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New Catamaran for Dry Tortugas National Park

Caterpillar Engine Products Division has announced the completion of a new catamaran fast excursion vessel for Yankee Roamer, Inc., Key West, Fla. The 92-ft. boat has a top speed of more than 27 knots. Yankee Freedom II was designed by Phil Hercus of Internation Catamaran Designs-Sydney, Australia. The Incat design uses a single chine Z-Bow hull shape that increases waterline length for improved high-speed performance and seakeeping ability. Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Somerset, Mass. built the all-aluminum vessel and designed the interior and mechanical systems. Gladding-Hearn is Incat's U.S. East Coast licensee and is schedule to launch two more Incat designed ferries this year. Yankee Freedom II is powered by two Cat 3412C marine engines, each rated 1,050 bhp at 2,300 rpm. The 3412s drive 40 in. diameter Bruntons propellers through ZF BW 190 marine gears. Compared to a 90 ft., 2,600 bhp Lydia composite monohull previously making the Dry Tortugas run, Yankee Freedom II operates with a 20 percent increase in speed while using approximately one-third less fuel.


Yankee Fleet Receives Incat Crowther Ferry

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'Yankee Freedom III', a 34m Catamaran Ferry, was developed in partnership with Yankee Fleet and Gladding Hearn Shipbuilding. The new vessel, designed to provide exceptional passenger comfort and minimal environmental impact on the local environment,  will take over the company’s daily run from Key West to Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson, previously serviced by the Incat Crowther designed Yankee Freedom II.


Gladding-Hearn Starts Building for service to Dry Tortugas

Having recently signed a new 10-year contract with the National Park Service (NPS) for passenger service between Key West, Fla., and the Dry Tortugas National Park, Massachusetts-based Yankee Fleet has ordered a new 250-passenger, high-speed catamaran from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, the Duclos Corporation. The new vessel will replace the ferry operator’s interim vessel, Yankee Freedom II, which the shipyard built in 1999. Delivery is planned for 2011.  


Incat Crowther to Design Cat Ferry for Yankee Fleet

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Incat Crowther announced a contract to design a 110-ft Catamaran Ferry for operation in Florida. The vessel will be built by Gladding-Hearn for Yankee Fleet. To be named Yankee Freedom III, the vessel will replace Yankee Freedom II, designed and built by the same partnership in 1999. She will operate on the company’s daily run from Key West to Dry Tortugas national Park and Fort Jefferson. Whilst Incat Crowther has expanded into new marine sectors of late


Gladding-Hearn Delivers with Repeat, Proven Business in 2012

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When the long-time operators of the National Park Service passenger route from Key West, Florida, to Dry Tortugas National Park were looking to keep that contract and further upgrade the quality of their offerings in that market, they did what most satisfied customers would do: they went back to the builder of their current vessel, Massachusetts-based Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding. The original boat used by Yankee Fleet in this service, built in 1998, provided reliable service over the years


Outstanding Passenger Vessels

Dinner Cruise Vessel Boasts Mega-Yacht Style Measuring 175 ft. in length, dinner cruise vessel Starship was recently delivered to Starship Cruise Lines of Biloxi, Miss. Boasting a mega-yacht style, the vessel was designed by Naval Architects Dejong & Lebet of Jacksonville, Fla., and constructed by Freeport, Fla.-based Freeport Shipbuilding. Plachter-Vogel Design provided interior architecture. USCG-Certified under Subchapter K for 600 passengers, plus 30 crew


This Day in Naval History - May 21

1850 - Washington Navy Yard begins work on first castings for the Dahlgren guns. 1917 - USS Ericsson fires first torpedo of war. 1944 - Accidental explosion on board an LST unloading ammunition in West Loch, Pearl Harbor, and the resulting fire and other explosions sink five LSTs. 1964 - The initiation of the standing carrier presence at Yankee Station in the South China Sea. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at http://www.history.navy


Supply Boats Auctioned off

On a gray Wednesday morning, five supply and anchor handling tug supply boats were auctioned off on the U.S. Federal Courthouse steps in Lafayette, Louisiana. About 26 people attended the auction with ten registered bidders signing in and showing proof of deposit. At 10:00 o’clock a.m. after the Clerk of the Court read the court orders and terms and conditions of the sale, individual bidding started on the 180’ x 40’, 2700HP “Seacor Osprey” at $5,000


MISC Issues Bonds To Buy Ships

Malaysian International Shipping Corp (MISC), the country's flag carrier, is planning to issue yankee bonds worth up to $500 million in the next few weeks. The yankee bond offering, where the debt is issued in the U.S. market, will be the second from Malaysia this year. Traders said state power firm Tenaga Nasional would issue $800 million in bonds by the middle of next month, with the company expected to go on a roadshow soon


