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Vancouver Considers Bringing Back Fast Cat Ferries

The CEO of the Washington Marine Group is downplaying environmental concerns as he considers the idea of bringing back the Fast Cat ferries to work a Vancouver to Nanaimo run, CKNW News Talk reports. The vessels would be run at a slower speed than previously, and officials say that improvements have been made since they were first introduced and that the Fast Cats wouldn't do any environmental damage that isn't already being done by current service. Washington Marine could have an answer within six weeks on whether to go ahead with this plan. Source: CKNW News Talk


Diesel Electric Propulsion – CAT Starts Brazil Genset Production

Diesel electric propulsion generators for offshore users now in full production at Caterpillar's new Brazil facilty Caterpillar says their 3500C Diesel Electric Propulsion (DEP) generator sets have entered full production at the Piracicaba, Sao Paulo manufacturing facility, delivering on a commitment to offer superior Cat power solutions products to the burgeoning Brazilian offshore market. Within the past year, the company has achieved significant milestones in Brazil


Austal to Build Diesel-Powered Catamaran

Australian shipbuilder Austal Ships will design and build the world’s most powerful diesel-powered catamaran for Canadian American Transportation Systems (CATS). The contract represents a major milestone for the Austal Group in the North American market. With a speed of 42 knots, the 86 metre vehicle-passenger ferry will be the first of its type on the Great Lakes. It will operate on Lake Ontario between the cities of Rochester in New York State, USA and Toronto in Canada


Incat Crowther Designs Another Fast Cat Ferry

Photo courtesy Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther announced a contract to design a third 121.3-ft Catamaran Passenger Ferry for Coastal Fast Ferries in Tanzania, Africa. To be built by Richardson Devine Marine (RDM), Kilimanjaro III will build on the experienced gained in the operation of sisterships Kilimanjaro I and Kilimanjaro II, previously designed by Incat Crowther for Coastal Fast Ferries. Kilimanjaro I and II are significantly larger vessels than any fast ferries that have been deployed on the Zanzibar – Dar


Caterpillar Acquire Berg Propulsion

Caterpillar Marine has acquired Johan Walter Berg AB, whose core brand, Berg Propulsion, is a leading manufacturer of mechanically and electrically driven propulsion systems and marine controls for ships. As a result of the acquisition completion, all Berg Propulsion products will be rebranded as Caterpillar. The new Cat® Propulsion System for optimized bundles and propulsion packages includes controllable pitch propellers, transverse thrusters, azimuth thrusters


Caterpillar to Launch Re-Manufactured Popular Marine Engines

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Caterpillar Marine is to launch the Cat Reman 3116, 3126 and 3126B propulsion engines for yachts at the 2014 Miami International Boat Show.  Re-manufactured using only 100% Caterpillar re-manufactured or genuine new parts, the economical Cat Reman engines will enter production in summer 2014. Caterpillar explain that these propulsion engines will be available in ratings of 304 - 456 mhp and are ideal for pleasure craft as well as fishing vessels


West Coast Ferry Industry at All-Time High

In terms of new deliveries, the West Coast ferry industry will probably not see another period to match the past 18 months for some time. All three of the large government-operated ferry systems in the Pacific Northwest - Washington State, BC Ferries and the Alaska Marine Highway System - received new tonnage, as did a number of smaller operators along the coast. Still under construction are two high-speed vehicle-carrying catamarans for BC Ferries and a single passenger-only high-speed cat


Three Damen Twin Axe Fast Crew Suppliers En Route to MCS

Photo: Damen

Three more Damen Twin Axe Fast Crew Suppliers are on their way to Maritime Craft Services (Clyde) Ltd and are expected to arrive in Europe in early May. Based in Largs, Ayrshire, MCS ordered three Twin Axe FCS 2610s, just months after taking delivery of its first two catamarans. All of the vessels are deployed in supporting offshore wind farms and in maintenance activities. With more than 30 years experience, the Scottish family firm operates a 19-strong fleet of tugs and workboats


Caterpillar’s Marine Center of Excellence

CAT Marine Center of Excellence.

Highly automated, fully variable assembly process allows Cat to provide uniform service to a myriad of marine customers. But, MCOE is only one part of Cat’s new business strategy. In August of 2007, the first Cat marine engine left Caterpillar’s new Marine Center of Excellence (MCOE) in Greenville, South Carolina. In the ensuing years, countless engines have gone through the same process. And, according to Caterpillar’s Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Brad Fischer


Caterpillar Marine Launch Product Support Campaign at Show

Caterpillar Marine Engine detail: Image courtesy of Caterpillar Marine

At the 2013 International Workboat Show, Caterpillar is launching an unprecedented product support campaign, unveiling not only a new Cat® 3406 Marine Bundled Repair Solution but also Extended Service Coverage (ESC) for all available Bundled Repair Solutions. The new Cat 3406 bundled repair solution, which builds off of the Cat 3412 bundled repair solution launched earlier this year, is a customizable, comprehensive solution for customers looking to keep their vessels on the water longer


