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Hydrogen-Powered R/V 'Zero-V' Receives DNV GL AIP

Zero/V (Photo courtesy of DNV GL)

Classification society DNV GL has presented Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia), with an approval in principle from DNV GL for the design of the new ‚ÄúZero V‚ÄĚ research vessel, developed in collaboration with Glosten and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The design emerged from a feasibility study funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation‚Äôs Maritime Administration that set out to evaluate the technical, regulatory, and economic aspects of designing, building and operating a hydrogen fuel cell powered zero-emission coastal research vessel.

Wisconsin Shipyards Awarded Nearly $2 Mln in Grants

(File photo: Bay Shipbuilding)

Wisconsin shipyards Bay Shipbuilding and Fraser Shipyards have been awarded nearly $2 million in 2018 Small Shipyard Grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today.The Small Shipyard Grant Program helps small shipyards, like Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay and Fraser Shipyards in Superior, repair and modernize equipment, and train workers.“In Wisconsin, and across America, small shipyards are considered the lifeblood of the maritime economy.

MARAD Awards More Than $20 Mln to Small US Shipyards

Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby (Photo: MARAD)

More than $20 million in grant funding has been awarded to support capital improvement projects at 29 small shipyards in 22 states across the U.S.The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation‚Äôs Maritime Administration (MARAD) Small Shipyard Grant Program, supports capital improvements that foster increased efficiency and economic growth.‚ÄúThese grants are an investment in our country‚Äôs small shipyards and will help create good jobs for America‚Äôs workers,‚ÄĚ said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L.

HMS Global Maritime Appoints Jaenichen as Chief Operating Officer

Paul ‚ÄúChip‚ÄĚ Jaenichen, Sr. (CREDIT: Marad)

HMS Global Maritime, owner and operator of the American Queen Steamboat Company as well as 85 other U.S. flagged vessels, welcomes former Maritime Administrator Paul ‚ÄúChip‚ÄĚ Jaenichen, Sr. of the U.S. Department of Transportation as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO). After a decorated career with the U.S. Navy and the Maritime Administration (MARAD), Jaenichen joined HMS Global Maritime on January 12, 2017. In his role as COO, Captain Jaenichen will be responsible for ensuring that HMS Global Maritime excels in every facet of transportation‚Ķ

MarAd Awards $4.8 Mln for Marine Highway Projects

(Photo: Port of Baton Rouge)

Nearly $5 million in grant funding awarded this week will help enhance existing marine highways serving ports in Louisiana, Virginia, New York and Connecticut, and support the development of new container-on-barge services in Kentucky and Rhode Island.On Wednesday, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced $4,872,000 in grants for six projects through the Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Marine Highway program, works with public and private stakeholders to support the expanded use of navigable waterways to relieve landside congestion…

Trafigura to Build U.S. Deep-Water Oil Port

Image: Trafigura

Swiss commodities trader Trafigura has applied to build a deep-water port in Corpus Christi, Texas, on the Gulf of Mexico, which will be able to load supertankers, reports FT.The report said that the plan would see the commodity house build an offshore deepwater port facility  with a view to accommodate very large crude carriers (VLCC) capable of carrying more than 2m barrels of crude. It requires approval from the US Department of Transportation‚Äôs maritime division.According to a Reuters report‚Ķ

Paul ‚ÄúChip‚ÄĚ Jaenichen Joins Liberty Global Logistics

File Image: Paul Jaenichen (CREDIT: Marad)

Liberty Global Logistics (LGL) announced today that Paul ‚ÄúChip‚ÄĚ Jaenichen, former U.S. Maritime Administrator, has joined the Company as its Executive Vice President ‚Äď US Flag. In his new position, he will be responsible for the oversight of the day to day aspects of the Company‚Äôs business relating to U.S. flag, government relations, strategic business initiatives and US cargo opportunities. Chip received his B.S. in Ocean Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and his Masters‚Äô degree in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.

