Lowell, Mich. – The American Boatbuilders Association recently selected Attwood Fuel Systems as the preferred supplier of EPA-certified fuel systems. The American Boatbuilders Association joins the United Marine Manufacturers Association (UMMA) and Independent Boat Builders Inc. (IBBI) and the industry’s leading independent boat builders in selecting Attwood to ensure member builders meet the EPA emissions control requirements for marine fuel systems. “Attwood Fuel Systems were selected as the preferred solution, based on exclusive safety features, extensive component and system validation, ease of implementation and industry-leading implementation support and value,” said Jay Patton, president of ABA. Since 1992, the American Boatbuilders Association, through its collective buying power, has obtained materials at the lowest possible cost for its boat builder members. ABA boat builders produce more than 15 percent of all U.S.-built boats more than 16 feet in length, the association said.
Seeks to Restructure Financing and Move Brands Forward. Efforts are underway to resume operations of popular boat builders Baja Marine, Donzi Marine, Fountain Powerboats and ProLine Boats, according to Ronald Glass, a Principal in GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group, LLC. Glass, who is headquartered in Atlanta, has been named temporary receiver of the four boat builders and their assets, along with Palmetto Park Financial, by North Carolina Business Court Judge James Gale
On Friday, November 2, Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Freeland announced it was ceasing operations immediately, according to a report on www.whidbeynewstimes.com. The company was a long-term builder for the North American marine industry, well-known for its high speed passenger catamarans and small cruise ships, as well as military boats, tugboats, fishing boats and other work boats. According to a release issues by the company, there are several reasons for the closure
Caframo of Ontario, Canada, a manufacturer of marine fans, cabin heaters and accessories since 1955, has appointed Derya Marine and Zois Efstathiou S.A. as distributors to boat builders and marine dealers in Turkey and Greece, respectively. Caframo 12 and 24-volt fans are designed, built and tested for marine use. Many models feature a patented "Finger-Safe Blade" which does not require a protective grill and has a shock-absorbing leading edge that flexes when it is stopped
According to the Marine Public Broadcasting Network, a new shipyard is opening in Belfast. Boat builders, led by J.B. Turner and partners Taylor Allen of Rockport Marine and Steve White of Brooklyn Boatyard, will construct composite and classic wooden yachts. The yard will have a retrofitting business, a full-service marina, some unique shipping ventures. Source: Marine Public Broadcasting Network
American Boat Builders & Repairers Association plans new format, seminars & discussions for next annual conference ABBRA, the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association announces its 2013 Annual Conference the “International Boatyard Business Conference”. This boatyard and related services industry event will be held January 19-20, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It will cater to boatyard owners, operators, and managers, boat builders
By Larry Pearson The picturesque town of Bayou La Batre, Ala. has long been known for its production of shrimp trawlers. Normally, about 150 of these 90-105 ft. vessels come out of 8-10 yards set up specifically to produce these boats. Increasingly, however, large deepwater offshore service vessels are taking their place along side of the trawlers as the Bayou La Batre boat builders join with their Louisiana cousins in producing vessels for the oil patch
C & S Lift Boats have ordered a 145 x 110-ft. lift boat with a 12-ft. molded depth from Rodriguez Boat Builders of Bayou La Batre, Ala. The main engines will be a pair of Cummins KTA38M1s, each delivering 1,000 hp at 1,800 rpm. The vessel’s hydraulic engines will be powered by a pair of KTA19M4 engines each rated for 700 hp at 2,100 rpm while electrical demands will be met by a pair of Cummins 6CTA8,3DM engines powering 175 kW generators.
The “Lugger” designation traces back to days when a small handy coastal vessel often carried lug-rigged sails. A modern day lugger, as used on the US Gulf of Mexico coast, is still a handy boat for working in near shore waters. On a version of the tug, designed by and currently finishing up at Rodriguez Boat Builders, a pair of Cummins Tier 2 compliant QSK19-M diesels turning four-blade stainless steel props has replaced the lugsails for propulsion.
