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100 Years

Larson Debuts Escape Line of Pontoon Boats

Larson Boat Group (LBG) launched a new line of pontoon boats, Escape by Larson. "As an industry leader and market innovator for more than 100-years, we knew that for our next 100-years it was time to change what a pontoon boat has originally been thought of – two round cylinders on a flat deck and some seating with an outboard engine," said Rob Parmentier President and CEO of Larson Boat Group. The difference starts at the "toons." Traditional pontoons have round toons, that plow through the water. The Larson Escape "toons" plane through the water. This is accomplished by the exclusive TTT (tapered tube technology) pontoons. Constructed of heavy duty, aluminum the individual pontoons are welded together to create a running surface similar to that of a small runabout – reverse chines for lift, deadrise for stability, outside hull chamfer for smooth cornering. "It is this running surface that allows for incredible performance, cornering and a sheer thrill out on the water," commented Ron Sahr, Director of Engineering at Larson Boat Group. The pontoon is designed with a 30" wide top cap span to create a solid deck mounting surface resulting in eliminating the need for secondary bracing. Sahr added, "With the increased performance and running characteristics to a traditional v-bottom boat, we too had to improve the racking or flexing from the deck to the pontoons


Panama Canal Opens 2nd Maintenance Congress

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) opens today the Second International Maintenance Congress with the participation of 26 international and six local experts to promote reliability and sustainability in business practices, based on a maintenance culture. “Maintenance has been fundamental for the Canal to operate as it does today, after more than 100 years in operation,” Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano said during the opening remarks


Japan Test Production of Frozen Subsea Gas

Japan to begin the world’s first offshore drilling operation to extract frozen natural gas locked under the seabed. Japan Oil, Gas & Metals National Corp., known as JOGMEC, and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology will begin test production for methane hydrate in the Nankai Trough about 50 kilometers (31 miles) off the coast of the country’s main island of Honshu, reports Bloomberg.


IMTRA Restructures Management Team

Eric Braitmayer

IMTRA, a manufacturer and importer of marine products, announced its next President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Eric Braitmayer. On January 1, 2014, Mr. Braitmayer, who previously served as Chief Operating Officer (COO), succeeded IMTRA’s longtime President and CEO, Nat Bishop. Mr. Bishop followed former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Ned Rogerson and Controller Nancy Lyons into retirement in 2013, having together provided nearly 100 years of service to the company.


Panama Canal to Celebrate 100 Years

Photo: Panama Canal

To commemorate its centennial, the Panama Canal will host a series of events August 14-15 in Panama City to highlight the impact of the waterway during the past century. On August 14 at 8 a.m., an expansion/Panama Canal tour will be held for guests to view the expansion construction site and the current locks. An event at Miraflores Locks will be held August 15 at 7 a.m. to commemorate the opening of the Panama Canal, followed that night at 5:30 p.m


Houston Ship Channel Celebrates 100 years

Great Day for Centennial Rededication of Houston Ship Channel

  Blue skies and a cool breeze set the stage for a once-in-a-century event today: the 100th anniversary rededication of the opening of Houston's deep-water port. International Longshoremen's Association, Houston Pilots, U.S. Coast Guard, current and former Port Commissioners, industry stakeholders and others, attended the Houston Ship Channel Rededication at Brady's Landing overlooking the Houston Ship Channel.


Signet Acquires Colle Towing

Photo courtesy Graphique, Inc.

Signet Maritime Corporation, a marine transportation and logistics company, continues to grow with their recent purchase of Colle Towing Company’s assets and business operations. Since 1878, Colle Towing Company Inc., Pasacagoula MS has been providing offshore, harbor and intracoastal marine towing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Assets and personnel in Pascagoula will begin operations immediately under the new name, Colle Maritime Company, a Division of Signet Maritime Corporation


Princess Cruise Lines Appoint Senior Officers for New Ship

Experienced team tapped to launch Princess Cruises' newest ship – 'Royal Princess' – in June 2013 When the new Royal Princess launches in June 2013, Captain Tony Draper will be in command of Princess Cruises ’ newest vessel, leading a senior officer team with more than 100 years of seagoing experience among them. The senior four-stripe team will also include Relief Captain Dino Sagani, Chief Engineer Fabio Braccelli, Hotel General Manager Dirk Brand


Maritime Charity Amassing Stories for History Book

A national maritime charity is set to publish a commemorative book in celebration of its 150th anniversary and is calling for people to come forward with their stories and memories. The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, based in Banstead in Surrey, is currently in the planning stages of producing a special book, which will be published in time to celebrate the landmark birthday in May 2015. Members of the public with family and friends who have received help from or are connected in


US Coast Guard Travelling Inspectors' Centenary

CG Travelling Inspector: Photo USCG/Marc Cruder

July 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the traveling inspection staff, originally created under the Steamboat Inspection Service. These travelers are highly experienced marine inspectors and investigators that help to measure the effectiveness of existing programs and policies. “It is only natural that the agency responsible for rescue activities should be concerned with the prevention of marine casualties,” said Vice Adm. Russell Waeshe.


Working Harbor Committee to Screen "Liemba!"

