Author: Professional Mariner Staff

Dakota Creek launches fourth new harbor tug for Navy

(ANACORTES, Wash.) — Yard tug (YT) 811 was successfully launched at Dakota Creek Industries (DCI) on May 8, the Navy’s Program Executive Office (Ships) announced. YT 811 is the Navy’s fourth of six YT 808-class harbor tugboats ordered in July…

US approves Vineyard Wind project

(WASHINGTON) — Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo on Tuesday announced approval of the construction and operation of the Vineyard Wind project, the first large-scale, offshore wind project in the United States. The secretaries…

New Foss tug features Sea Machines autonomous system

(SEATTLE) – Foss Maritime has selected Sea Machines Robotics’ SM300 autonomous command and control system for use aboard its tugboat Rachael Allen, the fourth in a series of ASD-90 tugs from Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland, Wash. Delivering in…

ExxonMobil expands EAL range with new grease and hydraulic oils

(LONDON) — ExxonMobil has added Mobil SHC Aware Hydraulic Series oils and Mobil SHC Aware Grease EP O to its range of high-performance marine lubricants. Both are formulated to meet the U.S. Vessel General Permit (VGP) requirements for environmentally acceptable…

Texas A&M announces name of new training ship

(GALVESTON, Texas) — The Texas A&M Maritime Academy on the Galveston campus of Texas A&M University has received notification from the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MarAd) that the national security multi-mission vessel (NSMV) expected to arrive on campus…

Canada orders two polar icebreakers as part of NSS

(OTTAWA) — The government of Canada announced on Thursday that it will move forward with the construction of two polar icebreakers under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). Both new polar icebreakers will have capacity and ability beyond that of Canada's…

Salvage crews start removing fuel from SEACOR Power

(HOUMA, La.) — Salvage crews started removing the fuel from SEACOR Power's fuel tanks Monday after spending the weekend arriving on scene and becoming familiar with the equipment approximately 7 miles off Port Fourchon, La. The liftboat capsized on April…

Viking acquires HydroPen, maker of container firefighting system

(ESBJERG, Denmark) — Viking Life-Saving Equipment has acquired HydroPen, the company behind the unique HydroPen container firefighting solution supplied to hundreds of ships. HydroPen's rapid uptake has been due to its combination of innovation, efficiency and ease of use. Attached…

Coast Guard launches new mentoring program

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard launched an innovative and modernized approach to mentorship Saturday, offering expanded leadership opportunities to the Coast Guard active duty, reserve and civilian workforce. The program goes beyond traditional mentoring and provides four types of…

Elliott Bay Design Group announces leadership promotions

(SEATTLE) – Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) has announced changes to its executive leadership team following the appointment of Robert Ekse to president, reflecting the new vision and long-term goals for the company. John Reeves has been promoted to principal…

Chronic 'nuisance vessel' scuttled off southeast Alaska

(JUNEAU, Alaska) — The City and Borough of Juneau (CBJ) Docks and Harbors and Global Diving & Salvage, assisted by Coast Guard Sector Juneau, scuttled the derelict tugboat Lumberman off southeast Alaska on Sunday. The Coast Guard cutter John McCormick,…

Coast Guard Foundation issues matching gift challenge

(STONINGTON, Conn.) — The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, announced Tuesday that Leidos, a corporate donor, has offered to triple-match every gift received by June…

SCA members receive $7 million from Small Shipyard Grant Program

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd) awarded more than $7 million to nine members of the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) last week. Through the Small Shipyard Grant Program, MarAd annually provides federal grants to support…

Containership disabled after fire, towed back to Los Angeles

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) — The U.S. Coast Guard reported a fire aboard the containership President Eisenhower on Wednesday off the coast of Santa Barbara, with the ship later under tow to port after the flames were extinguished. The 965-foot ship…

Pauline Duclos, CFO of Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, dies at 87

(WESTPORT, Mass.) — Pauline Delia (Duperre) Duclos, age 87, wife of George Duclos, the former CEO of Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, died peacefully on April 24 surrounded by her family. The daughter of the late Jean Baptiste and Claire (Paradise) Duperre, she…

Vehicle carrier grounds near Chesapeake Bay anchorage

(PORTSMOUTH, Va.) — Members from Coast Guard Sector Virginia responded to and assessed the condition of a 760-foot vessel that ran aground Tuesday and is now safely anchored in Chesapeake Bay. The cause of the grounding is under investigation. No…

NTSB traces bulker's pier strike at Soo Locks to small screw

(WASHINGTON) — The incorrect installation of a single set screw led to the loss of propulsion control on the Canadian-flagged, 736-foot Atlantic Huron, causing the ship to strike a pier at 6.8 knots, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said…