Professional Mariner - February 2021

Industry applauds as EPA unveils coordinated vessel discharge rules

Maritime officials and organizations are lauding proposed vessel discharge regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), saying they’re sorely needed to harmonize a mix of conflicting federal and state rules. Congress required the EPA to establish new performance standards…

Canada updates, consolidates marine regulations to improve safety

Canada has significantly revised its maritime safety regulations, strengthening emergency notification and situational awareness requirements for more than 23,000 commercial vessels of all types and sizes. Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced the revisions, published as “Marine Navigation Safety…

GPS interference plaguing navigation in some regions, MarAd warns

Mariners should be on the lookout for significant Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) interference, especially in the eastern and central Mediterranean Sea, the Persian Gulf and multiple Chinese ports, according to recent alerts from the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd).…

Cargo boat getting autonomous system to transit Long Island Sound

A hybrid-powered catamaran that carries produce and occasionally passengers across Long Island Sound is being retrofitted to become the first autonomous-controlled cargo vessel in the United States. First Harvest Navigation of Norwalk, Conn., has been using Captain Ben Moore…

Tow hits anchored pontoon boat in North Carolina, killing one

One recreational boater died and another was injured when a tugboat pushing a single barge hit an anchored pontoon boat in the Intracoastal Waterway near Beaufort, N.C. The barge, pushed by the 94-foot John Parrish, hit the pontoon boat outside…

Casualty Briefs

Crewman missing, presumed dead after falling from ship off Texas A 27-year-old mariner sailing aboard the tanker Sagami is missing and presumed dead after falling into the Gulf of Mexico near Sabine Pass, Texas.  The victim, whose name and…

Tackling the fishing gear problem

Beyond collisions with ships, whales inhabiting the waters of North America are vulnerable to injury or death from another human-related threat: fishing gear entanglement. Research conducted by the New England Aquarium and the Center for Coastal Studies showed that scars…

New technology aims to help mariners save the whales

While humans once stood in awe of the size and strength of whales, the roles have been nearly reversed since the mid-20th century as increasing ship traffic has added insult to the injury done by the era of whaling. To…