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Maritime Research and Technology Development Releases Report

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today released a report entitled, "Maritime Research and Technology Development." The report reviews U.S. transportation research and technology development with special emphasis on the marine transportation system. The report reviews the history and future needs of U.S. maritime transportation research and technology development in the context of support for other transportation research In summary, the report notes that more maritime research and development is needed to improve the ability to move goods, commodities and people. Future improvements in production and business transactions critical to the nation’s economic success cannot be fully realized without innovations in the efficiency and quality of the marine transportation system. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta said, “Increased investment in research and development efforts is critical to enabling necessary improvements in the marine transportation system. We must meet the nation's projected increased cargo flow demands in an efficient, safe, secure, and environmentally responsible manner.” The report highlights that funding for maritime research and development is far less than similar funding for other modes of transportation. In addition, funding designated for the development of maritime infrastructure, which would improve cargo flow capacity, safety, and security


First Great Lakes Security Plan Approved

In accordance with the Maritime Transportation Security Act, U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Milwaukee has reviewed and approved the first facility security plan in the Great Lakes region. This regulated facility is one of the first maritime facilities in the United States to receive U. S. Coast Guard approval under the full compliance review process. The Maritime Transportation Security Act requires maritime facilities to conduct facility security assessments and develop facility


Second National Maritime Strategy Symposium

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The Maritime Administration (MARAD) will publish a Federal Register Notice on March 24, 2014 inviting the public and Marine Transportation System stakeholders to participate in the agency’s second symposium intended to develop a robust national maritime strategy.   The purpose of this second public meeting is to gather ideas to improve the utilization, vitality and competiveness of the Nation’s marine transportation system


Foxx Names New Members to Maritime Industry Advisory Panel

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the appointment of 29 new members to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC).  Established in 2010, MTSNAC is comprised of leaders from commercial transportation firms, ship construction, repair and recycling, trade associations, state and local public entities, labor organizations, academics, and environmental groups that advise the Secretary and the Maritime Administration on policies to ensure that the U


Gulf Safety Committee to Implement New Programs

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Press Release


GLMRI to Receive $2M in Federal Funding

The Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute (GLMRI), a joint effort by the University of Wisconsin-Superior and the University of Minnesota Duluth, will receive $2 million in federal funding. This is the second year of funding for the GLMRI collaboration, which now totals $2.75 million. Congressman James L. Oberstar (MN-8) secured the original authorization for the initiative, and Congressman Obey secured the funding in the recently-passed transportation appropriations bill.


Taking Inland Waterways To the Mainstream

Chip Jaenichen (Photo: MARAD)

It takes nonstop work to maintain America’s position in today’s global economy. Every day we compete against strong international rivals for demanding foreign and domestic customers. Thankfully, the American economy has a large-scale, crucial asset that gives us an edge on the rest of the world: over 28,000 miles of inland river and coastal waterways with consistent navigation at suitable depths (9 feet during 9 months of the year) – more any other nation on earth.


WCI Supports USACE Development Plan

On January 12, the Board of Directors of Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) voted unanimously to endorse the recommendations of the industry-U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Inland Marine Transportation System Capital Investment Strategy Team for a 20-year Capital Development Plan.  The plan would improve the Corps of Engineers’ project management and processes to deliver projects on time and on budget, prioritize navigation modernization projects across the entire inland waterway system


CSA Seeks Solution to Impending U.S. BW Discharge Regulations

On December 19, 2013 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will implement its new Vessel General Permit (VGP), which the Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) said will demand a technical solution that is currently unavailable to the marine industry. However, there is little flexibility in the VGP to accommodate this delay, leaving shipowners with an impossible requirement, the CSA said. This untenable situation could lead to significant impacts for Canadian shipowners if


MarAd Recognizes National Maritime Day

In 1933, the U.S. Congress decreed May 22nd as National Maritime Day. Each year since then, May 22nd has become the day the United States observes its proud maritime heritage, honors the men and women who serve or have served as merchant mariners, and recognizes the many benefits that today’s maritime industry provides. This year, National Maritime Day comes on the heels of National Transportation Week, which, according to U.S


VT Halter Delivers ATB Tug for Bouchard

M/V Frederick E. Bouchard, a 6,000hp Twin Screw ATB tug, during sea trials (Photo: VT Halter Marine)

VT Halter Marine, Inc. has delivered the 6,000hp Twin Screw Articulated (ATB) tug, MV Frederick E. Bouchard, to owner Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. at the shipbuilder’s facilities in Pascagoula, Miss. on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.  


