Author: Casey Conley

Shipbuilding News October 2021

Eastern Shipbuilding cuts steel on third Coast Guard OPC Construction on the third Coast Guard Heritage-class offshore patrol cutter (OPC) has begun at Eastern Shipbuilding in Florida. Shipyard workers cut steel for the future USCGC Ingham (WMSM-917) at Eastern’s Allanton…

Miles add up fast for Mobile Bay ferry captains

With three short blasts of the whistle, Marissa Mae Nicole got underway from Dauphin Island, Ala., for Fort Morgan, four miles across Mobile Bay. Longtime Mobile Bay Ferry Capt. Dennis Kula guided the double-ended vehicle ferry away from the…

Poor communication, stuck anchor cited in BC bulker allision

The loaded bulk carrier Caravos Harmony approached an anchorage in Vancouver Harbor, British Columbia, when currents began pushing the vessel to port, directly toward a ship already at anchor.  The pilot aboard Caravos Harmony gave engine and rudder orders…

Maritime Casualty News September 2021

Unattended candles blamed in Fla. megayacht fire Candles lit and left unattended in a yacht’s VIP suite caused a fire that resulted in the total loss of the $6.3 million vessel and $480,000 in damage to a Miami marina and…

Brownwater News September 2021

Report identifies carbon reduction strategies on inland waterways A new report published by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and Vanderbilt University explores different options for cutting carbon emissions on inland waterways. The report considers alternative fuels and propulsion systems,…

Shipbuilding News September 2021

Crowley, Shell partnering on new LNG bunker barge Crowley Maritime has announced plans to build and operate the largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering barge in the Jones Act trade. Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding will construct the 416-foot barge, which will…

Salvage crews work to free riverboat stuck in Kentucky lake

A small cruise ship carrying 120 passengers and 49 crewmembers ran aground in the Cumberland River near Canton, Ky., and remained stuck for more than a week.   The 269-by-69-foot American Jazz grounded on a sandbar outside the navigation channel…

Maritime Casualty News August 2021

NTSB releases latest Safer Seas Digest The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its most recent Safer Seas Digest offering key insights and lessons from major maritime casualties. The 2020 report covers 42 maritime incidents from last year that…

Brownwater News August 2021

One dead after Texas tour boat capsizes during storm  One person died and another was injured after a tour boat capsized during a thunderstorm on Lake Conroe near Houston, Texas. The 60-passenger double-decker Lake Conroe Queen rolled over at about 2015 on Aug. 14, according to a…

Shipbuilding News August 2021

Eastern delivers first of three new Staten Island ferries Eastern Shipbuilding has delivered the first of three massive passenger ferries destined to carry commuters between Staten Island and Lower Manhattan.  The lead boat, M/V SSG Michael H. Ollis, left the…

Professional Mariner magazine appoints new editor

Professional Mariner magazine has a new editor at the helm.   Publisher Dave Abrams appointed associate editor Casey Conley to the top editorial post effective June 1. He replaces Rich Miller, who last fall announced his intention to retire. Miller will stay with the magazine in a consulting role.  “I’ve…

NTSB: SEACOR Power capsized as crew prepared to drop legs

Facing an unexpectedly strong storm, crew aboard the lift boat SEACOR Power began lowering the vessel’s retractable legs in an effort to ride out the weather. Moments later, the 234-foot vessel rolled over as the helmsman turned into the…

Golden Ray salvage resumes after wreckage catches fire

Salvage work has resumed near Brunswick, Ga., following a fire inside the Golden Ray wreck that burned for roughly seven hours. Workers noticed smoke emanating from the capsized vehicle carrier around noon on May 14. At the time, crews…

Bulker leaves channel, grounds near entrance to North Carolina port

A foreign-flagged bulk carrier loaded with agricultural products ran aground near Morehead City, N.C., and it required help from multiple tugboats to refloat.  The 590-foot Kite Bay became stuck May 25 at about 0700 on the sandy bottom in Beaufort Inlet. The vessel grounded completely outside…

Brownwater News July, 2021

U.S.-flagged cruise ship aground in Lake Barkley Salvage efforts are ongoing to free a cruise ship that ran aground in Lake Barkley, within the Cumberland River, near the Kentucky town of Cadiz. Donjon-SMIT is leading the effort to refloat American Jazz, which became…