Author: David A. Tyler

Long-sought Houston Ship Channel expansion gets federal go-ahead

After a decade-long campaign by maritime industry stakeholders, Congress has authorized the expansion of the Houston Ship Channel for safer and more efficient navigation. The project will widen and deepen the nation’s busiest waterway, which is accommodating increased traffic…

Cruise ship guidance from the CDC

On Oct. 30, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a conditional sailing order for cruise ships operating or seeking to operate in U.S. waters. The order introduces a phased approach for resuming passenger cruises. Passenger operations continue to…

Stakeholders step up best practices for virus

As part of a critical industry, maritime companies continue to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Coast Guard have issued preventive and procedural guidelines, many maritime stakeholders are supplementing that with their own recommendations.

Seafarers fearful of bearing brunt of sulfur cap enforcement

A global survey showing that seafarers are generally more content with their work now than in the recent past is tempered by a new concern: fears that mariners may be on the hook for noncompliance as vessel operators adapt to the International Maritime Organization’s 2020 sulfur cap on fuel.

One year after rollout, Subchapter M still a work needing progress

As the latest deadline approached for the inspection of towing vessels under Subchapter M, industry members said the process was still rocky, with inconsistencies in the interpretation of the regulations, unpredictable wait times for the processing of applications, and questions about enforcement for those who didn’t meet the July 22 target date.

Congress backs towing industry, passes new WRDA with no user fees

Several Trump administration proposals opposed by inland towing interests were dropped from the waterway resources bill passed by Congress and signed by the president in late October, showing the strength that the industry has on Capitol Hill, according to towing organization leaders.