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Ocean Odyssey is Kvichak's Fifth Hawaiian Catamaran

Kvichak Marine recently delivered a fifth catamaran to Hawaii, the all-aluminum Ocean Odyssey, to Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) of Maui. Ocean Odyssey not only marks Kvichak's fifth Hawaiian catamaran, but it also represents PWF's second Kvichak built cat within 16 months. Constructed to USCG regulations for 149 passengers, Ocean Odyssey is a Crowther Multihulls design. The 64-x 28-ft. vessel operates for PWF's Eco-Adventure cruises, which include snorkeling, wild dolphin watching, and whale watching tours out of Maui's Maalaea Harbor. The combination of open deck space and stadium-style seating offers ideal viewing of whales and dolphins without increased vessel maneuvering. Cummins KTA19-M4 engines provide power for Ocean Odyssey. The engines are fueled by recycled cooking oil, which is non-pollutant and eliminates diesel fumes. Rated for 700 bhp @ 2,100 rpm, the engines are coupled to ZF IRM 350-A2 marine gears and enables Ocean Odyssey to cruise at speeds of about 23 knots and reach top speeds of approximately 27 knots. During the educational excursions, Ocean Odyssey offers a host of comforts to its passengers including: fresh water showers, men's/women's bathroom, food and beverage service from the main deck bar, and easy access dive platform.


Boats: Hawaiian Catamaran: Environmental Awareness In Comfort

Hawaiian maritime tradition traces its roots to the huge ocean going outrigger canoes that took sophisticated navigators island hopping around the expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Today fiberglass versions of these canoes are put through their paces by canoe racing clubs. Other reincarnations of the outrigger's twin hulls are the many catamarans, both sail and power, that take thousands of tourists out into the island waters every day of the year


Right Whale – Wrong Whale

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued a rule rescinding its 2003 rule that purported to separate the right whale into the North Atlantic right whale and the North Pacific right whale and make various other changes under the Endangered Species Act. The 2003 changes were made without proper authority. NMFS will commence analysis to determine whether the two northern right whales are related. Adding to the confusion, there is also a southern right whale


Hawaiian CAT: Enviro Awareness In Comfort

Hawaiian maritime tradition traces its roots to the huge ocean going outrigger canoes that took sophisticated navigators island hopping around the expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Today fiberglass versions of these canoes are put through their paces by canoe racing clubs. Other reincarnations of the outrigger’s twin hulls are the many catamarans, both sail and power, that take thousands of tourists out into the island waters every day of the year.


Coast Guard Foundation to Host Pacific Awards

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The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced that it will host its 29th Annual Pacific Area Awards Dinner in tribute to the United States Coast Guard at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the historic Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. The gala event will bring together civic and business leaders, mariners, sailors


Port Monitors Impact of Ship Noise on Whales

Photo: Port Metro Vancouver

Underwater listening station launched to better understand impact of ship noise on at-risk whales   Underwater noise has been identified as a key threat to at-risk whales. In order to better understand and manage the impact of shipping activities on whales throughout the southern coast of British Columbia, a hydrophone listening station has been deployed by the Port Metro Vancouver, with support from the University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada and JASCO Applied Sciences


New Bay of Fundy Shipping Lanes

Transport Minister David Collenette and Fisheries and Oceans Minister Robert Thibault, together with Dr. Moira Brown of the Canadian Whale Institute, announced that new shipping lanes in the Bay of Fundy, designed to protect the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale population from ship strikes, will officially be put into operation on July 1, 2003.


Whale Rescuers of Bay of Fundy

To the rescue!: Photo courtesy of CWRT

The Campobello Island Whale Rescue team disentangles whales caught in fishermen's gear and nets around the Bay of Fundy off the east coast of Canada. Campobello Whale Rescue Team began after Mackie Greene witnessed a fin whale wrapped in fishing gear while leading a whale watching trip. Since then he and his team have worked with over 20 whales, risking their lives driving a Zodiac up next to animals that can be 40 to 70 or more feet long, and cutting through the lines entangling them.


U.S. Navy: Marine Mammal Project Breaks New Ground

Dolphins jump out of the water near the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3) during an underway replenishment with the guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106), not pictured. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Hooper/Released)

The U.S. Navy said that a newly released scientific report demonstrates the viability of a new method to estimate received sound levels during real scenarios and analyzes movements of satellite-tagged individuals of three species of marine mammals exposed to Navy mid-frequency active sonar around Kauai's Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF). "This is exciting news in several ways, not least of which is the promise this new integrated approach holds for learning how sonar affects


NOAA Issues Whale Advisory to Mariners

(Photo: Whale Alert ©John Calambokidis)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) broadcasted an advisory concerning populations of endangered whales off the coast of California, stating large numbers of endangered whales are being observed along the coastline.   Voluntary vessel speed reduction zones are currently in effect for the San Francisco and Santa Barbara traffic separation schemes (TSS).    NOAA is asking mariners to help track whales by reporting whale sightings


Taiwan President Honors Evergreen Founder

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou (right) honored Evergreen Group founder Dr. Chang Yung-Fa with a posthumous commendation, accepted by his eldest son Chang Kuo-hua (left). (Photo: Evergreen Line)

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou honored Evergreen Group founder Dr. Chang Yung-Fa with a posthumous commendation in recognition of his contributions to international transportation and social welfare during the memorial service today. The company's North America headquarters are in Jersey City, N.J


Shipping Traffic Noise Severely Affects Whale Populations

Photo: Courtesy beamreach.org

 Underwater sound pollution disrupts the communication methods of killer whales and could harm their ability to locate salmon, researchers have found.   Increasing ship traffic is raising the level of underwater pollution and threatening a range of endangered marine species. 


