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Tour Boat Violated State Laws

The Ethan Allen was in violation of state law during its sightseeing cruise on Sunday, according to a report from ABC News. New York regulations say that any commercial boat carrying between 21 and 50 passengers must have one crew member, in addition to the boat's operator. According to officials, that applied to the Ethan Allen and its 47 passengers. The tour boat capsized on Lake George Sunday, killing 20 people. State regulators have suspended licenses for all five vessels belonging to Shoreline Cruises, the company that operated the tour, officials told The Associated Press. State officials said the boat's captain had a valid master's license issued by the state and that the boat was inspected in May and passed.


Coast Guard Determines Cause of Collision

The Coast Guard completed its preliminary investigation of the collision between the tour boat, Spirit of Charleston, and a sailboat July 22 in Charleston Harbor. The Coast Guard charged Captain O.C. Polk, the operator of the Spirit of Charleston, with negligence and misconduct for his role in the collision and for failing to report the incident to the Coast Guard. As part of the settlement agreement approved by an Administrative Law Judge


Maritime Museum Moving to Port of Houston

Niels Aalund

Niels Aalund, Chairman of the Houston Maritime Museum, announced plans for the museum’s new home located at the Turning Basin at the Port of Houston.   “Expanding the current museum and moving to the Port of Houston will allow us to better fulfill our mission,” Aalund said. “To capture and preserve the wonder and influence of maritime history and the maritime industry with focus on the development of Houston, the Texas Gulf Coast and the State of Texas.”


Blount Boats Delivers Sister Ship to Wendella

Photo courtesy Blount Boats, Inc.

The 89-ft steel excursion boat, Linnea built by Blount Boats for Wendella Sightseeing Company was completed and accepted on July 20, 2010. The vessel was delivered to Chicago via Erie Canal and began service on July 30th. The delivery for the Linnea is especially timely on account of the fact that Wendella Sightseeing, Chicago’s original tour boat company is celebrating its 75th season as one of the city’s premier sightseeing and tourism venues.  


Bay Ship & Yacht Launches Blue Thunder

Photo courtesy of DavidAllenStudio.com

Bay Ship & Yacht has launched the high-performance yacht, Blue Thunder, marking the shipyard’s entry into the custom-built sport-yachting market.  With a service speed of 32 knots, a flank speed of 42 knots, and a draft of less than three ft, the Blue Thunder offers the speed and performance of a high-performance sport yacht.  The custom interior is crafted with veneered, ultra-light honeycomb-cored panels, with a satin varnish finish


Safety is Job One

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Maritime safety products and systems can entail everything from a sophisticated integrated bridge system down to cleaning products for the galley. Here are a few recent introductions that appear particularly topical in the never-ending push for safer ships and crews. Free Fallin’ Under normal circumstances it would be hard to imagine a a mariner or rig worker who would want to be in the freefall lifeboat to the left


The Transit to Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel

Leading efforts to minimize the environmental impact of ships and boats at work, the Port of Los Angeles and the Jankovich Company – a supplier of fuel for cargo ships, tugs, barges and other marine vessels since 1933 – announced a new agreement to fuel its marine fleet with ultra low sulfur fuel. The fuel is from BP and sold under the brand name ECD. It is designed to be a technologically advanced, cleaner-burning fuel that is refined from select crudes


Canada Investigating Leviathan II Sinking

Leviathan II (File photo: Jamies Whaling Station and Adventure Centres)

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) continues its investigation into the sinking of passenger vessel which killed at least five near Tofino, British Columbia, Sunday.   Of the 24 passengers and three crew aboard the whale-watching tour boat Leviathan II at the time of the sinking, 21 people were rescued, five have died and one remains missing.   Leviathan II is a three-deck cruiser operated by Jamie's Whaling Station and Adventure Centres


Boaterz N’ Bikerz Hull of a Tour 3 is West Bound

John Giglio, President and CEO Photo Freedom Boat Club

After two previous successful motorcycling and boating events in 2013 and 2015, organizers of the Boaterz N’ Bikerz of America Hull of a Tour are back this summer for “Pacific Coast Rush,” a nine-day escorted motorcycle ride from Seattle to San Francisco, including a two-day swing down to Big Sur and Monterey.   This summer’s Hull of a Tour 3 event runs July 22 – 30 and is sponsored for the second year by Freedom Boat Club


Galapagos’ Latest Natural Wonder … Jessica?

