Silver Ships delivers landing craft to New York county

(MOBILE, Ala.) — Silver Ships has delivered a multi-mission Explorer 40 landing craft to the Suffolk County Public Works Department in Suffolk County, N.Y. The department’s mission is to improve […]

(MOBILE, Ala.) — Silver Ships has delivered a multi-mission Explorer 40 landing craft to the Suffolk County Public Works Department in Suffolk County, N.Y.

The department’s mission is to improve communities’ quality of life by overseeing all county properties and projects while maintaining safe public navigation involving waterways, bridges, docks, marinas and more. The custom-built Explorer workboat’s primary purpose is to transport heavy machinery and equipment to further support the efforts of the department.

Silver Ships photo

The 40-foot vessel is powered by triple 250-hp Honda outboard motors and includes a Vetus 8-hp bow thruster to facilitate maneuvering and docking in close quarters. The Explorer 40 operates with a 12-volt, electrically actuated bow door that is connected to a stainless-steel braided cable routed through a series of pulleys.

In addition to transporting heavy equipment to remote and hard-to-reach areas, the workboat is equipped with a Maxilift hydraulic knuckle-boom crane for additional material handling requirements. The vessel also features an enclosed cabin, deadweight capacity up to 10 tons, and a 14-foot beam.

“Silver Ships is committed to finding solutions that will help our customers achieve their operations and long-term goals,” said Dave Hunt, business development specialist at Silver Ships. “Our team designed and built the Explorer 40 landing craft for the Suffolk County Public Works Department to best equip their staff in day-to-day operations on the water.”

– Silver Ships

Study to explore low carbon options for Great Lakes shipping

(WASHINGTON) – The U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) has launched a 16-month study exploring low carbon options for shipping on the Great Lakes. The research group, led by the International Council […]

(WASHINGTON) – The U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) has launched a 16-month study exploring low carbon options for shipping on the Great Lakes.

The research group, led by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) in partnership with the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers (GSGP), will assess the suitability of alternative fuels and power options for Great Lakes shipping.

The bi-national Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System is one of the largest commercial waterways in the world and is essential to strengthening the economy, the supply chain and job creation. It extends more than 2,000 miles and contains more than 110 ports.

Great Lakes Today photo

“Decarbonizing the maritime industry has been a key objective of the Biden-Harris administration, and MarAd is excited to be part of a study that will investigate new fuel and power options for Great Lakes shipping,” said Maritime Administrator Ann Phillips.

Over a period of 16 months, researchers will assess alternative fuels and power options in the region and will develop a detailed profile of Great Lakes fleets, ports and fueling infrastructure. The project will also summarize relevant domestic and international environmental regulations that will influence the uptake of these technologies.

– U.S. Maritime Administration

St. Johns lays first CTV keel for Atlantic Wind Transfers

(PALATKA, Fla.) — St. Johns Ship Building held a keel-laying ceremony on Sept. 8 for the first of a series of aluminum crew transfer vessels (CTVs) used to service the […]

(PALATKA, Fla.) — St. Johns Ship Building held a keel-laying ceremony on Sept. 8 for the first of a series of aluminum crew transfer vessels (CTVs) used to service the offshore wind farm industry.

The announcement follows the Jones Act shipyard’s acquisition by Americraft Marine earlier this year. The CTVs will be servicing U.S. offshore wind projects for construction, operations, and maintenance.

The Chartwell 24 aluminum catamarans have the capacity to transport 24 personnel to and from wind turbines with speed, safety and stability. The vessels were commissioned by the Rhode Island-based Atlantic Wind Transfers (AWT), which participated in the ceremony.

Atlantic Wind Transfers rendering

“We are proud to be chosen as part of Atlantic Wind Transfers successful CTV operation. St. Johns Ship Building appreciates the trust and confidence that Charlie Donadio, president and founder of AWT, and his team have placed in our hardworking and dedicated employees,” said Jeff Bukoski, president of St. Johns Ship Building. “We will also continue to make improvements to our facilities that allow us to construct greater numbers of similar newbuild vessels.”

“Our team is excited to be moving forward building with St. Johns,” Donadio said. “This collaborative design-build strategy will enable AWT to parlay its experience to provide future charter clients with the most reliable multipurpose crew transfer vessels in the U.S. in the years to come.”

Ambitious, Chartwell Marine’s flagship CTV design, will be U.S. Jones Act-compliant, certified under U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter L and able to operate at any wind farm under the safety and inspection standards of the Coast Guard. AWT currently operates the two crew transfer vessels in the U.S. under long-term contracts, servicing the Block Island Wind Farm for Orsted and Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Farm for Dominion Energy.

