Maritime News

US designates $4 million in grants for green ferries

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced the availability of up to $38 million in competitive grant funds through a notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) for FTA's Passenger Ferry Grant Program. The Passenger Ferry…

NMC to open renovated New York exam center on Aug. 23

(NEW YORK) — Regional Exam Center (REC) New York’s historical location in the Battery Park building is undergoing a major renovation that is expected to last a minimum of 12 months. During the renovation, REC New York is being relocated…

Navy awards Halter contract for oceanographic survey ship

(PASCAGOULA, Miss.) — Halter Marine has been awarded a $149 million contract for the detail design and construction of an oceanographic survey ship (T-AGS 67) for the U.S. Navy. “This contract continues the momentum and growth of Halter Marine by…

Chesapeake delivers fourth modern riverboat to ACL

(GUILFORD, Conn.) — American Cruise Lines (ACL) has taken delivery of the modern riverboat American Melody from Chesapeake Shipbuilding. Despite various challenges, the Maryland shipyard continued building through the pandemic and delivered the vessel on schedule. In addition, American Cruise…

Coast Guard updates Cyber Strategic Outlook for maritime systems

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard has released an updated Cyber Strategic Outlook to address the rising threat of cyberattacks against critical maritime systems essential to the nation’s economy and security. The Coast Guard’s 2021 Cyber Strategic Outlook charts a…

Halter gets contract to build fifth Navy berthing barge

(PASCAGOULA, Miss.) — Halter Marine has been awarded a contract option for the U.S. Navy’s fifth auxiliary personnel lighter-small (APL(S)) 67 class berthing and messing barge. The contract award is $41 million for a firm, fixed-price option for the detail…

US supports accelerated IMO greenhouse gas goals

The United States has signed on to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) new goal of achieving zero emissions from international shipping by 2050. John Kerry, the Biden Administration’s Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, in April announced the U.S. supports aggressively…

Professional Mariner magazine appoints new editor

Professional Mariner magazine has a new editor at the helm.   Publisher Dave Abrams appointed associate editor Casey Conley to the top editorial post effective June 1. He replaces Rich Miller, who last fall announced his intention to retire. Miller will stay with the magazine in a consulting role.  “I’ve…

Metal Shark delivers newly designed fireboat to Alabama responders

(JEANERETTE, La.) — Shipbuilder Metal Shark has introduced the 38 Defiant NXT, a next-generation welded-aluminum monohull pilothouse model based on the company’s popular 38 Defiant platform. The first new vessel, Fire Boat 2, has been delivered to Orange Beach Fire…

MarAd awards vessel acquisition management contract to Crowley

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) ­— Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Solutions business unit has been awarded a multi-year, $638 million contract for vessel acquisition management (VAM) by the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd). Crowley’s strategic acquisition and vessel management service will assist MarAd in the…

BIMCO/ICS report warns of potential officer shortage

(LONDON) — The new Seafarer Workforce Report from BIMCO and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) warns that the industry must significantly increase training and recruitment levels if it is to avoid a serious shortage in the supply of officers…

Coast Guard announces cancellation of obsolete NVICs

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard has announced the cancellation of several obsolete navigation and vessel inspection circulars (NVICs). NVICs are guidance documents issued by the Coast Guard that do not have the force of law. However, NVICs ensure Coast…

New Scripps research vessel to feature hydrogen propulsion

(SAN DIEGO) — California legislators have allocated UC San Diego $35 million to design and build a new coastal research vessel with a first-of-its-kind hydrogen-hybrid propulsion system. The new vessel, which will be operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at…

Gladding-Hearn delivers first vessel in new Baltimore class

(SOMERSET, Mass.) — The Association of Maryland Pilots has taken delivery of Fells Point, the first boat in a new class from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding. The Baltimore class is named after the pilots’ base of operations at the Port of Baltimore.…

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…