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Correct Craft Celebrates 75th Anniversary at Turn of the Millennium

Correct Craft, Inc., based in Orlando, manufacturer of the world-famous Nautique brand of water ski and wakeboarding boats, is preparing to launch a major celebration as it enters model year 2000 with its 75th Anniversary. Coming off the eve of major industry recognition - the company claimed the Innovation of the Year Award from Boating Writers International - Correct Craft has proven its continued reputation within the markets it serves. At IMTEC 1999, Correct Craft was presented a coveted distinction for its Total Wake Control Hull featured on the all-new Pro Air model; the first dedicated designed boat for the fast-growing sport of wakeboarding. Throughout its rich history and tradition, the company has maintained a consistent leadership role. In 1961, it introduced the world's first tournament inboard ski boat, which led to the development of an entire industry segment. Over the years, the company has debuted many design "firsts" including the premiere of a center-mounted tow pylon, tracking fins on the hull, safety rearview mirror and cruise control. In 1997, the company launched the world's first tournament inboard wakeboard boat, followed by the first flight control tower, built-in ballast tanks and the newest innovation in the total wake control hull. It is one of the first companies to offer a national leasing program.


FRC International Launch WBV Courses in Canada

Photo: FRC International

FRC International is running the first program of ‘Back To Back’ Whole Boat Vibration (WBV) courses in Canada this April. The lead for these courses is Canadian Coast Guard and Canadian Navy. These courses are part of improving sea safety and are open to all interested parties. The object is to include all organizations operating RHIBs and planing craft. Both venues also enable boat builders, equipment manufacturers and industry to attend.


WBV Manager Course to be Held June 18

Photo: FRC International

FRC International is running the first WBV Manager course in the U.S. on June 18 at HiPer Craft 2013 in Norfolk, Va. The course fee per person is $400 and places can now be booked. WBV Manager attendees also receive free admission to all three days of HiPer Craft 2013. The WBV (Whole Body Vibration) awareness course is part of the professional program organized by ASNE (American Society of Naval Engineers) at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center in Norfolk, Va.


Extreme Applications Demand Specialist Small Craft

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In a dangerous world, even the largest ship in the world depends on the smallest maritime security and special mission platform. And when it comes to small boat security operations, innovation is the name of the game. With 90% of world trade transported by sea then passing through ports and waterways, no amount of technology will replace the requirement for multiple small fast craft and skilled operators. Finding new ways to share knowledge and best practice has never been more important in


Self-Pilot Personal Submarine to Launch in Monaco

DeepFlight Dragon

DeepFlight announced it will introduce a new type of personal submarine at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show. The company said its new product, the DeepFlight Dragon, is the most compact, lightweight personal submarine on the market, and is so intuitive to use that clients self-pilot the craft with minimal instruction. The all-electric (zero emissions) DeepFlight Dragon was designed specifically for easy use from yacht or shore to explore the twilight zone down to 400 feet (120 meters)


Halyard Expands Noise Insulation Product Range

Photo: Halyard

Halyard, global manufacturer of marine exhaust solutions, has extended its range of noise insulation products with the introduction of Rockwool Marine Firebatt 2000. Aimed at the commercial marine sector, the multipurpose Marine Firebatt 2000 is a rock mineral wool slab, providing fire protection, thermal insulation and significant noise reduction to marine craft and offshore installations. Marine Firebatt 2000 has been designed to meet stringent requirements for fire protection and


Van Cappellen-USA Partners with Northern Lights

Van Cappellen USA, the North American affiliate office of the Van Cappellen Consultancy - the Netherlands (noise and vibration control), announces a joint technical development contract with Alaska Diesel Electric - Northern Lights of Andover, Massachusetts. This contract is for Van Cappellen and Northern Lights to provide enclosed land based military power supplies for use in rapid deployment expandable mobile shelters for a separate primary US military logistics contractor.


ASNE to Host Launch & Recovery Symposium

The American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) announced that registration has opened for its Launch and Recovery Symposium 2014: Launch and Recovery of Manned and Unmanned Vehicles from Surface Platforms. The theme for 2014 is Mission Effectiveness, Safety and Affordability. The event is slated to take place November 19-20, 201 at the Maritime Institute conference center in Linthicum, Md. According to ASNE, the symposium provides an opportunity to learn about launch


Common-rail Injection for Sub-110hp Marine Diesels

Image: Yanmar

The new JH-CR series engines from Yanmar bring the benefits of common-rail fuel injection technology to units of below 110mhp.   Boat owners can now choose digitally-controlled common-rail engines from the Yanmar range with power outputs starting as low as 45mhp.The company will launch the new engines at Boot Düsseldorf 2015, with immediate availability through its worldwide distributor network.   


