Eastern Shipbuilding completes new facility to support OPC program

Eastern Shipbuilding completes new facility to support OPC program

(PANAMA CITY, Fla.) — Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) has completed a new aluminum superstructure fabrication and assembly hall at its Nelson Street Shipyard. This major infrastructure project further optimizes ESG’s Nelson Street Facility to support multi-hull production for the U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) offshore patrol cutter (OPC) program for which ESG serves as the prime contractor. The $5 million facility…
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Port of Long Beach sets record with 9.38 million TEUs in 2021

Port of Long Beach sets record with 9.38 million TEUs in 2021

(LONG BEACH, Calif.) — The Port of Long Beach set a new record in 2021 by moving 9.38 million cargo containers as dockworkers and terminal operators worked to clear the docks amid an historic, pandemic-induced import surge. The port ended 2021 with 9.38 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) processed, a 15.7 percent increase from the previous record of more than…
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Army Corps details $2.2 billion in new spending on inland waterways

Army Corps details $2.2 billion in new spending on inland waterways

(WASHINGTON) — On Wednesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its spending plans outlining the specific inland waterways projects that were allocated funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Specifically, the spending plans will fund the following inland navigation construction projects at $2.22 billion: • Kentucky Lock (Tennessee River): $465.49 million (funded to completion) • Montgomery Lock (Ohio…
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Chesapeake to build fleet of 12 catamarans for American Cruise Lines

Chesapeake to build fleet of 12 catamarans for American Cruise Lines

(GUILFORD, Conn.) — American Cruise Lines has revealed details of Project Blue, a new fleet of go-anywhere ships for the U.S. market. The company announced plans for 12 identical sister ships that will more than double the nation’s current capacity for domestic coastal cruises. Featuring an innovative hybrid catamaran design, these boats will have unprecedented near-shore operating versatility, according to…
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Boston welcomes 12,000-TEU containership, largest to call on port

Boston welcomes 12,000-TEU containership, largest to call on port

(BOSTON) — Conley Container Terminal on Sunday welcomed Evergreen’s Ever Fortune, the biggest containership ever to call on the Port of Boston. The ship’s arrival marks a new chapter for Boston’s rich maritime history, the result of an $850 million investment to modernize and expand Conley Terminal and dredge Boston Harbor. With the addition of three large ship-to-shore cranes, a…
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Bermuda pilots order new launch from Gladding-Hearn

Bermuda pilots order new launch from Gladding-Hearn

(SOMERSET, Mass.) — Bermuda's Department of Marine and Port Services has returned to Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corp., for a new Chesapeake-class pilot boat. The launch will be built to Lloyd’s Register class, with delivery scheduled for early 2023. The Somerset, Mass., shipyard built a 61-foot pilot/rescue vessel for the port service in 2011. With a deep-V hull designed by Ray…
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Brix Marine delivers water taxi to Klahoose First Nation

Brix Marine delivers water taxi to Klahoose First Nation

(PORT ANGELES, Wash.) — Brix Marine recently delivered the newest installment of its PAXCAT portfolio, the 32-by-12-foot catamaran Goat 1, to the Qathen Xwegus Management Corp. (QXMC). QXMC is the business arm of the Klahoose First Nation, located on Cortes Island, British Columbia. The corporation, whose activities include forestry, aquaculture, tourism and retail, operates the 12-passenger vessel as a water…
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ABS publishes guide for methanol-fueled vessels

ABS publishes guide for methanol-fueled vessels

(HOUSTON) — The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has built on its experience in the application of alternative marine fuels with the publication of the "ABS Guide for Methanol and Ethanol Fueled Vessels." The guide sets out classification criteria for the arrangements, construction, installation and survey of machinery, equipment and systems for vessels operating with methanol or ethanol as fuel…
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US to lease six areas in New York Bight for offshore wind

US to lease six areas in New York Bight for offshore wind

(WASHINGTON) — Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced Wednesday that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will hold a wind auction next month for more than 480,000 acres offshore New York and New Jersey, in the area known as the New York Bight. Haaland was joined by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, and…
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New York fatality leads to new industry guidance on pilot transfers

New York fatality leads to new industry guidance on pilot transfers

(LONDON) — A guide to maritime pilot transfer safety has been updated amid industry concerns about poorly rigged ladders causing severe injuries or fatalities. "Shipping Industry Guidance on Pilot Transfer Arrangements," produced by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) in partnership with the International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA), features a new section with the International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s guidance on…
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