Author: Casey Conley

Casualty News December 2020

NTSB details lessons learned in new Safer Seas Digest The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its annual report highlighting lessons learned from maritime accident investigations. Safer Seas Digest 2019, released earlier this month, contains key details from notable…

Shipbuilding News, December 2020

Great Lakes Dredge to build Jones Act ship for offshore wind Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp. (GLDD) has announced plans to build a specialized ship that will support the installation of offshore wind power in the United States. Ulstein…

Casualty Briefs - December/January 2021

Seamanship errors, fatigue cited in fatal collision of destroyer The 2017 collision of the destroyer USS Fitzgerald and the containership ACX Crystal stemmed from failures by the Navy ship’s bridge team in the minutes leading to impact, federal investigators said. Seven…

Key NTSB findings

• Most of the victims on Conception were awake but could not escape the bunk room before all were overcome by smoke inhalation. • The source of ignition was not confirmed, although the electrical distribution system of the vessel, unattended…

Maritime Casualty News November 2020

Coast Guard recommends action for safer pilot transfers The U.S. Coast Guard is urging shipowners and vessel operators to follow international regulations for pilot transfer arrangements in an effort to improve overall safety. In a marine safety information bulletin (MSIB)…

Pasha goes green with Ohana-class containerships

Pasha Hawaii is charting a greener course with its Ohana-class containerships now under construction in south Texas. M/V George III and M/V Janet Marie are scheduled for delivery in late 2020 and early 2021, respectively, from Keppel AmFELS in Brownsville,…

Great Lakes ferry operator adopts waterjet propulsion

Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry is a company that takes family, and tradition, seriously.  But when it came time to build a new high-speed ferry, the third-generation family owners broke from the past.  They decided to put waterjets on William Richard,…

Atlantic Wind Transfers building next-gen CTVs

Five years ago, Atlantic Wind Transfers built the first crew transfer vessel (CTV) in the United States specifically designed to service offshore wind turbines. This fall, the company led by Rhode Island businessman Charles Donadio, Jr., is adding a second CTV…

Seaway Pilots’ launch built to take on the icy St. Lawrence

The St. Lawrence Seaway Pilots work in some of the harshest conditions imaginable. The pilots’ new launch, Seaway Pilot V, has already shown itself up to the task. Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding of Somerset, Mass., modified its proven Chesapeake-class hull to withstand…

COVID-19 threatens once-robust passenger vessel market

The passenger boat market has been relatively strong over the past few years, driven largely by ferry operators on all three coasts replacing older vessels and adding to existing fleets. Meanwhile, the relatively robust economy stoked demand for new excursion…

Top 40 index

American Jazz, 345’ Cruise ship Designer/builder: Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Salisbury, Md. Owner/operator: American Cruise Lines, Guilford, Conn. Anini I, 32’ Excursion boat Designer/builder: Armstrong Marine USA, Port Angeles, Wash. Owner/operator: North Shore Charters, Kilauea, Hawaii Aventura, 29’ Patrol boat Designer/builder: Sirocco…

Shipbuilding News, November 2020

Autonomous retrofit planned for hybrid cargo vessel First Harvest Navigation is partnering with Sea Machines Robotics on an autonomous control package for the 63-foot hybrid cargo vessel Captain Ben Moore. Sea Machines, a Boston-based maritime technology company, will outfit the…

Maritime Casualty News October 2020

NTSB: Conception fire highlights need for safety improvements The National Transportation Safety Board is urging the U.S. Coast Guard to establish new safety measures based on the NTSB’s investigation into the Conception dive boat fire that left 34 people dead. …

Workboat capsizes during Louisiana oil spill exercise, killing two

A workboat that capsized and sank during a boom deployment exercise on the Lower Mississippi River, killing both people on board, turned broadside to the current moments before it rolled over.  National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators could not explain…