Professional Mariner - February 2020

Hurricane’s impact on Eastern puts OPC contract back in play

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has granted Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) limited extraordinary relief due to Hurricane Michael, reducing the company’s construction contract for Coast Guard offshore patrol cutters (OPCs) to four vessels maximum.

Seafarers fearful of bearing brunt of sulfur cap enforcement

A global survey showing that seafarers are generally more content with their work now than in the recent past is tempered by a new concern: fears that mariners may be on the hook for noncompliance as vessel operators adapt to the International Maritime Organization’s 2020 sulfur cap on fuel.

Alabama River ferry reborn with electric propulsion

Capt. Ray Parker signaled to the deck hand to lift the vehicle ramp. With that, and a toot on the horn, the nation’s first all-electric passenger/vehicle ferry slipped its mooring in Camden, Ala., and entered the Alabama River.

Casualty briefs

Mariner presumed dead after utility boat sinks near Port Aransas A mariner is missing and presumed dead after a small utility boat sank near Port Aransas, Texas, with two men aboard. The victim was working on Cristi when it sank…