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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


Tototheo Commits 1,500 Vessels to Fleet Xpress

L-R Socrates Theodossiou, Managing Director, Tototheo Group Ltd, Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Maritime and Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, Managing Director Tototheo Group Ltd Photo Inmarsat

Satlink Satellite Communications has entered into a new agreement with Inmarsat to integrate Fleet Xpress into Satlink’s existing service portfolio. Through the agreement, Satlink will bring more than 1,500 vessels to the Fleet Xpress service over a five-year period.


MacGregor's Ship-to-ship compensation system Launched

ShipToShip Compensation System Photo MacGregor

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has launched a new crane compensation system for offshore ship-to-ship load transfers, offering substantially larger operating windows as well as safer and faster load transfers.   "This robustly-tested technology can offer considerable commercial


New Sat Comms Expert for the Greek and Cypriot Markets

Marlink has signed an agreement to enter into a joint venture with the satellite connectivity business of Greece and Cyprus based TNL Group, enabling it to launch a brand new maritime satellite communications expert, Marlink CG. Delivering a wide portfolio of innovative Marlink VSAT (Very Small


HEINZMANN leads in dual-fuel retrofit of marine propulsion engine

Vessel Bencomo Express of Company Fred. Olsen, S.A. Photo HEINZMANN

The use of LNG in marine applications is becoming increasingly common. It offers a big potential in terms of operating costs and emission reduction. Diesel engines converted to dual-fuel show considerably reduced emissions in case of high conversion ratios


Metal Shark to Build DC, New Orleans Passenger Vessels

Rendering of the 88’,149-passenger aluminum catamaran vessel that Metal Shark will produce under a four-boat contract for Potomac Riverboat Company, a division of Entertainment Cruises (Image: Metal Shark)

Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark said it has been awarded two separate contracts to produce passenger vessels for the Potomac Riverboat Company division of Entertainment Cruises, and for the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority.  


Polymer Inhibits Galvanic Corrosion on Foil Supported Cats

Photo: Vesconite

Vesconite is typically found on a boat as a strut or rudder bearing material, but yacht designer Scott Jutson of Jutson Marine Design has a unique application for it. He specifies the advanced polymer as a corrosion isolator on his aluminum Hysucat (hydrofoil supported catamaran) designs.  


New Water Taxis Get Scania Power

(Image: Potomac Riverboat Company / Scania USA)

Scania announced a deal with Potomac Riverboat Company, part of the Entertainment Cruises family, which will take delivery of eight DI13-liter engines in 2017 to power its high-speed, low-wake water taxis as part of The Wharf neighborhood in Washington D.C. 


SES, Satcom Global Sign Agreement for Ku-band Network

SES Betzdorf Campus (Photo: SES)

SES S.A. has announced  that Satcom Global, a provider of global satellite communications services to the maritime and land sectors, will become a key partner for SES. The differentiated mobility solution will form a crucial part of Satcom Global’s new Ku-band VSAT service, Aura


Vestdavit Offers Speed Boost or Power Saving Choice

Photo: Vestdavit

Client consultation and a full internal technical review have prompted Vestdavit to refine lifting speed vs power options available across its entire davits range. The boat handling specialist has been focusing on how best to optimize equipment hoisting and lowering speeds within available power


Tulsa (LCS 16) to be Christened

Courtesy Austal

Austal will host The Honorable Kathy Taylor, ship sponsor, for the christening of the Tulsa (LCS 16) at its Mobile, Ala. shipyard, Feb. 11. Taylor was Tulsa’s 38th Mayor and is currently Chief of Economic Development for Tulsa’s sitting Mayor, G.T. Bynum


Ferry Tales: Having a Ferry Good Time

At the most basic level, all new construction projects should offer an improved customer experience. While there are many challenges for designers and builders, complying with the latest ADA accessibility guidelines is a given. Likewise, customers have an elevated level of expectation for improved technology to augment their ride. WiFi, power ports, automated ticketing or counting systems, and onboard information displays are all fast becoming necessities, rather than amenities. (Courtesy: Vigor

Despite of some of the lowest fuel prices experienced in the last eight years, demand for ferry construction is at a seemingly all time high. The focus on building new ferries kicked off in early 2013 and the sustained interest is the continued result of an unleashing of pent up demand


Austal's EPF 8 Completes Acceptance Trials

Yuma (EPF 8) Clean Sweep. Yuma is slated for delivery to the U.S. Navy later this spring. Photo Austal

Austal successfully completed acceptance trials on USNS Yuma, Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF 8), January 26, in the Gulf of Mexico returning with a broom flying from the mast indicating a “clean sweep”. Yuma is slated for delivery to the U.S


Baleària repowers high-speed ship ‘Jaume II’

Baleària’s fast ferry Jaume II Photo Baleària

Baleària repowers the high-speed ship ‘Jaume II’ to improve its energy efficiency, reliability and service. The investment totaling more than 5.5 million euros is part of the shipping line’s fleet modernization process


AAM Wins Hybrid Passenger Vessel Contract

Photo: AAM

All American Marine, Inc. (AAM), inked a deal for the construction of a new hybrid electric passenger vessel to be delivered to the Red and White Fleet of San Francisco, California.  The contract for the new 600 passenger aluminum monohull was signed during the recent annual Maritrends


First Steel Cut for Next Italian Navy Newbuilds

Photo: Fincantieri

A steel cutting ceremony was held for the Italian Navy’s lead Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Ship (PPA) at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Muggiano (La Spezia), officially marking the beginning of construction works on the first unit.  






 
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