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New England Ports Expect Record Cruise Season

According to a June 13 report from Bloomberg, New England ports are expecting a record number of cruise ships during the tourism season this year. New England and eastern Canada have been growing in popularity among cruise lines and this year could be the busiest yet. Maine ports are expecting 335 cruise ship calls this year, up from 281 last year. Ports in the Canadian Maritimes and in Newfoundland are projecting 467 calls, 84 more than in 2009. Boston is anticipating a record of more than 300,000 cruise ship passengers to pass through its port. (Source: Bloomberg)

EPA Awards Nearly $2 Mln for Clean Repowers

Three New England projects have been awarded nearly two million dollars under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) competitive national grant competition to reduce diesel emissions. The grants, totaling $1,975,000, were made under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). The funding will assist the Connecticut Maritime Foundation, the Massachusetts Port Authority and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in marine vessel repowering and vehicle replacement projects. Diesel engines contribute significantly to air pollution, especially in urban areas. The fine particles in diesel exhaust pose serious health risks, including aggravated asthma and other respiratory symptoms. Children are especially vulnerable to these effects.

#BTC100 History

Photo Courtesy of Bouchard Transportation Co.

In the late 1960s, Bouchard Transportation Co. wins two very important barge contracts; the first comprises the B. No. 40 and B. No 30 barges to haul jet fuel along the Erie Canal for the U.S. Air Force; the second  was for the company’s B. No. 55 barge to move crude oils in New York Harbor, Long Island Sound, New England, and also South to Philadelphia and Norfolk. The July 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News will feature a special “Bouchard Transportation Co. Celebrates 100 Years” magazine. For more information contact: Greg Trauthwein, trauthwein@marinelink.com, t.

U.S. Coast Guard Warns of Hurricane Earl

A crew from Coast Guard Station Curtis Bay, Md., trailers a 25-foot Response Boat-Small from the water to ensure its safety until the effects of Hurricane Earl are over in the upper Chesapeake Bay, Sept. 2, 2010. Prior to the hurricane impact, Coast Guard crews conducted harbor patrols to notify mariners of the possible danger and how to best prepare for it. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandyn Hill.

As Hurricane Earl approaches New England, the Coast Guard is actively tracking the storm’s progress and urging caution and preparedness for mariners and storm watchers. Hurricane force winds, heavy surf, strong storm surges, rogue waves, rip currents and coastal flooding are predicted. Rogue waves near break walls and jetties are particularly hazardous to beach-goers during hurricane conditions. Sudden large waves can easily sweep storm watchers into the water or drag vessels off moorings or piers.

SENESCO To Build Walking Spud Barge

The Southeastern New England Shipbuilding Corp. (SENESCO) will build a 165 ft. dredge barge that will have the ability to walk along harbor floors. Boasting a trio of vertical spuds operated by winches, the forward spud will allow the barge to move without tug assistance. The shipbuilding company formed the agreement with Sterling Equipment of East Boston, Mass.; the project's completion is scheduled for April 2001. A subsidiary of the Cashman Group - a major New England contractor - Sterling's contract is the 10th barge project for SENESCO.

SENESCO To Construct Walking Spud Barge

The Southeastern New England Shipbuilding Corp. (SENESCO) will build a 165 ft. dredge barge that will have the ability to walk along harbor floors. Boasting a trio of vertical spuds operated by winches, the forward spud will allow the barge to move without tug assistance. The shipbuilding company formed the agreement with Sterling Equipment of East Boston, Mass.; the project's completion is scheduled for April 2001. A subsidiary of the Cashman Group - a major New England contractor - Sterling's contract is the 10th barge project for SENESCO.

Harley Joins SI-Tex Sales, New England

 Photo courtesy Strike Zone Communications

SI-Tex announced that marine electronics industry veteran Chris Harley has joined its team of sales professionals, representing the company’s full line of sounders, autopilots, radar, chart plotters, AIS and more to Marine Electronics Dealers across the New England Region. Harley brings with him a wealth of related experience — both in the marine electronics industry and the unique aspects of the New England market. While Harley maintains his own highly successful marine rep firm (C.

