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Eastern Shipbuilding Delivers Rena Marie

MV RENA MARIE (Hull 191)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivered the M/V Rena Marie (Hull 191), the 61st 90-foot inland towboat to Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. (FMT) of Mandeville, La., continuing its ongoing new build program. Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. signed an order for additional towboats earlier this year, bringing the total vessels contracted over the last 10 years to 65. Five of the most recent 90-foot inland towboat deliveries to FMT occurred over the past 12 months. Delivered July 9, 2015, Rena Marie was constructed at Eastern’s Allanton Facility from a design furnished by Gilbert Associates, Inc. of Boston, Mass.


FMT Orders Another Towboat from Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group Signs Option Contract for One Additional 90’ Inland with Towboat Florida Marine Transporters

  Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is pleased to announce that Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. of Mandeville, LA exercised another additional 90’x32’x10’ “Canal Class” Inland Towboat to the six (6) vessel program currently under contract. In September 2014, Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. signed the 7th vessel and this additional towboat brings the total to sixty-two (62) vessels contracted


Horizon Delivers M/V Capt. Kirby Dupuis

Photo courtesy Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc.

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala., has delivered the M/V Capt. Kirby Dupuis to Florida Marine Transporters of Mandeville, La.  She joins her sister ship, the M/V Capt. W. D. Nunley in pushing cargoes throughout the inland waterways of the United States.   The M/V Capt. Kirby Dupuis, designed by John Gilbert, is a 120 ft long by 35 ft wide, 10 ft draft, towboat vessel that is four-decked and is outfitted for service in areas restricted to overhead clearances and draft


Horizon Delivers 140’ Towboat for FMT

Photo: Horizon Shipbuilding

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Alabama, has delivered the seventh 140’ towboat for Florida Marine Transporters (FMT). The vessel is named for FMT’s long-time Captain Phillip Box. The M/V Capt. Phillip Box was launched in April, 2014 at Horizon’s Bayou La Batre facility using its 600 metric ton TraveLift. This TraveLift is one of the largest on the Gulf Coast and allows for efficient launch of new vessels as well as quick repair projects.


Eastern Delivers 60th Towboat to Florida Marine

M/V Bill Seymour (Photo courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivered the M/V Bill Seymour (Hull 190), the 60th 90’ Inland Towboat to Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. of Mandeville, La., continuing its ongoing newbuild program.   It was in early January 2015, when Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. signed an additional towboat, bringing the total to 63 vessels contracted over the last 10 years. Five of the most recent 90’ inland towboat deliveries to Florida Marine occurred over the past twelve months


Horizon Delivers Second 80’ Towboat to FMT

Photo courtesy of Horizon Shipbuilding

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. announced the delivery of another 80’ Inland River Towboat, the M/V Chip Stiebing, to Florida Marine Transporters (FMT) of Mandeville, La. Delivered in March 2015, this is the second 80’ towboat of the three vessel contract with FMT.   Horizon, a Bayou La Batre, Alabama shipyard has delivered several 140’ and 120’ inland river towboats over the eight-year relationship with FMT


Tug Company to Pay Nearly $1M for Seagrass Damage

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company of Oak Brook, Ilinois will pay nearly $1 million for damages to seagrass and other resources in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the Justice Department and the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today. The $969,000 settlement reached on behalf of NOAA and the State of Florida is the largest ever obtained for damages to seagrass in the sanctuary


New Luxury Marine in Pompano Beach

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South Florida boaters have a new place to store their investments with the opening of Aquamarina Hidden Harbour in Pompano Beach. It’s the first newly constructed conventional dry storage marina in the region in more than a decade and the first in Broward County since a three-year moratorium on new commercial marina construction was lifted in 2007.   Aqua Marine Partners (AMP), a vertically integrated marina company based in Aventura, Florida, designed, developed


Awarded: $17.1m in U.S. Shipyard Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration today announced $17.1 million in grants to 14 small shipyards in 10 states.  The grants are part of the Assistance to Small Shipyards program. “Small shipyards are vitally important for the health of the maritime industry, and for the nation’s economy,” said Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.  The purpose of the grants is to make capital and infrastructure improvements that facilitate the


My-Villages Relocates to South Florida

My-Villages, the company facilitating an online marine industry collaborative, announced it has moved from its former Alexandria, Va. headquarters to the Jupiter - Stuart, Fla. area to be situated directly within the largest U.S. boating market and major marine industry hub. “With the number of Florida-based marine businesses joining us in the past few months, it made sense to be closer to our partners,” My-Villages CEO and Founder Kevin Hutchinson said.


