Author: Professional Mariner Staff

NTSB cites inadequate project planning in fatal Texas dredge fire

(WASHINGTON) — On Aug. 21, 2020, about 0802 Central Daylight Time, the U.S.-flagged dredge Waymon L. Boyd struck a submerged 16-inch liquid propane pipeline during dredging operations in Corpus Christi, Texas. A geyser of propane gas and water erupted adjacent…

Fully electric US tugboat eWolf to be propelled by Schottel

(SPAY, Germany) — Crowley’s new 82-foot eWolf, the first all-electric tugboat to be built and operated in the United States, will be equipped with Schottel systems. As part of the fully integrated electrical package, Schottel is supplying two rudder propellers…

Maine Maritime Academy names new president

(CASTINE, Maine) — Maine Maritime Academy’s board of trustees has announced that Jerald S. “Jerry” Paul has been named as the college’s 15th President. Paul, current president of Capitol Access and a 1989 graduate of the institution, will take office…

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding delivers LNG bunkering barge

(STURGEON BAY, Wis.) — Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding has delivered Clean Canaveral, a 340-foot liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering barge, to Polaris New Energy. The 5,500-cubic-meter vessel is the largest of its type ever built in the United States, and will…

Grants and Budget Administrator

Be part of the transportation solution in the Bay Area! The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) has a rare opportunity for a Grants and Budget Administrator. WETA operates under the brand San Francisco Bay Ferry (SFBF)…

NASSCO begins construction of fifth ESB for Navy

(SAN DIEGO) — General Dynamics NASSCO started construction of the future USS Robert E. Simanek (ESB 7) on Wednesday, the fifth ship of the Navy’s reclassified expeditionary sea base (ESB) program. Dennis DuBard, a longtime NASSCO employee and the start…

Abrams Marine Group acquires Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy

(NORFOLK, Va.) — Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy (MAMA) announced Wednesday that it has been acquired by San Diego-based Abrams Marine Group Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “MAMA is a great training organization with a highly regarded team and…

Search suspended for missing American Queen crewmember

(NEW ORLEANS) — The Coast Guard suspended its search at approximately noon Thursday for a man overboard from the motor vessel American Queen near Baton Rouge, La. Rescue crews searched for more than 100 miles of the Lower Mississippi River…

ICS: 'Missed opportunity’ at MEPC 77 to decarbonize shipping

(LONDON) — Following the conclusion of the International Maritime Organization’s Maritime Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) 77, the International Chamber of Shipping released the following statement from ICS Secretary-General Guy Platten: “We are disappointed that the words and commitments made by…

Caterpillar Marine to power Edda Wind zero-emission vessels

(HOUSTON) — Caterpillar Marine will be the power solutions provider for Edda Wind’s series of four new commissioning service operation vessels (CSOVs) being built at Astilleros Gondan and two new service operation vessels (SOV) to be built at Astilleros Balenciaga…

New Blount CTVs to be powered by Volvo Penta quad IPS

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) — Volvo Penta has announced a contract to provide quad IPS propulsion systems for the four new offshore wind farm crew transfer vessels (CTVs) that will be built at Blount Boats for American Offshore Services (AOS). The new…

Fincantieri Marine Systems expanding repair operations in Florida

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) — Fincantieri Marine Systems North America (FMSNA) will expand its marine repair operations on the East Coast. The move is expected to bring hundreds of jobs to Jacksonville, Fla., providing commercial and government vessels a much-needed marine repair…

World's first methanol-fueled towboat to launch in 2023

(SEATTLE) — Maritime Partners, in cooperation with Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), e1 Marine and ABB, has announced that M/V Hydrogen One, the world’s first methanol-fueled towboat, will join Maritime Partners’ fleet and become available for charter in 2023 to…

Master Boat Builders, RAL develop new battery hybrid tug

(MOBILE, Ala.) — Master Boat Builders, together with naval architect and marine engineering firm Robert Allan Ltd. (RAL), has announced the creation of a new battery hybrid tugboat, the ElectRA 3000-H. This design has been developed over the past several…