Then and now: IMO asks mariners to share journeys

Then and now: IMO asks mariners to share journeys

(LONDON) — The maritime world is changing, fast. Ships are now operating greener, with greater digitization, and with more diverse crews. As the lifeblood of the shipping industry, seafarers are at the heart of this evolution, implementing new regulations, learning new skills and adopting safer, more efficient working practices. As the world's merchant fleet traverses the oceans, the crews on…
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MarAd prioritizes offshore wind vessels for loan program

MarAd prioritizes offshore wind vessels for loan program

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) on Friday announced the designation of offshore wind vessels as "vessels of national interest," making them eligible for financial support through the Title XI Federal Ship Financing Program (Title XI). This designation will facilitate more offshore wind construction and will prioritize applications for such projects for review and funding through Title XI. The…
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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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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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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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Tankers may face new California emissions hurdles

Tankers may face new California emissions hurdles

(HOUSTON and SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — In connection with the California Air Resources Board’s announcement of amendments to the state’s Oceangoing Vessels At-Berth Regulation, a DNV technology assessment commissioned by the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) finds that tanker vessels may face challenges when calling on California when the new regulations take effect. DNV's technology assessment looked at the feasibility of…
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Ingalls gets order for 16th San Antonio-class LPD

Ingalls gets order for 16th San Antonio-class LPD

(PASCAGOULA, Miss.) — Ingalls Shipbuilding has received a $240 million, cost-plus-fixed-fee advance procurement contract from the U.S. Navy to provide long-lead-time material and advance construction activities for amphibious transport dock LPD 32. The ship will be the 16th in the San Antonio class constructed at Ingalls. “Our shipbuilders are proud to continue building these amphibious ships that are integral to…
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Great Lakes-Seaway cargo up 7 percent in 2021

Great Lakes-Seaway cargo up 7 percent in 2021

(OTTAWA, Ontario) — A new systemwide report from the Chamber of Marine Commerce shows that Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway ships carried an estimated 149 million metric tons of cargo to and from domestic ports, and to overseas markets during the 2021 shipping season — an increase of 7 percent over pandemic-stricken 2020. “This report paints a clear picture that the…
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