Volvo Penta´s marine drive system IPS has been awarded Best Innovation 2012 by the International Powerboat Association (UIM). The Inboard Performance System (IPS) by Volvo Penta is a pod system for leisure boats and with more than 15,000 units delivered since the introduction in 2005, the IPS system is the undisputed world market leader in the pod segment . The IPS system brings many benefits to the boating world, not least in terms of environmental features
Topaz Marine Engineering, a regional marine repair service provider and boat builder, announced the appointment of Geoff Taylor as its new Managing Director. Geoff joins the company following a period as an independent marine consultant. Prior to this he enjoyed a career spanning twenty seven
Bowhead Transport, LLC has recently awarded Nichols Brothers Boat Builders a contract to construct a new 150 by 50’ Landing Craft. The landing craft will operate in Arctic coastal villages of the North Slope Borough of Alaska and between the Pacific and Arctic oceans.
Dometic Group recently confirmed five key appointments in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) territory following the restructuring of Dometic Group’s global business operations in early 2013. Dometic noted that the appointments have been made to strengthen the EMEA business moving
The Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) announced the continued expansion of its naval architecture and marine engineer practice. Over the past six months the company has welcomed four new additions to the team: Annie Fisher, Naval Architect; Nathan Seelig, Mechanical Engineer; Christopher Cluett
New work boats are never purchased out of want, but rather need – imminent need. Such a need prompts buyers to scour the web and perhaps their favorite maritime magazines for information on potential designs that appear to be a good fit
'Bourbon Norte' is the 4th in a series of 53m offshore Fast Passenger & Supply Vessel (FPSV) for Bourbon. With more than 100 crew-boats built since 1995 in France, Nigeria and Vietnam, Piriou says it has become one of the world's leading aluminium crew boat builders.
Delta T Systems announced the appointment of HVAC veteran Bob Miller to its staff. In his role as HVAC specialist of the new Delta T Complete vessel ventilation program, Miller's goal is to set a new benchmark of reliability in marine heating
San Marcos, California-based SD Model Makers delivered three replica models of a 100-foot tractor tug to Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Freeland, Wash. The 24-inch scale model ship replicated the Nichols Brothers lasts build -- the second of two new 100' x 40' Z-drive ship assist tractor tugs
Offshore Systems has introduced an NMEA2000 AC Monitor to measure onboard AC voltage, current and frequency and report them over the vessel’s NMEA2000 network. The monitor is the latest addition to a range of vessel monitoring and control systems designed for the NMEA2000 network
Those who have been watching the America’s Cup races in San Francisco Bay may have noticed the high-speed umpire boat racing alongside the sailboats. The 43-ft. interceptor craft was provided by Willard Marine, a 56-year-old boat builder based in southern California
The momentum for wind power continues to gather on the domestic waterfront. U.S. boatbuilders anxiously await the coming gale. "In a few instances, the Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP), charged with administrating Jones Act applicability
FRC International is launching the innovative DYNAV (DYnamic NAVigation) system for high speed craft at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, October 29-30. All individuals and organizations operating planing craft from SAR, navy, special forces, coast guard, law enforcement
The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) announces its line-up of topics and speakers for the 2014 ABBRA Boatyard Business Conference. The event, which focuses strictly on issues important to boatyards, boat builders and marine service/repair businesses
As with most island nations, New Zealand is heavily dependent on ferries. By this time next year, there will be a new ferry added to the Auckland-based Fullers Group fleet. Currently being constructed at Q-West Boat Builders Ltd. on the Wanganui River
Nicholas Brothers Boat Builders has been awarded a new vessel contract to build a 115’x47.5’ 23-Car, 100 passenger ferry for Wahkiakum County. The ferry will operate between existing ferry terminals to Puget Island in Cathlamet, Washington and Westport, Oregon.