 The MV Liemba (Photo courtesy of the Working Harbor Committee)

  The Working Harbor Committee is presenting a screening of the documentary film "Liemba!" on Tuesday, March 31 at the Community Church of NY. The screening will feature special guest speaker James Wong, Director of Ferries, NYC Economic Development Corp.  


100 Yrs and Ticking - USCG Salutes

Thumm’s military service began in 1942 with the U.S. Navy

They were dubbed the greatest generation, and after spending an hour or so with Linwood Thumm, known more affectionately as "Tick," it's easy to understand why. Two weeks shy of his 100th birthday, his recollection of his service in the Coast Guard during WWII are as vivid as if he


Expanded Panama Canal to be Operational by April 2015

Panama Canal Expansion (Photo credit: Canal de Panamá)

 The widened Panama Canal is expected to finally be up and running in April 2016, after months of delays and cost overruns, AFP reports. The expansion project area will allow bigger ships to transit, with two new sets of locks, one on the Pacific side and one on the Atlantic side.  


Panama Canal Sets Sight on Another Expansion

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

As it enters the final stretch of a massive expansion, the Panama Canal Authority is setting its sights on an even more ambitious project worth up to $17 billion that would allow it to handle the world's biggest ships.   Workers are now installing giant


The Importance of Lloyd’s Open Form Salvage Contract

The importance of shipping to world trade hardly needs stating, carrying as it does more than 9 billion tons of cargo each year in some 4,500,000 vessel movements. And while there have been major improvements in ship and operational safety over the past decades


Atlantic Rolling Gate Installed at Panama Canal

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

The Panama Canal Expansion Program’s electro-mechanical installation phase has begun with the installation of the first steel rolling gate at the Atlantic side.   "This year, the Expansion Program completed several milestones towards the completion of the project


Doubts Linger Over Chinese-backed Nicaragua Canal

When one of the poorest countries in the Americas and a little-known Chinese businessman said they planned to undertake one of the biggest engineering projects in history, few people took them seriously. A year and a half after the $50 billion project to build a canal across Nicaragua was


Panama Canal: 15 Years Under Panamanian Administration

Photo: ACP

The Panama Canal celebrated its 15 year anniversary under the leadership of the Panamanian Administration. The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is the autonomous agency of the Government of Panama in charge of managing, operating and maintaining the Panama Canal.  


Hempel: Born in Maritime

“I believe that the launch of our new coating system HEMPAGUARD plays an important role in enabling shipowners to operate their vessels in a more environmentally friendly way.”  Christian Ottosen,  Group Marine Marketing Director

As Hempel approaches its 100th anniversary in 2015, Christian Ottosen, Group Marine Marketing Director, offers insights on the company’s initiatives and drivers. Here’s a hint: protecting ships at sea and protecting the environment.  


R.W. Fernstrum: Keeping it Cool

“Overall, 2014 has been a positive year for Fernstrum,” said Sean Fernstrum. “There is still growth in the U.S. offshore market; a positive for many in the industry. We have seen growth in other segments as well, tank barges and alternative energy.”  Sean Fernstrum President & Owner

Founded by Robert W. Fernstrum 65 years ago, R.W. Fernstrum & Company is now run by the third generation of Fernstrums who continue to build and extend its commercial marine heat exchanger business. Sean Fernstrum, President & Owner discusses the future.


Cost Overrun Hits Panama Canal Expansion

Image: Panama Canal Authority

Widening the Panama Canal will cost more than budgeted due to billions of dollars in overruns by the consortium carrying out the work says a report from AFP.  The canal's administrator Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), which is overseeing upgrades to the canal's locks


Australia Bans Waste Dumping on Barrier Reef

Image by Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

 Australia has ordered a ban on dumping dredge waste on most of the Great Barrier Reef, the environment minister Greg Hunt stated, as part of a push to cease the UN declaring the website in danger.  The atmosphere minister has given orders for new regulations to be put in place for the


ZF Celebrating 100th Anniversary

ZFs corporate headquarter in Friedrichshafen, Germany (Photo: ZF)

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the foundation of ZF Friedrichshafen AG   Zahnradfabrik GmbH was founded in 1915, and through a 100-year history has developed into a leading technology company in driveline and chassis technology with a global network of 71


Nicaragua Atlantic-to-Pacific Canal: Big Chinese Money?

Picture Courtesy: Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co. Ltd

In Nicaragua, a Chinese company is busy building what will become one of the world’s largest transoceanic canals. One of the largest engineering projects in history - They call it the Grand Inter-Oceanic Canal.  Engineers say it will surpass the nearby Panama Canal in size and capacity


Hempel Opens its First Factory in Africa

From left to right: Kim Junge Andersen (Group Executive Vice President and CFO) and Johann Geldenhuis (TCMCs General Manager) shaking hands after the deal was signed. (Photo: Hempel)

Hempel has opened its first factory in Africa, its 26th worldwide, to manufacture coatings for the marine as well as decorative and protective industries to serve customers in Sub-Saharan Africa.    Further boosting its growth plans, Hempel acquired its South African toll manufacturer






 
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