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Boston Fireboat to be Replaced

According to reports, Boston’s aging fireboat has broken down again and is in a Gloucester repair shop, leaving the waterfront without a major city apparatus to protect it. The 30-year-old boat called Firefighter is about to be replaced, though, by a tricked-out waterborne homeland security vessel that is reported to cost up to $10 million. The 76-ft., Firefighter has been plagued with problems and is undergoing structural repairs. That leaves the smaller St. Florian II, a 14-year-old, 30-foot vessel, as the city’s only waterfront protector. The Massachusetts Port Authority’s boat docked near Logan International Airport is expected to cover for the city if needed. The fireboat will not only pump water and be able to handle hazardous materials, it will have built-in sensors that can detect unspecified hazards in the water. The Hub’s firefighting fleet will also be joined in March by a 27-ft. Boston Whaler. Source: Boston Herald


Celebrity Cruises Selects James P. Colie & Assoc. for Major Refit of Zenith

In one of the largest interior renovation projects in the history of James P. Colie & Associates, the company announced it will refurbish several large and luxurious public spaces on Zenith for Celebrity Cruises during a drydocking at Newport News Shipbuilding in October 1999. James P. Colie & Associates will be the turnkey contractor for the Zenith refit project, managing all aspects such as structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, HVAC


Austal Occupies New Panel Line Shop

Austal received its Certificate of Occupancy from the City of Mobile for the newest addition to the shipbuilder’s Mobile, Alabama facility. The Panel Line Shop is located on the north side of Assembly Bay 1 and opens up directly into the assembly bay to allow for ease of transporting the panels from the shop onto the production floor. The ground floor of the building, where the panels are assembled, is 200-ft. by 45 ft. wide totaling over 9,000 sf


SeaArk Marine Announces Promotion

Willie Brennon was promoted to Manufacturing Manager of SeaArk Marine, Inc. on December 1st, 2006. Mr. Brennon is a 30 year veteran of the company, most recently serving as the Team Coordinator over the welding shops and paint facilities of the company. Marcus Junior, paint shop Team Leader for the company, was promoted to the Team Coordinator position and will oversee all paint operations for the company under Mr. Brennon.


Chesapeake Shipbuilding Delivers Car Ferry

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp in Salisbury, Maryland has delivered the “Woodside” Car Ferry to the State of Delaware. It is the third ferry that Chesapeake Shipbuilding has designed and built at its Salisbury facility.   The Ferry is the only car ferry operated by the Delaware Department of Transportation and has operated at the Woodside site for over 200 years. •    Length o.a.    94 ft


Intracoastal Producing More Push Boats

Joey Portier shows the donut welded in place to protect the stern bearing on the Jackie Gonsoulin. Joey Portier, yard manager at Intracoastal Iron Works, Inc, carries a lot of construction details for the yard?s 72 by 30-foot push boat in his head. Asked about shafting details on the two that they are currently building for Lebeouf Bros. Towing, he explains that they are 19 feet long. The six-inch shafts swell to seven inches after the journal is installed


Wärtsilä Engines in Production in Korea

A series of electronically-controlled Sulzer RT-flex low-speed marine diesel engines are in production under license from Wärtsilä Corporation in the Ulsan works of Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd in Korea. The engines are a series of four Sulzer 7RT-flex60C engines for a series of four 30,000 tdw multi-purpose carriers contracted at Shanghai Shipyard in China by Chinese-Polish Joint Stock Shipping Co (Chipolbrok). The 7RT-flex60C has a maximum continuous power of


Markey Ready for Another 30 Years

On June 15th, 2006 a Markey TDSD-32 Towing Winch originally built in 1973 arrived at the Markey Shop for a complete rebuild so that its owner, Penn Maritime, could get another 30+ years of service out of it. Eleven months later it left the Markey Shop as good as new and ready to go back to work. This Markey Double-Drum Towing Winch is rated for 2,200 ft. of 2 in. wire rope on each drum, and features a line-pull of up to 135,000 lbs. via its diesel engine power.


Sale Of Stena Line Possible

The chairman of Swedish international shipping operator Stena Line AB told press he can imagine selling the loss-making ferry group. However, said Dan Sten Olsson, "it has to be a serious buyer who is not just out to shop up the company." Stena Line - which also operates the English Channel with British shipping operator P&O under the P&O Stena Line company - posted a loss after financial items of $57.15 million for 1999


USACE Completes Dredge Hurley Extension

Hurley complete and ready for work.