Massport Announces "New England-Halifax Shuttle"

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) has announced that a new weekly cargo service connecting Boston with Halifax, Nova Scotia is set to begin June 14, connecting New England businesses to 20 major steamship lines. The “New England-Halifax Shuttle,” to be operated by American Feeder Lines (AFL), will call Conley Container Terminal every Tuesday. This is the second new service to launch at the Massport facility in less than a month. In addition to Boston, the New England-Halifax Shuttle will call Portland…

USCG Sector Northern New England Change of Command

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Northern New England’s crew will receive a new commander during a change of command ceremony at 11:00 a.m., June 24, 2011 at the Portland Head Light in Fort Williams Park. Rear Adm. Daniel Neptun, commander of the 1st Coast Guard District, will preside over the ceremony. Sector Northern New England's current commander, Capt. James McPherson of Bradley Beach, N.J., will be assigned as chief of staff for the First Coast Guard District in Boston. Capt. Christopher Roberge will assume command of Sector Northern New England. Roberge previously served as chief of prevention for Coast Guard Atlantic Area in Portsmouth, Va.

Hanjin Makes Maiden Call to Boston

Hanjin Milano made its maiden call at Conley Terminal Friday (Photo: Massport)

The containership Hanjin Milano made its maiden call at Conley Terminal Friday, the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) announced. This is the first time that Hanjin Shipping has called the Port of Boston directly, opening a new channel of economic impact for the region. “The Port of Boston is the waterborne trade gateway for New England and a primary economic engine for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” said Thomas P. Glynn, Massport CEO. “As we work to dredge the harbor, the addition of new ships and new lines demonstrates that New England continues to be a strong market.

HAL Launches ‘Discover Canada & New England’

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Holland America Line launched a “Discover Canada & New England Sweepstakes” that will award five of the line’s Pinterest followers a $500 American Express gift card. The sweepstakes runs through Sept. 20, 2014, and the winners will be selected in a random drawing at the end of September. Participants can visit the Discover Canada & New England tab on Holland America Line’s Facebook page and choose their favorite Canada & New England highlight photo from a selection of six colorful and captivating images.

EPA to Reduce Emissions with Engine Repower Cash

EPA has recently awarded $250,000 to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (ME DEP). Together with another $250,000 provided by the State, these funds will be used to repower two marine vessels, a passenger ferry and an excursion vessel, operating in the Gulf of Maine. Diesel engines contribute significantly to air pollution, especially in urban areas. The fine particles in diesel exhaust pose serious health risks, including aggravated asthma and other respiratory symptoms. Children are especially vulnerable to these effects. The Northeast has some of the highest asthma rates in the nation, including a childhood asthma rate above 10 percent in all six New England states.

GL Garrad Hassan as Wind Power Forecaster

In order to manage wind generation in its real-time and day-ahead markets, the system operator for the New England area of the U.S., ISO New England Inc., has awarded GL Garrad Hassan a two-year contract to provide wind power forecasting services to all wind in the ISO’s footprint, including generation within the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. GL Garrad Hassan is in the beginning stages of this project for the ISO, with plans to begin first forecast delivery in 2012. Accurate forecasting is the key to the management of any generation source that inherently depends on the variability of the weather, requiring advanced short-term prediction of  generation to make it approach the manageability of conventional electricity sources.

Fourth Ocean Energy Conference Set for October

New Bedford, MA - The New England Marine Renewable Energy Center at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, MA, announced that it is holding the 4th Annual New England MREC Technical Conference in Rhode Island on October 30-31, 2012. Moving from Massachusetts to Rhode Island will give the event room to grow. The new venue offers state of the art conference facilities and superb accommodations, which will be attractive and convenient to all participants and attendees. There will be two days of technical presentations on research relating to offshore wind, wave, tide, ocean and river current, environmental monitoring, policy and regulations. A Call for Abstracts will be out soon to solicit topics for presentations and poster sessions from professionals all over the globe.

