March 2017

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Kings Point to resume Sea Year training on commercial ships

Kings Point to resume Sea Year training on commercial ships

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) in Kings Point, N.Y., has received approval from the federal government to resume its Sea Year training program aboard U.S.-flagged commercial ships.

Key findings and recommendations

The Logistics Management Institute audit of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy identified several shortcomings with the administration’s handling of sexual assault and harassment on campus.

Calling all icebreakers: Canada weighs options to plug potential gap

Calling all icebreakers: Canada weighs options to plug potential gap

The Canadian government is seeking guidance from the maritime industry on options to fill a potential gap in icebreaking services pending the arrival of new vessels being built under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS).

Pasha going dual fuel with two LNG containerships for Jones Act trade

Pasha going dual fuel with two LNG containerships for Jones Act trade

Pasha Hawaii is joining the move to liquefied natural gas to transport cargo, announcing plans late last year to build two LNG-powered containerships for the Jones Act trade between the islands and the West Coast.

UK firm, Kongsberg plan delivery of first autonomous OSV in 2018

UK firm, Kongsberg plan delivery of first autonomous OSV in 2018

Automated Ships Ltd. and Kongsberg Maritime are advancing the timeline for autonomous shipping, announcing plans to build the first unmanned and fully automated offshore supply vessel (OSV) and have it on the water within two years.

Hydrogen-powered fast ferry feasible for San Francisco, study finds

Hydrogen-powered fast ferry feasible for San Francisco, study finds

Silencing some skeptics’ doubts, two researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have found it is technically feasible to build a high-speed, zero-emission hydrogen-powered ferry in California with full regulatory acceptance.

ICS chairman fears training could be cut as shipping revenues fall

With economic uncertainty leading to falling revenues in a number of shipping markets, the head of the International Chamber of Shipping fears that training for mariners could fall victim to budget pressures.

Towing companies working to get up to speed with Subchapter M

Towing companies working to get up to speed with Subchapter M

Now that Subchapter M — the U.S. regime for the inspection of towing vessels — is law, the next step will be for companies to begin the compliance process.

US type approval changes landscape for BWMS compliance extensions

US type approval changes landscape for BWMS compliance extensions

U.S. ballast water management regulations require non-exempt commercial vessels operating within 12 nautical miles of the U.S. to manage ballast water in one of five ways.

IPS-driven Manatee step up for Tampa Bay pilots

IPS-driven Manatee step up for Tampa Bay pilots

Manatee, fast and sleek and seeming to come out of nowhere, snugged up abreast of the pilot’s ladder on the hull of the 611-foot break-bulk ship Texas Enterprise.

El Faro’s last hours: ‘Heartbreaking’ transcript answers some questions, raises others

El Faro’s last hours: ‘Heartbreaking’ transcript answers some questions, raises others

Bridge audio captured by El Faro’s voyage data recorder (VDR), made available by the National Transportation Safety Board, offers new details about the tragedy.

‘I think we just lost the plant’

‘I think we just lost the plant’

The voyage data recorder transcript released by the National Transportation Safety Board covers El Faro’s final 26 hours at sea.

Pushboat fire, blamed on electrical anomaly, exposes deficiencies

Pushboat fire, blamed on electrical anomaly, exposes deficiencies

The fire that swept through a pushboat docked in the Houston Ship Channel last year likely started in a bathroom exhaust fan, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

Mistaken passing arrangement cited in Mississippi River tow collision

As they prepared to meet on the Lower Mississippi River, captains on the upbound pushboat P.B. Shah and downbound pushboat Dewey R agreed to a port-to-port passing arrangement.

Canadian tour company has another accident; all safely evacuated

A tour boat owned by Jamie’s Whaling Station — the same company that had another vessel overturn in 2015 with the death of six passengers — struck bottom off Vancouver Island in October with the successful evacuation of all on board.

Casualty briefs

Captains handle speed with finesse on fast ferry to Nantucket

Captains handle speed with finesse on fast ferry to Nantucket

M/V Iyanough, a fast ferry that operates on the 26-mile run between Cape Cod and the island of Nantucket, in some ways resembles a high-performance sports car and in other ways a city bus.

Training rules still ‘gray area’ for US operators adopting LNG

Training rules still ‘gray area’ for US operators adopting LNG

In the past few years, liquefied natural gas (LNG) has made steady headway in the United States as a marine fuel.

NMC tips save time, money when renewing medical certificate

In accordance with 46 CFR 10.209(d), it was time to renew my U.S. Coast Guard-issued medical certificate.