Ohio man accused of dropping pipe bombs onto passing tows

Federal authorities have charged an Ohio man who they say dropped pipe bombs onto tows passing below in the Ohio River. None of the devices detonated.  Nathaniel Blayn Becker, 42, of Marietta, Ohio, [...]

Fishing captain cited after ‘near miss’ with Columbia River ro-ro 

An apparent “near miss” between a commercial fishing boat and a roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) cargo ship on the Columbia River near Astoria, Oregon, has yielded violations against the smaller vessel’s captain [...]

Abrams Marine Group acquires Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy 

Abrams Marine Group has acquired Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy (MAMA) of Norfolk, Va. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Dave Abrams, CEO of Abrams Marine Group, also owns Training Resources [...]

Metal Shark delivers 55-foot launch to Pascagoula pilots

The Pascagoula Bar Pilots’ Association has taken delivery of a 55-foot launch from Metal Shark.  Singing River Island was built using Metal Shark’s Defiant-class aluminum monohull design with modifications for pilotage, [...]

Kirby to pay $15M for 2014 Houston Ship Channel spill 

Kirby Inland Marine will pay $15.3 million to resolve federal and state claims stemming from a 2014 collision and oil spill in the Houston Ship Channel.  The federal government and [...]

Maine Maritime Academy taps alumnus as new president 

Jerald S. Paul, a Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) graduate whose professional career includes time as a sailor, attorney and nuclear engineer, will take over as the institution’s next president.   Paul will succeed [...]

Philly Shipyard wins $197M contract for offshore wind vessel

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (GLDD) chose Philly Shipyard to build a Jones Act-compliant offshore wind vessel.   The 461-by-112-foot ship will be the first U.S.-flagged inclined fallpipe vessel for subsea rock installation. [...]

Eastern Shipbuilding delivers second new ferry for Staten Island service  

The second of three new Ollis-class ferries built for the Staten Island Ferry service has left Eastern Shipbuilding. Shipyard officials said the 320-foot, 4,500-passenger Sandy Ground left for New York City in early December under [...]

Catching Covid-19 on a commercial ship

For mariners working on commercial vessels, the process of obtaining official documents is not the only change Covid-19 has brought. In October, President Biden mandated masks be worn on board [...]

Infrastructure plan contains billions for maritime industry

The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill recently passed by Congress will pump billions of dollars into the American system of roads, bridges and tunnels. Equally important is the money it makes [...]

Lack of communication cited in fatal Texas tanker collision By Michael Joe

A fatal collision in dense fog between a tanker and a commercial fishing vessel near Galveston, Texas, was caused by the fishing vessel’s imprudent course and lack of communication, the [...]

Engine fire disables Florida Marine tow in Ohio River

A towboat caught fire in the Ohio River near Cincinnati and went adrift with its 15-barge tow before a good Samaritan vessel pushed it against the bank.  The 4,000-hp Capt. [...]

Crew inattention cited in Lower Mississippi anchor-dragging incident

Nomadic Milde sustained more than $5 million in damage. The ship’s path before hitting the anchored Atlantic Venus. Nomadic Milde hit the bow of Atlantic Venus before colliding with a [...]

Containership loses boxes, then catches fire off British Columbia

Zim Kingston lost more than 100 containers while inbound to Vancouver, B.C. Dozens of containers within a single cargo bay burned. Days later, a row of cargo on the forward [...]

Banana boats to barges, Gulfport Towing crews keep cargo moving in south Mississippi

Susan W. came to Gulfport after working on the Lower Mississippi River. Susan W. works Dole and Chiquita ships most weeks. Susan W. works Chiquita ship San Adriano. Deck hand [...]

IMO sets short-term goals to cut shipping emissions

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) will continue to target a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 rather than a more ambitious plan to eliminate emissions entirely.  The decision [...]

International piracy activity falls sharply through late 2021

Reports of piracy and armed robbery against shipping fell sharply during the first nine months of 2021, but authorities warn the slowdown might not be permanent. During that nine-month period, [...]

License scams lead to prison sentences, new protocols

Federal prosecutors have secured numerous guilty pleas in connection with separate credentialing scams that occurred over several years in multiple states.   Lamont Godfrey, the former chief administrator for Mid-Atlantic [...]

Foss closes Seattle shipyard, exits vessel repair business

Foss Maritime has closed its money-losing shipyard on Seattle’s Lake Washington Ship Canal.  The closure, announced in late October, resulted in 115 layoffs. Foss paid the salaries, benefits and average [...]

Report identifies challenges at U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) must do more to combat sexual harassment and assault on campus, according to an independent consultant. Those findings were included in a 274-page report [...]

First methanol fuel cell towboat scheduled for 2023 delivery

Maritime Partners will build the world’s first methanol fuel cell towboat in collaboration with a new joint venture called e1 Marine.   The future Hydrogen One will be powered through a system [...]

First US-built Great Lakes freighter in decades launched

Helen Sharp lifted the ceremonial champagne bottle, held it upright for a moment, then brought it down with a shattering blow. Applause erupted from hundreds of people, and water from [...]