Coast Guard Evacuates New Bedford Fisherman

Coast Guard crews medically evacuated a fisherman at approximately 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, approximately two miles west of Block Island, R.I. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a notification at 7:52 a.m. from the fishing vessel Explorer, homeported in New Bedford, Mass., reporting that a crewmember sustained a head injury due to the parting of a wire. A Coast Guard Station Point Judith 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew immediately launched and safely transferred the fisherman to waiting emergency medical services at Station Point Judith for further transport to South County hospital, R.I. Coast Guard crews work closely with the commercial fishing fleet…

New England-TWIC Enforcement Begins Today

Today, October 15, 2008, the US Coast Guard will commence enforcement of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) rules for regulated facilities in Captain of the Port (COTP) Zones Northern New England, , and . If you work at or intend to visit regulated marine facilities in these COTP Zones, bring your TWIC card. (Source: Holland & Knight LLP)

New England – USCG Operation Big Tow

Coast Guard personnel throughout New England recently launched an operation to ensure that commercial tugs are following rules, regulations and licensing procedures. The intent of the operation, dubbed Big Tow, is to identify areas of Uninspected Towing Vessel concentrations and examine the vessels to verify the operators hold a valid Coast Guard license that is appropriate for the size and route of their vessel. "Historically, we haven't seen many inadequately licensed UTV operators in New England waters," said Lt. Scott White of the Coast Guard First District prevention department. The operation was created in response to a collision on the Mississippi River July 23, 2008, involving a cargo vessel and a loaded oil barge that resulted in more than 282,000 gallons of No.

New England Ropes Co-Founder Passes Away

New England Ropes, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the TEUFELBERGER Group, said that the company’s original co- founder, Herb Repass, passed away recently in Vero Beach Florida. Repass co-founded New England Ropes, Inc. in New Bedford, Mass., with his friend and associate David Aigler in 1967. Repass served as President and chief designer of specialty ropes that were manufactured by the company for yachting, safety and rescue, arborist, mountaineering, lariats for cowboys, and Navy and Coast Guard operations. Herb, Dave and his son Randy also collaborated to sell rope for boating on the west coast, spawning West Marine. Many of the rope designs developed by Repass are still in use today, combining superior design with the use of today’s fiber advancements.

University Names New Director of Marine Sciences

University of New England appoints Barry A. University of New England appoints Dr Costa-Pierce to the new Henry & Grace Doherty Endowed Chair of Marine Sciences to lead UNE's programs in marine coastal ecosystems and forge strategic partnerships with the coastal innovation economy. In his roles at UNE, Costa-Pierce will lead the university’s marine sciences research and scholarship efforts to develop, student-centered undergraduate and graduate programs in marine coastal ecosystems. He will lead teams across UNE to develop interdisciplinary scholarship and marine research that produces the next generation of coastal leaders who develop new coastal economies…

Wickes to Represent New England Ropes

New England Ropes announced that Wickes Marine will now Represent New England Ropes Pleasure Marine products throughout the east coast region. Wickes Marine’s main office is centrally located in Tiverton, RI and they also have additional offices and personnel located throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic which allows them to support accounts from Maine down through the Carolinas. “Wickes Marine allows us to increase our service to our existing customers. Bill Wickes and his team have great industry knowledge and experience that will help New England Ropes as we expand our product portfolio”, added Kevin Coughlin, Pleasure Marine Market Manager.

American Constitution Completes Inaugural Cruise

American Constitution (Photo: American Cruise Lines)

American Cruise Lines has announced that its brand new 175-passenger cruise ship, American Constitution, completed its inaugural sailing on Chesapeake Bay.The cruise departed from Baltimore on April 18 for an 11-day, 10-night American Revolution itinerary. “American Constitution has been exceptionally well received and all the spring 2018 American Revolution cruises are already sold out,” a company official said.During the inaugural sailing last week, American Constitution docked inside the District of Columbia at The Wharf…

Under the Sea: A Roadmap for Renewable Energy

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Thanks to increasing levels of debt financing for climate-aligned projects, wind-generated power has become one of the fastest-growing green industries. Jessica Williams, an Infrastructure Analyst at S&P Global Ratings, considers the submarine technologies that are making this progress possible.Renewable energy is making an increasing contribution to the electrical grid. By the end of 2016, “green energy” sources accounted for almost a quarter of the world’s electricity supply, according to REN21.

Fishing Companies to Pay $400,000 for Pollution Claims

Challenge Fisheries LLC, Quinn Fisheries Inc., Charles Quinn II, and Charles Quinn III have agreed to pay a total of $414,000 in civil penalties and to perform fleet-wide improvements and other compliance assurance measures to resolve federal Clean Water Act claims stemming from oily bilge discharges from the commercial fishing vessel Challenge, and a related fuel oil discharge in August 2017 in New Bedford Harbor, Mass., the Department of Justice and the Coast Guard announced.In its complaint filed Monday, along with the lodging of a consent decree in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the United States alleges…

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