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InnerSea Discoveries Purchases Two Vessels

InnerSea Discoveries LLC, the Seattle-based parent company of high-end American Safari Cruises, announced the purchase of two vessels for its new small-ship adventure cruising brand, marketed under the same name as the parent company. Designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of young-minded, adventurous and experiential travelers, InnerSea Discoveries will operate at a lower per diem cost and will debut in Alaska’s Inside Passage in May 2011. Formerly owned by Glacier Bay Cruise Line, the 157-ft, 66-guest Wilderness Adventurer was purchased for $201,240, and the 170-ft, 80-guest Wilderness Discoverer was sold for $314,760. Both boats are moored in Seattle, and InnerSea Discoveries will begin an extensive refurbishing program in Ballard boatyards next year using local marine vendors and specialized contractors. With the InnerSea Discoveries product, they’ll appeal to travelers seeking comfort while participating in physically challenging adventures in the wilderness of the Last Frontier. Among the included activities will be moderate-to-strenuous hiking, cave exploration, extended kayaking, rafting, stand-up paddle boarding and exploration by skiff; a la carte adventures on fully outfitted professional fishing boats and specialty programs such as heli-hiking and jet boat river tours will be at added cost

Record Thames Ridership

River Action Plan delivers record Thames ridership

  A record 9.8 million passengers are using the River Thames‎, two years on from the launch of the Mayor's River Action Plan, it was announced today. The River Action Plan, launched in February 2013, details a host of measures designed to increase the number of river passengers to 12 million by 2020. Figures from January to December 2014 have shown very positive signs as passenger numbers on River Buses and River Tours increased to 9

SECDOT to Meet with St. Louis Coast Guard

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta is scheduled to visit with the Coast Guard and maritime industry representatives Thursday, May 16, at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Base. The morning agenda will include a brief tour aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Cheyenne, a 75-foot inland river tender from St. Louis, to learn more about the role of the Coast Guard on the Western Rivers. Secretary Mineta will also meet with local maritime industry stakeholders at the U.S

New Cruise Ship to Ply Yangtze River

According to a report on, a new cruise ship will soon set sail to the Yangtze River's Three Gorges Dam. The "Yangtze River No. 2," a 139-m, six-storey cruise ship, will embark on its maiden voyage from the southwestern Chongqing Municipality to the Three Gorges Dam in Hubei's Yichang City on August 29, reported, citing an official of Changjiang (Yangtze) Cruise Overseas Travel Co., the operator of the ship.

Lewis and Clark Commemoration will Honor America's Waterways

In 1803 Lewis and Clark received approval from Congress to search for navigable waterways routes to the Pacific Ocean for the purpose of expanding commerce for the young America. Now, nearly 200 years later, that historically significant event will be reenacted and commemorated along the inland waterways beginning on August 31 in Pittsburgh, Pa., and concluding in November in Cairo, Ill. There will be special events throughout this period, including U.S

Coast Guard Determines Cause of Collision

The Coast Guard completed its preliminary investigation of the collision between the tour boat, Spirit of Charleston, and a sailboat July 22 in Charleston Harbor. The Coast Guard charged Captain O.C. Polk, the operator of the Spirit of Charleston, with negligence and misconduct for his role in the collision and for failing to report the incident to the Coast Guard. As part of the settlement agreement approved by an Administrative Law Judge

Keeper of New York Harbor's Spring Ritual

Work Aboard Katherine Walker: Photo credit USCG

As the Hudson River begins to melt the Coast Guard buoy tender 'Katherine Walker' heads north towards Albany, N.Y. The Katherine Walker is a 175-foot buoy tender, homeported in Bayonne, N.J. Its major mission includes the servicing of aids to navigation throughout New York Harbor, Western Long Island Sound, the Hudson and East Rivers, as well as other waters along the Connecticut, New York and New Jersey coastlines.

DP World Extends Title Sponsorship Until 2020

Courtesy  DP World.

  Dubai is set to remain at the epicenter of golf on The European Tour for the foreseeable future after global port operator DP World announced today that it will continue to be the title sponsor of the DP World Tour Championship, the season ending tournament of The Race to Dubai, for at least another five years. The move reinforces Dubai’s position as a major trading, business and tourism destination. The agreement, which will run until at least the 2020 season

Blount Boats Delivers Sister Ship to Wendella

Photo courtesy Blount Boats, Inc.

The 89-ft steel excursion boat, Linnea built by Blount Boats for Wendella Sightseeing Company was completed and accepted on July 20, 2010. The vessel was delivered to Chicago via Erie Canal and began service on July 30th. The delivery for the Linnea is especially timely on account of the fact that Wendella Sightseeing, Chicago’s original tour boat company is celebrating its 75th season as one of the city’s premier sightseeing and tourism venues.  

