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Burger Boat Company Launches SYCARA IV


Burger Boat Company launched SYCARA IV, a 151 ft Fantail Motor Yacht. SYCARA IV, a classically-styled custom Fantail Motor Yacht, was launched on June 20 in front of a crowd of well wishers.  Her owner, family and friends watched as SYCARA IV was gently lowered into the Manitowoc River by Burger’s 500mt Marine Travelift shortly after she was christened by Elsie Catena. Styled after the classic yachts of the 1920’s, SYCARA IV brings together the design talents of Naval Architect Bruce King who developed her hull lines and Yacht Designer Ken Freivokh who worked with the owner and the Burger Design Team to develop the layout and incorporate the intricate, period-appropriate, interior and exterior details that were then fabricated by Burger’s craftspeople.  After her final fit-out and sea trials SYCARA IV will travel east through the Great Lakes and then south where she is sure to be the hit of the 2009 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

DOT: KP Training Vessel Sent to Texas

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Transfers TV KINGS POINTER to Texas A&M University.   The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Department of Transportation today announced that the TV KINGS POINTER will be transferred to Texas A&M University in Galveston. The transfer facilitates the upcoming reconstruction of Mallory Pier, the Academy’s main ship docking facility. The Mallory Pier project has been in the planning stages for several years

This Day in Coast Guard History – Jan. 11

1882- At 9 a.m during a thick snowstorm, the schooner A .F. Ames of Rockland, Maine, was bound from Perth Amboy to Boston with a crew of seven persons. She stranded during a thick snowstorm five hundred yards east of Race Point and one mile and three-quarters west of Station No. 6, Second District. The vessel was discovered by the patrol and the life-saving crew boarded her at 9:15 o’clock. She was leaking and pounding heavily. The pumps were manned to keep the water down

Ingram Barge Lines Repowers

Robert King, based in Paducah Kentucky, is the manager of Ingram Support Service a wholly owned subsidiary of Ingram Barge Lines charged with managing 20 vessels that operate on the Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers. These are among the smaller vessels in Ingram’s 137-vessel fleet and so operate without engineers. King’s job is to minimize down time and maximize efficient operational hours. He expects to do just that for 87x30-foot Charles M

VT Halter Marine CEO to Address WorkBoat Show

Ret. Gen. Boyd "Butch" E. King, CEO, VT Halter Marine will deliver a keynote address at the International WorkBoat Show. Mr. King will speak at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 12:30 p.m. Based out of Gulfport, Mississippi, VT Halter Marine is a leader in the design and construction of small- to medium-sized ships in the United States as well international ocean going vessels. A retired Brigadier General who served in the U.S. Army for over 35

Video: On-water Helicopter Rescue Demo

A King County Sheriff's Helicopter performed a rescue demonstration using a new rescue platform before a group of attendees at this year's Maritime Security West Conference in Tacoma, Wash. on August 18, 2014. The Seattle Fire Department, with the support of King County Sheriff's Office and Tacoma Fire Dept., conducted an on-water rescue demonstration using the AirTEP (airborne tactical extrication platform) system from the King County Sheriff's Office rescue helicopter.

Rep. King Receives Champion of Maritime Award

Morton Bouchard III,& President/CEO of NY: based& Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc.,presented Rep. King the 2013 Champion of Maritime Award on behalf of the American MaritimePartnerhip.

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) this week received the 2013 Champion of Maritime Award from the American Maritime Partnership (AMP), a group representing the domestic maritime industry in New York and across the United States.  AMP provides the prestigious annual award to recognize an individual who has displayed extraordinary dedication to and consistent support for the American maritime industry.   As a member and former chairman of the U.S

Coast Guard Intercepts Illegal Shark-Finning Vessel

Coast Guard Cutter Tybee arrived in San Diego, Ca. on Friday escorting the King Diamond II, a Honolulu-based, 82-ft. fishing vessel with 12 tons of prohibited shark fins onboard. A Coast Guard law enforcement detachment operating from a U.S. Navy ship boarded the King Diamond II approximately 350 miles southeast of Acapulco on the afternoon of August 13 and seized the vessel after discovering the illegal shark fins. The Coast Guard Cutter Chase arrived on scene on August 15 and took custody

Australia Awards Contract to Support Frigates

Chief Executive Officer of the Defense Materiel Organization (DMO), Warren King, announced that a multimillion dollar contract had been signed with Thales Australia for in-service support on four Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ships. Mr. King said the $46 million contract provides support to the Adelaide Class Guided Missile Frigate’s (FFG) Combat Systems and offers increased job security to the 48 staff within Thales that have been engaged under the interim contract.

