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Unmanned ship concept sparks debate over need for human crew

Unmanned ship concept sparks debate over need for human crew

Short-sea shipping operators object to EPA’s emissions standards

Foss to test barge-mounted portable hydrogen fuel cells in Hawaii

Vancouver, Prince Rupert offer discounts for lower carbon emissions

Canada’s two major West Coast seaports, Port Metro Vancouver and the Prince Rupert Port Authority, are offering lower harbor rates for ships demonstrating that they have reduced greenhouse gases.

Plimsolls awarded to towing industry safety educator, lock-and-dam advocacy group, developer of electronic collision-avoidance system

Plimsolls awarded to towing industry safety educator, lock-and-dam advocacy group, developer of electronic collision-avoidance system

The editors of Professional Mariner have presented this year’s Plimsoll Awards for Outstanding Service to a maritime academy professor who is an advocate for safer towing operators, to an organization dedicated to modernizing the nation’s inland navigation infrastructure and to a company that has developed an electronic collision-avoidance system.

Advanced skeg designs streamline oceangoing barges, save money

Advanced skeg designs streamline oceangoing barges, save money

“We have built over 30 barges with Hydralift Skegs for several different companies since the early 1990s,” said Chuck Garman of Gunderson Marine in his office at the Portland, Ore., shipyard.

After 107 years on steam, oldest laker converted to barge

After 107 years on steam, oldest laker converted to barge

Eventually, age catches up with you.

Telemedicine partnership combines video, chat into ‘virtual ER’

Starlight Marine escort tugs ready with high horsepower, control

Starlight Marine escort tugs ready with high horsepower, control

TSB: Late turn, poor planning led bulk carrier to smash coal terminal

TSB: Late turn, poor planning led bulk carrier to smash coal terminal

Inadequate communication between the pilot and master about approaching the docking basin or abort points in the voyage led to a bulk carrier crashing into a British Columbia coal terminal in 2012, Canada’s Transportation Safety Board said.

Bulk carrier runs aground at end of St. Lawrence Seaway season

A bulk carrier ran aground at the western end of the St. Lawrence Seaway on Christmas Day and was stranded for five days before being refloated by salvage crews.

Probe: Officers’ inattention prompted Arctic tanker grounding

Deviation from the charted route to avoid another vessel and then failing to return to the original course led to the grounding of a tanker in the Canadian Arctic in 2012, investigators have determined.

Captain drowns after falling from boat near his tow in Louisiana bayou

Captain drowns after falling from boat near his tow in Louisiana bayou

A captain drowned in a Louisiana bayou after falling from a small boat on which he had transited from a tug and barge.

Oceangoing container barge burns for two days near the Bahamas

A container barge caught fire and burned out of control for two days northeast of the Bahamas.

Probe: Ontario ferry grounding reveals deficiencies in safety systems

An investigative report into the grounding of a Lake Erie ferry in 2012 revealed issues with the coordination of safety-critical activities in the port, the company’s safety management system and passenger emergency preparedness.

Tanker hits bridge on Piscataqua River, damages hull and fender

A 600-foot tanker loaded with diesel fuel struck a bridge connecting Maine and New Hampshire on a clear morning.

Barge strikes Louisiana highway bridge, causing severe damage

Barge and tow collision, oil spill force closure of Lower Mississippi

Coast Guard rule to provide more guidance on reportable casualties

Masters, shipowners face liability risk from armed guards’ mistakes

Masters, shipowners face liability risk from armed guards’ mistakes

In protecting merchant ships from pirates, private armed guards have become a favorite tool. The guards and their weapons, however, present legal risks for the shipowner and master if something goes wrong.

GPS jammers a top concern in maritime cyber readiness

Last year’s terrorist attacks and thwarted plots in the Suez Canal highlight the ever-present threat to the maritime industry from continuing deliberate assaults of all kinds.

The time has come to clean up indoor air pollution on ships

Many people think that merchant mariners spend almost all of their time outside in the fresh sea air while on board a vessel. The reality is that we spend most of our time inside.