The IMO deadline for fitting new ships with Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) is less than one year away. After July 1, 2002, all newbuilds over 300 grt must be equipped with an approved AIS transponder system. Leica Geosystems, one of the pioneering companies in AIS technology,
The Barge And Towing Industry — A Legislative Review — Dena L. Wilson, Director— Legislative Affairs Congress left Washington, D.C. for the first part of its summer recess after passing omnibus water resources legislation, H.R. 3678, on June 29, by a vote of 259-33.
This year. The American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, celebrates its 60th anniversary. AWO members, representing the inland, coastal and harbor sectors of the industry, recently
Fireworks exploded over the Bay Bridge and thousands of people crowding the waterfront near the new ballpark gasped in admiration. Some of the best seats for the spectacle are along the north side of Pier 50. home of Westar Marine Services where
Marine Spill Response Corp. Projects 5-Year, $800 Million Program Two years ago, on a reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground causing America's biggest oil spill. While thousands worked to clean up the spill in Alaska,
The U.S. Coast Guard certification of Microphor's unique biological marine sewage treatment systems for commercial marine vessels has been announced by John M. Mayfield Jr., president of Microphor, Inc. The northern California manufacturer has
On December 30, 2000, the tanker Castor was underway in the western Mediterranean Sea en route from Constanza, Romania to Lagos, Nigeria, carrying 29,470 tons of unleaded gasoline. During a fierce winter storm, the ship developed a 22-m long crack
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has fired the first round in the potentially long and bitter battle over oil spill damage assessment between the U.S. government and the oil transport industry. NOAA has recently published
On December 30. 2002. the U.S. Coast Guard published a Notice of meetings and a request for comments relating to maritime security (67 Fed. Reg. 79742). Following are some thoughts on this important issue. I must commence by stating that I have the highest respect for the Coast Guard.