December/January 2015

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Sewol disaster demonstrates the danger of ignoring cargo load limits

Sewol disaster demonstrates the danger of ignoring cargo load limits

Maritime consultants say the safety culture within the company that owned the South Korean ferry Sewol was fatally flawed, as details emerge from criminal trials of the captain and crew.

Industry-requested TWIC OneVisit program now in effect nationwide

Under a revised process from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), mariners and others required to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) should be able to obtain the card with one visit rather than two.

New Connecticut research vessel is first with hybrid power system

New Connecticut research vessel is first with hybrid power system

The first hybrid-electric research vessel in the U.S. is ready to begin work in Long Island Sound.

Stockton short-sea shipping project ends regular barge service

Due to a lack of demand and funding, California’s Port of Stockton has been forced to transition its weekly operation of the Marine Highway program — locally known as M-580 — to one operating on an “as needed” basis.

Canada creates its own Military to Maritime recruitment initiative

The Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (SIU) has launched a program that the organization hopes will help with job training and employment opportunities in the marine field for former members of the Canadian Armed Forces as they enter civilian life.

Call for Plimsoll Award nominations

Call for Plimsoll Award nominations

Do you know an individual or organization that has made an important contribution to safety in the maritime industry?

U.S. barge operators transport domestic crude on inland rivers

U.S. barge operators transport domestic crude on inland rivers

Until two years ago, the southerly movement of crude oil by barge between the Midwest and the Gulf Coast was almost nonexistent.

Satellite providers offer more weather forecast options at sea

Satellite providers offer more weather forecast options at sea

A growing range of services is available to deliver weather information underway and even far from shore.

SecureChat, DigiView enable video using less bandwidth

Ship-to-shore satellite video has remained something of a luxury, even in the era of unlimited satellite data plans and ever-faster download speeds.

With powerful engines and winch, shallow-draft tug handles variety of jobs

With powerful engines and winch, shallow-draft tug handles variety of jobs

The 75-foot tug Sea Cypress has been busy since it was delivered from Rodriguez Shipbuilding of Bayou La Batre, Ala., to Garber Bros. Inc. in March.

Probe: Alabama barge blasts were result of careless tank cleaning

Probe: Alabama barge blasts were result of careless tank cleaning

Two barges exploded in Mobile, Ala., when gasoline vapors venting from open tank hatches entered an adjacent vessel’s engine and ignited.

TSB: Shattered brake drum fatally injured tugboat deck hand as barge was capsizing

TSB: Shattered brake drum fatally injured tugboat deck hand as barge was capsizing

A crewman was killed off Newfoundland when tension from a capsizing barge on a tug’s tow cable shattered an auxiliary brake drum that had disabled the tug’s emergency tow release, Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has determined.

Tug captain killed when crane hits La. bridge, crushes wheelhouse

Tug captain killed when crane hits La. bridge, crushes wheelhouse

A tugboat captain was killed when a barge-mounted crane struck a Louisiana lift bridge and fell onto the wheelhouse.

Sinking towboat’s pilot goes alongside other boat to evacuate crew

Four crewmembers were rescued off a towboat before it sank with 10,000 gallons of diesel on board in the Mississippi River near St. Louis.

NTSB: Over-reliance on autopilot caused tugboat grounding on rocks

Just minutes into a nighttime voyage to meet an incoming tow, the tugboat Justice was sharply off course near the Cape Cod Canal.

St. Lawrence Seaway bulk carrier runs aground, probably because of steering error

Part of the St. Lawrence Seaway was closed for two days when a bulk carrier ran aground after a crewmember misread the ship’s rudder indicator.

Laker crewman seriously hurt when he falls backward off stairs

A 65-year-old crewman aboard a Great Lakes dry-bulk carrier was seriously injured when he fell down several interior stairs.

Bar pilot guides Great Lakes freighter into California port

Bar pilot guides Great Lakes freighter into California port

It sits solidly at anchor on the waters of San Francisco Bay — an aging Easterner a long way from home. With all the characteristics of a long, narrow bulk carrier, Atlantic Superior proudly proclaims its origins as a St. Lawrence Seaway laker.

Engine makers customize dual-fuel propulsion systems

Engine makers customize dual-fuel propulsion systems

With tougher emissions regulations on the horizon, vessel operators have options to comply using traditional diesel engines fitted with aftertreatment technology, or invest in dual-fuel technology that leapfrogs the phased-in emission requirements.

LNG marine fuel projects hit snags

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering projects in North America are changing or being postponed, sometimes without the market being told officially. Developers are definitely reconsidering two major infrastructure schemes and there is doubt about a third.

Our industry needs to protect mariners’ paid vacation time

By law, every worker in the 28-country European Union, Australia and New Zealand is legally mandated to receive at least a month of paid vacation each year — with six weeks the norm in many of those countries.