Professional Mariner - August 2019

One year after rollout, Subchapter M still a work needing progress

As the latest deadline approached for the inspection of towing vessels under Subchapter M, industry members said the process was still rocky, with inconsistencies in the interpretation of the regulations, unpredictable wait times for the processing of applications, and questions about enforcement for those who didn’t meet the July 22 target date.

NTSB report on fatal barge blast faults Bouchard’s safety culture

After loading crude oil on the Lower Mississippi River, the articulated tug-barge Buster Bouchard and B. No. 255 sailed for Corpus Christi, Texas. Oil leaked from a forward cargo tank for most of that voyage, allowing fuel and vapors to build up in the forepeak, according to federal investigators.

Casualty briefs

Louisiana mariner dies after falling from towboat on Lower Mississippi The body of a mariner who fell overboard from a Mississippi River towboat in St. James Parish near Convent, La., has been found.   John Kenneth Blazier III of St.…