Professional Mariner - March 2017 March 1, 2017 Professional Mariner Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin Kings Point to resume Sea Year training on commercial shipsThe U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) in Kings Point, N.Y., has received approval from the federal government to resume its Sea Year training program aboard U.S.-flagged commercial ships.Key findings and recommendationsThe Logistics Management Institute audit of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy identified several shortcomings with the administration’s handling of sexual assault and harassment on campus. Calling all icebreakers: Canada weighs options to plug potential gapThe Canadian government is seeking guidance from the maritime industry on options to fill a potential gap in icebreaking services pending the arrival of new vessels being built under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). Pasha going dual fuel with two LNG containerships for Jones Act tradePasha Hawaii is joining the move to liquefied natural gas to transport cargo, announcing plans late last year to build two LNG-powered containerships for the Jones Act trade between the islands and the West Coast. UK firm, Kongsberg plan delivery of first autonomous OSV in 2018Automated Ships Ltd. and Kongsberg Maritime are advancing the timeline for autonomous shipping, announcing plans to build the first unmanned and fully automated offshore supply vessel (OSV) and have it on the water within two years. Hydrogen-powered fast ferry feasible for San Francisco, study findsSilencing some skeptics’ doubts, two researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have found it is technically feasible to build a high-speed, zero-emission hydrogen-powered ferry in California with full regulatory acceptance.ICS chairman fears training could be cut as shipping revenues fallWith economic uncertainty leading to falling revenues in a number of shipping markets, the head of the International Chamber of Shipping fears that training for mariners could fall victim to budget pressures. Towing companies working to get up to speed with Subchapter MNow that Subchapter M — the U.S. regime for the inspection of towing vessels — is law, the next step will be for companies to begin the compliance process. US type approval changes landscape for BWMS compliance extensionsU.S. ballast water management regulations require non-exempt commercial vessels operating within 12 nautical miles of the U.S. to manage ballast water in one of five ways. IPS-driven Manatee step up for Tampa Bay pilotsManatee, fast and sleek and seeming to come out of nowhere, snugged up abreast of the pilot’s ladder on the hull of the 611-foot break-bulk ship Texas Enterprise. El Faro’s last hours: ‘Heartbreaking’ transcript answers some questions, raises othersBridge audio captured by El Faro’s voyage data recorder (VDR), made available by the National Transportation Safety Board, offers new details about the tragedy. ‘I think we just lost the plant’The voyage data recorder transcript released by the National Transportation Safety Board covers El Faro’s final 26 hours at sea. Pushboat fire, blamed on electrical anomaly, exposes deficienciesThe fire that swept through a pushboat docked in the Houston Ship Channel last year likely started in a bathroom exhaust fan, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).Mistaken passing arrangement cited in Mississippi River tow collisionAs they prepared to meet on the Lower Mississippi River, captains on the upbound pushboat P.B. Shah and downbound pushboat Dewey R agreed to a port-to-port passing arrangement.Canadian tour company has another accident; all safely evacuatedA tour boat owned by Jamie’s Whaling Station — the same company that had another vessel overturn in 2015 with the death of six passengers — struck bottom off Vancouver Island in October with the successful evacuation of all on board.Casualty briefsCourt reverses convictions in fatal barge explosion A federal appeals court in December reversed a manslaughter conviction against a pushboat captain and his company in connection with a 2005 barge explosion in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. A deck… Captains handle speed with finesse on fast ferry to NantucketM/V Iyanough, a fast ferry that operates on the 26-mile run between Cape Cod and the island of Nantucket, in some ways resembles a high-performance sports car and in other ways a city bus. Training rules still ‘gray area’ for US operators adopting LNGIn the past few years, liquefied natural gas (LNG) has made steady headway in the United States as a marine fuel.NMC tips save time, money when renewing medical certificateIn accordance with 46 CFR 10.209(d), it was time to renew my U.S. Coast Guard-issued medical certificate.