Author: Professional Mariner Staff

Vestdavit secures long-term service agreement with NOAA

(BERGEN, Norway) — Boat launch and recovery systems supplier Vestdavit has secured an agreement to provide service, support and spares for the variety of marine davits it has supplied to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA operates a…

Call for collaboration results in Global Maritime Information Coalition

(WESTON, Conn.) — In response to last week’s repeated calls for industry collaboration at SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization and Innovation Conference and Exhibition , its chief evolution officer, Carleen Lyden Walker, announced the formation of the Global Maritime Information Coalition (GMIC)…

NOAA, local council to improve marine navigation near Valdez

(VALDEZ, Alaska) — A new Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System, also known as PORTS, aims to improve maritime safety and efficiency off Valdez, Alaska. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council partnered…

MarAd awards $220 million in grants for US ports

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced the award of more than $220 million in discretionary grant funding to improve port facilities in 16 states and territories through the Maritime Administration’s (MarAd) Port Infrastructure Development Program. U.S. maritime…

Tidewater Transportation names Aaron Degodny as vice president, CCO

(VANCOUVER, Wash.) — Tidewater Transportation and Terminals, the largest barge transportation and terminal network on the Columbia-Snake River system, recently added Aaron Degodny as its new vice president and chief commercial officer (CCO). “Aaron is an extremely accomplished executive who…

Vigor delivers pair of launches to Los Angeles Pilot Service

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — The Los Angeles Pilot Service has taken delivery of two customized 56-foot Camarc Design pilot boats built by Vigor Industrial at its Vancouver, Wash., facility, located on the northern side of the Columbia River. The pilot service…

Imtra supplies array of new pilot boats, retrofits

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) — Imtra, a leading manufacturer and importer of quality solutions and products for the marine, energy and transportation markets, was selected recently by multiple pilot boat organizations to supply equipment for newbuilds and retrofits. The products selected…

Wartsila delivers low-noise propulsion for Canada's OFSVs

(HELSINKI) — The technology group Wartsila has supplied specialized propulsion solutions for three offshore fisheries science vessels (OFSVs) built for the Canadian Coast Guard at Seaspan Shipyards in British Columbia. Low-noise propulsion is very important for the vessels’ primary mission,…

Mass. Maritime expands instruction with cloud-based simulators

(HELSINKI) — Wartsila Voyage will supply two of its advanced cloud-based simulation solutions to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) under a one-year agreement. This will allow cadets at the academy to continue receiving safe and effective navigational training, despite restrictions…

Seaspan delivers Canada's third offshore fisheries science vessel

(VICTORIA, British Columbia) — Seaspan Shipyards on Friday officially delivered the third offshore fisheries science vessel (OFSV) to the Canadian Coast Guard. CCGS John Cabot is the third OFSV delivered by Seaspan Shipyards in the past 15 months and completes…

Southwest Shipyard names Scott Theriot as president, CEO

(CHANNELVIEW, Texas) — Southwest Shipyard L.P.'s board of directors has appointed Scott Theriot as president and chief executive officer, effective Aug. 12. Theriot brings over 30 years of marine industry and executive leadership experience in the new construction and repair…

Halter Marine, local college launch apprenticeship program

(PASCAGOULA, Miss.) — Halter Marine is creating jobs, and through its partnership with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC), training the apprentices to fill them. Demonstrating its commitment to the Gulf Coast community, Halter Marine and MGCCC launched their apprenticeship…

Maid of the Mist launches all-electric tour boats

(NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y.) — Maid of the Mist, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, New York Power Authority and ABB announced that Maid of the Mist, the iconic boat tour that has navigated the waters…

Southwest Shipyard delivers Shearer-designed tank barge

(HOUSTON) — The Shearer Group Inc. (TSGI) announces the delivery of a 250-by-54-foot, 23 ,000-barrel tank barge built by Southwest Shipyard LP of Houston. Southwest Shipyard contracted TSGI to develop the design of the barge. The barge's primary mission is…

NY-based captain's group donates dues to food banks

(ROCHESTER, N.Y.) — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the board of directors of the Sodus Bay Maritime Captains Association (SBMCA) decided to use this year’s membership dues to assist the communities of its 51 members. Donations were made to…