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Shipping companies and maritime unions are at odds with the Obama administration over a proposal that would make big changes in a U.S. food aid program.
The Coast Guard is soliciting comments on its merchant mariner medical evaluation program.
If you’ve got an opinion on the newly proposed federal rule requiring TWIC readers on certain vessels and at maritime facilities, the Coast Guard wants to hear from you.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) provided information recently on how the sequestration budget cuts are likely to affect CBP’s operations.
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.
March 2013 Mailbag
At its first oversight hearing of the new Congress, leadership of the House Coast Guard subcommittee has focused on how well the service is handling its heavy load of assigned missions.
A top Coast Guard official has told Congress that the long-awaited towing vessel regulations are “not on the backburner,” and that the agency is using the extra time to make sure it gets the rule right and has enough inspectors to apply the rules fairly and effectively.
Following a pair of high-profile accidents in San Francisco Bay recently, the Coast Guard has announced new rules that restrict cargo ships, oil tankers and other large vessels from traveling near to the Bay Bridge when in heavy fog.
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