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New W-class Yacht Designs

W-class 123 Yacht: Image credit W-class Yacht Co.

W-Class Yacht Company is expanding its family of yachts to include 100’, 123’ and 135’ models. The first of the new designs, the W.123', was developed by Bruce Johnson (formerly of Sparkman & Stephens) in collaboration with Rockport Marine Yacht Design. The new racer/cruiser yachts will retain the ‘Spirit of Tradition’ and performance attributes of the existing W-Class Yacht Company’s W.37’, W.46’ and W.76’ models. The W-Class yachts will be built at Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine, with support from the shipwrights at Rockport Marine of Rockport, Maine, and Brooklin Boat Yard of Brooklin, Maine. “I’m eager to move W-Class Yacht Company into its next phase with three designs over 100 feet,” says Donald Tofias, president of W-Class Yacht Company. “In 1997 when I asked Taylor Allen of Rockport Marine and Steve White of Brooklin Boat Yard each to build a W.76, they worked together closely for the benefit of the yachts, a tradition that has continued. Now there’s also Front Street Shipyard, a facility that is large enough and capable enough to accommodate the largest yacht in the W-Class line.” The W.123 and her sister ships are all based on the late Joel White’s W.76 design, which was inspired by the NYYC-50 (a N. Herreshoff-designed, gaff-rigged sloop that’s 50’ on the water and 75’ long)


Vigor Marine Purchases Marine Industries Northwest

Vigor Marine LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vigor Industrial, has completed the asset purchase of Marine Industries Northwest, Inc. (MINI) in Tacoma, Wash. The transaction closed on August 9, 2010 and Vigor Marine officially began vessel repair and conversion operations the same day. Key points of contact for the company are General Manager Adam Beck and Ship Repair Manager Mark Donahue. Adam brings 24 years experience in the marine repair industry


Marine Software Delivers Marine Planned Maintenance System

U.K. based software house Marine Software Ltd has delivered its DNV Type Approved Marine Planned Maintenance System to Saga Shipping for its 580 passenger capacity cruise liner, the MS Sage Rose. Marine Software imported all job descriptions, PM schedule and historical records from Saga Rose’s existing MS-DOS AMOS D system into their Marine Planned Maintenance for Windows system. The vessel was therefore able to continue using their PM system in the new format after only a short interval.


Marine Travelift’s 700-Ton Hoist at Grade One Marine

Photo courtesy Marine Travelift Inc.

Marine Travelift Inc.’s 700-metric-ton mobile boat hoist has completed more than two years of service and is making a significant difference in the business of its owner, Grade One Marine Shipyard Sdn. Bhd. (GOMS) in Lumut, Malaysia. GOMS is a full-service shipyard, handling ship repairs, emergency repairs, refitting, refurbishment, scheduled maintenance, conversion work and hull, mechanical and electrical work on a routine basis


Drew Marine's Acquisition of Chemring Marine Completed

Drew Marine has completed the acquisition of the Chemring Marine business, now named Drew Marine Signal and Safety (DMSS).  DMSS brings 125 new employees to Drew Marine with locations in Bremerhaven, Germany, Hampshire, UK, Pamplona, Spain, and Melbourne, Australia.   DMSS is a manufacturer and supplier of pyrotechnic marine distress signals business, under recognized brands such as Comet, Pains Wessex, Oroquieta and Aurora


Imtech Marine Becomes RH Marine Group

Photo: RH Marine Group

The new RH Marine Group, formerly known as Imtech Marine was introduced at the Europort exhibition in Rotterdam today.    Following the recent acquisition by Parcom Capital and Pon Holdings, Imtech Marine will now be known as RH Marine Group, built on the roots of founding companies Radio Holland and van Rietschoten & Houwens.   The two ‘pillars’ for service and newbuild activities within Imtech Marine are also involved in the new naming structure


Odyssea Marine Acquires Vessels from AMT Marine

Odyssea Marine, Inc. has purchased five offshore supply vessels from AMT Marine, Inc. based in Larose, La. The five vessels range in length from 150 ft. to 200 ft., are all DP1 classed and include the Darwin John, Andi N. Martin, A.A. Martin, Taylor R. Martin and the Mary Martin, a Bollinger built OSV delivered in August 2006. The vessels operate in the Gulf of Mexico supplying cargo to major and independent oil companies, marine construction firms, as well as support drilling operations


Sumitomo And Mitsui Finalize Merger Conditions

Sumitomo Marine & Fire Insurance Co. and Mitsui Marine & Fire Insurance Co. on Tuesday announced terms under which they will merge next October, creating Japan's largest non-life insurer with assets of 5.7 trillion yen ($51.6 billion). In a joint statement, the companies said 1.09 Mitsui Marine shares will be allocated for one Sumitomo Marine share. The merged entity will be named Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co. with Mitsui Marine president Takeo Iguchi and Sumitomo Marine president


Drew Marine Completes Aqcuisition of Alexander Marine & Safety

Drew Logo.jpg

Drew Marine has completed the acquisition of Alexander/Ryan Marine and Safety Inc., and it will join the organization under the name Alexander/Ryan Marine & Safety division of Drew Marine.  With locations in the United States (Louisiana and Texas) and in the United Kingdom, the division brings 82 new employees to Drew Marine.   Alexander/Ryan Marine & Safety is a manufacturer and distributor of fire, safety and rescue equipment to the Offshore and Marine markets


