Professional Mariner - June-July 2013

Plimsolls go to Coast Guard casualty office, longtime mariner trainer, safety advocate

The editors of Professional Mariner have presented this year’s Plimsoll Awards for Outstanding Service to the U.S. Coast Guard office whose mission is to help vessel operators avoid casualties, to a mariner trainer who pioneered the concept of bridge resource management and to an industry executive who has advocated measures to end sinkings resulting from cargo liquefaction.

BNWAS ensures that someone is at controls

Eleven years ago, a towboat captain was pushing two barges on the Arkansas River when he lost consciousness due to a heart-rhythm episode. Unbeknownst to his crew, the tow traveled along with the wheelhouse unattended for almost five minutes.