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Harbor tugs move to diesel/electric power

The hybrid technology reduces pollution, fuel consumption and engine maintenance costs

A Dolphin Class tug similar to this one is going to be converted to hybrid propulsion.The Seattle-based shipyard that launched the world's first hybrid diesel-electric tug two years ago plans to retrofit a second one with the cleaner, more fuel-efficient technology to help reduce pollution at California's Port of Long Beach.

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Two charges dropped in Coast Guard crash

The Coast Guard dropped two of three charges against one of the crewmembers involved in a San Diego boating accident in 2009 that killed an 8-year-old boy, according to the Eleventh Coast Guard District.

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Dispatches

Close call captured

Lester Hunt, a retired schoolteacher living near Point Lonsdale, a coastal town in Victoria, Australia, took his camera to the harbor on a late-October Sunday, hoping to snap a few frames of a new pilotboat being launched.

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Not just a grounding, a 'local spectacle'

Owner runs his brand-new Contender 200 feet onto an island; pulling it off took five boats and 11 hours

Talk about running aground. Only a few hours after taking delivery of a new 2010 Contender 37 center console, the owner ran the boat onto an island in New York's Great South Bay after dark.

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A good surveyor is a sleuth on your side

One longtime boat inspector details the way he works and the agreements he has with his clients

A surveyor will tap the hull with a small hammer to check for delamination.The marine surveyor is a fact-finder hired to go over a boat with a fine-tooth comb, find out what's shipshape and what's not, and through careful inspection help the client make an intelligent decision about whether to buy the boat.

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