Author: Professional Mariner Staff

Propspeed launches commercial marine kit for anti-fouling

(AUCKLAND, New Zealand) — Propspeed, a leading innovator of underwater foul-release coatings, has launched its first kit packaged specifically for the commercial marine trade professional. The Propspeed Commercial Kit includes what is needed to coat two propellers 165-203 centimeters in…

Crowley, Shell partnering on largest LNG bunker barge in US

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) ­— Crowley Maritime Corp. has signed a long-term time charter with Shell NA LNG providing for the building and operation of a new U.S.-built liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker barge. Upon construction, the barge will be the largest…

NTSB cites inaccurate tow size data in fatal Lower Miss. collision

(WASHINGTON) — The lack of accurate tow size information and two pilots’ insufficient radio communication led to a fatal collision between two towing vessels on the Lower Mississippi River near Destrehan, La., according to a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)…

Conception fire among accidents analyzed in Safer Seas Digest 2020

(WASHINGTON) — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released the Safer Seas Digest 2020, a compendium of the agency’s maritime accident investigations involving loss of life, injuries and significant property damage completed in 2020. Safer Seas Digest 2020 details…

NMC update: MMC application processing times

(MARTINSBURG, W.Va.) — The National Maritime Center (NMC) continues to experience increased merchant mariner credential (MMC) and medical certificate application processing times. Every effort is being made to reduce these times and return credential delivery to within our stated performance…

NMEA releases new version of 0400 Installation Standard

(SEVERNA PARK, Md.) — The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has released an extensively updated and expanded version of the NMEA 0400 Installation Standard. This standard is the basis for the popular daylong NMEA Marine Electronics Installer training certification courses…

Former MAMA official gets 45-month sentence for credential scheme

(NORFOLK, Va.) — A Virginia Beach man was sentenced Monday to 45 months in prison for mail fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with a scheme to create counterfeit merchant mariner certificates from Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy (MAMA).…

Scania powers new Western Canada Marine Response vessels

(SAN ANTONIO, Texas) — Scania, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of engines for boats, trucks, buses and industrial applications, has been selected by the Western Canada Marine Response Corp. (WCMRC) to power four 52-foot oil spill response landing crafts.…

18 rescued after schooner capsizes in Kennebec River

(BATH, Maine) — The U.S. Coast Guard responded to a report of a capsized schooner in the Kennebec River on Friday evening. Coast Guard Sector Northern New England watch standers received a report that the historic schooner Mary E. capsized…

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…