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Cruise ship tests exhaust scrubbing to meet new standards

As marine operators consider installing exhaust gas scrubbers to meet clean-air regulations, one pilot project is already up and running. Holland America’s cruise ship Zaandam began testing an exhaust gas cleaning system in 2010. The Hamworthy Krystallon scrubber uses seawater…

Samson: Commitment to quality and safety

Rafael Chou makes synthetic ropes do amazing things, even seemingly impossible ones. A vice president of Samson, Chou directs the cordage company's research and development efforts. Under his supervision, a staff of 20 people at the company's research and development…

Onboard systems don't always provide clean, safe water

One morning while out on deck having my first cup of coffee, I started talking with Dan, a QMED (qualified member of the engine department) who was enjoying his usual breakfast of a cigarette and black coffee. We were on…

Gulf maritime responders suffer flu-like symptoms, mental anguish

Since the second week of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, workers hired by BP Plc. have experienced flu-like symptoms after performing oil-spill cleanup and recovery tasks in the Gulf of Mexico. Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) said…

When times get tough, it's time to polish your resume

The last month or so before graduating from Cal Maritime, whenever I'd start to work on my resume, I would always decide that my time was better spent studying instead. So, after passing my third mate's test, with graduation a…

2008 Plimsolls are awarded to Rigdon, ASA and FLIR

  From left to right, John A. Witte Jr., president of the American Salvage Association; Lou Rota, FLIR vice president; John Gormley, editor of Professional Mariner. The editors of Professional Mariner have awarded the 2008 Samuel Plimsoll Award for outstanding…

Bender building six anchor handlers for Seacor Marine

Above, anchor handler John Coghill at its christening at the Bender shipyard in Mobile, Ala. The 265-foot anchor handler has a diesel-electric power plant comprising five Caterpillar generators producing 10,750 horsepower. (Courtesy Bender Shipbuilding and Repair) In early May, Seacor…