Professional Mariner - May 2021

Bankruptcy judge removes Morton Bouchard as CEO of company

Morton S. Bouchard III addresses the audience at a Coast Guard Foundation dinner in New York City in 2016. Bouchard Transportation’s financial difficulties led to a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing last September and Bouchard’s subsequent removal…

Provision in defense act bans barge anchorages on Lower Hudson

A Bouchard Transportation tugboat guidesa tank barge up the Hudson River nearManhattan. In 2016, the U.S. Coast Guardproposed establishing 10 anchorages forcommercial vessels on the river from Yonkers to Kingston, N.Y., after requests from maritime industry…

Versatile Weeks dredge tender built tough from bottom up

Jack K., a 62.5-foot Cummins-powered dredge tender, is described by Weeks Marine’s project manager as a Swiss army knife for the tugboat set. The newbuild will assist dredges, tow dredges, push barges, handle anchors and move pipe, primarily along the…

Strong current pins tow to railroad bridge over Tennessee River

A towboat pushing eight loaded barges up the Tennessee River ran into fast-moving current that stopped the tow’s forward progress and pinned it against a railroad bridge.   The 76-foot Bearcat was passing under the Norfolk Southern railroad bridge at mile…

Ship autonomy points toward savings, but be wary of higher cost

The order is given and it’s full speed ahead for robot vessels called maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS).  The technologies being researched and developed are showing no signs of stopping. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has defined four categories…