Professional Mariner - October/November 2021

Great Lakes shippers oppose Canada’s new ballast water rules

Shipping associations on both sides of the border have raised objections to Canada’s new ballast water regulations.  The rules, announced in June, aim to minimize the spread of invasive species that can harm fisheries, infrastructure and native species. The…

Towing industry inches toward all-electric future

As electric ferries and tour boats become more common, the next big challenge is electric tugboats.   Two companies in particular have taken up that challenge: Crowley Maritime and Robert Allan Ltd. More stringent air pollution control regulations are…

Miles add up fast for Mobile Bay ferry captains

With three short blasts of the whistle, Marissa Mae Nicole got underway from Dauphin Island, Ala., for Fort Morgan, four miles across Mobile Bay. Longtime Mobile Bay Ferry Capt. Dennis Kula guided the double-ended vehicle ferry away from the…

Poor communication, stuck anchor cited in BC bulker allision

The loaded bulk carrier Caravos Harmony approached an anchorage in Vancouver Harbor, British Columbia, when currents began pushing the vessel to port, directly toward a ship already at anchor.  The pilot aboard Caravos Harmony gave engine and rudder orders…

Ballast water treatment technology advancing rapidly

Managing ballast water is an indispensable part of maritime operations. How that water is treated before it is discharged will grow in importance as new international rules come into effect.  The Ballast Water Management Convention entered into force internationally…

Forty Days and Forty Nights

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Forty Days and Forty Nights, a forthcoming novel of the Mississippi River published by the University of Louisiana Press and written by Amber Edwards and Justin Scott. The book is available for…

Pursuing your passions outside of the job

I was looking forward to getting married in a few weeks. My fiancée and I decided on a backyard ceremony at her Long Beach, Calif., home. Everything was going according to plan except for one thing — we had not…