September 16th 2015

The crew of the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) ferry LECONTE rescued six men from a capsized fishing boat on Sept. 3. The rescued men reported that their anchor had gotten stuck as they attempted to raise it. A powerful electric anchor winch kept pulling the anchor line, lowering the bow of the boat. At […]

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Australian Tankermen Lose Jobs to Foreign Replacements

August 3rd 2015

Thirty-six Australian mariners who went on strike in July over a plan to outsource their jobs are now unemployed. Their ship, the MT Alexander Spirit, is the fourth Australian-crewed fuel tanker to be offshored in the past year. For a week, the Australian mariners had refused orders to sail the ship from Devonport, Tasmania, to […]

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United Kingdom Issues New Regulations on Minimum Safe Manning

July 10th 2015

The U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has released new regulations aimed at bringing U.K.-registered ships and all vessels operating in British territorial waters into compliance with IMO regulations on manning levels. The new MCA regulations, released in the form of a Merchant Shipping Notice (MSN), reiterate the safe manning requirements in the STCW Convention […]

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​Rep. Duncan Hunter Introduces Legislation to Increase Maritime Security Program Funding

May 19th 2015

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) last week introduced an amendment to defense authorization legislation that would provide a much-needed increase in funding for the Maritime Security Program (MSP). Appropriations for the program have been unchanged–at $3.1 million per ship, or $186 million a year for the fleet–since Fiscal Year 2012. MSP is scheduled to continue at […]

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MSC Commander Underscores Navy Support for Merchant Marine

April 22nd 2015

America’s mariners “have answered our nation’s call time and time again,” said Rear Adm. Thomas K. Shannon, commander of Military Sealift Command, in an April 13 speech to the New York Marine Society. “America does not go to war without MARAD, MSC and our commercial industry partners,” he added. Shannon made the remarks during the […]

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