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Palmer Johnson Yatchs Shuts Sturgeon Bay, Moves to Europe

Image:  Palmer Johnson Yachts

 Luxury yacht manufacturer Palmer Johnson Yachts is closing its production facilities in Sturgeon Bay because of dwindling sales and competition from overseas.   In a plant closing notice filed Wednesday with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the company said sales had fallen and offshore competition had escalated.   The closures will result in the loss of about 100 jobs. Palmer Johnson said it will cooperate with the Department of Workforce Development to help employees find other jobs.   The shutdown will take place in phases starting about Oct. 31. "We are disappointed and saddened by this business closing, and yet realize that there is no alternative," the company said.   Production is being moved to the Netherlands under a deal that the company said would give it a better competitive advantage.   It also says its SuperSport range yacht has received a lot of interest. The company claims the move to Europe will give it a better competitive advantage in the industry.    The relocation is part of Palmer Johnson's plan to increase production of a SuperSport series of yachts, the company confirmed Thursday.   Yacht building is an important niche industry in northeast Wisconsin, where the brands include Palmer Johnson, Carver, Marquis, Burger, Cruisers and Rampage. The industry also supports dozens of suppliers, including companies in the Milwaukee area.  

Palmer Johnson, Atlantic Dry Dock Team Up

Palmer Johnson Savannah and Atlantic Dry Dock Corp. have entered into a joint effort via a letter of intent for the establishment of Palmer Johnson @Atlantic (PJA) on the site of the 60-acre Atlantic Shipyard facility near Jacksonville, Fla. The new Palmer Johnson division will specialize in providing service and refit for yachts measuring 197 ft. (60 m) or larger. According to Phil Friedman, president and CEO of Palmer Johnson, the new venture will be able to haul

Crowley Receives Customer Service Award

Crowley Liner Services has been honored with SC Johnson's "Outstanding Customer Service Award" for 2001. Crowley's Gunter Majzner, senior account manager, and Greig Havern, senior account executive, recently accepted the award on behalf of the company at SC Johnson's corporate headquarters in Racine, Wis. Crowley was selected for this award by maintaining the high levels of customer service required in SC Johnson's carrier partnership program

Real Ships Yachts Expands in European


Real Ships, the custom steel boatbuilder in Alabama, now offers its American-made yachts to the European cruising market. Aventura, a 77 ft Expedition produced by Joe Johnson’s Real Ships, debuted at the October Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. Heikki Luoma’s Compass International, Palma de Mallorca-based dealership in Spain, will now provide exclusive European representation for Real Ships yachts. Compass International has been offering brokerage, mooring, charter

New W-class Yacht Designs

W-class 123 Yacht: Image credit W-class Yacht Co.

W-Class Yacht Company is expanding its family of yachts to include 100’, 123’ and 135’ models. The first of the new designs, the W.123', was developed by Bruce Johnson (formerly of Sparkman & Stephens) in collaboration with Rockport Marine Yacht Design. The new racer/cruiser yachts will retain the ‘Spirit of Tradition’ and performance attributes of the existing W-Class Yacht Company’s W.37’, W.46’ and W.76’ models.

Webb Institute Picks Crowley Scholarship Recipients

Tom Crowley with Nicholas Ratinaud (left) and Andrew Ko (right). (Photo: Crowley)

Webb Institute, a four-year college specializing in naval architecture and marine engineering, announced the 2015-2016 recipients of Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Thomas B. Crowley, Sr. Memorial Scholarships. Nicholas Ratinaud, of West Bloomfield, Mich., and Andrew Ko, of Philadelphia, were chosen by the school’s scholarship selection committee for their leadership qualities, academic excellence and commitment to the maritime industry.   

Johnson to Lead Alion Expansion in Canada


Alion Science and Technology, an employee-owned technology solutions company, is increasing its Canadian business presence and expanding its Navy-focused design and engineering capabilities through its wholly owned subsidiary Alion Canada. With an office and pre-established relationships in Ottawa, Ontario, Alion’s growing focus centers around delivering naval architecture and marine engineering support to the Canadian Navy, Canadian Coast Guard, shipyards and integrators.

Panama Canal CEO Briefs Miami Leadership

Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Administrator/CEO Alberto Alemán Zubieta briefed government and business leaders on the progress of the Panama Canal Expansion Program at an event in Miami, Fla. on Nov. 6. Alemán Zubieta confirmed expansion is moving ahead on-time, on-budget and will facilitate trade between the Port of Miami and the Panama Canal.   “Expansion is moving ahead as planned and will build a new lane of traffic along the Canal through the construction of a

Johnson joins Hempel USA

 Hempel USA, the global supplier of Marine and Protective coatings has hired Jennifer Johnson as a Sales Representative in the US Gulf.  Ms. Johnson will be responsible for Marine sales of Hempel’s extensive product line in the territory.  A graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy with extensive industry experience, she will be located in Hempel’s headquarters in Houston Texas.

USA's Ingram Barge Appoints Coal Division Sales Leader

Joe Johnson: Photo credit Ingram

Joe Johnson has been promoted to Assistant Vice President, Coal, in the Ingram Barge Company of Nashville, Tennessee. Joe Johnson already is serving in this newly created position, and the Ingram sales team now reports to him, with respect to their coal accounts. He joined Ingram in 2002 and has handled the majority of the company’s utility and export coal customer base. Prior to joining Ingram, he gained over 20 years of experience in the coal industry.

