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AWO Announces Safety Program Compliance

The American Waterways Association (AWO), the national association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, announced the achievement of 100 percent compliance by its eligible members in the Responsible Carrier Program (RCP). AWO also reported it terminated 11 members for non-compliance with the program. The safety program is a requirement for membership in AWO, and a January 1, 2000 deadline had been set for members companies to achieve an AWO-certified, third-party audit or forfeit membership. The terminations result in a loss of more than $30,000 in revenue to AWO. The RCP is an award-winning, USCG-recognized safety and environmental protection program developed by AWO for barge and towing companies. The RCP is a safety code of practice that involved every aspect of fleet operations, including management, equipment and human factors. The program is designed to complement and build upon existing government regulations, requiring company safety standards that often exceed those required by federal law.


Bollinger Fourchon: 13 Years Without a Lost Time Accident

The Bollinger Fourchon shipyard services the nation’s busiest oil and gas support terminals in the United States.

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. announced that their Bollinger Fourchon, L.L.C. facility has worked 13 years without a lost time accident. Building on a philosophy that starts at the top, Bollinger Shipyards strives for zero accidents. Workforce, contractors, and customer safety is priority and an evident core component of facility operations. Through dedication of top management, a proactive workforce, and comprehensive safety program


New Unit To Stand-Up

A new Coast Guard marine safety unit has been put into place to more quickly respond to a myriad of marine safety missions, such as response to oil spills and commercial vessel incidents in northeast North Carolina. Marine Safety Team Elizabeth City, N.C., a field unit for Marine Safety Office Wilmington, N.C., has been stood-up at the Coast Guard Support Center, Elizabeth City and will be responsible for port safety and security, inspections of U.S


Horizon Enters into OSHA Partnership

Horizon Lines of Puerto Rico, Inc., a subsidiary of Horizon Lines, Inc., participated in a signing ceremony of its Maritime Industry Safety Partnership Agreement with the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) Local 1575 and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This agreement marks the second time Horizon Lines has taken a leadership position nationwide with a safety program of this nature. In 2002


Northrop Grumman Receives OSHA Awards

Northrop Grumman Corporation announced today that its Newport News sector received two awards from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The Newport News sector was recognized as the largest Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) STAR site. The VPP, administered by OSHA and the Department of Energy, is a cooperative effort among labor, management and government. OSHA awards the STAR only to those companies with comprehensive


New Budget Focus: Safety, Passenger Ferries

The two-year budget for the Washington State Ferries system approved in the spring by the state Legislature will create a modern fleet of passenger-only ferries and terminals to help move more people across Puget Sound. But the new spending plan also represents a significant investment in two other key areas: renovating older terminals and expanding safety programs throughout the fleet. The budget is broken down into two areas: the $303 million operating budget


House, Senate Close to Deal on Port Security

Reuters has reported that House and Senate negotiators have a tentative agreement on legislation to strengthen security at American seaports, a key senator said on Thursday. But the fate of provisions to boost rail and mass transit safety was uncertain, with some lawmakers indicating the measures were out of the bill, and others saying they would fight to keep them in. Lawmakers of both parties were racing to finish the bill dealing with a major election-year issue, national security


Boston Whaler Hits 3 Million Hours Without Lost Time Incident

Boston Whaler announced that its manufacturing facility has reached three million hours without a lost-time accident or illness. The facility has a long history of emphasizing and practicing worker safety in the production of its high-quality, “unsinkable” boats. “Safety and quality are a part of the Boston Whaler culture, and the extraordinary achievement of three million hours is a testament to that commitment,” said Boston Whaler President Tim Schiek


BSEE Issues Guidance for Workplace Safety Rule

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) today issued a Notice to Lessees (NTL) that provides further guidance on the previously issued Safety and Environmental Management System (SEMS) rule.   The SEMS rule, also referred to as the Workplace Safety Rule, is designed to reduce the likelihood of accidents, injuries and spills that occur in connection with offshore oil and gas exploration and development activities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)


New York Assembly Seeks New Regulatory Scheme for Oil Spill Prevention

New York Assembly Bill 5175 (AB 5175), sponsored by Assemblyman Thomas DiNapoli (D), requires the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to develop, draft and implement a regulatory program to address the prevention of oil spills on state waterways. The existing regulations provide DEC a degree of discretion which permits the agency to consider federal and local programs that may address issues related to oil spills, such as pre-deployment of booming equipment, contingency plans


