October/November 2019

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‘Unprecedented’ flooding idles barges, raises dredging concerns

‘Unprecedented’ flooding idles barges, raises dredging concerns

As rivers in the U.S. heartland return to normal levels, there is rising concern that federal money set aside for dredging won’t go nearly far enough.

Inspection reveals open lifeboat problems, but ban still not in sight

Inspection reveals open lifeboat problems, but ban still not in sight

A yearlong U.S. Coast Guard inspection of 122 open lifeboats on 45 U.S.-flagged ships revealed numerous deficiencies.

Hands-free mooring now fully deployed at Seaway locks

Hands-free mooring now fully deployed at Seaway locks

Hands-free mooring (HFM) technology, which uses vacuum pads instead of lines to hold ships in place as they transit locks, is now fully deployed throughout the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Great Lakes pilot rates rise by double digits for fifth year in a row

Great Lakes pilot rates rise by double digits for fifth year in a row

U.S. pilot rates on the Great Lakes rose 11 percent for the 2019 season under a new final rule from the U.S. Coast Guard.

IMO pushes for gender equality, but progress slow for women at sea

IMO pushes for gender equality, but progress slow for women at sea

A few women who have made their mark in the maritime industry say the key to the field being more gender equal is making women more aware of all of the jobs it offers.

Hawaiian night run swell stuff for Young Brothers tug crew

Hawaiian night run swell stuff for Young Brothers tug crew

The overnight cargo run from Honolulu to Kahului, on the Hawaiian island of Maui, was more or less uneventful. The pre-dawn approach into Kahului Harbor was anything but.

193 dives later, World War II wreck gives up its dangerous cargo

193 dives later, World War II wreck gives up its dangerous cargo

In one of the largest operations of its kind ever undertaken in the United States, a salvage contractor working with federal and state agencies has removed 476,000 gallons of oil from a leaking tanker sunk off Long Island by a German U-boat during World War II.

Narragansett’s new fireboat built to handle every hazard

Narragansett’s new fireboat built to handle every hazard

The swimmer, Lt. Ben Lonngren, reached into a crevice in the rocks and with repeated strenuous efforts dislodged Rescue Andy.

NTSB faults Navy oversight, training in fatal McCain collision

NTSB faults Navy oversight, training in fatal McCain collision

Deck crew aboard USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) mistakenly believed the destroyer lost its steering before a collision near Singapore in 2017 that left 10 American sailors dead and 48 injured, according to U.S. investigators.

Mariner dies aboard Military Sealift Command ship near Bahrain

Mariner dies aboard Military Sealift Command ship near Bahrain

The U.S. Navy is investigating a “workplace incident” that resulted in an American mariner dying aboard a Military Sealift Command (MSC) ship operating in the Arabian Sea.

Tugboat captain dies after falling overboard near Nome

Tugboat captain dies after falling overboard near Nome

The captain of an oceangoing tugboat died after falling between the tug and a barge while the vessels were transiting off Nome, Alaska.

Improper lookout cited in open-water collision near Long Island

Improper lookout cited in open-water collision near Long Island

Federal investigators determined crew aboard both vessels that collided last year in open water south of Long Island, N.Y., contributed to the incident that caused more than $700,000 in damage.

Dredge contractor’s ‘ineffective oversight’ linked to pipeline explosion

Dredge contractor’s ‘ineffective oversight’ linked to pipeline explosion

The dredge Jonathon King Boyd was positioned over a natural gas pipeline in Matagorda Bay, Texas, when its crew noticed bubbles coming from the water.

Casualty briefs

Casualty briefs

Market grows for monitoring as operators look to squeeze fuel savings

Market grows for monitoring as operators look to squeeze fuel savings

Fuel and engine monitoring is a growing tool to help vessel operators improve efficiencies.

Autonomous ships in the US: What’s next, and is your job at stake?

Autonomous ships in the US: What’s next, and is your job at stake?

Imagine all sorts of merchant ships plying the oceans and bays without any crew on board.

Put accent on respect, courtesy for effective communication at sea

I was working on a gasoline tanker running between Tampa, Fla., Lake Charles, La., and Corpus Christi, Texas, when a new third mate joined our ship.