Author: Sam Bojarski

Hurricane’s impact on Eastern puts OPC contract back in play

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has granted Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) limited extraordinary relief due to Hurricane Michael, reducing the company’s construction contract for Coast Guard offshore patrol cutters (OPCs) to four vessels maximum.

New funding puts Coast Guard on path to expand icebreaker fleet

The U.S. Coast Guard will receive $675 million to fund construction of the nation’s first polar security cutter, or heavy icebreaker, an appropriation that proponents say is long overdue as the only operational ship of its type in the U.S. fleet continues to deteriorate.

Looming sulfur cap raises concerns about expanded use of scrubbers

Starting in January 2020, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will impose a 0.5 percent sulfur cap on marine fuel content, in what independent shipping analyst Ned Molloy called “the biggest change in what ships run on since they moved away from coal to oil.”