Professional Mariner - February 2018

New state law fuels dispute over proposed Hudson River anchorages

The fight over establishing new barge anchorages on the Hudson River intensified in October, with New York enacting a law requiring state review and approval of any new mooring areas and shipping industry proponents questioning the need for the additional oversight.

Classic Lake Erie tug a colorful sum of its parts

It is impossible not to notice the handsome cherry-red fish tugs of Mike Scruton’s fleet lining the bank of Lynn River at Port Dover, Ontario, on Lake Erie’s north shore, especially the 45-foot Lef-Dover.

Casualty briefs

NTSB: Misfiring cylinder led to fatal towboat fire An explosion and fire that killed one towboat engineer and severely burned another near Corpus Christi, Texas, likely stemmed from a misfiring cylinder that ignited lube oil in the engine sump, investigators…

Probable cause of the El Faro sinking

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that the probable cause of the sinking of El Faro and the subsequent loss of life was the captain’s insufficient action to avoid Hurricane Joaquin, his failure to use the most current weather…

El Faro: NTSB report at a glance

  Key findings: If the second deck access hatch (scuttle) had been fitted with a remote open/close indicator at a manned location, such as the bridge, the crew would have known it was open. It is likely that the seawater…

TSB: Poor risk assessment led to St. Lawrence River tug capsizing

Lack of a documented process to assist masters in evaluating risk in operations, such as transiting a barge in current to a work quay, led to the capsizing of a tugboat in the St. Lawrence River near Montreal, Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) determined.

VHF use under COLREGS: What you don’t know could hurt you

You are on a vessel conducting an eastbound Atlantic crossing on a clear day with a razor-sharp horizon and the bluest of waters when you sight a meeting vessel on a reciprocal course with a small CPA (closest point of approach) five miles off.