Author: Professional Mariner Staff

Four charged in $200,000 Coast Guard credentialing scheme

(NORFOLK, Va.) — Four individuals have been charged for their respective roles in a conspiracy to sell phony U.S. Coast Guard merchant mariner credentials in Norfolk. According to allegations in the unsealed indictment, Lamont Godfrey, 42, of Portsmouth, Eugene Johnson,…

GOST launches streamlined vessel tracking interface, new antennas

(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) — GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies), a world leader in marine security, tracking, monitoring and video surveillance systems, has announced its next-generation vessel tracking interface – the GOST Specter. The intuitive website easily works on mobile and…

Man reported overboard from Maersk containership in Savannah

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — The Coast Guard is searching for a man who went missing after falling overboard in the Port of Savannah, Ga., on Tuesday. Watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Charleston received notification at approximately 3 a.m. Tuesday from…

Gibbs & Cox establishes Houston office

(ARLINGTON, Va.) — Gibbs & Cox Inc., a global leader in naval architecture and marine engineering, has expanded its services into Houston, Texas. The office will be led by Todd Carrico, a leading innovator in naval and offshore marine engineering…

IMO working group proposes new measures to cut ship emissions

(LONDON) — New mandatory measures to cut the carbon intensity of existing ships have been agreed by an International Maritime Organization (IMO) working group. This marks a major step forward, building on current mandatory energy efficiency requirements to further reduce…

Foreship deploys drones to enhance draft surveys

(HELSINKI) — Leading naval architecture and marine engineering company Foreship Ltd. confirms that draft surveys employing drones improve the accuracy of readings as well as the speed and safety of the survey process. Following successful trials, Foreship has added the…

EPA unveils new vessel discharge rules

(WASHINGTON) — On Oct. 26 in the Federal Register, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published proposed vessel discharge regulations. The new regulations are being implemented pursuant to the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) of 2018. The EPA is soliciting public…

Hybrid cargo vessel to be retrofitted with autonomous system

(NORWALK, Conn.) — Norwalk-based First Harvest Navigation, a marine transportation company that connects family farms to urban and suburban neighborhoods, has selected Boston-based Sea Machines’ technology to launch the first autonomous hybrid cargo vessel in the Unites States. Powered by…

Derecktor gets Army Corps approval for Florida haul-out basin

(FORT PIERCE, Fla.) — After 11 months of review, the engineering and plans for Derecktor Fort Pierce’s new megayacht haul-out basin have been officially approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, paving way for construction to commence once the…

US groups call for strong response to China's maritime ambitions

(WASHINGTON) — Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) President Matthew Paxton on Thursday issued the following statement regarding the new Navy League U.S. report "China's Use of Maritime for Global Power Demands a Strong Commitment to American Maritime": “The U.S. Navy…

Latest FRC from Bollinger bound for Bahrain

(LOCKPORT, La.) — Bollinger Shipyards on Thursday delivered USCGC Charles Moulthrope to the U.S. Coast Guard in Key West, Fla. This is the 164th vessel Bollinger has delivered to the Coast Guard over a 35-year period and the 41st fast…

MarAd accepting applications for maritime workforce training and education

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd) is accepting applications from eligible and qualified institutions to apply for a Centers of Excellence (CoE) designation, which will recognize and support community or technical colleges and maritime training centers…

Volvo Penta uses pilot technology in hybrid crew transfer vessels

(GOTHENBURG, Sweden) — In close collaboration with electrification experts Danfoss Editron, Volvo Penta is powering two hybrid vessels using pilot technology. Set to be launched in summer 2021, these vessels are an innovative combination of integrated electric Volvo Penta Inboard…

Schottel EcoPeller to be installed in inspection vessel for first time

(SPAY, Germany) — Schottel’s efficient EcoPellers will propel a new fishery inspection vessel ordered by the governmental Danish Fisheries Agency and under construction at Hvide Sande Shipyard. Beyond this, one Schottel rim thruster will provide maximum maneuverability and ensure low…

Vestdavit secures long-term service agreement with NOAA

(BERGEN, Norway) — Boat launch and recovery systems supplier Vestdavit has secured an agreement to provide service, support and spares for the variety of marine davits it has supplied to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA operates a…

Call for collaboration results in Global Maritime Information Coalition

(WESTON, Conn.) — In response to last week’s repeated calls for industry collaboration at SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization and Innovation Conference and Exhibition , its chief evolution officer, Carleen Lyden Walker, announced the formation of the Global Maritime Information Coalition (GMIC)…

NOAA, local council to improve marine navigation near Valdez

(VALDEZ, Alaska) — A new Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System, also known as PORTS, aims to improve maritime safety and efficiency off Valdez, Alaska. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council partnered…

MarAd awards $220 million in grants for US ports

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced the award of more than $220 million in discretionary grant funding to improve port facilities in 16 states and territories through the Maritime Administration’s (MarAd) Port Infrastructure Development Program. U.S. maritime…

GICA seeks president

  The Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association (GICA) is seeking applicants for the president's position. Details are available on the GICA website: www.gicaonline.com/about-us/gica-president-position/