Professional Mariner - December-January 2019 December 1, 2019 Professional Mariner Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin USMMA implements plan to instill culture of respect, responsibilityThe U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) has produced a five-year strategic plan to foster a “climate of respect” at the college, which has been buffeted by allegations of sexual harassment and bullying. Onboard interference from LED lights called ‘huge safety issue’ for marinersLight-emitting diode (LED) lighting on vessels can interfere with radio transmissions and navigation systems and must be replaced before a tragedy occurs, said a pioneer producer of many such systems used universally on ships today. New LNG bunker barge signals continuing shift to alternative fuelsThis summer’s delivery of Clean Jacksonville, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker barge built for TOTE Maritime by Conrad Industries, signals both companies’ increasing confidence in a wider industry move toward alternative fuels. Foss cancels 10-tug order with Damen after closing Rainier yardFoss Maritime’s recent decision to close its shipyard in Rainier, Ore., also has resulted in the cancellation of an agreement to build 10 Damen azimuthing stern drive (ASD) 90 tugboats. Hurricane heroes, ferry rescue crew, mooring system win PlimsollsHurricane Harvey was a slow-moving disaster for the Gulf Coast of Texas. Coal still king in Hampton Roads despite container growthOn a sunny late summer morning, three ships lined the private coal terminals in Newport News, Va. Fort Lauderdale doubles down on response with fast fireboatFort Lauderdale is awash in luxury yachts and recreational vessels of all shapes and sizes. NTSB: Lack of requirement to close deck doors led to sinkingRapid downflooding through an open deck door caused a towboat to sink last year near Sulphur, La., according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Bunker barge strikes docked ro-ro, leaks fuel in Port ArthurMore than 13,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from a bunker barge after it struck a docked roll-on/roll-off cargo ship (ro-ro) in Port Arthur, Texas. Engine room fire disables NY-bound asphalt tanker off NantucketA loaded asphalt tanker went adrift in the Atlantic Ocean off Nantucket after an engine room fire disabled the ship’s engines and generators. Barge string breaks free after towboat hits Upper Mississippi dikeTwelve barges broke away on the Upper Mississippi River near St. Louis after the towboat Kevin Michael hit a dike just upriver from a lock and dam. Barge damages yacht during maneuver near Connecticut terminalA loaded gravel barge being guided to a terminal in Stamford, Conn., struck a high-end sailboat docked at a newly built marina, extensively damaging the vessel. Casualty briefs Undetected leak cited in La. towboat sinking Federal investigators determined that the towboat Gracie Claire, which sank in Venice, La., in August 2017, lost stability and freeboard due to an undetected hull leak through the rudder compartment. According to… Threat of contaminated fuel easing, but looming sulfur cap is wild cardThe last thing a mariner wants to worry about is an unreliable prime mover. New NYC ferries get up and go to meet surging demandCapt. James Arnpriester backed the ferry Owls Head away from New York City’s Pier 34 and pointed the bow east.Toasts of New Year’s past: Ship horns, sky fire and a bit of ‘bubbly’In a few short days, New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world will take place, with different cultures noting the turn of the year in their own unique ways.