Sunday Morning on the Bering Sea: Lessons Learned

U.S. Coast Guard photo By Doug Pine I recently took a temporary job as master of the tug Aries with a freight barge from Seward to Chignik, Alaska then light boat to Dutch Harbor where I grabbed another freight barge and was to take it to Nome. We got as far as a position approximately 102 nm ESE of St. Paul Island in the Bering Sea. What follows is the story of the … [Read more...]

Incident Video of The Week – Tug ‘Aries’ sinks in Bering Sea

Last week we brought you news of the tug Aries that sank in the Bering Sea.  Master of the Aries and good friend of gCaptain, Captain Doug Pine, put together this video he shot after climbing aboard the barge he was pulling and subsequent rescue of him and his crew by the USCG. On June 26, 2011, the Tug Aries sunk in the Bering Sea, about 109 miles East of St. Paul Island. … [Read more...]

USCG rolls out new Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise website

The USCG has just rolled out a new website for their Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise (TVNCOE), located in Paducah, KY. Every tugboater in the United States should bookmark this site, and take advantage of the available resources contained within. The TVNCOE's Vision and Mission statements are: Vision The Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise is the Coast … [Read more...]