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It’s legal for U.S. mariners to carry firearms, but it may be impractical because of liability

It’s legal for U.S. mariners to carry firearms, but it may be impractical because of liability

In the United States, the relative freedom to carry guns extends to civilian mariners in American or international waters.

OSV living quarters improve as mariners’ rotations at sea lengthen

OSV living quarters improve as mariners’ rotations at sea lengthen

In the Gulf of Mexico, new offshore supply vessels (OSVs) are more comfortable now as companies try to retain mariners in a tight labor market while rigs expand in number and move farther out.

U.S. now requires non-tank vessels to have oil-spill response plans

Class societies, consultants preparing their Subchapter M services

Companies and classification societies are working on programs that will help operators comply with the new towing vessel regulations, called Subchapter M.

At Washburn & Doughty, most new tugs are home-grown by design

At Washburn & Doughty, most new tugs are home-grown by design

The folks at Washburn & Doughty are proud to have built tugboats designed by some of the premier naval architectural firms in North America.

Swinging a compass

Swinging a compass

“It is the ever-present fallibility of electronics that keeps the compass adjuster in business,” Capt. George Barber said when asked to explain the science and art of swinging a compass.

Louisiana towboats’ heritage stems from family relations, old gearbox

Louisiana towboats’ heritage stems from family relations, old gearbox

LeBeouf Bros. Towing of Bourg, La., named one of its two new 95-foot towboats Karl Senner for the founder of the marine equipment supply company, Karl Senner Inc.

NTSB: Oil spray started fatal engine-room fire; new safety rules needed

NTSB: Oil spray started fatal engine-room fire; new safety rules needed

A fatal engine-room fire aboard a tugboat on Lake Ontario in 2012 was sparked when leaking oil sprayed onto a hot surface, investigators have determined.

Ferry captain loses job after departing dock while cars still loading

Ferry captain loses job after departing dock while cars still loading

At 1956 on Aug. 7, dispatchers in Jamestown, Va., received a series of 911 emergency calls from the local wharf, where car ferry Surry was in the midst of its last departure for the night. Stunned witnesses reported that a car had fallen off the boat’s ramp, and a 19-year-old woman was trapped inside.

Crew flees after ITB breaks apart in ice, runs aground on Alaska coast

Crew flees after ITB breaks apart in ice, runs aground on Alaska coast

Pilot loses his license after ship struck pier while he wasn’t wearing his eyeglasses

A Delaware River pilot was forced to surrender his license for actions that investigators say caused a large containership to strike an abandoned pier near downtown Philadelphia.

Unoccupied Army Corps tugboat sinks during tow near Soo Locks

Unoccupied Army Corps tugboat sinks during tow near Soo Locks

An unmanned tug operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sank while it was being towed on the St. Mary’s River near Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

Planning key to choosing the right maritime satellite system

Planning key to choosing the right maritime satellite system

A few years ago, the Dutch shipping giant Vroon BV decided to rethink its communications strategy.

Salvors achieve Costa Concordia parbuckling, the biggest ever

Salvors achieve Costa Concordia parbuckling, the biggest ever

The largest maritime salvage operation, by weight, in history reached a major milestone when Costa Concordia was successfully righted over two days in September.

A wish for happy, healthy holidays: hand-washing, sanitizer, garlic

I had taken a job on an oceanographic ship over the holidays, to give the permanent mate the opportunity to be with his wife and young son.