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Port of New Orleans cruise terminals handled more than one million cruise passengers in 2014 for the first time in its history. For the 12 months, embarkations and disembarkations totaled 1,014,325, an increase of more than 2.6% over 2013, a fourth straight record year for the port.
Aluminum boatbuilder Metal Shark has delivered a new 45' pilot boat to the Canaveral Pilots Association at Port Canaveral, Fla. The custom-built aluminum vessel was built at Metal Shark’s recently opened shipyard in Franklin, La.
In this video, the oil rig Borgholm Dolphin weathers huge swells in the North Sea.
Despite a short but vigorous dissent, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit voted 7-6 to deny a petition by BP Exploration & Production for rehearing en banc of the earlier decision finding the defendant to have been grossly negligent with regard to the release of crude oil into the water following the explosion and fire on the MODU Deepwater Horizon.
Pascagoula, Miss.-based shipyard VT Halter Marine agreed to pay a $144,545 civil fine for environmental violations including allowing sandblasting particles and paint to become airborne, according to the Associated Press.
Jensen Maritime, a wholly owned Crowley Maritime Corp. subsidiary, has been selected to provide detail production engineering and construction management on an 88' x 25' Super Pumper NFPA Type II Fireboat for the San Francisco Fire Department.
Exxon Mobil Corporation’s marine affiliate, SeaRiver Maritime, yesterday named the Eagle Bay, the second of its two new U.S.-flag crude oil tankers, at a ceremony at Aker Philadelphia Shipyard.
A commander in the U.S. Navy pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges today, admitting that he provided a government contractor with classified ship schedules and other internal U.S. Navy information in exchange for cash, travel and entertainment expenses, as well as the services of prostitutes.
The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards have commenced Operation Coal Shovel seasonal domestic ice breaking operations in the southern part of Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair and Detroit River systems, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, starting Thursday.
The car carrier Hoegh Osaka ran aground in the Solent Jan. 3 shortly after leaving Southampton, England, on its way to Germany. The vessel refloated itself unexpectedly yesterday at high tide and will be towed to a holding position in Southampton water where a full assessment will be carried out before she is moved any further, according to BBC News.
Keep the Jones Act
The Jones Act protects an industry that accounts for upward of 400,000 jobs and $36 billion in total economic activity.
Author: Sound Off
January 22, 2015
Mariners and marijuana: A moral perspective
Mariners continue to suffer more than the rest of the population from unfair and illogical Coast Guard drug enforcement policies.
Author: Capt. Max Hardberger
January 22, 2015
How to avoid a collision
If you’re the give-way vessel and you wait to the point where you have to resolve a situation with anything even remotely approaching an abaft-your-own-beam course change, then you’ve waited way too long.
Author: Joel Milton
January 20, 2015