April 2019

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Bill amends Shipping Act, prohibits collective negotiation on towing

Bill amends Shipping Act, prohibits collective negotiation on towing

Until recently, the Shipping Act of 1984 never explicitly addressed the topic of joint negotiation of harbor towing contracts.

Government shutdown hampers US maritime offices, credentialing

Government shutdown hampers US maritime offices, credentialing

During the 35-day partial shutdown of the U.S. government, a number of key agencies serving the maritime industry were closed or severely understaffed, leading to delays for services and employees working without pay.

Compliance group questions validity of new random drug-testing rate

Compliance group questions validity of new random drug-testing rate

The nonprofit trade association that administers the drug and alcohol testing compliance program for more than 400 vessel operators in the United States contends the Coast Guard’s new rules for random testing go too far and are unwarranted.

New rules for LNG carriers at Panama Canal reflect industry growth

New rules for LNG carriers at Panama Canal reflect industry growth

The Panama Canal’s governing body hopes that its new rules for liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker traffic will better position it to meet the growing industry’s transit needs.

Delta Queen receives congressional exemption to cruise again

Delta Queen receives congressional exemption to cruise again

The 92-year-old Delta Queen steamboat is being refurbished to carry passengers next year after its Missouri owners were granted a 10-year exemption from a 1966 safety law.

Ingalls to build two more national security cutters in Pascagoula

Ingalls to build two more national security cutters in Pascagoula

Huntington Ingalls Industries has been awarded contracts totaling $930.8 million to build two additional national security cutters (NSCs) in Pascagoula, Miss., for the U.S. Coast Guard.

New AWO guide takes aim at towing industry’s cyber vulnerabilities

New AWO guide takes aim at towing industry’s cyber vulnerabilities

While towing vessels and operators may not have as wide an exposure to cyber attacks as other sectors of the maritime industry, it’s still a major threat in today’s environment.

Something old, something new: Tall ships take New Orleans with modern hand

Something old, something new: Tall ships take New Orleans with modern hand

In 1718, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville of the French Mississippi Company sailed up the Mississippi River and established La Nouvelle-Orleans, now New Orleans, the Crescent City.

Learning sailing’s ropes, one knot at a time

Learning sailing’s ropes, one knot at a time

While the tall ships were in New Orleans, a special sail education opportunity was realized by nine cadets from the New Orleans Military/Maritime Academy (NOMMA).

Safety, service, innovation: Nominees sought for 2019 Plimsoll Awards

Safety, service, innovation: Nominees sought for 2019 Plimsoll Awards

Do you know an individual, organization or company that has made an important contribution to safety in the maritime industry, or someone whose actions saved a life or prevented an accident?

Texas pilots go bigger, bolder with Metal Shark newbuild

Texas pilots go bigger, bolder with Metal Shark newbuild

On a late January run out to the containership Bomar Resolute, anchored near the Freeport, Texas, sea buoy, the recently delivered Brazos Pilot was bucking a 6-to-8-foot sea.

NTSB cites open hatches, ‘inadequate oversight’ in fatal sinking

NTSB cites open hatches, ‘inadequate oversight’ in fatal sinking

Downflooding through unsecured deck hatches likely caused the fatal sinking of a fleet boat near Memphis, Tenn., in late 2017, according to federal investigators.

Two die when boat capsizes during boom deployment exercise

Two die when boat capsizes during boom deployment exercise

Two employees with Marine Spill Response Corp. (MSRC) died when their workboat capsized near Boothville, La., on the Lower Mississippi River.

Torrent of ice roars down Hudson River, taking vessels with it

Torrent of ice roars down Hudson River, taking vessels with it

Eight vessels broke away from their moorings in upstate New York during a period of rapidly rising water and thick ice on the Hudson River.

Bollard holding five lines snaps, leading to Boston breakaway

Bollard holding five lines snaps, leading to Boston breakaway

Just after midnight on a blustery Boston morning, a crewman aboard Helsinki Bridge watched the containership’s bow swing slowly away from the terminal after a mooring bollard snapped.

TSB: BC tugboat grounded after lone watchkeeper fell asleep

TSB: BC tugboat grounded after lone watchkeeper fell asleep

The mate on watch aboard the Canadian tugboat Ocean Monarch was likely suffering “acute fatigue” when he fell asleep at the wheel and the vessel grounded in British Columbia’s narrow Princess Royal Channel, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has determined.

Two rescued after fleet boat capsizes in Tennessee River

Two crewmen were rescued from the Tennessee River after their pushboat sank bow-first near the Kentucky Lock and Dam.

Casualty briefs

Casualty briefs

Economic, environmental concerns advance marine coating innovation

Economic, environmental concerns advance marine coating innovation

Hull fouling has been a problem since ships started sailing.

Supreme Court to revisit punitive damage ‘ping-pong’ in maritime claims

Supreme Court to revisit punitive damage ‘ping-pong’ in maritime claims

Punitive damages are an extraordinary remedy intended to punish an individual or corporation for gross negligence or willful misconduct.

Nautical terms pepper discourse of old salts and landlubbers alike

It was the English cleric and author Charles C. Colton who wrote, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”