Author: Professional Mariner Staff

Panama Canal allowing longer ships to transit neo-Panamax locks

(PANAMA CITY, Panama) — Ahead of the fifth anniversary of its expansion, the Panama Canal has increased the maximum allowable length for vessels transiting the neo-Panamax locks. Since May 21, the maximum length overall (LOA) for commercial and non-commercial vessels…

MarAd: US shipyards support $42.4 billion in GDP

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd) has announced the release of a new report finding that the nation’s private shipyards support $42.4 billion in gross domestic product (GDP). MarAd’s new report — "The Economic Importance of…

Metal Shark delivers third towboat in series to FMT

(BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala.) — Metal Shark’s Bayou La Batre shipyard has delivered Gianna Hull, the builder's third 120-by-35-foot river towboat for Florida Marine Transporters (FMT) of Mandeville, La. The four-deck, welded-steel Subchapter M-compliant towboat was designed by John W.…

Coast Guard halts four illegal charters on Lake of the Ozarks

(NEW ORLEANS) — The U.S. Coast Guard conducted an enforcement operation on Lake of the Ozarks this past weekend to ensure that passenger-for-hire vessels are operating in accordance with federal law. Following multiple reports of illegal commercial charter vessels, Coast…

C&C Marine delivers first vessel to Parker Towing

(BELLE CHASSE, La.) — C&C Marine and Repair has delivered the towboat Olive Parker to Parker Towing Co., the first vessel from the builder for the Tuscaloosa, Ala.-based company. The 4,400-horsepower towboat measures 147.5 feet by 34 feet by 10…

Sea-Air-Space 2021 - Aug. 1-4, 2021

AUGUST 1-4, 2021: The largest maritime expo in the US  Sea-Air-Space brings the U.S. defense industry and key military decision-makers together for three days of informative educational sessions, important policy discussions and a dynamic exhibit hall floor. At Sea-Air-Space, our…

Clean Pacific 2021 - August 17-18, 2021

August 17-18, 2021: Real-World Solutions & Best Practices for Spill Prevention, Response & Remediation in the Western United States & Canada. Clean Pacific brings together the tight-knit response community in the Western United States and Canada to address spill prevention,…

Clean Waterways 2021 - September 14-15, 2021

September 14-15, 2021: Spill Prevention and Response for Inland Regions and Waterways. Clean Waterways serves the spill response industry in prevention, preparedness and response in the inland environment. It delivers a forum for attendees to come together to discuss case…

Runaway barge hits spillway, closes Stennis Lock on Tenn-Tom

(COLUMBUS, Miss.) — A barge accident early Thursday morning closed the John C. Stennis Lock and Dam in Columbus, increasing the potential of flooding between the lock and Aberdeen Lock on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway (Tenn-Tom), the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal…

US proposes lease sale for offshore wind in New York Bight

(WASHINGTON) — In support of the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of installing 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030, the Department of the Interior on Friday announced a proposed sale for offshore wind development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)…

Clean Gulf 2021 - November 16-18, 2021

November 16-18, 2021: Serving 30 Years as Your Trusted Partner CLEAN GULF serves the spill response industry in prevention, preparedness, and response. It gives response professionals a forum to come together with their peers to discuss case studies and lessons-learned…

San Francisco builds floating station for fireboats

(SAN FRANCISCO) — Seemingly overnight, a new structure appeared on San Francisco’s waterfront. Situated at Pier 22½ just behind historic Firehouse 35 and nestled beside the Bay Bridge, this floating building is San Francisco’s new Fire Station 35. The facility…

Austal to modify Navy EPF for autonomous operation

(WASHINGTON) — The builder of the Navy’s Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport (EPF) has won a $44 million contract to develop an autonomous version of the aluminum catamaran, according to a June 7 Pentagon contract announcement. The modification to the future…

UL Masters and UL Chief Engineers

As we continue our dredge fleet expansion with the future addition of our 8,500 CY Hopper Dredge "RB Weeks" which is currently under construction, we are accepting…

US to explore offshore wind potential in Gulf of Mexico

(WASHINGTON) — The Department of the Interior on Tuesday announced its intent to assess potential opportunities to advance clean energy development on the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). This significant milestone is part of the Biden-Harris administration’s goal…

Austal receives functional design contract for Navy's T-ATS

(MOBILE, Ala.) — Austal USA announced Monday that it has received a $3.6 million contract for functional design work on the U.S. Navy's Navajo-class towing, salvage and rescue (T-ATS) ships. It is the first award for the shipbuilder for the…

Navy awards contract to Halter for oceanographic survey ship

(WASHINGTON) — Halter Marine of Pascagoula, Miss., has been awarded a $149,053,160 fixed-price-incentive (firm target) modification for the detail design and construction of one oceanographic survey ship (T-AGS 67). Work will be performed in Pascagoula, Miss. (76 percent); Harahan, La.…

Crowley first US company to join Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Crowley Maritime Corp. has become the first U.S.-owned and 13th overall ship owner-operator that will publicly disclose its ship recycling policies, practices and process through the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative (SRTI) website. Headquartered in Florida, Crowley operates…

Passengers evacuated after Seastreak ferry grounds in NYC

(NEW YORK) — U.S. Coast Guard, New York City Fire Department (FDNY), and New York City Police Department (NYPD) crews responded to a ferry aground with 118 passengers and seven crewmembers aboard in Bushwick Inlet in Brooklyn, N.Y, on Saturday…

Supervisory Marine Transportation Specialist

Do you hold a management level merchant mariner endorsement?  You may have the experience the U.S. Coast Guard needs! Help to maintain the safety of the world’s marine transportation system.  Join our passionate team of credentialed mariners  where you can…

Coast Guard seeks input from unlimited tonnage deck officers

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking input from mariners who hold national merchant mariner credential (MMC) deck officer endorsements for unlimited tonnage vessels to validate information gathered as part of a job task analysis (JTA). Since 2016, the…