Maritime News

OMSA launches vessel to enforce Jones Act

(NEW ORLEANS) — The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) has launched Jones Act Enforcer, the first vessel of its kind that will be used to gather video and photographic evidence of Jones Act violations. Evidence of violations will be submitted…

NASSCO christens first T-AO fleet oiler for Navy

(SAN DIEGO) — General Dynamics NASSCO christened the future USNS John Lewis (T-AO 205), the first ship for the U.S. Navy’s John Lewis-class fleet oiler program, on Saturday in San Diego. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi served as the principal speaker…

NMC issues update for email renewal examinations

(MARTINSBURG, W.Va.) — The National Maritime Center (NMC) launched a centralized electronic delivery process (via e-mail) for renewal examinations in May 2020. Over 1,200 mariners have completed more than 3,000 examination modules using this process, and the feedback regarding the…

Irving delivers second AOPS to Royal Canadian Navy

(HALIFAX, Nova Scotia) — Canadian officials on Thursday celebrated another milestone for the Royal Canadian Navy’s fleet with the delivery of the second Arctic and offshore patrol ship (AOPS), HMCS Margaret Brooke. Built by Irving Shipbuilding of Halifax, this is…

ABS publishes guidance on reduced manning for offshore assets

(HOUSTON) — Guidance on the technology, systems and regulations needed for minimizing human presence on offshore facilities has been published by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). "Reduced Manning on Offshore Facilities" introduces some of the considerations essential for remotely…

All American launches research catamaran for NOAA

(BELLINGHAM, Wash.) — All American Marine (AAM) has launched a 50-foot research vessel for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), designated for the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (OCNMS) in Washington state. The twin-engine Teknicraft Design vessel was constructed…

National Maritime Center restoring REC counter service appointments

(MARTINSBURG, W.Va.) — The National Maritime Center (NMC) will resume counter service appointments for the Regional Examination Centers (RECs) listed below beginning Monday, July 19. Limited examination services will continue. Mariners seeking to schedule counter service or examination appointments may…

IMB: Piracy, armed robbery at sea at lowest level in 27 years

(LONDON) — The latest global piracy report from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) details 68 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships – the lowest total since 1994 – down from 98 incidents during the same period last year.…

Coast Guard, DHS seek ideas for mass-rescue lifesaving device

(NEW LONDON, Conn.) — The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard, recently released a solicitation seeking innovative technology solutions to respond to mass casualty events at sea. Innovators, industry,…

Crowley plans first all-electric tugboat in US

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — ­Crowley Maritime Corp. announced Monday that it will lead the next generation of industry sustainability by building and operating eWolf, the first all-electric powered harbor tugboat that can complete a job without expending a drop of fuel.…

Bollinger christens ocean transport barge for Electric Boat

(LOCKPORT, La.) — Bollinger Shipyards christened Holland, a 400-foot ocean transport barge, on Saturday for General Dynamics Electric Boat. Holland will support the construction and maintenance of the United States’ Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines and Virginia-class fast attack submarines. General…

Eastern opens new Florida facility for repairs, final outfitting

(PORT ST. JOE, Fla.) — Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) hosted the opening of its Port St. Joe facility (PSJ) on Thursday, expanding the company’s operational capabilities a 40-acre site that includes 1,000 feet of deepwater bulkhead with unrestricted access to…

ABS, RAL, Signet partnering on 3D-designed tugboat

(HOUSTON) — The first commercial U.S. vessel designed, built and verified using an end-to-end 3D design process is now under construction in a pioneering project by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Robert Allan Ltd. (RAL), Signet Maritime Corp. and…

Sumwalt retires as NTSB chairman; Homendy nominated for post

(WASHINGTON) — National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt has ended his nearly 15 years at the NTSB, retiring from government service Wednesday. Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg will serve as the acting chairman until a new chair is confirmed by…

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…

Five more plead guilty in Coast Guard test-fixing scheme

(NEW ORLEANS) — U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced additional guilty pleas related to a test score-fixing scheme at a United States Coast Guard exam center, bringing the total number of defendants convicted in this matter to 26. On June…

Fraser Shipyards under new ownership, prepares for new markets

(SUPERIOR, Wis.) — Infrastructure Acquisition Partners LLC, a joint venture between Cleaves Invest AS and Foundry Mountain Infrastructure Partners LLC, has announced the acquisition of Fraser Industries LLC of Superior, Wis. “As a Great Lakes maritime company, Fraser Industries has…