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Mercury Introduces 200 Pro FourStroke

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Mercury Marine introduced its new 200 Pro FourStroke outboard today at the Miami International Boat Show. The engine, the third in the Pro FourStroke family, combines the incredible acceleration and top speed of other Mercury Pro series outboards, including the OptiMax Pro XS, with the pleasingly quiet, smooth operation of the Mercury Verado. The 200 Pro FourStroke is built on the same six-cylinder Verado outboard platform as the 250 and 300 Pro FourStroke models, delivering outstanding hole shot and punchy mid-range acceleration. State-of-the-art Verado supercharged technology allows precise, programmable control over the fueling strategy and air intake. No competing engine can manage intake with this degree of precision because no other engine is supercharged with computer-controlled boost. The outstanding torque and overall performance of the 200 Pro FourStroke make it ideal for pontoons, saltwater bay and flats boats and freshwater fishing boats. The 200 Pro FourStroke comes standard with the Advanced Mid Section (AMS), Digital Throttle and Shift (DTS) and electro-hydraulic power steering for an unrivaled driving experience. The 200 Pro FourStroke will be available for purchase in spring 2014.  


Navico Expands Americas Sales Group

Chris Meyer

Navico — recreational marine electronics company and parent to the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands — announced the addition of long-time pro-staffer Chris Meyer to its Volume Boat Builder and OEM sales team. In his new role as Key Account Manager, Chris is responsible for managing OEM sales as well as growing current and prospective boat builder accounts for the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands. A long-time member of the Lowrance Pro-Staff team and Product Validation group


RIB Report

Versatility Prevails at Silver Ships/AMBAR Having built over 200 aluminum RHIB's, Silver Ships, Inc. / AMBAR Marine, has grabbed a foothold in the design and construction of aluminum RHIB's - all of which are constructed in accordance with SOLAS regulations. The U.S. Coast Guard operates 90 AMBAR Marine Non-Standard RHIB's and the U.S. Navy Sea Systems Command operates 40 AMBAR Marine Special Service RHIB's. Silver Ships, Inc


Almar by North River Boats Recent Completions

Almar by North River Boats Inc. of Roseburg, Ore. announced the recent completion of the following three boats:   1.)  This is the fourth boat in a series of five 33-ft X 10-ft Sounder Pilot House built for Hydrographic Survey use.  This boat is powered by twin Yanmar 315 hp diesel engines and Hamilton 241 water jets with a top speed of over 31 knots and a fuel capacity of 200 gallons.    The pilot house is equipped with two Coleman Seamach air conditioning units


Thermal Dynamics Introduces Ultra-Cut 400

Thermal Dynamics®, a Thermadyne® brand and a producer of manual and automated plasma cutting systems, has added the Ultra-Cut® 400 to its line of high precision automated plasma systems. Joining the Ultra-Cut 100, Ultra-Cut 200 and Ultra-Cut 300, the Ultra-Cut 400 is designed to deliver 400 amps at 200V at 100% duty cycle. It offers production piercing and cutting up to 2 inches on mild steel, stainless steel and 2-1/4 inch aluminum


Great Lakes Shipyard Commissions New Cutting Machine

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard announced the installation of a new state-of-the-art plasma cutting machine, the Plate Pro Extreme 3100. The addition of this cutting table expands the range of services available to its customers and improves the efficiency of Great Lakes Shipyard operations, while also enhancing the quality and precision of the work being produced. Bringing this capability in-house allows the Shipyard to make more of its own parts without relying on outside vendors or subcontractors


Pole Star Upgrades its DSAS Ship Security Alert System

Pole Star Space Applications Ltd,  provider of fleet management, ship security and asset monitoring systems, has released an upgrade to its DSAS Ship Security Alert System, featuring new hardware from SkyWave Mobile Communications. The upgraded DSAS is designed to provide continuity of service and a smooth upgrade path for Pole Star SSAS customers as well as future-proofing their investment by routeing data traffic via the IsatData Pro network


Pole Star Upgrades Marine Asset Tracker Software

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Pole Star Space Applications, a provider of realtime asset tracking and monitoring systems, has announced the launch of Marine Asset Tracker (MAT) 2.0, the first product released on its next generation Purplefinder Pro software platform. MAT 2.0 is targeted at owners and operators of coastal and inland workboats, tugs and barges and the offshore oil and gas market. It allows users to monitor mixed fleets of tugs, barges


Keeping a Grip on Where They Are

Pole Star Space Applications' Marine Asset Tracker (MAT) 2.0 monitors mixed fleets of tugs, barges, rigs & other assets; helps owners manage fleet-wide operations. MAT 2.0 offers a brand new software platform with a sleek user-interface, support for Globalstar, Thuraya and IsatData Pro satellite networks, a range of new satellite tracking devices, flexible service plans and intelligent realtime reporting options.


