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Austal Acquires Philippines Shipyard


Leading global shipbuilder and defence prime contractor Austal has acquired a shipyard in the Philippines as part of its strategy to regionalise its manufacturing base for commercial vessels.   The $7 million acquisition of the former FBMA Marine shipyard enables Austal to establish shipbuilding operations at the West Cebu Industrial Park at Balamban, in the province of Cebu. Austal will invest a further $5 million to enhance the shipyard’s existing facilities. Austal plans to commence vessel construction in the first quarter of 2012, dependant on orders, and expects to employ about 30 workers during the start-up phase. Future workforce growth is expected in line with market demand, and the site allows for efficient expansion of the facility when future operational and market conditions require.   Austal Chief Executive Officer Andrew Bellamy said the acquisition of the former FBMA shipyard is an important milestone in Austal’s corporate strategy to meet the requirements of key commercial vessel markets by further regionalising its shipbuilding operations. “Our strategic review earlier this year found that there is strong demand in specific segments of the international commercial vessel market, such as fast crew transfer boats, work boats and 30 metre to 50 metre ferries,” he said.  

Japanese Yards Form Alliance

Three major Japanese shipbuilders are forming an alliance on commercial vessels and ocean engineering to survive competition with South Korean shipyards. The three firms -- Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co Ltd will cooperate on joint procurement of materials and design skills for building commercial vessels, aiming to cut production costs. They will decide in one or two years whether to spin off their divisions for

EPA Vessel General Permit Webcast: July 27

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host a webcast on July 27 at 1:00 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time for vessel operators required to comply with the Vessel General Permit (VGP).  EPA will discuss the vessel Electronic-Notice of Intent (e-NOI) system to apply for coverage, as well as provide answers to a few key frequently asked questions about the permit.  Finally, industry professionals who have direct experience implementing the VGP on various classes of vessels

Korea Shipbuilders May See Mild 2014 Recovery: Analysts

The nation’s major shipbuilders are expected to undergo a mild recovery on the back of a pickup in demand for commercial vessels and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, reports 'The Korea Times' as informed by experts and analysts. The analysts forecasted that the nation’s leading builders such as Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), Samsung Heavy and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) are well positioned to win more premium vessels ahead of their Chinese and Japanese

Upcoming AMSA Shipping & Domestic Vessel Conference

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) informs that the  latest maritime developments will be the focus at the inaugural combined national shipping and domestic commercial vessel conference in Melbourne in November, 2014. AMSA Chief Executive Officer Mick Kinley said it was the first time a combined shipping and domestic vessel conference had been held by AMSA. “Maritime 2014 will bring together international

ACR to Debut Pathfinder PRO SART at OTC

ACR Pathfinder PRO  Photo ACR

An important addition to any commercial vessel’s survival gear kit, the Pathfinder PRO SART is introduced by ACR Electronics, Inc. at this year’s OTC. The new search and rescue transponder expands the broad range of commercial maritime survival products offered by ACR, global leader in safety and survival technology. The Pathfinder PRO is a fully-approved SART that complies with IMO SOLAS regulations and is suitable for all commercial vessels that are mandated to carry a SART

Mercury Marine Acquires Teignbridge Propellers

Mercury Marine announced today that it has acquired Teignbridge Propellers Ltd., headquartered in Newton Abbot, United Kingdom. Teignbridge Propellers produces bronze and Nibral (nickel, bronze, aluminum) propellers for yachts, patrol boats and commercial vessels. In addition to its line of standard and custom propellers, Teignbridge also produces a complete underwater package of stern gear for inboard-powered vessels, which includes rudders, shafts, struts, seals, logs and bearings.

PVA Manual on General Permit for Discharges

The Passenger Vessel Association (PVA), representative of owners and operators of U.S.-flagged passenger vessels of all types, has developed a manual to help its members comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-issued General Permit for wastewater discharges incidental to normal vessel operations. The PVA Manual for Compliance with the EPA Vessel General Permit (VGP) for Discharges Incidental to the Normal Operation of a Vessel is a service by PVA for its members

ACR Electronics Introduces New AISLink CB1

ACR AISLink CB1 Class B transceiver (Image: ACR)

Suited for a range of recreational boaters and commercial vessels across the world, the new AISLink CB1 Class B transceiver is introduced by survival gear specialist ACR Electronics, a Drew Marine Company.   ACR’s easy-to-use and reliable Class B Automatic Identification System (AIS) option sends and receives wireless navigational data to and from nearby boats and vessels including the vessel’s name, position, course or speed over ground, heading and rate of turn.  

