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Inland cruise market strengthens with new operator, more boats

Inland cruise market strengthens with new operator, more boats

The rebirth of the American inland cruise industry has attracted a major international river cruise operator to New Orleans, in addition to newbuilds from established operators.

Global maritime associations cooperate on cyber risk management

A group of international shipping organizations is developing guidelines to deal with the emerging cybersecurity threat to vessels and vessel operators, with malicious email attachments often posing the biggest risk.

Marine Highway projects get boost in New York Harbor, inland rivers

Marine Highway projects get boost in New York Harbor, inland rivers

When barges stacked with shipping containers make way from New Jersey’s Port Newark to the Red Hook Container Terminal in Brooklyn, N.Y., this summer, most mariners will probably regard the sight as business as usual.

LNG trans-ocean export outlook may provide boost to U.S. shipyards

The revolution in U.S. energy production has led to congressional action to speed the approval of export facilities for liquefied natural gas (LNG), pointing the way to potential gains for a downstream sector: American shipbuilding.

NOAA, Coast Guard update Arctic charts as commercial traffic grows

NOAA, Coast Guard update Arctic charts as commercial traffic grows

Four ships outfitted with sensitive surveying equipment will gather data on vast swaths of ocean in and around Alaska this summer.

Study says ships are less fuel efficient; operational evidence differs

A study finding that ships built in 2013 are on average 10 percent less fuel efficient than those built in 1990 may be a case of comparing apples to kumquats, according to industry observers.

After six decades on the water, Townsend ready to pass the baton

After six decades on the water, Townsend ready to pass the baton

At the age of 10, Corning Townsend began a life immersed in the maritime world.

Cleveland dinner boat shares the river with lakers and more

Cleveland dinner boat shares the river with lakers and more

As master of one of Cleveland’s premier dinner boats, Capt. Jim Dale must cope with difficulties including freighter traffic on the narrow Cuyahoga River, drawbridge closings and Lake Erie chop.

With push knees close together, little tug handles winter challenges

With push knees close together, little tug handles winter challenges

It was early March and 20 degrees on the Potomac River, but Capt. Steve McLaughlin was sweating. Fully licensed but working that day as a deck hand on the tug Capt. Kenneth, McLaughlin was struggling with a thick barge line, heavy with ice, across the rail.

Departing boxship drags pickup truck into the water at Baltimore

Departing boxship drags pickup truck into the water at Baltimore

The U.S. Coast Guard is trying to determine how a mooring line from a massive containership docked in Baltimore hooked a pickup truck and pulled it off a pier, nearly running over a dockworker.

Security guard presumed dead after fall into river from moored tow

A night security guard was believed to have drowned after falling off a towing vessel or barge along the Mississippi River.

U.S. Coast Guard cites loose bolts, escape-route issues in fatal fire

Unfamiliarity with escape routes was a contributing factor in the death of one crewmember and two contractors in an engine-room fire aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean.

Bulk carrier loses steering, runs aground in St. Lawrence River

Bulk carrier loses steering, runs aground in St. Lawrence River

A steering failure caused a bulk carrier loaded with sugar to run aground under the Thousand Islands Bridge.

NTSB: Laker crew missed radio warning before hitting icebreaker it was following

NTSB: Laker crew missed radio warning before hitting icebreaker it was following

The lack of effective communication between the bridge teams on a Coast Guard cutter and bulk carrier led to a collision during icebreaking operations on Lake Michigan, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined.

When meeting, carefully assess other vessel’s bearing, course

When meeting, carefully assess other vessel’s bearing, course

The meeting or head-on situation often receives brief treatment in nautical treatises due to the common perception that it presents little danger to the vessels involved. However, the meeting scenario presents a unique set of challenges that the prudent mariner must consider. 

Job market strong for MSC crews, ocean towing, engineers

Job market strong for MSC crews, ocean towing, engineers

As bad news continues for mariners in the Gulf of Mexico oil patch and Department of Defense shipping drops as military engagements decline, there are some bright spots for marine employment in other sectors.

Plan ahead for next year’s STCW gap-closing deadline

Plan ahead for next year’s STCW gap-closing deadline

It was the autumn of 1999, and I had been filling in for one of the permanent mates for a 45-day work tour on an oceanographic ship.