Maritime News

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…

NASSCO delivers second Kanaloa-class con-ro to Matson

(HONOLULU) — Matson on Dec. 18 took delivery of Matsonia, the second of two new Kanaloa-class combination container/roll-on, roll-off (con-ro) ships built by General Dynamics NASSCO. The vessels are the largest of their kind ever built in the United States.…

Keppel lays keel for Jones Act wind turbine installation vessel

(RICHMOND, Va.) — Dominion Energy announced Wednesday it has reached a major milestone – the keel laying – in the construction of the first Jones Act-compliant offshore wind turbine installation vessel, currently being constructed by Keppel AmFELS at its Brownsville,…

Philly Shipyard cuts steel for nation's new class of training ships

(PHILADELPHIA) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd) on Tuesday launched a new era in maritime education with the cutting of steel for the first national security multi-mission vessel (NSMV) at Philly Shipyard. This is the initial major…

AMP honors sacrifice, dedication of the American mariner

(WASHINGTON) — The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the nation’s domestic maritime industry, will culminate its yearlong celebration of American maritime heroes by honoring the American mariner. AMP recognizes the service of those who have served in support…

America's sole heavy icebreaker deploys to the Arctic

(SEATTLE) — The crew of the Coast Guard cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) departed Friday for a months-long deployment to the Arctic to protect the nation’s maritime sovereignty and security throughout the region. The 44-year-old heavy icebreaker will project power…

Bulker crew rescues sailors on disabled boat in Atlantic

(PORTSMOUTH, Va.) — The Coast Guard coordinated the rescue of two people from a sailboat disabled by weather approximately 345 miles east of Hatteras Inlet, N.C., on Saturday afternoon. Watch standers at the Coast Guard’s 5th District Command Center received…

COVID impact leads Boston to suspend ferry service

(BOSTON) — Due to sharply reduced ridership during the pandemic, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is planning to suspend all of its ferry services beginning in spring 2021. The cancellation is part of a $130 million cost-savings plan across…

UN adopts resolution to designate seafarers as key workers

(NEW YORK) — The United Nations General Assembly has called on U.N. member states to designate seafarers and other marine personnel as key workers, to implement relevant measures to allow stranded seafarers to be repatriated and others to join ships,…

Metal Shark delivers 22nd and final boat to NYC Ferry

(JEANERETTE, La.) — Metal Shark has announced the successful completion of its four-year run of production development for NYC Ferry, operated by Hornblower, with the delivery of the final new vessel to be added to the fleet. Time Traveler is…

SAFETY ALERT: Fire hazards, cargo stowage on ro-ro vessels

(WASHINGTON) — In June, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville received notification of a marine casualty involving a roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) cargo vessel carrying used vehicles, which varied in condition from like new to partially destroyed. After the cargo was loaded, and…

Chartwell, BAE, Derecktor teaming on new Vermont research boat

(BURLINGTON, Vt.) — Chartwell Marine has announced that it has been selected by the University of Vermont (UVM) to design a hybrid research vessel. The 62-foot catamaran, designed in collaboration with hybrid propulsion specialists at BAE Systems, will be capable…

Containership rescues missing mariner 86 miles off Florida

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — A missing mariner was rescued approximately 86 miles east of Port Canaveral, Fla., on Sunday by the containership Angeles. Crew on the 738-foot ship located Stuart Bee, 63, on the hull of his 34-foot Sea Ray and…