Author: Professional Mariner Staff

Burger building new vessel for Michigan ferry operator

(MANITOWOC, Wis.) — Burger Boat Company has begun work on a new vehicle and passenger ferry for the Eastern Upper Peninsula Transportation Authority (EUPTA), located in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The 92-foot U.S.-made steel ferry will operate year-round on the…

Coalition aims to make zero-emission shipping 'default choice' by 2030

(COPENHAGEN, Denmark) — Full decarbonization of international shipping is urgent and achievable. This is the clear message from more than 150 industry leaders and organizations representing the entire maritime value chain, including shipping, cargo, energy, finance, ports and infrastructure. In…

REC New York reopens in new location

(NEW YORK) — Regional Exam Center (REC) New York has reopened for examination services in the Federal Building at 201 Varick Street in Lower Manhattan. Specific information regarding the REC’s physical address, hours of operation, and entry requirements can be…

New AMC campaign highlights key role of US-flagged shipping

(WASHINGTON) — The American Maritime Congress (AMC) has launched a comprehensive campaign to raise public awareness about the key role the U.S.-flagged deep-sea shipping industry plays in the nation's economic prosperity, national security and future well-being. "We're excited to launch…

NMC cites possible issues with recent Pay.gov payments

(MARTINSBURG, W.Va.) — The National Maritime Center (NMC) recently became aware of a problem with the merchant mariner user fee payment form on the Pay.gov website. During the last 90 days, mariners who attempted to pay examination and/or issuance fees…

Icom unveils M510 transceiver at NMEA 2021

(KIRKLAND, Wash.) — At this year’s NMEA Marine Electronics Conference and Expo, Icom will be showcasing its newest VHF marine transceiver, the M510. With the M510 on board, conveniently command and control wirelessly, all from your smart device. Icom will…

Severe winds from downburst cited in NOLA boxship breakaway

(WASHINGTON) — Severe unforecasted winds caused a containership to break away from a pier and damage equipment at the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal in New Orleans on Aug. 2, 2020, according to the National Transportation Safety Board’s Marine Accident Brief…

House panel approves $350 million for Great Lakes heavy icebreaker

(CLEVELAND) — The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Tuesday approved $1 billion for U.S. Coast Guard shoreside infrastructure nationwide and $350 million for a heavy Great Lakes icebreaker as part of its budget reconciliation bill, an action that the…

Sea Machines plans autonomous voyage around Denmark by ocean tug

(BOSTON) — Sea Machines Robotics will embark on a 1,000-nautical-mile autonomous and remotely commanded journey around Denmark later this month. Aptly named The Machine Odyssey, the voyage marks a landfall moment for autonomous transportation and is slated to prove that…

NTSB: Inaccurate stability calculations caused Golden Ray to capsize

(WASHINGTON) — Inaccurate stability calculations caused the capsizing of the vehicle carrier Golden Ray that resulted in $200 million in damage, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Tuesday. The marine accident report details the NTSB’s investigation of the Sept.…

ILA: Members will not work autonomous ships without crews on board

(NORTH BERGEN, N.J.) — Harold Daggett, president of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), has a message to any shipping companies planning to utilize autonomous container cargo ships without crew: Don’t sail them into ILA ports from Maine To Texas, Puerto…

Atlantic Wind Transfers chooses CrewSmart for compliance, management

(QUONSET POINT, R.I.) — CrewSmart, the end-to-end management system for compliant, effective maritime operations, has been chosen by U.S. offshore energy support vessel (OESV) pioneer Atlantic Wind Transfers (AWT) to ensure compliance and set the benchmark for fleet and personnel…

Mackay Marine selected as Iridium GMDSS global service provider

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Global marine electronics and satellite communications provider Mackay Communications, dba Mackay Marine, has joined the group of worldwide service providers for Iridium’s new Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). Mackay is similarly a global partner with…

ABS, Vanderbilt analyze decarbonization strategies for inland waterways

(HOUSTON) — The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and Vanderbilt University have published a landmark report analyzing decarbonization strategies for U.S. inland waterways. "Decarbonization of the Inland Waterway Sector in the United States" evaluates the potential for possible future propulsion…

Port NOLA resumes containership operations nine days after Ida

(NEW ORLEANS) – Container vessel operations resumed Tuesday at the Port of New Orleans, just nine days after Hurricane Ida made landfall in southeast Louisiana as a Category 4 storm. The first two ships worked the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal,…

Small passenger vessels underway off California face new safety checks

(ALAMEDA, Calif.) — Coast Guard personnel throughout the 11th Coast Guard District have implemented an initiative that enhances underway presence and improves safety aboard small passenger vessels operating off the California coast. The safety compliance checks are being conducted underway…

SAFETY BULLETIN: Updated COVID mask requirements for mariners

(WASHINGTON) — The Coast Guard assistant commandant for prevention policy has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 02-21 Change 3, “COVID-19 Safety Requirements in the Maritime Transportation System,” to provide notification that mariners on “non-passenger-carrying commercial vessels operated by a team…