Author: Professional Mariner Staff

Crowley plans first all-electric tugboat in US

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — ­Crowley Maritime Corp. announced Monday that it will lead the next generation of industry sustainability by building and operating eWolf, the first all-electric powered harbor tugboat that can complete a job without expending a drop of fuel.…

Bollinger christens ocean transport barge for Electric Boat

(LOCKPORT, La.) — Bollinger Shipyards christened Holland, a 400-foot ocean transport barge, on Saturday for General Dynamics Electric Boat. Holland will support the construction and maintenance of the United States’ Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines and Virginia-class fast attack submarines. General…

Grounded riverboat American Jazz freed in Kentucky

(CADIZ, Ky.) — The Lake Barkley Grounding Unified Command freed the grounded riverboat American Jazz on Friday from Lake Barkley in Cadiz. At 3:22 p.m., salvage crews and the riverboat crew were able to free the vessel by using a…

Salvage crews raise bow section of SEACOR Power

(NEW ORLEANS) — A Donjon-SMIT salvage team raised the bow section of the liftboat SEACOR Power to the surface of the Gulf of Mexico and transported it by barge Saturday to Modern American Recycling Services (MARS) in Houma, La. The…

Nichols Brothers completes fourth ASD-90 tug for Foss

(FREELAND, Wash.) — Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) has delivered the fourth ASD-90 tractor tug in a four-vessel series to Foss Maritime, a division of the Saltchuk company. NBBB completed and delivered Jamie Ann, Sarah Avrick, Leisa Florence and Rachael…

American Cruise Lines boat runs aground in Cumberland River

(CANTON, Ky.) — The U.S. Coast Guard responded Thursday to the aground cruise vessel American Jazz in the Cumberland River near Canton, Ky. American Jazz is aground near mile marker 62 (Lake Barkley) outside the ship channel and is carrying…

Diversified delivers Tier 4 tug to Crowley for Bay Area duty

(PORTLAND, Ore.) — Crowley Maritime Corp.’s ship-assist and harbor escort services group has taken delivery of Apollo, a 78-foot tugboat with an estimated 94 tons of bollard pull, from Diversified Marine Inc. The tugboat has completed final outfitting and will…

Eastern opens new Florida facility for repairs, final outfitting

(PORT ST. JOE, Fla.) — Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) hosted the opening of its Port St. Joe facility (PSJ) on Thursday, expanding the company’s operational capabilities a 40-acre site that includes 1,000 feet of deepwater bulkhead with unrestricted access to…

Barge spills fuel after collision near Texas port

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) — The U.S. Coast Guard responded to a gasoline spill near Port Isabel, Texas, on Saturday after a collision between two barges. A barge pushed by the towboat Albert reportedly hit a tow guided by the towboat…

Crowley takes delivery of Tier 4 ATB for Alaska service

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Crowley recently took delivery of Aurora/Qamun, a 55,000-barrel articulated tug-barge (ATB), from Master Boat Builders and Gunderson Marine. The 410-foot vessel is the second ATB in Crowley’s fleet, after Aveogan/Oliver Leavitt, to be dedicated to the Alaska…

C&C Marine delivers second towboat in series to Kirby

(BELLE CHASSE, La.) — C&C Marine and Repair has delivered Bowling Green, the second in a three-boat series, to Kirby Inland Marine. The towboat was delivered just six months after the first vessel in the series. The triple-screw, 6,600-hp vessel…

ABS, RAL, Signet partnering on 3D-designed tugboat

(HOUSTON) — The first commercial U.S. vessel designed, built and verified using an end-to-end 3D design process is now under construction in a pioneering project by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Robert Allan Ltd. (RAL), Signet Maritime Corp. and…

Sumwalt retires as NTSB chairman; Homendy nominated for post

(WASHINGTON) — National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt has ended his nearly 15 years at the NTSB, retiring from government service Wednesday. Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg will serve as the acting chairman until a new chair is confirmed by…

Engine room fire forces cargo ship back to Port of Wilmington

(WILMINGTON, Del.) — The U.S. Coast Guard, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Wilmington Fire Department and New Castle Fire Department responded to a fire aboard a Dole containerized fruit carrier at the Port of Wilmington late Monday…

Registration opens for in-person IBEX 2021

(TAMPA, Fla.) — The International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced Thursday that registration is now open for the 30th anniversary of the event, to be held Sept. 28-30 in the Tampa Convention Center. North America’s largest trade event for…

Herbert Engineering appoints Hendrik Bruhns as president

(ALAMEDA, Calif.) — Herbert Engineering Corp. (HEC) has appointed Hendrik Bruhns as company president. Bruhns succeeds Spencer Schilling, who will formally step down on July 1. Spencer, who has worked for HEC for 38 years, 14 of them as president,…

Five more plead guilty in Coast Guard test-fixing scheme

(NEW ORLEANS) — U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced additional guilty pleas related to a test score-fixing scheme at a United States Coast Guard exam center, bringing the total number of defendants convicted in this matter to 26. On June…

Fraser Shipyards under new ownership, prepares for new markets

(SUPERIOR, Wis.) — Infrastructure Acquisition Partners LLC, a joint venture between Cleaves Invest AS and Foundry Mountain Infrastructure Partners LLC, has announced the acquisition of Fraser Industries LLC of Superior, Wis. “As a Great Lakes maritime company, Fraser Industries has…