“We are excited for the opportunity to commence building this series of CTVs for Charlie and his team at AWT. With the owner’s choice of a proven vessel design and our dedication to quality craftsmanship and manufacturing, I look forward to an outstanding result as we further bolster our contribution to the growth of renewable energy,” said Edward Sheets, executive vice president of Americraft Marine Group.

– St. Johns Ship Building

Study calls for Pacific ‘fairways’ for safer navigation

(ALAMEDA, Calif.) — The U.S. Coast Guard is requesting public comment on the draft Pacific Coast Port Access Route Study (PAC-PARS). This is the first comprehensive evaluation of vessel traffic […]

(ALAMEDA, Calif.) — The U.S. Coast Guard is requesting public comment on the draft Pacific Coast Port Access Route Study (PAC-PARS). This is the first comprehensive evaluation of vessel traffic patterns in waters off the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington.

A Federal Register notice of availability for the draft PAC-PARS has been opened for comment. Comments and related materials must be received on or before Oct. 25.

The main goal of the PAC-PARS is to evaluate historic and future waterway usage to determine navigational risk and provide recommendations to uphold safety of navigation. To do this, the study examined vessel tracking data from the past 10 years and considered environmental data, existing and planned offshore development infrastructure, and historical marine incident data among other datasets.

The Coast Guard also considered concerns and recommendations from key maritime stakeholders and members of the public. Prior to this public comment period, the Coast Guard received comments during two previous public comment periods spanning over 200 days.

“There has been significant growth of waterway use along the Pacific Coast; we are committed to maintaining a high level of navigational safety for all members of the maritime community,” said Lt. Cmdr. Sara Conrad, activities chief for Coast Guard Pacific Area Port and Facilities. “This draft study provides recommendations that facilitate safe vessel transits along the coast and connect to major port approaches in light of the increasing demand for use of our waterways.”

U.S. Coast Guard photo

The draft PAC-PARS recommends establishing new voluntary fairways for coastwise and nearshore vessel traffic with connections to existing Traffic Separation Schemes and ports. These fairways would facilitate safe and predictable traffic patterns as the demand for and use of Pacific coastal waters increases. Charts of these recommended fairways can be found in Appendix I, II and III of the study.

The public can also view the study in a more user-friendly manner at the USCG Navigation Centers website . The Coast Guard posted the study to a Homeport webpage where the most current information about upcoming webinars and outreach activities will be posted.

A notice of availability for the draft study was published on the Federal Register under docket USCG-2021-0345, and can be found here.

– U.S. Coast Guard

Watch: Will The Ukraine Grain Deal With Russia Fail?

by Captain John Konrad (gCaptain) According to The Economist the absolute levels of global hunger in 2022 could be the highest ever, as an exceptional set of shipping problems threaten…

by Captain John Konrad (gCaptain) According to The Economist the absolute levels of global hunger in 2022 could be the highest ever, as an exceptional set of shipping problems threaten...

Oil Barges Short Sea Ship Fuel To Berlin

By Rachel Graham (Bloomberg) Eastern Germany is resorting to getting barge loads of fuel all the way from the North Sea oil port of Rotterdam as the nation pivots away from…

By Rachel Graham (Bloomberg) Eastern Germany is resorting to getting barge loads of fuel all the way from the North Sea oil port of Rotterdam as the nation pivots away from...

Low River Levels May Deepen Europe’s Energy Crunch

By Todd Gillespie (Bloomberg) Water levels on Europe’s Rhine River are again dwindling — and this time it’s at the risk of the continent’s efforts to boost its energy security….

By Todd Gillespie (Bloomberg) Water levels on Europe’s Rhine River are again dwindling — and this time it’s at the risk of the continent’s efforts to boost its energy security....

Looking Back to Move Forward: Celebrating Women Mariners on National Maritime Day

In a year in which much attention is rightly being paid to improving the shipboard workplace environment for women, it’s easy to lose sight of the many accomplished women mariners…

In a year in which much attention is rightly being paid to improving the shipboard workplace environment for women, it’s easy to lose sight of the many accomplished women mariners...

Iran Revolutionary Guards Seize Foreign Ship In Gulf For Smuggling Fuel 

DUBAI, April 24 (Reuters) – Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have seized a foreign vessel in the Gulf for smuggling 200,000 litres of fuel, a senior Guards commander told the semi-official Fars news…

DUBAI, April 24 (Reuters) – Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have seized a foreign vessel in the Gulf for smuggling 200,000 litres of fuel, a senior Guards commander told the semi-official Fars news...

SUNY Maritime College Admiral Hides Scandalous External Review Report

Several sources inside SUNY Maritime College have notified gCaptain that the school President, Rear Admiral Mike Alfultis held a meeting with seniors at the College to discuss an external review…

Several sources inside SUNY Maritime College have notified gCaptain that the school President, Rear Admiral Mike Alfultis held a meeting with seniors at the College to discuss an external review...