Maritime News

Ingalls christens amphibious transport dock Fort Lauderdale

(PASCAGOULA, Miss.) — Huntington Ingalls Industries announced Saturday that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division christened amphibious transport dock Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the christening was livestreamed, and a small socially distanced event was held with limited…

Port NOLA signs agreement to pursue LNG bunkering

(NEW ORLEANS) — The Port of New Orleans and CLEANCOR Energy Solutions, a subsidiary of SEACOR Holdings, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Tuesday to collaborate on ways to provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling solutions to shipowners and…

MarAd designates new Marine Highway, six new projects

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd) on Thursday announced the designation of six new Marine Highway projects and a new Marine Highway route as part of the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). The AMHP encourages the…

All American launches first hydrogen fuel cell vessel in US

(BELLINGHAM, Wash.) — All American Marine (AAM) and SWITCH Maritime have announced the launch and operational trials of Sea Change, a zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell ferry that will operate in the San Francisco Bay Area. This will be the first…

Former MAMA official gets 45-month sentence for credential scheme

(NORFOLK, Va.) — A Virginia Beach man was sentenced Monday to 45 months in prison for mail fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with a scheme to create counterfeit merchant mariner certificates from Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy (MAMA).…

Maine Maritime requiring students to be vaccinated for COVID-19

(CASTINE, Maine) — Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) has announced a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for students this fall. Students will be required to complete the vaccination process by Oct. 1. MMA will begin welcoming students back to campus later this month…

Bollinger gets Coast Guard contract for four more FRCs

(LOCKPORT, La.) — The U.S. Coast Guard has exercised a contract option to award Bollinger Shipyards four additional Sentinel‐class fast response cutters (FRCs). This announcement brings the total number of FRCs awarded to Bollinger to 64 vessels since the program’s…

Nichols delivers second fast ferry to Kitsap Transit

(FREELAND, Wash.) — Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) has delivered the second of two 255-passenger ferries to Kitsap Transit of Bremerton, Wash. Like Enetai, the first-in-class vessel, Commander exceeded design expectations during trials. “They are the Audi A8 of passenger…

Bankruptcy judge approves sale of Bouchard vessels

(HOUSTON) — Tugboat and barge operator Bouchard Transportation, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September, has secured court approval to sell its two main asset groups for $245 million, Reuters reported. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David Jones on Thursday…

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…