March 2015

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Polar Code to impact Arctic navigation, discharges, safety

Polar Code to impact Arctic navigation, discharges, safety

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) safety committee has adopted the Polar Code, setting the stage for new safety and environmental standards for commercial ships visiting the Arctic.

Shell asks US regulators for more time to get Arctic drilling started

Shell asks US regulators for more time to get Arctic drilling started

Royal Dutch Shell is petitioning the U.S. government for a five-year extension to explore for oil and gas off Alaska’s Arctic coast, citing legal and regulatory roadblocks that have stymied the company’s “best efforts and demonstrated diligence” over the past eight years.

Coast Guard urges towing operators to make sure their barges are lit

To reduce the number of commercial and recreational vessels striking moored barges, the U.S. Coast Guard has issued a Marine Safety Alert reminding the towing industry that barges must have proper lighting.

Commercial operators recruit military veterans at Louisiana job fair

Commercial operators recruit military veterans at Louisiana job fair

It’s a familiar problem for shipyards and vessel operators, especially along the bustling Gulf Coast: How do you find and retain qualified workers, people you can count on who are willing to learn what they need to learn to help your company thrive?

Captain: Chouest endangered crew by exposing vessel to pirates

Captain: Chouest endangered crew by exposing vessel to pirates

A former captain for Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) has sued the Louisiana company and Chevron USA after being kidnapped by pirates off the Nigeria coast and held hostage.

Ex-office worker becomes Wash. tug captain, single-prop specialist

Ex-office worker becomes Wash. tug captain, single-prop specialist

When Cindy Stahl left her Wisconsin home to complete a master’s degree at the University of Washington, she had no idea that the move would eventually lead her to the wheelhouse of a classic single-screw tug.

British Columbia sets forth unique options for pilotage of U.S. tugboats on province’s rivers

British Columbia sets forth unique options for pilotage of U.S. tugboats on province’s rivers

On a recent trip to Canada from Seattle, Capt. Cindy Stahl encountered a situation new to her.

Old-school steam engineering thrives on century-old riverboat

Old-school steam engineering thrives on century-old riverboat

It was a chilly and misty Louisville, Ky., evening in mid-September, the kind of weather that cuts into an excursion boat’s passenger count.

Commuter headaches, toll roads boost popularity of Va. ferry fleet

Commuter headaches, toll roads boost popularity of Va. ferry fleet

Only the occasional muffled sound emanating from the BAE Systems shipyard across the Elizabeth River from Norfolk’s Waterside Marketplace and the low drone of Elizabeth River Ferry II approaching from Portsmouth cut the quiet of a September morning washing over Hampton Roads.

NTSB cites unsatisfactory mooring in tanker casualty at NH bridge

NTSB cites unsatisfactory mooring in tanker casualty at NH bridge

An inadequate mooring arrangement allowed a tanker to break away from a pier and drift into a bridge in New Hampshire, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined.

One man dies, two rescued when dredge barge overturns in Delaware

A dredge crewman was killed when a crane barge capsized near Wilmington, Del.

Towboat crewman found dead after falling into Mississippi River

Towboat crewman found dead after falling into Mississippi River

A 20-year-old crewman drowned after falling from a towboat in the Mississippi River.

Probe: Drunken bridge tender lowered span onto laker during green-light transit

The tender of a Rouge River drawbridge was intoxicated on the job and lowered the span in front of an oncoming laker, striking the vessel, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

TSB warns industry of potential bearing failure in onboard cranes

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has issued a warning to vessel owners around the world following a catastrophic failure on a cargo-handling crane aboard the bulk carrier Seapace.

TSB: Box ship grounded after pilot used inexact AIS input in fog

A containership ran aground in British Columbia’s Fraser River last year because the pilot, who lacked visual cues in fog, relied on electronics that he didn’t realize were inexact, investigators determined.

Engineers: Voltage mismatch caused Washington ferry blackout

A design flaw in a phase loss relay was one of the causes of a Washington State Ferries (WSF) vessel losing power off Bainbridge Island last summer.

Shipowners install solar panels to help produce cleaner auxiliary power

Shipowners install solar panels to help produce cleaner auxiliary power

For several years, marine designers and operators have honed a vision of a future that is less dependent on fossil fuels.

Waste heat recovery gaining steam for operators who want to save some green

Waste heat recovery gaining steam for operators who want to save some green

Passengers on board the Washington State Ferries (WSF) boat Tokitae stay warm on a cold winter day as they travel on the Mukilteo-Clinton route, thanks to waste heat recovery installed on the two EMD diesel engines.

Coast Guard should allow e-logbooks on U.S.-flagged ships

The young second mate had joined the chemical tanker I was working on only a few days earlier. We had just passed Galveston Island, Texas, and were bound for Cristobal, Panama.