Man Rescued From Sinking Yacht in Wrightsville Beach, NC

Courtesy USCG

The Coast Guard rescued a 59-year-old man Saturday from a yacht taking on water in Masonboro Inlet. A 29-foot Response Boat-Small (RBS) crew from Station Wrightsville Beach received a mayday call at 9:37 a.m. while on patrol. The 60-foot yacht Somewhere in Time was taking on water with one

MOL Containership Rescues Castaways

Scenes of rescue operations

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that on October 29, 2015, the MOL-operated containership MOL PROFICIENCY safely rescued all two survivors 400 km offshore of Canary Islands. Details of the rescue follow: ・ At 09:05 (all times in local time) on October 29, 2015

Triton 1650/3 LP Introduced at Boat Show

New Triton Submarines 1650 -Low Profile- designed to Fit in a Superyacht Tender Garage

  Triton Submarines LLC, America’s leading builder of personal submersibles designed for yacht deployment, provided details of its new Triton 1650/3 LP (Low Profile) submersible model at a press conference at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show today

FarSounder 3D Sonar for NACOS Platinum

MULTIPILOT station showing FarSounder sonar and ECDIS. (Image: FarSounder)

FarSounder, a developer of 3D forward looking sonar systems for navigation and obstacle avoidance, announced it has entered an integration partnership with Wärtsilä SAM Electronics.   The partnership will see 3D sonar data from FarSounder’s navigation systems visualized and

Fincantieri, Pininfarina Introduced “Ottantacinque”

Concept of a latest-generation luxury mega yacht.

  At the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show held this morning Fincantieri, leading western shipbuilding group, and Pininfarina, standard-bearer of the Italian design for 85 years, introduced the “Ottantacinque” concept of a latest-generation luxury mega yacht.

Damen’s New Yacht Range Sails to the Extremes

Image: Damen

Damen’s new SeaXplorer yacht range brings true capability to expedition yachting, from extreme polar to remote tropical areas.   The world’s first purpose-built, Polar Code compliant range of expedition yachts has been launched by Dutch shipbuilder Damen and its luxury

Barcelona Yacht Repairer Adds New Pearlson Shiplift

Barcelona Yacht Repairer

Yacht service, refit, repair and maintenance yard Marina Barcelona 92 (MB’92) has awarded a contract to Pearlson Shiplift Corporation (PSC) for the design and supply of a new ship lift and transfer system as part of an expansion project underway at its Barcelona shipyard.

DMW Marine Military Cranes


DMW Marine Group, LLC. completed a number of projects for the U.S. Navy and foreign Navies in recent years, claiming a place as a go-to supplier for Navy departments globally. Notable projects as listed by DMW include a personnel handling 500 ton meter knuckleboom crane

U.S. Culls Over 1,200 Oregon Cormorants

Oregon Cormorants Courtesy Wikipedia

  The U.S. federal government has killed more than 1,000 seabirds on an Oregon island since May to protect endangered salmon as part of a plan that environmentalists say is flawed and are seeking to stop with a lawsuit. So far, 1,221 adult cormorants have been killed and more than 5

Volvo Ocean Race Partners with Yacht Racing Forum

Photo: Volvo Ocean Race

 The Volvo Ocean Race has agreed a three-year partnership with the Yacht Racing Forum.   "We are delighted to welcome the Volvo Ocean Race as a long-term partner,” said Bernard Schopfer, the event’s CEO.  

Yacht Adrift in the North Sea

A yacht has gone adrift in the North Sea after losing steering in difficult weather conditions, reports the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).   One man is believed to be aboard the yacht which was making its way from Lerwick to Norway when it encountered difficulties around 8:50 p.m

Icon Terminates Shipbuilding Contract

Image:  ICON Offshore Berhad

 Icon Offshore Bhd and its partner FOB Swath Malaysia A/S have agreed to terminate their shipbuilding contract with Denmark-based Danish Yachts AS.    Icon-FOB Holdings (L) Inc in which Icon Offshore holds a 51% stake while FOB Swath Malaysia owns 49%

Grand Banks Yachts Swings Back into Black

Photo: Grand Banks Yachts

 The builder of luxury yachts Grand Banks Yachts swung to a net profit of $1.2 million for the first quarter ended Sept 30 compared to a net loss of $1.3 million for the year-ago period.   Following restructuring efforts after a major acquisition, gross profit margin increased to 24

Hong Kong - Daya Bay Yacht Race

Yachting Photo Wikipedia

  A yacht race from Hong Kong to Daya Bay in the Mainland will take place on 30 October 2015 (Friday). About 60 yachts are expected to participate in the race. The race will start in the vicinity of Steep Island, Sai Kung at 1000 hours on 30 October 2015.

Arctic Coast Guard Forum Established

The Joint Statement officially establishing the Arctic Coast Guard Forum is displayed after being signed at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., Oct. 30, 2015.(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Patrick Kelley)

  A joint statement, officially establishing the Arctic Coast Guard Forum (ACGF), was signed today by leaders representing all eight coast guard agencies of the Arctic nations. The Arctic Coast Guard Forum (ACGF) is an operationally-focused

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