Horizon Shipbuilding Delivers Third 80’ Towboat to FMT

Travis R. Short of Horizon Shipbuilding with Jeff Brumfield of FMT in front of newbuild M/V Michael Akiu #86  (Photo: Horizon Shipbuilding)

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. announced it has delivered another 80-foot inland river towboat, the M/V Michael Akiu #86, to Florida Marine Transporters. Inc. (FMT) of Mandeville, La.   The 2,100 horsepower M/V Michael Akiu #86 is the final vessel for FMT as part of a order for three 80’


Port Everglades Project Step Closer

Ports Chief Executive Steven Cernak told about the projects long-awaited approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

  Broward County's Port Everglades is moving forward with a plan to widen and deepen its channels, but there are still several steps to go before construction begins, the Port's Chief Executive Steven Cernak told elected officials and business leaders during an event to celebrate the


Maersk Starts Weekly Service through Port of Jacksonville

JAXPORT. Photo by Port of Jacksonville

 The Port of Jacksonville (JAXPORT) has welcomed the 4,400 teu AS Mariana, the first ship in Maersk Line’s new weekly service to Asia through at the port’s Blount Island Marine Terminal.   JAXPORT has officially announced the addition of the world’s No


Pearl Seas Cruises Adds Voyages to Cuba

Pearl Mist (Photo: Pearl Seas Cruises)

Pearl Seas Cruises plans to launch a series of “cultural voyages” from the United States to Cuba beginning in the spring of 2016, the cruise line announced today.   Offering 7- to 10-night voyages aboard the line’s newest vessel, the 210-passenger luxury ship Pearl Mist


Collaboration Enhances Oil Spill Research

Oil from Deepwater Horizon spill washes ashore Louisiana’s coast in June 2010. (Photo courtesy of Governor Jindal’s office)

New partnership allows USF-led research team to better study oil spills; group will gain valuable access to cutting-edge technologies to aid in analyzing long-term impacts   The University of South Florida’s (USF) College of Marine Science announced a new partnership with Agilent


Haitian Migrants Rescued at Sea, Repatriated

A crewmember aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant lowers a child to a boatcrew during a repatriation off the coast of Haiti, June 16, 2015. Fifty-four Haitian migrants were interdicted south of St. John, Virgin Islands, aboard an overloaded sailing vessel on June 10.  (USCG photo)

The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Valiant repatriated 54 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitien, Haiti, Tuesday.   While on patrol, a Caribbean Air & Marine Branch aircraft reported a suspicious sailing vessel south of St. John, Virgin Islands, Wednesday


Rolls-Royce Wins Trawler Equipment Deal

Photo: Rolls-Royce

The shipbuilding company Kleven in Norway has announced a contract for two fishing stern trawlers to be designed and equipped by Rolls-Royce. The fishing vessels have been ordered by the German company DFFU, which is fully owned by the Icelandic seafood company Samherji


USCG Suspends Search for Missing Olympic Sailor

Trevor Moore is shown in this handout photo provided by USA Sailing

  Search efforts for a missing Olympic sailor, Trevor Moore, in Biscayne Bay, Florida, were suspended Saturday evening at sunset. The Coast Guard and partner agencies covered more than 510 square nautical miles and completed more than 29 search patterns before suspending the three day


Woman Airlifted offshore Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

A rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami medically evacuated a woman 98 nautical miles northeast of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., on June 28, 2015.

  A rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami medically evacuated a woman 98 nautical miles northeast of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Sunday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 7th District command center received a report of a woman aboard the sailing vessel Kraken who


Coast Guard Monitoring Rocket Debris off US

Photo: NASA

The U.S. Coast Guard informs it is working with SpaceX and partner agencies to monitor the debris field of the exploded Falcon 9 rocket in the Atlantic Ocean more than 150 miles off the Florida-Georgia coast. The unmanned SpaceX CRS-7 rocket was meant to deliver supplies


Carlyle Group Acquires LMC

LMC is a 50-acre facility consisting of a boatyard, marina and marine service center

  Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group today announced the acquisition of Lauderdale Marine Center (LMC), the nation's largest yacht repair facility in terms of the number of large vessels it can haul and service. Equity for the transaction comes from Carlyle Realty Partners VII


Port Lafito Officially Opens

Image by GB Group

 GB Group, a diversified group of industrial and trading companies, has announced that Port Lafito, a world-class modern container port in Haiti, is open and operational.   Port Lafito in Haiti officially opened on 2 July in a ceremony attended by the country’s president among


Gasoil Availability Expands on Gulf Coast

MGO and ECA products are available in volume throughout the Gulf Coast.   Atlantic Gulf Bunkering LLC, a division of Bunkers International LLC, announced today that the company has expanded availability of both MGO and ECA product that meets the 2015 ECA specification of 0


Crowley Promotes Communications VP

Mark Miller (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corporation has promoted Mark Miller to vice president, corporate and marketing communications, within Crowley’s corporate services group.   Miller directs all aspects of internal and external communications around the world for Crowley and its commercial subsidiaries


USCG Repatriates 15 Migrants

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  The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans repatriated 15 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Thursday. This repatriation is a result of two separate migrant interdictions at sea. In all instances, Cubans were trying to illegally enter the United States on unseaworthy






 
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