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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


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


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 www.chinadaily.com.cn, 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, www.chinadaily.com.cn reported, citing an official of Changjiang (Yangtze) Cruise Overseas Travel Co., the operator of the ship.


Austal Launches New Cruise Yacht

Austal USA launched its fifth vessel from its yard in Mobile, Ala., a 135-ft., monohull, on March 31. This vessel, to be delivered in May to Cloud Nine of New York, is the second dinner cruise yacht built at Austal’s shipbuilding facility. The vessel’s owner, New York-based Cloud Nine, specializes in offering private, luxury dinner cruises for social and corporate groups and has developed a large base of repeat customers. It currently operates an 85-ft


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.  


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.


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).


USCG Conducting Ice Flushing Operations

 The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay conducts ice-flushing operations in the St. Clair River, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Ice flushing operations help keep brash ice from forming and encourages the flow of ice down river preventing possible flood situations. U.S. Coast Guard video by USCGC Bristol Bay.

  The Coast Guard cutter fleet is flushing ice through the Great Lakes river systems to prevent ice jams and facilitate commercial shipping as the shipping season begins and the ice on the Great Lakes dissipates.   Ice breaking operations, above freezing-temperatures


Shipping Season Opens on the Mississippi

M/V New Dawn broke through Lake Pepin ice overnight and locked through Lock and Dam 2 around 7:45 a.m. on March 25 (Photo by Pamela Niebur)

First tow marks unofficial opening to Mississippi River navigation season   M/V New Dawn arrived at Lock and Dam 2 near Hastings, Minn. Wednesday morning, marking the unofficial opening of the 2015 shipping season on the Upper Mississippi River, according to the U.S


USCG Flush Ice down River Systems to Facilitate Shipping

courtesy USCG

  The Coast Guard cutter fleet is flushing ice through the Great Lakes river systems to prevent ice jams and facilitate commercial shipping as the shipping season begins and the ice on the Great Lakes dissipates. Ice breaking operations, above freezing-temperatures


Viking Sets to Sail to Ocean

Viking Star (Courtesy of Viking Ocean Cruises)

 With Viking Ocean Cruises officially has its first cruise ship, the group has embraced a new strategy intended to split its growth more evenly between river and ocean cruising.   “Viking Star”, the first of three cruise ships which Fincantieri is currently building for


Long Beach Harbor Tour Season

Online reservations for free boat excursion available Monday, March 2

  Long Beach Port is once again giving tourists opportunity to enjoy a rare view of port operations on a free Port of Long Beach harbor tour. The organizers are being welcomed to experience an up-close view of the biggest ships to call in North America and learn about cargo operations


Navy Reserve Celebrates Centennial Anniversary

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Navy Reserve Vice Adm. Robin Braun, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Juan Garcia and Navy Reserve Force Master Chief C.J. Mitc

  Service members and civilians packed the Pentagon Library Conference Center for the Navy Reserve Centennial Kickoff Celebration March 2. Chief of Navy Reserve Vice Adm. Robin R. Braun delivered the opening remarks, commending Navy Reserve Sailors for being ready then


Bulker Loses Power, Runs Aground

Cargo Vessel Near Welch Island, Ore.

  The U.S. Coast Guard is monitoring a vessel that lost propulsion and briefly grounded in the vicinity of Welch Island, Wednesday. The crew of the 738-foot bulk carrier Miyama is currently underway enroute to Kalama north berth, after having effected repairs to their propulsion system


India Reclaims the Indian Ocean

Narendra Modi in Seychelles by PMO India

 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to three Indian Ocean countries is a bid to bolster India's economic and security ties in a region where Beijing has been making inroads in recent years.    New Delhi’s influence in the region has been eroding in the face of a


Modi Makes Waves in Indian Ocean

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offering prayers at the Naguleswaram Temple, in Jaffna, Sri Lanka (Photo by Press Information Bureau, Government of India)

 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived back home after five days tour of three Indian Ocean countries.  His tour has served to reclaim some of New Delhi’s lost footing in the area.   New Delhi accepts that India can less afford its past passivity regarding its


Bow Thrusters Ordered for New NYC Ferries

Photo courtesy of WESMAR

WESMAR (Western Marine Electronics) announced that its heavy duty Bow Thrusters have been selected for three new 165-foot, 600-passenger excursion and sightseeing ferries operated by Circle Line Cruises, the New York City sightseeing company.


Towing Vessel Sinking on Ohio River

The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to the sinking of a towing vessel on the Ohio River near Golconda, Illinois, Wednesday.   Coast Guard Sector Ohio River Valley watchstanders were notified the towing vessel David Dunnigan sank while working near mile marker 897.5, at approximately 8 p.m


U.S. Coast Guard Clears Great Lakes Shipping Channels

USCGC Bristol Bay: The U.S. Coast Guard

 The US Coast Guard began to prepare for the upcoming shipping season this week, with ice breaking operations on the Great Lakes, says a report in AP.   The U.S. Coast Guard's 140-foot icebreaking cutter Bristol Bay broke up ice that remains on some Great Lakes shipping channels in the


New Containership Enters CMA CGM Fleet

CMA CGM Volga (Photo courtesy of the CMA CGM Group)

The CMA CGM Volga, eighth of the 28 vessels named after famous rivers series, enters the CMA CGM fleet   Newbuild containership CMA CGM Volga entered the CMA CGM fleet on March 17, and began her first rotation in Dalian, China, on March 20, the CMA CGM Group announced.  


IMO, El Salvador Enter Technical Cooperation

Photo: IMO

A new agreement on supporting the Republic of El Salvador to implement International Maritime Organization (IMO) treaties was signed in San Salvador on Monday, March 23.   IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu, who is on a visit to central America


RIBCRAFT Delivers Boat to Decatur Police Department

 The Decatur Polices new RIBCRAFT Vessel (photo courtesy of RIBCRAFT)

  RIBCRAFT, manufacturer of professional grade rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) for safety professionals, law enforcement, and military agencies, announced the delivery of a specialized RIBCRAFT 7.8 to the City of Decatur, Alabama for patrol and enforcement operations.  






 
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