Tugboat Captain Killed in Accident in New Orleans Industrial Canal

A tugboat Captain was killed Wednesday night in New Orleans after the crane from the crane barge it was pushing struck a bridge, causing it to crash into the wheelhouse of the tug. According to a statement from Matt Graham of the Port of New Orleans, at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday the tug MV Cory Michael was pushing a crane barge southbound in the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal in … [Read more...]

Newly-Renovated Carnival Sunshine Makes New Orleans Debut

Carnival Cruise Lines' newly transformed 3006-passenger Carnival Sunshine was scheduled to depart this afternoon on its inaugural voyage from New Orleans following a 75-day, $155 million renovation. Earlier this year the ship underwent an extensive retrofit in Italy which focussed on cosmetic enhancements, guest amenities, dining and new staterooms, as well as the … [Read more...]

Fire Continues to Rage in Louisiana Bayou

Update: In a statement posted later on Friday, the Coast Guard said that fter the barge was removed from the scene and taken to a secure location, offloading operations were conducted and completed at approximately 3 p.m. Friday. The crude oil from the barge has been offloaded into a separate barge.  At no time was any pollution observed coming from the barge, the Coast Guard … [Read more...]

OSG Tanker Spills Fuel Oil Into Lower Mississippi

The Coast Guard, along with the Louisiana Department of Envrionmental Quality and Plaquemines Parish, said it responded to a fuel oil spill late Monday and into Tuesday on the lower Mississippi River near mile marker 84, approximately 10 miles downriver from New Orleans. The Coast Guard received notification at approximately 10:08 p.m. Monday night that the 803-foot tanker … [Read more...]

Greek Operator Sentenced to Pay $2 Million for Oil Pollution Cover-Up and Obstruction of Justice

Greek shipowner Ilios Shipping Company S.A. was sentenced today in federal court in New Orleans to pay a fine of $2 million for intentionally trying to cover-up oil pollution from one of its bulk carriers and obstruction of justice. According to the Department of Justice release, the M/V Agios Emilianos, a 738 foot bulk carrier operated by Ilios Shipping, routinely … [Read more...]