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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


Egypt to Allow 24-hour Access to East Port Said with New Waterway

Egypt plans to allow smaller vessels in the Mediterranean direct access to East Port Said around the clock instead of just eight hours a day by building a side channel near the Suez Canal, which will speed up shipping movements in the area.  


NYK Vessel Rescues 336 in the Mediterranean

NYK Car Carrier

  On July 14, Hermes Leader, a car carrier operated by NYK Line, rescued 336 people in the Mediterranean Sea. On July 14, the vessel received an emergency call for help while sailing to port of Gioia Tauro, Italy after transiting the Suez Canal


Engine Refit for Mersey Pilot Boat

James Troops Robert Pollock and Derek Bate with Volvo engine (Photo: James Troop)

James Troop supplies two new Volvo Penta engines to upgrade Mersey pilot boat   Merseyside-based engine specialist James Troop & Co has secured a deal to supply and install two Volvo Penta D9 engines to extend the service life of one of Liverpool’s River Mersey pilot boats.


New Suez Canal Ready for Business

 Suez Canal Authority (SCA) chairman Mohab Mamish officially called on international maritime navigation lines to use the New Suez Canal, scheduled to be inaugurated August 6.   Dubbed the Suez Canal Axis, the new 72-kilometre (45-mile) section built by the Egyptian army is aimed at


US Imports Shifting to East Coast Ports

Photo courtesy of Zepol

Supply Chains Radically Shift From Pacific to Atlantic Ports in the First Half of 2015.   Zepol  found that a hefty chunk of businesses have switched from using Pacific to Atlantic and Gulf ports this year. Total imports along the East Coast have increased by 15 percent


Rocket Fired Upon Egypt Navy Vessel

Egypt's Islamic State affiliate said on Thursday it fired a rocket at an Egyptian naval vessel in the Mediterranean Sea near the coast of Israel and the Gaza Strip.   The militant group Sinai Province has focussed mainly on attacking Egyptian soldiers and police in the Sinai peninsula


Egypt Completes New Waterway in Suez Canal

Image: Panama Canal Authority.

 Egypt has completed dredging for the new shipping route in the Suez Canal, says the government sources. The mega national project ‘New Suez Canal’ is scheduled to be inaugurated on August 6.   Egypt has invited all countries worldwide to take part in the inauguration


Suez Canal Revenues at $5.4 billion

Image: Panama Canal Authority.

 Suez Canal revenues reached $5.4 billion in the fiscal year 2014-15, with a $3.7 million increase compared to the fiscal year 2013-14, says Cairo Post.   This year’s revenues are the highest in the history of the canal with a slight increase than the previous year.  


Christening of LCS Little Rock

Littoral Combat Ship Little Rock

  The Navy’s newest littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Little Rock (LCS 9), will be christened Saturday, July 18, during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony at Marinette Marine Corporation's shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin. The event will be webcast live at http://navylive.dodlive


Trial Operation for New Suez Canal to Begin This Week

Map: Suez Canal Authority

 The CEO of the New Suez Canal’s dredging works Wagdy Zaki has said that all preparations have been made to start the trial operation for the New Suez Canal next Saturday.   He also said that the head of Suez Canal Authority Gen Mohab Mamesh is following up the trial


SAFE Boats Wins USN Patrol Boats Order

Mk VI Patrol Boats

  SAFE Boats International (SBI) has been awarded a contract modification to provide the United States Navy two (2) additional Mk VI Patrol Boats (Mk VI PB). The contract modification exercises the options available on the second Mk VI procurement contract


Flexible Pod System Key to WFSV Versatility

Photo: CTruk

workboatd designer and builder CTruk cites versatility as a key factor in Offshore Turbine Services’ (OTS) acquisition of seven 18.5-meter wind farm support vessels (WFSV) over the past three years.   OTS has worked its CTruk fleet all around the U.K


Nile Collision Death Toll Rises to 31

The death toll from a boat collision on Egypt's Nile river Wednesday has risen to 31, a ministry of health spokesperson told Reuters on Friday. The accident occurred on the Nile near Giza, across the river from Cairo, when a barge collided with and overturned a small recreational boat carrying


Ships Cross Egypt's New Suez Canal in First Test-run

Suez Canal

  The first cargo ships passed through Egypt's New Suez Canal on Saturday in a test-run before it opens next month, state media reported, 11 months after the army began constructing the $8 billion canal alongside the existing 145-year-old Suez Canal.


NMDC Completes New Suez Canal

Egyptian President Attends NMDC’s Presentation. Photo credit: National Marine Dredging Company

 National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC), the UAE's leading dredging and marine construction company, has announced the completion of the New Suez Canal project following its successful trial run on Saturday (July 25).    A total of six container ships from around the world






 
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