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McElroy/Catchot to Design and Supply for Rigdon PSVs

McElroy/Catchot Winch Company announced that they have been chosen to design and supply the deck machinery for the ten (10) new Rigdon Marine 210 ft. PSVs currently being built at the Bender Shipbuilding & Repair facility in Mobile, Alabama. The equipment for each vessel will include two single electric bow anchor windlasses of an improved design to allow for increased deck accessibility, and a completely self-contained hydraulic tugger winch. Additionally, the company has also been awarded a contract to furnish six (6) electric bow anchor winches to Master Boat Builders of Bayou La Batre, Alabama. Harold S. Catchot, president of McElroy/Catchot, says "these recent contract awards will be great additions to our long history of supplying quality deck equipment, since our original founding in 1915."

American Boatbuilders Association Selects Attwood Fuel Systems

Lowell, Mich.  – The American Boatbuilders Association recently selected Attwood Fuel Systems as the preferred supplier of EPA-certified fuel systems. The American Boatbuilders Association joins the United Marine Manufacturers Association (UMMA) and Independent Boat Builders Inc. (IBBI) and the industry’s leading independent boat builders in selecting Attwood to ensure member builders meet the EPA emissions control requirements for marine fuel systems.

This Day in Naval History - June 28

From the Navy News Service 1794 - Joshua Humphreys appointed master builder to build Navy ships at an annual salary of $2,000. 1814 - USS Wasp captures HMS Reindeer. 1865 - CSS Shenandoah captures 11 American whalers in one day. 1970 - USS James Madison (SSBN 627) completes conversion to Poseidon missile capability. Source: NavNews

Boatbuilders Assoc. Names New Director, Relocates to Florida

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American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) appoints executive director, relocates to Fort Lauderdale  American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) names new Association Management Company and Executive Director to lead the national group that represents the business interests of the boat building, marine service and boat repair industry and seeks to strengthen and encourage professionalism.

Cracking the Boat Buying Nutshell

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New work boats are never purchased out of want, but rather need – imminent need. Such a need prompts buyers to scour the web and perhaps their favorite maritime magazines for information on potential designs that appear to be a good fit. The next step is simply to make contact with a boatbuilder and request a price based upon the similar vessel shown via the website or marketing materials.  Go ahead – ask for the price

Today in U.S. Naval History: June 28

Today in U.S. Naval History - June 28 1794 - Joshua Humphreys appointed master builder to build Navy ships at an annual salary of $2,000. 1814 - USS Wasp captures HMS Reindeer 1865 - CSS Shenandoah captures 11 American whalers in one day 1970 - USS James Madison (SSBN-627) completes conversion to Poseidon missile capability For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center website at

ABBRA Plan Enhanced 2013 Conference

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American Boat Builders & Repairers Association plans new format, seminars & discussions for next annual conference ABBRA, the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association announces its 2013 Annual Conference the “International Boatyard Business Conference”. This boatyard and related services industry event will be held January 19-20, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It will cater to boatyard owners, operators, and managers, boat builders

Coast Guard Names Next Top Enlisted Member

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The Coast Guard announce the selection of the next Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard –  Master Chief Petty Officer Steven Cantrell. Master Chief Petty Officer Steven Cantrell is the current Atlantic Area Master Chief and will relieve the current MCPO-CG, Michael P. Leavitt, during a change of watch ceremony in May in Cape May N.J. Cantrell hails from Memphis, Tenn., and joined the Coast Guard in 1983.

Maritime Reporter @ 75: The Daily Cartoon

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Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was founded by John J. O'Malley (1905-1980) in 1939, and today ranks as the world's largest audited trade publication in the world serving the maritime industry, with a circulation of more than 35,000 worldwide, including ship and boat owners, ship and boat builders, naval architects and marine engineers. ( Today Maritime Reporter heads a group of four print and 10 websites serving

HydroComp to Hold Propeller 'Mini-Workshop'

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A special version of HydroComp's intensive Propeller Workshops will be brought to Tampa before the start of IBEX 2014.   The Mini-Workshop is a special version of HydroComp’s intensive Propeller Workshops for those involved in design, construction and operation of workboats and pleasure crafts. These two half-day educational seminars will focus on topics of Successful Pre-construction Propeller Selection (including principles of marine propulsion and initial propeller sizing) and

Six New Ferries for Sydney Harbor

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Six new ferries to operate on Sydney’s Inner Harbor have been ordered from Australian shipbuilder Incat Tasmania’s Hobart Shipyard, who was awarded the contract to prepare detailed designs and build the new vessels.   Announcing the result of a competitive tender process the NSW

Monitoring for Efficiency, Safety

“... since the monitoring network was installed, we have recorded a sudden drop in temperature of 8°C in just 5 minutes at the port of Armadale on the Isle of Skye, and a maximum wind gust of 96 knots at Castlebay on the Isle of Barra.”

