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Chief Engineer Pleads Guilty to Concealing Deliberate Pollution

The former chief engineer of an American-flagged car-carrier pleaded guilty to criminal charges related to the deliberate discharge of oil-contaminated bilge waste through a "magic pipe" that bypassed required pollution prevention equipment, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew J. McKeown for the Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division and U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Frank Coe, the former chief engineer of the M/V Fidelio (renamed the M/V Patriot) pleaded guilty to conspiracy and violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) before U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson. Coe was employed by Pacific Gulf Marine Inc. (PGM), a vessel operator based in Gretna, La., that previously pleaded guilty to its role in deliberately discharging hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil-contaminated bilge waste from four of its giant car-carrier ships, including the Fidelio. PGM was sentenced on Jan. 24, 2007, to pay $1 million in criminal fines and $500,000 in community service, and serve three years of probation under the terms of an environmental compliance plan which will be audited by a court-appointed monitor. During a March 29, 2003, inspection, Coast Guard inspectors in Baltimore lifted a deckplate and found a permanently installed bypass pipe on the Fidelio that was part of the ship's original construction. The Coast


ABS Restructures Engineering Organization

Effective 1 May, ABS will introduce changes to its global engineering organization designed to improve service delivery to clients and reinforce technical capabilities. The new organizational structure is similar to the approach the society has used to administer its global survey services in recent years and is intended to provide better administration of its ship and offshore engineering services, more technical support to the engineering staff conducting plan reviews and promote greater


Chief Engineer Sentenced in Tacoma

Chun Do Oh, Chief Engineer of the M/V Rubin Stella sentenced to twelve months plus one day in prison for presenting false entries in an Oil Record Book to the United States Coast Guard. These entries concealed the fact that he had directed the dumping of waste oil and oil sludges from this ship into the Pacific Ocean. The sentencing was announced today by John McKay, United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington and Thomas L


Management Company Fined for ORB Violation

The US Attorney for the District of New Jersey stated that a ship management company has pled guilty to intentionally failing to maintain the required oil record book (ORB) concerning overboard discharge of oil sludge and oil-contaminated bilge water from one of its ships. The company has agreed to pay a criminal fine of $200,000 and an additional $150,000 community service payment. According to the Information that was also released, the chief engineer on the ship, on various occasions


Government Update: Signed Confessions

By Dennis Bryant, Senior Counsel, Holland & Knight LLP Many in the maritime industry are beginning to view the oil record book as a signed confession. The number of prosecutions in the United States for fraudulent entries in oil record books is rising exponentially and fines have recently skyrocketed. In the years 1998 through 2001, research has revealed one prosecution in each year for oil record book violations


InterManager Discussion Reveals Lifeboat Concerns

Captain Kuba Szymanski InterManager Secretary General

Lifeboat hooks can be lethal, and their design is out of date and unsuitable to meet modern demands, according to serving seafarers whose views have been gathered by InterManager. Following a series of incidents and fatalities involving lifeboat hooks, InterManager, the international trade association for the ship management industry, has gathered comments from seafarers of various ranks in an online discussion forum.


Coast Guard Rescues 7 Crewmembers From Disabled Cargo Vessel

Coast Guard helicopter crews hoisted seven crewmembers to safety in two separate missions Saturday and Sunday from the 220-foot Panamanian cargo vessel Capitan L, after the cargo ship began taking on water approximately 46 nautical miles south of Isla Saona, Dominican Republic. The master of the Capitan L reported to controllers at Coast Guard Sector San Juan that his vessel had an engine room exhaust leak, was adrift and out of fuel


China Research Submersible Set for 7km Dive

Chinese Deep Sea Research Vessel: Photo credit China Government

Chinese manned submersible ready soon for deep ocean research Yan Kai, the chief engineer of China's manned deep-sea submersible research vessel Jiaolong, confirmed that the craft will reach a depth of 7,000 meters below sea level this summer, thereby meeting its design goals. The submersible has successfully completed all of its previous trial runs, carrying three crewmembers to a depth of more than 4,000 meters below sea level and subsequently to a depth of 5,038 meters


Tugboat Fire on Lake Ontario – Incident Classed as 'Major Marine Casualty'

USCG & Canadian safety agency begins investigation of tug fire. Chief engineer has now died in hospital. The U.S. Coast Guard and marine safety agencies from Canada have begun their investigations into the fire aboard the towing vessel Patrice McAllister near Prince Edward Point, Ontario. The most severely injured crewmember, the boat’s chief engineer, died in a Toronto hospital. The 105-foot U.S.-flagged vessel was transiting on Lake Ontario from Toledo, Ohio


Wachel Joins Parsons Brinckerhoff

William Wachel

William Wachel has been named a Senior Supervising Engineer, Ports and Marine, in the Houston office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering, and program/construction management organization. In his new position, Wachel will manage ports and marine projects throughout Texas and the Southeastern United States.  Wachel comes to Parsons Brinckerhoff following 25 years with the Port of Houston Authority


U.S. Navy to Test 'Star Wars' Technology at Sea in 2016

USNS Millinocket at the Austal USA vessel completion yard in June 2013 U.S. Navy photo Courtesy Austa)

The U.S. Navy is planning sea trials for a weapon that can fire a low-cost, 23-pound (10-kg) projectile at seven times the speed of sound using electromagnetic energy, a "Star Wars" technology that will make enemies think twice, the Navy's research chief said.