MISC Bond Issue Not Happening

Malaysia International Shipping Corp (MSIC) said on Tuesday it had no immediate plan to issue any bonds. Replying to a stock exchange query, the Malaysian flag carrier however said it was considering undertaking an international rating exercise. Traders told Reuters on Monday that MISC was planning to issue yankee bonds worth up to $500 million in the next few weeks. The MISC issue was seen as likely to precede a similar issue by its parent Petronas. The state oil firm owns 62 percent of MISC


GLDD Sells Historic Demolition Business

Largest provider of dredging services in the United States, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (GLDD) informs it has completed the sale of NASDI, LLC and Yankee Environmental Services, LLC, its two subsidiaries that comprise the historical demolition business


Today in U.S. Naval History: May 21

USS Ericsson (U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph)

Today in U.S.Naval History - May 21 1850 - Washington Navy Yard begins work on first castings for the Dahlgren guns 1917 - USS Ericsson fires first torpedo of war 1944 - During preparations for the invasion of Saipan an accidental ordnance blast on LST 353 sets off cataclysmic ammunition


Meet the Wider 42 - Commercial

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A planning boat that is light, fast and economical, yet has the usable deck area of a boat twice it’s size and the stability of a trimaran! Sounds too good to be true, well that was my initial reaction until I attended the Press launch in Italy of the “transformer” Wider 42.


U.S. Postal Service Salutes Merchant Marine on New Stamps

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The Postal Service will salute the U.S. Merchant Marine on four forever stamps July 28 at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY.  Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend the 11:30 a.m. dedication ceremony that takes place in the Ackerman Auditorium


This Day in Naval History – May 21

1850 - Washington Navy Yard begins work on first castings for the Dahlgren guns 1917 - USS Ericsson fires first torpedo of war 1944 - During preparations for the invasion of Saipan an accidental ordnance blast on LST 353 sets off cataclysmic ammunition explosions at West Loch, Pearl Harbor


This Day in Naval History – May 21

1850 - Washington Navy Yard begins work on first castings for the Dahlgren guns 1917 - USS Ericsson fires first torpedo of war 1944 - During preparations for the invasion of Saipan an accidental ordnance blast on LST 353 sets off cataclysmic ammunition explosions at West Loch, Pearl Harbor


MMA Honors Alumni

Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) honored its best and brightest at a ceremony held in early November. The college formally recognized alumni success and achievement, student academic success, and faculty achievement at its annual Celebration of Achievement on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006.


9/11 Heroes: Corps of Engineers' Boat Crews

Immediately after the second tower of the World Trade Center collapsed Sept. 11, 2001, members of the Corps of Engineers' fleet were underway. Stationed along the Hudson River for a Coast Guard boat-safety class, the Corps’ boats from the Philadelphia and New York districts became taxis to


Preparations for Tropical Storm

The US Coast Guard is advising mariners in the eastern Gulf of Mexico to make all necessary preparations for tropical storm Alberto. Sector Mobile issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin setting Port Condition ZULU and closing the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway from Panama City to the eastern


NYC Bids Fair Winds, Following Seas to Fleet Week Ships

The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) is moored at pier 88 in New York City during Fleet Week New York 2006. The annual event also provides an opportunity for citizens of New York City and the surrounding Tri-State area to meet Sailors and Marines as well as witness first hand


This Day in Naval History

(From the Navy News Service) May 21 1850 - Washington Navy Yard begins work on first castings for the Dahlgren guns. 1917 - USS Ericsson fires first torpedo of war. 1944 - Accidental explosion on board an LST unloading ammunition in West Loch, Pearl Harbor


Pushing the Tugs in Charleston

"Tug boat sinks, spills diesel fuel" declared the headline in the Local section of the newspaper. And, strictly speaking, the headline was correct. In 1906, The Captain Morgan had been built as a tug. But as the fourth paragraph acknowledged, "The owner was having the boat ..


Austal USA Signs Contract for Sale of Stock Vessel

Austal USA has signed a contract with Lighthouse Fast Ferry of New York (also known as New York Fast Ferry) for the sale of the 86 ft. (26 m) passenger catamaran being built at Austal USA’s shipyard facilities in Mobile, Ala. Due for delivery in July 2002


Austal Signs Contract for Sale of Stock Vessel

Austal Limited shipbuilding subsidiary, Austal USA has signed a contract with Lighthouse Fast Ferry of New York (also known as New York Fast Ferry) for the sale of the 86ft. (26 m) passenger catamaran being built speculatively at Austal USA’s shipyard facilities in Mobile, Ala.


Seastreak New Jersey To Be Christened

Local and state dignitaries will converge on the Monmouth County waterfront to take part in the official unveiling and christening of the M/V SeaStreak New Jersey. The new 141-ft., 400-passenger high speed catamaran will provide daily commuter ferry service from Atlantic Highlands and Highlands






 
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