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US ports group: Privatized Seaway, tolls would be ‘step backward’

US ports group: Privatized Seaway, tolls would be ‘step backward’

Would it make sense to privatize the St. Lawrence Seaway?

Coast Guard finalizes new monetary thresholds for casualty reporting

The U.S. Coast Guard has raised the monetary thresholds for reporting maritime casualties and serious marine incidents, changes likely to reduce industry costs and the number of reportable incidents each year.

IMO enacts new requirements for reporting fuel oil consumption

IMO enacts new requirements for reporting fuel oil consumption

In early 2020, operators of vessels of 5,000 gross tons and above will have to report fuel oil consumption data under new requirements from the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

TOTE completes initial phase of LNG conversion for Alaska ro-ros

TOTE completes initial phase of LNG conversion for Alaska ro-ros

TOTE Maritime Alaska recently completed the first of four phases in the conversion of its two Orca-class ships, Midnight Sun and North Star, to use liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel.

BAE Systems to close Alabama shipyard after two years of layoffs

BAE Systems to close Alabama shipyard after two years of layoffs

A once-large ship repair and construction yard in Mobile, Ala., operated by BAE Systems Inc., will close in June after two years of downsizing.

New maritime women’s group offers support in male-centric field

New maritime women’s group offers support in male-centric field

From the conference floor to the back office to the shipyard and the boats themselves, the maritime sector remains a male-dominated world.

Tugboat captains adapt to evolution, growth of Panama Canal

Tugboat captains adapt to evolution, growth of Panama Canal

As a high school student in Panama in the 1970s, Max Newman knew he wanted to be a tugboat master on the Panama Canal.

Panama Canal at a glance

Locking in Louisiana: Strong currents, stronger patience

Locking in Louisiana: Strong currents, stronger patience

On a March morning, Elizabeth M. Robinson, a Genesis Marine pushboat with two 300-foot tank barges, was queuing on the Mississippi River for Port Allen Lock.

Baltic-bred newcomer delivers speed, efficiency in Port Everglades

Baltic-bred newcomer delivers speed, efficiency in Port Everglades

Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a port city that is no stranger to fast, sleek, high-tech vessels, has a new one turning heads as Pilot No. 7 slices the waterway connecting Port Everglades with the ship anchorage.

Captain dies in accident on anchored bulker in Gulf of St. Lawrence

Captain dies in accident on anchored bulker in Gulf of St. Lawrence

The captain of a Liberia-flagged bulk carrier died from injuries suffered in a fall while the ship was anchored in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, according to Canadian authorities.

NTSB cites loose pipe plug in $3.7 million fire on vehicle carrier

NTSB cites loose pipe plug in $3.7 million fire on vehicle carrier

Investigators have determined that an engine room fire early last year aboard the U.S.-flagged vehicle carrier Alliance St. Louis likely stemmed from an improperly secured pipe plug.

High-water bridge strike knocks 16 barges loose at Vicksburg

High-water bridge strike knocks 16 barges loose at Vicksburg

Sixteen barges broke free after a tow pushed by Michael G. Morris struck the railroad bridge across the Mississippi River in Vicksburg, Miss.

TSB: Failure of fuel hose connection caused fire on BC tugboat

TSB: Failure of fuel hose connection caused fire on BC tugboat

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has determined that the separation of a flexible fuel hose and a copper tube, which were held together only by a clamp, spilled diesel onto generator components and ignited an engine room fire on a British Columbia tugboat.

Barge tow strikes powerboat stalled in fog on Columbia River

Barge tow strikes powerboat stalled in fog on Columbia River

Two fishermen escaped serious injury after a tugboat and barge ran over their powerboat in dense fog on the Columbia River, pushing them underwater.

Casualty briefs

Casualty briefs

Security experts warn maritime piracy down but not out

Security experts warn maritime piracy down but not out

Piracy and armed robbery against ships has hit a 22-year low, according to an annual report issued in January by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

Marine autonomous vehicles and the law: Assessing risks and liability

Marine autonomous vehicles and the law: Assessing risks and liability

Autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) are here, but not all the laws are. It’s a simple fact that these waterborne vehicles are extremely popular, and more are being built every day.

Find yourself in a job pinch? Work ashore for sea-time credit

Maybe it’s because we are used to laying out a course to get from one place to another, but there is no doubt that most of the mariners I’ve known have had very specific plans to achieve their goals — personally, financially and professionally.