Author: Rich Miller

In memoriam: Susan Buchanan

Maritime journalism lost a valuable member of its community with the passing of Susan Buchanan, 67, on Nov. 22, 2019.


It took more than nine years, but Canada has taken delivery of the first ship constructed under the National Shipbuilding Strategy.

Brownwater News, October 2019

AAPA faults funding cut in port infrastructure program Port executives from across the United States gathered in Washington, D.C., in late September to voice their legislative concerns, among them a decrease in funding for the Maritime Administration’s Port Infrastructure Development…

As oil stabilizes, Gulf yards look to turn the page

Is this finally the bottom? That’s the question being asked along the U.S. Gulf Coast, where nearly four years after the global oil market collapse, demand for new offshore vessels remains virtually non-existent.

GAO faults Navy’s overruns, deficient work

The push in Washington for a 355-ship Navy is alive and well, but a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has cast doubt on the possibility of the service reaching that goal due to ballooning acquisition costs and “poor outcomes.”


Most scientists concur that climate change is affecting the Earth’s oceans, impacting weather patterns and aquatic species in the process.

TWIC cards get security facelift

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has updated the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), incorporating additional security features in a new design.

Brownwater News, March 2018

Coast Guard tables Hudson River anchorage proposal The U.S. Coast Guard has decided to take no action on a shipping industry proposal to establish 10 new anchorages along the Hudson River, effectively tabling the plan in the face of opposition…

DC push brings new hope for 355-ship Navy

The changing of presidential administrations has brought a lot of uncertainty to the federal budget process, with President Trump’s public support of programs often tempered by contradictory realities when the rubber hits the road.


While newbuilds in the research sector during the past year didn’t rise to the scale of USNS Maury, a 353-foot survey ship delivered to the Navy in 2016 by VT Halter Marine, there was activity involving smaller vessels at nearly a dozen North American yards.

New workboat replaces venerable NASSCO yard tug

When it came time to replace the venerable Mr. Ed, a yard tug that has served General Dynamics NASSCO for more than 35 years, there was no need to reinvent a proven performer — a couple of tweaks here, an equipment upgrade there and cleaner-burning engines filled the bill.

Plimsolls go to Houston pilots, training provider, inspection innovators

Professional Mariner has presented the 2017 Samuel Plimsoll Awards for Outstanding Service to two marine pilots whose actions minimized the danger posed by an oil tanker ablaze in the Houston Ship Channel, and to a training provider that has implemented a collaborative simulation program to improve the navigation skills of mariners.

Brownwater News, November 2016

MarAd designates funding for container-on-barge operations Six national Marine Highway projects, including four inland container-on-barge operations, have received $4.85 million in grants from the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd). The goal of the Marine Highway Program is to expand the use…

Eastern wins long-awaited OPC contract; icebreakers gain in Congress

As the calendar flipped to September, all eyes in the world of military shipbuilding turned intently to Washington as the Coast Guard prepared to deliver the biggest procurement plum in decades: a contract potentially worth $10 billion to build up to 25 offshore patrol cutters.


The demand for data from the world’s oceans continues to grow as researchers respond to the effects of climate change and look to advance the extent and accuracy of seafloor mapping.