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Annand Named Chairman of PVA Subcommittee

Hornblower Marine Services (HMS) is pleased to announce that William Bill Annand, its Director of Marine Operations for Hawaii Superferry, has been appointed Chairman of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) High-Speed Subcommittee. Members of the PVA’s High-Speed Subcommittee include operators, designers, builders, equipment suppliers and regulators of high-speed craft. As Director of Marine Operations for Hawaii Superferry, Annand presides over the Alakai, the world’s most celebrated high-speed vessel, providing long-awaited passenger ferry service between Honolulu, O’ahu and Maui. Because the vessel has been controversial, Annand is intimately familiar with hot-button issues of concern to the High-Speed side of the passenger vessel industry and its association. Bill Annand has been active in the marine industry for than 25 years. He joined Hornblower Marine Services in August 2003 as Director of Operations for a high-speed car and passenger ferry service from Rochester, NY to Toronto, Canada. From there he went on to serve as Director of Operations for HMS-Wisconsin, managing the Lake Express, a high-speed care and passenger ferry from Milwaukee to Muskegon, Michigan.

Swift Comes to Aid in Disaster Area

The following message was received at Incat today from the Commanding Officer of US Navy Vessel SWIFT, the shallow draft High Speed Catamaran built by Incat in Tasmania: "SWIFT is once again involved with disaster relief efforts, but this time here in the US. We are currently serving as a high speed connector and have provided the local Commander with high speed lift between Ingleside, Texas and the Mississippi Delta

MAN B&W to Present New Engine Developments at SMM

The MAN B&W Diesel Group presents two new engine developments as well as the next turbocharger generation at the SMM trade fair (Vessel Marine Ocean Engineering) held in Hamburg, Hall 6, Stand 6001, from September 24 to 28. On an exhibition space of 350 square metres, the international business group proves its right to technology leadership with the title “Prime Movers“. The central exhibits at the stand are a huge piston of the K98MC two-stroke engine – the largest engine worldwide

Head of Navy Strategic Mobility to Headline IMPACT 2006

The U.S. Navy¡¦s highest-ranking civilian and head of the Strategic Mobility and Combat Logistics Division will highlight a day devoted to the latest maritime innovations on the RMS Queen Mary on November 16 in Long Beach, California. Keynote speaker Jonathan Kaskin will discuss the Navy¡¦s technology needs for high-speed sealift at IMPACT 2006, a conference presented by the Center for the Commercial Deployment of Transportation Technologies (CCDoTT) and the Office of Naval Research.

Yanmar Launches Commercial High-Speed Engines

Yanmar high-speed diesel engine

Yanmar America Corporation of Adairsville, Georgia, has introduced a range of propulsion and auxiliary power High-Speed Commercial Workboat diesel engines.   Offered in models from 350 to 1,800 hp (257 to 1340 kW), these powerplants open new commercial business opportunities throughout North and South America.  Yanmar already dominates the commercial marine diesel engine sector in Japan and other Asian markets

MJP Introduces Hybrid Waterject

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Marine Jet Power (MJP) introduced a new product concept that is optimized for high-speed applications. According to MJP, the new hybrid waterjet combines the best characteristics of the MJP DRB series with the Ultrajet series. MJP said the idea to take the best from its DRB and Ultrajet series and make a Hybrid that is optimized for high-speed applications came soon after MJP’s merger with Ultrajet. The concept originated with what MJP believes is the best duplex stainless steel jet

Hornblower Marine Services Develops High Speed Passenger Ferry

Hornblower Marines Services, a shareholder in Bahamas Fast Ferries Service Limited, has established a ferry to run between Nassau and Harbor Island for high-speed visitor/resident transportation. The 115 ft. Solent class high speed catamaran was designed by FBM Marine Ltd and built by Pequot River Shipworks, a subsidiary of Connecticut-based Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. With Hornblower overseeing the day-to-day operations and infrastructure of this service

Derecktor Awarded High Speed Ferry Contract

Derecktor Shipyards has been granted a contract by Lighthouse Landings to construct a 115 ft. (35 m) aluminum high-speed catamaran ferry to be built at the yard's Mamaroneck, N.Y. facility. The catamaran holds the distinction of being the premiere vessel in a fleet of four that will be built for a new passenger service scheduled to begin in Spring/Summer 2001 between Stamford, Conn. and New York City. The vessels' operator, Lighthouse Landings, through its operating subsidiary

Teekay, Boeing To Test High-Speed Internet @ Sea

Connexion by Boeing, a business unit of The Boeing Company, and Teekay Shipping Corporation signed an agreement to launch a maritime trial of the Connexion by Boeing service over the North Atlantic beginning in August 2004. "Teekay is a proven leader in the maritime industry and we are thrilled at the opportunity to demonstrate the value that affordable real-time, high-speed connectivity can bring to their operations at sea," said Connexion by Boeing President Scott Carson.

