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ACB Awarded $9.8m Coast Guard Contract

Aluminum Chambered Boats (ACB) has been awarded a $9.88m contract to provide the United States Coast Guard (USCG) with 47 rigid hull inflatable boats for their Cutter Boat-Large (CB-L) fleet. This is a five year contract with the first boat deliverable in 90 days. The ACB CB-L will replace the USCG’s aging fleet. The 24-foot CB-L is a center console vessel capable of conducting multiple missions in all weather conditions such as search and rescue (SAR), maritime law enforcement (MLE), ports and waterways and coastal security. The CB-L is designed to carry a three man crew and up to nine passengers, is equipped with shock mitigated seating for the crew and gun mounts to accommodate M240G/M16 forward and aft for MLE missions. Powered with a Cummins QSD 2.8 230 HP Bravo 1 with Mercury outdrive, the vessel’s top speed is 39.5 knots. ACB has built a team of numerous seasoned military and marine industry professionals with collective skill sets that provide the basis of the ACB construction and logistics team.


Northrop Grumman and ACB Partner for New Concept

Grumman Corporation in partnership with Aluminum Chambered Boats, Inc. (ACB), "splashed" into Bellingham Bay in Washington recently, initiating its in-water evaluation. The Riverine experimental boat -- named Joint Multimission Expeditionary Craft -- integrates Northrop Grumman's leading-edge navigation, surveillance, network and command and control systems into an innovative, tactical-class hull form designed and built by ACB. ACB's design is 41 ft. long with a 9-foot-11-inch beam and a


RIB Report

AB Inflatables www.abinflatables.com The 10.5 ft. Oceanus 3.20VSC from AB Inflatables is a sporty RIB with a deep V hull construction large, 17-in.-diameter tubes, and a rounded, European-style console and seat. In fact, the company has redesigned each boat in the Oceanus line to be even more attractive and distinctive. The tubes are now a softer gray color and have a sportier, more recognizable stripe to help identify the brand


Opportunities Plentiful

In considering activities in the U.S. maritime industry for the short and long term, it is unwise to start the conversation without a mention of the patrol and defense needs of the country in the mounting effort to secure nearly 95,000 miles of coastline. As plans emerge during the coming weeks, months and years, the only certainty is increased funding for a variety of ships, boats and marine-borne electronic surveillance systems geared toward meeting and defeating enemy attacks


US Boat Industry Business Improves, Statistics Show

National Marine Manufacturers Association annual statistical report shows improving U.S. recreational boating industry The NMMA’s annual Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract is the U.S. recreational boating industry’s most comprehensive compilation of statistics and research. The new data signals the beginning of a recovery for the U.S. recreational boating industry. The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) say that in 2011 U.S


Metal Shark to Construct 350, Yes 350, Hi-speed Navy Boats

Photo courtesy of Metal Shark Aluminum Boats

Louisiana-based aluminum boat manufacturer Metal Shark Aluminum Boats LLC has been awarded a contract to produce up to 350 specialized vessels for the United States Navy. The fixed-price contract is for the construction of the Navy’s High Speed Maneuverable Surface Target (HSMST) vessels. Based on Metal Shark’s high performance 26-foot Relentless center console model, the twin engine, welded aluminum HSMSTs will be utilized by the Navy primarily for advanced weapons system testing


CDM Offers

CDM is a Western Australian company, and is among the forerunners in aluminum vessel construction systems and fabrication. More than 300 CDM vessels are in operation worldwide. The company's latest product is the VCS Vessel Construction Software, also known as "boat in a box." The VCS package contains all of the construction data, aluminum plate cutting codes and information necessary to fabricate a selected vessel from more than 100 proven vessel designs.


Rex Alloy Introduces Patrol/Workboat For High Seas

Designed by policemen for policemen and capable of speeds up to 70 mph, Rex Alloy's new 43 ft. (13.1 m), high speed Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs) are reportedly engineered as the strongest, safest and most seaworthy. Boasting exceptional maneuverability - the vessel can turn in 1.5 boat lengths at 60 mph, the hull is BS 5083-32 aluminum, .15 stronger than standard marine grade aluminum, and the ultra-strong Hyperlon tubes are divided into seven air-tight compartments


Japanese TSL a Reality

Long discussed as the embodiment of next-generation marine technology, the Japanese "Techno-Superliner" (TSL) is now a reality. The 14,500 grt TSL will be built from aluminum and measure 460 x 98 ft. (140 x 29.8 m). To be built by Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding's Tamano works for delivery in 2005, the TSL will be propelled to a service speed of 38 knots via a pair of Rolls-Royce Kamewa VLW J235 waterjets, which will absorb 27 MW of power


UltraJet UJ575 Powers Diving Vessel Sistac Esperança

Photo courtesy Ultra Dynamics Limited (ULTRAJET)

