Professional Mariner - March 2019

Coast Guard upholds Jones Act waiver for Dakota Creek trawler

Dakota Creek Industries violated the Jones Act when it used too much foreign-fabricated steel in building the factory trawler America’s Finest, but the company did not knowingly break the law, the U.S. Coast Guard said in upholding a waiver for the vessel to operate in U.S. waters.

Casualty briefs

New NTSB digest offers concise accounts of El Faro, other casualties The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its Safer Seas Digest from the 2017 calendar year detailing 41 marine casualties that occurred in U.S. waters or involved U.S.-flagged…

Speed of technological change overtaking scope of STCW

When the chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) made comments in Manila in November proposing a comprehensive revision of the global convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), it probably caught many in the maritime community off guard.