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Hawaiian Tour Operator Orders Willard Aluminum RIB

Willard Marine, a 56-year-old builder of composite and aluminum boats, is supplying a seven-meter Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RIB) for Na Pali Coast Hanalei Tours in Hawaii. The aluminum-hull boat, which is being customized to meet the requirements specified by the tour operator, will be used for snorkeling and exploring sea caves, secluded beaches and ancient Hawaiian sites on the North Shore of Oahu. Na Pali Coast Hanalei Tours has been providing personalized tours of the region since 1974. The tour company is owned and operated by a local Hawaiian family. Willard Marine’s range of passenger boats includes fiberglass and aluminum-hull craft up to 54 ft. in length, including water taxis, cruise-ship harbor boats and tour boats. The company has also built a unique line of semisubmersible passenger boats for underwater viewing. willardmarine.com  


Hyundai Asan Bails Out its Sister Firm

South Korea's Hyundai Asan Co, a unit of the Hyundai Group, said on Monday it would take over the group's loss-making tours to North Korea from its sister firm Hyundai Merchant Marine. "Hyundai Merchant Marine would not participate in our North Korean tour project in the future as the company had been under pressure from its creditors to pull out of it," a Hyundai official said. "Hyundai Asan would be in charge of the tourism project."


Canadian Tour Boat Sinks

Canadian Transport Minister David Collenette released the following statement concerning the sinking of the tour boat Lady Duck, which resulted in the deaths of four passengers. The accident happened in the late afternoon of June 23, 2002, on the Ottawa River. “I would like to convey my condolences to the families and friends of those who died in this tragic accident. “We are cooperating fully with the Transportation Safety Board’s (TSB) investigation


Bridge and Ship Collide in the Black Rock Canal

The Coast Guard responded to the collision between the small passenger vessel MISS BUFFALO II and the International Railroad Swing Bridge located on the Black Rock Canal, four miles north of downtown Buffalo on June 5. Following a tour of the Buffalo water front area, the passenger vessel was returning to its dock with 175 persons onboard including 120 school children from Maple West Elementary School in Williamsville, N.Y., parents, teachers and the vessels crew.


Collins Joins Snowe For Tour

The commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Thomas Collins, is in Maine Wednesday, joining U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe for a tour of the Coast Guard base in South Portland, according to WMTW.com, touring the recently established Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. Snowe chairs the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Fisheries and the Coast Guard.


Cruise West Awarded Entries into Nat’l Park

Cruise West, the small-ship exploration cruise line, has been awarded by the National Park Service eight cruise ship entries to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.  The cruise line also holds two tour vessel permits that allows 105 entries of its smaller vessels. This is the highest number of tour vessel entries allocated to one cruise line.  “Cruise West is unique as we hold both kinds of ship permits – a cruise ship permit for the Spirit of Oceanus (over 100 tons)


Scenic Tours Orders Three Ships

Australian-owned tour operator Scenic Tours has announced the formation of its European operations company Scenic Tours Europe AG that will be based in Zug, Switzerland. It is a venture that will mean that it is the only 100 percent Australian-owned river cruising company in Europe. To kick off the operations, three luxury river cruise ships will be delivered into the hands of the new company in 2008/09. The AUD$78 million order for the ms Scenic Sapphire


Hyundai Merchant Stock Rises

The stock price of Hyundai Merchant Marine, which runs a ferry tour to North Korea's Mt. Kumkang resort, was up 4.9 percent at 3,225 on Monday in active volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock rallied after local reports that Hyundai and North Korea have agreed to open a cross-border route to the resort area to reduce Hyundai's costs to operate the cruises. - (Reuters)


Volvo Penta IPS Sea Show Sets Sail

Photo courtesy of Volvo Penta

After two sea tours to promote its inboard propulsion system, the latest Volvo Penta IPS trip will chart a new course through the Mediterranean starting May 5 in Palma, Majorca.   To highlight the high-seas performance of the Volvo Penta IPS high-performance pod system in marine commercial applications, the company is embarking on another demonstration tour. Following two successful promotional trips — taking on the Baltic Sea in 2011 and the English Channel in 2013 — a


AAM Delivers Eco-Tour Catamaran

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All American Marine, Inc. recently launched a high speed vessel that has the potential to become the newest icon in   After several years of planning and preparation, the Tennessee Aquarium’s efforts to procure a new tour boat came to fruition when they signed a contract with All American Marine in 2007.  The River Gorge Explorer is now complete and began operations during the summer season. The Tennessee Aquarium is located along the banks of the Tennessee River in and is a


Zukunft Delivers State of the Coast Guard Address

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft (USCG photo)

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft delivered the 2015 State of the Coast Guard Address at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Tuesday.   "Countries in our hemisphere are on the cusp of instability," Zukunft said


USCG Commandant Visits Port of San Diego

Lleft to right: Robert Monson, Port Auditor; Thomas Russell, Port General Counsel; Thomas Gresham, Port Technology Security Supervisor; Dan Malcolm, Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners, Admiral and Mrs. Zukunft; John Bolduc, Acting President/CEO; Mark Stainbrook, Acting Chief of Police and Captain Jonathan Spaner, Commander, Coast Guard Sector San Diego (Photo: Arash Afshar)

