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Canal Enhances Security with Nine New Boats

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has acquired nine new patrol boats – an investment to enhance security and safety at the Canal and to provide additional resources for the Security and Environment Department within the ACP. The new patrol boats will be used to monitor the waterway at both the Atlantic and Pacific entrances of the Canal, as well as Gatun Lake (the man-made lake formed during the Canal’s original construction). Similar to the aluminum patrol boats currently used by the U.S. Coast Guard, the boats are 27 and 23 feet long, equipped with both inboard and outboard engines. “The safety and security of the Canal, our customers and their cargo is of utmost importance to those of us who run the Canal. These new boats continue our effort to constantly modernize with the best equipment, bolstering security and safety,” said Juan Hector Diaz, Director of the Safety, Environment and Security Department. The ACP plans to purchase four additional patrol boats. These boats have the same engine configuration as the 27 foot boats, but are 32 feet long. These additions will help to patrol and survey both Pacific and Atlantic anchorage areas. Recent improvements in Canal reliability and efficiency are the result of the ACP’s permanent modernization program, with projects such as: the acquisition of new locomotives and the replacement of the locomotive tow tracks; the implementation of AIS


Northrop Grumman to Supply Navigation, Communications Systems for SFPA

Northrop Grumman Corporation's Sperry Marine business unit has been selected to provide the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency's (SFPA) newest patrol vessel with a full suite of navigation and communication systems, networking the ship's systems and sensors into a single interface. The new 151-ft. patrol vessel, being built at Ferguson Shipbuilders on the Clyde, will replace the patrol ship WESTRA and will be the first in the SFPA fleet to have diesel electric propulsion


Taiwan's Matsu Receives New Patrol Boat

According to reports, the coast guard squad stationed on the island of Matsu has recently been equipped with a new 50-ton patrol boat that is expected to greatly boost the island's ability to catch Chinese poachers, coast guard officers said Monday. With the new ship, the squad now operates a fleet of three 50- ton patrol boats that have a shallow draft, allowing them to cruise between the reefs surrounding Matsu to intercept the poachers


Port of New Bedford Awaits Security Equipment

With nearly $2m in federal port security funding awarded to New Bedford, Mass., Port officials are expected to purchase a range of security equipment . The Port of New Bedford won two grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Port Security Grant Program. The first grant of $918,256 was awarded in 2007, and the second one of $948,177 was awarded in spring 2008. Neither grant has been released to the city due to a post-award review process related to environmental and historical


Mariner Omnipure M55 Selected for Australian Patrol Boats

Photo: SevernTrent De Nora, LLC

The Mariner Omnipure sewage treatment system from Severn Trent De Nora has been installed on Cape St George, a new patrol boat designed and constructed by Austal for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. Cape St George is the first in a series of eight patrol boats to be delivered to the owners between March 2013 and February 2015, which will all be outfitted with the Mariner Omnipure M5508 system. The contract was secured through HMA-POGC of Australia.  


Rolls-Royce Waterjets for Spanish Patrol Vessels

File Photo: Rolls-Royce Waterjet

Rolls-Royce has secured a contract to supply waterjets for two Spanish Police Guardia Civil 20m Patrol boats in Spain. These vessels will be built by Astilleros Gondan Shipyard. This is the first time Rolls-Royce waterjets will feature on Guardia Civil boats, which operate in challenging conditions of strong winds and currents in demanding circumstances. The stainless steel series waterjets have high fuel efficiency due to good towing capability and acceleration as well as excellent


Austal to Build Patrol Boats for Yemen

Austal Ships has been selected to supply a fleet of 10 patrol boats to the Republic of Yemen, Ministry of Defence. Based on a proven hullform, the 123 ft. (37.5 m) aluminium monohulls will provide the level of capability the Yemenis require in a reliable, simple to operate vessel that is easy to maintain. The low risk that such a combination ensures is also being provided at a low acquisition cost for the purchaser, with the total contract price for the 10 vessels, spares


Bay Area Launches New Patrol Boat

Knight Ridder reports that even the U.S. Coast Guard boat throttles down and moves aside when the Susan M., Alameda County's new 85-ft. homeland security patrol boat, blasts past Jack London Square toward San Francisco Bay. The Coast Guard boat is said to be a key component of the East Bay's defense against a water-side terrorist attack. But the county's twin-engine cutter -- a sleek fiberglass vessel with a menacing pair of


DHS Provide Ports with $179M in Grants

As part of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) commitment to enhancing security at our nation's key ports and facilities, Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge has announced $179,025,900 million dollars in Port Security Grants. The Port Security Grant Program provides resources for security planning and projects to improve dockside and perimeter security which is vital to securing our critical national seaports


Coast Guard to Acquire 6 More Sentinel-class Boats

Sentinel-class FRC: Photo courtesy of USCG

The Coast Guard has received approval to move forward on the production and eventual deployment of up to 30 fast response cutters (FRC). The decision means the Coast Guard may continue to acquire the FRC as the budget allows and that new plans are in place to support new cutters as they are commissioned. Seven FRCs have been delivered to the Coast Guard, to date, beginning in 2011 and six are commissioned


Towing Vessel Sinks off Oahu

Coast Guard crew members stand with 11 survivors of the Tug Nalani at Coast Guard Station Honolulu. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Kevin Cooper)