New Teknicraft Wind Farm Support Vessel

Photo: All American Marine

Teknicraft Design’s latest offshore support catamaran made a debut at the recent Oceanology 2014 conference held at the London ExCel Center in March. The MO1 was commissioned by Mainprize Offshore Ltd. of Scarborough, U.K. he 83’ aluminum catamaran features a new wave piercing hull


Five Cat Engines to Power World’s First LNG-Hybrid Barge

Caterpillar Marine announced the first shipment of Cat 3500 series marine gas engines from its Lafayette, Indiana manufacturing facility. Five Cat G3516 marine engines were selected to power the Becker Marine Systems subsidiary, Hybrid Port Energy, LNG-Hybrid Barge


Coast Guard tactical air squadron holds change of command ceremony

Coast Guard tactical air squadron at change of command ceremony

Capt. Kevin P. Gavin relieved Capt. Donna L. Cottrell as commanding officer of Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron Jacksonville during a change of command ceremony at HITRON Friday. HITRON is America's first airborne law enforcement unit trained and authorized to employ


Coast Guard groundbreaking ceremony recogizes new support facility

Coast Guard at goundbreaking ceremony

  Representatives from the 14th Coast Guard District, Coast Guard Base Honolulu and Mortenson Federal Contracting Group participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a new building at Coast Guard Base Honolulu to support the 2017 arrival of the Coast Guard's new Fast


BMT Nigel Gee Contracts Penguin for Three Ferries

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BMT Nigel Gee (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd., announced its latest contract with Singapore-based Penguin Shipyard International Pte. Ltd., for the design of three 38-meter monohull high-speed passenger ferries for the busy Singapore-Indonesia ferry route.


Capstone Turbine Named a Fastest Growing Company

Capstone Turbine Corporation, a clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced the company's inclusion on Deloitte's Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North


Strong Offshore Market Demand Prompts Swissco OSV Orders

Image courtesy of Swissco

Singapore's Swissco Holdings say they have placed orders with China shipyards for two anchor handling tug supply vessels (“AHTS”) and a fast utility/crew boat with a one plus one option. The newbuild vessels, excluding owner supplied equipment, are worth an aggregate of S$42 million


Cat tackles Tier 3 and Tier 4; Completes Berg Deal

Caterpillar 3516B engine with 3500 emissions upgrade.

Caterpillar Marine and Power Systems was one of the most active companies at the 2013 International Workboat Show in New Orleans, debuting several new products that are compliant with EPA Tier 3 and 4 regulations, and finalizing the acquisition of propulsion equipment manufacturer Johan Walter


Front Street Shipyard Contracted to Build Hi-speed Patrol Boats

PB rendering courtesy of Front Street Shipyard

Maine's Front Street Shipyard says it is beginning immediate construction on high-performance multi-hulls for Trefoil Marine which will be used primarily for military, police patrol, fire and rescue services. The shipbuilders inform that these patrol boats are a catamaran design by Donald L


CoCo Yachts Wins Order for Three Ferries

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In the same week of the launching of fast ferry Peng Xing 15, the first Coastal Cruiser 200 designed by CoCo Yachts and built by AFAI Southern Shipyard, Peng Xing ferry company decided to sign the contract for another three Coastal Cruiser 200 fast ferries


CTruk's Latest OWSV Completes Sea Trials

SC Falcon

Experience gained from four years in the offshore wind support vessel market is paying off for CTruk as it prepares to deliver SC Falcon, the company’s latest OWSV and the second CTruk 20T MPC for Sima Charters of Holland. Sea trials for the striking blue and yellow-liveried cat


Testing FloScan Stainless Steel Flowmeters

F/V North American

FloScan’s new ABS-certified stainless steel flowmeters were tested on the F/V North American powered by a CAT 399 1125hp main engine. The North American is 110’ Marco-built crab boat once featured in the popular Deadliest Catch TV Series.


Caterpillar Marine Systems Doubles Parts Warranty

Image courtesy of Caterpillar Marine

Caterpillar Marine Power Systems says it has increased the warranty on Cat Brand Parts used in all marine applications from six months to one year. The warranty covers all parts used in Cat marine engines, Cat marine generator sets, Cat branded marine control systems and Cat marine transmissions


Coast Guard Assists Grounded Vessel Near Cat Island

The U.S. Coast Guard reported that it assisted one person aboard a grounded vessel north of Cat Island, Monday. The operator of the vessel contacted Coast Guard Station Gulfport watchstanders reporting their sailing vessel was aground and in need of assistance


Short Seas in the Long Run

Built by All American Marine, the 83’ aluminum fast cat designed by Teknicraft Design is hydrofoil-assisted and cruises at 27 knots.

Building for the possibility of shortsea shipping involves many variables. The novel concept of rebirthing short sea shipping into what it once was or could be, may remain just that, a novelty. It would be paramount to overcome the “my way


 
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