Professional Mariner - June-July 2020

Another day in paradise for agile island tug

P&R Water Taxi is based in Kewalo Basin, where it builds its Tiger tugboats that work across Hawaii. The 4,400-hp Tiger 21 is one of more than a dozen Tiger tugs that P&R Water Taxi has built at its shipyard in Kewalo Basin, just west of Waikiki in downtown Honolulu. These nimble tugs, designed by P&R owner Charlie Pires with help from a Hawaiian naval architect, work in all of Hawaii’s commercial ports. P&R also has a contract to handle Navy ships in Pearl Harbor.

Stakeholders step up best practices for virus

As part of a critical industry, maritime companies continue to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Coast Guard have issued preventive and procedural guidelines, many maritime stakeholders are supplementing that with their own recommendations.

Study sounds alarm on black carbon in VLSFO emissions

As the International Maritime Organization (IMO) grapples with controlling the shipping industry’s use of heavy fuels, substituting very-low-sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO) may do more harm than good — at least in the Arctic.

New Lake Charles launch keeps pace with LNG boom

In front of the Lake Charles pilot station in Cameron, La., the 70-foot Cameron Pilot II went from zero to 28 knots in a matter of seconds, and did it as smoothly as the hand of Capt. Mark Foster advancing the throttles.

Real estate firm advances plan to restore SS United States

In a significant step toward preserving “America’s flagship,” a prominent New York development company has agreed to proceed with renovating the mothballed ocean liner SS United States, converting it into a hotel, museum, and entertainment and cultural center — if a city agrees to provide a permanent berth.