U.S. Navy to Test Electromagnetic Rail Gun at sea in 2016

(U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams/Released)

The U.S. Navy is planning sea trials for a weapon that can fire a low-cost, 23-pound (10-kg) projectile at seven times the speed of sound using electromagnetic energy, a "Star Wars" technology that will make enemies think twice, the Navy's research chief said.


Pirates Raid Tanker off Malaysia, 3 Mariners Taken

Armed pirates raided an oil tanker off the coast of Malaysia and took three crew members with them, Malaysian maritime officials said on Wednesday, underscoring increasing threats to shipping in one of the world's busiest waterways. The incident in the Malacca Strait


Heroic Titanic Engineer’s Memorial Restored

Joseph Bell in 1912

Joseph Bell, the Chief Engineer aboard RMS Titanic, is considered national hero for his actions in the ship’s engine room as she met her fate on April 15, 1912. In acts of fearless self sacrifice, Bell, along with his fellow engineers, courageously fought to maintain the ship’s power


Cargo Ship Sinks in Anchorage

At around 5:50 a.m. on January 19, Philippine Coast Guard Station (CGS) Iloilo received a distress call from MV Sportivo, which was anchored at Iloilo Strait between Iloilo City and Guimaras, that the cargo vessel was sinking after it was drifted from her anchored position and collided with


Enteq Upstream Appoint Bridges Head of Engineering

Andrew Bridges: Photo credit Enteq Upstream

Enteq Upstream PLC (Enteq), a provider of systems and components for Measurement While Drilling (MWD) and directional drilling, has appointed Andrew Bridges as head of engineering, announced Enteq CEO, Martin Perry. Initially based in Enteq’s West London, UK


Thrustmaster Adds Waterjets to Product Line

Photo: Thrustmaster of Texas

Thruster manufacturer Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. expanded its product lineup to include waterjets after acquiring the technology of DOEN Pacific on Wednesday.  DOEN, a designer and manufacturer of waterjet propulsion systems for the past 48 years


KIMS Installed on Allure of the Seas

Allure of the Seas. Photo: Royal Caribbean

Dragutin Radobuljac, the Chief Electrical Engineer on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s mega cruise ship the Allure of the Seas, has described the new Kongsberg Information Management System (KIMS) as a “Revolutionary upgrade,” with significant influence on vessel operations


W&O Expands Engineered Solutions Team

John Catanzaro (left) and Marc Lagattuta

W&O, a global supplier to the marine and marine offshore markets for pipe, valves and fittings, valve automation and engineered solutions, announced the expansion of its Engineered Solutions team. John Catanzaro and Marc Lagattuta have joined W&O to provide its customers and OEM partners


Crowley Maritime Tugs Deliver Massive Semi-Submersible

The tow: Photo courtesy of Crowley Maritime

Crowley Maritime Corp. inform that its ocean class tugs have successfully delivered oversized, overweight equipment – comprised of topsides, tendons, piles and more – that are now part of a massive semi-submersible floating production facility located in the U.S


Kidnapping on the Rise in the Gulf of Guinea

Image: Dryad Maritime

According to a special advisory warning recently issued by U.K. maritime intelligence provider Dryad Maritime, there has been an increased threat of crew kidnap in the Gulf of Guinea. And since the issue of Dryad’s warning, two further attacks on vessels have taken place within a single week


Coast Guard Marine Safety Center Visits Shearer Group

Pictured above are, from left to right, Mike Capitain, Naval Architect, Cdr. Gooding, Jackie Ellis, Designer, Capt.. Nadeau, Ed Shearer, Principal Naval Architect, Christian Olavesen, Naval Architect and Ron Sikora, Senior Designer. Not pictured was Joshua Sebastian, Engineering Manager and Jo Ann Pitzer, Office manager.

Capt. John Nadeau, Commanding Officer, and Cdr. Peter Gooding, Chief, Engineering Division, with the Coast Guard Marine Safety Center visited The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) at their offices in Seabrook, Texas. It was a cordial visit to discuss new options to improve, review and approve submittals


Crewtoo Launches Online Maritime Jobs Board

Crewtoo, an online network dedicated to seafarers, launched an online maritime jobs board. Founded by KVH Media Group, part of KVH Industries, Inc. (KVHI), Crewtoo, which says it has more than 100,000 members,  is premiering the service today in Stamford, Connecticut, at Shipping 2014


Vessel Owner Fined for Illegally Manning U.S. Flagged Vessels

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Coast Guard Sector Guam has levied fines against the South Pacific Tuna Corporation for eight separate violations of Title 46 United States Code, Section 8304 for using unlicensed foreign personnel to illegally fill the roles of chief mate and chief engineer on U.S. flagged vessels.  


USCG Report Investigates Tuna Boat Sinking

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) released the results of its investigation into the June 2010 sinking of the U.S. flagged Distant Water Tuna Fleet vessel Majestic Blue 2,100 miles southwest of Hawaii, Friday. The investigation revealed twenty-two crewmembers safely abandoned ship and were rescued


 
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