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Xtreme Companies Acquires Challenger Offshore

Xtreme Companies, Inc. announced the acquisition of 100% of the outstanding shares of semi-custom boat manufacturer Marine Holdings, Inc. In exchange for $4.3 million in cash, Xtreme received the Challenger business and assets including its gross order backlog of $1.6 million, boat inventory, boat molds and real estate which includes Challenger's 65,000 square ft. boat manufacturing facility located on 12 acres in Washington, MO. The transaction was financed with conventional loans provided by a Missouri-based regional bank. Xtreme Companies, Inc. is engaged in manufacturing and marketing of mission-specific Fire-Rescue and Patrol boats used in emergency, surveillance and defense deployments. Marine Holdings, Inc.(MHI) d/b/a Challenger Offshore manufactures semi-custom fiberglass boats of 19 to 97 ft., which include leisure, performance, fishing and motor yachts.


Corporate Coastal Yacht

Pluckebaum Custom Boats recently launched a custom 80 ft. corporate coastal yacht, designed for dining and entertaining large groups of corporate customers. The vessel is designed to take customers on a three or four hour afternoon or evening cruise, and serve them a complete, sit-down gourmet meal. The yacht was built to replace an older 65 ft. vessel. The interior joiner work features custom milled tongue-and-groove African mahogany walls, ceilings and cabinetry


Shipyard files Chapter 11, but Derecktor Maintains its Course to Grow

Derecktor Shipyards Conn., LLC last month filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. The company said the filing was the result of a single contract dispute, and that it is still busy and fully staffed, working on several newbuild projects, including a contract to build a massive 85.6-m motor yacht, a 45-m catamaran and a pair of tugboats for Boston Towing and Transport


Wells Marine Launches Battery Management System

space-saving flat panel model of Total Automatic Battery Management System

The Boat Builders Labor Saving Device – Custom Designs Available.     Battery management system manufacturer Wells Marine Technology has launched a space-saving flat panel model of its Total Automatic Battery Management System (T.A.B.S.) that can be configured easily for any single, twin or triple engine application and can also be custom-designed to builder model specifications. Wells T.A.B.S. connects battery chargers


Cracking the Boat Buying Nutshell

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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. The next step is simply to make contact with a boatbuilder and request a price based upon the similar vessel shown via the website or marketing materials.  Go ahead – ask for the price


Keel Laid for Third Cape-class Patrol Boat at Austal Shipyard

Cape-class Keel laying ceremony: Photo credit Austal

Demonstrating the rapid progress of the Cape-class Patrol Boat Program, Austal has hosted the keel-laying ceremony for the third vessel, 'Cape Nelson', one of eight 56-metre patrol boats that Austal is designing, building and supporting for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. The three coins were placed under the keel block by Michael Pezzullo, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Customs and Border Protection Services; David Brekenridge


Moose Boats Delivers Rescue/Response Boats

Moose Boats delivered two M2-37 rescue/response boats to the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey Police. The M2-37 vessels are 37.5 ft. aluminum catamarans powered by twin Cummins 380 hp turbo diesels propelled by Hamilton HJ292 water jets. These rescue/response boats can attain a top speed of over 35 knots and are custom outfitted with 33 18-person life rafts. Each boat can deliver enough raft capacity to handle a water-based aircraft rescue mission for the largest aircraft landing at


Production Starts on SWATH Revenue Cutters

On December 10, the first steel plate was flame cut for a revenue cutter in SWATH technology. This action represents the official start of production of two revenue cutters in SWATH technology which will be built by Nordseewerke GmbH, a company of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. The contractor is the Procurement Agency of the German Federal Customs Administration. The first vessel is scheduled for delivery in May 2009. The German Federal Customs Administration has chosen a vessel with SWATH


Bay Ship & Yacht Launches Blue Thunder

Photo courtesy of DavidAllenStudio.com

Bay Ship & Yacht has launched the high-performance yacht, Blue Thunder, marking the shipyard’s entry into the custom-built sport-yachting market.  With a service speed of 32 knots, a flank speed of 42 knots, and a draft of less than three ft, the Blue Thunder offers the speed and performance of a high-performance sport yacht.  The custom interior is crafted with veneered, ultra-light honeycomb-cored panels, with a satin varnish finish


Biggest Boat Wrap

Photo courtesy Image Monster

"I believe it is the largest boat wrap ever," said Image Monster owner Jed McDonough as he surveyed the QuadZeus, a 60-ft power sportsfish boat in Charleston, S.C. Image Monster, a Wilmington, N.C., large-format print and graphic design studio, wrapped the boat in a custom design by graphic designer Zach Shaeffer, who utilized original drawings by renowned Wilmington marine artist Steve Goione. The QuadZeus wrapped from bow to stern participated in the boat show turning heads


Two New Patrol Boats for Tunisian Navy

Photo: SAFE Boats International

SAFE Boats International informs it has recently completed an order for two SAFE 65-Foot Full Cabin Inboard Boats for the Tunisian Navy.   The first boat has recently arrived in Tunisia and the second boat is in the process of being delivered, the builder said.   


