Author: Professional Mariner Staff

Propspeed continues US expansion with two new hires

(AUCKLAND, New Zealand) — Propspeed, a leading innovator of underwater foul-release coatings, has announced expansion of its United States operations with the appointment of Alan Ferland as Southeast regional sales manager and technical support, and Bobby Matos as Gulf Coast…

Navico launches new sustainable packaging program

(EGERSUND, Norway) — Navico, parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad Yachting, B&G and C-MAP brands, recently announced its renewed focus on becoming a more sustainable company, dedicated to preserving the joy of being on the water for current and future…

Sea Machines hires Moran David as chief commercial officer

(BOSTON) — Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics, a leading developer of autonomous command and control systems for commercial vessels, has hired Moran David as chief commercial officer (CCO), reporting to the company’s CEO Michael G. Johnson. Effective immediately, this new position…

Bankruptcy judge removes Morton Bouchard as CEO of company

(HOUSTON) — A judge ordered Bouchard Transportation CEO Morton S. Bouchard III to be immediately removed from his position at a hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. Bouchard Transportation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection…

JMS provides design to convert OSRV to pilot station vessel

(MYSTIC, Conn. and NEW YORK) — The conversion is nearly complete of the former oil spill response vessel (OSRV) Maine Responder to a pilot station vessel for the Sandy Hook Pilots Association of Staten Island, N.Y. The conversion work contract…

LNG bunkering barge arrives for duty in Port Canaveral

(PORT CANAVERAL, Fla.) — Port Canaveral marked a historic milestone Monday in the safe, reliable transportation and delivery of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in North America as Q-LNG 4000, a ship-to-ship bunkering barge, arrived at America’s first LNG cruise port.…

NOAA begins transition to exclusively electronic navigation charts

(WASHINGTON) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) began to implement its sunset plan for paper nautical charts on Feb. 26, starting with the current paper chart 18665 of Lake Tahoe. After August, NOAA’s electronic navigational chart will be…

Halter Marine orders welding robots from Danish company

(ODENSE, Demark and PASCAGOULA, Miss.) — The Danish company Inrotech has received an order for an extensive set of welding robots for shipbuilding in the United States. The Inrotech MicroTwin, Inrotech Classic and Inrotech Crawler were purchased by Halter Marine…

Furuno marine electronics at heart of new LA pilot boats

(CAMAS, Wash.) — The Los Angeles Pilot Service has taken delivery of two new pilot boats equipped with full suites of Furuno marine electronics. The 56-foot Angels Pilot and Angels Navigator have been outfitted with complete integrated helm suites designed…

ABS publishes guidance on methanol as marine fuel

(HOUSTON) — The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has published "Methanol as Marine Fuel," new guidance evaluating the challenges in design and operation of methanol-fueled vessels. The latest in an ongoing series of ABS sustainability focused whitepapers examining different fuel…

American Cruise Lines adds another boat to Northwest fleet

(GUILFORD, Conn.) — American Cruise Lines (ACL) has added a sixth ship to its Pacific Northwest fleet, American Harmony, with four of the vessels operating on the Columbia and Snake rivers. The repositioned modern riverboat was delivered by Chesapeake Shipbuilding…

Leidos to acquire Gibbs & Cox in $380 million deal

(RESTON, Va.) — Defense contractor Leidos is acquiring the ship design firm Gibbs & Cox in a $380 million deal, U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) News reported. The cash deal, expected to close in the second quarter of 2021, would position…

Maintaining control of dynamic positioning vessels

(LONDON) — There have been several reports of incidents on dynamic positioning (DP) vessels where control was lost because the DP operator (DPO) failed to correctly switch control between operating stations. Investigations rarely find the cause to be a technical…

US shippers to invest $87 million in Great Lakes assets

(CLEVELAND) — The U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet continues to invest heavily in its ships and the region. This year alone, U.S. Great Lakes shipping companies will invest nearly $87 million in their vessels at shipyards and facilities across the Great…

Icebreaking Milwaukee workboat takes on water, sinks

(MILWAUKEE,) — Port Milwaukee's oldest workboat, Harbor Seagull, began taking on water over the weekend and sank Monday morning, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. City officials called the sinking a "significant and unexpected mishap." No one was injured and port…

Polar Star returns to Seattle after months-long Arctic deployment

(SEATTLE) — The Coast Guard cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) returned to its home port in Seattle on Saturday following a months-long Arctic deployment to defend the nation’s maritime sovereignty and security throughout the region, develop future Arctic sailors, and…

Maine Maritime hires new master for academy training ship

(CASTINE, Maine) — Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) has hired alumnus Capt. Gordon "Mac" MacArthur to serve as master aboard the training ship State of Maine. With over 30 years of experience in the maritime field, MacArthur served most recently as…

NOAA calls for revisions for automated weather observing systems

(WASHINGTON) — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is providing the following information to urge the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to take action on the safety recommendations in this report. In the interest of…

Conrad cuts steel for new Great Lakes hopper dredge

(MORGAN CITY, La.) — Conrad Shipyard hosted a steel-cutting ceremony for Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp. (GLDD) at its Deepwater South shipyard in Amelia on Feb. 5. The ceremony signals the start of construction of a 6,500-cubic-yard trailing suction…

Crowley integrates Jensen Maritime into new Engineering Services group

(SEATTLE) — To bring Crowley’s complete depth and breadth of services to maritime clients seeking design-build-operate solutions, the company has now fully integrated Jensen Maritime into the Crowley Engineering Services group. The new group will seamlessly combine Crowley’s diverse business…

Robert Allan Ltd. delivers ASD tug to Israeli company

(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — Robert Allan Ltd. has delivered Hadera, a RAmparts 3200-SD ASD tug, to the National Coal Supply Corp. of Israel. The newly developed 105-foot ASD tug with escort notation was constructed at Med Marine’s Eregli shipyard and…