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Littoral combat ship program may be on the chopping block

Littoral combat ship program may be on the chopping block

The U.S. Defense Department has recommended that the Navy build fewer littoral combat ships (LCS), while a federal audit has questioned their effectiveness and suggested that Congress withhold funding for the program.

Treatment providers, US Coast Guard spar over ballast water testing

Treatment providers, US Coast Guard spar over ballast water testing

Four companies are appealing the U.S. Coast Guard’s rejection of the testing methods they used to seek approval for ultraviolet ballast water management systems.

New cyber guidelines urge ship operators to assess threats and identify possible risks

A group of international shipping organizations has released guidelines to help shipping companies prevent cyberattacks.

NOAA’s tile service will speed electronic chart updates to mariners

NOAA’s tile service will speed electronic chart updates to mariners

Each week the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) updates more than 1,000 electronic nautical charts, and those corrections are now easier to manage with the new Chart Tile Service.

Mariners’ eyes aid technology in the search for dangerous icebergs

Mariners’ eyes aid technology in the search for dangerous icebergs

More than a century has passed since RMS Titanic was lost in the North Atlantic, a tragedy that led to the creation of the International Ice Patrol (IIP) and the tracking of icebergs that threaten shipping.

Old-school towing family excels at modern-day habitat restoration

Old-school towing family excels at modern-day habitat restoration

Kehl Harbor fronts a mud pit created to hold dredged material from the Mississippi River, a holding pit with an excavating machine that feeds a drying area by way of a huge Morooka tracked dump truck.

Sause’s refurbished deep-hull tug can handle the Pacific

Sause’s refurbished deep-hull tug can handle the Pacific

“She is lively but she has a slow-motion roll. She feels like a racehorse sliding through the ocean,” said Capt. Scott Jacobsen of the tug Black Hawk.

Salvors use hot tapping to extract toxics from Lake Erie wreck

Salvors use hot tapping to extract toxics from Lake Erie wreck

Working against the clock, salvage contractors have completed recovery of toxic cargo from a long-lost tank barge that sank in Lake Erie during a storm in 1937.

Foss tugs work in unison to assist ro-ro ship at Tacoma

Foss tugs work in unison to assist ro-ro ship at Tacoma

The tugboats Henry Foss and Marshall Foss idled slow bell in the Tacoma, Wash., harbor.

Maritime casualty experts suggest grim scenarios in loss of El Faro

Maritime casualty experts suggest grim scenarios in loss of El Faro

Photos released by the National Transportation Safety Board show El Faro resting upright on the ocean floor, its superstructure broken off and lying a half-mile away.

Man drowns after jumping between barges on rain-swollen river

A barge worker fell overboard into the rushing Mississippi River in northeast Arkansas and was found dead nearly two weeks later after floodwaters receded.

Electrician killed while working inside cruise ship’s elevator shaft

A crewmember was crushed to death while working on an elevator aboard Carnival Ecstasy as the ship returned to Miami during a three-day cruise.

Steering system to blame in bulk carrier’s river accident, NTSB says

Steering system to blame in bulk carrier’s river accident, NTSB says

Steering failures caused a bulk carrier to strike a tanker and then hit a pier in the Mississippi River in 2014, investigators found.

NTSB attributes towing vessel engine fire to loose bolts on rod cap

Loose bolts were likely to blame for an engine room explosion and fire that caused $3.8 million in damage on a Mississippi River towing vessel in 2014, investigators have determined.

Containers, including one with chemicals, fall off oceangoing barge

An oceangoing barge sailing through rough waters off the Florida coast lost more than two dozen shipping containers, including one loaded with potentially hazardous wet-cell batteries.

Shipowners soon will have access to data to help assess performance of coatings

Shipowners soon will have access to data to help assess performance of coatings

Did you ever wonder if you have truly chosen the best marine coatings and how they are performing on your hull?

Lifting the oil export ban will mean bad news for US mariners

In retaliation for assisting Israel militarily after it was attacked, in 1973 the oil-producing countries of the Middle East imposed an oil embargo against the United States.