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 upon an […]

How To Install the Becker Mewis Duct

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*+-By Nikos Kairis The reduction of operational cost is an important aspect of managing a company especially in a harsh financial environment. In that way companies have the ability of saving financial resources for whatever purpose they want. In the shipping industry, fuel oil consumption is one of the most crucial parameters in defining each year’s budget. The Becker Mewis Duct (BMD) is a system that […]

When Will the Great Lakes Have LNG Bunkering?

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*+-By Danielle Holden, Aaron Brown and Cheryl Stahl – DNV GL The concept of LNG-fuelled ships in the Great Lakes region has support from local stakeholders, U.S. and Canadian government officials, port/terminal operators and the public. It has many advantages, including the opportunity to cost-effectively comply with upcoming strict air emissions standards because of its “cleaner” ship engines. While the advantages […]

Casualties and Unregulated Maritime Migrancy Are Top IMO Issues of 2014

IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu

*+-By Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General, International Maritime Organization The incidents over the holiday period involving the vessels Norman Atlantic and Blue Sky M have reminded us once again how perilous a voyage at sea can be. Although fundamentally different in nature, both saw human lives placed at risk in difficult and challenging circumstances. My deepest condolences […]

A Final Farewell to Single-Hull Oil Tankers

Exxon Valdez aground on Bligh Reef, Image: NOAA

*+-By Doug Helton, NOAA Office of Response & Restoration January 1, 2015 marks a major milestone in preventing oil spills. That date is the deadline which the landmark Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA-90) specifies for phasing out single-hull tankers in U.S. waters. That act, passed after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince […]

Salvors Detail the Recovery of Team Vestas Wind

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*+-Seldom does a salvage operation run as smoothly as that of the Volvo Ocean Racing yacht, “Vestas Wind”. In a joint venture between Subtech and Svitzer, a team consisting of Neil Scott-Williams, Morgan Castle and Morne Uys of Subtech and Mike Smith and Rob Hare, veteran salvors from Svitzer was mobilized from South Africa under […]

A Tugboat Christmas

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*+-By Ed Snell Twas the night before Christmas And all through the tug, Only the deckhand was stirring The tea in his mug. The dock lines were hung By the fiddly with care In hopes that crew change Soon would be there. The tug’s crew was nestled Safe in their beds All thankful the pilots Had […]

SSV Oliver Hazard Perry Square Rigger Nears Delivery

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*+-By Vincent Tavani Why build a tall ship from scratch at the beginning of the twenty-first century? A full-rigged, ocean-going ship hasn’t been attempted in the United States since 1904.  SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, now in its final stages of construction at Hinckley Company in Portsmouth, is exactly that: a 500-ton, three-masted vessel, with square sails […]