Arctic Offshore Rig Gets USCG Escort

(U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Air Station Port Angeles)

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) crews escorted heavy lift ship Blue Marlin as it toted a controversial 38,000-metric-ton drilling rig into Port Angeles, Wash., Friday. Blue Marlin, Dockwise’s 674-foot semi-submersible heavy lift ship, was escorted into its anchorage location in Port Angeles while


Kenya Eyes Inland Cargo Logistics Hub to Serve Nearby States

 Kenya aims to build a cargo logistics hub near the border with Uganda to receive and clear goods through customs that arrive by air, rail or road, easing pressure on the port of Mombasa and Nairobi airport, a senior regional official said.


WSS Opens Distribution Hub in Korea

Kim Jensen (Photo: WSS)

New distribution center offers improved product lead times for customers in Japan, China, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan   Overlooking Busan New Port in South Korea, Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s (WSS) newly opened 3,000+ square meter warehouse sits on a 6


Indonesian Navy gives 10 ships to Maritime Security Board

Picture: Indonesian Navy

 The Indonesian Navy has planned to hand over 10 Navy Patrol ships (KAL) to the Maritime Security Board (Bakamla) by the end of this year, reports Jakarta Post.   According to Navy chief of staff, Adm. Ade Supandi, said the 10 ships would require alterations before they could be used


Mexican Fishing Crew Caught Poaching in US Waters

U.S. Coast Guard interdicted Mexican fishing crew poaching red snapper in U.S. waters   The U.S. Coast Guard informs it has interdicted a Mexican fishing crew in the waters off South Texas with approximately 475 pounds of illegally caught red snapper, Sunday afternoon.  


Austal Delivers Fifth Cape Class Patrol Boat

Cape Class Patrol Boat - Cape Jervis (Photo: Austal)

Austal Limited has delivered Cape Jervis, the fifth of eight 58-meter aluminum monohull Cape Class Patrol Boats for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service under a $330 million design, build and in-service support contract.  


GoFree Debuts Lake Insight & Nautic Insight Cartography

Greatly improved for 2015, Lake Insight® and Nautic Insight® cartography packages are each available in three versions PRO, HD East and HD West.

  GoFree – the provider of digital content and services, and part of the Navico family of marine electronics brands including Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G – announced today the release of six updated mapping products for use in both inland and coastal U.S. waters


Third Superyacht under Construction at Sunrise Yachts

Sunrise 45m Atomic:  Sunrise Yachts

 After successful launches of two 45m Sunrise vessels – superyacht Africa (2009) and luxury yacht Atomic (2014) – the Turkish shipyard has recently laid the keel of the third 45m motor yacht at its yard in Antalya, with a scheduled completion time of 26 months.   


BV Awarded CBCA Contract by Republic of Zimbabwe

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Bureau Veritas has been awarded by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce of the Republic of Zimbabwe with the Consignment Based Conformity Assessment (CBCA) contract. This conformity and valuation programme intends to: - Reduce hazardous and substandard imported products to Zimbabwe


US-built Survey Vessel Delivered to Fugro

Photo courtesy of Fugro

Newbuild shallow draft survey vessel Fugro Americas was delivered to Fugro on March 18, 2015. Built by Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors in Louisiana, with supervision by Fugro Marine Services Custom, the new vessel is designed to Fugro’s specifications


Austal Delivers for Militaries ... Near & Far

Bernard Gorman, Supervisor, Austal, applying the  classification  society stamp on a 72- High Speed Support Vessel for Oman’s Navy.

While Austal USA based in Mobile, Alabama, still accounts for the lion’s share of revenue (more than 80%) of the Australian based company, the entire corporation has been making waves of late delivering latest technology to naval fleets around the globe.


RIBCRAFT Delivers Boat to Decatur Police Department

 The Decatur Polices new RIBCRAFT Vessel (photo courtesy of RIBCRAFT)

  RIBCRAFT, manufacturer of professional grade rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) for safety professionals, law enforcement, and military agencies, announced the delivery of a specialized RIBCRAFT 7.8 to the City of Decatur, Alabama for patrol and enforcement operations.  


All American Marine Delivers Ferry to Seattle

   The maiden voyage of the MV Sally Fox (photo courtesy of All American Marine)

All American Marine, Inc. (AAM) today announced the delivery of a new passenger ferry that will serve the city of Seattle.    The vessel, MV Sally Fox, was dedicated at a ceremony on Vashon Island on Saturday. The Sally Fox is the first of two new ferries ordered by King County’s


USCG Makes Headway in Challenging Waters

A patrol boat manned by members of Port Security Unit 311 deployed to Joint Task Force-Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, escorts the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf as it sails into Naval Base Guantanamo Bay.  The Coast Guard Cutter Waesche conducts at-sea refueling operations.  The Alameda-based cutter is named in honor of former Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Russell Waesche.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Roache)

Day after day, the U.S. Coast Guard continues to conduct its 11 statutory missions with its limited resources.  It is challenged to Invest in long-term operational capacity while continuing to carry out its daily missions. “We’re a small service, but as always






 
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