AIWW Outlook Brightens

(Photo: AIWA)

The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association is an advocacy organization for one of the nation‚Äôs longest water infrastructure projects stretching over 1,100 miles ‚Äď the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW). Additionally, the AIWW offers a direct connection between three of the nation‚Äôs top 10 ports measured by cargo value that we commonly refer to as ‚Äėexit ramps to the world.‚Äô In our role as advocates for the maintenance of the AIWW, we are cautiously optimistic about the national discussion revolving around infrastructure investment in the coming year‚Ķ

MV Liberty Passion Joins US MSP Fleet

Photo: Port of Beaumont

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao welcomed the newest vessel to the Maritime Security Program (MSP) in the port of Beaumont, Texas. Renamed the M/V Liberty Passion, it is the third ship owned by Liberty Global Logistics to join the MSP fleet. ‚ÄúToday we are celebrating a public-private partnership that is strengthening America‚Äôs Merchant Marine, as well as America‚Äôs Armed Forces,‚ÄĚ said Secretary Chao. ‚ÄúU.S.-flagged vessels are a critical component in our domestic commerce, moving $467 billion worth of goods between ports in the U.S.

Senate Hearing on USMMA Issues Scheduled

The Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies of the Senate Committee on Appropriations will hold a hearing on 5 April to examine protecting midshipmen, focusing on preventing sexual assault and sexual harassment at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.   Senator Susan Collins (R- ME) will chair the meeting.   Details of the event can be found HERE   Witnesses will include:   Mr. Joel Szabat / Executive Director / U.S. Maritime Administration Rear Admiral James Helis / Superintendent / U.S. Merchant Marine Academy The Honorable Calvin Scovel, III / Inspector General / U.S. Department of Transportation

US Shipyards: Building for America, Jobs for Americans

In August 2015 General Dynamics NASSCO launched Perla del Caribe, the second ship in a series of natural gas powered containerships for TOTE (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

The shipbuilding and ship repairing industry has always been a core strength of our nation. It has enabled the United States to protect and project its prosperity, power and influence internationally. A book in my office signed by shipbuilder William Webb illustrates the point. Mr. Webb inherited his father’s shipyard in 1840 and built over 130 of the fastest clipper sailing vessels; he later built the largest and most celebrated steamships of his era. Those were glory years for the U.S. maritime industry, an era when the shipping industry was synonymous with American sovereignty.

Crowley to Supply LNG in Puerto Rico

Photo: Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corp.‚Äôs  liquefied natural gas  (LNG) services group has been awarded a multi-year contract to supply additional volumes of containerized, U.S.-sourced LNG to a major pharmaceutical company‚Äôs manufacturing plants in Puerto Rico. The contract, executed through Crowley‚Äôs Carib Energy LLC subsidiary, extends a 2014 contract awarded to Crowley for LNG supply for the facilities by expanding LNG services to additional plants. The contract includes the fuel supply and transportation of LNG‚Ķ

MARAD Calls in NDRF Ships for Harvey Relief

Empire State VI (Photo: MARAD)

The U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD) has activated two National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF) vessels for a pre-scripted Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mission to support relief efforts in Texas. The State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College‚Äôs training ship, Empire State VI, and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy‚Äôs  training ship, Kennedy, have received orders to set sail within 10 days for the four- to five-day transit from the east coast to the gulf coast of Texas.

MARAD Awards $9.8 Mln to US Shipyards

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Aiming to support shipbuilding modernizations that will increase productivity and allow U.S. shipyards to compete more effectively in global markets, the U.S. Department of Transportation‚Äôs Maritime Administration (MARAD) has awarded $9.8 million to 18 U.S. yards through its Small Shipyard Grant Program. ‚ÄúSmall shipyards play a significant role in our country‚Äôs maritime sector, which contributes to our economy, security, and infrastructure,‚ÄĚ said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

SUNY Maritime Training Ship Sent to Puerto Rico

(File photo: SUNY Maritime)

SUNY Maritime College’s Training Ship Empire State VI will soon sail to Puerto Rico to aid in the recovery efforts and to deliver basic necessities to the island’s residents. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) activated the vessel for a pre-scripted Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mission to support relief efforts. Once moored on site, the self-contained vessel will support recovery efforts by providing housing, power, food and water to first responders.

