Maritime News

Bankruptcy judge removes Morton Bouchard as CEO of company

(HOUSTON) — A judge ordered Bouchard Transportation CEO Morton S. Bouchard III to be immediately removed from his position at a hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. Bouchard Transportation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection…

LNG bunkering barge arrives for duty in Port Canaveral

(PORT CANAVERAL, Fla.) — Port Canaveral marked a historic milestone Monday in the safe, reliable transportation and delivery of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in North America as Q-LNG 4000, a ship-to-ship bunkering barge, arrived at America’s first LNG cruise port.…

NOAA begins transition to exclusively electronic navigation charts

(WASHINGTON) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) began to implement its sunset plan for paper nautical charts on Feb. 26, starting with the current paper chart 18665 of Lake Tahoe. After August, NOAA’s electronic navigational chart will be…

Halter Marine orders welding robots from Danish company

(ODENSE, Demark and PASCAGOULA, Miss.) — The Danish company Inrotech has received an order for an extensive set of welding robots for shipbuilding in the United States. The Inrotech MicroTwin, Inrotech Classic and Inrotech Crawler were purchased by Halter Marine…

ABS publishes guidance on methanol as marine fuel

(HOUSTON) — The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has published "Methanol as Marine Fuel," new guidance evaluating the challenges in design and operation of methanol-fueled vessels. The latest in an ongoing series of ABS sustainability focused whitepapers examining different fuel…

American Cruise Lines adds another boat to Northwest fleet

(GUILFORD, Conn.) — American Cruise Lines (ACL) has added a sixth ship to its Pacific Northwest fleet, American Harmony, with four of the vessels operating on the Columbia and Snake rivers. The repositioned modern riverboat was delivered by Chesapeake Shipbuilding…

Leidos to acquire Gibbs & Cox in $380 million deal

(RESTON, Va.) — Defense contractor Leidos is acquiring the ship design firm Gibbs & Cox in a $380 million deal, U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) News reported. The cash deal, expected to close in the second quarter of 2021, would position…

Maintaining control of dynamic positioning vessels

(LONDON) — There have been several reports of incidents on dynamic positioning (DP) vessels where control was lost because the DP operator (DPO) failed to correctly switch control between operating stations. Investigations rarely find the cause to be a technical…

US shippers to invest $87 million in Great Lakes assets

(CLEVELAND) — The U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet continues to invest heavily in its ships and the region. This year alone, U.S. Great Lakes shipping companies will invest nearly $87 million in their vessels at shipyards and facilities across the Great…

Polar Star returns to Seattle after months-long Arctic deployment

(SEATTLE) — The Coast Guard cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) returned to its home port in Seattle on Saturday following a months-long Arctic deployment to defend the nation’s maritime sovereignty and security throughout the region, develop future Arctic sailors, and…

NOAA calls for revisions for automated weather observing systems

(WASHINGTON) — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is providing the following information to urge the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to take action on the safety recommendations in this report. In the interest of…

Conrad cuts steel for new Great Lakes hopper dredge

(MORGAN CITY, La.) — Conrad Shipyard hosted a steel-cutting ceremony for Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp. (GLDD) at its Deepwater South shipyard in Amelia on Feb. 5. The ceremony signals the start of construction of a 6,500-cubic-yard trailing suction…

IMO, WISTA launch first Women in Maritime survey

(LONDON) — The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA International) have launched the Women in Maritime-IMO and WISTA International Survey 2021 to examine the proportion and distribution of women working in the maritime…

Bollinger delivers third FRC to be home-ported in Guam

(LOCKPORT, La.) — Bollinger Shipyards has delivered USCGC Frederick Hatch to the U.S. Coast Guard in Key West, Fla. It is the 166th vessel Bollinger has delivered to the Coast Guard over a 35-year period and the 43rd fast response…

Crowley, Watco partner to support offshore wind energy

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Crowley and Watco are partnering to create a single-source terminal and supply chain management solution to support the emerging offshore wind industry. With the growing number of wind projects planned for U.S. waters, the partnership brings together…

Coast Guard medevacs tugboat captain in Brownsville

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) — The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a tugboat captain in Brownsville, Texas, on Thursday. Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi command center watch standers received a medevac request at 7:16 a.m. via VHF Channel 16 from the…

Sixteen plead guilty in Coast Guard test-fixing scheme

(NEW ORLEANS) — The United States Attorney’s Office on Feb. 2 announced the guilty pleas of 16 defendants related to a test score-fixing scheme at a U.S. Coast Guard exam center. Judge Barry W. Ashe accepted the pleas on Jan.…

US to resume environmental review of proposed Vineyard Wind project

(WASHINGTON) — In support of the Biden administration’s goal to address climate change and promote offshore renewable energy production, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced Wednesday that it intends to resume the environmental review of Vineyard Wind’s proposed…

Ribcraft delivers two patrol boats to Vermont State Police

(MARBLEHEAD, Mass.) — The Vermont State Police recently took delivery of two specialized 25-foot Ribcraft 7.8s. Delivered to the Greater Burlington area, the RIBs will be used by the State Police Marine Division for all law enforcement operations including patrol,…

Coast Guard Foundation announces 2021 scholarship opportunities

(STONINGTON, Conn.) — The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, has kicked off its 2021 scholarship season. Accepting applications from Feb. 1 through March 15, children…