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Canal Pleasure Cruise Venture Runs Aground

A UK businessman refitted a canal boat to carry up to 45 passengers along the Staffs & Worcester Canal without paying heed to safety requirements. The UK registered Canal Boat Hatherton Belle is a 20 metre vessel that had been adapted to carry up 45 passengers along the Staffs & Worcester Canal from Calf Heath Marina. The owner, local businessman Andy Small who also operates a bar next to the Marina, used the canal boat to take paying parties on cruises along the canal. It was brought to the attention of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) that the Hatherton Belle had no Passenger Ship Safety Certificate or Domestic Management Certificate. Mr Small was served with a Prohibition Notice as the canal boat lacked safety equipment, but he ignored it and continued to take paying passengers on cruises along the canal. When interviewed by MCA enforcement officers he admitted breaching the prohibition notice and not having any formal boatman qualifications to allow him to captain cruises. At the subsequent court hearing Mr Small, pleaded guilty and was fined US$16,219, plus costs of US$ 7,548.  


Contract Awarded To Build Hybrid Electric Ferries

Canal Boats Inc. has received a contract to build eight Hybrid Electric ferries for Broward Country, Fla., Mass Transit Division. The ferries, funded by a Federal Ferry Boat Discretionary Fund Grand, will be delivered over the next six months and be placed in service by Water Taxi, Inc., as part of a unique and innovative intermodal mass transit project with Broward County Mass Transit Division called BUZ FERRY. The hybrid electric boats were designed by Canal Boats, and the 42-ft


News: Skipperliner Builds New Production Facility

SkipperLiner is one of the most famous names in commercial and pleasure boating. Over 1,000 vessels have been built at their facility in Lacrosse, Wisc. This includes a series of pleasure boats and commercial boats in the 75-150-ft. range including paddleboats, low air draft canal boats and sleek Italian design custom yachts. To keep up with their expanding business, SkipperLiner opened a new production center at the beginning of the year. The eight-acre facility includes a 60,000 sq. ft


Coast Guard, FEMA to Help Raise Ships

Boats and vessels sunk by Hurricane Katrina soon will be removed by the Coast Guard in 10 St. Tammany Parish waterways, according to Parish President Kevin Davis. The project by the Coast Guard will begin before the end of the month, he said, and will be limited to waterways defined as commercially navigable under federal codes. But it will result in sunken vessels and other debris being removed from major canals and streams that help drain the parish, Davis said.


Panama Canal Deepening Project Ahead of Schedule

Panama Canal Authority project to deepen the navigational channel in Gatun Lake is 40 percent complete - ahead of schedule and within budget. The project's goal is to deepen the channel in the Lake, the large, man-made body of water that all ships navigate when transiting the Canal. Among the many benefits, when complete, the deepening will provide an additional meter of water storage, a 45 percent increase. This would minimize future draft restrictions


Top Canal Crews Lock Up Honors

Canal Corporation Director Brian U. Stratton

Peak Performance Continues. In recognition of superior performance, the New York State Canal Corporation today announced top honors for the operators of canal facilities that provide outstanding service to patrons. Among the Canal honorees are: Best Lock, Lock 4 at Waterloo on the Cayuga-Seneca Canal; Best Section, Fort Edward on the Champlain Canal; and Best Tugboat, Tug Roosevelt, based in Utica on the Erie Canal


Blount to Construct Excursion Vessel

Blount Boats, Inc. has signed a contract with Wendella Sightseeing Company, Inc. to construct an 89 x 30 ft. steel excursion vessel. The vessel was designed by Timothy Graul Marine Design and will operate in the Chicago area. The 300 passenger vessel will be powered by twin screw Caterpillar engines. Delivery for Hull #320 is scheduled for April 2007 via the Erie Canal.


Mass Gulf of Aden Pirate Attack Foiled

Pirate arrest: File photo

An attempt by pirates to hijack an Iranian oil tanker in international waters has been foiled by the timely action of Iranian warships present in the region, reports Iran's FARS News Agency, citing Admiral Siyavash Jarreh. Admiral Jarreh added that the Iranian oil tanker was escorted by a Navy flotilla through the waterway and continued its path towards its destination safely, following an attack by 12 pirate boats


Insights: New York Canal Director Brian Stratton

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Brian U. Stratton was appointed Director of the New York State Canal Corporation in April 2011, to oversee the operation and development of New York’s 524-mile Canal System, including the historic Erie Canal. The canal system, a historic system of waterways that dates back almost 200 years, was begun in 1817. Opened in its entirety in 1825, the Erie Canal is widely considered the engineering marvel of the 19th Century. But the canal system spans much more than the Erie Canal


Containership, Fishing Boat Collide; 13 Dead

File photo courtesy of the Suez Canal Authority

Egypt has ordered an investigation into an accident in which a Kuwaiti container ship and a fishing vessel collided in the Red Sea in an incident that killed 13 Egyptians.   A statement from the prosecutor's office said initial enquiries showed the fishing boat capsized after it and the Kuwaiti ship hit each other after the latter has passed through the Suez Canal.   The collision is at least the second such recent incident involving vessels passing through the Suez Canal


