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An ARTCO towboat passes over an electric fish barrier on the Chicago Sanitary Ship Canal in Chicago. The Army Corps of Engineers constructed the barrier, which operates at two volts per inch, to disperse Asian carp.



Asian carp have come a long way from the early ‘70s when they were brought to the U.S. by private fish farmers in Arkansas as a food fish and for water quality control in aquaculture ponds and lagoons.   Continued »

STCW amendments will likely cost OSV crewmembers more time and money.

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In the interest of safety, about four years ago the U.S. Coast Guard decided it needed to make revisions to the rules governing STCW.   Continued »


April 2014 Mailbag


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April 2014 NEWS BITTS


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Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp delivered his final State of the Coast Guard Address in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 26.

Heavy ice affecting Great Lakes, inland traffic


Ice nearing record levels is giving icebreakers an intense workout on the Great Lakes and slowing or stopping traffic on the inland rivers.   Continued »


No discharge zone for Puget Sound posed


On Feb. 19, Washington state released a draft petition to establish a no discharge zone (NDZ) for Puget Sound from the Canadian border to the southern end of the Sound. Following the notice, the public has a 60-day comment period to weigh in on the proposal. The deadline is April 21.   Continued »


Marine industry finds discharge regulations overbearing


The maritime industry is pushing Congress for relief from a web of federal and state regulations for ballast water and other vessel discharges.   Continued »


Papp wants ‘stable’ funding for Coast Guard assets


Recalling that in 2012 he surveyed the national security cutter Bertholf and admitted to enjoying the “new Coast Guard Cutter smell,” Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., announced that 30 more vessels are on the way.   Continued »





The 238'x50' Neil Armstrong has a 2,557-sq.-ft. stern deck working area.

Dakota Creek launches first of two Navy research vessels


On Feb. 22, Dakota Creek Industries, Anacortes, Wash., lowered its large Syncrolift in the waters of Puget Sound and the research vessel Neil Armstrong floated free.      Continued »

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