Newsletter

Brownwater News March 2021

AWO offers assistance for mariner vaccinations The American Waterways Operators (AWO) is making a letter available to its members to assist eligible mariners and other essential industry employees when they visit COVID-19 vaccination centers across the country. The letter verifies…

Brownwater News December 2020

AWO, coalition urge vaccine access for essential transportation workers The American Waterways Operators (AWO) has joined 10 other transportation groups to urge Congress to ensure access to the COVID-19 vaccine for the nation’s essential transportation workers. In a Dec. 9…

Maritime Casualty News November 2020

Coast Guard recommends action for safer pilot transfers The U.S. Coast Guard is urging shipowners and vessel operators to follow international regulations for pilot transfer arrangements in an effort to improve overall safety. In a marine safety information bulletin (MSIB)…

Brownwater News November 2020

Illinois Waterway locks reopen for barge traffic All locks on the Illinois Waterway have reopened for commercial navigation after extended closures this year for “significant” repairs, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced in late October. The Illinois Waterway, which…

Shipbuilding News, November 2020

Autonomous retrofit planned for hybrid cargo vessel First Harvest Navigation is partnering with Sea Machines Robotics on an autonomous control package for the 63-foot hybrid cargo vessel Captain Ben Moore. Sea Machines, a Boston-based maritime technology company, will outfit the…

Maritime Casualty News October 2020

NTSB: Conception fire highlights need for safety improvements The National Transportation Safety Board is urging the U.S. Coast Guard to establish new safety measures based on the NTSB’s investigation into the Conception dive boat fire that left 34 people dead. …

Brownwater News October 2020

Work begins on deepening Lower Mississippi channel Weeks Marine has started work to provide a draft of 50 feet from Port of Greater Baton Rouge in Louisiana to the Gulf of Mexico — more than 250 miles along the Mississippi…

Shipbuilding News, October 2020

Edison Chouest building wind farm service vessel Orsted and Eversource have reached agreement with Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) to build and operate a service operations vessel (SOV) in support of several offshore wind power projects proposed in the Northeast. The…

Maritime Casualty News, September 2020

NTSB releases documents on Conception dive boat fire The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released a trove of documents related to the Sept. 2, 2019 fire aboard the dive boat Conception off California’s southern coast that left 34 people…

Brownwater News, September 2020

Bipartisan bill would boost Great Lakes icebreaking capacity  The Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) is among numerous organizations expressing strong support for a bipartisan bill that would pave the way for increased icebreaking capacity for the Great Lakes fleet. By codifying…