Author: Professional Mariner Staff

All American to build research boat for Bluetide Puerto Rico

(BELLINGHAM, Wash.) — All American Marine has secured a contract to construct a research vessel for Bluetide Puerto Rico. The 73-by-26-foot aluminum catamaran will be constructed to U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter T standards for use on both near coastal and…

Four Harvey Gulf OSVs to receive Corvus batteries

(BERGEN, Norway and VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — Corvus Energy has announced an order from Wartsila for four Energy Storage Systems (ESS) for the offshore support vessel fleet operated by Louisiana-based Harvey Gulf. The orders follow the successful sea trial of…

Caterpillar launches C32B triple turbo engine

(HOUSTON) — Following the successful launch of the C32B 2,025-hp engine, Caterpillar Marine has announced the release of the new Cat C32B triple turbo 2,433-hp high-performance marine engine, with a rated engine speed of 2,300 rpm. With a 20 percent…

Will Roberts named president of Foss Maritime

(SEATTLE) — Foss Maritime has announced the appointment of Will Roberts as the organization’s next president. Roberts brings to the position a wealth of knowledge and an array of experience in the maritime industry, on a local, national and global…

White House unveils US maritime cybersecurity plan

(WASHINGTON) — President Trump has released the National Maritime Cybersecurity Plan, which sets forth how the United States government will defend the American economy through enhanced cybersecurity coordination, policies and practices, aimed at mitigating risks to the maritime subsector, promoting…

Crowley forms New Energy division focusing on offshore wind, LNG

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Crowley Shipping has formed a New Energy division strategically focused on diverse services supporting the emerging energy sectors in the U.S. and adjacent regions – concentrating in offshore wind and liquefied natural gas (LNG). The new division…

Halter Marine upgrades launch way for polar security cutter

(PASCAGOULA, Miss.) — The polar security cutter (PSC) is rapidly progressing through the detailed design phase, and Halter Marine is actively preparing for its construction. In July 2021, Halter Marine will complete upgrades to the launch way area where the…

Polar Star in Dutch Harbor for first time since 2013

(BERING SEA) — The Seattle-based Coast Guard cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) arrived in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, on Tuesday for a logistics stop 30 days into a months-long Arctic deployment to protect the nation’s maritime sovereignty and security throughout the…

Teledyne to acquire FLIR Systems in $8 billion deal

(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. and ARLINGTON, Va.) — Teledyne Technologies and FLIR Systems jointly announced Monday that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Teledyne will acquire FLIR in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $8 billion.…

AWO applauds 'landmark' Jones Act provision in defense bill

(ARLINGTON, Va.) — The American Waterways Operators (AWO) applauds the recent passage of H.R. 6395, the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2021. For AWO and the domestic maritime industry as a whole, H.R.…

EBDG supports O'Hara with vessel modernization

(SEATTLE) — Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) is supporting O'Hara Corp. as it modernizes a 204-foot factory trawler, Alaska Spirit. The vessel has been successfully fishing Alaska's Bering Sea since 1989 when it was converted from an offshore supply vessel…

New survey focuses on coastal hazards facing US shipbuilders

(KINGSTON, R.I.) — The University of Rhode Island Department of Marine Affairs, in partnership with the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, is conducting an online survey of over 120 U.S. shipyards that build, repair, maintain, modernize and…

Thoma-Sea gets design and build contract for two NOAA ships

(WASHINGTON) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s effort to recapitalize its aging fleet of research ships took a major step forward on Dec. 31 with the U.S. Navy’s award of a $178 million contract to Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors LLC…

Saltchuk Marine to expand ship-assist operations

(SEATTLE) — Saltchuk Marine has acquired Centerline Logistics’ harbor ship-assist operations in California and the Pacific Northwest. Eight ship-assist tugs currently operated under the Millennium and Starlight brands will join the Saltchuk Marine fleet in early 2021. Operations will be…

Centerline acquires Saltchuk's California bunkering business

(SEATTLE) — Centerline Logistics, a leading national provider of marine transportation services, has acquired Saltchuk Marine Services’ California ship refueling business, currently operated by subsidiary Foss Maritime Company. This major acquisition brings together the combined capabilities of two of the…

Tugboat catches fire on Fall River

(FALL RIVER, Mass.) — A fire broke out on an unmanned tugboat on the Fall River early Monday morning, WPRI.com reported. The call came in around 4 a.m. from witnesses on the Somerset side of the river who saw heavy…

Interlake Holding secures ATB, historic ferry in asset acquisition

(MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, Ohio) — Interlake Holding Company has announced the purchase of the assets of Pere Marquette Shipping Company and Lake Michigan Car Ferry Company. The acquisition includes three working Great Lakes vessels: the articulated tug-barge Undaunted-Pere Marquette 41, and…

Crew safe after towboat sinks near Olmsted Locks and Dam

(PULASKI COUNTY, Ill.) — The U.S. Coast Guard was contacted to help crewmembers aboard a sinking towboat on Sunday near the near Olmsted Locks and Dam, KFVS News reported. The Coast Guard got the call at 8:38 p.m. to respond…

Polar Star sets cutter record for winter Arctic latitude

(CHUKCHI SEA, Alaska) — The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10), the nation's sole heavy icebreaker, traversed a historic winter latitude Friday during a months-long Arctic deployment to protect the nation's maritime sovereignty and security…

Spending bill includes funding for four new FRCs

(LOCKPORT, La) — On Dec. 27, President Trump signed into law the omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2021, which included funding for four more Sentinel-class fast response cutters (FRCs) for the U.S. Coast Guard. This increases the total number…

Brix delivers luxury water taxi to New Jersey golf club

(JERSEY CITY, N.J.) — Brix Marine (formerly Armstrong Marine USA) of Port Angeles, Wash., has delivered a new luxury water taxi, Liberty National I, to Liberty National Golf Club after successful launch and sea trials in Port Angeles Harbor. Liberty…

Three rescued as tug takes on water, sinks off Puerto Rico

(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — The U.S. Coast Guard responded to a marine casualty Thursday south of Puerto Rico. Sector San Juan watch standers received a mayday call from the 112-foot tugboat Proassist III crew stating they were taking on…