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Major pollution incidents usually result in legislative and/or regulatory actions to help prevent or minimize the chance of similar events occurring in the future.
Over the last few years, there has been a lot of talk about the rising costs of placing and maintaining fixed aids to navigation (ATONs) on our nation’s waterways. With it, there have been discussions about electronic or virtual aids to navigation as a viable option to replace aging fixed aids.
Last month, I was sitting on the beach beside Aransas Pass on Mustang Island in south Texas, a cut to the Gulf of Mexico from the Corpus Christi Ship Channel that connects the Port of Corpus Christi (fifth largest U.S. port by total tonnage) with the Gulf of Mexico.
The WorkBoat Composite Index barely squeezed out a gain in June, but operators enjoyed a good month. While the overall Index increased less than 1%, the Operators Index gained almost 6%. The Philadelphia Oil Service Index gained about 7%.
In a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll of 1,000 adults conducted from June 11-15, two-thirds of the respondents said they supported EPA emissions limits on coal-fired power plants compared to 29 percent that opposed the limits.
I’ve seen this too many times in the last few years. It all starts with a passenger vessel company that is doing fine and then either sells to new owners or expands into new areas.
Sometimes the lore of the sea gets ahead of itself. For example, is a ship captain really obligated to go down with the ship? Will a ship’s master face penalties for scooting clear of the ship’s rail leaving passengers and crew to fend for themselves?
The construction and delivery of the new 175'×25'×13'6", DP-2, fast supply vessel (FSV) Riley Claire was a series of firsts for the vessel’s builder, owner, and waterjet manufacturer.
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Lincoln Electric’s Power Wave S350 is a third generation inverter welder. Match this up with the company’s recently introduced Advanced Module and you get several advantages, especially for aluminum welding.
Will Mexico see more U.S. OSVs?
If Mexico's new oil reforms work, U.S. OSV operators will receive a nice boost and relocate more vessels to the region.
Author: David Krapf
August 28, 2014
Has the Coast Guard gone international?
I am increasingly concerned with the International Maritime Organization (IMO). It’s not about the group’s regulation of international vessels but with the potential impact that emerging IMO rules might have on domestic U.S. vessel operators and mariners. The Coast Guard
Author: Capt. Alan Bernstein
August 28, 2014
Wood boats, aluminum boats and Port Townsend
It's still summer, still a good time to be on the water, whether for work or pleasure. Last week, I got a chance to do both at the same time.
Author: Bruce Buls
August 26, 2014
What’s next for shipping assets?
Theories on optimal ownership structures for capital assets are like the shipping markets — they go in cycles. Since workboats are often ancillary to some larger business mission, I am always scanning the business news for clues about company architecture.
Author: Barry Parker
August 26, 2014