Traffic on Cumberland River is Re-Opened After Barge Accident Knocks Down Power Line

Posted in Barge Accidents,Tennessee Maritime News on October 4, 2013

NASHVILLE, TN — River traffic was shut down Thursday, October 3, on the Cumberland River after an electrical line fell into the water due to a barge accident that struck a power line. Boat traffic was re-opened later in the afternoon several hours after the incident.

Transocean Employee Testifies Against BP at Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Trial

Posted in BP British Petroleum,Deepwater Horizon,Jones Act,Louisiana Maritime News,Maritime Accidents,Maritime Lawsuits,Transocean on October 1, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, La. — Robert Turlak, a Transocean employee, took the witness stand on Tuesday, and testified that he was surprised when BP scrapped his team’s design to stop the gusher in the Gulf of Mexico that was a result of the Deepwater Horizon explosion on April 20, 2010. Transocean was the owner of the… read more

Coast Guard Sets Special No Boating Zones Near Tappan Zee Bridge on Hudson River

Posted in Barge Accidents,New York Maritime News,US Coast Guard (USCG) on September 27, 2013

Due to construction on the Tappan Zee Bridge, the Coast Guard has established special no-boating zones on the Hudson River, however the site of the July 26, 2013 crash that killed two people and injured three others was not included in the restricted area.

Safety Issues Voiced Regarding Tappan Zee Bridge Project After Barge Breaks Loose on Hudson

Posted in Barge Accidents,Maritime Accidents,New York Maritime News on September 24, 2013

On Sunday, September 22, a 50-foot-long barge that broke free from its mooring and drifted for nearly a mile, has become the latest example of the growing danger on the Hudson River during the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project.

Louisiana Barge Company Sued by Bayou Lafourche Fresh Water District For Damages

Posted in Barge Accidents,Louisiana Maritime News,Tug Boat Accidents on September 20, 2013

D & S Marine Service, based in Houma, Louisiana, has been sued by the Bayou Lafourche Fresh Water District over a barge crash that occurred last year in September 2012 on the Mississippi River that smashed a tripod-like structure known as a “dolphin.”

Capsized Costa Concordia Cruise Liner Raised After 19 Hour Salvage Operation

Posted in Maritime Accidents,World Maritime News on September 17, 2013

GIGLIO HARBOUR, ITALY — Just twenty months after the Costa Concordia cruise liner capsized off the Tuscan island of Giglio, killing 32 people, the cruise ship has been raised from the Mediterranean after a successful 19 hour salvage operation.

Washington Department of Ecology Fines Olympic Tug & Barge for Port Angeles Oil Spill

Posted in Barge Accidents,Tug Boat Accidents,Washington Maritime News on September 13, 2013

Olympic Tug & Barge of Seattle has been fined $16,500 by the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) for spilling oil into Port Angeles Harbor last November. The spill occurred when a company-owned fuel barge was overfilled while being loaded with fuel oil. Ecology has determined that the heavy fuel oil spill which occurred on Nov…. read more

Tugboat Accident in Cape Vincent NY Spills Fuel into St Lawrence River

Posted in New York Maritime News,Tug Boat Accidents,US Coast Guard (USCG) on September 10, 2013

CAPE VINCENT, N.Y. — A tugboat accident involving a former Coast Guard boat, built in 1954, sank, spilling about 10 to 20 gallons of diesel fuel into the St. Lawrence River. The accident delayed Horne’s Ferry for several hours as crews responded to the leak. The U.S. Coast Guard also responded to the scene.

Maritime Safety Concerns Highlighted in Video

Posted in Jones Act,Maritime Accidents on September 3, 2013

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) recently released a video highlighting ongoing safety concerns for maritime workers. The video features the accident of a crew member on board a ship who was tragically killed by an explosion while cutting a used 200 litre drum with an angle grinder.

Report Says Maritime Accidents Up Due to Higher Traffic and Bad Weather

Posted in Maritime Accidents on August 30, 2013

In a press conference held by the Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration on Wednesday, August 28, officials reported that shipping accidents have increased 36.4 percent year-on-year in waters overseen by the city’s maritime authority in the first half of 2013. The officials said that 15 maritime accidents occurred in the first half of the year. Maritime… read more