Professional Mariner - June-July 2019

New funding puts Coast Guard on path to expand icebreaker fleet

The U.S. Coast Guard will receive $675 million to fund construction of the nation’s first polar security cutter, or heavy icebreaker, an appropriation that proponents say is long overdue as the only operational ship of its type in the U.S. fleet continues to deteriorate.

Damaged safety latch allows BC Ferries rescue boat to fall into sea

A rescue boat from BC Ferries’ Spirit of Vancouver Island slipped off a davit hook due to a damaged spring-loaded safety latch, causing an “uncontrolled fall” into the water more than 50 feet below, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) said in an investigative report.

Casualty briefs

Bulk carrier strikes another off Vancouver, damaging both ships A bulk carrier struck another bulker that was anchored in Vancouver Harbor shortly after midnight on March 17, and Canadian authorities are trying to determine the cause. The 751-foot Caravos Harmony…