It seems that the stricken oil tanker that fouled Charles Darwin's Galapagos island paradise cannot be moved and is set to become an artificial reef, teeming with fish and home to seals and exotic birds, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Sunday. The Ecuadorean Navy had hoped to clear the semi-submerged "Jessica" from the tiny harbor of San Cristobal island where it ran aground last week, leaking the bulk of its 240,000 gallon fuel cargo into the archipelago's pristine waters


Wärtsilä Welcomes Cadets of SUNY Maritime Training Ship

SUNY Maritime students get an up-close view of the assembly of an 18-cylinder Wärtsilä 50 diesel engine during their visit to Trieste, Italy. Photo Wartsila

Wärtsilä welcomed cadets from the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College to its Trieste factory during the school's summer sea term Italian port stop in June. The students use the summer sea term to gain practical experience on board the SUNY Maritime training ship


Newport Unveils Education Series for this year’s Boat Show

Photo Newport

 Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced today the 2016 Education Series for this year’s Boat Show. Greatly expanding on past offerings, the Newport International Boat Show will host  on-water courses


Mexican Tall Ship visits New London

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Cory J. Mendenhall

 The Mexican Navy tall ship ARM Cuauhtémoc visited New London May 2-6, when U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadets met cadets from the Mexican Navy and hosted them for a ride on the T-Boats and a tour of the Academy.    A 270-foot barque built in 1982


AAPA, USDOT to Commemorate NM Day Jointly

AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle Photo AAPA

 A little-known annual American commemoration is coming up again on May 22 - National Maritime Day. It was declared by Congress in 1933 to call attention to America’s proud maritime heritage and to honor the men and women who serve and have served as U.S. merchant mariners.


Turnbull Tours Austal’s Western Australia Yard

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was joined by Senator Linda Reynolds and Senator Chris Back for the tour of Austal’s Henderson shipyard, hosted by Austal CEO David Singleton and Chairman John Rothwell. (Image: Rod Taylor/Austal)

 Austal Limited welcomed Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to the company’s Henderson, Western Australia shipyard, demonstrating the facility’s naval shipbuilding capabilities, innovation and export success.  


AAPA to Join USDOT in Commemorating National Maritime Day

Kurt Nagle (Photo: AAPA)

Host of U.S. seaports also to observe annual salute to maritime industry, mariners and ports   A little-known annual American commemoration is coming up again on May 22: National Maritime Day, declared by Congress in 1933 to call attention to America’s maritime heritage and to honor


Cutter Morro Bay hosts Navy Reserve units

Photo Courtesy USCG

The crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay welcomed Navy Reserve medical units from Akron, Ohio, and Youngstown, Ohio, in Cleveland Sunday. The visit was designed to familiarize the Navy Reservists with shipboard operations. The cutter crew gave the members of the medical units a tour


Ferry Conference: Technology Drives Vessel Advancements

File image: an Elliott Bay Design Group ferry (EBDG)

On June 2-3, 2016,  the Ferry Safety and Technology Conference will be held in downtown Manhattan.   Throughout the world, the quickening pace of technological advances is impacting all sectors of the maritime business; ferries are no exception


Whale-watching Catamaran Repowered by Volvo Penta

Photo: Volvo Penta

When it came time to replace the old engines in his whale-watching vessel, Capt. Joe Nazar chose Volvo Penta and has enjoyed the benefits of improved fuel efficiency, lower emissions, reduced noise levels and better performance ever since.  


Europa 2 to Call Cuba for the First Time

Europa 2 (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises)

Sun, sand and Caribbean ‘joi de vivre’ – Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Europa 2 will visit the island of Cuba in the Greater Antilles for the first time on two cruises in October and November 2016.   Maiden ports of call are special moments on cruises with Hapag-Lloyd


Hurtigruten, Kleven Ink Explorer Ships Construction Deal

Hurtigruten Rolls Royce Illustration of vessels Photo Hurtigruten

Norwegian exploration travel company Hurtigruten, has signed a letter of intent for the construction of up to four new explorer ships with Norwegian shipyard Kleven. The order for delivery in 2018 and 2019 is a move to meet growing demand for adventure travel from travellers in the U.S


Mexican Tall Ship to visit New London

Photo: Mexican Navy

The ARM Cuauhtémoc, tall ship of the Mexican Navy, will visit New London May 2-6. The ship will be open for tours, and its crew is expected to visit the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Mayor Michael Passero announced.    A 270-foot barque built in 1982


Submarine Bidders Step up Lobbying for Australia Tender

Japan's advanced attack Soryu submarine carried out drills with Australia's navy on Tuesday as a German company launched a campaign to advertise its expertise - as a race for a A$50 billion contract to build Australia's next submarine fleet neared a climax.  


Incat Crowther Launches Harbor Master

New Generation Cruise Vessel Photo  Incat Crowther’

Incat Crowther launched the Harbor Master, a new generation of tour vessel to operate on Tasmania’s picturesque Macquarie Harbor. Developed in collaboration with World Heritage Cruises, the 220-passenger, 35-metre catamaran combines the operator’s layout and propulsion concepts with


MS Europa 2 in Sharjah

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

 International cruise liner MS Europa 2 reached the Khorfakkan Port with more than 500 tourists on board.   The luxury liner is the latest making a cruise call at the emirate's east coast ports, which continue to bring in cruise tourists from around the globe.   






 
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