Author: Bill Bleyer

High court’s safe-berth ruling favors shipowner over charterer

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that charterer Citgo is liable, not the shipowner, for the cost of cleaning up the 15-year-old Athos I oil spill in the Delaware River, deciding that the safe-berth clause in the charter contract should be interpreted as a safety warranty.

Real estate firm advances plan to restore SS United States

In a significant step toward preserving “America’s flagship,” a prominent New York development company has agreed to proceed with renovating the mothballed ocean liner SS United States, converting it into a hotel, museum, and entertainment and cultural center — if a city agrees to provide a permanent berth.

NMC announces testing changes, eliminates walk-in exams

The U.S. Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center (NMC) has announced changes for test procedures at its Regional Examination Centers (RECs), the biggest of which will be the elimination of walk-in exams without prior registration.

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.

Fourth time is the charm in AMVER rescue of reluctant sailor

In an apparent first for the 60-year-old U.S. Coast Guard system that directs commercial ships to vessels in distress, the service diverted three ships to aid a yachtsman off the coast of Mexico four times before he finally abandoned his boat.

New state law fuels dispute over proposed Hudson River anchorages

The fight over establishing new barge anchorages on the Hudson River intensified in October, with New York enacting a law requiring state review and approval of any new mooring areas and shipping industry proponents questioning the need for the additional oversight.

Agencies, alumni seek ‘root causes,’ solutions for USMMA harassment

A sexual harassment task force appointed by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy’s alumni association following suspension of the school’s Sea Year program determined that midshipmen are not worried about their personal safety while serving on commercial vessels as part of the training, and are confident in shippers’ commitment to addressing incidents of abuse and harassment.