Becker Marine at Electric & Hybrid Marine Expo

Photo courtesy of Becker Marine Systems

Becker Marine Systems product presentation at the dutch Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo will put a strong focus on environmentally-friendly technology for the marine industry like the world’s first LNG Hybrid Barge HUMMEL.   Recently, the Hamburg-based LNG Hybrid Barge successfully completed a programme of technical trials, right in time for the cruise ship season. With the use of to the new floating power plant


Crowley Awards Scholarships to Four Cal Maritime Students

Crowley Maritime Corp. presented four California Maritime Academy (CMA) students with Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships  Photo Crowley Maritime

Crowley Maritime Corp. presented four California Maritime Academy (CMA) students with Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships during last night’s Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards dinner in Long Beach, Calif


Two VARD Module Carrier for Topaz Energy and Marine

Module Carrier Vessel for Topaz Energy and Marine Photo VARD

 Vard Holdings Limited has secured a contract for the design and construction of two additional Module Carrier Vessels for Topaz Energy and Marine (“Topaz”). The vessels, of VARD 9 21 design and measuring 123 by 16.5 meters


Shell Loads First LNG Vessel at Gate Terminal

Coral Methane loading (Photo: Shell)

Shell loads first LNG vessel, using new LNG fuel infrastructure at Gate terminal. The new LNG fuel infrastructure included the construction of a new berth. This new berth has now started operations. The loading of Shell’s chartered LNG vessel, the Coral Methane happened on September 19th


The Switch Acquires Wärtsilä Drives’ Products

The Switch Marine Photo Yaskawa company

The Switch, a technology specialist of advanced drive trains, announced its acquisition of Wärtsilä’s marine drives business that encompasses specialized megawatt-class power drives targeting marine applications. The Yaskawa-backed investment gives The Switch a stronger foothold in


MN100: United States Marine Inc.

Photo: United States Marine Inc.

The Company: United States Marine Inc. (USMI) has been in business for over 30 years delivering high speed interdiction craft and other products to US DoD agencies, including but not limited to US Navy, USSOCOM and NAVSEA, and foreign navies


Breakbulk and Bulk Cargo Terminal at Port of Prince Rupert?

South Kaien Island-Prince Rupert Port

The Port of Prince Rupert today announced it has signed a feasibility assessment agreement with SSA Marine and its wholly-owned subsidiary Western Stevedoring to explore the viability of a breakbulk and bulk import/export terminal located on Kaien Island at the Port of Prince Rupert.


RH Marine Launches Rhodium Product Line

Photo courtesy of RH Marine

System integrator and innovator of electrical and automation systems RH Marine has officially launched its own product family brand at the international maritime trade fair SMM in Hamburg last week. RH Marine said product innovation is one of its main focusses


Port of Prince Rupert Adds Shore-based Radar

The Port of Prince Rupert has commissioned a new shore-based radar regime designed to safely accommodate the port’s growth in vessel traffic and international trade.    Shore-based radar builds on the existing vessel traffic service that provides active vessel monitoring and


Crewboat Delivered to Caspian Marine

Photo courtesy of Incat Crowther

Built Built by Austal Ships, Rashid Behbudov, sistership to the Muslim Magomeyev and the second Incat Crowther 70m Catamaran Fast Crew Boat, has been delivered for Caspian Marine Services.   Muslim Magomayev, the first of this design developed by Incat Crowther


U.S. meeting on ocean conservation nets $5.3 billion in pledges

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry,

International participants at a high-level conference on the world's oceans pledged more than $5.3 billion for conservation and designated vast areas as protected waters, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday. More than 90 countries took part in the two-day conference


Vard Design for USCG Patrol Cutter

Offshore Patrol Cutter

Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD”), one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of specialized vessels stated that a design developed by its subsidiary Vard Marine has been selected for the US Coast Guard’s new Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) program.


Medal of Honor for Two Destroyers

A graphic representation of the future USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125)

In a ceremony at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, DDG 125, will be named Jack H. Lucas in honor of the Marine Corps hero and Medal of Honor recipient. Mabus also announced that DDG 126 would be named Louis H. Wilson Jr


Vard Design for USCG OPC Program

(Image: Vard)

Vard Holdings Limited said a design developed by its subsidiary Vard Marine was selected for the U.S. Coast Guard’s new Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) program. Eastern Shipbuilding Group and team partners were selected for the detailed design and construction phase for the U.S


Marine Premiums Drop 10%, Could get Worse

Patrizia Kern (Chairman)

The International Union of Marine Insurance – unveiling its annual statistical report on the marine insurance market at today’s conference in Genova, announced global underwriting premiums for 2015 of USD 29.9bn. This is a 10.5% reduction on the 2014 figure.


Hornblower Flagship Retrofits with Thordon's Shaft Seals

Inspiration Hornblower has converted to the maintenance-free TG100 mechanical tail-shaft seals (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

Thordon Bearings’ US West Coast Distributor, Pacific Marine Equipment has successfully completed the installation of a pair of TG100 mechanical propeller shaft seals to Hornblower Cruises & Events’ 1000-passenger capacity twin screw flagship, Inspiration Hornblower.






 
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