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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.


Renovations Sought at Kiel Canal

Brunsbüttel (Photo: WSV)

In the course of a press panel discussion in Hamburg hosted by Port of Hamburg Marketing, port and business representatives from centers along the Kiel Canal and the Hamburg Port Authority jointly called for the reconstruction without delay of the fifth lock chamber and the renovation of the two existing large lock chambers at Brunsbüttel. In the medium term, business in the port and industry regard the straightening out of the Eastern stretch of the canal and its deepening by one meter


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


Panama Canal Pilot Training: ACP to Charter Ship

Miraflores Locks circa 2000: File photo

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) informs it will charter a Post-Panamax vessel before the opening of the expanded Canal to be used for training pilots and tugboat captains in the Third Set of Locks. The Executive Vice President of Operations Esteban Saenz said the vessel will be used several months before the opening of the expanded Canal to test the new locks. "This is one of the best ways to train our pilots and tug captains in the joint effort required to transit through the two


Canal Project Slows Panama Economy Growth

Photo: Panama Canal

Panama's economy expanded in May at its slowest pace since 2009 as major public works projects, including an expansion of the Panama Canal, slowed or wrapped up, dragging on the construction and mining sector. Panama's economy grew 1.71 percent in May compared to the same period a year earlier


Horizon Delivers 4th 74’ Towboat for Canal Barge Co.

MV Jane Merrick: Photo credit Horizon Shipbuilding

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, AL, has delivered the fourth in a series of 74’ towboats to Canal Barge Company, Inc. of New Orleans, LA.    The Jane Merrick is 74’ long with a 32’6” beam and an 8’6” draft


LUSCHI Begins Dredging at ArcelorMittal’s Canal

Photo courtesy of LUSCHI

LUSCHI announced today it will mobilize its vessel Giovanella to Espírito Santo to assist in the dredging and final disposal of accumulated sediments in the seawater storage canal of ArcelorMittal, one of the world's leading steel and mining companies


Metal Shark’s New Yard Now Operational

Construction has commenced on the first new Metal Shark 75 Endurance-class catamaran at the companys new shipyard in Franklin, Louisiana. (Photo courtesy of Metal Shark)

Louisiana-based boat manufacturer Metal Shark announced it has commenced operations at its new shipyard, where the first of its recently announced Endurance-class catamarans is now in production. In January, Metal Shark acquired a 25-acre waterfront tract situated on the Charenton Bypass Canal


JR Transforms CMA CGM MAGELLAN into Work of Art

JR and the CMA CGM MAGELLAN

  The CMA CGM MAGELLAN, a 365 meters long vessel, has been transformed into a work of Art by world-renowned artist, JR. Discover this amazing project and the video of the construction of this gigantic work of art. An amazing project where Art and shipping meet together


SAFE Boats to Build 4 More US Navy Mk VI Patrol Boats

Patrol Boat Mk.Vl: Image SBI

SAFE Boats International (SBI) says it has been awarded a contract to provide the United States Navy four additional Mk VI Patrol Boats (Mk VI PB); with options for an additional two boats. The Mk VI PB is the Navy’s next generation Patrol Boat and will become a part of the Navy


Maintenance at Kiel-Holtenau

  The Kiel Canal Authority, Germany, has announced that due to maintenance works, the New Big South Lock at Kiel-Holtenau will be out of operation next week during the following periods: Mon 14 July: 12:00–18:00 hours Tue 15 July: 07:00–17:00 hours


Missing Yorkshire Yachtsman Found in North Sea

Ops Room courtesy Maritime and Coastguard Agency

  A yachtsman from Yorkshire, reported missing has been found on his yacht in the North Sea, following an extensive search coordinated by Humber Coastguard. His 17ft yacht, Equinox, was approximately 80 miles east of Spurn Point (at the mouth of the Humber) and rescuers found him


Panama Canal Cost Dispute Headed to Miami Court

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

A $180 million claim involving the Panama Canal's disputed $1.6 billion cost overrun is headed to arbitration court in Miami next week, canal officials said on Monday. The $180 million claim by the consortium working on the massive canal expansion project is the first of several disputed


Two Additional Voith Tugs For Alexandria

Photo courtesy of Voith

The Alexandria port authority has placed an order for two new tugs with the Egyptian Timsah Shipbuilding Company. Each vessel will be equipped with two VSP 28R5/234-2 Voith Schneider Propellers for a power of 3840kW.   Two virtually identical Voith Water Tractors (VWT) were put into


Ship Reportedly Booked for First US Condensate Export

The first condensate cargo for export is due to load in Texas at the end of this week, headed via the Panama Canal to Asia, shipping sources said. Westport Petroleum Inc., the Franklin, Tennessee-based shipping arm of Japanese trader Mitsui & Co


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 16

USS Missouri in the Panama canal, Miraflores Locks. (U.S. Navy photo)

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 16 1862 - Congress creates rank of Rear Admiral. David G. Farragut is named the first Rear Admiral 1912 - Rear Admiral Bradley Fiske receives patent for torpedo plane or airborne torpedo. 1915 - First Navy ships, battleships Ohio, Missouri


Panama Canal Expansion: Unintended Consequences

Lock gate Panama delivery: Photo courtesy of APC

While airports, ports and GARVEEs are holding steady, according to several new Fitch Ratings reports, increasingly, state and local governments are realizing the benefits of risk transfer, cost certainty and asset preservation through public-private partnerships (P3).


Panama Canal: New Lock Gates Transferred to Atlantic Side

Panama Canal lock gates arrival: Photo courtesy of ACP

ACP informs that the Panama Canal Expansion has reached another important milestone with the transfer of the first gates to the new locks complex in the Atlantic side. "This is a very important operation because it involved the first movement of the gates from the special dock where they


Panama Canal to Celebrate 100 Years

Photo: Panama Canal

To commemorate its centennial, the Panama Canal will host a series of events August 14-15 in Panama City to highlight the impact of the waterway during the past century. On August 14 at 8 a.m., an expansion/Panama Canal tour will be held for guests to view the expansion construction site and






 
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