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Feature: Aluminum Boats Prove Their Mettle

By John Simpson, Editor, Aluminum Now and Michael Skillingberg, VP, Technology, The Aluminum Association, Inc. Aluminum has been used in the marine industry for more than 100 years because of its light weight and ease of fabrication combined with good corrosion and fatigue resistance. However, for much of the past 30 years, fiberglass has been the material of choice of North American boatbuilders, particularly for higher-volume production lines. Competitively priced compared with boats made from most other materials, fiberglass boats can also be made from standardized molds that reduce their construction time and labor. Aluminum alloys, which are specified for marine use, offer many benefits, though, too. Their high level of performance along with recent advances in aluminum cutting and welding is helping to reduce fiberglass' boats cost advantage, and the metal's utility for a wide range of boatbuilding applications is poised for reappraisal. Changing Image of Aluminum Boats "Aluminum boat technology is relatively new," says Steve Daigle, president of Daigle Welding & Marine Ltd., in Campbell River, British Columbia, noting that welded aluminum boats first came on the market en masse as recently as the late 1960s. Prior to that, riveting was the standard technique for joining aluminum sheets on boat hulls-a technique still used for many smaller boats that use thinner-gauge aluminum.


News: Conrad Expands into Aluminum

Conrad Industries, Inc. is expanding its products and services to include aluminum marine fabrication, repair and conversion for both commercial and government customers. The expansion is part of a $5.5 million investment in one of the company's existing facilities in Amelia, La. Kenneth G. "Jerry" Myers, Jr., Conrad's President and CEO said, "We are extremely excited to announce our entrance into the aluminum marine fabrication, repair and conversion business via our subsidiary


News: Austal Apprenticeship Program Completes First Year

In June 2002, the fast expanding Austal USA yard, in Mobile, AL, introduced an apprenticeship program to its recruitment efforts. Since then, this program has introduced three classes to its shipbuilding curriculum, which is recognized by the U.S. Labor Board, and has successfully entered into its second year of operation. Shortly after Austal USA opened its new aluminum shipbuilding facility in February 2001, they joined forces with the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and Bishop State


Dept. of Interior, Moose Boats Contract

Photo courtesy Moose Boats

Moose Boats, an aluminum boat manufacturer, has been awarded a contract from US Department of the Interior – US Park Police, for a M1-44 Patrol Boat. This is a 44-ft all aluminum catamaran powered by twin 600hp Cummins diesel engines coupled with twin Hamilton 322 water-jets. This vessel is designed to attain a top speed of 40 knots, cruise at approximately 30 knots and will be used for security patrol of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island


Martyr Anodes on Europort Green Route

Photo: Canada Metal (Pacific) Ltd.

Canada Metal (Pacific) Ltd. delivers sustainable and efficient products for demanding commercial marine applications. Its wide range of Martyr magnesium and aluminum anodes contain no traces of toxic cadmium, a distinction that earned CMP a place on the upcoming Europort show's Green Route. This honor is given to products and services that demonstrably reduce the environmental impact of marine vessels. As the only company on the market to offer cadmium-free cathodic protection for salt


Navy Issue Hi-speed Range Boat Contracts

A Range Boat: Photo CCL

US Department of Defense has issued the following Navy contracts for construction of high speed maneuverable surface targets (HSMSTs). The contracts are awarded to Silver Ships Inc., Theodore, Ala. and Gravois Aluminum Boats LLC, doing business as Metal Shark Aluminum Boats LLC, Jeanerette, La., who are each being awarded separate firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contracts for the construction of high speed maneuverable surface targets (HSMSTs). 


ACB Wins Boat Contract

According to a report in the Bellingham Herald, Aluminum Chambered Boats Inc. (ACB) will build 62 boats for the U.S. Marine Corps, a contract worth a reported $20 million. The 62 boats are in addition to the four craft the company has already sold to the Marines. Once those boats successfully completed testing and trials, the Marines closed the deal on the bigger contract. The 24-ft. boats are built with a series of sealed aluminum chambers


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


Chinese Shipyard Fast Ferry Launch

Photo credit Afai Southern

Afai Southern’s aluminum fast ferry “HAIYAO” for Haitong Shipping Co. launched successfully “HAIYAO” is the second one of the 35m series vessels co-designed and built by Afai Southern. The first vessel “HAIJU” started its operation before the “ May Day” of this year, verified that the technical performance of this type of vessel is advanced, and the economical effect is good. The shipowner is said to be very satisfied.


Motion Compensated Helideck to Launch at OTC

Image courtesy Barge Master

Aluminum Motion Compensated Helideck boosts offshore safety, reduces operational costs by increasing landing windows Barge Master, a producer of motion compensated equipment for the offshore industry, has partnered with Bayards Aluminium constructions, a specialist in lightweight and maintenance free structures for the offshore industry, to design the first aluminum Motion Compensated Helideck (MCH). Vessel motions can often have an adverse effect on the safety and costs of offshore


Cat to Power Ferries for 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro

Photo: Caterpillar Marine

First Cat 3500 Dual Fuel Generator Sets to Power Fast Ferries at 2016 Rio Olympics Caterpillar Marine and Cat Dealer Pon Power announced the first Cat 3512C marine generator sets with Dynamic Gas Blending (DGB) have been selected to power Assessoria Transporte Aquaviaro fast ferries for the


USCG Repatriates Cuban Boat Migrants

The Cutter Dauntless smallboat crew inspects a rustic vessel used by 20 Cuban migrants south of Dry Tortugas, Florida, Sep. 6, 2014. The migrants were later repatriated by the crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter Knight Island repatriated 45 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Wednesday. These repatriations are a result of two separate interdictions of people attempting to illegally migrate to the United States through the Florida Straits.


