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Shipping companies and maritime unions are at odds with the Obama administration over a proposal that would make big changes in a U.S. food aid program.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) provided information recently on how the sequestration budget cuts are likely to affect CBP’s operations.
The 90'×32', 3,000-hp towboat Endeavor and the two barges it was pushing on Jan. 27 were involved in an allision with a railroad bridge in Vicksburg, Miss. One of the barges, MOC-12, ruptured and spilled light crude oil into the Mississippi River. The spill shut down river traffic for more than three days in both directions.
Two years of good results prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to lower random drug testing of crewmembers from 50 to 25 percent for 2013.
March 2013 Mailbag
Fueled by a big increase in the Operators Index, the WorkBoat Composite Index opened 2013 with a bang, gaining 108 points, or 7.7 percent, in January. Operator issues rose over 15 percent as gainers topped losers by an 8-1 ratio. This follows a 12 percent increase in 2012.
The Triumph, Carnival Cruise Line’s 4,200-passenger cruise ship, lost propulsion power after a fire broke out in the engine room on Feb. 10. Dead in the Gulf of Mexico about 150 miles from the Yucatan, the ship was towed to the Port of Mobile, Ala.
This year’s annual Construction Survey confirms a trend that we’ve been following for more than a year. Newbuild construction yards are finding that slots are filling quickly, and remaining that way, and backlogs are growing. Best of all, this trend should continue over the next 12 months and beyond.
The requirements were fairly straightforward: an oil skimming boat that would accommodate three with room for a fourth person, hold at least 200 bbls. of recovered oil, go 26 knots, carry 1,500' of boom and pack 250 gals. of dispersant.
With a newer, refurbished fireboat, the 97'×23' Chief Seattle, near completion at Vigor Industrial, the Seattle Fire Department hopes to find a new home for the Alki, its oldest fireboat.
Hercules focuses on jackups
With operators focusing on crude and liquids-rich-type opportunities and the price disparity between gas and crude oil, this year and next look good for Hercules in the U.S. Gulf.
Author: David Krapf
May 23, 2013
The highway of death
Statistically you have a greater risk of being killed on the road than anywhere else, and you have a much greater chance of being injured when riding in an automobile than traveling on your boat.
Author: Capt. Peter Squicciarini
May 23, 2013
Onboard fire at sea hits close to home
News of an “uncontrolled engine room fire” on any
boat always grabs my attention, but when the boat is under my next-door
neighbor’s command, I really pay attention.
Author: Bruce Buls
May 21, 2013
Big post-Panamax ships on the way?
Ports are spending billions of dollars based on the premise that huge, post-Panamax ships will come calling in the U.S.
Author: Pamela Glass
May 21, 2013