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Small Boat Handling Challenges

Saturday May 31, 2014

Operating a small boat in crowded conditions or bad weather can strain veteran mariners. Newcomers often have little idea of how to approach problems like deep lateral docking or landing on a vessel swinging at its mooring. Learn a couple of techniques to handle these situations.

Sacrificial Anode Placement Tips

Saturday May 31, 2014

Some simple tips can help your sacrificial anode system perform to its full potential and protect your metal equipment from damaging pits due to galvanic corrosion.

US Navy TAO(X) Oiler Proposal

Saturday May 31, 2014

See the latest developments in the USN Oiler replacement program. See why these floating fuel stations for the US Fleet are under a separate funding  program than other Navy ships.

US Navy LX(R) Amphibious Ship Proposal

Saturday May 31, 2014

See the current state of the LX(R) amphibious ship proposal before Congress and learn what issues they face in their funding decision.

Cleaning an Arctic Spill

Saturday May 31, 2014

An oil spill in cold Arctic waters has unknown difficulties but these common spill clean-up tools could do the job in current or modified form.

IMO Sustainability Plan Part Three

Saturday May 31, 2014

Better treatment of workers in all  maritime transport roles is an important part of the sustainability report from the IMO working group. See how better treatment could raise the profile of a career in shipping.

IMO Sustainability Plan Part Two

Saturday May 31, 2014

See how the IMO sustainability working group utilizes current and future technologies to nurture a culture of sustainability in the maritime transportation community.

IMO Sustainability Plan Part One

Saturday May 31, 2014

See the background behind the forty year struggle for sustainable development and see how it has impacted the latest guidance from the IMO.

Extend the Life of Your Lines

Wednesday April 30, 2014

Since we find ourselves in another shoulder season it's time to talk about some spring, or autumn, cleaning. The condition of the lines on a work boat tells you many things about the amount of maintenance a vessel receives throughout the year.

One of the best tips to extend the life of your lines is to keep them as clean as possible. See a more detailed explanation of soiling damage and some other tips for line care so you don't need to face the cost of replacement every year

Sewol Capsize Incident Theories

Wednesday April 30, 2014

Theories about the cause of the Korean Sewol Ferry capsize are gaining evidence as we learn more from the investigation and first hand accounts from rescued passengers and rescuers. A cargo shift is thought to be the most likely cause but a few more possibilities have not yet been ruled out as the primary cause.

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