Damen’s innovative RSD Tug 2513 nominated for KNVTS Ship of the Year Award

Damen’s radical new ‘always bow first’ RSD Tug 2513 has reached the final stage of this year’s prestigious Maritime Award KNVTS Ship of the Year prize. As one of the last three entrants in contention for the award, the Damen RSD Tug 2513 will be judged on a range of criteria including its design, safety, economy, durability and construction process, and the winner will be … [Read more...]

Repeat Offender MST to Pay $3.2. Million Criminal Fine in U.S. ‘Magic Pipe’ Pollution Case

German shipping company MST Mineralien Schiffahrt (MST) will pay a $3.2 million fine after pleading guilty to obstructing justice and falsifying oil record books in order to conceal pollution from one of its ships calling in Portland, Maine, the U.S. Justice Department has announced. MST pleaded guilty in Portland, Maine last Friday to one count of violating the Act to … [Read more...]

Why NOBODY Wants To Recognize US Merchant Marine Veterans

In this controversial episode of The REAL gCaptain Podcast Captain John Konrad explores why WWII US Merchant Marine Veterans and many Merchant Navy Allies are still fighting TODAY for full veteran status... and why this battle is of critical importance to the future. His answer might surprise you. Also in this episode.... John is excited to announce that he will be … [Read more...]

MARAD Appoints Former SeaRiver Head Buono as Superintendent of U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

U.S. Maritime Administrator Mark Buzby announced Friday that Jack Buono will serve as the new superintendent for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Buono will take command at the Academy on November 9, having most recently served as President and CEO of ExxonMobil’s shipping subsidiary, SeaRiver Maritime, until retiring from the role in 2016. “As a Kings Point graduate who … [Read more...]

Hurtigruten to Build Third Expedition Cruise Ship at Kleven Verft

Expedition cruise operator Hurtigruten has signed a memorandum of understanding with its Norwegian shipyard Kleven Verft for the construction of a third hybrid battery-powered expedition cruise ship. The new order is part of agreement signed between Kleven and Hurtigruten in 2016 calling for the construction of two expedition-style cruise ships plus options for two … [Read more...]