Panama Canal Sets Sight on Another Expansion

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

As it enters the final stretch of a massive expansion, the Panama Canal Authority is setting its sights on an even more ambitious project worth up to $17 billion that would allow it to handle the world's biggest ships.   Workers are now installing giant


Princess Astrid visits DP World

As HRH Princess Astrid visits Dubai, DP World helps to drive growth in the port of Antwerp

  Antwerp Gateway, managed by DP World (one of the largest container terminal operators in the world) is a significant contributor to the success of the Port of Antwerp. Eddy Bruyninckx, CEO of the Antwerp Port Authority, met with Mr. Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem and Mr


Transit Waiting Times for Panama Canal

  Non-booked regular sized vessels wishing to transit the Panama Canal face a wait of approximately 5-6 days. There has been a dramatic increase in the transit backlog as a result of several factors, including heavy arrivals in February/March, averaging 35


Warships Shell Houthis Outside Yemeni City of Aden

Warships shelled a column of Houthi fighters and troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh as they tried to advance on the southern port city of Aden on Monday, residents said, the first known report of naval forces taking part in the conflict.


US Treasury Secretary Visits Ellicott Dredges

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (L) and Senator Ben Cardin (R) take a tour of Ellicotts facilities in Baltimore (Photo courtesy of Ellicott Dredges)

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, together with U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D- Md.), visited Ellicott Dredges March 9 at the company’s Baltimore plant for a discussion about U.S. export policies, the U.S. Government financing entity Eximbank and infrastructure investment programs.  


Egypt Woos Investments in Suez Canal

Suez Canal (by Suez Canal Authority)

 With Legislative Reform Committee giving the go-ahead for the suggested Suez Canal Project regulatory legal frame work, Egypt is offering investors massive projects worth billions of U.S. dollars for the development of the Suez Canal region.  


Nicaragua Canal: Connects Ocean, Disconnects People

Nicaragua canal (HKND Group)

 The $50 billion Nicaragua Canal scheme promises to bring huge economic benefits to Central America's poorest country. But environmentalists and peasant farmers strongly oppose the project. And many are wary of the Chinese company that is to construct the canal.  


Panama Canal Case Headed to Arbitration

Picture Credit: Panama Canal Authority.

 The Panama Canal Authority (PCA) and the consortium building a third set of locks for the inter-oceanic waterway said in separate statements that they will take a dispute over cement quality to international arbitration.   The PCA has asked for an international arbitration panel to


Largest Ship Ever Calls on Savannah

The ZIM vessel Tianjin transits the Savannah River channel on March 18. At a capacity of 10,062 twenty-foot equivalent container units, the Tianjin is the largest ship ever to call on the Port of Savannah.

  The Georgia Ports Authority welcomed the largest ship ever to call on the Port of Savannah today when the ZIM Tianjin docked at Garden City Terminal. "This 10,000-TEU vessel represents the future of U.S.-Asia shipping," said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis J


Culina Group to Set Base at Peel Group's Port Salford

Port Salford View Courtesy Peel Port

  Food and drink logistics giant, Culina Group, has been announced as the first major tenant at the new National Import Centre being developed by the Peel Group, as part of its multi-million pound Port Salford development (located approximately 6 miles (9


VesselVanguard wins Chris-Craft Order

CHRIS-CRAFT SELECTS VESSELVANGUARD TO OFFER OWNERS WORLDWIDE THE LATEST VESSEL MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY

  Digital Boat Profile and Customer Service Portal Gives Cutting Edge Options for Vessel Management to Boat Owners Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. VesselVanguard, infomred today a new relationship with Chris-Craft to provide a two-year subscription for its award-winning maintenance management


Senate Confirms Doyle to Another Term

William P. Doyle

The United States Senate confirmed William P. Doyle to another term in office as a Federal Maritime Commissioner on the evening of March 23, 2015.  The vote was a unanimous 89 in favor, 0 opposed, and 11 senators not voting.   Upon confirmation, Commissioner Doyle said


Cruden to Unveil High Speed Boat Simulator

Photo courtesy of Cruden

Cruden is unveiling its new high speed boat simulator at the 7th HSBO Forum (Lisbon, May 4-6). Using detailed modelling and motion cueing techniques, as well as professional image generation developed in the automotive and motorsport industries (including Formula 1TM)


JIT Transit Slots Reduced at Panama Canal

   The Panama Canal has experienced an unusual increase in the number of vessels awaiting transit during the past few weeks. Several measures have been implemented to reduce the backlog, such as the suspension of all maintenance work and the addition of locks personnel.  


Expanded Panama Canal to be Operational by April 2016

Panama Canal Expansion (Photo credit: Canal de Panamá)

The widened Panama Canal is expected to finally be up and running in April 2016, after months of delays and cost overruns, AFP reports. The expansion project area will allow bigger ships to transit, with two new sets of locks, one on the Pacific side and one on the Atlantic side.  






 
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