From Crisis to Opportunity: Rethinking Water  Management in a Changing Climate

From Crisis to Opportunity: Rethinking Water Management in a Changing Climate

As climate change intensifies, I’ve noticed a notable increase in extreme weather events hampering critical shipping routes and waterways from the Rhine to the Mississippi. From prolonged droughts to unprecedented floods, these incidents are no longer a rare occurrence, but part of a longer-term and more severe pattern that will undoubtedly impact the maritime industry in the coming decades. While World Water Day and Earth Day spurred awareness in recent weeks, the conversation must extend beyond these singular moments and confront the economic, social, and environmental ripple effects of these climate-driven disruptions. In truth, there is an urgent need to…
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Temporary Extension in Effect  for Merchant Marine Credentials

Temporary Extension in Effect  for Merchant Marine Credentials

The U.S. Coast Guard has approved a temporary extension of an administrative grace period for merchant mariner credentialing transactions, allowing mariners to renew a merchant mariner credential up to six years after its expiration without taking the complete original examination. The announcement, made April 26 by the National Maritime Center, said mariners who had previously applied for renewal of the credential after the one-year grace period had expired may re-apply for renewal if they are within the new, extended grace period. All other credentialing requirements for renewal after expiration remain unchanged, and so in some circumstances, an open book exam…
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Kodiak’s St. Herman Harbor Prepares for $60M Upgrade

Kodiak’s St. Herman Harbor Prepares for $60M Upgrade

Extensive plans to renovate St. Herman Harbor in Kodiak, Alaska are in the works, with construction on the estimated $60 million project tentatively set to begin in the summer of 2027. “St. Herman Harbor will not see this type of renovation again in my lifetime, so we want to do everything possible to get it right,” said Dave Johnson, a veteran U.S. Coast Guard helicopter pilot who took on the post of harbormaster at Kodiak in 2002. “Spending the money up front to make sure we get the harbor we need is critical,” Johnson said, in responses to questions following…
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NASSCO Christens USNS Robert E. Simaneka

NASSCO Christens USNS Robert E. Simaneka

General Dynamics NASSCO has christened the fifth vessel in the U.S. Navy’s Expeditionary Sea Base program at its San Diego shipyard, the company announced May 4. Military officials and other attendees were present for the christening of the USNS Robert E. Simanek, named after Private First Class Robert Ernest Simanek, who was honored with the Medal of Honor in 1953 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower for protecting his fellow Marines from a grenade at the Battle of Bunker Hill in the Korean War.  Simanek’s daughter, Ann Simanek Clark, was at the event to ceremoniously break the champagne bottle along the…
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Port of Guam Appeals  for Funds to Replace Aging Gantry Cranes

Port of Guam Appeals for Funds to Replace Aging Gantry Cranes

Port of Guam officials, citing national cybersecurity objectives, have appealed to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg for Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD) funds to replace three aging ship-to-shore gantry cranes. “Our reliance on aging infrastructure, which could be compromised by adversaries, poses a national security risk,” Guam Gov. Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero said in a March letter to Buttigieg. “If the port’s procurement is constrained due to funding stipulations, we risk delaying other vital infrastructure projects essential for our strategic readiness and may be forced to consider purchasing STS gantry cranes from China,” the letter states.  “We actively seek…
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Alaska Railroad Plans $137M Effort  to Replace Seward Dock

Alaska Railroad Plans $137M Effort to Replace Seward Dock

Alaska Railroad Corp. (ARRC) has plans in the works for a new dock at Seward, to accommodate all classes of cruise vessels, as well as potential winter cargo shipments, in coordination with ARRC’s adjacent freight dock. The projected grand opening of the $137 million project, announced in April, is the spring of 2026. The dock would accommodate electrification to allow for shore power on both sides of the pier—a new feature to meet future regulations and objectives for low-emission solutions, ARRC officials said. The new infrastructure, proposed by a local developer, the Seward Company, would replace the existing dock, built…
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In the War Against Maritime Corrosion, Clean Lasers Prove Very Effective

In the War Against Maritime Corrosion, Clean Lasers Prove Very Effective

Clean technology lasers offer superior industrial corrosion removal in myriad applications and can help solve some of the industry’s most costly corrosion problems. The global maritime industry, including shipbuilding as well as ship maintenance and repair, has been fighting a war against corrosion in metal vessels, infrastructure and equipment at great expense for generations. “The global cost of corrosion is estimated to be $2.5 trillion, which is equivalent to about 2% of the global gross domestic product, according to a National Association of Corrosion Engineers International study to examine the role of corrosion management in industry and government and to…
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BRIX Marine Delivers  Sovereign One Catamaran  to Puyallup Tribe

BRIX Marine Delivers Sovereign One Catamaran to Puyallup Tribe

The Puyallup Tribe in western Washington state has received a new BRIX Marine-built vessel that’s expected to help bolster shellfish monitoring operations in the Pacific Northwest. The Port Angeles, Wash.-based vessel designer and builder announced April 24 that it has finished and delivered to the tribe the 3513-CTC Sovereign One. The vessel is a custom-built aluminum catamaran that features 5086 alloy aluminum hull skins, 5052 alloy aluminum interior transverse frames, twin Yamaha XTO 425hp outboards c/w SS props, a 12V DC electrical system and a 30A 120V AC system, according to BRIX Marine. The 35-foot-long catamaran has a13-foot beam as…
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Port of Portland Reverses Decision to End Cargo Handling at Terminal 6

Port of Portland Reverses Decision to End Cargo Handling at Terminal 6

The Port of Portland, which in mid-April said that it was halting cargo handling services at Terminal 6 later this year due to a funding shortfall, has reversed its decision following an expected new cash infusion from the Oregon state Legislature. A proposal issued May 16 by Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek’s includes $35 million for the port from her 2025-2027 proposed budget and $5 million in funding that’s expected to be requested at the September meeting of the state Legislature’s Emergency Board. Each expenditure would need lawmakers’ approval. “After the Port of Portland’s April announcement that container service would end…
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Ship Builders Forge Ahead: Speedy Delivery of High Quality, Open-Die Forgings, Seamless and Contoured Rolled Rings and Complex Forged Parts

Ship Builders Forge Ahead: Speedy Delivery of High Quality, Open-Die Forgings, Seamless and Contoured Rolled Rings and Complex Forged Parts

Specialty forgers can manufacture custom, high-quality, seamless rolled rings in a variety of materials and finishes in as little as eight weeks. In the shipbuilding industry, high-quality forgings such as long shafts, step shafts, propeller components and other shaped parts are essential for the construction of cruise liners, super tankers, LNG carriers, drill ships and other vessels. These precision-forged parts are often found in applications where it is critical to withstand challenging conditions. Open-die forgings and seamless rolled rings have a greater lifespan than other products due to their strength and durability, and are less prone to cracking or warping,…
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