INTO THE RAGING SEA – SS El Faro

May 20, 2018

We’re honored to be publishing today INTO THE RAGING SEA: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm and the Sinking of El Faro (Ecco; On Sale 5/1/18) by Rachel Slade. The book has already received STARRED reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and was reviewed by Douglas Preston for the New York Times Book Review where he said INTO THE RAGING SEA is “a powerful and affecting story, beautifully handled by Slade, a journalist who clearly…

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U.S. Coast Guard seeks mariner input for Western Rivers study

April 6, 2018

WASHINGTON – The United States Coast Guard is seeking input for a study of navigation requirements for the entire Western Rivers System. The Coast Guard Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) study will review the Western Rivers Aids to Navigation (ATON) System. The ATON system on the Western Rivers differs from the U.S. Coastal ATON System due to the unstable nature of the river and channels. The Coast Guard operates…

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USCG releases memo on El Faro

January 22, 2018

Dec.21, 2017 U.S. Coast Guard Headquarter WASHINGTON — The Coast Guard today released the Final Action Memo regarding the loss of the S.S. El Faro and its 33 crewmembers during a 2015 hurricane near Crooked Island, Bahamas. In the Final Action Memo, Commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Paul Zukunft, approves the findings of fact, analysis, and conclusions detailed in the Marine Board of Investigation’s Report of Investigation, essentially marking…

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Decline in Asbestos Use Yet Veterans and Seafarers Continue to Suffer

December 4, 2016

Ashley Stafford Community Outreach Volunteer www.TreatMesothelioma.org   Before asbestos dangers were discovered, the U.S Navy ships were made using toxic asbestos containing materials. This is one of the major reasons why U.S Navy veterans are at the highest risk of developing asbestos-related cancers like mesothelioma. The demand for materials with outstanding fire-proofing or insulation properties was higher in the U.S Navy than in any other military branch. That’s why the…

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US Coast Guard issues first US type-approval certificate for ballast water management

December 2, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Coast Guard issued the first U.S. type-approval certificate for a ballast water management system Friday. The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the certificate to Optimarin after its application for U.S. type approval was reviewed and determined to meet the requirements of the Coast Guard’s type approval requirements contained in 46 C.F.R. § 162.060. While this certification provides vessel owners and operators with a type-approved system…

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Making shipping great again (?)

November 24, 2016

GCaptain and others media sources are reporting that Wilbur Ross Jr. , a “78-year-old contrarian (who) has made a fortune betting on troubled banks and distressed assets in industries such as steel, coal and textiles” (from G&M), is being considered for the post of Secretary of Commerce (aka Minister of Trade). Some highlights of his Wikipedia page, include 24 years with “Rothschild” in NYC, “textile manufacturing”, “Mittal” union busting, “miners…

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Wärtsilä welcomes student training ship from State University of New York Maritime College

Wartsila SUNY visit
June 17, 2016

17 June 2016 Wärtsilä welcomed cadets from the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College to its Trieste factory during the school’s summer sea term Italian port stop in June. The students use the summer sea term to gain practical experience on board the SUNY Maritime training ship, the Empire State VI. Upon arrival in Trieste, the Wärtsilä Italy management team welcomed the group of close to 600, which…

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Restored US Coast Guard helicopter dedicated at the Smithsonian

HH-52A USCG rescue helicopter
April 18, 2016

WASHINGTON — A restored Coast Guard HH-52A Seaguard helicopter was dedicated into the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center during a ceremony Thursday. The 1960s era HH-52A, which bore the tail number 1426, was renovated by Vector CSP and is now the only Coast Guard aircraft on display in a Smithsonian museum. The 1426 helicopter spent many years at the North Valley Occupational Center’s aviation facility in Los…

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