Author: Professional Mariner Staff

Barge strike closes drawbridge in Virginia

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) — The Coast Guard is investigating an allision between a barge and the Centerville Turnpike Bridge that occurred early Saturday morning. Watch standers at Sector Virginia received the report of the allision at 4:46 a.m. and released a…

Pacific-Gulf Marine to manage MarAd training ship

(NEW ORLEANS) — Pacific-Gulf Marine (PGM) has been appointed general agent by the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) to provide full ship management services in support of the training ship General Rudder. The ship is part of the National Defense Reserve…

Seafarer fatigue management solution wins Inmarsat challenge

(LONDON) — Inmarsat, a world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, has unveiled a joint entry from Canary Sentinel and Workrest as the winner of the inaugural Crew Welfare Open Innovation Challenge, a competition rewarding technologies most likely to benefit…

NAMEPA honors eight maritime entities for environmental protection

(WESTON, Conn.) — The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) presented its Marine Environment Protection Awards for 2020 on Nov. 5 to senior leadership of the recipients. Winners were MSC Cruises, Port Everglades, the International Chamber of Shipping for…

Imtra launches virtual show booth, updated website, learning center

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) — Imtra, a leading manufacturer and importer of quality solutions and products for the marine, energy and transportation markets, has launched a virtual trade show booth, a newly redesigned, mobile-friendly website, and a comprehensive online resource for…

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…