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WorkBoat.com is a free online resource for commercial marine professionals, providing access to the latest news and information about the U.S. workboat industry. The site includes articles on topics including inland waterways, harbors and ports, security, vessel construction, legislation, and offshore and passenger vessel operations. WorkBoat.com also contains business resources, blogs by industry leaders, discussion forums on the industry’s hot-button issues, and current and archived content from WorkBoat magazine.

2020 was shaping up to be another banner year for passenger vessels until the coronavirus pandemic and government edicts...
06/05/2020
Passenger vessels hardest hit workboat sector | WorkBoat

2020 was shaping up to be another banner year for passenger vessels until the coronavirus pandemic and government edicts shut almost every operation down.

2020 was shaping up to be another banner year for passenger vessels until the coronavirus pandemic and government edicts shut almost every operation down.

Resolve Marine, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., successfully re-floated the grounded cargo vessel KAAMI completing response opera...
06/05/2020
Resolve Marine recovers grounded vessel and hazardous cargo | WorkBoat

Resolve Marine, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., successfully re-floated the grounded cargo vessel KAAMI completing response operations with her tow to a drydock in Loch Kishorn, Scotland.

Resolve Marine successfully re-floated the grounded cargo vessel KAAMI completing response operations with her tow to a drydock in Loch Kishorn, Scotland.

Atlantic Wind Transfers was selected by Dominion Energy through a competitive bid process. The crew transfer vessel will...
06/03/2020
Atlantic Wind Transfers secures another CTV services contract | WorkBoat

Atlantic Wind Transfers was selected by Dominion Energy through a competitive bid process. The crew transfer vessel will be based out of Virginia’s Hampton Roads region.

Atlantic Wind Transfers has secured its second long-term O&M Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) contract in the U.S. to provide offshore marine support services.

Global Exhibitions Day is TODAY! Members of the International WorkBoat Show team are celebrating the industry. Head to h...
06/03/2020

Global Exhibitions Day is TODAY! Members of the International WorkBoat Show team are celebrating the industry. Head to https://bit.ly/2ZQzP5A to learn more! #GED2020 Diversified Communications

Well-established safety management systems and contingency planning have helped the inland waterways industry keep vesse...
06/02/2020
Keeping vessels working and mariners safe | WorkBoat

Well-established safety management systems and contingency planning have helped the inland waterways industry keep vessels working and mariners safe during the pandemic.

Safety management systems and contingency planning have helped the inland waterways industry keep vessels working and mariners safe during the pandemic.

The U.S. Navy issued new standardized operational guidance to the fleet to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
06/01/2020
Navy releases Covid-19 operational guidance | WorkBoat

The U.S. Navy issued new standardized operational guidance to the fleet to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

The Navy issued new standardized operational guidance to combat the coronavirus pandemic. It lays out minimum actions required to deploy safely.

Global Exhibitions Day is June 3rd, 2020. Members of the International WorkBoat Show team are celebrating the industry. ...
05/29/2020

Global Exhibitions Day is June 3rd, 2020. Members of the International WorkBoat Show team are celebrating the industry. Head to https://bit.ly/2ZQzP5A to learn more! #GED2020 Diversified Communications

A new court ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia cleared the way for RMS Titanic Inc.,...
05/29/2020
Should the Titanic’s iconic Marconi telegraph be salvaged? | WorkBoat

A new court ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia cleared the way for RMS Titanic Inc., a private salvage company, to recover the Marconi wireless telegraph from inside the wreckage.

I remember covering the announcement that the wreck of the Titanic had been discovered in the cold, deep waters of the North Atlantic in 1985 by a determined group of oceanographers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, Mass. It was unveiled at a press conference at the National...

An innovative sub surface oil containment and recovery system, installed in April 2019 over a damaged oil platform in th...
05/29/2020
Scientific advancements in oil spill containment prove successful | WorkBoat

An innovative sub surface oil containment and recovery system, installed in April 2019 over a damaged oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, is successfully preventing more than 1,000 gallons of oil per day from entering the environment.

An innovative sub surface oil containment and recovery system is successfully preventing more than 1,000 gals. of oil per day from entering the environment.

