Professional Mariner - October/November 2020

Academies get creative to provide sea-term training during pandemic

For Maine Maritime Academy engineering senior Edward Dennis, a pandemic-necessitated “sail” while docked wound up being more worthwhile than normal at-sea training. “There are fewer of us on board, so we’re getting a lot of one-on-one time,” said Dennis, who trained dockside for a month over the summer aboard the academy’s State of Maine. “We’re really getting more hands-on training this way.”

Workboat capsizes during Louisiana oil spill exercise, killing two

A workboat that capsized and sank during a boom deployment exercise on the Lower Mississippi River, killing both people on board, turned broadside to the current moments before it rolled over.  National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators could not explain…

World War II tow down the Hudson takes New York by storm

Stone scows don’t draw much attention, and the principal activity of the New York State (NYS) Marine Highway Transportation Co. is moving stone. The operator’s tugboats travel up and down the Hudson River with regularity, pushing one or more stone…

Technology helps shoreside eyes monitor every maritime move

During the summer between our sophomore and junior years at the California Maritime Academy, we were required to do an internship at a maritime company or organization to get a glimpse of how things worked shoreside. Being from Washington state,…