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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


Intercargo Appoints New Secretary General

David Tongue

Intercargo has appointed David Tongue as its new Secretary General.   Mr. Tongue, took up the role on 8 October, following confirmation of the appointment by Intercargo’s Executive Committee which met in London on 7 October. Mr. Tongue brings with him a wealth of maritime experience


Security for the Long Run

Swiftships sandblasting of the 148 ft vessels for South Oil Company of Iraq.

Firms Building Sought-After Security Boats Have Multiyear Backlogs U.S. companies continue to land lucrative contracts with domestic and foreign customers for vessels that are designed or specially customized to meet defense, police and anti-piracy needs


Willard Marine Names Sales Team Additions

Bob Beck Jr. (left), and Renée St. Lawrence

Willard Marine, Inc. (WMI), a manufacturer of composite and aluminum boats for 57 years, announced the appointments of Bob Beck Jr. and Renée St. Lawrence to its sales team. Beck joins the WMI Sales and Training team with more than 24 years of experience in the U.S


ICS Welcomes IMO Progress on BW Issues

Peter Hinchliffe

Governments attending the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) this week have made real progress towards agreeing solutions to major issues that have previously impeded ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention


Aftermath of Scotland Independence Referendum: Platten Speculates

Guy Platten: File photo

After the referendum debate on Scottish independence Guy Platten, Chief Executive Officer of the UK Chamber of Shipping has called for the divisions created by the campaign to be healed. Mr Platten, who left Scotland and his role as Chief Executive of Caledonian Maritime Assets last year


MTU Plant 'S.C. Manufacturer of the Year’

Palmetto award gala: Photo MTU

The MTU Aiken Plant, which produces world-class diesel engines and components, has been named South Carolina Chamber of Commerce‘s 2014 Small/Medium Manufacturer of the Year. The facility is operated by MTU America Inc. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems within the Marine


Specialty Workboat Missions Propelled by Innovative Engines

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Volvo Penta allows operators to save on fuel, cut emissions and most importantly – get the job done, in a wide array of conditions and mission sets. Volvo Penta of the Americas is delivering fuel efficiency, reducing emissions and raising performance as it powers U.S


Moose Boats’ Fire Rescue Catamaran

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Specialty workboats redefined: versatility, value and multi-mission capabilities, all rolled into one affordable hull. In a world where small to medium sized municipalities and port authorities have to make every dollar go a long, long way, any opportunity to leverage just one hull over multiple


‘Green’ Hybrid-powered Research Vessel Christened

The $2.7 million environmentally friendly research vessel, Spirit of the Sound (Photo courtesy of the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk)

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk christened a larger, “greener” new research vessel on Friday, September 26 in preparation for launching a new era in examining, monitoring and teaching about Long Island Sound. The $2.7 million environmentally friendly research vessel


St. Lawrence Seaway Cargo Up 5% Over 2013

Compass Minerals transports rock salt using self-unloading vessels . Here a vessel is loaded at Compass Minerals’ Goderich, Ontario, mine. (Photo: Compass Minerals)

Total cargo shipments on the St. Lawrence Seaway have now surpassed 2013 levels by 5 percent due to strong North American import/export activity. According to the St. Lawrence Seaway, total cargo tonnage from March 25 to September 30 reached 24.4 million metric tons.


Strike Shuts Israel's Haifa Port

Haifa Port

Workers at Israel's state-owned Haifa Port went on strike on Monday, shutting one of the major trade gateways, over a government plan to build private, competing ports. "Every hour of the strike causes heavy damage and weighs on Israeli exports and imports


Seaway System Tonnage Continues Upswing

Working Cargo in the Port of Milwaukee

The St. Lawrence Seaway reported that year-to-date cargo shipments of more than 24 million metric tons moved through the system for the period March 28 to September 30 – an increase of nearly 5 percent over September 2013.  U.S. grain continued its upward trend posting a 14


Workers End Strike at Haifa

Workers at Israel's state-owned Haifa Port ended their strike on Tuesday, a day after they walked off the job in protest at a government plan to build private, competing ports. A spokesman for the Chamber of Shipping said the port workers returned after Israel's labour court ruled that the


Fast Repsonse Boat Sports Innovative Volvo Penta Power

Photo Credit: Peter Boyce Hunt Design

First Commercial Vessel in North America with Triple IPS and Dynamic Positioning Fort Ripley, a new offshore emergency response craft now entering service in Charleston, S.C., is reported to be the first commercial vessel in North America to be powered by triple Volvo Penta IPS drives.


Rolls-Royce Waterjets for Spanish Patrol Vessels

File Photo: Rolls-Royce Waterjet

Rolls-Royce has secured a contract to supply waterjets for two Spanish Police Guardia Civil 20m Patrol boats in Spain. These vessels will be built by Astilleros Gondan Shipyard. This is the first time Rolls-Royce waterjets will feature on Guardia Civil boats






 
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