Author: Professional Mariner Staff

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…

C&C delivers fourth towboat in series to Maritime Partners

(BELLE CHASSE, La.) — C&C Marine and Repair has delivered the towboat Ned Brooks to Maritime Partners, the fourth in a 15-boat series that C&C is building for the Metairie, La.-based company. The 2,600-hp, 84-by-34-foot towboat was designed by Entech…

US Coast Guard Academy graduates 240 new officers

(NEW LONDON, Conn.) — The U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduated 240 new officers along with seven international students Wednesday, with keynote speaker President Joseph Biden in attendance. The Class of 2021 consists of 34 percent women and 34 percent from…

NOAA releases new condition models for mariners on West Coast, Gulf

(WASHINGTON) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced two new coastal condition forecast models that will enhance critical decision making for mariners along the West Coast and northern Gulf of Mexico. The models provide continuous quality-controlled data…

All American Marine joins Bryton Marine Group

(BELLINGHAM, Wash.) — All American Marine (AAM) owner Matt Mullett has completed the private sale of the company to family-owned Bryton Marine Group. AAM, located in Bellingham, Wash., is at the forefront of aluminum vessel design and manufacturing. The company…

St. Lawrence Seaway opens 63rd navigation season

(ST. LAMBERT LOCK) — The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. (SLSMC) announced the opening of its 63rd navigation season Monday. The CSL Group’s Baie St. Paul, a Trillium‑class laker, was the first ship through the St. Lambert Lock in a…

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System reports strong 2020 season

(WASHINGTON) — American and Canadian ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System reported that overall tonnage during the 2020 navigation season was down just 1.7 percent compared to the 2019 navigation season, despite facing a challenging year. “The Seaway’s…

Conrad Shipyard receives ISO 9001:2015 recertification

(MORGAN CITY, La.) — Conrad Shipyard has received ISO 9001:2015 recertification for its quality management program from ABS Quality Evaluations, the ANAB internationally accredited registrar. Conrad’s successful implementation of its quality management system to ISO 9001:2015 standards reflects the company’s…

Louisiana pilots order Chesapeake-class launch from Gladding-Hearn

(SOMERSET, Mass.) – The Associated Federal Pilots in Metairie, La., has ordered a Chesapeake-class pilot boat from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding. The pilots’ first launch, built by the Massachusetts-based shipyard, is scheduled for delivery in July 2021. Since the Chesapeake-class pilot boat…

Crowley receives government award for hiring, retaining military veterans

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia has awarded Crowley the HIRE Vets Platinum Medallion for its exemplary success recruiting, employing and retaining U.S. military veterans. The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE Vets)…

MarAd renews GPS warning, reports 'multiple instances' of interference

(WASHINGTON) — Multiple instances of significant GPS interference have been reported worldwide in the maritime domain. This interference is resulting in lost or inaccurate GPS signals affecting bridge navigation, GPS-based timing, and communications equipment. Satellite communications equipment may also be…

Inmarsat Fleet LTE service coverage extended to Gulf of Mexico

(LONDON) — Inmarsat, a world leader in global mobile satellite communications, will extend its "three-in-one" Fleet LTE coverage for offshore service vessels to the Gulf of Mexico following successful trials with V.Ships Offshore in the North Sea area. In conjunction…