A musical salute to "Merchant Marine Heroes From the Past," and brief, dignified tributes to the merchant marine industry of the present were the highlights of the Port of New York-New Jersey National Maritime Day ceremonies held Monday, May 22,
Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., has progressed steadily with its 82-ft. (24.9-m) High Speed Catamaran, which was designed specifically for the U.S. market. Being built alongside the two 150-ft. (45.7- m) Crew/Supply Monohulls for Otto Can dies LLC, the 82-ft.
Alabama Shipyard, Inc. delivered Nicole Leigh Reinauer and RTC 135, an articulated tug/barge (ATB) unit, built for Reinauer Transportation Companies of New York. Alabama Shipyard designed the 135,000 barrel, 460-ft. (140.2 m) double- hulled barge in compliance with OPA 90 regulations.
Nominations are being accepted for the third annual Rear Admiral Halert C. Shepheard Award for Achievement in Merchant Marine Safety. The award is given either for a single outstanding contribution to merchant marine safety, or for dedication to,
Bollinger Shipyards delivered a 254 ft. (77.4 m), 4,000-hp multi-service (MSV) for Oceaneering International, Houston, Texas. The vessel, which had its hull launching on Jan 1, was christened on May 19 by Cynthia Huber, wife of Dave Huber, director of deepwater projects, Mariner Energy.