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Drought means less cargo, fewer barges and higher costs for towboat operators

Drought means less cargo, fewer barges and higher costs for towboat operators

The Midwest’s worst drought in decades has resulted in a complicated and costly shipping season for companies operating on the Mississippi River.

Inspection requirements for tugs delayed by engine-fire concerns

The U.S. towing industry, which waited years to get a look at a U.S. Coast Guard proposal for mandatory inspections, faces yet another unexpected delay in the release of the final rule.

Salvage of Costa Concordia to be delayed by at least two months

Salvage of Costa Concordia to be delayed by at least two months

The salvage of Costa Concordia has been delayed by at least two months, according to its operator, Costa Crociere.

Coast Guard to resume posting full archive of mariner exam questions

NASA rocket booster recovery vessel gets new home as Kings Point’s training ship

NASA rocket booster recovery vessel gets new home as Kings Point’s training ship

Midshipmen at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point will soon be training aboard a modern vessel equipped with state-of-the-art navigational technology, including dynamic positioning systems and advanced towing gear.

Passenger seriously burned in stove blast on Maine charter vessel

A passenger aboard a charter fishing boat off the coast of Maine suffered second- and third-degree burns on one of his arms when a butane stove exploded on the vessel, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.

Alaska ferry crash blamed on speed and lack of countercurrent

An Alaska state ferry went off course and struck a seafood dock on May 7 because of a navigational error by the master, who had expected currents to help him slow down, according to the state agency that owns the vessel.

Call for Plimsoll Award nominations

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock orders world’s first ATB dredge

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock orders world’s first ATB dredge

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. has awarded a $94 million contract to Signal International, of Mobile, Ala., to build the world’s first articulated tug/barge dredge.

New IMO low-sulfur fuel regs creating challenges for vessel operators

New IMO low-sulfur fuel regs creating challenges for vessel operators

As of Aug. 1, 2012, stricter rules took effect for sulfur emissions from ships sailing off the coasts of Canada and the United States.

TugCam’s remote video camera system allows pilots to see what lies ahead

TugCam’s remote video camera system allows pilots to see what lies ahead

A wireless video system called TugCam effectively allows a tugboat captain to see ahead of the barge he is pushing.

Linking East Coast cities, McAllister tug does the work of hundreds of trucks

Linking East Coast cities, McAllister tug does the work of hundreds of trucks

In the wheelhouse of the tug Donal G. McAllister, Capt. David Jurs looked on with admiration as another McAllister tug nudged a large container barge into its berth at the Seagirt Marine Terminal in Baltimore.

Ultrasound gives precise measure of hull-plate thickness

Ultrasound gives precise measure of hull-plate thickness

Today, thanks to computerized hand-held ultrasonic wall-measuring instruments, science has taken the place of art and guess work.

Tug festival of parades, lights and heritage

Tug festival of parades, lights and heritage

Wendy Murray, manager at the Alcove Marina & Pub, a funky tavern perched on a backwater channel of the Hudson River in Schuylerville, N.Y., summed it up: “All we hear about all year long is the Waterford Tugboat Roundup.”

Largest laker runs aground bow-to-stern, blocking St. Marys River

Largest laker runs aground bow-to-stern, blocking St. Marys River

A 1,013-foot self-unloading bulk carrier ran aground and pivoted sideways, becoming stuck on both sides of the St. Marys River channel and blocking a crucial Great Lakes shipping lane for more than a day.

New captain fired after Massachusetts ferry runs aground on sandbar in Boston Harbor

A captain in training was fired after a fast ferry to Provincetown, Mass., ran up on a sandbar in Boston Harbor.

Off-duty steward on sternwheeler falls from docked vessel and drowns in Columbia River

A crewmember drowned after falling from a sternwheel cruise ship in the Columbia River.

Declutching in swift current causes laker full of iron ore to run aground in Lake Huron

Declutching in swift current causes laker full of iron ore to run aground in Lake Huron

An ore carrier ran aground in Lake Huron after it declutched in a tight space while approaching the St. Clair River.

Cruise ship with 120 passengers aboard runs aground near an island in the Detroit River

The U.S. Coast Guard is trying to determine why a 257-foot cruise ship ran aground in the Detroit River.

Battery-related fire damages famed hybrid tug, puts it out of service

A fire occurred in the battery compartment of the hybrid tug Campbell Foss just after the tug finished a ship assist in the Port of Long Beach.

Containership crew says enclosed-space welding caused blast at sea

An explosion damaged the hull of a 900-foot containership near Puerto Rico, probably as a result of welding inside a fuel tank.

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