Professional Mariner - February 2014

Low-sulfur fuel still pricey, but supply challenges may ease by 2015

When California decided in 2008 to require that all oceangoing vessels operating within 24 nm of the state’s coastline use low-sulfur fuel, the state’s Air Resources Board called it the most “stringent and comprehensive requirement for marine fuel use in the world.”

New STCW security endorsements required on U.S. vessels

As I write this there are 64 commercial mariners facing the same hell that Capt. Richard Phillips survived during the Maersk Alabama incident in 2009 — being held hostage by Somali pirates. In the past year there have been nearly 250 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against commercial vessels reported worldwide.