Admiral Paul Zukunft, Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, visited the Port of San Diego’s administrative offices on February 12. The Commandant was in town to participate in the 2015 Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association /U.S


UK Shadow Energy Minister Visits Centrica, Bibby Offshore

L to R: Mark Lappin, Exploration and Subsurface Director for the UK and Netherlands at Centrica Energy, ROV Apprentice Edward Beattie, MP Tom Greatrex, ROV Apprentice Alexander Tice, David Sheret, General Manager, Global Business Development, Bibby Offshore (Photo courtesy of Centrica Energy and Bibby Offshore)

Integrated energy company Centrica Energy and Bibby Offshore, an oil and gas industry subsea services provider, today hosted Tom Greatrex MP, the UK's Shadow Energy Minister, as part of an oil and gas industry fact-finding initiative. Greatrex, the MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West


Catamaran Tour Vessel Under Construction

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Construction of a 19m Catamaran Tour Vessel has commenced at Aluminium Marine. Offering Incat Crowther’s hull form and design, the vessel offers operators a competitive edge in tour operations.   According to the designer, the vessel’s platform can be customized to the


Transportation Sec., Maritime Administrator, VP Biden Visit Charleston Port

 Maritime Administrator Chip Jaenichen

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was joined by Vice President Joe Biden, and Maritime Administrator Chip Jaenichen at the Wando Welch Terminal Project in Charleston as part of the secretary’s four-day, five state GROW AMERICA Express bus tour aimed at encouraging Congress to act on


Kvichak Delivers 2 Boats to West Coast Launch

Photo: Capt. Doug Davis of West Coast Launch Ltd.

Kvichak Marine delivered two all-aluminum 36.6’ crew/pilot boats to West Coast Launch, Ltd. (WCL), which operates year-round as a water transportation company in Prince Rupert, B.C., Canada.    The new vessels, Lelu and Kitson


Nuclear Icebreaker Sails through Northern Sea Route

Arctic-class icebreaker Yamal (Photo courtesy of GAC)

A 23,445-ton nuclear-powered icebreaker Yamal has embarked on a journey through the Northern Sea Route   The vessel is one of the Atomflot fleet’s five atomic icebreakers; one atomic lighter carrier, four special purpose vessels and a floating crane used to clear passages and escort


Mississippi Governor Visits Ingalls Shipbuilding

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant tried his hand in a crane simulator during a tour of Ingalls Shipbuilding’s Maritime Training Academy. Also pictured is Larry Porter, a master trainer at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, which partners with Ingalls and the State of Mississippi in administering Ingalls’ apprenticeship program. Photo by Andrew Young/HII

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant visited Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding facility, meeting with shipyard officials on workforce development and training initiatives and touring Ingalls' Maritime Training Academy, the company announced.  


Brits Welcome Chinese Navy Fleet

Rear Admiral Zhang Chuanshu (R), commanding officer of the 18th Chinese naval escort taskforce, exchanges gifts with Real Admiral Johnstone (L), representative of the Royal Navy Command (Courtesy: Ministry of National Defense, China)

 As the largest Chinese Navy fleet visit Britain began a five-day official visit at Royal Naval Base in Portsmouth, United Kingdom, an ecstatic welcome was given by locals, including hundreds of Chinese origin.  The dock landing ship Changbaishan


USS Makin Island Visits Singapore

The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), embarked with Amphibious Squadron Five and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Singapore today (Jan. 16) for a scheduled port visit.   Sailors and Marines will have an opportunity to experience the Singapore culture and


Boston Whaler Holds Ribbon Cutting Event

Boston Whaler celebrated major expansion with an  exclusive ribbon-cutting event

  In 2014, Boston Whaler broke ground on a new era in its history, introducing its largest model ever with the new 420 Outrage. On Jan. 13, 2015, Whaler celebrated the expansion to its facility that makes production of the 420 Outrage possible: the addition of nearly 60


Campbell to Lead BAE Systems’ Ship Repair Business

Joseph Campbell (Image: BAE Systems)

BAE Systems has named Joseph Campbell as vice president and general manager of the company’s Ship Repair business, effective Jan. 14.   Campbell succeeds Bill Clifford, who will retire after a successful 46-year career in the U.S. Navy and the private sector.  


Panama Canal Inks Deal with Lake Charles Port

Agreement aims to capitalize on the advantages the Canal Expansion will offer, attracting new customers from the LNG industry

  The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) signed a cooperation agreement with the Port of Lake Charles in Louisiana earlier this week, which aims to attract new customers from the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry; a strategy that builds upon the advantages that the expanded Canal will offer


ACP Signs Pact with Lake Charles Port

The signing of the ACP / Port of Lake Charles cooperation agreement(image: courtesy ACP)

Agreement meant to capitalize Canal expansion while attracting new LNG customers.   The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) signed a cooperation agreement with the Port of Lake Charles in Louisiana earlier this week, which aims to attract new customers from the liquefied natural gas (LNG)


OP/ED: Knowing the Rules of the Road

Michael Borgstrom, President of Chicago-based Wendella Sightseeing Boats.

Mitigating Risk of Dangerous Interactions with Recreational Rental Vessels   I am increasingly concerned about the interaction between commercial vessels and recreational craft on the Chicago River.  Even more frequently my operation is encountering people in short-term rental craft






 
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