Thoma-Sea hosts keel laying for newest NOAA ship

Thoma-Sea hosts keel laying for newest NOAA ship

(HOUMA, La.) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors held a keel-laying ceremony in Houma, La., on Wednesday for NOAA’s newest oceanographic research ship, Oceanographer. During the ceremony, the initials of the ship’s sponsor, Linda Kwok Schatz, wife of U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii, was welded onto a steel plate that will be incorporated…
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Buttigieg names 25 to maritime transportation panel

Buttigieg names 25 to maritime transportation panel

(WASHINGTON) — U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has announced the appointment of 25 new members to the Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC). The MTSNAC charter will advise the secretary, through the Maritime Administration (MarAd) administrator, on ways to identify and address impediments hindering the effective use of short sea transportation. The MTSNAC’s counsel comes at a critical time…
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USMMA cadet files sex assault suit against Maersk

USMMA cadet files sex assault suit against Maersk

(MINEOLA, N.Y.) — A complaint was filed Tuesday in New York state court against Maersk Line Ltd. alleging that the company failed to adequately protect U.S. Merchant Marine Academy midshipmen from sexual assault and sexual harassment while working aboard Maersk ships as part of USMMA’s Sea Year program. A second suit by another cadet, under the pseudonym "Midshipman Y," was…
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Davie, Canada in talks to add more icebreakers

Davie, Canada in talks to add more icebreakers

(OTTAWA, Ontario) — The government of Canada has announced that it will begin negotiations with Chantier Davie of Levis, Quebec, toward an umbrella agreement to become the third strategic partner under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). Pending successful negotiations, an agreement is expected to be in place by the end of 2022. The NSS is a long-term, multibillion-dollar program to…
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Alabama pilots order second Gladding-Hearn launch

Alabama pilots order second Gladding-Hearn launch

(SOMERSET, Mass.) — The Alabama Pilot Inc. in Mobile, Ala., has ordered its second Chesapeake-class high-speed pilot boat from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corp. Delivery of the new 53-footer is set for mid-2023; delivery of its first Chesapeake launch, Dixey, was in 2017. With a length overall of 53.6 feet, a beam of 17.8 feet, and a draft of 4.6 feet,…
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Glosten to design vessel for Red Sea research

Glosten to design vessel for Red Sea research

(SEATTLE) — King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia has selected Glosten to design a new 164-foot vessel that will support scientific research in the Middle East. The vessel will replace its namesake, the 22-year-old R/V Thuwal, expanding its size and capabilities in the areas of geoscience, bioscience, marine science and oceanographic research. Thuwal II will…
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Senesco to build hybrid ferry for Maine service

Senesco to build hybrid ferry for Maine service

(NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I.) — Senesco Marine has been selected by the Maine Department of Transportation to build its new passenger vessel for the Maine State Ferry Service (MSFS). The 154-foot passenger-vehicle ferry, designed by Gilbert Associates in collaboration with BAE Systems’ electric hybrid propulsion solution, will deliver reduced and zero-emission operations capability for the Rockland-based ferry service that serves nearly…
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US moves ahead on Maryland offshore wind project

US moves ahead on Maryland offshore wind project

(WASHINGTON) — Continuing the momentum to achieve the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of deploying 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy capacity by 2030, the Department of the Interior on Monday announced the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will conduct an environmental review of the first proposed wind energy project offshore Maryland. This week, the department will publish a notice of…
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Ribcraft delivers pair of response boats to R.I. agency

Ribcraft delivers pair of response boats to R.I. agency

(MARBLEHEAD, Mass.) — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) recently took delivery of two 19-foot Ribcraft 5.85s. The first true RIBs in the agency's fleet will serve as rapid-response vessels throughout the state. With larger hard-sided patrol vessels already in use, the department was in need of a multipurpose watercraft that was easily handled and operated by a…
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