The Corps of Engineers Memphis District Ensley Engineer Yard (EEY), in partnership with the Corps of Engineers Marine Design Center (MDC) in Philadelphia, Pa., completed the lengthening of the Dredge Hurley by 48-feet. The project increased the dredge’s length from 305 to 353 feet, making it one of the largest vessels on the river and increased the dredge’s dredging depth from 40 to a maximum of 75 feet. This project will enable the Corps’ newest dustpan dredge to be better


This Week's Top Stories

     Concept art for the Shearer Group and Conrad Shipyards LNG powered towboat

  The top stories this week covered everything from a DP system failure, a facelift for a WWII torpedo boat, and some mysterious tankers off the coast of Philadelphia.   The tanker Olympic Flag was carrying 650,000 barrels of Angolan crude when it dropped anchor seven miles off the


Greek Banks Mull Cutting Shipping Portfolios

Greece's leading banks are considering offloading part of their portfolios of shipping debt worth billions of dollars in a bid to shore up their capital, according to banking and ship financing sources. Greece has secured an extension to its bailout from its European partners


Propulsion Systems Ordered for Qatar Coastguard Vessels

Image: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce waterjets and MTU diesels to power 17 new patrol boats for the Qatar Coastguard   Rolls-Royce has secured a £15.8 million contract to supply Rolls-Royce MTU high-speed engines and a suite of waterjet propulsion systems for the the Qatar Coastguard’s 17 fast patrol


US Hoists Partners with Boat Lift

Photo: Boat Lift

US Hoists Corporation of Calverton, New York has teamed up with Boat Lift SRL of La Morra, Italy to provide the marine industry with marine hoists and shuttle machines. As the North American representative, US Hoists will provide parts and service domestically for Boat Lift customers. 


WWII Museum’s PT Boat Readies for Passengers

Photo of PT305 officers at Bastia in 1944.  Image courtesy of the WWII Museum

A cadre of volunteers navigate the regulatory labyrinth and a host of safety requirements to bring back to life an enduring symbol the nation’s can-do spirit and resiliency. Early next year, a 78-foot Patrol Torpedo 305 boat, being restored at the National WWII Museum, should be U.S


Seacat Services launches Second 26m Catamaran

second 26m Catamaran

  Class-leading offshore energy crew transfer vessel operator Seacat Services today launches Seacat Courageous, the firm’s second 26-metre crew transfer vessel, as it continues to support the growth of the European offshore wind market.


Deadliest Catch: The Quest to Coat Cornelia Marie

“No one is going to take care of your vessel better than you are. Everything that we have is vested in this ... ... if we fail my kid’s kids will be broke.” Josh Harris, Owner,  Cornelia Marie

  Josh Harris and Casey McManus, a pair of 31-year-olds who respectively own and run the fishing boat Cornelia Marie – made famous on the Discovery Channel’s cable television show Deadliest Catch – discuss with Maritime Reporter & Engineering News their decision to


Navionics Debuts SonarCharts

Sonar Chart

Navionics, the leader in location-based content for the recreational boating and outdoor markets, announced today the release of a new SonarCharts chart card for use with several Garmin GPS chartplotters. Featuring extraordinary bottom contour detail of up to 1 foot in the US and Canada


Manila Upgrades North Harbour Port

Picture by Manila North Harbour Port Inc

 Manila North Harbour Port Inc. (MNHPI) is budgeting P1 billion ($23 million) capital expenditure this year to finance port expansion. It expects to increase container throughput once a major terminal upgrade completes.  According to the MNHP chief executive officer Richard Barclay


Migrant Boats in Difficulty off Libya

A Maltese cargo ship was heading to assist a migrant boat with around 100 people on board in difficulty off the coast of Libya on Friday, and an Italian coast guard vessel was helping two other boats, Italian coastguards said. More than 300 African migrants have already died attempting to reach


Volvo Penta Wins NMMA Innovation Award

Product Photo_New Marine Propulstion Technology_Volvo Penta Forward Drive (Rear 3Q)

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) presented an Innovation Award to Volvo Penta for its new Forward Drive (FWD) propulsion system in the Alternate Drive Technology category at the 2015 Miami International Boat Show today


Volvo Penta Unveils Forward Drive Innovation

New Marine Propulstion Technology_Volvo Penta Forward Drive (Rear 3Q)_FINAL

A revolutionary new concept in marine propulsion, the first Volvo Penta Forward Drive (FWD), debuted today at an exclusive event at the Miami International Boat Show.   Opening up a new realm for recreational water sports, the Volvo Penta FWD begins with forward-facing dual counter-rotating


Coating the Deadliest Catch’s Cornelia Marie

Josh Harris (left) and Casey McManus, a pair of 31-year-olds who respectively own and run the fishing boat Cornelia Marie, made famous on the Discovery Channel’s cable television show Deadliest Catch (Photo Copyright Daniel Sheehan 2014)

Coming in the Maritime Reporter & Engineering News February 2015 edition:   Boat owner Josh Harris and captain Casey McManus, leaders of the commercial crab fishing boat Cornelia Marie made famous on the Discovery Channel’s hit show Deadliest Catch


UN: 300 Migrants Die Trying to Reach Italy

Big increase in number of migrants dying in Mediterranean * Italy ended full-scale rescue operation last year * Pope Francis calls for solidarity with migrants (Adds comment, details) By Steve Scherer ROME, Feb 11 (Reuters) - More than 300 people probably died this week after


25 Migrants Die After Being Picked up at Sea

At least 25 migrants died of hypothermia aboard Italian coast guard vessels after being picked up from an inflatable boat adrift near Libya, the chief health official on the Italian island of Lampedusa said on Monday. Two Italian patrol boats picked up 105 migrants late on Sunday from the boat






 
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