Author: David A. Tyler

Rising risks to mariners of criminal prosecution

Life is getting more dangerous for mariners, and it's not because of an increase in physical risks. The first mate of a tug involved in a 2003 oil spill in Massachusetts faces up to 18 months in prison.    Image…

Canadian leader's ties to maritime industry causing him problems

His selection marks the first time in Canadian history that someone from the maritime industry has become the country's top political leader. But industry observers say his potential influence on maritime issues will be neutral, at best, and perhaps negative,…

Washington state ferry hits a marked rock

Officials from Washington State Ferries are investigating the grounding of the 2,477-gt, double-ended ferry Sealth, which struck Reid Rock off San Juan Island on Dec. 24, 2004. Sealth was leaving Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, heading to Anacortes, Wash.,…

Smart and semi-smart containers arrive to counter terrorism

The U.S. Bureau of Customs & Border Protection is encouraging companies to use "smart" cargo containers equipped with high-tech devices that detect security threats and warn inspectors of the danger. But officials at shipping companies are skeptical of the technology,…

Sinking off Scotland leads to questions about watch system

The chief officer of the 1,990-gross-ton general cargo ship Jambo fell asleep at the helm, causing the vessel to run aground and sink off the coast of Scotland on June 29, 2003, the United Kingdom's Marine Accident Investigation Branch has…

AIS makes its presence felt

It's one of the most revolutionary developments in marine navigation: the universal automatic identification system (AIS). The transponder broadcasts a broad range of information about a ship on VHF marine radio, including its position, speed, direction, cargo, classification and destination.…