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Navy report cites ‘multiple failures’ by watch standers in fatal collisions

Navy report cites ‘multiple failures’ by watch standers in fatal collisions

A U.S. Navy report on collisions involving USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain with merchant ships last year, killing 17 Navy sailors, has found that the warships’ crews could not cope with the developing scenarios due to lack of preparation, ineffective command and control, and deficiencies in training and preparation for navigation.

IMO: Ships violating new sulfur cap could be labeled ‘unseaworthy’

IMO: Ships violating new sulfur cap could be labeled ‘unseaworthy’

Ships that don’t meet the International Maritime Organization’s upcoming requirement for using 0.5 percent sulfur fuel could be detained or even declared “unseaworthy,” an IMO official told participants at a November oil industry conference in Greece.

Stacked OSVs could be converted to dredges, naval architects say

Stacked OSVs could be converted to dredges, naval architects say

During a more than three-year slump in oil prices, two design firms teamed up to look at converting offshore supply vessels to dredges.

Software developer says new routing tool might have saved El Faro

Software developer says new routing tool might have saved El Faro

The El Faro sinking in 2015 that killed 33 mariners might have been averted had the cargo ship been using routing software recently developed by the University of Connecticut engineering department, asserts one of the tool’s developers.

Pilot project employs drones to deliver parts, supplies to ships

Pilot project employs drones to deliver parts, supplies to ships

Aerial drones, booming in popularity among recreational users, are also attracting considerable attention for their potential to supply ships in remote areas.

Erie Canal tugboats push on through two centuries of change

Erie Canal tugboats push on through two centuries of change

Aboard the 74-foot canal tug Governor Cleveland, Capt. Mike Coon was preparing the boat for a voyage upriver, from Lock 8 on the Erie Canal to Amsterdam, N.Y.

Bay Area’s new ‘green’ ferries deliver vroom with a view

Bay Area’s new ‘green’ ferries deliver vroom with a view

Capt. Dushan Crawford gave a quick warning as he prepared to push off the terminal in Alameda, Calif., on the high-speed ferry Cetus.

MetalCraft patroller for Bangladesh a model of simplicity

MetalCraft patroller for Bangladesh a model of simplicity

Slicing through the drizzle and mist on the Cataraqui River at Kingston, Ontario, on a trial run before delivery to the Bangladeshi army, Bob Clark, contracts manager for MetalCraft Marine, was suited up against the chill and had the patrol boat’s throttles full forward.

Tennessee towboat sinks after mayday, killing both men aboard

Tennessee towboat sinks after mayday, killing both men aboard

One crewman died and another is missing and presumed dead after a towboat sank in the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tenn.

NTSB: Victims in Alaska sinking weren’t prepared for emergency

NTSB: Victims in Alaska sinking weren’t prepared for emergency

Barely two hours after leaving Dutch Harbor, Alaska, for nearby Akutan Island, the uninspected freighter Exito began listing to starboard.

New bulk carrier grounds after steering problem on Columbia River

New bulk carrier grounds after steering problem on Columbia River

A bulk carrier delivered weeks earlier from a Japanese shipyard sustained a steering system malfunction and grounded in the Columbia River.

NTSB: Inadequate risk assessment led to high-water allisions

NTSB: Inadequate risk assessment led to high-water allisions

The 817-foot tanker Nordbay was outbound in the Mississippi River when it struck a barge dock just west of New Orleans while transiting a sharp bend.

Bulker grounds 1,000 feet outside channel in St. Lawrence River

Bulker grounds 1,000 feet outside channel in St. Lawrence River

A bulk carrier that ran aground in the St. Lawrence River near Cape Vincent, N.Y., might have lost propulsion just before the incident, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Casualty briefs

Casualty briefs

Ice and high water in the Ohio River caused 61 barges to break away in separate incidents in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

As more talent jumps ship, maritime industry faces wave of uncertainty

As more talent jumps ship, maritime industry faces wave of uncertainty

It’s been dubbed the “silver tsunami” and according to a range of observers, it’s a significant threat to the health of the U.S. maritime industry.

Cybershot across the bow: Data manipulation and GPS spoofing

In September 2015, in an appearance before the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper warned that the next “push of the envelope” in cyber might be attacks that change or manipulate electronic information in order to compromise its accuracy or reliability, instead of the more easily detected deletion or disruption of access to information.

Memory cues there and here keep mariners safe if danger’s near

Named after the ancient Greek goddess of memory, a mnemonic is used to help someone recall information.