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Electric Boat Hire Initiative in Chicago

Duffy Electric Boat: Photo credit Vantage YC

Boat-share company Vantage Yacht Club takes delivery of four electric boats from Duffy Boats Vantage Yacht Club, offering shared yacht ownership announce additions to its Fleet Membership and Non-Member rental fleets with the delivery of four electric Duffy Boats. Arrival of the electric boats is the first such initiative in Chicago. Electric boaters will cruise the Chicago River taking in the sights and sounds of the city while promoting environmental responsibility and sustainability. These zero-emission electric boats are available to rent by-the-hour beginning April 1, 2012 from 8:00 am until midnight, seven days a week. The boats are enclosed with an overhead canopy and removable windows and will be rented throughout all four seasons. The boats are easy to operate by boaters, even those who have no boating experience. Vantage believes that its customers will not only begin to appreciate the Chicago River even more, but will directly join the effort to attract Chicago's decision makers to intensify River cleansing and vitalization programs. By adding hundreds of electric boats to its fleet over time, Vantage expects a sparkling Chicago River for all eventually to enjoy. Vantage Yacht Club's management expects similar electric boat initiatives to follow its lead. About Vantage Yacht Club


AAPA to Host Port Management Seminar

The top issues relevant to Caribbean and Latin American port professionals, including navigation dredging, seaport security, port privatization, Panama Canal expansion and port operating strategies, will be featured at the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) Executive Management Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean, Feb. 12-14. The conference will be held in Miami’s Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel and Marina.


MTA of NJ Awards Scholarships

The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey (MTA/NJ) Foundation awarded three education scholarships to outstanding students pursuing careers in the marine industry.  The MTA/NJ Foundation was established to help promote boating safety and education and to raise funds for a new Education Scholarship to encourage education in the marine trades field. This is the fourth year that the Association has been able to award scholarships to deserving students


New Travelift Hoist for Gold Coast City Marina

Photo courtesy Marine Travelocity

Gold Coast City Marina in Queensland, Australia accommodates superyachts seeking refits, blasting, paintwork and maintenance and features superyacht facilities, marina berths, dry storage, boat sales and brokerage.  To maintain its economic growth and development, the company decided to replace its existing eight-year-old 40-ton unit that needed an extensive overhaul with a new Marine Travelift 50 BFMII boat hoist.


Rice Ship Struck by Bulker

The Cambodia-flag freighter Marina Bay was berthed at Lagos, Nigeria, when it was struck by the Cyprus-flag bulker Yannis, on March 3, Lloyds Shipping Intelligence Service said on Monday. The 14,956 dwt Marina Bay has sustained serious damage. The forward part of the vessel is on the bottom with water ingress in No.1 hold, which spread to No.2 and No.3 holds. Marina Bay’s cargo of bagged rice has swelled after it got wet. The 24,105 dwt Yannis sustained only minor damage in the collision


Historic Navy Ship Baylander Shortly Open to New Yorkers

ex-USS Baylander: Photo credit Baylander

An historic U.S. Navy vessel that was originally deployed during Vietnam and later used to train U.S. helicopter pilots will temporarily dock at Pier 5 of Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) and for the first time be open for public tours. Free walk-up tours of the 'Baylander' are currently scheduled for weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning July 26 through Labor Day, inform the owners, the Trenk Family Foundation. In advance of construction of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Marina


Scituate Boat Works Opens Marine Services Building and Ship’s Store

Massachusetts State Representative Jim Cantwell was among the dignitaries attending the recent grand opening of the new Scituate Boat Works (SBW) marine services building and Ship’s Store. Left to right: SBW Vice President Scott Hamernick; SBW President Brian Curreri; Rep. Cantwell; and SBW Vice President Marc Curreri.

Scituate Boat Works (SBW) recently completed the construction of a marine services building and Ship’s Store at the Scituate (Massachusetts) Town Marina.   The new facility is the latest step in the process of revitalizing the town-owned marina to improve services to recreational boaters and the area’s commercial fishing fleet. The inner harbor where SBW is located has been dredged and is now a marked channel to the marina.  


Ocean Conservancy and NAMEPA Partner to Fight Marine Debris

  NAMEPA (North American Marine Environment Protection Association) and the Ocean Conservancy signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) this month, the two group announced in a press release.   The agreement aims to foster a collaborative effort that encourages marine pollution prevention, advocates for sensible and sustainable marine environmental practices, and heightens public awareness of impacts and mitigation techniques of marine pollution.  


