Professional Mariner - April 2018

Fourth time is the charm in AMVER rescue of reluctant sailor

In an apparent first for the 60-year-old U.S. Coast Guard system that directs commercial ships to vessels in distress, the service diverted three ships to aid a yachtsman off the coast of Mexico four times before he finally abandoned his boat.

Casualty briefs

Nine crewmembers escaped from the towboat George King after it caught fire in the Mississippi River near Vicksburg, Miss., and burned for several hours.

Keeping up with the culprits

With environmental and regulatory pressure to find non-toxic alternatives to biocide-laden antifouling coatings, a variety of innovative technologies are emerging.

Asbestos time bomb ticking for maritime operators

Regulations under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) state that if asbestos is found on board a ship built after July 2002, then the vessel’s flag registry, in conjunction with its classification society, issues a non-extendable exemption certificate, providing the owner with a three-year window in which to remove the asbestos.