The North Carolina Ferry Division, part of the state’s Department of Transportation, began offering increased service Sa...
05/29/2020
North Carolina increases ferry service | WorkBoat

The North Carolina Ferry Division, part of the state’s Department of Transportation, began offering increased service Saturday due to greater expected demand and the easing of certain Covid-19 restrictions.

The North Carolina Ferry Division began offering increased service Saturday due to greater expected demand and the easing of certain Covid-19 restrictions.

Bollinger Shipyards LLC has delivered the 154’x25′ USCGC Myrtle Hazard to the U.S. Coast Guard in Key West, Fla.
05/28/2020
Bollinger delivers first of three USCG FRCs to be homeported in Guam | WorkBoat

Bollinger Shipyards LLC has delivered the 154’x25′ USCGC Myrtle Hazard to the U.S. Coast Guard in Key West, Fla.

Bollinger Shipyards LLC has delivered the 154’x25′ USCGC Myrtle Hazard to the U.S. Coast Guard in Key West, Fla. This is the 162nd vessel Bollinger has delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard over a 35-year period and the 39th fast response cutter (“FRC”) delivered under the current program. For t...

Join these PVA member vessel operators for a discussion of how the coronavirus pandemic has affected their operations an...
05/27/2020

Join these PVA member vessel operators for a discussion of how the coronavirus pandemic has affected their operations and to learn how they plan to reopen their businesses when the time comes. Click Here to register - https://bit.ly/passengervessel

The future USS Oakland (LCS 24) successfully completed acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico. LCS 24 is the 12th Indep...
05/27/2020
LCS 24 completes Navy acceptance trials | WorkBoat

The future USS Oakland (LCS 24) successfully completed acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico. LCS 24 is the 12th Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), built by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., to reach this milestone.

The future LCS 24 successfully completed acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico, the 12th Independence-variant littoral combat ship built at Austal USA.

Last week, the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) returned to sea for the first time since arriving in Gua...
05/27/2020
USS Theodore Roosevelt back at sea after Covid-19 | WorkBoat

Last week, the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) returned to sea for the first time since arriving in Guam March 27.

Last week, the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) returned to sea for the first time since arriving in Guam March 27.

Damen Shipyards Group has unveiled its first electric cutter suction dredger (ECSD 650). With electric motors powering t...
05/27/2020
Damen completes electric cutter suction dredger | WorkBoat

Damen Shipyards Group has unveiled its first electric cutter suction dredger (ECSD 650). With electric motors powering the dredge system, the ECSD 650 makes possible zero emissions dredging projects.

Damen Shipyards Group has unveiled its first Electric Cutter Suction Dredger (ECSD) 650. The ECSD 650 makes possible zero emissions dredging projects.

Each state has their own set of rules on how businesses can restart and operate during the coronavirus pandemic.
05/26/2020
Covid-19 confusion is everywhere | WorkBoat

Each state has their own set of rules on how businesses can restart and operate during the coronavirus pandemic.

BB Riverboats operates in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia. Each state has their own set of rules on how businesses can restart during Covid-19.

Years ago, when an operator decided to design and build a new workboat, there usually wasn’t much thought put into crew ...
05/26/2020
New boats offer more room and more amenities for crews | WorkBoat

Years ago, when an operator decided to design and build a new workboat, there usually wasn’t much thought put into crew comforts. A bunk, a galley, a head — sometimes a bucket or over the rail — was enough. If someone didn’t like it he might quit.

Years ago, when an operator decided to design and build a new workboat, there usually wasn’t much thought put into crew comforts. A bunk, a galley, a head.

Work is underway on the next support vessels for the fledging U.S. offshore wind energy industry, even as federal regula...
05/26/2020
More offshore wind crewboat builds amid uncertainty for bigger investments | WorkBoat

Work is underway on the next support vessels for the fledging U.S. offshore wind energy industry, even as federal regulatory review — and now the global economic upheaval of coronavirus – clouds the prospect of building ambitious power projects.

Work is underway on the next support vessels for the fledging U.S. offshore wind energy industry, even as federal regulatory review clouds the future.

Thank you to all who have sacrificed!
05/25/2020

Thank you to all who have sacrificed!