Ferry masters operating off the west coast of Scotland traditionally would have to sail to a port and on arrival visually assess the weather and tide conditions before deciding whether it was safe to berth alongside the pier or quayside: a process which wasted time and fuel

Boatbuilding Gone Bad

Joe Hudspeth

Owners, designers, builders and the crew can collaborate in a meaningful way to ensure that the delivered product meets everyone’s expectations. You can get there from here. We have all gone aboard or below decks on vessels and looked around with a myriad of instantaneous questions forming

Michelle Obama to Christen Navy's Newest Submarine

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U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama will join builder General Dynamics Electric Boat, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, in christening Illinois (SSN-786), the U.S. Navy’s newest nuclear attack submarine, at an invitation-only ceremony Saturday, October 10.  

Nele Maersk Spills Oil off Spain

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  Last night, Nele Maersk container ship, bound for Genoa with 21 crew on board, informed Spanish Maritime Safety Agency (Salvamento Maritimo) that there had been an accidental spillage of fuel during a routine operation of fuel transfer between tanks

Dometic Promotes Trigg

Dometic Group promoted Ned Trigg to Executive Vice President of Dometic’s Marine division.   In his new role, Trigg will be the business leader for the Marine OEM and Aftermarket divisions for the Americas region. This includes sales, application engineering, customer service

NBBB Uses New System to Launch Tug for Kirby

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A newly built articulated tug barge (ATB) unit tugboat, was launched for Kirby Offshore Marine on Wednesday, September 2.   The new vessel, the 136’ x 44’ x 19’ Nancy Peterkin, is the first of two sister vessels built for Kirby by Ice Floe

Shipowner Fails in Claim against Agent for Fuel Costs

Press Release -- International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has reported a case in which the owner of a chemical tanker made an unsuccessful claim against a port agent for costs incurred in taking on additional low-sulphur fuel at a European port.   

IMTRA Debuts AcXent LED Linear Lighting System


  IMTRA announced today the release of the AcXent LED Linear Lighting System. AcXent is a linear LED solution that provides customized overhead and accent lighting in lengths from 4-inches to nearly 8 feet for power and sailboats. Ordered cut-to-length at the IMTRA facility

Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Conference: Program Announced

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The Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Conference being held at the RNLI College in Poole, U.K., October 6-8, will bring together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge that will assist the sub IMO professional sector to understand the possibilities of utilizing hybrid

All Set for Hong Kong - Macau Yacht Races


  Yacht races between Hong Kong and Macau will take place on 26 September (Saturday) and 28 September 2015 (Monday). About 25 sailing boats are expected to participate in the races. The outbound trip from Hong Kong to Macau will start at 1000 hours on 26 September 2015 in an area

New CEO Takes the Helm at Transas

Frank Coles (Photo: Transas)

Frank Coles has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors for Transas Marine, a provider of equipment, software and system integration for the maritime industry.   A maritime business professional, Coles brings to the position leadership experience in

RINA Launches New Services for Yacht

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Press release - Italy-based classification society RINA has launched a series of new services and standards aimed at helping the growing global yacht industry to grow efficiencies and reduce its environmental footprint. The five new services being rolled out in the last quarter of 2015 are a

A Maneuverable Oil Spill Response Vessel

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The maritime industry has seen an increased need for high speed spill response in step with expanding offshore oil exploration and production.   Meeting this need is the newest skimmer boat from Washington-based shipbuilder Rozema Boat Works: a 65-foot oil spill recovery vessel (OSRV), G.M

Kirby Orders 2 More Workboats from NBBB

Ice Floe, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) informs it has received orders for the construction of two new 120’ x 35’ x 19’-3” Twin Screw Tugboats for Kirby Offshore Marine, LLC.    Keels will be laid for both vessels this fall

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