Maritime News

Buzby resigns as head of MarAd, citing Capitol riot

(WASHINGTON) —Mark Buzby has resigned as the nation's maritime administrator, citing the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 by supporters of President Trump. Buzby's resignation from the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) was effective Monday, Jan. 11. “I…

Great Lakes bulker retrofitted for automated dock-to-dock sailings

(HELSINKI) — Wartsila Voyage has introduced Wartsila SmartMove Suite to the global shipping market. This flagship offering for semi-autonomous sailing features the industry’s most advanced sensors and high-accuracy ship control systems, effectively taking the concept of automated dock-to-dock operations to…

ABS joins International Windship Association

(COPENHAGEN, Denmark) — The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has joined the International Windship Association (IWSA), the nonprofit organization that promotes and helps facilitate the uptake of direct wind propulsion solutions for commercial shipping. ABS has become increasingly involved with…

NASSCO launches first John Lewis-class oiler for US Navy

(SAN DIEGO) — On Tuesday, General Dynamics NASSCO launched the future USNS John Lewis (T-AO 205), the first of six vessels in the John Lewis-class fleet oiler program designed to support the U.S. Navy. Construction of USNS John Lewis began…

All American to build research boat for Bluetide Puerto Rico

(BELLINGHAM, Wash.) — All American Marine has secured a contract to construct a research vessel for Bluetide Puerto Rico. The 73-by-26-foot aluminum catamaran will be constructed to U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter T standards for use on both near coastal and…

White House unveils US maritime cybersecurity plan

(WASHINGTON) — President Trump has released the National Maritime Cybersecurity Plan, which sets forth how the United States government will defend the American economy through enhanced cybersecurity coordination, policies and practices, aimed at mitigating risks to the maritime subsector, promoting…

Halter Marine upgrades launch way for polar security cutter

(PASCAGOULA, Miss.) — The polar security cutter (PSC) is rapidly progressing through the detailed design phase, and Halter Marine is actively preparing for its construction. In July 2021, Halter Marine will complete upgrades to the launch way area where the…

Polar Star in Dutch Harbor for first time since 2013

(BERING SEA) — The Seattle-based Coast Guard cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) arrived in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, on Tuesday for a logistics stop 30 days into a months-long Arctic deployment to protect the nation’s maritime sovereignty and security throughout the…

AWO applauds 'landmark' Jones Act provision in defense bill

(ARLINGTON, Va.) — The American Waterways Operators (AWO) applauds the recent passage of H.R. 6395, the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2021. For AWO and the domestic maritime industry as a whole, H.R.…

New survey focuses on coastal hazards facing US shipbuilders

(KINGSTON, R.I.) — The University of Rhode Island Department of Marine Affairs, in partnership with the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, is conducting an online survey of over 120 U.S. shipyards that build, repair, maintain, modernize and…

Thoma-Sea gets design and build contract for two NOAA ships

(WASHINGTON) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s effort to recapitalize its aging fleet of research ships took a major step forward on Dec. 31 with the U.S. Navy’s award of a $178 million contract to Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors LLC…

Centerline acquires Saltchuk's California bunkering business

(SEATTLE) — Centerline Logistics, a leading national provider of marine transportation services, has acquired Saltchuk Marine Services’ California ship refueling business, currently operated by subsidiary Foss Maritime Company. This major acquisition brings together the combined capabilities of two of the…

Interlake Holding secures ATB, historic ferry in asset acquisition

(MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, Ohio) — Interlake Holding Company has announced the purchase of the assets of Pere Marquette Shipping Company and Lake Michigan Car Ferry Company. The acquisition includes three working Great Lakes vessels: the articulated tug-barge Undaunted-Pere Marquette 41, and…

Polar Star sets cutter record for winter Arctic latitude

(CHUKCHI SEA, Alaska) — The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10), the nation's sole heavy icebreaker, traversed a historic winter latitude Friday during a months-long Arctic deployment to protect the nation's maritime sovereignty and security…

Spending bill includes funding for four new FRCs

(LOCKPORT, La) — On Dec. 27, President Trump signed into law the omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2021, which included funding for four more Sentinel-class fast response cutters (FRCs) for the U.S. Coast Guard. This increases the total number…

Brix delivers luxury water taxi to New Jersey golf club

(JERSEY CITY, N.J.) — Brix Marine (formerly Armstrong Marine USA) of Port Angeles, Wash., has delivered a new luxury water taxi, Liberty National I, to Liberty National Golf Club after successful launch and sea trials in Port Angeles Harbor. Liberty…

Coast Guard issues new COVID-related credential deadlines

(WASHINGTON) — This update to MSIB 08-20 provides guidance concerning mariner credentials, medical certificates and course approvals, and the action being taken by the Coast Guard due to the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes (COVID-19). We are doing…

Congress authorizes expansion of Houston Ship Channel

(HOUSTON) — On Monday, Congress passed the 2020 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The bill formally authorized the expansion of the Houston Ship Channel, which was recently ranked the No. 1 U.S. port in total waterborne tonnage. The channel is…

Congress approves funding for Texas A&M training ship

(WASHINGTON) — Congress has approved $390 million to fund construction of a fourth national security multi-mission vessel (NSMV), which will be assigned to the Texas A&M Maritime Academy at Texas A&M University at Galveston. The ship will serve as a…

Ports group calls WRDA passage 'huge win' for Great Lakes

(WASHINGTON) — After weeks of negotiations, Congress has reached agreement on a massive legislative package to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2021 and provide an additional $900 billion in economic relief due to the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation…

Chouest to install battery-hybrid system aboard PSV

(GALLIANO, La.) — Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) announced Monday that it has finalized a long-term contract with a major oil producer in the Gulf of Mexico to install a battery-hybrid system aboard a 312-foot platform supply vessel (PSV). Edison Chouest…