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IMO takes first steps to develop regulations for autonomous shipping

IMO takes first steps to develop regulations for autonomous shipping

Shipping regulators are preparing for the eventual coming of MASS: maritime autonomous surface ships.

Metal Shark acquires Horizon Shipbuilding, expertise in steel hulls

Metal Shark acquires Horizon Shipbuilding, expertise in steel hulls

In early June, Metal Shark of Louisiana acquired the assets of Horizon Shipbuilding, the Alabama-based company that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last year.

Washington state plans to convert three largest ferries to hybrids

Washington state plans to convert three largest ferries to hybrids

Washington state has begun an effort to convert its three largest ferries from diesel to hybrid-electric power over the next few years to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.

Shippers look for transparency after review of Canada’s Pilotage Act

Shippers look for transparency after review of Canada’s Pilotage Act

Ship operators didn’t get all of their wishes granted when former Canadian Coast Guard Commissioner Marc Gregoire published his recommendations on the country’s Pilotage Act.

Board appeals after judge throws out rate increase for Maine pilots

Board appeals after judge throws out rate increase for Maine pilots

A lawsuit filed over fees charged for pilots to guide ships in and out of Portland Harbor is heading to Maine’s highest court.

All in the family: Western Towboat spans the generations in Seattle

All in the family: Western Towboat spans the generations in Seattle

The two Western Towboat harbor tugs were lined up alongside the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Midgett when the crews learned about a small change of plans.

New study, Coast Guard paint different pictures of emergency response preparedness

New study, Coast Guard paint different pictures of emergency response preparedness

The industry debate about vessel owners’ compliance with salvage and firefighting requirements at ports around the country is continuing with the release of a new report criticizing the effectiveness of response plans for Charleston, S.C., and Long Beach-Los Angeles in California.

C-Dive skips the conversion, opts for newbuild in the Gulf

C-Dive skips the conversion, opts for newbuild in the Gulf

In a time of sluggish activity in the Gulf of Mexico oil field, C-Dive’s new dive boat, DSV 217, is busy and rarely in port.

Chief mate, longshoreman die after mooring line snaps in Longview

Chief mate, longshoreman die after mooring line snaps in Longview

Two people died and two others were injured after a ship’s mooring line snapped at the Port of Longview in Washington state.

Ship pilot dies, son injured after gangway collapses in Corpus Christi

Ship pilot dies, son injured after gangway collapses in Corpus Christi

An Aransas-Corpus Christi pilot was fatally injured when the gangway he was climbing collapsed at a private terminal near Corpus Christi, Texas.

TSB urges action on crew fatigue after Nathan E. Stewart grounding

TSB urges action on crew fatigue after Nathan E. Stewart grounding

Canadian authorities have issued new recommendations addressing mariner fatigue following the 2016 grounding of the tugboat Nathan E. Stewart near Bella Bella, British Columbia.

NTSB cites operator’s poor safety culture in Caribbean ferry fire

NTSB cites operator’s poor safety culture in Caribbean ferry fire

The 2016 fire aboard Caribbean Fantasy, a cruise ferry operating between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, started after fuel sprayed from the port engine, hit an exhaust manifold and ignited, according to U.S. investigators.

Overheated fluid coupling causes engine room fire on Quebec tug

Overheated fluid coupling causes engine room fire on Quebec tug

An overheated hydrodynamic fluid coupling melted three fusible plugs, releasing hot oil into a tugboat’s machinery space and starting a fire that caused extensive damage, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has determined.

Edison Chouest tug dents tanker during Valdez docking maneuver

Edison Chouest tug dents tanker during Valdez docking maneuver

The Crowley Maritime tanker Florida sustained minor hull damage from a “hard landing” in Valdez, Alaska, by one of Edison Chouest Offshore’s new purpose-built tugboats.

Casualty briefs

Casualty briefs

Deck cranes evolving to meet demands of a new maritime age

Deck cranes evolving to meet demands of a new maritime age

Deck cranes have come a long way from the jury-rigged, block-and-tackle affairs operated by man-powered capstans in the age of sail.

New report finds prices in Puerto Rico unaffected by Jones Act

A new report from economists at Boston-based Reeve & Associates and Puerto Rico-based Estudios Tecnicos has concluded that the Jones Act has no impact on either retail prices or the cost of living in the Caribbean island nation.

Streamlined process provides happier ending for third tale of the TWIC

It was a cool Sunday evening in March, and my wife and I were enjoying the fire blazing in the wood stove.