Author: Professional Mariner Staff

MarAd awards vessel acquisition management contract to Crowley

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) ­— Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Solutions business unit has been awarded a multi-year, $638 million contract for vessel acquisition management (VAM) by the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd). Crowley’s strategic acquisition and vessel management service will assist MarAd in the…

Vane Brothers takes delivery of third Salisbury-class pushboat

(BALTIMORE) — Vane Brothers in July took delivery of Rock Hall, the third in a series of four 3,000-horsepower pushboats. The newbuild is the 19th Maryland-built towing vessel to join the Baltimore-based company’s fleet since 2008. Chesapeake Shipbuilding and Naval…

Coast Guard announces cancellation of obsolete NVICs

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard has announced the cancellation of several obsolete navigation and vessel inspection circulars (NVICs). NVICs are guidance documents issued by the Coast Guard that do not have the force of law. However, NVICs ensure Coast…

New Scripps research vessel to feature hydrogen propulsion

(SAN DIEGO) — California legislators have allocated UC San Diego $35 million to design and build a new coastal research vessel with a first-of-its-kind hydrogen-hybrid propulsion system. The new vessel, which will be operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at…

Helm launches crew rest product to help ensure STCW compliance

(VICTORIA, British Columbia) — Leading marine operations software provider Helm Operations has launched Helm CONNECT Work Rest, a new set of tools to help companies combat crew fatigue and ensure rest time compliance across their fleets by allowing them to efficiently manage onboard work schedules…

AWO video highlights industry's commitment to environmental sustainability

(ARLINGTON, Va.) — The American Waterways Operators (AWO) has produced a video highlighting the tugboat, towboat and barge industry's commitment to, and progress toward, environmental sustainability. The video notes that marine transportation is already the most environmentally friendly method of…

Bollinger delivers fourth Bahrain-bound FRC to Coast Guard

(LOCKPORT, La) — Bollinger Shipyards has delivered USCGC Emlen Tunnell to the U.S. Coast Guard in Key West, Fla. This is the 168th vessel Bollinger has delivered to the Coast Guard over a 35‐year period and the 45th fast response…

Rushton Gregory to promote Propspeed to commercial market

(LEE, N.H.) — Rushton Gregory Communications, a marketing communications agency specializing in the marine, outdoor and consumer electronics markets, announced Monday it has expanded its efforts on behalf of Propspeed to promote the company’s award-winning foul-release coatings in the commercial…

Mechanical problem forces AI-driven Mayflower back to port

(PLYMOUTH, United Kingdom) — An autonomous ship designed to re-create the Mayflower's historic journey across the Atlantic 400 years ago is returning to the United Kingdom after developing a mechanical problem, BBC News reported. The crewless trimaran set sail on…

President of Maine Maritime Academy announces retirement

(CASTINE, Maine) — William J. Brennan, president of Maine Maritime Academy (MMA), announced his decision Monday to retire after the upcoming school year, capping off 12 years of service to the institution. “It is an exciting moment for me, but…

Chesapeake to build two more modern riverboats for ACL

(GUILFORD, Conn.) — American Cruise Lines (ACL) announced Tuesday that it has signed contracts with Chesapeake Shipbuilding of Salisbury, Md., to build two more modern riverboats in 2022. The newbuilds will be the fifth and sixth in the ACL series…

Bouchard seeks buyer to avoid office closure, layoffs

(MELVILLE, N.Y.) — Tugboat and barge operator Bouchard Transportation, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September, is now seeking a buyer, according to a notice posted June 8 by the New York State Department of Labor. If the…

Robert Allan Ltd. introduces ElectRA series of battery electric tugs

(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — With the recent announcement of the HaiSea Marine tug fleet, the maritime industry gained its first glimpse of Robert Allan’s Ltd.’s recent work in battery electric tugboats and their potential to significantly reduce or even eliminate…

IMO panel completes regulatory scoping exercise for autonomous ships

(LONDON) — The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has completed a regulatory scoping exercise to analyze relevant ship safety treaties in order to assess how maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS) could be regulated. The completion…

US advances offshore wind in the Pacific

(WASHINGTON) — Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Dr. Colin Kahl, and California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday announced an agreement to advance areas for offshore wind off the northern…

AWO elects Illinois Marine Towing's Del Wilkins as chairman

(ARLINGTON, Va.) — The members of the American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national tugboat, towboat and barge industry association, elected a new slate of leaders last week during the association's Spring Board of Directors/Annual Membership Meeting. Del Wilkins, president of…

Eastern authenticates keel for nation's second OPC

(PANAMA CITY, Fla.) — Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) hosted the keel authentication ceremony Monday for the U.S. Coast Guard’s second offshore patrol cutter (OPC), USCGC Chase (WMSM-916), at the Nelson Street facility. Adm. Karl Schultz, the 26th commandant of the…