Professional Mariner - April 2021

Cruise ship guidance from the CDC

On Oct. 30, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a conditional sailing order for cruise ships operating or seeking to operate in U.S. waters. The order introduces a phased approach for resuming passenger cruises. Passenger operations continue to…

Newly renovated paddlewheeler rollin’ on the river in NOLA

Notwithstanding the COVID-19 pandemic, dozens of masked passengers lined the gangway of City of New Orleans on a clear January afternoon. The 189-foot, diesel-electric paddlewheeler is the second vessel in the New Orleans Steamboat Company fleet, joining the 265-foot…

Technology in a backpack: PPUs modernize piloting

Modern PPUs are composed of sensors and a laptop computer (or tablet) typically carried aboard in a backpack. The sensors are placed outside on the ship and the pilot uses the real-time data to improve navigational…

E-learning can boost understanding of nav rules, reduce accidents

Despite time-tested collision avoidance regulations, sophisticated navigation systems and frequent amendments to STCW requirements, marine accidents continue to occur, with human error still the leading cause. “Safer Seas Digest,” a compendium of lessons learned from marine accident reports issued…