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New Lake Erie Coast Guard Boat on Show

RB-M: Photo courtesy of USCG

The crew of Coast Guard Station Lorain show their new Response Boat-Medium to press and public at their Lake Erie station. Crew members say they have have been running tests on Lake Erie and have found that the RB-M responds faster than previous boats of similar size, with a top speed in excess of 40 knots. It also is equipped with advanced search capability, including forward-looking infrared search technology. It can handle waves up to 12 feet and can carry as many as 25 people. Additionally, with twin jet propulsion, the RB-M is able to respond in shallower water, and is self-righting should it capsize. Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Kondrat, executive petty officer of the station, said the boat is a great addition to the station's existing 25-foot Response Boat-Small. “It really increases our capabilities, with increased technology, and we are able to respond quicker to a better-defined location," Kondrat said. The RB-M was built by Marinette Marine, of Marinette, Wis.  


Sight-Seeing Boat Capsizes While Helping Others

A watchstander at Coast Guard Station Port Aransas received a call at approximately 11:10 a.m. from a Good Samaritan reporting a capsized boat with three people in the water. The same Good Samaritan was able to pick up and bring all three people in his boat. In the process, a dolphin sight-seeing boat trying to assist, motor vessel Flipper, capsized and put all 18 people onboard in the water. The Coast Guard launched a rescue boat crew from Station Port Aransas.


Coast Guard Tows Disabled Boat off Cape May

A crew member throws a heaving line to another Coast Guard member who is aboard a disabled boat Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. The Coast Guard towed the 44-foot catamaran after the boat lost steering approximately six miles offshore from Cape May Inlet. (USCG photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class James Pappas)

The U.S. Coast Guard towed a disabled catamaran with one person aboard Tuesday after the boat lost steering approximately six miles offshore from Cape May Inlet. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Cape May received a mayday call from the captain of the 44-foot Empire State reporting the boat lost steering, and the man needed assistance. A 45-foot Response Boat ─ Medium crew from the station responded, and once on scene, took Empire State into a 300-foot stern tow


Guilbeau Marine Boats Complete Sea Trials

Seatrials have successfully been completed by Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., Lockport, La., on the first of four 145.5-ft. utility vessels under contract for Guilbeau Marine, Inc., Cut Off, La. Delivery of the Ms. Caroline was August 24, 2001, and the second boat, Mr. Chad is scheduled for delivery in late September 2001. The boats are named in honor of Caroline Guilbeau, granddaughter of owner Anthony "Noonie" Guilbeau, Jr. and Chad Guilbeau, office manager of the company.


Quad-jet Powered Cat Launched

All American Marine, Inc., announced the launch of the Condor Express, Southern California's first quad-jet powered catamaran charter boat. The catamaran's new owner, Capt. Fred Benko, set out recently from Bellingham's Cruise Terminal for Santa Barbara, where the boat will be used for whale watching tours and other functions between Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands. The Condor Express is All American Marine's 10th Teknicraft high-speed aluminum power catamaran.


ASA Electronics Partners with Independent Boat Builders

ASA Electronics, an international manufacturer of audio and video electronics and appliances has partnered with the Independent Boat Builders, Inc. to be the video supplier of choice. Independent Boat Builders, Inc. (IBBI) is a marine buying group that currently has 20 members located in the United States and Canada. Cumulatively, IBBI manufacturers said it sells more boats in the U.S. than any other entity. For over 30 years, ASA has been specifically designing


Austal Wins Six Boat Contract

Austal won a contract for the design, construction and supply of six 16-m aluminium monohull boats for the Water Police in the Australian state of New South Wales. This order will add to the previous Austal delivery of two 22 m and seven 16 m patrol boats delivered in 2000. As with the previous vessels this order will be built over a period of approximately 10 months. The boats have been ordered as part of a four-year upgrade of the Water Police fleet


Rex Alloy Offers New RIB

Designed by policemen for policemen, the Interceptor line of 43 ft. high speed RIBs are capable of speeds up to 70 mph, and are engineered to be the strongest, safest, most seaworthy police boats ever built, says the manufacturer, Rex Alloy Rigid Inflatables. According to the company, the integration of state-of-the-art marine materials produces a boat that is virtually unsinkable, exceptionally buoyant and incredibly stable in all sea conditions


Seychelles Workboat Delivered by Alnmaritec

Blyth based boat builder Alnmaritec is celebrating after the latest of its newly built aluminium workboats was delivered to the Seychelles, before being promptly blessed in a ceremony organized by owner Eden Island Marina. The third in class of the successful Wave Hauler series, the 6m boat will be employed at the Eden Island Super-yacht marina in the Western Indian Ocean where she will be expected to fulfil a number of duties, as General Manager at Eden Island Christophe Houareau explains


Bullfrog Boats Reports Record Year

According to Bullfrog Boats, 2002 proved to be a record-breaking year at the Bellingham, Wash.,-based builder of rigid hull, inflatable-style (RIB) boats. Business surpassed expectations, with sales in 2002 doubling 2001 sales. Bullfrog started what has proven to be a banner year by tripling 2001’s first quarter sales, and while founder Craig Henderson felt confident overall sales for 2002 would surpass those of 2001, it was a pleasant surprise for sales to have doubled this year


