Author: Rich Miller

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.

Research/survey

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.

Citing costs, Shell abandons offshore oil drilling in Alaska Arctic

After overcoming regulatory hurdles and environmental protests to resume offshore oil drilling in the Arctic, Royal Dutch Shell abruptly reversed course in September and suspended its efforts “for the foreseeable future” when an exploratory well produced disappointing results.

Isla Bella

Five years ago, shipowners questioning whether liquefied natural gas was the fuel of the future could cite two simple reasons for not making the move: There wasn’t enough supply infrastructure in place to create demand for LNG-powered ships, and there wasn’t enough demand for LNG ships to stimulate investment in infrastructure.

Marjorie C

The 692-foot Marjorie C had just docked in San Diego as part of its second round-trip between the U.S. mainland and its home port of Honolulu.

Ferries/excursion

The dream of North American ferries powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) became a reality in 2015 with the arrival and launch of the first such vessels in the St. Lawrence River — one built overseas and one produced by Quebec’s Davie Shipyard.

Probe: Botched engine order led to ship damaging grain facility

A communication breakdown and confusion on the bridge — including the captain repeatedly yelling “Stop the engine!” on the phone, to no avail — led a bulk carrier to strike a grain elevator on the Houston Ship Channel, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined.