Professional Mariner - August 2020

Civilian mariners barred from leaving MSC ships during pandemic

While the world embraced social distancing and self-isolating amid the spread of the coronavirus, the Military Sealift Command (MSC) required thousands of civilian mariners, or “civmars,” to stay on U.S. Navy ships, sharing tight quarters and cramped workspaces.

High court’s safe-berth ruling favors shipowner over charterer

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that charterer Citgo is liable, not the shipowner, for the cost of cleaning up the 15-year-old Athos I oil spill in the Delaware River, deciding that the safe-berth clause in the charter contract should be interpreted as a safety warranty.

Beyond COVID: Port NOLA tugs, crews roll on

As the maritime industry swings into the fifth month of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Port of New Orleans and the three pilot associations guiding ships on the Mississippi River between Southwest Pass and Baton Rouge continue to operate as normal — but with strict CDC, Coast Guard and in-house protocols regarding hygiene and crew oversight to prevent the transmission of coronavirus.

Stretch Duck 7: Key NTSB findings

  • Ride the Ducks did not effectively use all available weather information to monitor the approaching severe weather and assess the risk to its waterborne operations. • Ride the Ducks should have suspended waterborne operations for Stretch Duck 7…

Stretch Duck 7: Chronology of sinking

  1120 on July 19, 2018: The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center issues a severe thunderstorm watch for western and central Missouri, including Branson and nearby Table Rock Lake, that was valid until 2100. 1800: Stretch Duck 7 returns…

Pandemic shuffles deck, but marine exchange keeps San Pedro safe

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, all of the terminals in San Pedro, Calif., remain open, but ship traffic has decreased and the amount of cargo transiting both ports — Los Angeles and Long Beach — declined significantly through the first four months of the year.