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While the salvage of the sunken vehicle carrier Golden Ray was delayed for months due to COVID-19 and the hurricane season, analysis by the U.S. Coast Guard has determined a possible cause for the rollover: a combination of vehicles…
The tugboat Jimmy L. assists the articulated tug-barge unit Integrity as it discharges ballast water upon arrival in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. A Canadian proposal would require U.S.-flagged “lakers” that take on ballast water in Canada to…
One hundred years after being enacted, the Jones Act is still mired in controversy.
As the coronavirus disrupted global trade in the first few months of 2020, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) reported a “relatively smooth” transition to its 0.5 percent sulfur cap for fuel.
A global shipping consortium is proposing a levy of $2 per metric ton of bunker fuel for research and development to help eliminate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the industry.
The U.S. Coast Guard has proposed a rate decrease of about 1 percent for the three Great Lakes pilots’ associations for 2020, the first reduction after a five-year stretch of double-digit increases.
Despite nine years of advance notice, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a three-year deadline extension so marine engine manufacturers and boatbuilders can meet Tier 4 emissions standards for vessels with lightweight and high-powered diesel engines.
U.S. pilot rates on the Great Lakes rose 11 percent for the 2019 season under a new final rule from the U.S. Coast Guard.
International shipping will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent from 2008 levels by 2050 under new measures adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
After an outcry from the maritime industry, President Trump pledged not to waive Jones Act requirements in order to boost domestic shipments of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Questions about adequate supplies and quality of low-sulfur bunker fuel continue to loom as the maritime industry prepares for the transition to 0.5 percent fuel on Jan. 1, 2020.
In a high-profile trial run in January, Sea Hunter, an unmanned surface vessel operated by the Office of Naval Research, navigated from San Diego to Pearl Harbor and back without a single crewmember on board.
During the 35-day partial shutdown of the U.S. government, a number of key agencies serving the maritime industry were closed or severely understaffed, leading to delays for services and employees working without pay.
Great Lakes pilotage rates for 2018 are the target of a new lawsuit alleging the U.S. Coast Guard set rates too high without a mechanism to deal with overcharges.
The 0.5 percent sulfur limit for marine fuel is on a clear course for implementation in 2020 after the International Maritime Organization (IMO) blocked a recent attempt to delay the measure.
Preparing the privately owned U.S.-flag cargo fleet to support long-term military operations could require 1,800 more licensed mariners and increased vessel subsidies, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Shipbuilders in the United States are still assessing the impact of the Trump administration’s tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, but many yards are preparing to absorb higher costs as the levies take effect.
Shipping regulators are preparing for the eventual coming of MASS: maritime autonomous surface ships.
The global shipping industry plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 percent over the next several decades as a step toward phasing them out entirely, according to a new strategy adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
With the 2020 deadline looming for the International Maritime Organization’s 0.5 percent sulfur fuel cap, vessel operators are facing uncertain financial and practical implications.
In early 2020, operators of vessels of 5,000 gross tons and above will have to report fuel oil consumption data under new requirements from the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Biofouling regulations stricter than U.S. standards took effect in California in January, affecting the thousands of vessels that call on the state’s ports each year and adding to the paperwork required by mariners.
One of the five U.S.-based independent labs testing ballast water management systems (BWMS) is suspending its evaluations, citing regulatory flaws that have resulted in “significant uncertainties” about the quality of the results.