October/November 2017

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Risk expert: Maersk cyberattack ‘final straw’ to protect public

Risk expert: Maersk cyberattack ‘final straw’ to protect public

In the wake of the June 27 cyberattack on Dutch shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk, any vessel operator that isn’t seriously assessing and taking steps to minimize security risks is being reckless, according to a maritime industry cybersecurity expert.

Admiral: Coast Guard not ‘aggressively enforcing’ response rules

Admiral: Coast Guard not ‘aggressively enforcing’ response rules

A U.S. Coast Guard admiral testified to Congress that the service has not been aggressively ensuring that vessels’ salvage and firefighting plans comply with federal regulations.

Dakota Creek seeks Jones Act waiver for new processor vessel

Dakota Creek seeks Jones Act waiver for new processor vessel

A catcher-processor vessel that’s nearly complete at Dakota Creek Industries won’t be able to fish in U.S. waters unless Congress approves a Jones Act waiver for it.

Congress instructs USCG to drop radar recertification requirement

Radar observer recertification courses have been a regular occurrence for deck officers for many years, but the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2017 indicates that this will soon be a thing of the past.

Senate confirms Buzby as new leader of Maritime Administration

Senate confirms Buzby as new leader of Maritime Administration

A Senate committee in August confirmed retired U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Mark Buzby, a U.S. Merchant Marine Academy alumnus and former commander of the Military Sealift Command, as the new administrator of the Maritime Administration (MarAd).

Coast Guard on course to replace ‘long overlooked’ inland tenders

Coast Guard on course to replace ‘long overlooked’ inland tenders

Replacement of the U.S. Coast Guard’s aged fleet of 35 inland construction and aids-to-navigation tenders has finally begun.

Throwback tugboat fleet stands test of time on Great Lakes

Throwback tugboat fleet stands test of time on Great Lakes

Few tugboats working today have the history and pedigree of the Great Lakes Towing Co.’s fleet, which long ago earned the nickname “The Workhorses of the Great Lakes.”

Ready for launch: Unmanned ships coming with potential and risk

Ready for launch: Unmanned ships coming with potential and risk

Autonomous cars are already being tested on the streets and crewless ships will soon follow in the water.

Powerful McAllister z-drive flexes its muscles in Maine

Powerful McAllister z-drive flexes its muscles in Maine

On a warm June day, the first indication that summer would visit Portland, Maine, this year, the tugs Andrew McAllister and Rowan McAllister took up positions — bow and stern quarter, respectively — on the 600-foot tanker Great Eastern.

Crew escapes, barges break free as Mississippi River towboat sinks

Crew escapes, barges break free as Mississippi River towboat sinks

Nine crewmembers escaped from a towboat after it grounded in the Mississippi River near Cairo, Ill., and partially sank along the riverbank.

Containership loses propulsion, drifts within six miles of Aleutians

Containership loses propulsion, drifts within six miles of Aleutians

The containership Laura Maersk lost propulsion near Alaska’s Aleutian Islands and drifted within six miles of land before an emergency tugboat arrived.

Great Lakes bulker hits docked powerboat, bridge in Green Bay

Great Lakes bulker hits docked powerboat, bridge in Green Bay

A Great Lakes freighter backing out of the Fox River struck a moored powerboat and ran into a drawbridge in downtown Green Bay, Wis.

NTSB cites improper monitoring by mate, VTS in laker grounding

NTSB cites improper monitoring by mate, VTS in laker grounding

On a foggy spring day, the Great Lakes freighter Roger Blough grounded in the St. Marys River near Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., while preparing to overtake a disabled laker under tow.

‘Late and insufficient’ rudder cited in allision, 30-barge breakaway

‘Late and insufficient’ rudder cited in allision, 30-barge breakaway

After rounding a bend in the Mississippi River north of Thebes, Ill., the pilot of the downbound Michael G. Morris prepared the vessel and its 30-barge tow for another curve followed by a railroad bridge.

NTSB: No ‘proper’ lookouts when barge hit cutter in Panama Canal

NTSB: No ‘proper’ lookouts when barge hit cutter in Panama Canal

Insufficient lookout was a key factor in a Panama Canal collision involving a U.S. Coast Guard cutter, American investigators said in a recent report.

Casualty briefs

Casualty briefs

New Jones Act ammonia carrier delivers for fertilizer giant

New Jones Act ammonia carrier delivers for fertilizer giant

Swan Island, in the Willamette River at Portland, Ore., saw a lot of ships launched from the Kaiser Yard during World War II, but those shipyard workers could not have imagined anything like the 508-foot Harvest launched by Vigor in 2017 from the same site.

Bent for efficiency, unorthodox sterns promise energy savings

Bent for efficiency, unorthodox sterns promise energy savings

Since humans first took to the water, hull symmetry has been the rule almost without exception.

NTSB urges better storm forecasts, timelier bulletins for mariners

NTSB urges better storm forecasts, timelier bulletins for mariners

The ongoing inquiry into the El Faro disaster has spurred calls for more accurate hurricane forecasts and timelier dissemination of storm updates to mariners.

Government should work for, not against, our merchant marine

Since the 1980s, there have been foreign-flag ships working in U.S. territorial waters of the Gulf of Mexico’s Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).