HMS Global Maritime Extends Westpac Express Contract

HMS Global Maritime (HMSGM) announce the extension of the HSV WestPac Express’ charter with the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) and the Third Marine Expeditionary Force, beginning in February 2012. The contract can last up to an additional two years. The HSV WestPac Express has been operated by HMSGM for the past nine years as a high-speed transport vessel for military personnel and equipment over a 1,200 mile range in Asia

SAFE Boats' Riverine Interceptor for Colombia

Courtesy SAFE Boats International

SAFE Boats International has been selected by the Colombian Navy/Coast Guard to build its new Type-F Riverine Interceptor Vessel.   The contract will provide the Colombian Navy/Coast Guard with a state-of-the-art, shallow draft, aluminum high speed intercept vessel designed to provide

IMC to Design New Catamaran for Bali Hai Cruises

IMC’s proposed catamaran design will enhance Bali Hai Cruises operations to its water activities pontoon off Nusa Lembongan (Image: IMC)

Marine tourism operator Bali Hai Cruises has selected International Maritime Consultants (IMC) for the design of its next generation day cruise catamaran.   Working closely with Bali Hai Cruises, IMC has developed a design that aims to support the operator’s wide range of operations

Grandweld Delivers Vessel to ADNOC

United Arab Emirates leading shipyard Grandweld has delivered a dive maintenance and support vessel TAWAM1 to Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).   Grandweld took the newbuild project from conception to completion, designing and building the 50-meter long vessel with a 65-ton bollard

Vesper Marine Debuts New AIS Transponder

XB-6000 (Image: Vesper Marine)

Marine safety products manufacturer Vesper Marine has released a new Class B Automatic Identification System (AIS), the XB-6000. The black box transponder includes a built-in NMEA 2000 gateway and GPS antenna that integrates AIS, GPS and NMEA instrument data to display vital safety information on

Nearly 120 Hurt in Hong Kong Ferry Collision

TurboJet ferry docked in Hong Kong. Photo: Hong Kong Tourism

 Approximately 120 people were injured when a high-speed jetfoil heading from Macau towards Hong Kong hit an “unidentified object” last night south of Lantau Island.   The injured, aged between six and 83, were sent to seven hospitals, with 87 discharged as of this morning

Austal Wins $53.4 mln USN Procurement Contract

USNS Spearhead with helicopter during sea trials

  Austal USA was awarded a $53.4 million contract to procure long-lead materials for the 11th Expeditionary Fast Transport for the U.S. Navy. The award covers materials including main propulsion engines, generators, water jets, main reduction gears, and other long-lead time items.

GAC Facilitates Swedish Boats Delivery for Sea Rescue

GAC coordinates delivery of Swedish boats for Eastern Mediterranean sea rescue effort

  Two high-speed boats from Sweden have joined the sea rescue effort in the Eastern Aegean, and it was GAC that coordinated their delivery to Greece. The craft were sent by the not-for-profit NGO, the Swedish Sea Rescue Society (SSRS)

Two New SAR Vessel Designs from Tuco Marine

Image: Tuco Marine

Tuco Marine has launched two new search and rescue (SAR) vessel designs approaching next week’s Europort in Rotterdam.   The boats have been developed upon international requests and designed by a team of engineers in collaboration with naval experts

USNS Brunswick Completes Acceptance Trials

Photo: Austal

Shipbuilder Austal Limited announced that Expeditionary Fast Transport 6 (EPF 6) USNS Brunswick, formerly known as Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV 6), has completed U.S. Navy acceptance trials.   The trials, representing the last significant milestone before delivery

Riders on the Storm

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It’s no shock that decking, seating and other related equipment for ‘fast boats’ is a critical ingredient for maritime security personnel. A  shock mitigation strategy is essential for all craft that undertake open sea transits or operate in rough water

Calnetix Technologies Notches 3 New Patents

The U.S. Patent Office has awarded three new patents to Calnetix Technologies, a developer of high-speed motor generators, magnetic bearings and control systems and energy recovery technologies. These new awards bring the company’s total patent count to 33.  

Lack of Proper Management Systems Cause Engine Damage

Main Engine Damage. Photo by The Swedish Club

 A new report from The Swedish Club shows that incorrect maintenance and repair continues to be the most frequent cause of main engine damage – a trend which has continued unabated since the Club began monitoring the issue nearly ten years ago.    

Australia Maritime Museum Calls ‘Action Stations’

Artists impression of the Immersive Cinema Experience: drama, danger and suspense on the big screen with a pumping soundtrack to set the scene. (Image: Australian National Maritime Museum)

The Australian National Maritime Museum’s new “Action Stations” attraction officially opened in Darling Harbour, Sydney, on Sunday, offering guests a uniquely dynamic “Immersive Cinema Experience”.   The $12 million (AUD ) Action Stations attraction

Marlink Inks Broadband Deal with BP Shipping

Marlink will provide BP Shipping with global multi-band high speed VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) services to support operational efficiency and crew communication across its tanker fleet.   Under the new contract, Marlink will deliver primary communication capability on its flexible

Ericsson, Inmarsat to Streamline Supply Chain

Inmarsat and Ericsson have signed a strategic maritime agreement that is intended to facilitate the sharing of cargo, logistics and vessel operational data to help streamline the maritime supply chain.   The two companies will jointly develop services

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