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Global sulfur cap brings uncertainty over fuel prices, blending

Global sulfur cap brings uncertainty over fuel prices, blending

It has taken decades to build the fuel supply chain for the 50,000-vessel global merchant fleet. The pending 0.5 percent sulfur cap on marine fuel stands to upset this entrenched structure, with price volatility likely as a result.

EPA plans regulatory relief for certain Tier 4 engines, vessels

EPA plans regulatory relief for certain Tier 4 engines, vessels

Despite nine years of advance notice, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a three-year deadline extension so marine engine manufacturers and boatbuilders can meet Tier 4 emissions standards for vessels with lightweight and high-powered diesel engines.

Navy opts for physical throttles on destroyers after fatal collisions

Navy opts for physical throttles on destroyers after fatal collisions

In the wake of high-profile collisions involving U.S. Navy destroyers, including a 2017 incident that killed 10 sailors aboard USS John S. McCain, the service is revising bridge training practices and addressing what it sees as an over-reliance on computer touch screens for ship control.

Waterways need more investment to stay competitive, USDA says

Waterways need more investment to stay competitive, USDA says

The nation has to invest more heavily in locks, dams and river dredging, and aging waterways infrastructure must be restored to full capacity to allow growth in traffic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in a recent study, weighing the benefits to commerce and exports.

World’s last sail-driven tanker docked in limbo at Hawaii pier

World’s last sail-driven tanker docked in limbo at Hawaii pier

The last remaining sail-driven oil tanker in the world is docked at a state-owned pier in Honolulu, where it faces an uncertain future.

Subchapter M glass ‘half full’ amid progress and challenges

Subchapter M glass ‘half full’ amid progress and challenges

In one breath, Tom Allegretti, president and CEO of the American Waterways Operators, describes Subchapter M as “a singular milestone” for an industry striving to improve safety and eliminate spills.

Wind in the winches: Towing up the mighty Columbia

Wind in the winches: Towing up the mighty Columbia

It was a busy March day aboard Tidewater Transportation’s Captain Bob, catch-up time due to annual lock closures by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the Columbia and Snake rivers.

New SIT towboat bewitches with hull ‘voodoo,’ z-drives

New SIT towboat bewitches with hull ‘voodoo,’ z-drives

First light was breaking as Capt. Bob Asher maneuvered Karl E. Johnson across the Mississippi River to the Southern Illinois Transfer (SIT) fleet at Ste. Genevieve, Mo.

NTSB: Fatal fire started on California dive boat as crew slept

NTSB: Fatal fire started on California dive boat as crew slept

Shortly after 0300 on Sept. 2, a crewmember aboard the dive vessel Conception awoke to an unusual sound. He left his bunk on the ship’s upper level and saw the galley, on the main deck below, engulfed in flames.

Twenty-four rescued after vehicle carrier capsizes off Georgia coast

Twenty-four rescued after vehicle carrier capsizes off Georgia coast

Golden Ray left the Port of Brunswick, Ga., early on Sept. 8 with thousands of vehicles packed into its hull. Its journey came to an abrupt end after the ship developed a port-side list and ultimately rolled over in St. Simons Sound within sight of the open ocean.

Capsizing of Fraser River tug highlights risk of girding

Capsizing of Fraser River tug highlights risk of girding

George H. Ledcor was towing a loaded gravel barge up the Fraser River as the vessels approached a bend near Richmond, British Columbia. The tug turned to port, but the barge continued on a straight heading.

Barge tow destroys riverside yacht club near Cincinnati

Barge tow destroys riverside yacht club near Cincinnati

A barge tow slammed into an Ohio River yacht club near Cincinnati in a predawn accident, destroying the facility and damaging moored recreational vessels.

Crane collapses after faulty weight assessment, injuring three

Crane collapses after faulty weight assessment, injuring three

The crane barge Atlantic Giant II was rigged and ready to lift an estimated 350-ton counterweight from a salvaged derrick barge in Brownsville, Texas. But when the time came, the weight wouldn’t budge.

All-electric tugs and pilot boats: Are they ready for prime time?

All-electric tugs and pilot boats: Are they ready for prime time?

There are electric ferries and tour boats, along with proposals for fully electric containerships, bunker tankers and barges.

Recent cases hold clues for determining liability in Conception fire

Recent cases hold clues for determining liability in Conception fire

The Conception dive boat fire on Sept. 2 that resulted in the deaths of all 33 passengers and one crewmember could expose the vessel’s captain — and the corporate officials whose actions or inactions contributed to the deaths — to serious criminal liability under the Seaman’s Manslaughter Statute.

A Christmas sea story: Lessons from the past, present and future

I was a senior at the California Maritime Academy and one of only 10 cadets in my class who were chosen to go on a commercial ship for their senior cruise.