Professional Mariner - May 2020

NMC announces testing changes, eliminates walk-in exams

The U.S. Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center (NMC) has announced changes for test procedures at its Regional Examination Centers (RECs), the biggest of which will be the elimination of walk-in exams without prior registration.

Coast Guard, ABS approve wireless helm for ATB tugboats

A wireless helm developed by Sea Machines has received approval for use on a class of U.S.-flag tugboats that support articulated tug-barge (ATB) sets, a new way of doing business that is bound to generate comment among mariners.

Casualty briefs

Cooperative Spirit involved in Louisiana bridge strike, breakaway Twenty-nine barges broke free from the towboat Cooperative Spirit after the tow struck a support pillar for the Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge in Luling, La. The incident occurred March 15 at 0130…

Wind ships ahead: Technology pulling more power from sails

Wind has never been entirely dead. But now that we have realized the ecological consequences of burning fossil fuels, and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has imposed binding global emission restrictions, wind-assisted shipping is attracting attention again.