Multi Agency Craft Conference Makes its Mark

By Jennifer Rabulan With the the task of securing tens of thousands of miles of U.S. Coast, agencies at the federal, state and local levels are increasingly turning to high-performance boats. In turn, these buyers rely on premiere events such as the Multi Agency Craft Conference (MACC) to experience the latest tech first hand. In its seventh year, over 1,300 representatives convened for the 3-day event at Little Creek Amphibious Base in Norfolk, Va


Zamakona Refits Vessels VOS HERA & HADES

Vos Hera

  The Zamakona Yards in Pasajes has successfully finished the works carried o t in the vessels VOS HADES and VOS HERA that belong to the Company Vroon Offshore Services UK. The conversion required a major upgrade of the VOS H-Class to enable Rescue & Standby facilities for a Group B


Danish Pleasure Craft Safety Board Gets A New Head

Jan Thorn

  From 1 February 2015 a new chairman will head the Danish Pleasure Craft Safety Board. The new incumbent is Jan Thorn, who is in his everyday work Director of the Danish Maritime Authority’s division “Aids to Navigation” that is striving to enhance safety at sea for


Upgraded Winch Control from Rexroth

New DS2R electrohydraulic controller with proportional valve is now available for the Rexroth hydraulic axial piston units that function as secondary control devices in offshore winch applications (Image: Bosch Rexroth)

Bosch Rexroth has upgraded the electrohydraulic controller used on the company’s A4VSO and A4VSG hydraulic axial piston components, which function as secondary control units in the Rexroth Active Heave Compensation (AHC) system for offshore winching applications.  


Editorial: BWTS. Like it or Not, Here it Comes

Gregory R. Trauthwein  Associate Publisher & Editor

With age comes perspective, and in my 20 plus years reporting on this industry I have seen my fair share of regulation that has served to ‘raise the hackles’ of ship owners. It is quite simple really; new regulation often means new procedure, new design, new equipment and new costs


Nichols Brothers to Build Vessel for American Samoa

Image: Nichols Brothers Boat Builders

Ice Floe, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) has been contracted by the Government of American Samoa to build a multipurpose vessel to operate in the warm waters of the South Pacific primarily between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands


Tuco Debuts New Fast Rescue Craft Design

Tuco Marine’s new 7.5-meter ProZero fast rescue craft (Image courtesy of Tuco Marine Group)

Tuco Marine Group has introduced a new 7.5-meter ProZero fast rescue craft (FRC) design as part of the carbon fiber constructed ProZero boat line. The highly specialized FRC market is one where weight saving benefits of the ProZero design can make a difference to the market standards, Tuco said


Bollinger Delivers 12th USCG Fast Response Cutter

Isaac Mayo during builders trials in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (Photo courtesy of Bollinger Shipyards)

Bollinger Shipyards LLC has delivered the Isaac Mayo, the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) 12th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) on January 13, 2015 in Key West, Florida. The vessel is scheduled to be commissioned in March 2015.   The 154 foot patrol craft Isaac Mayo is the 12th vessel in


Cold and Calculating: Dealing with Ice in Domestic Waterways

The Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay breaks ice in the Straits of Mackinac between Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Army research laboratory helps vessels deal with ice in domestic waterways. Ice, snow and extremely low temperatures can put a big chill on maritime operations in ports, lakes, rivers and waterways. Thanks to the U.S. Army’s Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering


N-Sea, Siem Offshore Extend Charter Agreement

Siem N-Sea (Photo courtesy of N-Sea)

Inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) specialist N-Sea has extended its charter agreement with Siem Offshore following three years of operations. The renewed agreement, concerning Siem Offshore’s offshore subsea construction vessel, Siem N-Sea (previously Siem Stork)


Fusion Launch new Website FUSION-LINK.com

Fusion-Link Website HR PRG

Leading Marine Audio Manufacturer Unveils Feature-RichOnline Experience to Highlight Support for Multifunction Display Partners FUSION®, a worldwide leader in marine audio, announced today the release of a comprehensive new website, FUSION-Link.com


‘Seawater is the Ultimate EAL’

Cost comparison of stern tube lubricants (Image courtesy of Thordon Bearings)

Thordon Bearings: “Seawater is the only commercially viable EAL for propeller shafts”   Thordon Bearings Inc., a manufacturer of seawater lubricated bearings for the global marine industry, has questioned the rise of environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) in oil-based


Royal IHC Acquires Majority Stake in Brastec Technologies

Royal IHC has acquired a majority stake in Brazilian-based Brastec Technologies, a designer and builder of tailor-made production lines for the production of umbilicals and flexible pipes.   According to IHC, the agreement fulfils two important elements of its business strategy: a foothold


GSL Builds Fast Attack Crafts for Mauritius

Photo: GSL

The keel laying ceremony for first of the series of Two Water Jet Fast Attack Crafts (WJFAC) being built by GSL for Mauritius Police Force was held at GSL on December 18, 2014.   Capt. Anish Nair, Warship Production Superintendent (WPS), Goa did the honors in the presence of Rear Adm


8 Foreign Flagged Ships Detained in UK

Port State Control inspection

  Eight foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during November 2014 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. During November, there were 6 new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in a UK port. 2 vessels remained under detention from previous months and 5


"Iron Nickel's" Last Voyage

The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) returns to San Diego following the completion of its final deployment to the Western Pacific region. Peleliu completed Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014 and conducted

  USS Peleliu (LHA 5) returned to Naval Base San Diego Dec. 24 from a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific. Upon return, the ship will make preparations to decommission in March after 34 years of service, 17 deployments and more than a million miles transited






 
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