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The 312' Delta Mariner ’s wheelhouse crew failed “to use all available
navigation tools” to avoid hitting the poorly lit Eggner’s Ferry Bridge over
the Tennessee River in Kentucky, the NTSB said.
The Coast Guard is soliciting comments on its merchant mariner medical evaluation program.
The 90'×32', 3,000-hp towboat Endeavor and the two barges it was pushing on Jan. 27 were involved in an allision with a railroad bridge in Vicksburg, Miss. One of the barges, MOC-12, ruptured and spilled light crude oil into the Mississippi River. The spill shut down river traffic for more than three days in both directions.
Years ago in business school macroeconomics, we learned that every economic boom is followed by a bust and every bust is followed by a boom. These booms and busts can be industry specific as well as geographic.
Two years of good results prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to lower random drug testing of crewmembers from 50 to 25 percent for 2013.
The recent announcement that the Coast Guard is dropping the random drug-testing rate from 50 percent to 25 percent is a welcome relief.
Fueled by a big increase in the Operators Index, the WorkBoat Composite Index opened 2013 with a bang, gaining 108 points, or 7.7 percent, in January. Operator issues rose over 15 percent as gainers topped losers by an 8-1 ratio. This follows a 12 percent increase in 2012.
This year’s annual Construction Survey confirms a trend that we’ve been following for more than a year. Newbuild construction yards are finding that slots are filling quickly, and remaining that way, and backlogs are growing. Best of all, this trend should continue over the next 12 months and beyond.
When a member of your crew says they’re sick, you probably assume that the crewmember’s health insurance covers any treatment that might be needed.
Facing a compliance date just weeks away, last December’s International WorkBoat Show was the perfect place for several engine manufacturers to introduce their new EPA Tier 3-compliant diesel engines.
Hercules focuses on jackups
With operators focusing on crude and liquids-rich-type opportunities and the price disparity between gas and crude oil, this year and next look good for Hercules in the U.S. Gulf.
Author: David Krapf
May 23, 2013
The highway of death
Statistically you have a greater risk of being killed on the road than anywhere else, and you have a much greater chance of being injured when riding in an automobile than traveling on your boat.
Author: Capt. Peter Squicciarini
May 23, 2013
Onboard fire at sea hits close to home
News of an “uncontrolled engine room fire” on any
boat always grabs my attention, but when the boat is under my next-door
neighbor’s command, I really pay attention.
Author: Bruce Buls
May 21, 2013
Big post-Panamax ships on the way?
Ports are spending billions of dollars based on the premise that huge, post-Panamax ships will come calling in the U.S.
Author: Pamela Glass
May 21, 2013