KO-LINK Towing Ring Now Available from Lankhorst Ropes

The lightweight KO-LINK towing ring increases towing line service life

The KO-LINK towing ring, developed by international maritime service provider KOTUG International BV, is now available exclusively from maritime ropes supplier Lankhorst Ropes under a worldwide marketing agreement. The KO-LINK ring significantly increases synthetic towing line service life by


Austal Delivers Fourth JHSV to the US Navy

Photo courtesy of Austal USA

The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) from Austal USA yesterday, a week shy of six months from the date they took delivery of JHSV 3. This is the fourth Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) delivered to date for the JHSV Program which totals 10 ships at over $1.6 billion.


MN 100: Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc.

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469 NW Bowdoin Place Seattle, WA 98107 Telephone: 206 545 8485 E-mail: sales@kvichak.com Website: www.kvichak.com CEO/President: Keith Whittemore Number of Employees: 155 The Company: Kvichak Marine Industries Inc. responds quickly to new customer requirements


MN 100: Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc.

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13980 Shell Belt Road Bayou La Batre, AL 36509 E-mail: trshort@horizonshipbuilding.com Website: www.horizonshipbuilding.com President and General Manager: Travis R. Short Number of Employees: 400 The Company: Founded in 1997 by a father-and-son duo, Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc


Scrap Metal Exporter Pens Terminal Agreement

Port Canaveral Scrap Terminal LLC (PCST), a bulk ferrous scrap exporter, has signed a lease with the Canaveral Port Authority to operate a terminal in the north cargo area at Port Canaveral. The one-year agreement calls for PCST to lease four acres with a 100,000-ton minimal annual guarantee


MN 100: Marine Group Boat Works, LLC

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997 G Street Chula Vista, CA 91910 Telephone: 619 621 2220 E-mail: leah@marinegroupbw.com Website: www.marinegroupbw.com CEO/President: Todd Roberts Number of Employees: 150 The Company: Marine Group Boat Works is a full-service, boat repair and new construction company with two


St. Lawrence Seaway Cargos up 3% over 2013

CSL Assiniboine loading iron ore at the CN/Duluth dock. Photo by Diane Hilden/courtesy Duluth Seaway Port Authority

Total cargo shipments on the St. Lawrence Seaway have surpassed 2013 levels despite one of the most difficult starts to the shipping season in years due to ice coverage. According to Seaway figures, total cargo tonnage from March 25 to August 31 reached 20 million metric tons


MN 100: MetalCraft Marine Inc

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583 East Broadway Cape Vincent, NY 13618 Telephone: 613-542-1810 E-mail: info@metalcraftmarine.com Website: www.metalcraftmarine.com CEO/President: Tom Wroe Number of Employees: 150 The Company: MetalCraft Marine Incorporated is a fully integrated designer and manufacturer of custom high


MN 100: Metal Shark Aluminum Boats

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6814 East Admiral Doyle Drive Jeanerette, LA 70544 Telephone: 337-664-0777 E-mail: jstickles@metalsharkboats.com Website:  ww.metalsharkboats.com Owner: Jimmy Gravois President: Christopher Allard Number of Employees: 160 The Company:


Moose Boats Deliver Patrol Boat to NYPD

M2-35 patrol boat: Photo courtesy of Moose Boats

Boat designer and manufacturer in the San Francisco Bay Area, Moose Boats, said it has delivered a M2-35 Catamaran Patrol Boat to New York City Police Department’s Harbor Unit. The 35 foot all-aluminum catamaran vessel is a sister ship to NYPD’s three existing Moose Boats M2- 35


Lowrance Signs Partnership with Fishing Holdings

Fishing for Schoolers on Flats

  Lowrance, a world-leading brand in fishing electronics since 1957 — announced today its renewed exclusive standard fit partnership with Fishing Holdings, LLC. The relationship agreement, signed for an additional three years, spans across all Fishing Holdings’ brands including


USCG Rescues 2 Boaters Near Willapa Bay, Wash.

  A Coast Guard Air Station Astoria MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued two stranded boaters near Willapa Bay, Wash., Saturday.   The 67-year-old man and 57-year-old woman were safely transported to an airfield in Raymond, Wash


MN 100: Moose Boats, Inc.

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274 Sears Point Road Petaluma, CA 94954 Telephone: 707 778 9828 E-mail: markstott@mooseboats.com Website: www.mooseboats.com CEO/President: Roger Fleck Number of Employees: 20 The Company: Moose Boats is recognized for being a leader in supplying high quality customized mission-specific






 
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