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Study: Many offshore crews feel pressure to compromise safety due to business stresses

Study: Many offshore crews feel pressure to compromise safety due to business stresses

Most crewmembers on offshore support vessels believe that “commercial pressures” are having a negative impact on safety at sea, and many admit that they themselves would make compromises in an effort to satisfy bosses or customers.

Diver’s death prompts Coast Guard to regulate Nome gold dredges

Diver’s death prompts Coast Guard to regulate Nome gold dredges

The U.S. Coast Guard now classifies gold dredges operating off Nome, Alaska, as commercial vessels, meaning they must meet federal regulations that come with the designation.

Polar Code provisions outlaw oily, ‘noxious’ discharges in icy waters

Polar Code provisions outlaw oily, ‘noxious’ discharges in icy waters

The Polar Code has taken one more important step closer to implementation, as maritime regulators have approved the environmental aspects of the new rule.

Developer: Unmanned, autonomous ships may be just 10 years away

Developer: Unmanned, autonomous ships may be just 10 years away

Rolls-Royce is pushing ahead in its development of autonomous ships, launching a $7.2 million research project that aims to gradually shift vessel functions from ship to shore through a series of technological steppingstones.

Coast Guard cybersecurity strategy relies on industry’s vigilance

The U.S. Coast Guard’s new cyber strategy will count on industry cooperation to secure the nation’s maritime assets in the face of growing threats.

Hudson River tugboat crew copes with harsh winters, stiff winds

Hudson River tugboat crew copes with harsh winters, stiff winds

By the first week in April, most of the ice had broken up into float ice on the Hudson River, at least south of Kingston, N.Y.

Landing craft provides vital ‘barging’ in Thousand Islands

Landing craft provides vital ‘barging’ in Thousand Islands

Capt. Jakob “Jake” Van Reenen was watchful as the 10-wheeler fuel truck inched down the dock and into the cargo well of Seaway Supplier, a 1954 landing craft.

Re-powered Calif. tugs provide Crowley with ship-assist upgrade

Re-powered Calif. tugs provide Crowley with ship-assist upgrade

On a summer morning in San Diego, the Crowley Maritime tugs Scout and Tioga slipped their moorings at the Crosby Street pier and headed under the Coronado Bridge to await the Pasha Hawaii 692-foot con-ro vessel Marjorie C.

Towboat captain in fatal barge explosion gets six months in prison

Towboat captain in fatal barge explosion gets six months in prison

An Illinois towboat captain has been sentenced to six months in prison for a seaman’s manslaughter conviction in the death of his deck hand in an explosion in 2005.

Cruise ship crashes into wall inside Seaway lock, injuring 30 people

A small cruise ship traveling in the St. Lawrence Seaway struck a concrete wall in the Eisenhower Lock near Massena, N.Y.

Joystick confusion caused tanker to run aground, TSB says

The crew’s lack of familiarity with their ship’s steering system and inability to regain control when the autopilot override and alarm were activated led to the grounding of a chemical tanker in the St. Lawrence River last year, investigators said.

Probe: Maine pier collapsed 33 years beyond its expected life span

Probe: Maine pier collapsed 33 years beyond its expected life span

The partial collapse of a Maine pier late last year was caused by the failure of internal components brought upon by decades of wear, according to federal investigators.

TSB: Disrepair, master’s hesitation caused bulk carrier to run aground

A 595-foot bulk carrier ran aground off Newfoundland last year after the engine room flooded due to a sea chest valve failing in icy sea conditions, investigators said.

Coast Guard ship grounds on a shoal that hasn’t been surveyed since the 19th century

Two cadets were evacuated and divers had to repair the hull when a Canadian Coast Guard vessel drifted onto a Newfoundland shoal that was last charted in 1872.

Four years later, Subchapter M remains just a proposal

Four years later, Subchapter M remains just a proposal

Mired in an endgame that has taken much longer than anyone thought at the time, a U.S. regulatory regime for inspection of towing vessels is entering its fifth year of discussions since the proposed rule was first published.

U.S. sea power depends on rebuilding the U.S.-flag fleet

U.S. sea power depends on rebuilding the U.S.-flag fleet

As the new millennium unfolds, the United States can usurp the opportunity to solidify its role as the world’s sole superpower by projecting sea-power supremacy.

Surplus engines, 18-foot hulls still move logs on Canada’s western coast

Surplus engines, 18-foot hulls still move logs on Canada’s western coast

Martin Anderson has been helping put together and take apart log booms on the coast of British Columbia for 40 years.

Regulators should simplify medical certificate requirements

It was a cold, clear February day in 2014, and my wife and I were picking up our mail at the local post office.