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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


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


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


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


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.


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


Deployment: The Transpacific Trade Steps Up To The Plate

Graph: Clarksons Research

 In 2015, it was the Asia-Europe route which was the focus of changing deployment trends, says Clarksons Research.   This year, it is the Transpacific trade which looks poised to drive key changes in containership deployment, with the expansion of the Panama Canal due to open in late


Overcrowded Migrant Boat Flips, Five Dead

A large wooden fishing boat overcrowded with migrants capsized off the coast of Libya, the Italian navy said on Wednesday, with some 562 people rescued and five found dead.   Photographs show the blue fishing boat rocking violently before capsizing, sending migrants tumbling into the sea


New Tug Equipped for US Tonnage Boom

Photo: JonRie

 Petchem, Inc. has taken delivery of its new Farrell & Norton 80’ 5,000HP ASD tug from Gulf Coast Steel Boat Builder’s in Bayou La Batre, Ala. Petchem’s new  vessel and equipment help prepare East Coast ports for the increased tonnage coming through the canal in the


Turnbull Tours Austal’s Western Australia Yard

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was joined by Senator Linda Reynolds and Senator Chris Back for the tour of Austal’s Henderson shipyard, hosted by Austal CEO David Singleton and Chairman John Rothwell. (Image: Rod Taylor/Austal)

 Austal Limited welcomed Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to the company’s Henderson, Western Australia shipyard, demonstrating the facility’s naval shipbuilding capabilities, innovation and export success.  


Tulsa Port of Catoosa Completes $11 Mln Dock Renovation

Photo: Tulsa Port of Catoosa

Tulsa primed to expand shipping capacity as Panama Canal nears completion   After more than two years of phased construction, officials at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa formally dedicated their nearly $12 million dock renovation project Tuesday.  


Boating Fatalities Low in 2015 -USCG

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Josh Perkins

The U.S. Coast Guard released its 2015 Recreational Boating Statistics report Tuesday, revealing that boating fatalities nationwide that year totaled 626, the third-lowest number of yearly boating fatalities on record.    From 2014 to 2015, injuries decreased from 2,678 to 2,613, a 2


Peace Boat Ecoship: ‘World’s Most Sustainable Cruise Ship’

Image: Peace Boat

The Peace Boat Ecoship’s propulsion features a combination of wind energy, anti-drag elements and cleaner fuels. The concept will be presented at the Natural Propulsion seminar by Dr. Andrés Molina, Project Director of the Ecoship Project.  


New Tug Joins SAAM SMIT’s Panama Fleet

SST Rambala (Photo: SAAM SMIT Towage)

SAAM SMIT Towage (SST), a joint venture between SAAM and Royal Boskalis Westminster which operates in Canada, Mexico Panama and Brazil, has received a new tugboat to join its fleet in Panama.   Built in Rumania by Damen shipyard, SST Rambala belongs to the ASD 2913 series and is


Container Shipping Demand Weakens

Graph: BIMCO

 The demand for container shipping is really not going anywhere at the moment. Indicators for growth in the first months of 2016 point to limited overall demand and huge variations from trade to trade. In addition, all numbers are impacted by Chinese New Year


GSL Patrol Boats for Mauritius Coast Guard

Courtesy Mauritius Coast Guard Service

Mauritius is an island nation in the southwestern Indian Ocean. The country has just 2,040 square kilometers of land on several islands but a huge exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of 2.3 million square kilometers. The major challenge of patrolling this vast area of the Indian Ocean became somewhat


Chinese Fishing Boat, Cargo Ship Collision Leaves 17 Missing

East China Sea Image House maps

Seventeen people were missing after a Chinese fishing boat collided with a Maltese cargo ship and sank in the East China Sea on Saturday, state media reported, citing the country's coastguard fleet. The fishing boat, Lu Rong Yu 58398, had 19 people on board when the incident happened at 3.40 a.m


Crewboat Built with Italian Flair

(Photo: Cantiere Navale Vittoria)

Newly built Crewboat represents excellence in Italian design, quality in construction   There is something about Italian products, from consumer goods to industrial objects, that carries a stylistic flair. This is well represented in the cruise ships of the Fincantieri Shipyard


FUSION Partners Axopar Boats

Courtesy Fusion

FUSION, announced today that it signed a partnership with Axopar Boats. Under the terms of the agreement, the full range of Axopar boats will be offered with FUSION audio entertainment including the MS-BB300 Black Box Entertainment System, MS-NRX200i Wired Remote Controller


Panama Canal Dismisses ITF Claims

Image:  Brazil’s Fundação Homem de Mar (FHM)

 The Panama Canal has dismisses claims by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) that questions industry standards and the operation of the Expanded Panama Canal’s new locks.   Claims made by ITF that new locks built for the Panama Canal expansion will be


China COSCO to be First through the Expanded Panama Canal

The Panama Canal Administrator, Jorge L. Quijano, with Zhang Guodong, General Manager, China COSCO Shipping Panama (right) and Paul XU, General Manager, China COSCO Shipping Panama (left). (Photo: Panama Canal Authority)

China COSCO Shipping has won the draw for its container vessel Andronikos to make the ceremonial first transit through the Expanded Panama Canal during the waterway’s inauguration on Sunday, June 26.  The vessel, which has a maximum capacity of 9,400 TEUs, is 8.25 meters in beam and 299






 
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