Coast Guard

Polar Star swaps ends of the earth, heads for Arctic duty

The only surviving heavy icebreaker in the U.S. Coast Guard fleet, the 44-year-old Polar Star (WAGB 10), has a new winter mission after the COVID-19 pandemic caused the cutter’s annual resupply excursion to McMurdo Station in Antarctica to be…

Tow hits anchored pontoon boat in North Carolina, killing one

One recreational boater died and another was injured when a tugboat pushing a single barge hit an anchored pontoon boat in the Intracoastal Waterway near Beaufort, N.C. The barge, pushed by the 94-foot John Parrish, hit the pontoon boat outside…

Casualty Briefs

Crewman missing, presumed dead after falling from ship off Texas A 27-year-old mariner sailing aboard the tanker Sagami is missing and presumed dead after falling into the Gulf of Mexico near Sabine Pass, Texas.  The victim, whose name and…

Mariners’ role still unknown as autonomous shipping gains speed

At the behest of Professional Mariner and many other interested parties within and outside of the maritime industry, I’ve been asking many questions about maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS) relating to safety, security and future maritime careers. I have…

Brownwater News, September 2020

Bipartisan bill would boost Great Lakes icebreaking capacity  The Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) is among numerous organizations expressing strong support for a bipartisan bill that would pave the way for increased icebreaking capacity for the Great Lakes fleet. By codifying…