Professional Mariner - February 2019

Congress backs towing industry, passes new WRDA with no user fees

Several Trump administration proposals opposed by inland towing interests were dropped from the waterway resources bill passed by Congress and signed by the president in late October, showing the strength that the industry has on Capitol Hill, according to towing organization leaders.

Looming sulfur cap raises concerns about expanded use of scrubbers

Starting in January 2020, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will impose a 0.5 percent sulfur cap on marine fuel content, in what independent shipping analyst Ned Molloy called “the biggest change in what ships run on since they moved away from coal to oil.”

Scrubbers at a glance

There are three basic designs for exhaust gas scrubbers: open loop, hybrid (caustic assisted), and closed loop.

Casualty briefs

NTSB: Inexperienced pilot at helm during bridge strike The lead barge pushed by the 3,800-hp towboat Cooperative Venture struck a railroad bridge pier near St. Paul, Minn., causing four barges to break away. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined…