Professional Mariner - September 2021

Northwest Ports aim to eliminate shipping-related emissions by 2050

Port operators in Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver, British Columbia, have set a goal to eliminate shipping-related emissions throughout the broader Georgia Basin-Puget Sound waterway by 2050.  The effort involves the Port of Seattle, Port of Tacoma, Northwest Seaport Alliance,…

Gulf of Mexico speed limits proposed to protect rare whales

Environmental groups want the federal government to set speed limits for large ships in the Gulf of Mexico south of Florida’s panhandle to help protect an endangered whale species.  The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in May filed a…

Salvage crews work to free riverboat stuck in Kentucky lake

A small cruise ship carrying 120 passengers and 49 crewmembers ran aground in the Cumberland River near Canton, Ky., and remained stuck for more than a week.   The 269-by-69-foot American Jazz grounded on a sandbar outside the navigation channel…

Restoring Coast Guard search and rescue proficiency

The U.S. Coast Guard is experiencing a gradual erosion of proficiency at all levels of the search and rescue (SAR) chain of command, including core leadership positions at district and sector commands. The service must re-dedicate itself toward ensuring…