September 2017

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IMO grants two-year reprieve for ballast water treatment compliance

IMO grants two-year reprieve for ballast water treatment compliance

Vessel owners operating under International Maritime Organization regulations were given an additional two years in July to comply with Ballast Water Management Convention requirements.

CBP drops plan to tighten Jones Act rules on offshore equipment

CBP drops plan to tighten Jones Act rules on offshore equipment

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has withdrawn a proposal to revoke or modify certain interpretations of the Jones Act that impact domestic vessel operators, particularly exemptions related to equipment carried for offshore oil and gas companies.

Coast Guard suspends Hudson anchorage plan, orders risk review

Coast Guard suspends Hudson anchorage plan, orders risk review

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the rulemaking process for establishing new Hudson River barge anchorages to conduct an additional assessment of the waterway.

ECDIS manufacturers, shipowners face new compliance deadline

A looming deadline regarding standards for electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS) has many in the maritime industry rushing to make fixes.

Arctic nations sign agreement on maritime operations, SAR, safety

Arctic nations sign agreement on maritime operations, SAR, safety

Arctic nations recently met to pledge cooperation on emergency maritime response and combined operations in the world’s northernmost seas, including a joint search and rescue (SAR) exercise in September off the coast of Iceland.

Coast Guard launches Web-based service to simplify AIS compliance

Mariners can now use an online service that will help them determine if their automatic identification system (AIS) is properly configured, which in turn supports compliance with AIS carriage requirements in the United States.

Cuts, fees in Trump’s infrastructure plan disappoint towing industry

Cuts, fees in Trump’s infrastructure plan disappoint towing industry

Although President Trump has unveiled a record $1 trillion plan to rebuild infrastructure in America, the maritime community is extremely concerned about proposed cuts to several major inland waterway and port programs.

War days over, modified LCM-8 pulls duty in peaceful Northwest

War days over, modified LCM-8 pulls duty in peaceful Northwest

Young people growing up on Puget Sound and coastal British Columbia in the 1950s and ’60s could attend a Saturday afternoon movie to see landing craft carrying Marines to amphibious landings on beaches in the South Pacific.

Compact Shaver z-drive long on power, versatility

Compact Shaver z-drive long on power, versatility

Capt. Gary Setvin, at the helm of the 80-foot z-drive tug Sommer S., likes that the boat is compact.

Answers elusive after fatal collision between US destroyer, boxship

Answers elusive after fatal collision between US destroyer, boxship

Seven American sailors died after a loaded containership slammed into the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald in open waters off Japan, and investigators from three countries are trying to determine how it happened.

TSB: Large wave caused BC tour boat accident that killed six

TSB: Large wave caused BC tour boat accident that killed six

Canadian authorities have determined that a “large breaking wave” caused a whale-watching boat to capsize in 2015 off Vancouver Island, British Columbia, killing six people.

Ferry company cites radar confusion in Cape Cod jetty strike

Ferry company cites radar confusion in Cape Cod jetty strike

The captain of a high-speed ferry apparently confused a metal pole and sailboats for navigational buoys before the vessel slammed into a Cape Cod jetty, injuring 15 people on board.

Operator cites ‘excessive’ touch-screen sensitivity in tanker grounding

Operator cites ‘excessive’ touch-screen sensitivity in tanker grounding

The loaded tanker Damia Desgagnes ran aground in the St. Lawrence River near Iroquois, Ontario, after the main engine was inadvertently shut off from the bridge.

TSB: Improperly installed tiller lever key factor in Quebec grounding

TSB: Improperly installed tiller lever key factor in Quebec grounding

A containership veered off course and grounded in the St. Lawrence River due to the helm likely being inadvertently placed 10 degrees to starboard, an unconventionally installed tiller lever, and ambiguity in the verbal exchange between the pilot and the helmsman.

Man rescued from buoy after Canadian tanker hits stalled boat

Man rescued from buoy after Canadian tanker hits stalled boat

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a man from Lake St. Clair north of Detroit, Mich., after a loaded tanker ran into his stranded powerboat in the shipping channel.

Casualty briefs

Marine safety rails grabbing attention of North American operators

Marine safety rails grabbing attention of North American operators

From their origin in the world of sailing to deployment on workboats across Europe, marine safety rail systems have expanded their foothold and are now gaining traction in the North American commercial maritime market.

Evolving from sail

Track-and-car safety rail systems were originally designed for maintaining sails, which led to their use in the maintenance of larger sailboats, then deployment in the commercial maritime market, according to Sean Cogan, industrial division sales manager for Harken.

Museum ships teach timeless lessons about life and sacrifice at sea

I had graduated from the California Maritime Academy a few weeks before and just finished my first job with a large West Coast tug company out of Long Beach, Calif.