nationally to encourage the development of maritime career opportunity awareness and K-12 maritime education. BCMS specializes in creating hands-on programs that provide maritime access and training ranging…
Victaulic to Add Manufacturing Space in Pennsylvania
Victaulic, a manufacturer of mechanical pipe joining solutions, has unveiled a plan to build an additional state-of-the-art manufacturing center in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. The 400,000 square foot facility is the result of increased domestic demand for the company’s products. The facility is expected to break ground later this year and be fully operational in 2019. “This new facility will play an important role in meeting increased customer demand, while also producing the highest quality products in the industry -- something our customers have come to expect from us since our first innovation nearly 100 years ago,” said John F. Malloy, CEO of Victaulic.
PA Gets $8.6m Federal Grant
Governor Edward G. operate them are receiving $8.6 million worth of grants. awarded through the U.S. grant program. state agency. Regional Port Authority. within four months. Philadelphia area. the Port of Philadelphia area. effectiveness by adding sophisticated sensor equipment to CAP aircraft.
Converteam $31m Additional Navy Funding
The United States Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., awarded Converteam Inc. $31m to provide the long lead materials (for the DDG-1000 Baseline Tactical High Voltage Power Subsystem, HVPS) for use in the Navy's integrated power system Land Based Test Site (LBTS) located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and to supply hardware and provide technical leadership on the HVPS. With Converteam's Integrated Power Systems (IPS) role they will be providing technical leadership to the U.S. Navy to assist in the integration of the HVPS, Low Voltage Power Subsystem (LVPS) and Electric Control Systems (ECS). The entire HVPS project scope includes an Advanced Induction Motor…
Isbre Signs Contract With Jo Tankers
According to reports, Isbre Holding Corp. said that it has entered into a contract with Jo Tankers, for bulk transportation of Isbre Norwegian glacier spring water. Isbre's water will be extracted directly from its spring source in Osa, Norway. It will be loaded in bulk into cargo tanks on Jo Tankers vessels, and transported to special water storage tanks at Isbre's first bottling plant in Bristol, Pennsylvania. Distribution arrangements covering Canada, Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Jersey have already been determined.
Sick Crew Member Airlifted Off Crowley Tankship
The Coast Guard informs it has medevaced a 54-year-old crewmember from the Crowley Maritime's US-flagged motor tanker 'Pennsylvania' approximately 20 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. The master of the 576-foot Pennsylvania notified Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders that a crewmember was suffering from chest pain and needed medical attention. Sector watchstanders launched a crew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., to assist.
Shipbuilder HII Names Thomas VP Pricing, Contracts
Huntington Ingalls Industries said that Christie Thomas was promoted to vice president of contracts and pricing at its Newport News Shipbuilding division. She will succeed Tom Johnston, who will retire on April 1. Thomas will have overall responsibility for contracts, pricing, and export/import licensing and compliance for the Newport News shipyard and will report to Don Godwin, Newport News’ chief financial officer. She joined HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division in 2006 and has held director-level positions in supply chain management…
Marcus Hook Range Rock Blasting
The Coast Guard will be enforcing a safety zone within the waters of the Delaware River, from Marcus Hood, Pennsylvania, north to Eddystone, Pennsylvania until March 15, 2016. The safety zone will cover all navigable waters in the Delaware River within 500 yards of vessels and machinery conducting rock blasting, dredging, and rock removal operations. This zone is intended to protect personnel, vessels and the marine environment in these navigable waters while operations are being conducted.