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Hall Elected President of PVA

Fred Hall was elected PVA 2002 President on Tuesday, February 19 during the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2002 in Biloxi, Miss. Hall is Vice President and General Manager of the Bridgeport and Port Jefferson Steamboat Company, Port Jefferson, N.Y., a provider of ferry service across the Long Island Sound. This ferry service has been in business since 1883 and now operates three 100-vehicle/1000-passenger vessels. Prior to being elected PVA President, Hall has served as PVA Vice-President, PVA Secretary-Treasurer and co-chairman of the PVA Legislative Committee. He was also a founding member and a past chairman of the PVA Ferry Council. PVA members also elected the following officers and board members to serve with Hall: PVA Vice President Gary Frommelt, Hornblower Marine Services, Elizabeth, IN, PVA Secretary-Treasurer David B. Clark, Golden Gate Ferry, Larkspur, CA., and Board Members, elected to three-year terms, were Robin Trinko-Russell, Madeline Island Ferry Line, LaPointe, WI, and Associate Representative to the Board Dottie Belletto, Bauer Interiors, Inc., New Orleans, LA. PVA vice president Gary Frommelt is director of marine operations for Hornblower Marine Services at Caesars Indiana, which is home to the largest riverboat casino in the world at 5,000 passengers. Frommelt is a long-time member of the PVA safety committee and served as a PVA board member beginning in 1996

BART Strike Triples San Francisco Bay Ferry Commute

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SF Bay Ferry carried more than triple its normal passenger load on the 1st morning of the BART strike. Morning ferry commute runs on services between San Francisco Ferry Building; Vallejo; Oakland’s Jack London Square; Alameda Main Street; Harbor Bay; South San Francisco and Pier 41 saw a surge in passenger numbers on Monday, July 1, 2013, the first day of the BART workers' strike. SF Bay Ferry report that the normal average commute would have been 2

CG Investigates Near Collision

The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office San Francisco Bay is investigating the near collision between a container ship Santa Monica and the fishing vessel Cheryl-C near the Golden Gate Bridge. At approximately 7:50 a.m. on August 16, 2005, the container ship Santa Monica was traveling outbound past the Golden Gate Bridge and had to make a drastic course change to avoid a collision with the fishing vessel Cheryl-C

Coast Guard Responds to Sinking Tug

The Coast Guard responded to the tugboat, Titan that was taking on water in-between Alcatraz and Angel Island. Coast Guard Group San Francisco received a phone call at 7 a.m. from the tugboat’s captain stating they were taking on water. Coast Guard Station Golden Gate, Coast Guard Station San Francisco and the Richmond Police Department responded to the vessel and began dewatering efforts. The tug was then successfully towed back to the Port of Oakland by its sister tug, Sarah

New Workboat Facility Debuts in San Francisco

Shoreside facilities for commercial boats up to 350 ft. have become scarce on San Francisco Bay, but three veteran Bay Area boatyard owners have built an innovative new facility dubbed SugarDock. Rick Wood and Bill and Grace Bodle's SugarDock, located in the waters of the Richmond Inner Harbor, is specifically for boats up to 350 ft. The trio bought the old C&H Sugar transshipment dock in the East Bay town and converted it into a modern big boat service center

Coast Guard Investigates Possible Oil Spill

The U.S. Coast Guard was investigating a possible gasoline spill in the San Francisco Bay between Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge that left a slick that stretched for several miles along the waterfront, according to a Bay Insider report. The Coast Guard was trying to track the spill to any vessels in the area. There was not much of the product in the water since it was declared unrecoverable. The spill was reported around 9 a.m. Source: Bay Insider

SF Vicinity Restoration Planned

The National Park Service and other agencies issued a Notice of intent to conduct restoration planning to assess natural resource damages resulting from oil spills in the San Francisco vicinity emanating from the S.S. Jacob Luckenbach. The vessel sank off the mouth of the Golden Gate in 1953 and releases of oil from its hull have impacted the nearby waters and shorelines. The residual oil in hull has now been removed. 69 Fed. Reg. 673 (January 6, 2004). (Source: HK Law)

NY Ferry Grounded

The U.S. Coast Guard responded yesterday to a report of a ferry vessel aground near Liberty Island.  The Golden Sunshine, a 90-foot tourist transport based in New Jersey, ran aground on rocks on the northern side of Liberty Island while enroute to Manhattan at approximately 11:15 a.m. Coast Guard Sector New York received notification at 11:30. The vessel was towed into deeper water by a U.S. Park Police vessel. A New York Fire Department vessel was also on scene to assist in the tow

Bay Ship & Yacht Launches Blue Thunder

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Bay Ship & Yacht has launched the high-performance yacht, Blue Thunder, marking the shipyard’s entry into the custom-built sport-yachting market.  With a service speed of 32 knots, a flank speed of 42 knots, and a draft of less than three ft, the Blue Thunder offers the speed and performance of a high-performance sport yacht.  The custom interior is crafted with veneered, ultra-light honeycomb-cored panels, with a satin varnish finish

