Author: Professional Mariner Staff

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…

NTSB: Dredge hit propane pipeline before fatal fire

(WASHINGTON) — On Friday, Aug. 21, about 8:05 a.m. Central Daylight Time, the U.S.-flagged, non-propelled, 152-foot-long cutterhead suction dredge Waymon L. Boyd reportedly struck a submerged 16-inch liquid propane pipeline during dredging operations adjacent to EPIC Corpus Christi Marine Terminal,…

IMO hit by cyberattack; CMA CGM suspects data breach

(LONDON) — Two key players in the global shipping industry are trying to restore computer networks and assess the damage from separate cyberattacks this week that are adding short-term complications to supply chains already straining ahead of peak season for…

Furuno wins five 2020 NMEA Product of Excellence awards

(CAMAS, Wash.) — On Sept. 26, Furuno wrapped up an unprecedented week of learning and dealer engagement during the 2020 NMEA Virtual Education Week by bringing home five NMEA Product of Excellence awards. This brings Furuno's total to an 235…

Bulk carrier runs aground near Norfolk

(PORTSMOUTH, Va.) — Coast Guard Sector Virginia crews successfully coordinated refloating a cargo ship that ran aground one quarter mile northwest of Sewell’s Point in Norfolk late Wednesday night. Seven tugs were instrumental in refloating Hong Dai, a Panama-flagged 738-foot…

Edison Chouest to build wind farm service vessel for Northeast

(CUT OFF, La.) — Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO), Orsted and Eversource have announced the execution of a long-term charter agreement for the provision of a U.S.-flagged Jones Act-compliant service operations vessel (SOV). The SOV will be engineered, constructed and operated…

Two RAstar 3200-SX escort tugs arrive in Scotland

(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — Early September saw the delivery of Odin of Scapa and Thor of Scapa, a pair of Robert Allan Ltd. designed RAstar 3200-SX terminal support/escort tugs, to Orkney Island Council Marine Services. Following a rigorous tender process,…

Maine Maritime receives $750,000 in scholarship funding

(CASTINE, Maine) — Dr. William J. Brennan, president of Maine Maritime Academy (MMA), announced Wednesday that the college exceeded the goals of a three-year challenge from the Harold Alfond Foundation, resulting in a $750,000 grant to MMA’s Harold Alfond Engineering…

C-MAP launches FleetManager 4.0

(EGERSUND, Norway) — C-MAP, a leading provider of commercial marine charting and cloud-based software solutions for fleet management and route optimization, has launched FleetManager 4.0, a web-based fleet management solution. A decade from the launch of the first FleetManager, this…

Icom's M605 wins excellence award for fourth year in a row

(KIRKLAND, Wash.) — At this year’s virtual 2020 NMEA Marine Electronics Conference and Expo, the marine industry once again honored several top products and manufacturers. One of those top products was Icom's M605 VHF marine transceiver, for the fourth year…

C-MAP releases NAVAREA Warning Service for IMS

(EGERSUND, Norway) — C-MAP, a leader in digital marine cartography for commercial vessels, has announced a new service, along with a number of improvements and features to its existing, next generation back-of-bridge voyage planning station. C-MAP IMS integrates with C-MAP’s…

ICS updates guidance on COVID-19 safeguards

(LONDON) — A great deal has changed since March, when the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) first issued guidance for the global shipping industry to help combat the spread of COVID-19. The entire world has been affected, seeing 32 million…

Containership leaks fuel oil through hull at NJ terminal

(NEW YORK) — A unified command consisting of the Coast Guard, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and Gallagher Marine Systems, continued in the response to a container vessel leaking fuel oil Wednesday at the Global Container Terminal in Bayonne,…

Eastern lays keel for another Weeks dredger

(PANAMA CITY, Fla.) — On Sept. 11, Eastern Shipbuilding Group conducted the keel laying for R.B. Weeks, ESG Hull 258, a new trailing suction hopper dredger for Weeks Marine Inc. (WMI), following the contract signing five months earlier. Steel cutting…

Bouchard Transportation files for Chapter 11

(MELVILLE, N.Y.) — Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc., the nation's largest independently-owned oceangoing petroleum barge company, on Monday announced that it and certain of its subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions to restructure under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code…