Professional Mariner - Web-Exclusive 2020

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…

Shipbuilding News, September 2020

Shipbuilders council announces 2020 safety awards  The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) has recognized more than a dozen U.S. shipyards for safety efforts during the past year.The awards are available to member shipyards that submit injury and illness surveys, have…

Maritime Casualty News, August 2020

Four mariners die in dredge explosion near Corpus Christi Four crew working aboard Waymon L. Boyd died after the dredging vessel caught fire Friday, Aug. 21, in the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. At least two other crewmen on the vessel…

Brownwater News, August 2020

Funding for port relief moves forward in House 
A bill aimed at helping America’s ports through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond was introduced in the U.S. House on July 30 to accompany the Maritime Transportation System Emergency Relief Act introduced…

Shipbuilding News, August 2020

Irving delivers Canada’s first AOPS  Irving Shipbuilding has delivered the first Arctic and offshore patrol ship (AOPS) for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), and the shipbuilder has three others under construction. The lead vessel, Harry DeWolf, is the first of…

Maritime Casualty News, July 2020

Camera recording shows ships colliding on Welland Canal Canadian authorities are investigating a collision on the Welland Canal involving two bulk carriers. The slow-speed collision was caught on camera and shared extensively on social media.  The upbound bulker Alanis and…

Brownwater News, July 2020

House panel OKs slight decrease in Army Corps funding The House Appropriations Committee has approved $7.63 billion in fiscal year 2021 funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a decrease of $21 million from FY20’s record-setting appropriation but $1.7…

Shipbuilding News, July 2020

Matson, NASSCO christen second Kanaloa-class con-ro Officials from Matson Inc. and General Dynamics NASSCO gathered at the San Diego shipyard on July 2 to christen Matsonia, the second of two Kanaloa-class ships. The two container/roll-on/roll-off ships (con-ros) are the largest…

Maritime Casualty News, June 2020

Ill-advised passing attempt cited in boxship collision  A Tokyo Bay collision involving multiple containerships, one a U.S.-flagged vessel, stemmed from an ill-advised passing attempt in an area without sufficient space for the maneuver, according to U.S. investigators. The Antigua and…

Brownwater News, June 2020

AWO: Towing industry key to nation’s COVID response 
The head of the American Waterways Operators (AWO) told federal legislators in late May that the tugboat, towboat and barge industry has been instrumental in keeping the nation's economy going during the…

Shipbuilding News, June 2020

C&C Marine delivers powerful cutterhead suction dredge Callan Marine has taken delivery of the 290-foot General MacArthur, a 24,000-hp cutterhead suction dredge from C&C Marine and Repair of Belle Chasse, La. Downey Engineering of Metairie, La., designed the vessel, which…

Maritime Casualty News, May 2020

Fatal collision leads to safety alert on accurate AIS data The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a safety alert highlighting the importance of broadcasting accurate automatic identification system (AIS) information, particularly for vessels operating on inland waterways with bends, bridges…

Brownwater News, May 2020

WCI encouraged by vote on cost-sharing adjustments 
Action on changing the way costs are divvied up for navigation construction and major rehab projects on the country’s inland waterways system is moving in the right direction, according to the Waterways Council…

Shipbuilding News, May 2020

Bollinger delivers ice-class ATB to Crowley Bollinger Shipyards has delivered a new ice-class articulated tug-barge (ATB) to Crowley Maritime that will transport fuel to some of Alaska’s most remote communities. The Alaska-class ATB tug Aveogan and its 100,000-barrel barge Oliver…

Maritime Casualty News, April 2020

NTSB to release Stretch Duck 7 probable cause this month The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will meet on April 28 to discuss its findings on the sinking of Stretch Duck 7, an amphibious “duck boat” that capsized in 2018…

Brownwater News, April 2020

AAPA notes COVID-19 concerns on Ports Day The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) held its Western Hemisphere Ports Day on April 5 “to acknowledge the sacrifice, professionalism and commitment of ports and their workforce to ensure the safe and…

Shipbuilding News, April 2020

Philly Shipyard to build new class of academy training ships Philly Shipyard has won a contract to build up to five national security multi-mission vessels (NSMVs) for the nation’s maritime academies, according to the Maritime Administration (MarAd).  MarAd announced the…

Maritime Casualty News, March 2020

Coast Guard: CBD products could cause positive drug test The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a safety advisory warning mariners that products containing hemp or cannabidiol (CBD) can cause positive tests for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive compound in marijuana.…

Brownwater News, March 2020

AAPA: Ports first line of defense against coronavirus The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has assured the maritime industry that it recognizes the threat to both human health and world economic stability related to the coronavirus outbreak, and it…

Shipbuilding News, March 2020

All American delivers unique patrol boat to Texas authorities All American Marine of Bellingham, Wash., has delivered an 80-foot aluminum catamaran to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to conduct law enforcement within state and federal waters. Teknicraft designed the…

Maritime Casualty News, February 2020

Bouchard ATBs ordered to berth in New York Harbor The U.S. Coast Guard ordered three Bouchard Transportation articulated tug-barge (ATB) units anchored for weeks in New York Harbor to return to port due to concerns about low fuel and dwindling…

Brownwater News, February 2020

Trump proposes ‘zero infrastructure investment’ for inland waterways The Waterways Council Inc. (WCI) took a hard look at President Trump’s proposed $4.8 trillion fiscal year 2021 budget on Feb.10 and came away disappointed. 
Mike Toohey, WCI president and CEO since…

Shipbuilding News, February 2020

NOAA to commission two new research ships The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will commission two new research ships in an effort to rebuild its oceangoing fleet. The agency, which announced the build project this week, said the vessels…