Towing Vessel Sinks off Oahu

Coast Guard crew members stand with 11 survivors of the Tug Nalani at Coast Guard Station Honolulu. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Kevin Cooper)

A 95-foot towing vessel, Nalani, sank approximately two and half miles west of Barbers Point Harbor, Oahu, Thursday, the U.S. (USCG) Coast Guard reported. The 11 people on board Nalani were rescued safely.   The pilot aboard the sinking towing vessel placed a call at 3:13 p.m


US Boating On High Speed Recovery

 Picture: National Marine Manufacturers Association

 Nearly 89 million Americans went boating last year, one of the largest boating participation figures on record. And the boat sales last year increased to $37 billion, a 3 percent increase from the year before. These figures are released by the National Marine Manufacturers Association


Vane Brothers Orders Two Tugs from Chesapeake

Sister ship to Hull 123 and 124 (Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Shipbuilding)

Chesapeake Shipbuilding has signed a contract with Vane Brothers to build two new tugs, marking the 13th and 14th tugs that Chesapeake will have built for Vane Brothers in the last several years. The two new tugs will fit into Chesapeake’s existing order book


Malta Rescues 80 Migrants, 20 Feared Dead

A Maltese patrol boat rescued about 80 migrants in a drifting dinghy off the island early on Thursday, but another 20 people were feared to have perished. Along with southern Italy, Malta is one of the main points of arrival for migrants attempting the crossing from North Africa into Europe.


India, Sri Lanka Exchange Fishermen at Maritime Border

Picture: Indian Coast Guard

 Sri Lanka and India exchanged the fishermen who were detained in each other's jails for trespassing into their territorial waters.  A total of 15 Indian fishermen, who were in the custody of Sri Lankan authorities, reached Karaikal


Satellites to Track Illegal 'Pirate Fishing'

File photo

About 20 percent of the world's fishing catch is taken illegally by poachers, experts estimate, but a new satellite tracking system launched on Wednesday aims to crack down on the industrial-scale theft known as "pirate fishing."  


New Satellite System to Track Illegal "Pirate Fishing"

About 20 percent of the world's fishing catch is taken illegally by poachers, experts estimate, but a new satellite tracking system launched on Wednesday aims to crack down on the industrial-scale theft known as "pirate fishing."


Seakeeper Poised for Growth in 2015

Image: Seakeeper

Seakeeper reported record growth in 2014, noting that it is poised to continue the momentum through 2015 Shipments of gyros increased 46% over 2013 as more boat manufacturers added Seakeeper as standard and optional equipment on new builds. A sizable portion of its sales also came from refits


Nichols Brothers to Build Vessel for American Samoa

Image: Nichols Brothers Boat Builders

Ice Floe, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) has been contracted by the Government of American Samoa to build a multipurpose vessel to operate in the warm waters of the South Pacific primarily between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands


21 dead, 1 missing after tug sinks in Yangtze

Tug boat tragedy

  Chinese authorities have confirmed that 21 people were killed and one is still missing after a tug boat undergoing sea trials sank in the Yangtze River, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. The boat had 25 people on board when it sank on Thursday and three were rescued


22 Dead as Tug Capsizes in Eastern China

A total of 22 people were confirmed dead after a tugboat with 25 onboard sank on the Yangtze River in east China's Jiangsu Province on Thursday afternoon. Rescuers found the body of the last missing person in the tug's cockpit at around 2pm Chinese Time according to the Jiangsu Maritime Safety


British Security Initiative Targets Marine Theft

(L) Howard Pridding, Chief Executive, British Marine Federation and (R) Kevin Howells, Managing Director of Datatag (Photo courtesy: British Marine Federation)

The British Marine Federation has partnered with security experts Datatag to help owners avoid theft of marine outboards. At the CWM FX London Boat Show today, the two organizations announced a new security initiative called COMPASS; the Combined Official Marine Property and Security System as


US Navy Ships Exit AirAsia Search

Littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth, guided missile destroyer USS Sampson and MH-60R Seahawk from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 operate together in the Java Sea while supporting the Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501. (U.S. Navy photo Brett Cote)

USS Sampson (DDG 102) and USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) concluded their assistance efforts January 15 after contributing more than 650 search hours to the Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501, The U.S. Navy reported.   Working in coordination with the Government of Indonesia


Two Damen Patrol Vessels Built in Cape Town

Photo: Damen

Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) has completed the build of two FCS 5009 Patrol vessels, the first of their type to be built in South Africa. Another of the same class is already in operation with the Cape Verdean Coast Guard.   


‘Securing’ the Inland Markets with Innovative Standardization

(All images courtesy of Patterson Manufacturing)

Patterson Manufacturing follows its substantial success in the barge winch markets with an equally impressive boat-to-barge coupling system.  In 2008, Pittsburgh-based Patterson Manufacturing Company developed the YoYo Barge Winch, a revolutionary design that reflected a total re-thinking






 
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