Author: Professional Mariner Staff

Blakeley delivers Tier 4 towboat to Cooper Marine & Timberlands

(MOBILE, Ala.) — Gretchen V. Cooper, the nation’s first line-haul towing vessel powered by EPA Tier 4 Caterpillar high-speed engines with selective catalytic reduction, was built by Blakeley BoatWorks (BBW) and is now operated by Cooper Marine & Timberlands (CMT).…

Blount delivers CTV to support Virginia offshore wind farm

(WARREN, R.I.) — The crew transfer vessel (CTV) Atlantic Endeavor was recently delivered to the Dominion Energy Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Farm to support two Siemens Gamesa turbines 27 miles off Virginia Beach. The 65-foot vessel will provide operations and…

SAFETY ALERT: See-Me PFD light failures due to battery issues

(WASHINGTON) — In October 2020, Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach found 11 noncompliant See-Me 1.0 LED PFD lights. The bottoms of the lights were missing, cracked or bulging. The lights are manufactured by AOB Outdoor Products & Accessories Inc. and may…

NTSB names Morgan Turrell director of Office of Marine Safety

(WASHINGTON) — Longtime mariner and investigator Morgan Turrell has been named director of the National Transportation Safety Board’s Office of Marine Safety. The office investigates major marine accidents within the United States and its territories, as well as accidents involving…

Crowley, ESVAGT to develop service vessels for US offshore wind

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — U.S.-based Crowley and Danish shipping company ESVAGT have announced plans to directly bolster purpose-built Jones Act vessel availability in support of the emerging offshore wind energy market through a joint venture. The partnership will bring together two…

Three more plead guilty in Coast Guard exam-fixing scheme

(NEW ORLEANS) — Three people pleaded guilty on March 5 on charges related to a test-score fixing scheme at a U.S. Coast Guard exam center in Mandeville, La., bringing the total number of defendants convicted in this matter to 19.…

Coast Guard Foundation elects new members to board of trustees

(STONINGTON, Conn.) — The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, has announced the addition of nine new trustees to its board this year. The foundation has…

ABS evaluates US readiness for growth in offshore wind market

(HOUSTON) — The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has published a report evaluating the U.S. offshore wind industry’s readiness to deliver the 40 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity the International Energy Agency estimates will be installed by 2040. "Offshore Wind…

Kari Wilkinson named president of Ingalls Shipbuilding

(NEWPORT NEWS, Va.) — Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced Friday that its board of directors has elected Kari Wilkinson to serve as executive vice president of HII and president of HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division, effective April 1. She will succeed…

Crowley, Greenbrier launch ATB fuel barge for Alaska service

(PORTLAND, Ore.) — Crowley achieved a significant milestone Saturday in its 55,000-barrel articulated tug-barge (ATB) newbuild project with the launch and christening at Greenbrier Marine of Qamun, a double-hulled petroleum barge specifically designed for the Alaska fuels market. The 350-foot…

C-MAP launches new high-resolution range of chart cards

(EGERSUND, Norway) — C-MAP, a leader in digital marine cartography and cloud-based mapping, has launched new high-detail C-MAP Discover and C-MAP Reveal charts for Lowrance, Simrad and B&G chartplotters. The Discover and Reveal charts include new features like custom depth…

Philly Shipyard cuts steel for second academy training ship

(PHILADELPHIA) —Philly Shipyard on Wednesday marked the start of fabrication for the second national security multi-mission vessel (NSMV) with a brief steel-cutting ceremony. Representatives from Philly Shipyard, TOTE Services and the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) gathered around the yard’s plasma…

Master Marine delivers third pushboat in series to Plimsoll

(BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala.) — Master Marine Inc. (MMI) has delivered the 67-by-28-foot Rock Solid to Plimsoll Marine. Rock Solid is the third vessel that MMI is scheduled to deliver to Plimsoll Marine, one of the Lower Mississippi River’s premier…

Propspeed continues US expansion with two new hires

(AUCKLAND, New Zealand) — Propspeed, a leading innovator of underwater foul-release coatings, has announced expansion of its United States operations with the appointment of Alan Ferland as Southeast regional sales manager and technical support, and Bobby Matos as Gulf Coast…

Navico launches new sustainable packaging program

(EGERSUND, Norway) — Navico, parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad Yachting, B&G and C-MAP brands, recently announced its renewed focus on becoming a more sustainable company, dedicated to preserving the joy of being on the water for current and future…

Sea Machines hires Moran David as chief commercial officer

(BOSTON) — Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics, a leading developer of autonomous command and control systems for commercial vessels, has hired Moran David as chief commercial officer (CCO), reporting to the company’s CEO Michael G. Johnson. Effective immediately, this new position…

Bankruptcy judge removes Morton Bouchard as CEO of company

(HOUSTON) — A judge ordered Bouchard Transportation CEO Morton S. Bouchard III to be immediately removed from his position at a hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. Bouchard Transportation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection…

JMS provides design to convert OSRV to pilot station vessel

(MYSTIC, Conn. and NEW YORK) — The conversion is nearly complete of the former oil spill response vessel (OSRV) Maine Responder to a pilot station vessel for the Sandy Hook Pilots Association of Staten Island, N.Y. The conversion work contract…