Author: Professional Mariner Staff

Halter Marine acquires plasma cutting machine

(PASCAGOULA, Miss.) — As Halter Marine prepares for construction of the U.S. Coast Guard’s polar security cutter, the company is acquiring new technologies such as robotic welding machines and the PythonX plasma cutter. Halter Marine unveiled the PythonX at a…

C&C Marine delivers triple-screw towboat to Hines Furlong Line

(BELLE CHASSE, La.) — C&C Marine and Repair has delivered Scarlett Rose Furlong to Hines Furlong Line Inc., the first in a three-boat series from the builder for the Nashville, Tenn.-based company. The triple-screw, 6,600-hp towboat measures 170 feet by…

MacGregor to supply hose cranes for LNG bunkering barge

(SINGAPORE) — MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received an order from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Wisconsin to supply two fixed-boom cranes that will handle the hoses on a new 5,400-cubic-meter liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker barge currently under construction and…

Armstrong delivers pilot boat to National Park Service in Alaska

(GUSTAVUS, Alaska) — Armstrong Marine USA of Port Angeles, Wash., recently delivered Serac, a 45-by-16-foot semi-displacement catamaran, to the National Park Service (NPS) for use in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. NPS selected Armstrong Marine’s proposal to build the…

SAFETY ALERT: Recommendation for pilot transfer arrangements

(WASHINGTON) — Recent deaths of maritime pilots while embarking commercial vessels highlight the risks of operating in an unforgiving maritime environment. To ensure the safety of all personnel boarding a vessel at sea, the Coast Guard reminds vessel owners and…

Biden presidency points to growth for offshore wind industry

(BALTIMORE) — Joseph Biden's presidency, which will begin Jan. 20, 2021, promises to usher in a renewed focus on renewable energy strategies, including the offshore wind energy industry. Under the Biden administration, it is expected that offshore wind will experience…

Three builders to deliver 48 barges to Canadian Coast Guard

(GATINEAU, Quebec) — Following an open and competitive process, Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard, has awarded three contracts totalling $14,047,773 for the acquisition of 48 hard-shell barges to the following Canadian companies: •…

Coalition says Ligado 5G network threatens nation's GPS

(SPRINGFIELD, Va.) — A coalition of groups whose users rely on the global positioning system (GPS) wants the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to change its mind about an April 20 decision to permit Ligado Networks to begin construction of a…

Two rescued after tow, pontoon boat collide in North Carolina

(PORTSMOUTH, Va.) — The Coast Guard responded to and is investigating a collision that reportedly took place between a 94-foot tug and barge, and a pontoon boat, near the Emerald Isle High-Rise Bridge on the Intracoastal Waterway in Emerald Isle,…

NMEA releases Version 1.000 of OneNet ethernet standard

(SEVERNA PARK, Md.) — The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has released its latest protocol, the NMEA OneNet Standard, Version 1.000. This is an open industry standard based on Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) and the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Local…

ICS Diversity Tracker aims to boost women in maritime

(LONDON) — The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has released the ICS Diversity Tracker, the first report looking into the state of diversity and inclusion in the global shipping labor force. The tracker, which surveyed more than 200 shipping companies…

Metal Shark receives President's 'E' Award for exports

(JEANERETTE, La.) — Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has been selected to receive the President’s “E” Award for Exports. The company was recently notified by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. The award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can…

Illinois River locks reopen for barge traffic

(WASHINGTON) — All locks on the Illinois Waterway are open to navigation after extended closures this year for significant repairs, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced last week. The Illinois Waterway, which provides a navigable connection between Lake Michigan…

Silver Ships gets contract for six NAVSEA patrol boats

(THEODORE, Ala.) — Silver Ships has received a contract award worth $6.12 million from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) for six riverine patrol boats (RPBs). The contract is part of the U.S. Navy Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program that…

DNV GL adds digital, smart vessel notations

(OSLO, Norway) — The maritime industry is undergoing a massive shift as vessels transform into sophisticated sensor hubs, generating data and connecting through satellites in an expanding interconnected web. To enable the uptake of these systems and unlock the associated…

Coast Guard relocates Juneau exam center

(WASHINGTON) — Regional Exam Center (REC) Juneau has relocated from Mendenhall Mall to the Hurff A. Saunders Federal Building in Juneau, Alaska, and is open for limited examination services only. REC Juneau’s new mailing address is 709 W. 9th Street,…

Navy takes delivery of first YT 808 tug

(BREMERTON, Wash.) — The Navy’s first YT 808-class tug was recently delivered to Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton Annex. Only 17 days after delivery, YT 808 was in the water assisting USNS Richard Byrd (T-AKE 4) as it moved away from…

Canada implements new marine navigation safety regulations

(OTTAWA) — The government of Canada has reached another milestone in its commitment to keep improving the safety of Canada’s transportation sector by modernizing legislation and regulations. Minister of Transport Marc Garneau on Friday announced that the government of Canada…

Rob Allan awarded honorary membership with SNAME

(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — Robert Allan Ltd. has announced that Robert G. (Rob) Allan has been made an honorary member by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), making him one of only 50 living individuals to enjoy…