Killed by a Filing Cabinet

By Michael Carr - He braced himself against the ship’s starboard side and stared inward through the chartroom’s one porthole. He inhaled and exhaled, listening to his exhaust bubbles heading toward the surface 50 feet away. This was the only sound, his rhythmic inhaling and exhaling. He was transfixed. Inside the chartroom was the body of a drowned Coastie, floating eerily … [Read more...]

Business of Shipping: Soo Locks’ Long-Awaited Upgrade

The Business of Shipping is new column from Ira Breskin, senior lecturer at SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx, NY and author of The Business of Shipping (9th edition), North America's most comprehensive industry-focused book explaining and analyzing marine transportation and related industries, both domestic and international. By Ira Breskin After 30-years, the long wait … [Read more...]

U.S. Judge Blocks Atlantic Seismic Oil Permitting During Shutdown

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - A federal court judge on Friday ruled that the federal government cannot process seismic testing permits for offshore oil drilling during the ongoing government shutdown, dealing a blow Trump administration's energy agenda. Judge Richard Gergel of the U.S. District Court in South Carolina issued the decision in response to … [Read more...]

Incident Video: Cargo Ship Crashes Into Pier in Barranquilla, Colombia

https://youtu.be/xs4vDULQGRQ Check out this incident video coming to us from Barranquilla, Colombia where a cargo ship allided with a pier on the Magdalena River. According to reports, the incident took place around 1140 LT January 16 as the MV Murueta arrived from the Netherland Antilles with a cargo of salt. Both the ship and pier sustained damage, which … [Read more...]

Interview: Mark Dickinson, General Secretary of Nautilus International, Talks Seafarers’ Pay, Working Conditions, Criminalization and More

Interview by Paul González-Morgan (Marine Strategy) - Mark Dickinson, is General Secretary of the trade union Nautilus International, with members in waterborne transport sectors all over the world – from deepsea oil tankers to river cruises. Mark has spent over 40 years in the maritime industry, which began when he joined the British Merchant Navy as a Navigating Cadet in … [Read more...]