Professional Mariner - May 2019

Union study raises ante in Panama Canal crewing dispute

Entrenched is the best word to describe the positions of the Panama Canal Authority (PCA) and the Union of Tugboat Captains and Deck Officers of the Panama Canal (UCOC) on the question of safe crewing sizes on tugboats guiding neo-Panamax vessels through the new third set of locks.

Casualty briefs

Matson cargo ship sustains hull fracture, leaks fuel in Oakland The 713-foot container/roll-on/roll-off ship (con-ro) Matsonia leaked an unknown amount of fuel from a hull fracture below the waterline at the Port of Oakland (Calif.). Crew aboard the U.S.-flagged ship,…

Two new studies shift debate on scrubber discharge water

Comprehensive studies by the Japanese government and the classification society DNV GL regarding the environmental effects of discharges from open-loop scrubbers appear likely to change the course of the current industry controversy over the International Maritime Organization (IMO) low-sulfur fuel regulations coming into effect in January 2020 (IMO 2020).