HII Host Senators at Newport News Shipbuilding

Senators visit NNS: Photo credit HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosts U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tim Kaine at Newport News Shipbuilding for a tour and discussion on the complexities of shipbuilding. HII President and CEO Mike Petters accompanied the senators on the shipyard tour, which included visits in aircraft carrier and submarine construction facilities and a tour of aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) which is about 62 percent overall complete. (The ship's christening is scheduled for Nov. 9, 2013).

Servowatch IPMS Completes FATs for UK Navy

A BAE Systems Surface Ships Offshore Patrol Vessel for the U.K. Royal Navy (Image: Servowatch)

The fully integrated platform management system Servowatch designed and built for three new offshore patrol vessels for the U.K. Royal Navy has completed BAE Systems’ Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT).   Servowatch, the supplier of advanced integrated ship control systems

New Orleans Port to Host Maritime Workforce Summit


  The Port of New Orleans is set to host the 2nd Annual Maritime Workforce Summit and Career Expo presented by WWL-TV’s ‘We Choose Louisiana.”   Designed to expand awareness of the economic impact of commerce on the Lower Mississippi River and highlight career

Refugees Give Greek Tour Operators an Extended Season

Placards in hand, travel agent Iakovos Bouchoris and his team scout for customers at Greece's busy Piraeus port, near Athens, where some 5,000 people arrived on Tuesday in a single day on ships from outlying islands close to Turkey.  

Navy Kicks Off Tours with Industry Program


  The Navy kicked off a new program Oct. 5, designed to give high performing officers and Sailors experience at large corporations for approximately one year. Three participants began work today with Amazon in Seattle, Washington, and two with FedEx, in Memphis, Tennessee

Demands for Icebreaker Tours Spiral

Last year plans to terminate the cruises to the North Pole has led to an agitated demand

  Plans to terminate commercial tours to the North Pole on the nuclear-powered icebreakers of the Atomflot company in 2016 have surged the demand for these tours. Sergey Shirokiy, the chief of the tourist department of the Russian Arctic national park summed up the results of the tourist

USS Porter Hosts Career Day

Children from Shkolla Internacional Jo Publike in Albania tour USS Porter (DDG 78), during a community relations event while anchored off the coast of Albania

  The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) hosted a group of 9th and 10th grade students from the International School of Vlore, Albania for a career day and cultural learning event Sept. 26, 2015. The community relations (COMREL) event was intended to

AEP to Sell AEP River Ops To ACL

An AEP river tow (File image)

American Electric Power (AEP) has signed an agreement to sell its commercial barge transportation subsidiary, AEP River Operations LLC, to American Commercial Lines (ACL), owned by Platinum Equity, for approximately $550 million. AEP River Operations is a commercial inland barge company

Rand Takes Delivery of Newest Self-Unloader

Bulk freight shipper Rand Logistics, Inc. has taken delivery of its newest Canadian self-unloading vessel, increasing its fleet to 16 ships, including 10 Canadian flagged and six U.S. flagged vessels.   According to Rand, the new vessel will have the largest carrying capacity of any

Mobile Dredging Bags Shark River Contract

Image: Mobile Dredging & Pumping Co

 The New Jersey Department of Transportation has awarded a $7.6 million contract to dredge the Shark River in Monmouth County after the effects of Superstorm Sandy created a greater need to complete the long-delayed project. Mobile Dredging and Pumping Co. of Chester, Pa

River Information System Updated in Bulgaria

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov at the inauguration ceremony (Photo: Transas)

The Consortium BulRIS II led by Transas has completed the second phase of the BULRIS project, funded by the Operational Program "Transport" 2007 – 2013. The system was delivered to the Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company (BPI Co

NHMS Officials Visit MOL’s SOSC

Touring the SOSC

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. welcomed five visitors from The National Hydro-Meteorological Service of Vietnam (NHMS), and hosted a tour of the company’s innovative Safety Operation Supporting Center (SOSC).   The NHMS is a national institute responsible for weather forecasting and

Insights: Tracy Zea, Director-Government Relations, WCI

Tracy R. Zea

Washington-based Tracy R. Zea advocates for Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) goals for authorizations and appropriations which support a modern, efficient, and reliable inland waterways transportation system. Zea also works to enhance WCI’s stakeholder relationship with the U.S

Papal Visit to Impact Marine Transportation System

Pope Francis

  The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that vessel traffic transiting the Delaware River and Schuylkill River, in vicinity of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from September 25, 2015 to September 28, 2015 will likely experience delays.

Man Rescued from Willamette River in Portland


  The Coast Guard rescued a man from the Willamette River after his sail boat capsized near the St. Johns Bridge, in Portland, Sunday night . The man was delivered to awaiting emergency medical services at the Cathedral Park boat launch were he was checked for injuries and released.

‘Trash Boats’ Help Keep Waterways Clean

Photo: Elastec

Elastec, a U.S. based manufacturer of pollution control equipment, is producing trash and debris collection boats to assist local governments in meeting Clean Water Act standards, aid in the reduction of floating pollutants in waterways and help protect aquatic ecosystems.  

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