A 95-foot towing vessel, Nalani, sank approximately two and half miles west of Barbers Point Harbor, Oahu, Thursday, the U.S. (USCG) Coast Guard reported. The 11 people on board Nalani were rescued safely.   The pilot aboard the sinking towing vessel placed a call at 3:13 p.m


Irving Celebrates Canadian AOPS Build Contract

Photo: Irving Shipbuilding

Government of Canada & Irving Shipbuilding mark signing of $2.3 billion AOPS build contract; 3,600 Jobs across Canada generated from Irving’s NSPS commitments to gate    The Government of Canada joined Irving Shipbuilding and its employees today marked the signing of the $2


CBP P-3 Crews Disrupt Drug Smuggling

A suspicious vessel off the coast of Costa Rica

   U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine agents and interagency partners disrupted two separate drug smuggling attempts off the coast of Costa Rica resulting in the interdiction of more than $74 million in illegal drugs.


Bollinger Promotes Remont to VP

Chris Remont, Vice President and General Manager, Lockport New Construction division (BLN).

Bollinger Shipyards President and CEO Ben Bordelon announced today another key internal promotion designed to enhance the strategic value of the Company.   “I am pleased to announce the promotion of Chris Remont to Vice President and General Manager of our Lockport New Construction


HMAS Launceston Assists Ill Mariner

The navy has provided medical assistance to a Chinese mariner who fell ill aboard a fishing boat.

  HMAS Launceston assisted in the medical evacuation of a critically ill Chinese mariner from a Chinese fishing vessel, 80 nautical miles south-east of Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean on the afternoon of 1 January, 2015.   The request for Launceston’s assistance came from


121 Cuban Migrants Repatriated in Past Week

A boatcrew with the Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island approaches a rustic vessel southwest of Key West, Florida, Dec. 30., 2014. The rustic vessel had 12 Cuban migrants aboard who were later repatriated to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Jan. 5, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

U.S. Coast Guard repatriates 121 Cuban migrants interdicted at sea in past week; interdictions increase over past 30 days   The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) repatriated 121 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Monday interdicted in seven separate events in the past week.  


Spanish Warship Joins Maritime Piracy Fight

A Spanish warship ESPS Rayo will be deployed in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden for the next six months. ESPS Rayo is part of Spain's contribution to the European Union's fight against piracy.  Spanish Navy warship, ESPS Rayo recently joined the EU Naval Force (EU Navfor) and will be


Shipbuilding: Sixth Cape Class Patrol Boat Launched

Cape Class Patrol Boat - Cape Leveque being launched (Photo courtesy of Austal)

Austal has launched the sixth in-series Cape Class Patrol Boat (CCPB) at the company’s Australian Defense Facility in Henderson, Western Australia. The launch of Cape Leveque marks the third year in a row a CCPB has been launched in the first week of January; preceded by Cape St George


Nigerian Navy Arrests 84 Vessels for Maritime Offences

Image: The Nigerian Navy (NN)

 About 84 vessels have been arrested by the Nigerian Navy within maritime domain of the nation for committing various illegal activities during 2014, says Nigerian Navy source.   According to a report by News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), after preliminary investigation


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


BMT to Support Hong Kong Government Ship Design

From l-r: Wilson Kwan, Principal Marine Engineer BMT Asia Pacific-Hong Kong; Cheung Sik Woon, Surveyor of Ships / HK Marine Department Government New Construction Section; Leung Wai Hok, Senior Surveyor of Ships / HK Marine Department Government New Construction Section; Richard Colwill, Managing Director, BMT Asia Pacific-Hong Kong;  Chow Siu Wah, Peter, Surveyor of Ships / HK Marine Department Government New Construction Section (Photo: BMT)

BMT Group subsidiaries BMT Asia Pacific and BMT Nigel Gee have been appointed to provide vessel design consultancy services to the Hong Kong government.   The contract, awarded by the Hong Kong Marine Department following a competitive tender


Two Damen Patrol Vessels Built in Cape Town

Photo: Damen

Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) has completed the build of two FCS 5009 Patrol vessels, the first of their type to be built in South Africa. Another of the same class is already in operation with the Cape Verdean Coast Guard.   


Canada Picks Irving to Build Arctic Patrol Ships

Image courtesy of Irving

Canada has picked Nova Scotia's Irving Shipbuilding Inc to build at least five Arctic patrol ships for the country's navy for C$2.3 billion ($1.9 billion) and has increased the overall program's budget, government officials said on Friday.


Ghana's Navy Frees Hijacked Tanker

Image: Ghana Armed Forces

The Ghana Navy has foiled a pirate attack on a Nigerian cargo vessel, MT Mariam and captured all eight bandits.  The pirates were armed, but no one, including a nine-member crew aboard MT Mariam, was injured when the Ghana Navy crew aboard GNS BLIKA effected the arrest.  


Taiwan's Coast Guard to Open New Base

Courtesy: Coast Guard Administration,Taiwan

Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration (CGA) plans to open a new base in disputed waters north of Taiwan in May 2016.  The new base at Port of Taipei in New Taipei is expected to strengthen the Coast Guard's enforcement of maritime law.   






 
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