April 2014

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Cruise industry debates whether mega ships are safe enough

Cruise industry debates whether mega ships are safe enough

When it comes to safety, how big is too big?

On the world’s largest cruise ships, evacuation may be a daunting task

There are many challenges for the safe evacuation of the world’s two largest cruise ships, each of which can carry up to 8,754 passengers and crew.

STCW final rule restructures training, approved courses, medical

Despite new plan and better vessels, Shell decides not to drill in Alaska Arctic this year

Despite new plan and better vessels, Shell decides not to drill in Alaska Arctic this year

Royal Dutch Shell’s off-again, on-again plans for offshore oil exploration in Alaska’s Arctic are back on hold — at least for 2014.

Industry seeks clarity as Coast Guard, EPA differ on ballast treatment

The Canadian Shipowners Association is seeking a legal review of new ballast water treatment rules in the United States that went into effect Jan. 1.

Conservators prepare the ‘Big U’ for modern utility systems

Conservators prepare the ‘Big U’ for modern utility systems

Preservationists who own the nation’s flagship liner SS United States have begun a project that will make the weather-beaten vessel more attractive to redevelopers and raise money to pay docking costs.

Wooden tug – workhorse in gold rush, war, movies – may sail again

Wooden tug – workhorse in gold rush, war, movies – may sail again

Arthur Foss is in great shape — for a wooden-hull tug built 125 years ago.

Pilots aim to show they’re ready for post-Panamax era

Pilots aim to show they’re ready for post-Panamax era

Mediterranean Shipping Co.’s Rania, a 1,090-foot-long, 142-foot-wide containership on its way up the bay from Norfolk, Va., to Baltimore.

Crowley ocean tug, with DP, is ready for anything in the Gulf

Crowley ocean tug, with DP, is ready for anything in the Gulf

The crew of Crowley Maritime’s tug Ocean Wave, just returned from two weeks at sea, were regrouping at their home port in Lake Charles, La.

NTSB: Tanker struck Calif. bridge due to course change, distractions

NTSB: Tanker struck Calif. bridge due to course change, distractions

A pilot’s last-minute decision to alter course while approaching the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the vessel’s master talking on the phone combined to cause an oil tanker to strike the bridge, according to a report released by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Deck hand who was ex-pilot, 81, dies after falling from Ohio River ferry

An 81-year-old retired ferry pilot working as a deck hand died after falling into the Ohio River.

Crewman disappears from Ohio River dredge in possible slip-and-fall

A pump hand on an Ohio River dredger was missing and presumed dead after he went overboard in December 2013. It’s not known whether he was wearing a flotation device.

Tug lists, sinks near Long Island after engine room fills with water

Investigators are trying to determine why a 38-foot tugboat took on water and capsized three miles south of Long Island.

Towboat hits rock, sinks, spills fuel in river

Towboat hits rock, sinks, spills fuel in river

A towboat sank in the Mississippi River after striking a rock, prompting a weeks-long salvage and spill response that was hampered by icy conditions.

Passengers hurt when N.C. ferry exits channel, grounds on sandbar

A ferry connecting mainland North Carolina with a resort island near Wilmington ran aground in the Cape Fear River, injuring several passengers.

Jersey City-bound ferry goes off course, hits pier in Hudson River

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating how a Hudson River ferry crossing from Manhattan to New Jersey struck a dock along the way, but the agency tentatively has ruled out mechanical failure.

Tugboat sinks, barge grounds near Long Island after towline parts

Tugboat sinks, barge grounds near Long Island after towline parts

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating how a towline parted, leading to a barge running aground on the South Shore of Long Island and the tugboat sinking.

Mammoet, Global Diving remove oil from U.S. Army ship that wrecked in 1946 off British Columbia coast

Mammoet, Global Diving remove oil from U.S. Army ship that wrecked in 1946 off British Columbia coast

Salvage contractors successfully completed the recovery of oil from a U.S. Army transport vessel that sank on British Columbia’s North Coast on Sept. 26, 1946.

Vessel operators make the switch to environmentally acceptable lubricants

Vessel operators make the switch to environmentally acceptable lubricants

U.S. regulations to reduce water pollution from equipment below the waterline will lead to operators of large commercial vessels swapping out mineral-oil lubricants for products that meet new standards.

It’s time to re-evaluate the Merchant Mariner Oath