Moose Delivers Rescue and Patrol Vessel

Moose Boats, a designer and builder of aluminum catamarans, recently delivered a fully equipped M2-35’ for law enforcement, searchand rescue efforts and fire fighting capabilities to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which will use the boat out of their Marina del Rey,CA, Station. The boat will be deployed for rescue, patrol and fire fighting operations from Marina del Rey, CA. This fast and stable catamaran hull, with its powerful water jet propulsion


Miami Mega-Yacht Marina Selects SeaSecure

Flagstone Property Group was awarded the rights to develop a mega-yacht marina on Miami’s Watson Island by the City of Miami. Mehmet Bayraktar, Chairman and CEO of Flagstone, has said that the project will be completed by the end of 2006. In addition to the super yacht marina, Island Gardens will also include two high-rise hotel towers including fractional residences, a maritime gallery, restaurants, retail shops, and cultural facilities


USCG Medevacs Injured Mariner Near SW Pass

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  A Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew medevaced a man south of Southwest Pass, at around 12 p.m., Tuesday. The crew of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans was dispatched approximately four miles south of Southwest Pass to pick up a mariner who had


Kongsberg Simulators to Enhance GoM Offshore Training

Photo courtesy of Kongsberg

‘Fideicomiso de Formación y Capacitación para el Personal de la Marina Mercante Nacional’ (FIDENA), on behalf of Mexico’s Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) has selected Kongsberg Maritime offshore simulators for the Marine Education Center in


Murmansk Region Head for Zoning Arctic Territories

Courtesy Arctic Info

  Murmansk Governor Marina Kovtun, at the first meeting of the State Commission for the development of the Arctic has proposed a change to the system of energy pricing for the Murmansk region and zoning of marine areas. The authorities of the Murmansk region linked the successful


Cleveland Coast Guard Continue Investigation, Cleanup Operation

Courtesy USCG

  Crews are continuing their response and investigation Saturday for an unknown substance that was released Friday into Lake Erie at the Forest City Yacht Club in Cleveland. The spilled product coming from an outflow pipe near the marina appears to have ceased.


Cuba Fears Invasion of US Yachtsmen

Havana Bay (Image: Public Broadcasting Service)

 The rapprochement between the United States and Cuba could mean that tens of thousands of U.S. yachts could soon descend on the island, an influx for which the country's infrastructure is not prepared, Agence France-Presse reported.  


Vanuatu Clean-Up: Rivergate Aids Residents

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In the wake of Tropical Cyclone Pam, which hit landfall on March 13, 2015, latest reports indicate that more than 65,000 people are now homeless and over 110,000 are left without safe drinking water in Vanuatu. Australia's Rivergate Marina and Shipyard, working in conjunction with YachtAid Global


Graduation Ceremony of MOL Filipino Seafarers

MOL President Koichi Muto delivers his address at the graduation ceremony

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced the graduation of 105 students in the fourth class of the "3rd Year Program," which MOL introduced with the goal of developing crewmembers who will uphold strict safety standards in vessel operation.


USCG Rescues 2 from Vessel Near Everglades National Park

USCG Resuce two men from sinking vessel

  Two men are safe after the Coast Guard rescued them from their partially submerged vessel near Everglades National Park Tuesday morning. Coast Guard 7th District Command Center watchstanders received an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon signal Tuesday morning


USCG Rescues 12, Cancels Small Boat Race in FL

  The Coast Guard saved 12 people from the water during the WaterTribe Everglades Challenge near Englewood, Florida, on Saturday.   Approximately 135 boats of various sizes and more than 240 people took part in the small-craft regatta


COTP Delaware Bay Modifies Ice Condition II

Photo courtesy USCG

  The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition II has been modified to expand STEEL HULL RESTRICTIONS in the Delaware River. There have been reports of ice formation that may impact navigation throughout the COTP zone


Five More Tankers under Crowley Management

Photo: Arya Tankers

Crowley Accord Management Pvt. Ltd., the international ship management venture managed globally by Crowley Maritime Corp.’s ship management group, was awarded full technical management contracts for five new tankers. These tankers will be joined in the coming weeks by three more


Seakeeper Enters Asia-Pacific Market

Seakeeper continues to strengthen its worldwide sales and service support with its new facility in Raffles Marina in Singapore. The office will serve as a base for all company operations in Asia.

  Seakeeper continues to strengthen its worldwide sales and service support with its new facility in Raffles Marina in Singapore. The office will serve as a base for all company operations in Asia. "We're taking a global approach to our business model," said Phil Bourque


Cleanup Continues at Shell Wharf

  The cleanup and response operations continue for oil released at the Shell Wharf in Martinez, Wednesday. Assessments conducted throughout Wednesday continue to show no impact to the shoreline or wildlife, and no impact to the Martinez Marina or nearby marsh.


Cargo Ship Runs Aground Off Guimaras

Cargo ship MT King Andrew ran aground in Siete Picados, Guimaras, February 4 when strong winds and currents southwest off the Light Station forced the vessel off course, the Philippines Coastguard reported.   The ship master said MT King Andrew departed Lapuz Wharf in Iloilo around 11 p.m


Sri Lanka Softens Stance on China Port City dealD

Sri Lanka's new government said on Thursday it might renegotiate a $1.5 billion "port city" deal with China Communications Construction Co Ltd, softening its pre-election threat to scrap the project.   New Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, before last month's presidential vote






 
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