Seventh Whale Stranded Off Norfolk Coastline

A seventh whale has been reported in shallow water off the coast of Mundesley, Norfolk this morning, February 9.   A member of the Mundesley Coastguard Rescue Team contacted the UK Coastguard just after 10 a.m. this morning to report the whale was 300-400 yards off shore


Cautious Optimism on Pacific NorthWest LNG Report

Pic: Pacific Northwest LNG

 Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA)  has ruled that Pacific NorthWest LNG’s project in British Columbia would likely harm harbour porpoises and contribute to climate change, but the export terminal could be built and operated without causing major ecological damage


Sandra Weakens to Tropical Storm off Mexico's Coast

Sandra Image credit NASAGSFC.

  Hurricane Sandra weakened to a tropical storm on Friday and was expected to continue losing strength as it approached Mexico's Pacific coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Sandra, about 215 miles (346 km) southwest of the Pacific port of Mazatlan on Friday evening


Total Lubmarine Celebrates 25 years' Asia-Pacific service

Total Lubmarine’s Hong Kong office is a key part of the company’s Asian infrastructure. Photo Total Lubmarine

  Increased demand for marine lubricants in the Asia-Pacific region has underpinned the growth of Total Lubmarine’s Hong Kong office which this year celebrates 25 years of service to ship operators across the region. Today, Asia represents more than 50% of Total’s lubricants


Nordsee One Wind Farm Construction Kicks Off

Photo: DEME Group

DEME Group’s offshore marine engineering company GeoSea announced the start of the construction works for the offshore wind farm Nordsee One in the German North Sea.   The Nordsee One offshore wind farm (85 percent Northland Power – 15 percent RWE) is situated approximately 40


NSRP Selects Next Round of Shipbuilding R&D Projects

The Executive Control Board of the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) has selected a new round of research and development projects for award, as part of the program's continuing mission to reduce costs associated with U. S. shipbuilding and ship repair


Injured Veterans Back on Water, Courtesy GAC

WBFV is an organization that helps veterans harness their power of past military experiences. Courtesy GAC

  Military veterans will soon have another outlet to channel and share their experiences, on a restored wooden yacht in California, thanks in part to GAC worldwide. The GAC Group’s five regions have donated to support the Wooden Boats For Veterans foundation (WBFV) – an


Remains of Lost 1800s Whaling Fleet Found

Abandonment of the whalers in the Arctic Ocean, September 1871, including the George, Gayhead, and Concordia. This illustation originally ran in Harper’s Weekly in 1871. (Credit: Robert Schwemmer Maritime Library)

NOAA archaeologists have discovered the battered hulls of two 1800s whaling ships nearly 144 years after they and 31 others sank off the Arctic coast of Alaska in one of the planet's most unexplored ocean regions.   The shipwrecks, and parts of other ships


Inmarsat Expands Presence in Singapore

Photo: Inmarsat

Inmarsat, has opened its new Singapore office, which is the company’s largest facility in Asia Pacific region.   Inmarsat’s investment in the 1,700 suareq meter office in Toa Payoh, Central Region Singapore, sees the company’s regional hub providing a new solutions lab


Oceans Will Have More Plastic than Fish by 2050

Image: US Fish and Wildlife Service

 The world’s oceans could contain more plastic than fish by 2050 if current business practices are continued, according to a report released by the  World Economic Forum (WEF).   Researchers warned 8 million metric tons of plastics currently find their way into the ocean


Critical Habitat for Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale

North Atlantic right whale mother and calf. Credit Christin Khan NOAA

Using new information not previously available, NOAA Fisheries is expanding critical habitat for endangered North Atlantic right whales to cover its northeast feeding areas in the Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank region and southeast calving grounds from North Carolina to Florida.


Maersk Line Shifts Asia HQ from Singapore to Hong Kong

Photo: Maersk Line

 As part of the organisational changes announced last year, Maersk Line has shifted its Asia head office to Hong Kong from Singapore, reducing the number of regional offices to seven from eight.   Maersk's two Asia regions, Asia Pacific and North Asia  (China, Korea and Japan)


Saam Smit Towage Kissing Around Vancouver Harbour

Photo: SST

Saam Smit Towage Canada will support the Heart and Stroke Foundation during the month of February by donating a portion of its revenue from each vessel it assists in British Columbia. The company also plans to have various internal employee participation fundraising initiatives.  






 
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