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

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...]

Namibia Explorers Barge-Based Electric Power Plants

Namibia is exploring the option of using barges with power plants to help plug an electricity shortage that may reach 300 megawatts in the next two years, Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein said. The government is also considering coal, gas and solar projects, Schlettwein said in an interview in Cape Town on June 5. The African Development Bank has been appointed as advisers … [Read more...]

Storm Warning – Preparing Boats For A Hurricane

As Hurricane Sandy moves up America's northeast coast, most ships are now operating under the direction of shipping company emergency response plans and United States Coast Guard directives. But owners of small boats are mostly on their own to make preparations for the coming storm. Here is some advice for boat owners from marine salvage expert and ship captain, Max … [Read more...]

NYC’s Prison Barge – The Most Depressing Barge in the World?

New York City Prison Barge, The Vernon C. Bain Center (VCBC), is an 800-bed jail barge that is designed to handle inmates from medium- to maximum-security in 16 dormitories and 100 cells. It resides on the East River approximately one mile west of SUNY Maritime College. The barge falls under the New York City Department of Corrections and is part of the vast Rikers … [Read more...]