This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History – December 28

1835-The "Dade Battle" occurred when Seminole Indians ambushed and killed Major Francis Langhorne Dade and his Army command while they were on the march on Fort King Road from Fort Brooke to reinforce the troops at Fort King (Ocala).  This battle was the immediate cause of the Second Seminole War, a war in which the Revenue Cutter Service played an important role. 1857-The light was first illuminated in the Cape Flattery Lighthouse

AEP to Sell AEP River Ops To ACL

An AEP river tow (File image)

American Electric Power (AEP) has signed an agreement to sell its commercial barge transportation subsidiary, AEP River Operations LLC, to American Commercial Lines (ACL), owned by Platinum Equity, for approximately $550 million. AEP River Operations is a commercial inland barge company

Rand Takes Delivery of Newest Self-Unloader

Bulk freight shipper Rand Logistics, Inc. has taken delivery of its newest Canadian self-unloading vessel, increasing its fleet to 16 ships, including 10 Canadian flagged and six U.S. flagged vessels.   According to Rand, the new vessel will have the largest carrying capacity of any

River Information System Updated in Bulgaria

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov at the inauguration ceremony (Photo: Transas)

The Consortium BulRIS II led by Transas has completed the second phase of the BULRIS project, funded by the Operational Program "Transport" 2007 – 2013. The system was delivered to the Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company (BPI Co

First SA Cargo Ship Registered

Photo: SAMSA

 Three South Africa youths made history in South Africa’s maritime economy sector at the weekend when they boarded the country’s first registered cargo ship since the dawn of democracy.   Similarly, the city of Nelson Mandela Bay also marked its name in the country’s

Kumar to Lead MARAD Education and Training

Shashi N. Kumar, Ph.D

Dr. Shashi N. Kumar, Academic Dean at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), has accepted a position to serve as Deputy Associate Administrator and National Coordinator for Maritime Education and Training at the headquarters of the Maritime Administration (MARAD).  

Insights: Tracy Zea, Director-Government Relations, WCI

Tracy R. Zea

Washington-based Tracy R. Zea advocates for Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) goals for authorizations and appropriations which support a modern, efficient, and reliable inland waterways transportation system. Zea also works to enhance WCI’s stakeholder relationship with the U.S

Papal Visit to Impact Marine Transportation System

Pope Francis

  The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that vessel traffic transiting the Delaware River and Schuylkill River, in vicinity of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from September 25, 2015 to September 28, 2015 will likely experience delays.

Man Rescued from Willamette River in Portland


  The Coast Guard rescued a man from the Willamette River after his sail boat capsized near the St. Johns Bridge, in Portland, Sunday night . The man was delivered to awaiting emergency medical services at the Cathedral Park boat launch were he was checked for injuries and released.

‘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.  

Yenisei River Helps Saves 4 Sailors

Courtesy Dynagas

  Dynagas infomred that their 155,000-cbm newbuilding Yenisei River, which was delivered in July, braved moderate to rough seas to go to the aid of the yacht Caprea which was taking in water. They picked up the four sailors after their yacht began flooding off western France.

King’s Lynn, Ipswich Ports Record Grain Exports

The Alexandra Silo Complex at the Port of King’s Lynn

  ABP’s ports of King’s Lynn and Ipswich have handled record levels of grain exports.   Following extensive levels of investment in facilities, both ports enjoyed the highest number of exports in the month of August.  

Economic Importance of River Thames

Photo: Totally Thames

 The vital role that the River Thames plays in the economy, the movement of freight and the transport of passengers – and also in the wellbeing of the capital’s residents – has been made clear in two new reports launched by the Port of London Authority (PLA) this week during

Vitol Supplying Bunker Fuel to Houston, Mississippi River

Press release -- Vitol announced it has begun supplying physical bunker fuel to Houston and the Mississippi River. Bunker grades RMG, RMK and DMA 0.1 percent will be marketed under the V-Marine Fuels brand, on a retail (delivered) basis in Houston.

Traffic Restrictions Lifted on Mississippi River

File photo: Thomas Rollins

The safety zone and traffic restrictions in place from markers 936 to 938 on the Mississippi River following a towboat collision and subsequent oil spill have been lifted, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.   A section of the lower Mississippi River was closed to all traffic except response

Swaziland Plans Canal to the Indian Ocean

Map: U.S. Embassy Mbabane

 The Government of Swaziland, despite being entirely landlocked, has backed a plan to build a channel to the Indian Ocean, the latest in the 21st century’s epic round of global canal construction.     Officials in Swaziland  has confirmed the plans to build inland port

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