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On July 15, 2014 Deputy Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen was confirmed as maritime administrator. Administrator Jaenichen has been with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration since July 2012 when he was appointed deputy maritime administrator by President Obama.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled early this week that actions taken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to abate the threat posed to the Great Lakes by Asian carp did not rise to the level of a public nuisance.
Bay Shipbuilding Company (BSC) of Sturgeon Bay, Wisc., a subsidiary of Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG), has been awarded a contract to build two 155,000-bbl. capacity barges and two 6,000 hp tugs for Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX).
By July 16, all locks on the Mississippi River are open, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District's Mat Sinking Unit (MSU) left the Vicksburg Harbor for its annual revetment season on July 9, 2014. The District hosted a Blessing of the Fleet ceremony at the Vicksburg City Water Front as the MSU departed.
The oceangoing tug Corbin Foss will tow the USS Constellation 16,000 nautical miles from Bremerton, Wash., to breakers in Brownsville, Texas.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has released an updated version of the TWIC Reader Qualified Technology List.
The Coast Guard cutter Polar Star is scheduled to hold a change of command ceremony, Thursday at 10:00 a.m., aboard the cutter at Base Seattle.
Sterling Shipyard was cited for 16 serious, repeat and failure-to-abate violations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for continuing to expose workers to safety hazards, including dangerous machinery, high noise levels without appropriate hearing protection and falls from heights above 6 feet. Proposed penalties total $305,100.
This time lapse video shows the refloating of the Costa Concordia and the distance it was towed by salvage teams.
Martinac goes dark
After 90 years of building commercial vessels, one of Puget Sound's premier shipyards calls it quits.
Author: Bruce Buls
July 22, 2014
Voyage from hell
A towboat ride that was a true horror story for one crewman.
Author: Capt. Peter Squicciarini
July 22, 2014
Talk about a slow tow
Tug crews spent all of June moving the first six sections of the new Midtown Tunnel for Norfolk, Va., down the Chesapeake at 1-3 knots.
Author: Kathy Bergren Smith
July 17, 2014
Next generation of mariners
Many Maine Maritime Academy students come from the three Fs: fishing, farming and forestry.
Author: Melissa Wood
July 17, 2014