Maritime News

LNG, cruise industries using MITAGS simulator

(LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, Md.) -- The Daily Record business newspaper of Baltimore has published a feature story on a marine simulator at the Maritime Institute of Technology & Graduate Studies. The computer simulator is used to train military and commercial sailors and…

ITF decries 'kneejerk scapegoating' of mariners

The following is text of a press release issued by the International Transport Workers' Federation:   (LONDON) -- The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), the International Shipping Federation (ISF) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) have joined forces in…

Capt. Manny Aschemeyer profiled in LA Times

(LOS ANGELES) -- Capt. Manny Ashemeyer was the subject of a profile in the business section of the Los Angeles Times over the weekend. The Baltimore native is retiring from his longtime position as executive director of the Maritime Exchange…

Bellingham officials discuss their maritime industry

(BELLINGHAM, Wash.) -- Officials in Bellingham, Wash., participated in a panel discussion about their region's maritime industry, the Bellingham Herald newspaper reported. A representative from All American Marine talked about the development of better ferry technology. Industry representatives said a maritime cluster…

World's largest pipe-laying ship calls at Tampa

(TAMPA) -- The world's largest ship for laying pipe has spent the last two weeks at a Tampa shipyard, the Tampa Tribune reported. The 668-foot Deep Blue, which is used by the French oil service company Technip, is having work…

Foss, Signet agree to exchange vessels

The following is the text of a press release issued by Foss Maritime:   (SEATTLE) -- Seattle-based Foss Maritime Company announced today that it will enter into an alliance with Houston-based Signet Maritime Corporation.  As part of this alliance, Foss…

North Carolina DOT orders two new ferries

The following is the text of a press release issued by Elliot Bay Design Group LLC:   Elliott Bay Design Group LLC recently announced the completion of the contract design for North Carolina Department of Transportation's New Sound Class ferry.…

Hawaii superferry out of service due to rudder cracks

(HONOLULU) -- The Hawaii Superferry has been out of service this week because cracks were discovered on an auxiliary rudder system aft, KITV.com reported. The Coast Guard said the hairline cracks must be repaired before the ferry can sail again. Repairs are…

BC Ferries selling four of its oldest vessels

(VICTORIA, British Columbia) -- BC Ferries plans to sell four of its oldest vessels, the Globe and Mail newspaper reported. The auction includes the Queen of Tsawwassen, Queen of Esquimalt, Queen of Vancouver and Queen of Saanich. Each is at…

Cruise ship Pride of Hawaii to end U.S. service

(HONOLULU) -- The Norwegian Cruise Lines ship Pride of Hawaii this week is ending its service around the Hawaiian Islands, the USA Today's Cruise Log reported. Unveiled with much fanfare two years ago, the American-flagged, American-crewed vessel was a money-loser…

Senesco delivers barge to Reinauer of Staten Island

The following is the text of a press release issued by Reinauer Transportation Cos.:   Mike Foster, Vice President and General Manager of SENESCO located in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, is pleased to announce the delivery of the RTC 82…

Coast Guard releases report on Cosco Busan response

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:   (SAN FRANCISCO) -- A panel of outside experts formed by the commandant of the Coast Guard to study the response to the Cosco Busan…

U.S. shipyards cope with shortage of skilled labor

(ERIE, Pa.) -- The U.S. shipbuilding industry is facing a shortage of skilled workers at a time when orders are healthy, the Associated Press reported. Erie Shipbuiling, Bollinger Shipyards and other domestic shipyards find it difficult to identify enough supervisors, planners,…

Maine pier enjoys visit from its largest-ever ship

(SEARSPORT, Me.) -- The Maine Port Authority at Mack Point has received its largest-ever ship, the Bangor Daily News reported. The 800-foot Baldock is 100 feet longer than the previous largest vessel to call at the dock. Baldock delivered a…

Mass Maritime cadets marvel at Panama Canal

(ABOARD TS ENTERPRISE) -- Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadets aboard the training ship TS Enterprise marveled at the engineering of the Panama Canal's locks, the Cape Cod Times reported. A newspaper reporter and photographer are aboard the training ship for the…

Calif. city stuck with abandoned ship, barge

(ALAMEDA, Calif.) -- City taxpayers have paid $200,000 to a towing contractor to remove an abandoned ship from an estuary, the Alameda Sun newspaper reported. The 293-foot Faithful was abandoned by its owner and is considered to be a derelict…

Hawaii tugboat master profiled in newspaper

(HONOLULU) -- The Star-Bulletin newspaper's business section has published a Q&A with Capt. William Auld of Sause Bros. The tug captain talks about life at sea and his crew's work towing interisland barges on the tug Mary Catherine.   Click here…

Seattle, Tacoma port officials back plan to reduce emissions

(SEATTLE) -- Port commissioners at Seattle have approved a plan to reduce air pollution in cooperation with their counterparts at Tacoma and Vancouver Fraser Port, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper reported. Compliance requirements would be mostly voluntary for maritime companies. Officials hope…

Coast Guard appoints new San Francisco sector commander

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:   Captain Paul M. Gugg relieved Captain John E. Long as Sector San Francisco Commander today during a change of command ceremony on Coast Guard Island…

TWIC enrollment begins at Huntington, W.V.

(HUNTINGTON, W.V.) -- Tranportation Worker Identification Credential enrollment has begun at the Port of Huntington, the Herald-Dispatch newspaper reported. The port and employees who work there are joining the nationwide program that is intended to improve security at ports.  …

Ecology groups want more focus on ship emissions

(ATLANTA) -- Environmental groups are beginning to pay more attention to the problem of air pollution from ships, CNN.com reported. A recent study suggested that greenhouse emissions from the marine industry may be twice as much as previously thought. Ecology…

Mass Maritime cadets operate steam generator

(ABOARD TS ENTERPRISE) -- The Cape Cod Times continued its coverage aboard the TS Enterprise as Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadets receive sea training on their way to the Panama Canal. One story reveals details as cadets learn how to operate the…

State officials back $52M Savannah River dredge plan

(SAVANNAH, Georgia) -- Georgia's governor has included a $52 million dredging project for the Savannah River as part of his budget proposal, the Savannah Morning News reported. The plan would give the river a 48-foot-deep channel, six feet deeper than it…