AIS Regulations: New Responsibilities and Opportunities

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March Coast Guard deadline represents milestone for AIS use in U.S. waters   From increasing situational awareness and enhancing the safety and security of maritime transportation, to its use in accident investigation, search and rescue, Aids to Navigation and asset monitoring


US Coast Guard Expands AIS Requirements

The U.S. Coast Guard has expanded Automatic Identification System (AIS) requirements to include additional commercial vessels.    The change, which applies to U.S.- and foreign-flagged vessels that are 300 gross tons or less, went into effect this month.  


VT Halter Launches Tug for Bouchard

Frederick E Bouchard launch Photo Courtesy VT Halter Marine

VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), announces the launch of the M/V Frederick E. Bouchard, at its Moss Point Marine Shipyard Facility in Escatawpa, Mississippi on Thursday, March 31, 2016. M/V Frederick E


RFP in Maritime Security Research

MSC conducts innovative research, develops new tools and technologies and provides relevant maritime security-focused educational programs to enhance our nations maritime domain awareness, the resiliency of our Marine Tra

The DHS Maritime Security Center (MSC), led by the Stevens Institute of Technology, announces a competitive research opportunity to address challenges in maritime cyber security. This effort invites qualified researchers to propose projects that will provide DHS stakeholders with innovative


USCG Seeks Input for Coastal Navigation Study

The U.S. Coast Guard said it is seeking input from commercial and recreational mariners for an assessment of navigation requirements on the Atlantic and Gulf seacoast.   The Coast Guard Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) survey is focused on the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of


US Ports Require Investment Uptick

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 U.S. Ports: Investing in engines of economic development and American competitiveness U.S. ports and our marine transportation system – and the hardworking men and women behind these operations – are essential drivers of the American economy


One Small Step toward Sustainable Coastal Shipping

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Short sea shipping is alive and well on America’s East Coast.   In the United States, counties and states directly on the shoreline constitute less than 10 percent of the total land area (not including Alaska), but account for 39 percent of the total population


Bouchard's Newest ATB Christened in New Orleans

Photo: Bouchard Transportation Co.

Bouchard Transportation Co. celebrated the naming of the M/V Donna J. Bouchard and the B. No. 272 at the christening ceremony held on Thursday, February 18 in New Orleans.   The ceremony began with remarks from Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. President/CEO, Morton S


AIWA Highlights Investment Needs on the Nation’s Marine Highways

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Nowhere is that more important than on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. As 2016 begins, we at the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA) are looking forward to participating in the ongoing dialogue regarding the need for strategic investments in the Nation’s Marine


Rough Waters for Washington State Ferries

The process of installing the superstructure built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders onto the hull of the M/V Tokitae at Vigor’s yard, March 2013.

Improved funding and management changes have the nation’s largest ferry system on a course to better times. Challenges remain, but WSF tackles each one in turn. Unlike the citizens of British Columbia, which pays a German shipyard to build its ferries


Foss Maritime Names Parrott COO

John Parrott (Photo: Foss Maritime)

Foss Maritime announced that John Parrott will join the Foss executive team as Chief Operating Officer (COO).   Parrott comes to Foss from sister company, TOTE Maritime Alaska, where he has served as President for sixteen years. In his new role as Foss' COO


VT Halter Launches Barge for Bouchard

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VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems) and Bouchard Transportation Co. announced that Barge B. No. 272 was launched on November 20, 2015. This is the second barge of two Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) units constructed for Bouchard


VT Halter Launches Another ATB Tug for Bouchard

M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr.  6,000hp Twin Screw ATB tug (Photos: VT Halter)

Shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc. and Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. announced the launch of M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr., a 6,000hp Twin Screw Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tug, on October 29, 2015.   The M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr. is part of a two-vessel contract awarded to the shipyard


TSB to Investigate Tug Incident in Fraser River

The TSB is publishing selected data pertaining to accidents and reportable incidents from its Marine Safety Information System (MARSIS) for use by professionals and the public to advance transportation safety.

  The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators following the girding and sinking of the tug Sea Imp X in the North Arm of the Fraser River, British Columbia. The occurrence took place yesterday at approximately 20:00 PDT.






 
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