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NTSB: Coast Guard failed to adopt key safety rules for duck boats

NTSB: Coast Guard failed to adopt key safety rules for duck boats

Current and former National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials say that implementing past safety recommendations for duck boats could have prevented the Stretch Duck 7 tragedy in 2018 that claimed the lives of 17 people.

OSHA orders Bouchard to compensate fired whistleblower

OSHA orders Bouchard to compensate fired whistleblower

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered Bouchard Transportation Co. to compensate a barge worker who the agency said was illegally fired after reporting safety concerns to the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard idles 24 NY Waterway ferries for damage, deficiencies

Coast Guard idles 24 NY Waterway ferries for damage, deficiencies

The U.S. Coast Guard ordered two dozen NY Waterway ferries out of service in late November and December because of maintenance deficiencies.

Mass. Maritime opens training center for offshore wind workers

Mass. Maritime opens training center for offshore wind workers

A new Massachusetts Maritime Academy facility to train and certify offshore wind workers is the first of its kind in the country.

Shaft bearing study finds EALs perform well in ‘most situations’

Shaft bearing study finds EALs perform well in ‘most situations’

Phase one of a new study by the classification society DNV GL has found that environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) are as safe as mineral oil-based lubricants for shaft bearing applications in most conditions, except when temperatures are low and oil-film pressure is high.

In memoriam: Susan Buchanan

Maritime journalism lost a valuable member of its community with the passing of Susan Buchanan, 67, on Nov. 22, 2019.

Moran tugs power up to meet new demands in Port of Charleston

Moran tugs power up to meet new demands in Port of Charleston

James A. Moran idled alongside an empty bulk carrier moored in South Carolina’s Cooper River as an aluminum skiff zipped back and forth, releasing the ship’s mooring lines.

Damen newcomer at Ontario port has line on versatility

Damen newcomer at Ontario port has line on versatility

Capt. Joe Farish eased the tugboat Sheri Lynn S. off the Picton Terminals dock before 0730.

Women stepping up as stereotypes break down in maritime world

Women stepping up as stereotypes break down in maritime world

Is the tide finally turning on gender imbalance in the maritime industry?

Army Corps workhorse locked and loaded for Three Rivers

Army Corps workhorse locked and loaded for Three Rivers

In late September, with the main chamber closed for repairs, there were 17 tows waiting to lock on the Ohio River at the Willow Island Locks and Dam in Newport, Ohio.

Three die after tanker, fishing boat collide in fog near Galveston

Three die after tanker, fishing boat collide in fog near Galveston

One fisherman died and two are missing and presumed dead after a chemical tanker and fishing boat collided near Galveston, Texas, in heavy fog.

Veteran Sandy Hook pilot dies after falling from containership

Veteran Sandy Hook pilot dies after falling from containership

A pilot from the Sandy Hook Pilots Association fell while boarding a containership at the entrance to New York Harbor and later died from his injuries.

Poor maintenance cited in towboat sinking that cost captain’s job

Poor maintenance cited in towboat sinking that cost captain’s job

Miss Roslyn limped down the Mississippi River with a pronounced starboard list that worsened as water washed over the aft deck.

NTSB cites ineffective bridge communication in NY pier strike

NTSB cites ineffective bridge communication in NY pier strike

Ineffective communication between the docking pilot and the master of a Carnival cruise ship was the primary cause of a 2018 pier strike in New York that caused $2.5 million in damage, according to federal investigators.

Engine room fire disables Canadian bulk carrier near Detroit

Engine room fire disables Canadian bulk carrier near Detroit

The Canada-flagged bulk carrier Tecumseh lost propulsion and briefly went adrift in the Detroit River after a fire in the engine room.

Casualty briefs

Casualty briefs

As industry needs grow, maritime schools face potential instructor gap

As industry needs grow, maritime schools face potential instructor gap

The increasingly sophisticated and regulated maritime world needs professionals with stronger skill sets than in the past.

Use CBD for pain? Your merchant mariner credential could suffer

Use CBD for pain? Your merchant mariner credential could suffer

The latest incarnation of my merchant mariner credential arrived 11 days into the new year, reaffirming the wisdom of starting the renewal process at least three months prior to credential expiration.

The Coast Guard and IMO 2020: Enforcing the new sulfur cap

On Jan. 13, the U.S. Coast Guard issued a work instruction pertaining to compliance and enforcement of the International Maritime Organization’s 2020 sulfur cap in U.S. waters.

Mariners pay the price for being independent contractors at sea

I had agreed to take the mate’s position on a 350-foot ship transiting from a shipyard in Bellingham, Wash., to the destination port of Bath, Maine.