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A boom closer to shore


In our industry, usually when there’s a big boom (or bust) going on, it’s all about offshore energy. This time, however, the boom is much closer to land.   Continued »




Chef Philippe Parola sees an opportunity to reduce the carp population and build a business.   Continued »

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.

Change Order


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


April 2014 Mailbag   Continued »


April 2014 NEWS BITTS


April 2014 NEWS BITTS   Continued »

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 »

Featured Content
Finally, a towing vessel inspection final rule?
The Coast Guard has posted September 2014 on its regulatory agenda for the release of the towing vessel inspection final rule. Author: Kevin Gilheany
April 23, 2014
Captains to the lifeboats
“Abandon ship!” is an order we all hope to never give or hear. Author: Capt. Peter Squicciarini
April 22, 2014
Crude oil hub in Albany?
The Chicago Mercantile Exchange is reportedly considering revisions that would specify Albany, N.Y., about 100 miles up the Hudson River from New York City, as a hub for deliveries of crude oil. Author: Barry Parker
April 22, 2014
A sailor’s words
What you say in a maritime lawsuit is important. Author: John K. Fulweiler
April 22, 2014
South Korean ferry tragedy raises more questions
The Sewol is reportedly the 100th passenger vessel lost since 2002. Author: Bruce Buls
April 17, 2014

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