Author: Professional Mariner Staff

ACL to redesign, refit fleet of classic paddewheelers

(GUILFORD, Conn.) — American Cruise Lines (ACL) has announced that its fleet of four classic paddlewheelers will be undergoing a major redesign, refit and rebranding. The new interior design will bring paddlewheel cruising to the same standard already exhibited on…

Ocean Group acquires Samson Tugboats of Vancouver

(QUEBEC CITY) — Ocean Group has announced the acquisition of Samson Tugboats Inc., a Vancouver-based company specializing in harbor towing in the Vancouver area since 2011. In March 2020, Ocean Group announced that it had been awarded several major contracts…

Coast Guard Foundation launches ME3 Jackson P. Haughey Endowment

(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 establishment of the ME3 Jackson P. Haughey Endowment. The endowment honors the memory…

Eastern cuts steel for Coast Guard's third OPC

(PANAMA CITY, Fla.) — Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) on Monday commenced construction of U.S. Coast Guard cutter Ingham (WMSM-917), Hull 3 of the Heritage-class offshore patrol cutter (OPC) program. The event was observed by leaders of the U.S. Coast Guard…

NMEA names 2021 product award winners at annual conference

(SEVERNA PARK, Md.) — Twenty products garnered top honors in three separate award competitions at the 2021 NMEA Marine Electronics Conference & Expo, held last week at the Orlando Doubletree Universal Hotel in Florida. NMEA members cast their votes online…

All Bollinger facilities open, operational after Hurricane Ida

(LOCKPORT, La.) — Bollinger Shipyards on Friday announced that all 11 of its facilities are now open and operational following Hurricane Ida’s landfall last month near Port Fourchon, La., as a Category 4 storm. Bollinger’s facilities in Port Fourchon, Larose,…

McAllister orders two Tier 4 z-drives from Washburn & Doughty

(NEW YORK) — McAllister Towing has signed a contract for the construction of two 93-by-38-foot, Tier 4, 84-metric-ton bollard pull tractor tugs with the option for two more. These tugs will further enhance McAllister’s East Coast fleet with the ability…

Burger building new vessel for Michigan ferry operator

(MANITOWOC, Wis.) — Burger Boat Company has begun work on a new vehicle and passenger ferry for the Eastern Upper Peninsula Transportation Authority (EUPTA), located in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The 92-foot U.S.-made steel ferry will operate year-round on the…

Coalition aims to make zero-emission shipping 'default choice' by 2030

(COPENHAGEN, Denmark) — Full decarbonization of international shipping is urgent and achievable. This is the clear message from more than 150 industry leaders and organizations representing the entire maritime value chain, including shipping, cargo, energy, finance, ports and infrastructure. In…

REC New York reopens in new location

(NEW YORK) — Regional Exam Center (REC) New York has reopened for examination services in the Federal Building at 201 Varick Street in Lower Manhattan. Specific information regarding the REC’s physical address, hours of operation, and entry requirements can be…

New AMC campaign highlights key role of US-flagged shipping

(WASHINGTON) — The American Maritime Congress (AMC) has launched a comprehensive campaign to raise public awareness about the key role the U.S.-flagged deep-sea shipping industry plays in the nation's economic prosperity, national security and future well-being. "We're excited to launch…

NMC cites possible issues with recent Pay.gov payments

(MARTINSBURG, W.Va.) — The National Maritime Center (NMC) recently became aware of a problem with the merchant mariner user fee payment form on the Pay.gov website. During the last 90 days, mariners who attempted to pay examination and/or issuance fees…

Icom unveils M510 transceiver at NMEA 2021

(KIRKLAND, Wash.) — At this year’s NMEA Marine Electronics Conference and Expo, Icom will be showcasing its newest VHF marine transceiver, the M510. With the M510 on board, conveniently command and control wirelessly, all from your smart device. Icom will…

Severe winds from downburst cited in NOLA boxship breakaway

(WASHINGTON) — Severe unforecasted winds caused a containership to break away from a pier and damage equipment at the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal in New Orleans on Aug. 2, 2020, according to the National Transportation Safety Board’s Marine Accident Brief…

House panel approves $350 million for Great Lakes heavy icebreaker

(CLEVELAND) — The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Tuesday approved $1 billion for U.S. Coast Guard shoreside infrastructure nationwide and $350 million for a heavy Great Lakes icebreaker as part of its budget reconciliation bill, an action that the…

Sea Machines plans autonomous voyage around Denmark by ocean tug

(BOSTON) — Sea Machines Robotics will embark on a 1,000-nautical-mile autonomous and remotely commanded journey around Denmark later this month. Aptly named The Machine Odyssey, the voyage marks a landfall moment for autonomous transportation and is slated to prove that…