Author: Professional Mariner Staff

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…

Palfinger equips world’s most advanced research vessel

(BERGHEIM, Austria) — OceanX recently launched a new one-of-a-kind research, media production and exploration vessel – OceanXplorer. With a range of tailor-made equipment, Palfinger’s marine business is one of the major suppliers on board the world’s most advanced research vessel.…

Four charged in $200,000 Coast Guard credentialing scheme

(NORFOLK, Va.) — Four individuals have been charged for their respective roles in a conspiracy to sell phony U.S. Coast Guard merchant mariner credentials in Norfolk. According to allegations in the unsealed indictment, Lamont Godfrey, 42, of Portsmouth, Eugene Johnson,…

GOST launches streamlined vessel tracking interface, new antennas

(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) — GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies), a world leader in marine security, tracking, monitoring and video surveillance systems, has announced its next-generation vessel tracking interface – the GOST Specter. The intuitive website easily works on mobile and…

Gibbs & Cox establishes Houston office

(ARLINGTON, Va.) — Gibbs & Cox Inc., a global leader in naval architecture and marine engineering, has expanded its services into Houston, Texas. The office will be led by Todd Carrico, a leading innovator in naval and offshore marine engineering…

IMO working group proposes new measures to cut ship emissions

(LONDON) — New mandatory measures to cut the carbon intensity of existing ships have been agreed by an International Maritime Organization (IMO) working group. This marks a major step forward, building on current mandatory energy efficiency requirements to further reduce…

Foreship deploys drones to enhance draft surveys

(HELSINKI) — Leading naval architecture and marine engineering company Foreship Ltd. confirms that draft surveys employing drones improve the accuracy of readings as well as the speed and safety of the survey process. Following successful trials, Foreship has added the…

EPA unveils new vessel discharge rules

(WASHINGTON) — On Oct. 26 in the Federal Register, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published proposed vessel discharge regulations. The new regulations are being implemented pursuant to the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) of 2018. The EPA is soliciting public…

Hybrid cargo vessel to be retrofitted with autonomous system

(NORWALK, Conn.) — Norwalk-based First Harvest Navigation, a marine transportation company that connects family farms to urban and suburban neighborhoods, has selected Boston-based Sea Machines’ technology to launch the first autonomous hybrid cargo vessel in the Unites States. Powered by…

Derecktor gets Army Corps approval for Florida haul-out basin

(FORT PIERCE, Fla.) — After 11 months of review, the engineering and plans for Derecktor Fort Pierce’s new megayacht haul-out basin have been officially approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, paving way for construction to commence once the…

US groups call for strong response to China's maritime ambitions

(WASHINGTON) — Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) President Matthew Paxton on Thursday issued the following statement regarding the new Navy League U.S. report "China's Use of Maritime for Global Power Demands a Strong Commitment to American Maritime": “The U.S. Navy…

Latest FRC from Bollinger bound for Bahrain

(LOCKPORT, La.) — Bollinger Shipyards on Thursday delivered USCGC Charles Moulthrope to the U.S. Coast Guard in Key West, Fla. This is the 164th vessel Bollinger has delivered to the Coast Guard over a 35-year period and the 41st fast…

MarAd accepting applications for maritime workforce training and education

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd) is accepting applications from eligible and qualified institutions to apply for a Centers of Excellence (CoE) designation, which will recognize and support community or technical colleges and maritime training centers…

Volvo Penta uses pilot technology in hybrid crew transfer vessels

(GOTHENBURG, Sweden) — In close collaboration with electrification experts Danfoss Editron, Volvo Penta is powering two hybrid vessels using pilot technology. Set to be launched in summer 2021, these vessels are an innovative combination of integrated electric Volvo Penta Inboard…

Schottel EcoPeller to be installed in inspection vessel for first time

(SPAY, Germany) — Schottel’s efficient EcoPellers will propel a new fishery inspection vessel ordered by the governmental Danish Fisheries Agency and under construction at Hvide Sande Shipyard. Beyond this, one Schottel rim thruster will provide maximum maneuverability and ensure low…

Vestdavit secures long-term service agreement with NOAA

(BERGEN, Norway) — Boat launch and recovery systems supplier Vestdavit has secured an agreement to provide service, support and spares for the variety of marine davits it has supplied to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA operates a…