Author: Professional Mariner Staff

Coast Guard updates Cyber Strategic Outlook for maritime systems

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard has released an updated Cyber Strategic Outlook to address the rising threat of cyberattacks against critical maritime systems essential to the nation’s economy and security. The Coast Guard’s 2021 Cyber Strategic Outlook charts a…

Halter gets contract to build fifth Navy berthing barge

(PASCAGOULA, Miss.) — Halter Marine has been awarded a contract option for the U.S. Navy’s fifth auxiliary personnel lighter-small (APL(S)) 67 class berthing and messing barge. The contract award is $41 million for a firm, fixed-price option for the detail…

Metal Shark delivers newly designed fireboat to Alabama responders

(JEANERETTE, La.) — Shipbuilder Metal Shark has introduced the 38 Defiant NXT, a next-generation welded-aluminum monohull pilothouse model based on the company’s popular 38 Defiant platform. The first new vessel, Fire Boat 2, has been delivered to Orange Beach Fire…

ABB to power first fully electric US tugboat

(SAN DIEGO) — ABB will deliver an integrated electric propulsion system and advanced vessel control technology for Crowley Maritime Corp.’s pioneering eWolf tug, built for sustainable and safe operations at the Port of San Diego. Upon delivery by Alabama-based shipbuilder…

BIMCO/ICS report warns of potential officer shortage

(LONDON) — The new Seafarer Workforce Report from BIMCO and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) warns that the industry must significantly increase training and recruitment levels if it is to avoid a serious shortage in the supply of officers…

McAllister to operate LNG ATB for Polaris New Energy

(NEW YORK) — McAllister Towing LNG Services will serve as technical manager for the Polaris New Energy liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering operation in Florida, operating the articulated tug-barge (ATB) Polaris/Clean Canaveral. Polaris is a 4,000-horsepower tug fitted with a…

Gladding-Hearn delivers first vessel in new Baltimore class

(SOMERSET, Mass.) — The Association of Maryland Pilots has taken delivery of Fells Point, the first boat in a new class from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding. The Baltimore class is named after the pilots’ base of operations at the Port of Baltimore.…

Maritime Casualty News July 2021

Gasoline spills following South Texas barge collision  Gasoline spilled into the shipping channel near Port Isabel, Texas, following a collision between two barges in the Port Isabel Turning Basin.  According to the Coast Guard, an unidentified barge pushed by the…

OMSA launches vessel to enforce Jones Act

(NEW ORLEANS) — The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) has launched Jones Act Enforcer, the first vessel of its kind that will be used to gather video and photographic evidence of Jones Act violations. Evidence of violations will be submitted…

NASSCO christens first T-AO fleet oiler for Navy

(SAN DIEGO) — General Dynamics NASSCO christened the future USNS John Lewis (T-AO 205), the first ship for the U.S. Navy’s John Lewis-class fleet oiler program, on Saturday in San Diego. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi served as the principal speaker…

MobileOps, ioCurrents launch data integration initiative

(BELLEVUE, Wash., and SEATTLE) — MobileOps, a pioneer in the design and development of maritime software applications (safety, compliance, vessel maintenance, scheduling and analytics) and ioCurrents, a leader in maritime data analytics and IoT technology, have partnered to launch an…

NMC issues update for email renewal examinations

(MARTINSBURG, W.Va.) — The National Maritime Center (NMC) launched a centralized electronic delivery process (via e-mail) for renewal examinations in May 2020. Over 1,200 mariners have completed more than 3,000 examination modules using this process, and the feedback regarding the…

Deck and Engine Subject Matter Specialists

Do you hold a management or operational 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…

Irving delivers second AOPS to Royal Canadian Navy

(HALIFAX, Nova Scotia) — Canadian officials on Thursday celebrated another milestone for the Royal Canadian Navy’s fleet with the delivery of the second Arctic and offshore patrol ship (AOPS), HMCS Margaret Brooke. Built by Irving Shipbuilding of Halifax, this is…

ABS publishes guidance on reduced manning for offshore assets

(HOUSTON) — Guidance on the technology, systems and regulations needed for minimizing human presence on offshore facilities has been published by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). "Reduced Manning on Offshore Facilities" introduces some of the considerations essential for remotely…

All American launches research catamaran for NOAA

(BELLINGHAM, Wash.) — All American Marine (AAM) has launched a 50-foot research vessel for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), designated for the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (OCNMS) in Washington state. The twin-engine Teknicraft Design vessel was constructed…

Crowley appoints John Claybrooks as chief marketing officer

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Crowley Maritime Corp. has appointed John Claybrooks to the newly created position of chief marketing officer, leading the company’s strategic marketing and communications to enhance and differentiate the Crowley brand across its worldwide services. In this new…

National Maritime Center restoring REC counter service appointments

(MARTINSBURG, W.Va.) — The National Maritime Center (NMC) will resume counter service appointments for the Regional Examination Centers (RECs) listed below beginning Monday, July 19. Limited examination services will continue. Mariners seeking to schedule counter service or examination appointments may…

IMB: Piracy, armed robbery at sea at lowest level in 27 years

(LONDON) — The latest global piracy report from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) details 68 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships – the lowest total since 1994 – down from 98 incidents during the same period last year.…

Coast Guard, DHS seek ideas for mass-rescue lifesaving device

(NEW LONDON, Conn.) — The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard, recently released a solicitation seeking innovative technology solutions to respond to mass casualty events at sea. Innovators, industry,…