August 2013

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In comments to Coast Guard, maritime groups urge caution on TWIC reader rule

In comments to Coast Guard, maritime groups urge caution on TWIC reader rule

Before asking the industry to invest in Transportation Worker Identification Credential readers, the Department of Homeland Security should reassess the effectiveness of the entire program.

Audit: Unclear if TWIC improves maritime security

Will your vessel need a TWIC electronic reader?

A breakdown of the vessel categories in the U.S. Coast Guard’s proposed rule requiring TWIC electronic readers

U.S. Coast Guard announces first wave of accepted ballast water treatment systems

This past spring, the U.S. Coast Guard announced a list of ballast water treatment systems that may be used in U.S. waters for a period of five years.

U.S. shipowners start shopping for ballast water treatment systems

U.S. shipowners start shopping for ballast water treatment systems

For years, commercial maritime fleet operators have known that stricter rules for ballast water discharges were on the horizon. In the spring of 2013, three regulatory milestones occurred that mean it’s now time for engineers to spring into action.

U.S. preparing compliance system for the Maritime Labor Convention’s August deadline

An international labor agreement creating standards for the working conditions of mariners goes into effect Aug. 20.

Fifth-generation McAllister becomes top leader in family business, AWO

Fifth-generation McAllister becomes top leader in family business, AWO

The first half of 2013 was eventful in the life of Brian Buckley McAllister. First it was announced that Buckley, the son of Capt. Brian McAllister and a fifth-generation member of the famous New York tugboat family, was promoted to president of McAllister Towing and Transportation Co., a position his father held since 1984.

On the B.C. coast, regulations are catalyst for well-designed compact crew boats

The greater part of the rugged inlets and islands that make up the British Columbia coast are accessible only by floatplane or boat. Most floatplanes take only three to five passengers and not a lot of freight. Heavy cargos are hauled on ramp barges or landing craft. When a larger crew or smaller freight needs to be transported, the role of the crew boat or water taxi has become paramount.

Overtaking or crossing? Don’t assume what other ship will do

The overtaking situation is generally regarded as a type of vessel encounter presenting the least risk to the vessels involved. This is primarily due to the fact that, in contrast to crossing and head-on situations, overtaking often involves low relative speeds between the vessels, resulting in a more slowly developing situation that the mariner is better able to appreciate, analyze and react to.

Weeks Marine suction dredge vital to restoring Louisiana’s coastline

Weeks Marine suction dredge vital to restoring Louisiana’s coastline

On a drizzly Gulf Coast morning in March, the Weeks Marine cutter suction dredge C.R. McCaskill was pumping a thick mud sludge of dredge spoil through a 30-inch diameter pipe at 400 psi on a six-mile journey into Louisiana’s marshland. It took the mud 25 minutes to reach its destination.

Three men burned when flammable vapors ignite, barge explodes

Three men burned when flammable vapors ignite, barge explodes

BC Ferries officer found guilty of criminal negligence in 2006 sinking

NTSB: Inadequate weather preparations, botched life raft launch led to Trinity II deaths

NTSB: Inadequate weather preparations, botched life raft launch led to Trinity II deaths

Probe: Tug sank in N.H. because of captains’ mistakes, boat design

Illinois River navigation halted after loose barges damage dam

Illinois River navigation halted after loose barges damage dam

Smoky fire at battery switch damages tugboat at California pier

Va. judge brings guilty verdict against tug captain who ran over skiff

Tugboat sinks, drifts underwater while it’s still attached to barge until towline snaps

Eleven barges sink after 114 break loose from Mo. fleeting area

Mississippi River closed after bridge strike breaks 30 barges loose

O Pilot! Historical Sketches of the Coos Bay Bar Pilots

O Pilot! Historical Sketches of the Coos Bay Bar Pilots

When your license is at stake, hiring a consultant can make a difference

When your license is at stake, hiring a consultant can make a difference

Randy Cole, a captain on articulated tug barges, renewed his 200 ton master near coastal and 200 ton master of towing licenses in 2011. He did not do it alone.

Shorter training programs at public colleges are viable alternative

Before entering the industry, I looked at different ways to begin my career. Back then working my way up from the bottom, “coming up the hawsepipe,” or attending a four-year academy were essentially the only two choices available to me. I decided on the academy route after visiting a couple of those four-year public institutions.