Professional Mariner - Web-Exclusive 2019

Maritime Casualty News, December 2019

Safety alert: Crushing risk from retractable pilothouses The U.S. Coast Guard has issued new safety recommendations for companies operating towboats with retractable pilothouses, noting that these systems pose a crushing hazard when being lowered.  The safety alert issued in early…

Brownwater News, December 2019

NWC urges ‘resilient’ water resources infrastructure Julie Ufner, new president of the National Waterways Conference (NWC), stated last month that it takes “a resilient water resources infrastructure” to help Civil Works projects deliver their benefits as intended. 
Testifying at a…

Shipbuilding News, December 2019

Eastern launches first of three new ferries for Staten Island The first of three new ferries under construction for the New York City Department of Transportation’s Staten Island service is now in the water at Eastern Shipbuilding Group. The Florida…

Maritime Casualty News, November 2019

Tugboat capsizes during severe storm on Outer Banks The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating after a tugboat capsized in Oregon Inlet, N.C., during a severe storm. An unknown amount of fuel spilled from the vessel.  The pushboat Miss Bonnie rolled…

Delgado ‘Doubles Down’ on Rapid Workforce Development

Advanced Manufacturing Center student trains at machinist workstation.   Two campuses. One mission. Providing fast, flexible, and focused training that matches skill sets needed by industry is how Delgado Community College is responding to the aging workforce and major shortfalls…

Brownwater News, November 2019

House passes bill to boost HMFT expenditures The House has passed legislation to expand expenditures from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF), which supports the Army Corps of Engineers’ deep-draft operation and maintenance activities. Aaron Ellis, director of public affairs…

Shipbuilding News, November 2019

Bisso welcomes first Tier 4 ASD tug to Mississippi River Main Iron Works of Houma, La., has put the finishing touches on Andrew S., a 6,008-hp ship-assist tugboat for longtime customer Bisso Towboat. It is the fourth ASD tractor tug…

NMEA 2020 Marine Electronics Installer Training Schedule

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has announced the lineup and dates of their marine electronics installer training classes for 2020 around the USA and Canada. Included are the Basic Marine Electronics Installer (MEI), Advanced Marine Electronics Installer (AMEI), Basic…

Maritime Casualty News, October 2019

Crewman dies in fall inside Tenn-Tom lock Authorities are investigating the death of a towboat crewman who fell from a barge and was killed in the Sonny Montgomery Lock on the Tennessee-Tombigbee (Tenn-Tom) Waterway. The victim, identified as Jacob Pearson,…

Brownwater News, October 2019

AAPA faults funding cut in port infrastructure program Port executives from across the United States gathered in Washington, D.C., in late September to voice their legislative concerns, among them a decrease in funding for the Maritime Administration’s Port Infrastructure Development…

Shipbuilding News, October 2019

Vigor lays keel for next-generation Army landing craft Dignitaries joined Vigor workers and executives at the company’s Vancouver, Wash., shipyard on Sept. 16 for a keel-laying ceremony for the U.S. Army’s new landing craft, known as a maneuver support vessel…

Maritime Casualty News, September 2019

Barges break away, hit bridge near Houston Nine barges broke free from their moorings in the San Jacinto River, and two became stuck under an interstate highway bridge near Houston. There was no pollution and no injuries. The vessels, loaded…

Brownwater News, September 2019

Congress back in session; waterways bills await The National Waterways Conference (NWC) advises the transportation industry that Congress is back in Washington after its summer recess with little time left this year to go to work on a full agenda.…

Shipbuilding News, September 2019

Vigor to build hybrids for Washington State Ferries Washington State Ferries (WSF) plans to revitalize its fleet with new hybrid-electric vessels that will be built by Vigor.  WSF is the largest ferry operator in the United States and has made…

Maritime Casualty News, August 2019

Safety alert: Unauthorized components contributed to vessel fire A casino transport vessel that caught fire on Florida’s Gulf Coast was outfitted with unauthorized components that allowed the fire to rapidly spread, contributing to a passenger’s death. The boat also lacked…

Brownwater News, August 2019

Baltimore, Cleveland, Miami get $142 million in port grants The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) learned at the end of July that the Department of Transportation forwarded to Congress three port-related projects — in Baltimore, Cleveland and Miami —…

Shipbuilding News, August 2019

Private equity partners acquire Vigor Industrial Vigor Industrial has been acquired by The Carlyle Group and Stellex Capital Management in a deal that also will merge the West Coast shipbuilder with MHI Holdings, a ship repair yard in Norfolk, Va.…

Maritime Casualty News, July 2019

Kirby to pay $2.2 million fine for 2016 BC diesel spill Kirby Corp. has pleaded guilty to criminal charges in connection with an October 2016 diesel spill in pristine waters off British Columbia’s Central Coast, and the Houston-based company will…

Brownwater News, July 2019

AAPA pushes Congress to ‘fix the HMT for good’ The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), supported by 100 U.S. ports and other groups, has urged Congress to find a solution to problems with the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT). 
In…

Shipbuilding News, July 2019

NASSCO launches largest-ever U.S.-built con-ro The largest-ever container/roll-on/roll-off (con-ro) ship built in the U.S. is now in the water at NASSCO’s San Diego shipyard. The 870-by-114-foot Lurline is the first of two new ships under construction for Matson Inc. NASSCO…

Maritime Casualty News, June 2019

Crane on barge hits lines in Virginia, knocks out power A crane loaded on a barge clipped several high-voltage power lines over the Elizabeth River near Norfolk, Va., bringing down three wires and disrupting marine traffic for nearly a day.…

Brownwater News, June 2019

House proposes funding increase for Civil Works The first appropriations bills of the year, including the Energy and Water Development Bill, are expected to be taken up by the House before the July 4 recess. There had been no Senate…