Containership loses  boxes, then catches fire  off British Columbia

Containership loses boxes, then catches fire off British Columbia

Zim Kingston lost more than 100 containers while inbound to Vancouver, B.C. Dozens of containers within a single cargo bay burned. Days later, a row of cargo on the forward deck caught fire while the ship anchored near Victoria, B.C. Cargo from containers lost overboard washed up on Vancouver Island. Previous Next More than 100 containers fell overboard from the…
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Eastern Shipbuilding  delivers second new ferry for Staten Island service  

Eastern Shipbuilding delivers second new ferry for Staten Island service  

The second of three new Ollis-class ferries built for the Staten Island Ferry service has left Eastern Shipbuilding. Shipyard officials said the 320-foot, 4,500-passenger Sandy Ground left for New York City in early December under tow by the tugboat Sarah Dann. The new ferry is scheduled to enter service in 2022 The lead Ollis-class vessel is named for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Michael H. Ollis, who died heroically while serving in Afghanistan. The…
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IMO sets short-term goals to cut shipping emissions

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) will continue to target a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 rather than a more ambitious plan to eliminate emissions entirely.  The decision came during the 77th session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 77) in November. The 50% reduction target is based on 2008 emissions levels.   Some industry leaders,…
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International piracy activity falls sharply through late 2021

International piracy activity falls sharply through late 2021

Reports of piracy and armed robbery against shipping fell sharply during the first nine months of 2021, but authorities warn the slowdown might not be permanent. During that nine-month period, the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB) received the fewest reported incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships for any nine months since 1994. Mariners reported 90…
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License scams lead to prison sentences, new protocols

Federal prosecutors have secured numerous guilty pleas in connection with separate credentialing scams that occurred over several years in multiple states.   Lamont Godfrey, the former chief administrator for Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy (MAMA) pleaded guilty to mail fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft stemming from a multiyear counterfeit merchant mariner credential scam operated from the Norfolk, Va., training center.…
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Foss closes Seattle shipyard, exits vessel repair business

Foss closes Seattle shipyard, exits vessel repair business

Foss Maritime has closed its money-losing shipyard on Seattle’s Lake Washington Ship Canal.  The closure, announced in late October, resulted in 115 layoffs. Foss paid the salaries, benefits and average overtime to the impacted employees through the remainder of 2021. Sustained losses at the 11-acre shipyard and potential future pension liabilities influenced the company’s decision to close the facility, Foss…
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Report identifies challenges at U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Report identifies challenges at U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) must do more to combat sexual harassment and assault on campus, according to an independent consultant. Those findings were included in a 274-page report released this fall by the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). The report also identified issues with the culture, facilities and academics at the Kings Point, N.Y., institution.  The U.S.…
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First methanol fuel cell towboat scheduled for 2023 delivery

First methanol fuel cell towboat scheduled for 2023 delivery

Maritime Partners will build the world’s first methanol fuel cell towboat in collaboration with a new joint venture called e1 Marine.   The future Hydrogen One will be powered through a system that converts methanol and water into pure hydrogen. That hydrogen will run through fuel cells, creating electricity to propel the vessel’s motors. Batteries will provide additional boost power while underway…
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First US-built Great Lakes freighter in decades launched

First US-built Great Lakes freighter in decades launched

Helen Sharp lifted the ceremonial champagne bottle, held it upright for a moment, then brought it down with a shattering blow. Applause erupted from hundreds of people, and water from Lake Michigan flowed into the dry dock at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. And with that, the first Great Lakes freighter built in the United States in nearly…
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