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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. Davis said the Coast Guard has agreed to clear Salt Bayou, the Rigolets, the Pearl and Tchefuncte rivers, and bayous Liberty and Bonfouca. The Coast Guard also will unclog the North Shore, Geohagen, Oyster Factory and East Diversion canals, Davis said. In addition to the Coast Guard, Davis said the parish will get help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to remove building debris and sunken boats from six waterways in the Slidell area not considered commercially navigable. FEMA has approved $1.4 million for the project that will clear the Louisiana 433 Canal, Grand Lagoon, the Eden Isles canals, Coin du Lestin canals, the U.S. 11 canals, and canals and levees in the Lake Shore community, parish officials said. The parish hopes to seek bids for the FEMA-financed work by the end of this week, Davis said. Bids will be sought for two weeks and work should begin by mid-April, he said.

Brunswick Updates IMPACT Model Vessels

Photo: Brunswick Commercial & Government Products

Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) introduces 2015 model year updates to the 10-, 11- and 12-meter IMPACT models. Updates include a wider beam for more usable deck space, as well as additional motor mounts to accommodate quad outboard engines.   “The new 1000, 1100 and 1200 IMPACT models afford users about 30 percent more deck space than the previous models,” said BCGP Director of Sales, Jeremy Davis

Bisso Announces Management Changes

Ruben S. Dupre has been named to vice president, engineering at Bisso Towboat. With Bisso since 1981, Dupre will be responsible for the maintenance and repair of the fleet of tugs and will oversee all new tug construction. Brian Cyprowski has been named vice president, operations. With Bisso since 1987, Cyprowski will be responsible for the scheduling and job work assignment for the fleet of tugs. Captain Johnathan Davis has been named vice president, safety & quality

Italian Authorities Continue Ship Search

A ship, called the Davis, believed to be carrying as many as 180 illegal immigrants was still missing on Monday, after sending a distress signal from waters off southern Italy on Saturday evening, the Italian coastguard said. The coastguard searched all weekend for the ship with speedboats and a helicopter but found nothing. "The search is still continuing," a spokesman for the Brindisi coastguard said on Monday morning

Wittman to Co-Chair Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus

Rob Whittman was announced as the new Co-chair of the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus. The announcement came from Congressman Gene Taylor, another Co-Chair for the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus. Congressman Wittman was elected on December 11, 2007 during a special election to fill the seat left vacant by the late Jo Ann Davis. The Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus was founded by Congressman Taylor and Congressman Davis in January 2005

MNZ Throws the Book at 'Easy Rider' Owners

Maritime New Zealand brings charges relating to the 'Easy Rider' accident when eight people lost their lives. (Background: The fishing boat 'Easy Rider; capsized off New Zealand's southern coast earlier this year while carrying passengers). MNZ has laid five charges against the company that operated the vessel, AZ1 Enterprises Limited, and five against Gloria Davis, in her capacity as a Director of AZ1 Enterprises

Washburn & Doughty Delivers Kittiwake

On October 3, 2002, Washburn & Doughty Associates, Inc. of East Boothbay, Maine delivered Kittiwake, a 72' x 20' x 10'6" Offshore Motor Vessel, to Hempstead Navigation Service LLC of Exeter, Rhode Island. The vessel, which is designed for long distance travel, has a steel hull (5/16" shell) and an aluminum deckhouse. Hempstead Navigation Service's core business has been contracting the delivery of military and commercial vessels worldwide, and compass

Solstad Offshore Converted by Gibdock

Normand Trym and Normand Vibran side by side (Photo courtesy JLA Media Ltd)

Solstad Offshore is redeploying two platform supply vessels as potable water and fuel oil carriers to service Brazil’s offshore rig market for Petrobras, after completion of a major conversion project at Gibdock. The four week project saw the 2006-built Normand Trym (3,326 dwt) in drydock and the 2008-built Normand Vibran (3,376 dwt) alongside at the Gibraltar yard, in order that mud tanks on each vessel could be converted to store 1500m3 of fresh water storage

Schechtman Promoted at Parsons Brinckerhoff

Jeffrey Schechtman

Jeffrey Schechtman has been named Deputy Regional Business Manager for the Southeast region of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering and program/construction management organization. In his new position, Schechtman will work with managers in the nine states that comprise Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Southeast region to enhance relationships with key clients, expand business development opportunities, and invigorate marketing and pursuit efforts

Icebreaker Makes Emergency Return to Antarctica

Aurora Australis (Photo: Wendy Pyper)

The icebreaker 'Aurora Australis' was forced to return to Antarctica on Thursday, to evacuate a seriously ill Australian expedition member, just two days after leaving him on Davis Station to spend the winter in Antarctica. The Australian icebreaker will take almost two days to cover the 400 nautical miles back to Davis Station, because of sea ice conditions. When it is close enough, a helicopter will ferry the ill man to the ship.

