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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


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


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.  


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


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


Cameroon Navy Takes Two Patrol Boats

Spanish shipbuilder Grup Aresa Internacional delivers for the Cameroonian Navy (Photo: Grup Aresa Internacional)

The Cameroonian Navy (CN) has taken delivery of two new 24m ARESA 2400 CPV Defender and one new 23m ARESA 2300 LD Craft to patrol and secure it’s coast. Cameroon’s Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Jean Mendoua, commissioned the 23m Aresa 2300 landing craft and two 24m Aresa 2400 CPV Defender patrol boats at the Cameroon Navy Base in Douala on November 21. The commissioning also included a presentation meeting as well as a tour of the boats while moored at the Naval Base.


Gondan to Build Spanish Patrol Boats

Image: Gondan

Gondan Shipyard has recently signed a contract with the Guardia Civil, Spain’s Civil Guard, for the building of two patrol boats. The aluminum and fiber (PRFV ) vessels will measure 20.5 meters in length  and 5 meters in breadth and will be built at Gondan Shipyard’s facilities


Crew of USCG Cutter Thetis to Return today

USCG Cutter Thetis

  The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Thetis, a 270-foot medium endurance cutter based out of Key West, Florida, is scheduled to return to homeport Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. following a 59 day patrol in the Caribbean Sea. During a patrol off the coasts of central and South America


CARAT Naval Exercises Kick Off in Singapore

CARAT Exercise meeting: Photo USN

The 20th annual exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore commenced with an opening ceremony at Changi Naval Base, says US Navy Task Force 73 Public Affairs. In its 20th year, CARAT Singapore is part of a series of bilateral naval exercises between the U.S. Navy, U.S


Pumps Reach Sinking Shrimper Just in Time

Shrimp boat salvage: Photo USCG

A commercial fishing vessel from Brownsville is slowly making its way back to port, thanks to some quick actions by its crew and Coast Guard units, informs the US Coastguard, Sector Corpus Christi as follows: The Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi Command Center received a distress call from the


Vard Holdings acquires STX Canada Marine Inc

Vard, Built on Trust

  Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD”), one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of offshore and specialized vessels, has acquired STX Canada Marine Inc., a leading marine engineering and design company with more than 30 years history in North America, for approx


Australian Warship Visits Vanuatu

HMAS Parramatta bridge team

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Parramatta has departed Port Vila, Vanuatu, after a successful visit to strengthen relationships and security cooperation with the Pacific Island nation, informs Australia's Department of Defence. During her four day stay


Tankship Man Overboard Search in GofM

Lifebuoy ready: File photo

Coast Guard crews and the tankship Elia are searching for one of the vessel's crew members off Port Aransas, Texas. The USCG informs that missing is the chief engineer, a 47-year-old Russian man. After searching throughout the ship, the crew of the 800-foot Liberian flagged tanker called the


SAFE Boats to Build 4 More US Navy Mk VI Patrol Boats

Patrol Boat Mk.Vl: Image SBI

SAFE Boats International (SBI) says it has been awarded a contract to provide the United States Navy four additional Mk VI Patrol Boats (Mk VI PB); with options for an additional two boats. The Mk VI PB is the Navy’s next generation Patrol Boat and will become a part of the Navy


Citizens Academy by Border Patrol

SAFE Boat used for operations by U.S. Border Patrol in Niagara Falls.

  The U.S. Border Patrol will conduct a Citizens Academy beginning Aug. 1, at the Niagara Falls Border Patrol Station. This program is designed to provide local residents an opportunity to learn about the U.S. Border Patrol and its role in the community


USCG Cutter Drydocked in Curtis Bay

Coast Guard Cutter Diligence up for repair in Curtis Bay, Md. (USCG photo)

The Wilmington, N.C.-based Cutter Diligence recently entered the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Yard in Curtis Bay, Md. for drydock availability. The 50-year-old medium endurance cutter will spend the next three months drydocked for approximately $2 million worth of “critical maintenance work


Boustead Signs $2.8 bln Contract with Malaysian Navy

Malaysian conglomerate Boustead Holdings Bhd said on Thursday it had signed a 9 billion ringgit ($2.8 billion) contract to supply six patrol vessels with littoral combat ship capability to the Royal Malaysian Navy. Delivery of the first ship is planned in 2017


Andrew Weir to Support UK Navy in Antarctica

HMS Protector A173

Andrew Weir Shipping Ltd. announced that it has been awarded the contract for the support and maintenance of HMS Protector (A173), following a competitive tendering process. HMS Protector is the Royal Navy’s Ice Patrol Ship, and is deployed on operations for 334 days per year


USCG, Agencies Search for Downed Plane Near American Samoa

USCG

Coast Guard and local agencies are responding to a plane crash near Pago Pago International Airport after a single-engine plane crashed into the water Tuesday night. Coast Guard watchstanders at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu received notification from the Regional Command


Bollinger to Build 6 More FRCs for the USCG

A Bollinger-built Fast Response Cutter underway on sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico (Photo courtesy of Bollinger)

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., Lockport, Louisiana, announced the award of six additional USCG Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutters (FRCs). The U. S. Coast Guard (USCG) awarded a $255 million contract option to Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, La


Volvo Penta Diesel Sterndrives for Metal Shark Patrol Boats

Metal Shark now offers Volvo Penta diesel sterndrives in its 29 Defiant patrol boats for customers requiring optimum performance, durability and maneuverability. The 29 Defiant can now be ordered with twin Volvo Penta D4-225 sterndrives. The first boat has just been placed into service by the






 
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