Professional Mariner - May 2017

Coast Guard plans to raise monetary thresholds for casualty reporting

The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing to raise the monetary thresholds for reporting property damage resulting from a marine casualty and serious marine incident (SMI), both to mitigate any undue liability vessel owners and operators face and to temper the resources expended by the service to investigate these incidents.

Union, Canada settle lawsuits over permits for foreign seafarers

A long-standing legal battle between the Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (SIUC) and the federal government over foreign workers engaged in shipping in Canadian waters was settled on Feb. 15, mere days before a lengthy court case was due to start.

Casualty briefs

Barges, towboat pinned in Ohio River lock allision ​Three barges carrying natural gas condensate broke free after hitting a wall in the Racine Lock and Dam north of Huntington, W.Va., resulting in two of the barges and their towboat being…

Fatal accidents fuel scrutiny of lifeboat drills, systems

The number of injuries and fatalities during lifeboat drills in recent years point to training and equipment shortcomings that have raised concerns across the maritime industry, undermining the confidence of seafarers whose lives and careers hang in the balance.

Lifeboat safety: The mariners’ view

In a study of the use of mandatory equipment aboard cargo ships, the London-based Seafarers International Research Centre found 55 percent of mariners would prefer a davit-launched closed lifeboat in an emergency.

De-mystifying the targeting process for Port State Control exams

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Port State Control (PSC) program is intended to ensure that foreign-flagged vessels operating in U.S. waters comply with applicable international conventions and U.S. regulations, with the ultimate goal of identifying and eliminating substandard ships from U.S. waters.