Cole Appointed Beach Energy's Non-Executive Director

Robert Cole

  Beach Energy Limited announced that Mr Robert Cole will, on cessation of his employment with Beach on 14 October 2015, continue as a non-executive director of the company. Mr Cole will nominate for re-election as a non-executive director at the 2015 annual general meeting.

CFD to Assess SSP’s Crew Boat Docking Tunnel

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MARIN combined CFD with fast-time simulations and intensive testing on its bridge simulator to explore the full potential of the new SSP HUB. To save on costly helicopter crew transport, SSP Offshore took a good look at its SSP Plus design and decided to add a large crew boat docking tunnel

Tuco Debuts New Dive and ROV Support Boats

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Denmark’s Tuco Marine has revealed its new dive support and ROV Support boat designs. The two new vessels complement the designer’s range of ProZero workboats and daughter crafts and are dedicated the dive and ROV markets.   

USCG Urge Caution Ahead of Hurricane Joaquin


  The Coast Guard urges the public Thursday to use extreme caution and to prepare for the onset of heavy weather, extreme sea conditions, storm surge and high surf throughout the Mid Atlantic region as Hurricane Joaquin approaches the coast.

Willard to Supply Patrol Boats for the Philippines

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The U.S. Department of State awarded a contract to boatbuilder Willard Marine, Inc., to provide the Philippine National Police Maritime Group with patrol vessels equipped to conduct search and rescue operations along Philippine maritime borders.  

HII Wins $109.4mln U.S. Navy Contract

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 Huntington Ingalls  has received a $109.4mln contract modification to carry out support services for the U.S. Navy’s nuclear submarines.   The company will work to engineer, design, configure and update various classes of submarines, special mission submersible interfaces

Indonesia Migrant Boat Tragedy Toll Hits 61

Photo: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency

 The death toll from a wooden boat that capsized last week with Indonesian migrant workers off Malaysia's west coast has risen to 61, reports Reuters. Another 20 Indonesians have been rescued.    Malaysian maritime official Mohamad Hambali Yaakup says rescuers have retrieved the

High Power for New Tunisian Naval Boats

Two new vessels are set to provide the Tunisian Navy with improved capabilities to conduct search and rescue and extended offshore patrols.   Supplying marine engines for two new vessels is marine engine sales and service company Pacific Power Group

V&A Completes Hydraulics Projects for Stena Ferries

Photo courtesy of V&A Hydraulics

V&A Hydraulics reportes that it has completed two specialist projects for ferry operator Stena Line to support cargo loading functions and the release of a fast-rescue boat. The company was tasked with upgrading a tweendeck ramp on the Stena Mersey

Dometic Promotes Trigg

Dometic Group promoted Ned Trigg to Executive Vice President of Dometic’s Marine division.   In his new role, Trigg will be the business leader for the Marine OEM and Aftermarket divisions for the Americas region. This includes sales, application engineering, customer service

‘Trash Boats’ Help Keep Waterways Clean

Photo: Elastec

Elastec, a U.S. based manufacturer of pollution control equipment, is producing trash and debris collection boats to assist local governments in meeting Clean Water Act standards, aid in the reduction of floating pollutants in waterways and help protect aquatic ecosystems.  

General Dynamics Wins USN Submarine Deal


  The U.S. Navy has awarded a $321.7 million contract option to General Dynamics Electric Boat to provide planning yard work, engineering and technical support for nuclear submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.

Newport International Boat Show Annouces NFNP Winners

Newport International Boat Show Annouces NFNP Winners

  Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced today the results of this year’s Newport For New ProductsTM (NFNP) Awards. Judged on Thursday during the opening day of the Newport International Boat Show and announced at an awards

UK's First Boat with Duplex Silicone Coating


  A Blyth Workcat patrol boat nearing completion for the Kent and Essex Inshore Fisheries Conservation Area (KEIFCA) has become the first vessel in the UK to be treated with Duplex fouling release. The silicone coating is manufactured by Fuji Smart Surfaces and was chosen by KEIFCA for its

A Maneuverable Oil Spill Response Vessel

G.M. Penman (Photo: Twin Disc)

The maritime industry has seen an increased need for high speed spill response in step with expanding offshore oil exploration and production.   Meeting this need is the newest skimmer boat from Washington-based shipbuilder Rozema Boat Works: a 65-foot oil spill recovery vessel (OSRV), G.M

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