VIKING's Helpline for New Coastal Safety Rules

VIKING’s VP Americas, Al Osle

  With just a few months to go, VIKING has all hands on deck to ensure coastal vessel operators don’t risk their ability to sail under the US Coast Guard’s upgraded coastal vessel safety regulations.   Marine safety equipment manufacturer and servicing provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S says it’s worried that commercial vessels operating in North American coastal waters and waterways simply won’t be able to sail when new USCG safety regulations come

Yard Improvements at Grand Bahama Shipyard

(Photo: Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited)

Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL), a shipyard in the Caribbean, said it had a productive summer program consisting of work on vessels from the tanker, container and towage segments of the maritime industry. Additionally, renovations and upgrades were performed on the floating dry docks and

COX Powertrain's 300hp Diesel Outboard

(Photo: Cox Powertrain)

Cox Powertrain will preview its professional outboard motor, the CXO300, at the Workboat Show in New Orleans later this year.  Britain's Cox brought together engineers from Formula 1 racing and automotive engine design to develop this new concept diesel engine

Merchant Ships off Yemen Bracing for More Danger

USS Mason (File photo: U.S. Navy / Rob Aylward)

Missile attacks from Yemen on Western military craft risk spilling over into nearby busy sea lanes which could disrupt oil supplies and also other vital goods passing through the tense area, shipping and insurance sources say.   While shipping companies have yet to divert ships

Gard Alert: Red Sea Security Warning

Map: Gard

 The conflict in Yemen is reportedly escalating and maritime authorities continue to urge vessels in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden region to operate in a heightened state of alert.   The conflict in Yemen is escalating and two missile attacks on vessels operating off the coast of Yemen

Ocean Signal, AMI Marine Unveil E101V Float-Free EPIRB

Ocean Signal E101V float-free EPIRB with integrated VDR memory capsule

Marine communications specialist Ocean Signal and VDR manufacturer AMI Marine will introduce a new float-free EPIRB with integrated voyage data recorder (VDR) memory capsule at this year’s SMM in Hamburg. The Ocean Signal E101V provides a reliable and innovative solution for commercial

Large or Small, Land or Sea, Every Spill Matters.


There is growing concern regarding the environmental impact and associated costs of petroleum based fluid discharges. Petroleum is persistent and toxic. It damages living organisms including plants, animals and marine life for many years. While many believe that the bulk of this environmental

Coast Guard Sets Port Condition X-Ray in NC Waters

Image: NOAA

The Captain of the Port (COTP) North Carolina has set Port Condition X-Ray for all navigable waterways in the North Carolina COTP Zone in preparation for the anticipated weather impact of Tropical Storm Hermine, the U.S. Coast Guard announced.  

MN100: H.O. Bostrom Company Inc.

Photo: H.O. Bostrom Company Inc.

The Company: H.O. Bostrom provides seating solutions for marine, transportation, and other niche markets. The firm’s facility boasts 60,000 square feet of manufacturing space located on a 4.5 acre campus. The firm has about 85 employees.   Primary Product / Service:

MN100: The Shearer Group, Inc.

(Image: The Shearer Group, Inc.)

The Company: The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) designs inland towboats and barges, with a focus on the inland sector. Inland barges built to TSGI designs number in the thousands, along with a myriad of towboat, dry dock and other specialty designs

MN100: GPLink

(Image: GPLink)

The Company: GPLink is the most capable remote diagnostic tool available for high horsepower systems. Globally, GPLink helps vessel owners and fleet managers by remotely plotting asset locations while also monitoring engines & critical systems

MN100: ZF Marine Propulsion Systems

Wolfgang Schmid (Photo: ZF)

The Company: ZF Marine supplies propulsion system components for yachts, defense craft, high-speed ferries, workboats and commercial vessels, in a power range from 10 to 14,000 kW. The product portfolio includes a comprehensive range of transmissions (reversing, non-reversing and hybrid)

NTSB Assesses USCG’s Vessel Traffic Service System

A safety study recently released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) details 14 conclusions and 21 recommendations aimed at further reducing the risk of collisions, allisions and groundings involving vessels operating within U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) areas.

MN100: Bristol Harbor Group, Inc.

(Photo: Bristol Harbor Group, Inc.)

The Company: Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) is a full service naval architecture and marine engineering firm located on the harbor in Bristol, Rhode Island. BHGI has produced more than 50 unique designs to which more than 100 vessels have been built

United Nations East River Security Zones Scheduled

Photo: USCG

U.S. Coast Guard crewmembers are scheduled to enforce security zones on the East River near the United Nations Headquarters beginning Friday. The security zones scheduled to begin Sept. 16, and continue until Sept. 25, 2016, include all waters of the East River between East 35th Street and the

MOB Device for Immediate Alert for Fast Response

ALERT2 Man-Overboard Alarm System from Emerald Marine Products  Photo Emerald Marine

Professional mariners know the life-threatening hazards of falling overboard, but may not consider how critical the recovery window is, especially with a moving vessel. Compact and easily carried on a PFD, the ALERT2 Man-Overboard Alarm System from Emerald Marine Products immediately sets off

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