ICS: Global Shipping Industry Concerned By Protectionist U.S. Approach to Energy Exports

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  The United States Congress signaled last week its firm intention to approve major free trade deals with Asia and Europe. But the global trade association for merchant ship operators, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), has voiced serious concern about the potentially protectionist approach being taken by the U.S. with respect to the future transport of … [Read more...]

U.S. Towing Industry Awaits Subchapter M Final Rule

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  By William Mahoney, Director, Safety Management Systems, LLC After 10 years in the making it appears a Subchapter M final rule on the inspection, standards, and safety management systems of towing vessels will be published by the U.S. Coast Guard in a matter of months. While there may be uncertainty, there’s no reason to fear this development and what it means … [Read more...]

Interview With MSC Commodore John Rinko, USN

Navy Capt. John Rinko, Commodore of MSC Europe

Capt. John Rinko, commodore of the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command Europe and Africa sectors commands hundreds of merchant mariners deployed across the European and African area of operations. These mariners work aboard U.S. Navy noncombatant ships that conduct specialized missions and move military cargo and fuel in support of U.S. forces.  Here are questions … [Read more...]

Refugee rescue | 100-year-old ship ferries thousands to safety

Lake Tanganyika Ferry

A 100-year-old ship ferries thousands of Burundians to safety. Meet the captain, three aid workers and a woman fleeing home for the fourth time. by Céline Schmitt UNHCR  Kagunga is a small Tanzanian village close to the border with Burundi. Wedged between a steep mountain range and the waters of Lake Tanganyika, it has little access to other parts of Tanzania except by … [Read more...]

Is the United States Positioned to Lead in the Arctic?

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By Jason Tama, Heather Greenley and David Barata, As the United States readies to assume chairmanship of the Arctic Council today, it is timely to assess where the United States stands in terms of its ability and commitment to lead in the region. While there are many important elements of Arctic leadership outlined in the U.S. National Arctic Strategy, the ultimate metric of … [Read more...]

Recognizing Deck Officer Health Issues Such as Trackline Attachment Syndrome

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Recognition and Early Intervention Avoid Previously Undiagnosed Deck Officer Health Issues By Capt. I.M. Anonymous Trackline Attachment Syndrome (TAS) is the tendency of navigators, commonly younger mates, but often noted during observation of even seasoned captains, to develop an unhealthy and obsessive need to place and keep a pictorial representation of their vessel … [Read more...]