Author: Professional Mariner Staff

Towing Safety Advisory Committee seeks new members

Washington - The U.S. Coast Guard is soliciting applications for seven positions to the Towing Safety Advisory Committee.  Applications must be received on or before March 30, 2007. The TSAC advises the Secretary of Homeland Security on matters relating to…

Shipboard fire fighting - water makes a comeback

High velocity water sprays combined with low water discharge rates are changing the way shipboard fires are fought. The eruption of a fuel fire in the engine room of the cruise ship Nordic Empress (see sidebar) was controlled and extinguished…

IMO Maritime Safety Committee meets

In the words of International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General William O'Neil, the 73rd meeting of the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee was "without parallel" in the IMO's history. The eight-day meeting produced significant changes on a number of maritime safety issues,…

Compelling electronic displays may have contributed to collision

Over-reliance on an electronically integrated navigation system by an inadequately trained operator may have played a significant role in a collision between Atlantic Huron and the Canadian Coast Guard buoy tender Griffon in September 2000, the Transportation Safety Board of…

Engine technology propels trends in ship design

Advances in propulsion technology continue to be the driving force in new ship designs. This 807-foot ferry represents a vision of the future developed by Wärtsilä Corp. and Kvaerner Masa-Yards. The 4,200-dwt ro-pax vessel, capable of carrying 2,000 passengers employs…

Strong Waters

With the price of fuel these days, you don't want to be bucking the tide if you can avoid it," said British Columbia towboater Don MacKenzie. With a lifetime on boats and a home port on Sechelt Inlet inside one…

Integrated bridge technology winning over savvy shipowners

The 4-to-8 watch isn't what it used to be, at least not on ships equipped with integrated bridge systems (IBS). The bridge of Polar Resolution. Polar Tankers Inc., a ConocoPhillips subsidiary, installed integrated bridge technology on its new Endeavor Class…

Integrating AIS with other bridge electronics

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) was originally conceived as a safety and navigation aid for ships at sea. Mandated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and implemented and enforced by member states, AIS provides information otherwise unavailable to a crew.…

In response to terror concerns, AIS website limits access to live data

A British-based company has stopped offering on its free website live, detailed automatic identification system (AIS) data gathered from networks worldwide after a shipping organization complained terrorists or pirates could use the information to endanger shipping. AIS Live Ltd., a…

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New federal law requires inspection of towing vessels

Towing vessels will be required to undergo U.S. Coast Guard inspection as a result of new legislation that is expected to have a profound effect on the industry. C.F. Campbell is a 4,000-hp ocean-capable tug built in 1975 by Halter…

DP taking on a larger role in response to the oil industry

The search for oil and gas has been a driving force in the development of dynamic positioning systems. Drill rigs, for obvious reasons, must maintain a fixed position above the ocean floor. As rigs moved off the continental shelf into…