Kirk MooreKirk Moore
Correspondent Kirk Moore was a reporter for the Asbury Park Press for over 30 years. He wrote several award-winning stories on marine, environmental, coastal and military issues that helped drive federal and state government policy changes. He has also been a field editor for WorkBoat’s sister publication, National Fisherman, for almost 25 years. Moore was awarded the Online News Association 2011 Knight Award for Public Service for the “Barnegat Bay Under Stress,” 2010 series that led to the New Jersey state government’s restoration plan. He lives in West Creek, N.J.

Is it time for new Coast Guard casualty reporting?

There has been more talk about changing Coast Guard marine casualty reporting.   There’s renewed discussion of the need for the U.S. Coast Guard to revise its system for reporting marine accidents, by standardizing the requirements across Coast Guard districts and generating usable, actionable information. It started with Dennis Bryant’s column on the shortcomings of the Coast Guard reporting system. “The majority of its informal investigations are never closed. Those that...

Running with Ribcraft RIBs

Ribcraft gives WorkBoat's associate editor a ride on a Navy RIB. Waiting at the Portland Harbor boat ramp, behind the sailboat and Maine skiff and power catamaran, the 7-meter Ribcraft doesn’t need its gun mount and blue strobe to look military. It’s a 24’x8’8” rigid hull inflatable boat on steroids. The latest iteration by Ribcraft USA, Marblehead, Mass., has pumped up the Navy’s high-speed launch. The Cummins diesels of earlier models are replaced by smaller, lighter Steyr...

Coast Guard must bridge gap on southern tier

The Coast Guard will be stretched further to counter mounting threats from Western Hemisphere drug gangs. Top U.S. Coast Guard officials were back before Congress Tuesday, this time talking about how their already-thin ranks will be spread even thinner to counter mounting threats from Western Hemisphere drug gangs. Those operations in the Caribbean and littoral waters of Central America have other players, ranging from Dutch and French naval units, to local militaries and coast guards...

Following the tug-and-barge industry’s safety model

Can the fishing industry follow the tanker and barge fleet’s model? Five years after the inland and coastal tanker industry’s Jan. 1, 2015, deadline for complying with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, a similar deadline will arrive for commercial fishing vessels. OPA ’90 was, of course, the response to the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, and its requirement to retire single-hull barges and go to double hulls came with a 25-year phase-in period. But the benefits were so obvious in...

Pathologists pin dolphin deaths on oil spill

Deepwater Horizon oil spill still creating problems.  In the aftermath of 2010's Deepwater Horizon disaster, it seemed the Gulf of Mexico was seeing an ecological disaster that might continue for generations. Today, along some northern Gulf beaches, you might never guess what happened. State tourism officials in Alabama, Mississippi and Florida report that, so far, 2015 is one of the best tourist seasons seen in years. Part of that could be, finally, a rebound...

Cape Wind project is still alive

Opponents of the Cape Wind energy project thought the fork had finally been stuck in it — not once, but twice. Opponents of the Cape Wind energy project thought the fork had finally been stuck in it — not once, but twice. First were the cancellations of contracts in January by National Grid and Eversource, the two major customers for 468 mW of wind energy proposed to be generated off Cape Cod, Mass. After losing those contracts, Cape Wind moved to cancel its own $4.5...

Dredging presses on after Sandy

If a hurricane surge destroyed most of your town and Congress opened the vault to make sure it doesn’t happen again, you’d take that offer, right?  If a hurricane surge destroyed most of your town and Congress opened the vault to make sure it doesn’t happen again, you’d take that offer, right?  Well, maybe in Louisiana, but not necessarily in New Jersey. With $223 million in Army Corps of Engineers beach replenishment projects and dredges and bulldozers working on the beaches...

The Coast Guard needs new vessels now

Most agree that the Coast Guard needs to replace its aging assets. Most agree that the Coast Guard needs to replace its aging assets. But the service gets barely three-quarters of the more than $2 billion it needs annually to replace these assets. If that continues, it will lead to serious gaps in the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet, river buoy tenders and air operations, a new report from the General Accounting Office warns. In the past five years of shortchanged capital budgets, “the Coast...

Pay now or pay later for the Coast Guard

The Coast Guard still needs to update its antiquated fleet. Pay some now, or pay more later. That truism about investment and maintenance was at the center of Thursday’s Congressional hearing on the Coast Guard’s long struggle to update its fleet, with a budget that's just a fraction of the gargantuan U.S. military spending. Next year the Coast Guard will award a competitive design contract for its new Offshore Patrol Cutter, a concept that survived the service’s Deepwater fleet...

New Jersey pols against offshore drilling

Last week saw almost simultaneous moves in Congress to block oil and gas development in the Atlantic and Pacific. The same week that brought the dual anniversaries of Earth Day and the Deepwater Horizon disaster brought another not-so-surprising convergence: Almost simultaneous moves in Congress to block oil and gas development in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., both Democrats from New Jersey, introduced bills on April 21 to amend the...