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Embarkation & Disembarkation of Passenger Vessels

By Hendrik J. Keijer
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In this article, Marine Operations Expert and retired Master Mariner, Hendrik Keijer discusses the potential hazards that passengers, guests, or even crew, may face when embarking (getting aboard) or…

Unseaworthy Vessels

By Hendrik J. Keijer
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A vessel is deemed seaworthy when it is determined to be reasonably fit for her intended use. The Titanic was a passenger cruise liner which was intended to be used to safely carry passengers and…

Interpreting Marine GPS Data

By Hendrik J. Keijer
Expert Article

A version of this article was published in the ABA TIPS Admiralty & Maritime Law Spring 2022 Newsletter. The PDF is available for download at the link on the side of this page. GPS units and…

Bridge Resource Management

By Hendrik J. Keijer
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An effective and skilled ship’s navigation team, subject to applicable requirements, should be well versed and trained in Bridge Resource Management (BRM). During any investigation where an…

Securing & Tying Down Objects Aboard Vessels

By Hendrik J. Keijer
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All vessels, regardless of size, are subject to requirements, standards, and procedures for securing on board materials. The objective is to reduce and/or eliminate the likelihood and consequential…

46 CFR Subchapter M Towing Vessel Regulations: An Expert’s Perspective

By Bartley J. Eckhardt, P.E.
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Historically, the majority of towing vessels in inland and coastwise service are classified as “uninspected vessels.” Although inland and coastwise towing vessels are regulated by CFR,…

Towing Vessel Safety: Risk-based Maintenance and Inspection of Towing Vessel Machinery and Systems

By Bartley J. Eckhardt, P.E.
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This paper was originally presented at the 2013 ASME/USCG Workshop on Marine Technology & Standards in Arlington, VA. Download the article in PDF in the Details section of this page. Failures of…