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Study says tugboat crews’ split sleep periods are as good as one, but not everyone agrees

Study says tugboat crews’ split sleep periods are as good as one, but not everyone agrees

An industry-backed study says the current work hour system on tugboats and towboats doesn’t need to be changed, but mariners and sleep experts would like to see better fatigue management and hours-of-service regulations.

US Coast Guard to allow electronic charts as primary navigation

US Coast Guard to allow electronic charts as primary navigation

The U.S. Coast Guard has established guidance that, for the first time, allows the use of electronic charts instead of paper charts.

LNG exports officially begin moving without US-flag participation

LNG exports officially begin moving without US-flag participation

A tanker left Louisiana in February with the first overseas shipment of liquefied natural gas from the continental United States, ushering in a new era for U.S. shale gas producers and the global energy market.

Coast Guard drops its plan to ease frack waste shipment by barge

The U.S. Coast Guard’s withdrawal of a proposed policy covering the movement of shale gas extraction wastewater (SGEWW) via barge could have a chilling effect on the potential market.

Survey: US-flag regulations don’t add much to operational costs

Costs of complying with U.S. Coast Guard regulations are a very small fraction of the overall increased expense of vessels registering under the U.S. flag, according to a Transportation Research Board committee report.

Plimsolls awarded to pilot, tug company, air-lubrication developer

Plimsolls awarded to pilot, tug company, air-lubrication developer

The editors of Professional Mariner have presented the 2016 Samuel Plimsoll Awards for Outstanding Service to a Columbia River bar pilot who pioneered vessel transfer safety improvements and breakthroughs in mariner fatigue management, and to a tug and barge company that established an incentive system for better safety habits.

At New London, a tugboat company gives new life to older equipment

At New London, a tugboat company gives new life to older equipment

In New London, Conn., the Wronowski family knows the waterfront and is present on much of it.

As paper charts are phased out, GPS risks become greater

Picture yourself coming to the end of your coastwise trip and entering the busy harbor of Norfolk, Va., or perhaps coming westbound in Long Island Sound to the very narrow confines of the East River.

Customers prefer z-drives, and Bisso’s new tug delivers

Customers prefer z-drives, and Bisso’s new tug delivers

On a blustery March morning, Capt. Aaron Anderson was putting the new azimuthing stern drive (ASD) tugboat Archie T. Higgins through its paces on the Mississippi River in front of the E.N. Bisso & Son dock at the foot of Walnut Street in New Orleans.

Tugboat hits barge and sinks at NY bridge construction site, killing 3

Tugboat hits barge and sinks at NY bridge construction site, killing 3

Three men were killed when their tugboat crashed into a construction barge and sank on the Hudson River.

Towing deck hand killed in accident at Louisiana terminal dock

A towboat deck hand died in an accident at an aggregate terminal in Port Allen, La., on the Lower Mississippi River.

Boston pilot boat rescues crew from cold water after tugboat sinks

Boston pilot boat rescues crew from cold water after tugboat sinks

Capt. Joseph Maloney of the Boston Harbor Pilots was idling near Logan Airport’s east runway when an emergency call came over the radio.

TSB: Pilot’s unfamiliarity was a factor in BC coal carrier grounding

TSB: Pilot’s unfamiliarity was a factor in BC coal carrier grounding

Failure to detect a charted shoal en route to an anchorage led to the grounding of a bulk carrier near Prince Rupert, British Columbia, last year, Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has determined.

Runaway barges hit 3 ships, spill soybeans into Mississippi River

Twenty-two barges broke away from the United Bulk Terminals fleeting area near Davant, La., and three of the runaway vessels struck nearby ships, spilling soybeans from a bulk carrier into the Mississippi River.

Tugboat and its barge get stuck along beach, jetty near Atlantic City

Tugboat and its barge get stuck along beach, jetty near Atlantic City

An oceangoing tugboat towing a crane barge lost power and the vessels grounded several hundred yards apart near Atlantic City, N.J.

Docking pilot, towing masters guide Navy ‘stealth ship’ into Maine berth

Docking pilot, towing masters guide Navy ‘stealth ship’ into Maine berth

On a cold, gray afternoon, the tugboat Andrew McAllister arrived at the entrance to Maine’s Portland Harbor and spun 180 degrees.

More shipowners use video cameras for security, safety and operations

More shipowners use video cameras for security, safety and operations

Video cameras are everywhere these days.

Don’t be shortsighted — use eye protection while on the job

I was the cadet on a containership running between Anchorage, Alaska, and Seattle’s Terminal 5, assigned to the second mate’s watch.