Christensen Joins PVA Staff

Eric Christensen

Retired Coast Guard Captain Eric Christensen has joined the PVA Staff as the Director of Regulatory Affairs and Risk Management. In this position, he will be a resource for PVA members regarding safety, security and environmental protection compliance issues and the PVA staff liaison for the PVA


Huntington Ingalls Awarded Navy DDG 51 Contract Modification

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U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a Navy US$12,168,588 contract modification to support  FYS warship class DDG 51 work, as follows. DoD explains in detail that 'Follow Yard Services' (FYS) provides necessary engineering, technical


Lockport New Construction Reaches Safety Milestone

Photo courtesy Bollinger

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. announced that their Bollinger Lockport New Construction facility has worked 3 million man-hours without a lost time accident. Building on a philosophy that starts at the top while empowering all employees to demand safe production


Staten Island Ferry Safety Statistics Released

Guy V. Molinari (Photo: Staten Island Ferry)

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) sets the standards passenger vessels, such as the Staten Island Ferry, must meet and then inspects the vessels regularly to ensure that they are in compliance. For large passenger vessels, the Coast Guard conducts four safety inspections each year


The Pitfalls of Post Incident Paperwork

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The job’s not over until the paperwork is done. Done correctly. When an accident occurs on one of your vessels, an accident investigation is necessary. As safety is our primary concern, it is important to determine what happened, how it happened and how we can prevent it from happening in


WSS Opens Marine Safety & Training Academy in Atwerp

Andrew Sheriff

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) opened a new FRS (fire, rescue & service) Center and Safety Training Academy in Antwerp, Belgium.   “The opening of new safety service training facilities around the world will play a vital role in the growth of our total safety offer,” said


Safety in Numbers

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Attention to safety in shipyards is starting to pay dividends  The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently cited a shipyard for 61 alleged violations of workplace safety and health standards


Dial Subchapter ‘M’ for Money

CFR 46 Subchapter M is on track and heading for you.  Neither the U.S. Flag inland vessel industry, nor the United States Coast Guard knows for sure where or when, but it is coming. One thing is for sure, however, it is going to be expensive – very expensive.


AMS Safety Awards Recipients for 2013

American Maritime Safety, Inc. (AMS) announced that the Houston Pilots Association, Maersk Line, Limited, Un-Cruise Adventures and The Vane Brothers Company would be the recipients of the 2013 AMS Safety Awards. AMS is a nonprofit maritime trade association


Western Gulf of Mexico: 21 Million Acres up for O&G Development

As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible domestic energy production, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy P. Beaudreau announced that BOEM will hold a lease sale tomorrow that will make nearly 21 million acres


Bollinger Shipyards Mark Worker Safety Milestone

Vessell in Fourchon Shipyard: Photo courtesy of Bollinger

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. announce that their Bollinger Fourchon, L.L.C. facility has worked twelve years without a lost time accident. Building on a philosophy that starts at the top, Bollinger Shipyards say they strive for “0” accidents


Port of Houston Tonnage and Revenue Up

Photo: Port of Houston

Tonnage is up this year at the Port of Houston Authority, with container tonnage through May up by 9%, Executive Director Len Waterworth reported at Tuesday's meeting of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority. Waterworth also reported that May operating revenue was at an all-time


Ocean Safety to Supply Complete RNLI Liferaft Fleet

Back row from L-R: Shaun Botha, Commodity Buyer, RNLI; Allen Stevens, Senior Engineer, RNLI, Mandy Boughton, Business Development Manager, Ocean Safety; Front row from L-R David Brook, Director RNLI, Charlie Mill, MD, Ocean Safety

U.K. independent marine safety equipment supplier Ocean Safety was selected by the RNLI to carry out a wide reaching replacement program for all their current liferafts in an operation that will take up to three years. The Ocean Safety ISO liferaft will become the liferaft of choice on every


Sail Safe BC Ferries’ Safety Initiative

Murray Goldberg is CEO of Marine Learning Systems (www.MarineLS.com). An eLearning researcher and LMS developer, his software has been used by 14 million people worldwide.

BC Ferries cut time loss injuries in half; it reduced serious injuries by two-thirds; it slashed annual insurance claims costs by more than three-quarters.                            


Resolve Expands European Presence

John Curley, Commercial Director

Resolve Salvage & Fire (Europe), Ltd., the European emergency response subsidiary of U.S.- based Resolve Marine Group, Inc., has added a new office at 23, Austin Friars, London, expanding the company’s U.K. operations base. The 34-year-old marine salvage






 
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