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  Cuban migrants sail a rustic vessel south of Key West, Florida, Jan. 1, 2015. The Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk interdicted the 24 Cuban migrants and were later repatriated to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Coast Guard repatriates 121 Cuban migrants interdicted at sea in past week

1/6/2015

The Coast Guard repatriated 121 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Monday interdicted in seven separate events in the past week.   Continued »

 
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Video: High-speed pursuit

1/6/2015

In the winner of the Coast Guard's top video competition, ride along with Coast Guard crews from south Texas as they conduct high-speed pursuit training.   Continued »

 
The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw breaks ice at the lower approach to the MacArthur Lock at the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. March 13. Ice breaking operations began this week on the Great Lakes to prepare for the 2013 shipping season.

Great Lakes deep freeze cost economy $705 million

1/6/2015

The seemingly glacial ice that brought shipping on the Great Lakes to a virtual standstill last winter cost the economy more than $700 million and nearly 4,000 jobs and has prompted Lake Carriers’ Association to call for construction of a second heavy icebreaker to partner with the Coast Guard’s Mackinaw to keep the shipping lanes open in the harshest of conditions.   Continued »

 

Longshoremen labor negotiations to continue under federal mediation

1/6/2015

Allison Beck, acting director of the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, issued the following statement yesterday on the labor negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).   Continued »

 

Oil prices dive … again

1/1/2015

As they say in Texas, this ain’t my first rodeo. Oil prices are on the skids again. For me, it’s the fifth time in memory. I would like to say that it will get better soon and that little harm will be done, but experience tells me no.   Continued »

 

Stocks of operators get hammered again

1/1/2015

The WorkBoat Composite Index was only off about 10 points in November, but that masked the big story. After treading water in October, operators lost 58 points, or 13%, in November.   Continued »

 

The deepwater Gulf continues to develop

1/1/2015

A lot has happened in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM) since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. Exploration and planned or new production platforms in the deepwater U.S. Gulf continues to grow, which is good news for both the blue water and brownwater sectors.   Continued »

 

How to handle a vessel fire

1/1/2015

Nothing is worse than a fire aboard your vessel, especially when the fire is in areas that are hard to reach and fueled by something you’re not prepared to deal with.   Continued »

 

A shipyard and construction company at loggerheads

1/1/2015

Business owners are attracted to the notion of incorporation. That’s because corporations have a unique trait. Generally, owners and staff are not personally on the hook if the business is sued. But that isn’t always the case.   Continued »

 
CAPT. FRANK BANTA JR.

Raised Expectations

1/1/2015

Z-drive and retractable towboats are becoming familiar sights on the U.S. inland waterways. But when they’re combined in a broad-shouldered, single-deck linehauler that can cut up to two-and-a-half days off an east-west Intracoastal Waterway passage and do it in style with the lowest possible fuel burn, people are going to take notice.   Continued »

 
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