The state is offering up to $400,000 annually for marine engineers to inspect 30 to 40 ships. It’s a fraction of the $3.4 million Ocean Ranger program, which had marine engineers on more than half of all voyages by large cruise ships.
What happens if a megaship loses power? The Coast Guard recently met with the cruise industry looking for answers.
Strong winds and high tides caused the tugboat Lumberman to drag anchor and drift south, raising concerns that it could endanger private or public property.
But mariners are urging Coast Guard officials to keep the free, low-tech service rather than switch over to subscription-based satellites.
The 17-year-old non-profit maritime organization just moved into their new building in August 2017.
When it finally arrives in Unalaska next week, the Shin Onoe will be one of the biggest vessels to ever stay in port here. It’s 150 feet wide, with a 60 foot draft when it’s full of coal, soybeans, or iron.