December/January 2018

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CSA honors Pasha Hawaii fleet for environmental achievement

Gulf ports dig out from shoaling, repair damage after twin hurricanes

Gulf ports dig out from shoaling, repair damage after twin hurricanes

Back-to-back hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico in the late summer damaged vessels, tested contingency plans and caused extended port shutdowns.

US issues three Jones Act waivers for storm relief

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued three Jones Act waivers in September aimed at speeding the recovery following a string of powerful hurricanes.

Collisions spur Navy to overhaul 7th Fleet training, turn on ships’ AIS

Collisions spur Navy to overhaul 7th Fleet training, turn on ships’ AIS

The Navy announced in September that it will establish a new command to oversee training for the 7th Fleet.

ABS: Nearly half of ballast water systems ‘inoperable’ or ‘problematic’

In a recent survey of shipowners, nearly half said the ballast water management systems (BWMS) they had installed were not operating up to standards, a situation that more vessel operators may face in meeting U.S. Coast Guard regulations.

IHS: Shipowners, refiners ‘vastly unprepared’ for low-sulfur deadline

IHS: Shipowners, refiners ‘vastly unprepared’ for low-sulfur deadline

The refining and shipping industries are scrambling to adapt to the global low-sulfur bunker fuel deadline that is less than three years away.

Prevention guide targets sex harassment in US Merchant Marine

Prevention guide targets sex harassment in US Merchant Marine

The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP), a nonprofit organization of maritime industry professionals, has published its first issue of Best Practices Guide on Prevention of Sexual Assault & Sexual Harassment in the U.S. Merchant Marine.

Calling all nominees for Plimsoll Awards

Do you know an individual or organization that has made an important contribution to safety in the maritime industry? Professional Mariner invites you to nominate them for a Samuel Plimsoll Award.

Operators face learning curve for looming Subchapter M deadline

Operators face learning curve for looming Subchapter M deadline

With Subchapter M now firmly in place, the clock is ticking for the deadline of July 20, 2018, when the U.S. regime for the inspection of towing vessels fully takes effect.

Subchapter M at a glance

Subchapter M became law on June 20, 2016, creating a comprehensive towing vessel safety system that includes company compliance, vessel compliance, vessel standards and oversight.

Idle BC crew boat finds new niche as commuter ferry

Idle BC crew boat finds new niche as commuter ferry

Traveling the coasts of North America, it is not uncommon to see crew boats from the 1970s and ’80s tucked away in a backwater or corner of a port — the older ones built in steel with a pair of 12V-71 Jimmies, the newer ones in aluminum with a variety of four-cycle engines.

Canadian ferries at a glance

Canadian ferries at a glance

Statistics on Canada's ferry transportation network, according to the 2015 report “Keeping Canada Moving” from the Canadian Ferry Operators Association.

Rush deliveries job one for Columbia Bar newcomer

Rush deliveries job one for Columbia Bar newcomer

On a cold day in March, the pilot boat Astoria appeared as a streak of yellow, piercing a thick gray mist shrouding the mouth of the Columbia River.

Coast Guard’s El Faro report cites captain’s errors, TOTE violations

Coast Guard’s El Faro report cites captain’s errors, TOTE violations

The U.S. Coast Guard’s report on the El Faro disaster identified key failings by Capt. Michael Davidson and ship operator TOTE Maritime, as well as shortcomings in the Coast Guard’s oversight of third-party inspections.

Key recommendations

Safety and administrative recommendations in the U.S. Coast Guard’s report on the El Faro disaster.

Tugs sink, drillship grounds as Hurricane Harvey slams Texas

Tugs sink, drillship grounds as Hurricane Harvey slams Texas

U.S. Coast Guard air crews rescued at least 27 mariners from vessels that grounded or sank near Port Aransas, Texas during Hurricane Harvey in late August.

NTSB: Electrical issue likely cause of intense tugboat fire off Florida

NTSB: Electrical issue likely cause of intense tugboat fire off Florida

The fire that gutted the oceangoing tugboat Thomas Dann last year likely started near an engine room fuse box, federal investigators said in a recent report.

TSB cites unattended controls, misaligned rudders in tug collision

TSB cites unattended controls, misaligned rudders in tug collision

Two tugboats heading for home after a day in the log booms collided in the Northumberland Channel last year off Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Tour operator adds redundancy after boat loses power, drags anchor

Even though all passengers were safely evacuated when a dinner cruise vessel lost power in high winds and nearly grounded in Halifax Harbor, the CEO of the tour company said a valuable lesson was learned in how to improve safety.

Casualty briefs

IMO’s mandates help methanol gain traction as marine fuel

IMO’s mandates help methanol gain traction as marine fuel

There are a number of compelling reasons why methanol should be adopted for use as a marine fuel, according to its advocates.

Far out to sea, holiday spirit brings together sailors of all stripes

It was a cold, snowy December night in Spokane, Wash., and I carried a plateful of holiday cookies and a huge glass of eggnog in preparation for the Christmas special on TV.