Professional Mariner - May 2018

Trump’s new waterways plan ‘a big disconnect’ for towing industry

Towing industry officials are concerned that President Trump’s 2019 budget and waterways infrastructure proposal will fragment the national system, complicate capital funding and provide no clear method to accomplish one of the White House’s major goals: privatization of transportation infrastructure projects.

Ice-savvy tugboat crews keep cargo moving in Alaska

Capt. Mark Theriault throttled up on Stellar Wind’s twin Caterpillar engines but the tugboat stayed firmly in place, its rounded bow pressing against a terminal at the Port of Alaska near downtown Anchorage.

Casualty briefs

Fire contained aboard US-flagged Maersk ship Crew aboard a U.S.-flagged containership quickly contained a fire that started in a cargo hold below deck in the Gulf of Aden. The 981-foot Maersk Kensington was underway from Salalah, Oman, to Suez when…