Professional Mariner - June-July 2018 July 1, 2018 Professional Mariner Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin US ports group: Privatized Seaway, tolls would be ‘step backward’Would it make sense to privatize the St. Lawrence Seaway?Coast Guard finalizes new monetary thresholds for casualty reportingThe U.S. Coast Guard has raised the monetary thresholds for reporting maritime casualties and serious marine incidents, changes likely to reduce industry costs and the number of reportable incidents each year. IMO enacts new requirements for reporting fuel oil consumptionIn early 2020, operators of vessels of 5,000 gross tons and above will have to report fuel oil consumption data under new requirements from the International Maritime Organization (IMO). TOTE completes initial phase of LNG conversion for Alaska ro-rosTOTE Maritime Alaska recently completed the first of four phases in the conversion of its two Orca-class ships, Midnight Sun and North Star, to use liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel. BAE Systems to close Alabama shipyard after two years of layoffsA once-large ship repair and construction yard in Mobile, Ala., operated by BAE Systems Inc., will close in June after two years of downsizing. New maritime women’s group offers support in male-centric fieldFrom the conference floor to the back office to the shipyard and the boats themselves, the maritime sector remains a male-dominated world. Tugboat captains adapt to evolution, growth of Panama CanalAs a high school student in Panama in the 1970s, Max Newman knew he wanted to be a tugboat master on the Panama Canal.Panama Canal at a glance • The Panama Canal extends 50 miles across the isthmus from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. It cost $375 million to build the waterway, which opened in 1914. • The nine-year project to add a third set… Locking in Louisiana: Strong currents, stronger patienceOn a March morning, Elizabeth M. Robinson, a Genesis Marine pushboat with two 300-foot tank barges, was queuing on the Mississippi River for Port Allen Lock. Baltic-bred newcomer delivers speed, efficiency in Port EvergladesFort Lauderdale, Fla., a port city that is no stranger to fast, sleek, high-tech vessels, has a new one turning heads as Pilot No. 7 slices the waterway connecting Port Everglades with the ship anchorage. Captain dies in accident on anchored bulker in Gulf of St. LawrenceThe captain of a Liberia-flagged bulk carrier died from injuries suffered in a fall while the ship was anchored in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, according to Canadian authorities. NTSB cites loose pipe plug in $3.7 million fire on vehicle carrierInvestigators have determined that an engine room fire early last year aboard the U.S.-flagged vehicle carrier Alliance St. Louis likely stemmed from an improperly secured pipe plug. High-water bridge strike knocks 16 barges loose at VicksburgSixteen barges broke free after a tow pushed by Michael G. Morris struck the railroad bridge across the Mississippi River in Vicksburg, Miss. TSB: Failure of fuel hose connection caused fire on BC tugboatCanada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has determined that the separation of a flexible fuel hose and a copper tube, which were held together only by a clamp, spilled diesel onto generator components and ignited an engine room fire on a British Columbia tugboat. Barge tow strikes powerboat stalled in fog on Columbia RiverTwo fishermen escaped serious injury after a tugboat and barge ran over their powerboat in dense fog on the Columbia River, pushing them underwater. Casualty briefsCargo ship strikes pier, spills oil in New Orleans The cargo ship Pac Antares struck a pier on the Lower Mississippi River in New Orleans, spilling more than 4,200 gallons of oil into the waterway. The 587-foot ship hit the… Security experts warn maritime piracy down but not outPiracy and armed robbery against ships has hit a 22-year low, according to an annual report issued in January by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB). Marine autonomous vehicles and the law: Assessing risks and liabilityAutonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) are here, but not all the laws are. It’s a simple fact that these waterborne vehicles are extremely popular, and more are being built every day.Find yourself in a job pinch? Work ashore for sea-time creditMaybe it’s because we are used to laying out a course to get from one place to another, but there is no doubt that most of the mariners I’ve known have had very specific plans to achieve their goals — personally, financially and professionally.