Author: Professional Mariner Staff

Port NOLA signs agreement to pursue LNG bunkering

(NEW ORLEANS) — The Port of New Orleans and CLEANCOR Energy Solutions, a subsidiary of SEACOR Holdings, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Tuesday to collaborate on ways to provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling solutions to shipowners and…

MarAd designates new Marine Highway, six new projects

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd) on Thursday announced the designation of six new Marine Highway projects and a new Marine Highway route as part of the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). The AMHP encourages the…

San Jacinto College maritime courses eligible for GI benefits

(HOUSTON) — The San Jacinto College Maritime Technology & Training Center’s non-credit U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) approved courses are now eligible for GI Bill education benefit certification through the Texas Veterans Commission. “Every veteran has earned these benefits through sacrifice.…

All American launches first hydrogen fuel cell vessel in US

(BELLINGHAM, Wash.) — All American Marine (AAM) and SWITCH Maritime have announced the launch and operational trials of Sea Change, a zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell ferry that will operate in the San Francisco Bay Area. This will be the first…

AWO presents annual tankering safety award to Arcosa Marine

(ARLINGTON, Va.) — Last week, the American Waterways Operators' (AWO) Tankering and Barge Operations Subcommittee presented AWO affiliate member Arcosa Marine Products with the subcommittee's second annual safety award. Arcosa received this award for the design and construction of its…

MacGregor to deliver cranes for largest US-built hopper dredge

(SEATTLE) — MacGregor, part of Cargotec, will deliver two 120-foot double telescopic service cranes and one 50-foot telescopic stores crane for Frederick Paup, a self-propelled hopper dredge being built for Manson Construction Co. It will be the largest vessel of…

One dead after tour boat capsizes in Texas lake

(CONROE, Texas) — One man died and another person was injured after a double-deck tour boat capsized during a thunderstorm Saturday night on Lake Conroe, CNN reported. The sternwheeler Lake Conroe Queen capsized at 8:12 p.m with 53 people on…

Maine Maritime requiring students to be vaccinated for COVID-19

(CASTINE, Maine) — Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) has announced a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for students this fall. Students will be required to complete the vaccination process by Oct. 1. MMA will begin welcoming students back to campus later this month…

Crowley chooses Markey hawser winches for all-electric tug

(SEATTLE) — Crowley Maritime has chosen two Markey model DEPC-48 hawser winches to outfit the first all-electric-powered ship-assist tug in the United States. Informed of Crowley’s selection, Markey President Blaine Dempke expressed pride at joining the team building this groundbreaking…

Bollinger gets Coast Guard contract for four more FRCs

(LOCKPORT, La.) — The U.S. Coast Guard has exercised a contract option to award Bollinger Shipyards four additional Sentinel‐class fast response cutters (FRCs). This announcement brings the total number of FRCs awarded to Bollinger to 64 vessels since the program’s…

Nichols delivers second fast ferry to Kitsap Transit

(FREELAND, Wash.) — Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) has delivered the second of two 255-passenger ferries to Kitsap Transit of Bremerton, Wash. Like Enetai, the first-in-class vessel, Commander exceeded design expectations during trials. “They are the Audi A8 of passenger…

Bankruptcy judge approves sale of Bouchard vessels

(HOUSTON) — Tugboat and barge operator Bouchard Transportation, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September, has secured court approval to sell its two main asset groups for $245 million, Reuters reported. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David Jones on Thursday…

US designates $4 million in grants for green ferries

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced the availability of up to $38 million in competitive grant funds through a notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) for FTA's Passenger Ferry Grant Program. The Passenger Ferry…

NMC to open renovated New York exam center on Aug. 23

(NEW YORK) — Regional Exam Center (REC) New York’s historical location in the Battery Park building is undergoing a major renovation that is expected to last a minimum of 12 months. During the renovation, REC New York is being relocated…

Navy awards Halter contract for oceanographic survey ship

(PASCAGOULA, Miss.) — Halter Marine has been awarded a $149 million contract for the detail design and construction of an oceanographic survey ship (T-AGS 67) for the U.S. Navy. “This contract continues the momentum and growth of Halter Marine by…

Chesapeake delivers fourth modern riverboat to ACL

(GUILFORD, Conn.) — American Cruise Lines (ACL) has taken delivery of the modern riverboat American Melody from Chesapeake Shipbuilding. Despite various challenges, the Maryland shipyard continued building through the pandemic and delivered the vessel on schedule. In addition, American Cruise…

Dredge barge capsizes at Charleston marina

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — The U.S. Coast Guard and state and local port partners are responding to the 120-foot dredge barge Capt. Leo II that capsized in the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina on Wednesday. The dredge barge has a reported…

Coast Guard updates Cyber Strategic Outlook for maritime systems

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard has released an updated Cyber Strategic Outlook to address the rising threat of cyberattacks against critical maritime systems essential to the nation’s economy and security. The Coast Guard’s 2021 Cyber Strategic Outlook charts a…

Halter gets contract to build fifth Navy berthing barge

(PASCAGOULA, Miss.) — Halter Marine has been awarded a contract option for the U.S. Navy’s fifth auxiliary personnel lighter-small (APL(S)) 67 class berthing and messing barge. The contract award is $41 million for a firm, fixed-price option for the detail…