Professional Mariner - October-November 2018

Trump signs bill delaying TWIC reader installation requirement

A bill signed into law on Aug. 2 by President Trump prohibited the U.S. Coast Guard from implementing an Aug. 23 deadline requiring the installation of Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) readers for high-risk facilities and vessels.

Court weighs in on TWIC readers, issues stay

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia issued a court order on July 24 delaying the implementation of the TWIC reader rule “until further order of the court.”

TWIC cards get security facelift

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has updated the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), incorporating additional security features in a new design.

Olmsted at a glance

The Locks and Dam 52 and 53 Replacement Project (Olmsted Locks and Dam) is located 17 miles upstream from the Mississippi River near the town of Olmsted, Ill., at Ohio River mile marker 964.4.

Fraser River dredger loses propulsion after blackout, hits barge

A dredger operating on British Columbia’s Fraser River collided with a loaded barge after the dredger lost propulsion due to a power blackout that caused the air-powered engine clutches to disengage, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has determined.

Water-Go-Round at a glance

The 70-foot aluminum catamaran will have two 300-kW electric motors coupled with independent electric powertrains from BAE Systems.

Hydrogen cost and availability

Hydrogen is already commercially viable in some industrial sectors, such as oil refining and fertilizer production, where the U.S. uses over 10 million metric tons per year, according to Dr. Sunita Satyapal, director of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy.