Legislation would provide financial aid for maritime in national emergencies; Crew change summit produces commitment to recognize seafarers as key workers

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Legislation would provide financial aid for maritime in national emergencies

Bill introduced in House would enable MARAD to provide financial assistance to stabilize and ensure reliable functioning of the U.S. Maritime Transportation System in the event of a national emergency or disaster, including, the current COVID-19 emergency. Full Article

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Crew change summit produces commitment to recognize seafarers as key workers

U.K. government says that seafarers will get enhanced rights as key workers following a joint commitment signed by U.K., U.S. and more than ten other countries following International Maritime Summit that addressed the impact of COVID-19 on crew changes. Full Article

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Wabtec wins order for NSMV main engines

MARAD contract worth more than $10 million covers supply of 16V250MDC main diesel sets for the first two National Security Multi-Mission Vessels on order at Philly Shipyard. The engines comply with EPA Tier 4 and IMO Tier III without urea dosing. Full Article

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The Fjords takes delivery of another all-electric cat

Carbon-fiber hulled all-electric catamaran Legacy of The Fjords will join two sister ships (one all-electric, one plug-in hybrid) from builder Brødrene Aa in service on the west coast of Norway. Full Article

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Two submarines share dry dock for simultaneous inactivations

Two elderly Los Angeles-class submarines headed for decommissioning—USS Olympia (SSN 717), commissioned in 1984, and USS Louisville (SSN 724), commissioned in 1986—both entered Dry Dock 5 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility yesterday. Full Article

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Wärtsilä makes Expert Insight available for two-strokes and scrubbers

Digital predictive maintenance product originally launched for four-stroke engines, has now been extended to support two-stroke engines while a minimum viable product has been made available for scrubbers to provide continuous fleet-wide insight into vessel compliance and scrubber utilization. Full Article

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