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USMMA implements plan to instill culture of respect, responsibility

USMMA implements plan to instill culture of respect, responsibility

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) has produced a five-year strategic plan to foster a “climate of respect” at the college, which has been buffeted by allegations of sexual harassment and bullying.

Onboard interference from LED lights called ‘huge safety issue’ for mariners

Onboard interference from LED lights called ‘huge safety issue’ for mariners

Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting on vessels can interfere with radio transmissions and navigation systems and must be replaced before a tragedy occurs, said a pioneer producer of many such systems used universally on ships today.

New LNG bunker barge signals continuing shift to alternative fuels

New LNG bunker barge signals continuing shift to alternative fuels

This summer’s delivery of Clean Jacksonville, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker barge built for TOTE Maritime by Conrad Industries, signals both companies’ increasing confidence in a wider industry move toward alternative fuels.

Foss cancels 10-tug order with Damen after closing Rainier yard

Foss cancels 10-tug order with Damen after closing Rainier yard

Foss Maritime’s recent decision to close its shipyard in Rainier, Ore., also has resulted in the cancellation of an agreement to build 10 Damen azimuthing stern drive (ASD) 90 tugboats.

Hurricane heroes, ferry rescue crew, mooring system win Plimsolls

Hurricane heroes, ferry rescue crew, mooring system win Plimsolls

Hurricane Harvey was a slow-moving disaster for the Gulf Coast of Texas.

Coal still king in Hampton Roads despite container growth

Coal still king in Hampton Roads despite container growth

On a sunny late summer morning, three ships lined the private coal terminals in Newport News, Va.

Fort Lauderdale doubles down on response with fast fireboat

Fort Lauderdale doubles down on response with fast fireboat

Fort Lauderdale is awash in luxury yachts and recreational vessels of all shapes and sizes.

NTSB: Lack of requirement to close deck doors led to sinking

NTSB: Lack of requirement to close deck doors led to sinking

Rapid downflooding through an open deck door caused a towboat to sink last year near Sulphur, La., according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

Bunker barge strikes docked ro-ro, leaks fuel in Port Arthur

Bunker barge strikes docked ro-ro, leaks fuel in Port Arthur

More than 13,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from a bunker barge after it struck a docked roll-on/roll-off cargo ship (ro-ro) in Port Arthur, Texas.

Engine room fire disables NY-bound asphalt tanker off Nantucket

Engine room fire disables NY-bound asphalt tanker off Nantucket

A loaded asphalt tanker went adrift in the Atlantic Ocean off Nantucket after an engine room fire disabled the ship’s engines and generators.

Barge string breaks free after towboat hits Upper Mississippi dike

Barge string breaks free after towboat hits Upper Mississippi dike

Twelve barges broke away on the Upper Mississippi River near St. Louis after the towboat Kevin Michael hit a dike just upriver from a lock and dam.

Barge damages yacht during maneuver near Connecticut terminal

Barge damages yacht during maneuver near Connecticut terminal

A loaded gravel barge being guided to a terminal in Stamford, Conn., struck a high-end sailboat docked at a newly built marina, extensively damaging the vessel.

Casualty briefs

Casualty briefs

Threat of contaminated fuel easing, but looming sulfur cap is wild card

Threat of contaminated fuel easing, but looming sulfur cap is wild card

The last thing a mariner wants to worry about is an unreliable prime mover.

New NYC ferries get up and go to meet surging demand

New NYC ferries get up and go to meet surging demand

Capt. James Arnpriester backed the ferry Owls Head away from New York City’s Pier 34 and pointed the bow east.

Toasts of New Year’s past: Ship horns, sky fire and a bit of ‘bubbly’

In a few short days, New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world will take place, with different cultures noting the turn of the year in their own unique ways.