Maritime News

Gulf of Mexico speed limits proposed to protect rare whales

Environmental groups want the federal government to set speed limits for large ships in the Gulf of Mexico south of Florida’s panhandle to help protect an endangered whale species.  The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in May filed a…

Michigan pilots order third launch from Gladding-Hearn

(SOMERSET, Mass.) — Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding has received an order for a rigid-bottom, soft-sided pilot boat from the Lake Pilots Association of Port Huron, Mich. The Resilient-class high-speed launch will be the pilot group's third boat from the shipyard since 1979.…

Coast Guard updates qualified assessor requirements

(WASHINGTON) — The 2010 amendments to the STCW Convention came into force on Jan. 1, 2017. These amendments were incorporated into regulation as part of the final rule titled “Implementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of…

SAFE Boats, Diverse Marine partnering on offshore wind CTVs

(BREMERTON, Wash.) — SAFE Boats International has announced a formal partnership agreement with Diverse Marine of the United Kingdom to bring Diverse's crew transfer vessel (CTV) designs and experience to the U.S. offshore wind market. In support of the Biden…

Maersk orders eight boxships capable of running on methanol

(COPENHAGEN, Denmark) — In the first quarter of 2024, A.P. Moller-Maersk will introduce the first in a groundbreaking series of eight large oceangoing container vessels capable of being operated on carbon-neutral methanol. The vessels will be built by Hyundai Heavy…

OMSA alleges Jones Act violations by Chinese-built vessel

(NEW ORLEANS) — The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) has released the first allegation under its Jones Act Enforcer program. The report details a Chinese-built, Vanuatu-flagged vessel called Epic Hedron transporting merchandise between points off the coast of Louisiana in…

Crowley, Mass. Maritime partner to train offshore wind workers

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Crowley Maritime Corp. and Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) will create a first-of-its-kind training and workforce development program dedicated specifically to New England’s offshore wind energy industry. The partnership, which was announced during the International Offshore Wind Partnering…

NMC update: MMC application processing times

(MARTINSBURG, W.Va.) — The National Maritime Center (NMC) continues to experience increased merchant mariner credential (MMC) and medical certificate application processing times. Every effort is being made to reduce these times and return credential delivery to within our stated performance…

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…