October/November 2012

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Los Angeles establishes green ship index with financial incentives

Los Angeles establishes green ship index with financial incentives

The Port of Los Angeles is the first seaport in North America or the Pacific Rim to adopt an Environmental Ship Index program.

Industry hopes to stop Jones Act waivers for strategic oil moves

While the Obama administration has given assurances that it will strive to use U.S.-flag vessels for movements of oil from the nation’s strategic reserves, industry representatives remain worried about a repeat of 2011 when U.S. vessels were all but shut out during a significant drawdown of the reserves.

To save historic ship, public given chance to ‘buy’ bits of ‘Big U’

To save historic ship, public given chance to ‘buy’ bits of ‘Big U’

Building what many consider to be the world’s greatest ocean liner took the efforts of thousands. Saving her for posterity may take the efforts of millions.

Mariners face uncertainty in TWIC renewal requirements

As the first Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC) approach their expiration dates, some mariners are reporting confusion in the renewal process.

Drilling in the Arctic could open up job opportunities for mariners

Drilling in the Arctic could open up job opportunities for mariners

A fleet of oil drilling and support vessels headed for the Arctic could be the first wave of a new frontier for marine jobs.

Dredge, tug sink after running into bad weather on Lake Huron

A lack of watertight integrity likely caused engine-room flooding that sank a dredge and attached tugboat in Lake Huron, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Towboat crewman killed attempting to save family on fishing boat

Towboat crewman killed attempting to save family on fishing boat

A crewman on a Mississippi River towboat lost his life while trying to rescue a family of five in a disabled recreational boat near St. Louis.

NTSB documents reveal dispute over exact positions of tug and box ship in N.J. collision

NTSB documents reveal dispute over exact positions of tug and box ship in N.J. collision

A containership collided with an oncoming articulated tug and barge near the Bayonne Bridge in thick fog after the tugboat couldn’t avoid the ship while making a turn during a flood tide, according to documents released by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Setting autopilot without fixing tug’s position cited among the factors in Alaska grounding

Setting autopilot without fixing tug’s position cited among the factors in Alaska grounding

The captain of a tugboat that struck an Alaska reef admits playing computer games while the boat was on its collision course.

Captain injured when entangled towline led to tug capsizing at dock

A tug captain was injured and his tugboat remains on the bottom of British Columbia’s Fraser River after the vessel capsized while mooring a barge in a swift current.

Report cites speed, sonar, chart correction as issues in Arctic cruise ship grounding

A cruise ship that ran aground in the Northwest Passage in 2010 with 128 people on board was traveling at nearly full speed through poorly-charted seas, even though its forward-looking sonar was broken, Canadian authorities said.

‘Twin Towers’ assist with Manhattan dredge work

‘Twin Towers’ assist with Manhattan dredge work

Be skeptical of rigid ‘in extremis’ dogma beyond ColRegs

Professional mariners all realize that the in extremis situation is to be avoided.

Shaver Transportation: Rich past and innovative present on the Columbia

Shaver Transportation: Rich past and innovative present on the Columbia

The history of Shaver Transportation has been bound to the growth of Portland, Ore., and navigation on the Columbia River system since 1880 when George W. Shaver founded the company.

Thirst for data and efficiencies expected to spur growth of satellite service

Thirst for data and efficiencies expected to spur growth of satellite service

On a recent morning, while sailing back to South Florida from St. Bartholomew in the luxury yacht Battered Bull, Capt. Jeff Ridgway and crew heard over the radio that two large cargo ships had collided nearby.

Pilots welcome new international rules to enhance safety of boarding ladders

New international standards for pilot ladders and related gear should make the most dangerous part of a pilot’s job a bit safer.

New rules on trash disposal at sea address a growing problem

My first seagoing job was as a deck hand with a large West Coast towing company. As the junior member of the crew, I was in charge of “sanitary duties” such as taking care of the trash.