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The 312' Delta Mariner ’s wheelhouse crew failed “to use all available
navigation tools” to avoid hitting the poorly lit Eggner’s Ferry Bridge over
the Tennessee River in Kentucky, the NTSB said.
Last month, I promised to offer a better solution to the undersized stopper problem than the “take big swings with a sledgehammer to drive the shackle pin out” method. So here it is.
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.
Last year, when The PEW Charitable Trusts launched a publicity campaign in opposition to Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to drill in the Arctic Ocean, Shell responded on its website: “Our campaign has been ongoing for five years. The burden of proof has always been on Shell to prove Arctic-readiness and it’s not something we shy away from. We’re proud of our Alaska story and capabilities. We are Arctic Ready.”
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.
Back on Oct. 25, the Benjamin Bailey, a 55’, 1,200hp tug, sank in the Piscataqua River while working on the Memorial Bridge project here.
The Coast Guard and Washington Department of Ecology responded to a listing barge in Commencement Bay near Tacoma, Wash., Sunday.
Following a pair of high-profile accidents in San Francisco Bay recently, the Coast Guard has announced new rules that restrict cargo ships, oil tankers and other large vessels from traveling near to the Bay Bridge when in heavy fog.
The damaged Shell drilling rig Kulluk continues to be a thorn in Shell’s side, even as it tries to simply make its way to Dutch Harbor.
The Justice Department announced this week that Transocean Deepwater has plead guilty to a violation of the Clean Water Act (CWA) for its illegal conduct leading to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
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