Author: Professional Mariner Staff

SAFETY ALERT: Fire hazards, cargo stowage on ro-ro vessels

(WASHINGTON) — In June, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville received notification of a marine casualty involving a roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) cargo vessel carrying used vehicles, which varied in condition from like new to partially destroyed. After the cargo was loaded, and…

Chartwell, BAE, Derecktor teaming on new Vermont research boat

(BURLINGTON, Vt.) — Chartwell Marine has announced that it has been selected by the University of Vermont (UVM) to design a hybrid research vessel. The 62-foot catamaran, designed in collaboration with hybrid propulsion specialists at BAE Systems, will be capable…

Viking lab advances testing of marine firefighting foam

(ESBJERG, Denmark) — Viking Life-Saving Equipment is driving more investment into its marine fire service business. The inauguration of Viking’s Foam Lab Odense, which specializes in the testing of a vessel’s reserves of firefighting foam, intensifies the company’s focus on…

River Services now fully integrated into Northstar Marine

(CLERMONT, N.J.) — Northstar Marine Inc. has finalized the integration of River Services (wholly owned by Northstar Marine Inc.), a Philadelphia-based marine service provider. River Services is now a new division of Northstar and will operate as Northstar River Services.…

Containership rescues missing mariner 86 miles off Florida

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — A missing mariner was rescued approximately 86 miles east of Port Canaveral, Fla., on Sunday by the containership Angeles. Crew on the 738-foot ship located Stuart Bee, 63, on the hull of his 34-foot Sea Ray and…

Three rescued from barge after tug sinks off Rhode Island

(BOSTON) — The Coast Guard rescued three mariners from a disabled 108-foot barge off Point Judith, R.I., on Wednesday. At 8:17 a.m., watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England in Woods Hole, Mass., received a call via VHF…

Davie delivers converted icebreaker to Canadian Coast Guard

(LEVIS, Quebec) — On Monday, Bernadette Jordan, the minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, and Mario Pelletier, commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard, marked the delivery of CCGS Jean Goodwill, the second of three medium interim icebreakers…

Gibbs & Cox division to support DARPA autonomous program

(ARLINGTON, Va.) – The DLBA Division of Gibbs & Cox will be supporting DARPA's Tactical Technology Office (TTO) on its revolutionary No Manning Required, Ship (NOMARS) Program. The program will design, build and field test an unmanned surface ship that…

Vard Electro Canada expands into US with Houston office

(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — Vard Electro Canada has announced the opening of new operations in United States. Vard Electro U.S. Inc. will be based in Houston, Texas to serve the North American maritime industry, offering the marine electrical engineering, procurement…

Dutch operator selects Sea Machines' remote helm system for offshore tug

(BARENDRECHT, Netherlands) — Herman Sr. BV, a Netherlands-based tugboat and workboat company, will add a SM200 wireless, remote-helm control system from Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics to one of its Shoalbuster tugboats, the 76-foot Teddy, to increase productivity and operational safety…

Bollinger delivers new flood gate for Bayou Teche

(LOCKPORT, La.) — Bollinger Shipyards on Monday delivered the Bayou Teche flood gate to St. Mary Parish Levee District. The steel flood gate, measuring 84 feet long, 40 feet wide and 19 feet high, is designed for a 25-year rain…

Coast Guard Foundation celebrates GivingTuesday

(STONINGTON, Conn.) — The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, has announced that on this GivingTuesday, the organization will inspire generosity by launching a matching gift…

Man missing after falling from tugboat in Jacksonville

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — The Coast Guard suspended the search Monday for a man who went missing after falling overboard near Blount Island on Sunday. Watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville received notification at approximately 3 a.m. Sunday from the…

Washington's Port of Kennewick hit by cyberattack

(KENNEWICK, Wash.) — According to industry professionals, there has been a 300 percent increase in cyberattacks since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. And unfortunately, hackers and cyberthieves are tenacious and pernicious, and constantly evolving new methods of criminal activity.…

IMO environment panel approves amendments to further cut ship emissions

(LONDON) — New draft regulations to cut the carbon intensity of existing ships have been approved by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). This builds on current mandatory energy efficiency requirements to further reduce…

Conrad delivers pair of asphalt barges to Parker Towing

(MORGAN CITY, La.) — Conrad Shipyard has delivered two 30,000-barrel asphalt barges to Parker Towing of Tuscaloosa, Ala. PTC 2001 and PTC 2002 are double-skin vessels measuring 297 feet by 54 feet by 12 feet. Each barge is outfitted with…