The Navy’s first yard tug (YT) 808-class vessel was launched at Dakota Creek Industries.
05/21/2020
Navy launches first of new tug-class at Dakota Creek | WorkBoat

The Navy’s first yard tug (YT) 808-class vessel was launched at Dakota Creek Industries.

The Navy’s first yard tug (YT) 808-class vessel was launched at Dakota Creek Industries Saturday. They are based on the Navy’s YT 802 Valiant-class tugs.

Two “black swans” swimming in the same pond. That’s what happened when the enormous oil oversupply, in the wake of oil p...
05/19/2020
Barge operator Kirby is well insulated | WorkBoat

Two “black swans” swimming in the same pond. That’s what happened when the enormous oil oversupply, in the wake of oil producers’ failures to agree on cuts, began sloshing around at the same time that the economic impact from the coronavirus hit the U.S. hard.

Two “black swans” swimming in the same pond. That’s what happened when the enormous oil oversupply and the impact from the coronavirus hit the U.S. hard.

Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc. filed for bankruptcy today in the Southern District of Texas and will implement a pre-pa...
05/19/2020
Hornbeck Offshore files for Chapter 11 | WorkBoat

Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc. filed for bankruptcy today in the Southern District of Texas and will implement a pre-packaged Chapter 11 restructuring support agreement with lenders.

Hornbeck Offshore Services announced today that the offshore service vessel operator has entered into a restructuring support agreement with lenders.

As the economic effects from the Covid-19 pandemic continue to grow, an initial wave of coronavirus-related litigation i...
05/18/2020
Covid-19 spawns litigation | WorkBoat

As the economic effects from the Covid-19 pandemic continue to grow, an initial wave of coronavirus-related litigation is already underway.

As the economic effects from the Covid-19 pandemic continue to grow, an initial wave of coronavirus-related litigation is already underway.

As more inspections under the new Subchapter M towing vessel inspection program are performed remotely during the Covid-...
05/18/2020
Remote vessel inspections gain momentum | WorkBoat

As more inspections under the new Subchapter M towing vessel inspection program are performed remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic, those involved say that virtual evaluations are working well so far.

More inspections under the new Subchapter M towing vessel inspection program are being performed remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is seeking public comments on a proposal to expand regulations...
05/15/2020
Coast Guard seeks comments on tank vessel financial responsibility | WorkBoat

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is seeking public comments on a proposal to expand regulations on vessel financial responsibility for all tank vessels greater than 100 gross tons.

The Coast Guard is seeking comments on a proposal to expand regulations on vessel financial responsibility for tank vessels over 100 gross tons.

Join the Wärtsilä Offshore Wind Vessel Webinar on May 19th at 3:00 PM CET. As the search for renewable energy increases ...
05/14/2020

Join the Wärtsilä Offshore Wind Vessel Webinar on May 19th at 3:00 PM CET. As the search for renewable energy increases the demand for wind farms, how is this change impacting the vessels needed to support them? Topics will include: Wind farm market overview and opportunity, vessel design and future proofing, how to reduce emissions and fuel consumption in offshore vessels.
Register here - https://pages.wartsila.digital/l/251562/2020-04-03/zp4tnj

The offshore community, particularly offshore service vessel operators and drillers in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, ent...
05/14/2020
Offshore oil and gas recovery fighting stiff headwinds | WorkBoat

The offshore community, particularly offshore service vessel operators and drillers in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, entered 2020 fairly confident that a drilling recovery was in the making, only to be sucker punched early on by a demand-sapping coronavirus pandemic and a global oil price feud.

The offshore community, particularly in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, entered into 2020 confident that a drilling recovery was in the making.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife recently took delivery of two new Ribcraft 5.85s. Delivered to the southe...
05/14/2020
Ribcraft awarded multiple contracts for California | WorkBoat

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife recently took delivery of two new Ribcraft 5.85s. Delivered to the southern district which covers all of Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles and San Diego counties.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife recently took delivery of two new Ribcraft 5.85s to be operated by wardens for patrol and enforcement operations.

A looming question is when will we be able to open our business and will passengers return?
05/13/2020
Covid-19: Planning to reopen, but when? | WorkBoat

A looming question is when will we be able to open our business and will passengers return?

My company is still completely shut down because of Covid-19. Like many of you, we are making plans to reopen but do not know when this will happen.

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