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In last month’s column, I discussed how major revisions to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (the STCW Convention) made at the Manila Conference in 2010 will affect STCW Basic Safety Training (BST).
It’s no secret that the maritime industry is challenged when it comes to attracting future workers. We have seen the pool of qualified young people who are interested in maritime careers slowly shrink. For those of us who hire seasonal employees aboard our passenger vessels, the problem is particularly acute.
At the Offshore Technology Conference in May, Statoil announced the sanction of the Julia field development, located 200 miles south of New Orleans in the U.S. Gulf.
After posting a negligible gain in April, the WorkBoat Composite Index gained 60.89 points, over 4 percent, as gainers topped losers by a 2-1 ratio.
New energy-related transportation movements often look more like the 1960s than 2013.
Recently, several very expensive items went missing from a vessel’s off-site storage location: the ship’s brass bell, copper items, bronze pumps and other things.
In any lawsuit, showing that someone sustained an injury can be akin to surveying a vessel after a grounding.
The box cooler is a relatively new cooling system that pumps the engine’s cooling water through a bundle of tubes enclosed in a sea chest mounted against the hull. Inlet and outlet slots are cut into the hull and sea chest to provide an uninterrupted flow of water over the cooling tubes.
You can still find keel coolers built out of galvanized iron pipe because it’s cheap. But it’s not something you’d want to use on your vessel’s expensive modern engines.
July 2013 BOB FRANCO SPECIFICATIONS ROBERT FRANCO SPECIFICATIONS
WorkBoat Compensation Survey 2013
WorkBoat's new survey about who makes how much money in the workboat industry and a whole lot more.
Author: Ken Hocke
June 18, 2013
Congress hits DHS on TWIC readers
The House has approved a budget for the Department of Homeland Security that would withhold $30 million until the agency demonstrates how requiring TWIC readers would enhance maritime security.
Author: Pamela Glass
June 17, 2013
Spilling oil can ruin your day
There is no amount of oil that’s OK to spill. A simple drop of oil that causes sheen on the water is a pollution incident. You and your company can be held directly and personally liable.
Author: Capt. Peter Squicciarini
June 17, 2013
Deckhands: How important are they?
For over two decades, deckhand positions on Northeast tugs were relegated to “unskilled” labor status. While some still hold this view, this is beginning to change.
Author: Joel Milton
June 12, 2013