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Deck hand drowns when towboat drifts, flips over Minnesota dam

Deck hand drowns when towboat drifts, flips over Minnesota dam

A deck hand was killed when a new towboat sank after it apparently lost power and floated over a dam on the Upper Mississippi River near Dresbach, Minn.

Audit: U.S. Coast Guard falls short in its casualty investigation role

Audit: U.S. Coast Guard falls short in its casualty investigation role

The U.S. Coast Guard does not develop enough qualified people to investigate maritime accidents, resulting in a backlog of 6,000 open cases awaiting action, according to a federal audit.

Coast Guard seeks comments on rule requiring PFDs aboard barges

A proposal to require the use of personal flotation devices (PFDs) aboard uninspected commercial barges has generated concern among some marine operators, but a U.S. Coast Guard official calls it a “low impact” provision in line with policies that most companies already have in place.

Seamen’s Church expanding Merchant Marine oral history project

Seamen’s Church expanding Merchant Marine oral history project

After a “suicide run” across the Atlantic in a convoy that lost 17 ships, American John Ludwick and a fellow Merchant Marine were ready for a day in the city.

NOAA seeks permanent rule for ship speed limit in whale zones

NOAA seeks permanent rule for ship speed limit in whale zones

A temporary U.S. rule to reduce the number of North Atlantic right whales struck by ships could soon become permanent.

U.S. Coast Guard issues list of 10 common towing vessel deficiencies

U.S. Coast Guard issues list of 10 common towing vessel deficiencies

The U.S. Coast Guard has created a handout containing 10 common deficiencies found during its exams of uninspected towing vessels.

Repowered Long Island ferries take on weather, seaweed, The Race

Repowered Long Island ferries take on weather, seaweed, The Race

Fully equipped Florida research vessel a ‘Swiss Army knife’ of boats

Fully equipped Florida research vessel a ‘Swiss Army knife’ of boats

Carnival cruise ship blackout blamed on poor engine-room firefighting

Carnival cruise ship blackout blamed on poor engine-room firefighting

A Carnival Corp. cruise ship carrying 4,466 people went dead in the water off Mexico in 2010 because a connecting-rod fracture sparked an engine fire that was allowed to get a stranglehold on the vessel’s wiring due to crew error and firefighting-equipment failure, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Probe: Watchkeeping breakdowns aboard both ships caused collision

Probe: Watchkeeping breakdowns aboard both ships caused collision

At about 0515 on March 10, 2012, crew aboard the private yacht Battered Bull saw two large ships on radar that appeared to be on a collision course.

Laker hits drawbridge after drunk bridge tender lowered the span

An ore carrier struck a Rouge River drawbridge after an intoxicated bridge operator lowered the bridge right in front of the vessel.

OSV sinks after running into Gulf oil platform; 23 people evacuated

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating what caused an offshore supply vessel (OSV) to strike an oil platform and sink in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana. A nearby supply ship rescued the 23 people on the damaged OSV before it went down.

Texas crabber dies after boat collides with barge on Sabine Lake

A 56-year-old man died after his crab boat collided with a tug and barge and sank in the Intracoastal Waterway near Port Arthur, Texas.

Coast Guard: North Carolina dinner boat ran aground as result of engine failure

A dinner cruise ship carrying 46 passengers and four crew lost power and partially ran aground in the Intracoastal Waterway near Surf City, N.C.

LNG marine fuel backers form a new association

As liquefied natural gas (LNG) gains in popularity as a ship fuel, the industry is trying to address the lingering unease some may feel about its safety.

Tier 3 timelines, requirements, exemptions

Marine engine makers gear up for stiffer emissions standards

Marine engine makers gear up for stiffer emissions standards

As marine engines that meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 3 emission requirements enter the market, manufacturers are preparing for Tier 4 standards on large marine diesels using technology comparable to that found on highway engines.

Stowaway rats, modern biohazards point to need for health inspections aboard ships

My first year as a cadet on California Maritime Academy’s training ship Golden Bear, we were moored during a port stay in Pago Pago, American Samoa. After a long day of swimming and sightseeing ashore, I was making my way down the dock toward the gangway.