Corpus Christi: Energy Port of the Americas

(Image Courtesy Port of Corpus Christi)

The Port of Corpus Christi lives up to its moniker ‚ÄėEnergy Port of the Americas,‚Äô as the movement of energy in and out dominates the port‚Äôs history and future. John P. LaRue, Executive Director, Port Corpus Christi recently visited Maritime Reporter‚Äôs headquarters in New York to discuss the nearly $50 billion in investment projects driving the port forward. ‚ÄúLet‚Äôs just start with what we are and what we are not,‚ÄĚ said LaRue. ‚ÄúWe are not a container port. Up until a few years ago we were an oil import port (serving) three refineries: Citgo, Valero and Flint Hills Resources.

Can Employers Ask About Prescription Drug Use?

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On the waterfront, it all depends. It is well established that workplace safety and productivity can be compromised, not just by the use of illicit substances and alcohol, but also by the use of prescription drugs. Federal law, however, imposes limits on employer inquiries in this area both with respect to the affected job classifications and the scope of the inquiry. Generally, an employer may not ask all employees what prescription medications they are taking because such an inquiry is not job-related and consistent with business necessity, according to Enforcement Guidance from the U.S.

Empire State VI Returns from Puerto Rico

Empire State VI (Photo: SUNY Maritime College)

SUNY Maritime College’s training ship has returned to campus Tuesday after nearly two months aiding hurricane relief workers in Florida and Puerto Rico. The ship Empire State VI was used to provide power, housing, food and water to emergency relief workers, first in Florida following Hurricane Irma, then in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Empire State VI is owned by the Maritime Administration, a branch of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and used by Maritime College throughout the year to educate and train future maritime industry professionals.

Marine News' Top 10 Stories of 2017

The impact of Sub-M is hitting home (© Jim Pintar / Adobe Stock)

Plucked from the headlines, the top stories of 2017 were compelling, and each provided impact to the domestic waterfront and in particular ‚Äď the workboat sector. Follow along as Marine News recaps the highlights, drama and significant events that shaped the past 12 months. When Elaine Chao was sworn in to be the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, the Washington veteran brought a welcome burst of competence to the position. Her wide-ranging experience across the maritime sector and prior service at the U.S.

Indiana's Burns Harbor Plans for More Growth

Photo: Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor completed a landmark year in 2017 and is poised for significant future growth as a result of several historic developments. In addition to handling an 8 percent increase in cargo shipments in 2017, the port doubled the size of its bulk terminal, attracted a nationally-renowned stevedore in Metro Ports, handled its most valuable cargo ever, and announced a $20 million expansion made possible by earning one of only 10 "FASTLANE" small project grants awarded in the U.S. last year.

FY18 Omnibus Appropriates $300M for SMA Training Ships

File Image: Credit Herbert Engineering and Marad.

MMA's RADM McDonald joyfully announces that the long-awaited National Security Multi-mission Vessel (NSMV) Program now has legs. On Friday 23 March 2018, President Donald Trump signed the FY18 Omnibus spending bill into law. I am very pleased to report that contained in this budget is $300M to begin the long-sought State Maritime Academy Training Ship Replacement Program. Known as the National Security Multi-mission Vessel (NSMV), this new-build replacement training ship program…

Georgia Ports: Mason Mega Rail Breaks Ground

From left, GPA Board Member Charles Tarbutton, Savannah Mayor Eddie Deloach, Maritime Administrator Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood, Tracey Mason, Teresa Waters, GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch, Norfolk Southern VP of Business Development and Real Estate Rob Martinez, CSX VP of Intermodal Dean Piacente and Garden City Mayor Don Bethune break ground on the Mason Mega Rail terminal, Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at the Port of Savannah. Photo courtesy Georgia Port Authority

The Georgia Ports Authority broke ground on its $126.7 million Mason Mega Rail Terminal Monday. The expansion will increase the Port of Savannah's rail lift capacity to 1 million containers per year, and open new markets spanning an arc of cities from Memphis to St. Louis, Chicago to Cincinnati. "Today is a great day for Georgia and the nation," said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. The Mega Rail ground breaking is the latest in a series of Gov. Deal's signature projects designed to…

U.S. DOT: Funding Available for Small Shipyards

Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced the availability of $19.6 million in federal funding to support capital improvements and employee training at small U.S. shipyards. The grants are provided through the Small Shipyard Grant Program, and help eligible shipyards modernize operations, increase efficiency and reap the benefits of increased productivity. In 2013, U.S. shipbuilders directly employed 110,000 Americans and produced $37.3 billion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Available to U.S.

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