Maritime News

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…

Operator of stolen Argosy Cruises boat apprehended after threats

(SEATTLE) — The U.S. Coast Guard, along with multiple partner agencies, responded Thursday morning to reports of a stolen vessel and a person threatening public safety in Puget Sound. An employee from Argosy Cruises contacted Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound…

Court filing reveals 'robust interest' in Bouchard's assets

(HOUSTON) — Tugboat and barge operator Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. has secured approval to solicit creditor votes for its proposed reorganization plan as it continues its efforts to sell its assets in bankruptcy, Reuters reported. Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David…

Mechanical problem forces AI-driven Mayflower back to port

(PLYMOUTH, United Kingdom) — An autonomous ship designed to re-create the Mayflower's historic journey across the Atlantic 400 years ago is returning to the United Kingdom after developing a mechanical problem, BBC News reported. The crewless trimaran set sail on…

Nine shipyards receive SCA awards for safety

(WASHINGTON) — The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), the national association representing the U.S. shipbuilding, maintenance and repair industry, on Tuesday announced the recipients of its annual shipyard safety awards. SCA honors shipbuilding and repair organizations with the Excellence in…

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…