Shell’s Noble Discoverer Drillship Heads for Alaska

Noble Discoverer drillship

  SEATTLE, June 30 (Reuters) - U.S. Coast Guard and police boats cleared a way through protesters in kayaks at a Seattle-area port on Tuesday so Royal Dutch Shell's second of two Arctic drilling rigs could depart for Alaska. The activists, who have staged frequent demonstrations during the past two months against Shell's planned oil exploration in the Chukchi Sea, … [Read more...]

Illinois Captain Sentenced to Six Months in Prison for 2005 Barge Explosion

The EMC 423 Barge Post Explosion. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO, June 26 (Reuters) - An Illinois man who was captain of a petroleum barge that exploded in a Chicago canal in 2005, killing a crew member, was sentenced to six months in prison on Friday, prosecutors said. Dennis Egan, 36, of Topeka in central Illinois, and the barge owner, Egan Marine Corp. of Lemont, were each convicted in June 2014 of … [Read more...]

Cruise Ship Refloated and Removed from Saint Lawrence Seaway Lock

Saint Laurent. Image: Great Lakes Cruise Company

  The passenger cruise ship Saint Laurent has been safely refloated and removed from the Eisenhower Lock chamber in the Saint Lawrence Seaway following Thursday's allision with a bumper. The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation reports that navigation on the St. Lawrence Seaway resumed at 4 p.m. Saturday and vessels are once again transiting Eisenhower Lock. … [Read more...]

U.S. Towing Industry Awaits Subchapter M Final Rule

Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

  By William Mahoney, Director, Safety Management Systems, LLC After 10 years in the making it appears a Subchapter M final rule on the inspection, standards, and safety management systems of towing vessels will be published by the U.S. Coast Guard in a matter of months. While there may be uncertainty, there’s no reason to fear this development and what it means … [Read more...]

Dramatic Rescue Caught on Tape – Four Airlifted from Sinking Fishing Vessel in Gulf of Alaska

Kupreanof -sinking-alaska

The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday rescued four crew of the fishing vessel Kupreanof from the Gulf of Alaska near Lituya Bay, Alaska. The dramatic rescue was caught on film by the Coast Guard aircrew as the vessel sank. The six minute video from the Coast Guard shows the fishing vessel sink in just under 30 minutes elapsed time. In the video, you can see that the crew of … [Read more...]

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

Drowning

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on gCaptain in June 2010 and is reposted every Memorial Day Weekend by popular demand. Many thanks to the parents who have over the years shared this important information. Please Click HERE to share this article with your facebook friends. By Mario Vittone The new captain jumped from the cockpit, fully dressed, and … [Read more...]

Platform Fire in Gulf of Mexico Off Louisiana – Update

Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

Update: The platform fire continues to burn Friday in the Gulf of Mexico not far from the Louisiana coast.  The Coast Guard has updated that the maximum potential release has been reduced from 4,000 barrels to 130 barrels. Response vessels are on scene with additional vessels en route as fire teams are preparing to employ measures to extinguish the fire. Spill response … [Read more...]