Having provided services to the offshore industry since 1995 Sistac Sistemas de Acesso S/A saw the opportunity to provide an offshore dive operation centre and proceeded to commission a new Offshore Dive Support Vessel.  Designed by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro this 82 ft aluminum dive support vessel is unique in its design. The aluminum semi-planning hull design matches load capacity to fuel consumption at excellent speed


US FMC Commissioner Visits Panama Canal Expansion Sites

Official photo of Commissioner Doyle

Counsel to the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission informs that  Commissioner William P. Doyle has recently surveyed the construction site on a visit to the Pacific-side of the expanded Panama Canal. Doyle viewed construction sites on the Pacific side and received extensive updates on several


Viking Welding Delivers Fire/Rescue Boats

Photo: Viking Welding & Fabrication

Fire Departments in South Carolina and Minnesota have recently accepted delivery of Response FR-28 and FR-31J boats built of welded aluminum by Viking Welding & Fabrication in Kensington, N.H. The boats were designed by Response Marine in Newburyport, Mass.


POLB’s First Woman Commissioner Dies at 93

Louise M. DuVall (Courtesy POLB)

Louise M. DuVall, the first woman to serve on the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, died Saturday, April 19. She was 93. She was appointed to two terms on the Harbor Commission, serving from Feb. 6, 1979, to July 18, 1990. She advocated for women to rise in the legal profession and the


Resolve Maritime Academy to Host 'DC Olympics'

File photo

Resolve Maritime Academy informs it is to host the Damage Control (DC) Olympics as an annual event for officers and damage control crew of US Navy and US Coast Guard vessels visiting Port Everglades during Fleet Week 2014 on April 29 at 9:00am - 4:00pm in Port Everglades


OPIC Awards Ellicott for Dredge Work in Iraq

Congressman Mark Meadows (NC) and Ellicotts Peter Bowe

In a ceremony at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation’s (OPIC) President and Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth L. Littlefield presented Ellicott Dredge Enterprises, LLC and its Ellicott Dredges LLC entity with OPIC’s inaugural “Impact


Industry Urges Senate for Vessel Discharge Legislation

On March 13, a diverse coalition of 59 national and regional organizations representing a wide array of business, maritime and labor interests signed on to a letter to Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee leadership, Chairman John Rockefeller (D-WV) and Ranking Member John Thune


UK Trade Deficit Worries Chamber of Shipping

Image courtesy of Maersk Line

Reviewing the January 2014 trade figures, the UK Chamber's chief executive, Guy Platten, says the figures are a “further sign that, despite a more prosperous economic outlook, the UK’s recovery is imbalanced." In January 2014, the value of imports rose to £16


Kvichak Pilot Boat Delivered to CRBP

Photo: Kvichak Marine

Kvichak Marine Industries recently delivered Astoria, a self-righting 74’ all-aluminum pilot boat, to the Columbia River Bar Pilots (CRBP) of Astoria, Oregon. Astoria is the third CRBP pilot boat designed by Camarc, Ltd., of the UK and built by Kvichak


Gladding-Hearn Delivers

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has delivered the first of six Chesapeake Class pilot boats for coastal and offshore patrol operations and port security, provided by the Colombian Department of the Navy. Designed by C. Raymond Hunt & Associates


New Teknicraft Wind Farm Support Vessel

Photo: All American Marine

Teknicraft Design’s latest offshore support catamaran made a debut at the recent Oceanology 2014 conference held at the London ExCel Center in March. The MO1 was commissioned by Mainprize Offshore Ltd. of Scarborough, U.K. he 83’ aluminum catamaran features a new wave piercing hull


Kiel Canal Strike Action Ended

The strike in the Kiel Canal ended at 6 a.m. this morning, March 28, according to a GAC report. At Brunsbuettel, the big south lock chamber and both small lock chambers are back in service, and at Kiel-Holtenau, both big lock chambers and the small north lock chamber old locks are also back in


Texas City Y Oil Spill Information Session

Representatives of the Unified Command responding to a March 22 oil spill will join community leaders in an informational session on Thursday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. The event will take place at Port O’Connor Elementary School, 508 Monroe Avenue.


UK Shipping Industry Broadly Welcomes Commons' Committee Report

Ensign: File photo CCL

The UK government’s new maritime strategy “poses the right questions” about the country's shipping industry but “does not yet provide compelling answers on a range of key points that will have a major impact on this valuable sector of our economy” according to Louise


Hamburg Simplifies Access for Shipments

The operational parameters for the high-volume and heavy goods shipments into the Port of Hamburg, generating such significant added value, are in need of sustained improvement through efficient infrastructure and lean authorization procedures


EBDG-designed aluminum ferry to be Constructed

Elliott Bay Design Group has designed a  steel hull, aluminum superstructure vessel which will be built  by Nichols Bros Boat Builders for Wahkiakum County.  The 115  ft. x 47 ft. 6 in 23-Car, 100 passenger ferry, named the M/V 


 
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