Professional Mariner - June-July 2012

Vessel tracking data changing industry’s course

Though the case has yet to even reach the courtroom, the investigation into the January sinking of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia is already raising eyebrows as everything from the captain’s actions to his morals are debated publicly.

TSA Announces TWIC Extension Option

On June 15th, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) TWIC website announced a forthcoming option for many holders of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) to extend the expiration date of their TWICs pending implementation of the US Coast Guard’s long-awaited…

Class societies issue guidelines for preventing liquefaction sinkings

In response to bulk carrier sinkings linked to liquefaction of cargoes of nickel ore, the Japanese classification society ClassNK has released new guidelines to measure the structural strength of cargo holds and the stability of new vessels specifically built to carry this ore.