Simonelli retiring as chief operating officer at GLDD

Simonelli retiring as chief operating officer at GLDD

(HOUSTON) — Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp. (GLDD) announced Thursday that Chief Operating Officer David Simonelli will retire effective Sept. 16. After his retirement, he will provide consulting services to the company. Simonelli, who has spent 44 years with GLDD, became the president of the company’s Dredging Division in 2010 and chief operating officer in 2018. His commitment to…
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Snow begins building hybrid cat for Northwest lab

Snow begins building hybrid cat for Northwest lab

(SEATTLE) — Construction has commenced at Snow & Company in Seattle on a 50-foot hybrid research catamaran for operation by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The vessel, designed by Incat Crowther, is equipped with an A-frame, boom crane and movable davit in addition to access to a foldable swim platform, extracting maximum functionality from the space. Stairs offer direct…
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Crowley, ESVAGT strengthen venture for US offshore wind vessels

Crowley, ESVAGT strengthen venture for US offshore wind vessels

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Crowley and ESVAGT have executed additional joint venture agreements that further strengthen their commitment to support purpose-built, Jones Act vessel development and availability for U.S. offshore wind production. The new agreements, which follow the original agreement between the companies in 2021, will support their joint efforts for service operation vessels (SOVs). The latest additions focus on the…
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Master Boat delivers another Rotortug to Seabulk

Master Boat delivers another Rotortug to Seabulk

(MOBILE, Ala.) — Master Boat Builders (MBB) on Thursday announced that Hermes, an advanced Rotortug (ART 90-98US), was delivered to Seabulk earlier this month. The vessel was designed by Robert Allan Ltd. and built at MBB’s yard in Coden, Ala. Hermes has an overall length of 98.5 feet, beam of 43.5 feet, and bollard pull of 80 tons. It features…
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Weakened hardware led to serious injuries during lifeboat drill

Weakened hardware led to serious injuries during lifeboat drill

(RICHMOND, British Columbia) — In its investigation report (M20P0353) released Tuesday, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) found that weakened hardware and an improperly secured lifeboat sling caused the accidental release of a free-fall lifeboat during a drill aboard the bulk carrier Blue Bosporus in British Columbia. On Dec. 1, 2020, while the crew on Blue Bosporus were carrying…
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Americraft Marine acquires St. Johns Ship Building

Americraft Marine acquires St. Johns Ship Building

(NEW YORK) — Americraft Marine on Monday announced the acquisition of St. Johns Ship Building, a full-service marine facility specializing in constructing and repairing Jones Act-compliant vessels, including those used to service offshore wind turbines. Based in Palatka, Fla., near Jacksonville, St. Johns Ship Building specializes in the construction and repair of a wide variety of steel and aluminum vessels,…
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US grain shipments up 39 percent through Seaway

US grain shipments up 39 percent through Seaway

(OTTAWA, Ontario) — U.S. grain shipments via the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System totaled 312,000 metric tons from March 22 to May 31, up 39 percent compared to the same period in 2021. Much of the increase is due to exports of corn and soybeans out of the Port of Toledo and some new trade starting at the Port of…
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Sea Machines unveils AI-ris computer vision technology

Sea Machines unveils AI-ris computer vision technology

(BOSTON) – Sea Machines Robotics has unveiled AI-ris, a new marine computer-vision navigation sensor designed to improve safety and performance while vessels are underway. The company revealed this new technology during Seawork2022, the largest European commercial marine exhibition. Sea Machines’ AI-ris (Artificial Intelligence Recognition and Identification System) uses digital cameras and AI processing to detect, track, classify and geolocate objects,…
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Biden signs bill targeting ocean shipping costs

Biden signs bill targeting ocean shipping costs

(WASHINGTON) — On Thursday, President Joe Biden, joined at the White House by Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., signed the Ocean Shipping Reform Act into law. In August 2021, Garamendi introduced the act with Johnson to provide the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) with the regulatory power to support…
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Eastern launches hopper dredge for Weeks Marine

Eastern launches hopper dredge for Weeks Marine

(PANAMA CITY, Fla.) — Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) on Friday successfully launched R.B. Weeks, the second trailing suction hopper dredge the shipbuilder has constructed for Weeks Marine. R.B. Weeks (ESG Hull 258) is named in honor of Richard B. Weeks, a co-founder of Weeks Marine and married to Magdalen Weeks, the namesake of the sister vessel Magdalen (ESG 256), built…
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