Great Lakes Shipyard Install New Plasma Cutting Machine

Cuttin workship: Image credit GLS

Great Lakes Shipyard (GLS) have installed a new state-of-the-art plasma cutting machine, the Plate Pro Extreme 3100, which allows the shipyard to make more of its own parts without relying on outside vendors or subcontractors. GLS say that the addition of this cutting table expands the range of services available to its customers and greatly improves the efficiency of Great Lakes Shipyard operations, while also enhancing the quality and precision of the work being produced.


Ukraine Gives Rebels Deadline To Disarm Or Face Military Operation

 Ukraine has given pro-Russian separatists a Monday morning deadline to disarm    or face a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation" by its armed forces, raising the risk of a military confrontation with    Moscow.  


Putin set on defusing Ukraine crisis

Foreign ministers from East and West will try to defuse the Ukraine crisis on Thursday in Geneva, once frequently the scene of Cold War negotiations, but will risk being upstaged by Russian President Vladimir Putin. With Russian troops massed on the border with Ukraine


Offshore: Seacor Raises the Bar Again

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Long acknowledged as a firm to watch in U.S. crewboat and fast supply boat innovation, Seacor Marine will be attracting industry attention once again when its latest set of new boats begin delivery in 2014. While this new class of mono-hull boats have some big dimensions


New sanctions threats as Ukraine stalemate goes on

A day after an international deal in Geneva to defuse the East-West crisis in Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists vowed not to end their occupation of public buildings and Washington threatened further sanctions on Moscow if the stalemate continued.


Handling Tug Meets the Sea at Uzmar

Photo: Uzmar

On February 21, 2014, Uzmar Shipyard, also known as “Workboat and Tug Factory” of Turkey, held a launching ceremony for the KOC MUSANED-2, the second of total 6 line handling tugs being built for Kuwait Oil Company’s tug fleet


Auto-Maskin Opens Houston Office

Auto-Maskin, the makers of the Marine Pro range of diesel engine controllers, announced the opening of a new regional office in Houston, Texas to support the continued expansion in the marine and oil and gas sectors in North America. The facility in Houston will be staffed by sales, engineering


Rodriguez Shipbuilding Delivers Powerful Shallow-Draft Tugboat

Sea Cypress profile: Image Cummins Hotips

The yard recently delivered a Cummins powered 75 by 28-foot model bow tug to Morgan City-based Garber Bros. Inc. and Sea Cypress LLC for Gulf of Mexico operations, inform Cummins Hotips. Cummins explain that over the years, Rodriguez Shipbuilding Inc


Several Cruise Voyages Altered by Houston Spill

Caribbean Princess (Photo: Princess Cruises)

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice to cruise passengers affected by the Houston ship channel oil spill stating that several cruise voyages have been altered or rescheduled. Royal Caribbean International’s Navigator of the Seas seven-night Western Caribbean March 23


Britain Warns Scots: Independence would Hurt Energy Industry

Britain on Tuesday warned Scots that voting for independence would put jobs and investment in the Scottish energy industry at risk, threatening the commercial viability of North Sea oil and gas fields and renewable energy projects. In September Scotland will hold an referendum on whether to


Barge Runs Aground Near Anna Maria

U.S. Coast Guard photo

A 180-foot barge ran aground on Anna Maria Island after breaking free from a tug boat early Tuesday morning. Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector St. Petersburg received notification at 2 a.m., Tuesday, that the operator of tug Abe H was having difficulty steering due to weather and was unable


Second Barge Grounds near Long Boat Key

A 140-foot barge is shown beached on Long Boat Key, Fla., Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Due to weather conditions, the barge spuds were unable to hold the barge in position and it began drifting until it ran aground on the beach at Long Boat Key. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

U.S. Coast Guard crews are responding to a second grounded barge near Long Boat Key, Fla., from a tugboat that was beset by heavy weather Tuesday. Due to deteriorating weather, the barge spuds were unable to keep the 140-foot barge from drifting to the beach


Sick Ship: More Than 100 Reported Ill on Cruise

A cruise ship with more than 100 passengers and crew suffering from a gastrointestinal ailment caused by Norovirus, have arrived in San Diego, a cruise line spokeswoman said on Thursday.   The Crown Princess, carrying 3,141 passengers in all


Ukraine Suspends Gas Payments to Russia

Ukraine Suspends Gas Payments to Russia

 Ukraine is suspending payments to Russia for gas deliveries until the conclusion of price talks, chief executive Andriy Kobolev said on Saturday.   State-run Naftogaz has suspended payments to Russia amid increasing tensions in a standoff that has the potential to leave European Union


"Gas War" looms as Pro-Russian militants raise flags in East Ukraine

 Pro-Russian militants raised their flags over official buildings in two eastern Ukrainian cities on Saturday, deepening a stand-off with Moscow which, Kiev warned, was dragging Europe closer to a "gas war" that could disrupt supplies across the continent.  


Ukraine Sends Forces To Confront Armed Pro-Russian Rebels

 Ukraine's government said on Sunday it was sending security forces into the eastern    city of Slaviansk where pro-Russian militants have seized control in what Kiev describes as an act of aggression by the    Kremlin.  


 
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