All vehicles removed from con-ro after Port Newark fire

All vehicles removed from con-ro after Port Newark fire

(NEWARK, N.J.) — Salvage and post-fire recovery operations continue on Grande Costa D’Avorio as crews work to safely transfer vehicles and cargo from the vessel to the port facility. To date, all vehicles have been removed from the cargo decks of the container/roll-off, roll-on ship (con-ro), as well as all 134 freestanding containers that were located beyond the area affected…
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Crescent adding Tier 4 tug for Mississippi River operations

Crescent adding Tier 4 tug for Mississippi River operations

(MOBILE, Ala.) — Crescent Towing has begun construction of a new 6,000-hp, Tier 4 z-drive tugboat at Blakeley BoatWorks in Mobile, Ala., to be immediately added to its Mississippi River ship-assist operations upon completion. “The addition of this new 6,000-hp z-drive in support of our Mississippi River operations highlights our continued commitment to providing our customers with the most powerful…
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Chouest building mini CTV for offshore wind market

Chouest building mini CTV for offshore wind market

(CUT OFF, La.) — Offshore vessel operator, builder and owner Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) has started construction of the U.S. offshore wind industry’s first mini crew transfer vessel (CTV). The newbuild was designed by Chartwell Marine of the United Kingdom. Set to begin operating in summer 2024 for Orsted and its U.S.-based joint venture partner, Eversource Energy, the CTV will…
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USMMA to host first Advisory Council public meeting

USMMA to host first Advisory Council public meeting

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Maritime Administration has announced that the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Advisory Council will conduct its first public meeting on Monday, Aug. 7 at USMMA in Kings Point, N.Y. The 13 inaugural members — five of whom are USMMA graduates, including one member from the Class of 2022 — are leading experts drawn from academia, the…
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Iran actions prompt plan to put Marines on merchant ships

Iran actions prompt plan to put Marines on merchant ships

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. military is readying plans to deploy armed Marines and sailors aboard the commercial ships of interested private companies after a spate of vessel seizures by Iranian forces in the Middle East, The Washington Post and The Associated Press reported on Thursday. The effort has not received final approval, but it has buy-in from senior Biden administration…
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EPA cites four boxships for ballast water violations

EPA cites four boxships for ballast water violations

(SAN FRANCISCO) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has settled with CMA CGM, the world’s third-largest shipping container company, over claims of violations of EPA’s Vessel General Permit issued under the Clean Water Act. Under the terms of the settlements, CMA CGM will pay $165,000 in penalties for claims of violations by four of the company’s ships involving ballast…
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Breached bulk carrier spills diesel into Lake Michigan

Breached bulk carrier spills diesel into Lake Michigan

(MANISTEE, Mich.) — U.S. Coast Guard personnel, along with state and local agencies, responded Wednesday to a report of the bulk carrier Manitowoc spilling diesel in Lake Michigan, approximately 1.5 nautical miles off Manistee, Mich. At approximately 2:50 p.m., the 612-foot Manitowoc reported a hull breach on its starboard diesel tank. The maximum spill potential is 45,174 gallons of diesel.…
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NMC adopts new calculator policy for credentialing exams

NMC adopts new calculator policy for credentialing exams

(MARTINSBURG, W.Va.) — To standardize calculator usage during U.S. Coast Guard mariner credentialing examinations, the National Maritime Center (NMC) is implementing the following: • Beginning Jan. 1, 2024, all mariners testing at a regional examination center, monitoring unit or federal/state maritime academy will be issued a Texas Instruments TI-30XIIS calculator to use during their examination(s). • All mariners should become…
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