Alabama Shipyard and Hollywood Park have signed a contract to construct a casino vessel for the Belterra Resort and Casino in Switzerland County, Indiana. Known as a diversified gaming company, Hollywood Park received the last available license to conduct riverboat gaming operations on the Ohio River in September 1998. The fourteenth casino vessel to be built by Los Angeles-based Hollywood Park, the vessel measures 370 ft. (112.7 m) with a beam of 104 ft. (31.6 m) - making it one of the largest casino vessels in operation. Designed by Rodney E. Lay and Associates, the casino boat, which is to be delivered in July 2000, will feature 1,800 gaming positions.
The Houston Business Journal has reported that J. Ray McDermott Inc has begun construction on two specialty barges for Harrah's Entertainment Inc. The two casino barges currently under construction will become part of Harrah's Horseshoe Casino expansion project in Hammond, Ind. Each measures 276 feet long by 102 feet wide and 22 feet deep, with a weight of about 1,700 tons. They will be combined with four other barges being built elsewhere to create a 564-foot long
The Big M Casino, Inc of Fort Myers, Fla., has awarded a contract to Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Panama City, Florida to construct a casino vessel. The as yet unnamed vessel will join the existing vessel, Royal Gambler, in providing offshore casino services to the Fort Myers market. The vessel was designed by John W. Gilbert and Associates, a prominent naval architect firm located in Hingham, Massachusetts. The interior design will be performed by Bauer Interiors of New Orleans, Louisiana
U.S. Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) introduced legislation (H.R. 316) that threatens to halt, and even reverse the expansion of the offshore gaming industry. Under existing law, offshore gaming in international water is legal, unless states pass laws specifically prohibiting the activity. Wolf's bill would reverse the situation, requiring states that want offshore casino vessels pass laws to allow them. Offshore gaming operations would be outlawed in states that have not passed laws to legalize
Owners and operators of six South Florida casino ships were charged with violating Florida gaming laws. Civil complaints were filed against the operators of three SunCruz casino vessels in Hollyood, Riviera Beach and Key Largo; New SeaEscape, which sails out of Port Everglades; Monte Carlo, of Pompano Beach and Palm Beach Princess, which sails from Riviera Beach. Additionally, all the ships but Palm Beach Princess were charged with allowing gambling within Florida's territorial waters (which
The motto at Guido Perla & Associates, Inc. (GPA) for over thirty years and continuing to this day has always been: Engineering Ideas into Reality. For clients worldwide, no matter how large or small the project, from single vessels to an unprecedented number of vessels in one series, the adage rings true. Behind the company’s success and commitment to each and every client is a team of over 70 professionals on four continents
Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar (R), floated the idea of a state-owned riverboat casino, with profits earmarked to help the state's ailing horseracing industry. Democrats said they were open to the concept, but would want the casino in Chicago, where state law currently bans their operation. The governor suggested the state could acquire the riverboat license held by the Silver Eagle casino, in East Dubuque, which shut down in July 1997
Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth filed a complaint in Volusia Circuit Court, seeking to force SunCruz Casinos to get rid of the slot machines and other casino games on one of its cruise-to-nowhere boats, which docks in Ponce Inlet. The refusal by the U.S. Supreme Court to tamper with a lower court ruling that federal law does not prevent states from deciding their existing laws prohibiting land-based casino gaming also apply to cruise-to-nowhere operations may have been the motivation
In Solomon v. Blue Chip Casino, Inc., 2002 WL 1763935 (Ind.App. July 31, 2002), the court found the casino boat worker plaintiffs (a slot representative and a table games specialist) could not pursue Jones Act seaman claims against the vessel owner when the section of Trail Creek upon which the casino boat is moored in not "navigable in fact." The boat was situated in a "small, man-made, rectangular area of water that was dug out of dry land connected to Trail Creek by a narrow and shallow
Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards and his son were indicted on federal charges in connection with a riverboat casino corruption investigation. Also charged in the case were three Edwards associates and a state senator. Edwards was charged with 30 counts, including racketeering, extortion, conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud and illegal wiretapping, in connection with extracting money from applicants for riverboat casino licenses, or, in the case of the wiretapping
DeJong & Lebet, Inc. announced that Norman N. DeJong passed away on November 7, 2013. Norman was 75 years old at the time of his passing. Norman was one of the founding partners of DeJong & Lebet, Inc., Naval Architects, in 1983 in Jacksonville, Florida
For harried executives, a marine cruise can offer an escape form a life of tight schedules and constant pressure. The need for a relaxing but luxurious environment was well known to the designers of M/V Royale Floatel. The Vijai Marine Shipyards, designed and carried out the conversion
Belize's Supreme Court declared offshore drilling contracts issued by the Government of Belize (in 2004 and 2007) null and void. The ruling, handed down by Justice Oswell Legall , was in response to a case brought by Oceana, COLA, and the Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage
Executive claims 'Carnival Triumph', 'Carnival Splendor' & even 'Costa Condordia' are but the "Tip of the Iceberg". World City America Inc., president, Stephanie Gallagher asks when will U.S. politicians and reporters ask the right questions about this non-U.S
Carnival dispatches a third tugboat, from Port Fourchon, Louisiana, to further assist the disabled cruise ship toward Mobile, ALA. The company has also announced further compensation of US$500 for the 3,143 passengers aboard the Carnival Triumph in addition to a full refund of the cruise along
Sea Tow Services International Inc. announced that Captain Tom Kehlenbach, owner of Sea Tow Central Connecticut, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA) for a three-year term, starting July 1, 2012
Aquabus, a new water-taxi service in Ottawa, Ontario, promises elegance and silence on an eco-friendly boat. For a clean, quiet river cruise, Au feel de l'eau (Go with the Flow) is powered by electric motors from Torqeedo. "We were sold on Torqeedo because it's a light
In 2011 Goa’s most elaborate floating casino will celebrate three years of successful operation on the Indian province’s Mandovi River. The M/V Casino Royale was designed by AMC Marcon of Mumbai and her builder Water Ways Shipyard with the lines of a small cruise ship
Colonna’s Shipyard, Inc. of Norfolk, Va. announced a major expansion, the new West Yard Marine Travelift Facility. Situated on approximately ten acres, this facility will accommodate the simultaneous repair of up to 15 vessels including tugs, barges, ferries, workboats, and yachts.
Guido Perla & Associates, Inc. (GPA), a U.S. Naval Architecture and Marine, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Firm, founded in 1979 and headquartered in Seattle, Wa., is further expanding its international focus. After establishing the subsidiaries GPA Shanghai in 2004 and Guido Perla
The keel of Allure of the Seas, the second in the series of two of the world's largest cruise ships was laid on Dec. 2 at the Turku yards of STX Europe. The keel laying ceremony marked the placement of the very first block of Allure of the Seas in the dry dock where the ship will begin to
In October 2008, Viking Welding of Kensington, NH delivered a 26.5 ft trailerable survey boat to the EPA’s Narragansett Laboratory. After performing nearly a year of pre-bid research and specification writing, the EPA ultimately awarded the contract to Viking Welding.
Guido Perla & Associates, Inc. (GPA), headquartered in , has established a European subsidiary – Guido Perla Europe GmbH (GPE GmbH) – in . GPE GmbH will initially handle the sales, marketing and PR function, as well as existing customer support
Omega Commercial Finance Corporation announced that it has finalized its acquisition of a luxury casino cruise ship with Oceans 21-Miami LLC and its majority shareholder. The casino cruise ship's name shall be changed to the Omega Royale and will be deployed in international waters as part of the
On February 16, the cruise ferry Cruise Barcelona, built for the Grimaldi Group, was launched at the Fincantieri shipyard of Castellammare di Stabia, near Naples. Godmother of the vessel will be Mrs Cristina Grimaldi, wife of the Group co-managing director, Dr. Gianluca Grimaldi.