Maritime News

Panama Canal allowing longer ships to transit neo-Panamax locks

(PANAMA CITY, Panama) — Ahead of the fifth anniversary of its expansion, the Panama Canal has increased the maximum allowable length for vessels transiting the neo-Panamax locks. Since May 21, the maximum length overall (LOA) for commercial and non-commercial vessels…

MarAd: US shipyards support $42.4 billion in GDP

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd) has announced the release of a new report finding that the nation’s private shipyards support $42.4 billion in gross domestic product (GDP). MarAd’s new report — "The Economic Importance of…

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…

Coast Guard halts four illegal charters on Lake of the Ozarks

(NEW ORLEANS) — The U.S. Coast Guard conducted an enforcement operation on Lake of the Ozarks this past weekend to ensure that passenger-for-hire vessels are operating in accordance with federal law. Following multiple reports of illegal commercial charter vessels, Coast…

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…

US proposes lease sale for offshore wind in New York Bight

(WASHINGTON) — In support of the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of installing 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030, the Department of the Interior on Friday announced a proposed sale for offshore wind development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)…

San Francisco builds floating station for fireboats

(SAN FRANCISCO) — Seemingly overnight, a new structure appeared on San Francisco’s waterfront. Situated at Pier 22½ just behind historic Firehouse 35 and nestled beside the Bay Bridge, this floating building is San Francisco’s new Fire Station 35. The facility…

Austal to modify Navy EPF for autonomous operation

(WASHINGTON) — The builder of the Navy’s Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport (EPF) has won a $44 million contract to develop an autonomous version of the aluminum catamaran, according to a June 7 Pentagon contract announcement. The modification to the future…

US to explore offshore wind potential in Gulf of Mexico

(WASHINGTON) — The Department of the Interior on Tuesday announced its intent to assess potential opportunities to advance clean energy development on the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). This significant milestone is part of the Biden-Harris administration’s goal…

Austal receives functional design contract for Navy's T-ATS

(MOBILE, Ala.) — Austal USA announced Monday that it has received a $3.6 million contract for functional design work on the U.S. Navy's Navajo-class towing, salvage and rescue (T-ATS) ships. It is the first award for the shipbuilder for the…

Navy awards contract to Halter for oceanographic survey ship

(WASHINGTON) — Halter Marine of Pascagoula, Miss., has been awarded a $149,053,160 fixed-price-incentive (firm target) modification for the detail design and construction of one oceanographic survey ship (T-AGS 67). Work will be performed in Pascagoula, Miss. (76 percent); Harahan, La.…

Crowley first US company to join Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Crowley Maritime Corp. has become the first U.S.-owned and 13th overall ship owner-operator that will publicly disclose its ship recycling policies, practices and process through the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative (SRTI) website. Headquartered in Florida, Crowley operates…

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…

Coast Guard seeks input from unlimited tonnage deck officers

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking input from mariners who hold national merchant mariner credential (MMC) deck officer endorsements for unlimited tonnage vessels to validate information gathered as part of a job task analysis (JTA). Since 2016, the…