MN 100: Marine Group Boat Works, LLC

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997 G Street Chula Vista, CA 91910 Telephone: 619 621 2220 E-mail: Website: CEO/President: Todd Roberts Number of Employees: 150 The Company: Marine Group Boat Works is a full-service, boat repair and new construction company with two shipyards in San Diego and one in Los Cabos. Its headquarters consists of 15 acres of land and water; 2,100 feet of docks; a 665-ton travelift; fabrication and welding environments for both steel and aluminum

Fredriksen's Firms See Diverging Fortunes

Rig firm Seadrill sees tough market continuing in 2016. Firms in Norwegian-born billionaire John Fredriksen's empire saw contrasting fortunes on Tuesday, as rig firm Seadrill booked $1.8 billion in writedowns while tanker firm Frontline turned around its fortunes after years of turmoil.

Golden Ocean CEO: No Share Issue

Dry bulk shipping firm Golden Ocean Group said on Tuesday it did not consider an equity issue to improve its liquidity and balance sheet following challenging markets conditions. "We are not considering equity issue. We are working on other options, including sale and leaseback

Maersk to Idle Vessel

Morten Maersk. Photo by Maersk Line

 The world's biggest container-ship operator Maersk Line  has confirmed market talk that it has temporarily idled one of its largest vessels - yet another sign that the industry is in dire straits, says a report in the The Straits Times.  

Gates to Launch Mega Clean Tech Initiative

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  Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will launch a multi-billion-dollar clean energy research and development initiative on Monday, the opening day of the U.N. climate change summit in Paris, GreenWire reported Friday. Gates and a group of developing and developed countries will agree to

Monitoring for Efficiency, Safety

“... since the monitoring network was installed, we have recorded a sudden drop in temperature of 8°C in just 5 minutes at the port of Armadale on the Isle of Skye, and a maximum wind gust of 96 knots at Castlebay on the Isle of Barra.”

Ferry masters operating off the west coast of Scotland traditionally would have to sail to a port and on arrival visually assess the weather and tide conditions before deciding whether it was safe to berth alongside the pier or quayside: a process which wasted time and fuel

Islamic State Militants Attack Forces Guarding Libya Oil Port - official

Islamic State militants attacked forces guarding one of Libya's main oil ports on Thursday with a gun assault and an attempted car bomb in an escalation of their campaign in the North African state, a local security official said.   Islamic State has gained ground in Libya where two rival

Floating Pep Rally to Set Sail for Seahawks

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Monday night football brings additional ferry service and onboard fun For its first ever "floating pep rally" Washington State Ferries will provide some pomp with its extra ferry sailings as the Seahawks take on the Detroit Lions Monday in Seattle.

Incat Ferry Order from Denmark

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  Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd, Australian shipbuilder, has secured a contract for the construction, delivery and long term charter of a large fast vehicle ferry for Danish company Mols-Linien A/S. The Ferry will be the fourth Incat vessel in the Mols Linien fleet.

Student Ferry Competition Draws Record Participation

The Worldwide Ferry Safety Association’s (WFSA) international student ferry design competition, geared toward developing a Safe Affordable Ferry, enters its third year receiving more entrants than ever before.   For this year’s competition for a RoPax (passenger-truck) ferry for

Front Street Shipyard Partners with Norwegian Ferry Builder

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Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine, is partnering with Brødrene Aa in Hyen, Norway, to market, sell and build carbon fiber ferries throughout the United States under the new company name Arcadia Alliance.   Working in conjunction with Maine Composites Alliance and Martin Grimnes

Ferguson Signs $150mln LNG Ferries for CMAL

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 Scotland-based Ferguson Marine Engineering (FMEL) has signed a deal to build two 100-meter, dual-fuel ferries for Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) in a contract worth £97 million (USD 150 million) that will boost shipbuilding on the River Clyde and secure 150 shipyard jobs.

Ferry Runs Aground in North Carolina

Roanoke (File photo: North Carolina Department of Transportation)

The U.S. Coast Guard has transferred passengers off a grounded ferry in Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina.   Coast Guard watchstanders were notified Monday afternoon that the North Carolina Department of Transportation ferry Roanoke ran aground with 16 vehicles

MOL Subsidiary to Build Ro-Pax Ferries

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  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that its group company Ferry Sunflower Limited is moving ahead with plans to construct two large-scale Ro-Pax (roll on/roll off passenger) ferries. The newbuilding ferries will be delivered in March and June of 2018 as replacements for the Sunflower

Cadmatic Used for Alaska Ferry Design

The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) has awarded the Alaska Class Ferry project to Vigor Alaska shipyard in Ketchikan, Alaska, where construction is currently underway. Providing production design for the ferry is Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy Glosten

Parker Bestobell Marine Launches Compact Valve

Parker Bestobell Marine has launched a new compact version of its Float Isolation Valve (FLIV). The compact FLIV, which is 150mm in diameter and 600mm high, was developed to cater for the use of smaller diameter floats that are now being specified by shipyards for secondary level monitoring

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