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INCAT CROWTHER TO DESIGN 24m CATAMARAN PASSENGER FERRY

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Incat Crowther is pleased to announce the design of a 24m Catamaran Passenger Ferry to be built by Baltic Workboats in Estonia. The vessel is a follow up to the Incat Crowther-designed 24m Catamaran Scientific Research Catamaran under construction at the yard, and will be operated in the Gulf of Riga, Estonia. Incat Crowther worked closely with Baltic workboats in their successful bid, developing a vessel utilizing the same platform as the research vessel. As part of the development process, changes were made not only to meet the operator’s requirements, but also to streamline the build process, including the use of pre-fabricated extrusion-based panels. The close cooperation between Incat Crowther and Baltic Workboats resulted in a winning bid selected as the most suitable vessel for the operation, offering the best value. In addition to passengers, two vehicles will be carried on the aft deck, with deck capacity allowing vehicles up to 6.5m in length, and axle loads up to 2.4t. Vessels will be loaded via the stern-mounted ramp. There is also an 8t-m Guerra M 75.90A1 Deck Crane for loading cargo. The aft deck has passenger loading gates situated amidships and is connected to the passenger cabin through a large passageway that houses the passenger toilets. The forward end of the main deck cabin accommodates all 60 passengers and also features a small bar and luggage racks.


Polarcirkel Expands Design

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Polarcirkel AS partnered with Nova Sea AS, Norway, to design and build a Cabin Workboat for transporting personnel out to fish farming feed barges, even in the harshest weather conditions. Designated the Polarcirkel 860 Cabin Workboat, MS Nova Polar is built to the standard 28 ft 3 inch Polarcirkel limit, with the 10 ft beam providing a great working deck and a huge cabin with lots of head room and all round visibility.


Offshore Marine Support Sector Upbeat

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In only its second year, the Middle East Workboats 2009 exhibition and conference concluded with a 70% increase in the number of exhibitors and a 60% increase in exhibition space compared with the previous event. “The offshore marine support industry is upbeat about the future in this region and there can be no more powerful sign of the continuing development of the sector than the participation in this show of so many regional and international players,” said Christopher Hayman


ZF Gearboxes for MPI Workboats

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MPI Workboats, an operator of purpose-built aluminum wind farm support catamarans, has received ZF gearboxes installed in six of its latest vessels. Designed and constructed to work in challenging environments to transport passengers in comfort and safety , the boats are less than 12 months old and supply installations in British and European waters and further afield. Andrew Wragg, Superintendent at MPI Workboats, said


$1.5M Contract for MacDuff Shipyard

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Aberdeen Harbour has awarded Macduff Shipyards the contract to build a new workboat. The $1.5m vessel, inclusive of its high-tech survey suite is due for delivery in 2011, and will replace the port’s existing workboat. It will be fitted with twin 350 hp engines, a deck crane and at 147.f ft in length, will be used for general harbour activities including surveying, plough dredging and debris recovery.   Ray Shaw, operations director & harbour master at Aberdeen Harbour


New Cutter for Port of London Features Cat Power

The U.K.'s largest Port Authority has specified a Caterpillar 3056 marine engine to provide propulsion power onboard a new 32-ft. (9.7-m) salvage cutter. The Port of London Authority ordered the new vessel to replace an aging cutter, which has been part of a team of three boats providing support for the authority's two salvage ships Hookness and Crossness since the early 1970s. Being built by Wickham Marine of Colchester using an innovative jig system


Women on the Water 2013

From October 31-November 2, 2013, the State University of New York Maritime College (SUNYMC), in partnership with the Maritime Administration (MARAD), will host the sixth annual Women on the Water (WOW) Conference in Throggs Neck, NY. The Conference will bring cadets from the State Maritime Academies and midshipmen from the United States Maritime Academy together with professional women and men who are leaders in various sectors of the maritime industry


Notice of Arrival Requirements for Yachts over 300 Gross Tons

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This bulletin addresses the Notice Of Arrival requirements for privately owned yachts arriving to the U.S. 1. Under Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations, part 160.202 and160.203, foreign recreational vessels over 300 GT are required to file a Notice of Arrival (NOA) with the National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) prior to arrival into the US. 2. There has been some confusion by vessel operators concerning how “Cruising Licenses” issued by Customs and Border Protection (CBP)


Suez Canal Seeks Development Project Consultants

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) opened an invitation to Expressions of Interest (EOI) from international and Egyptian consultants for taking part in the preparation of the Master Plan of the Suez Canal Regional Development Project. SCA said that consultants who had expressed their interest before are not requested to apply again. Details on Expressions of Interest, the Preparation Form and the address are available on the SCA website: http://www.suezcanal.gov.eg/sc.aspx?show=67


AVEVA World North America User Conference Announced

AVEVA Inc. has announced its 2011 AVEVA World North America User Conference, which will take place November 29–December 1 at the Westin New Orleans Canal Place Hotel in New Orleans, LA. The conference aims to deliver product expertise that will empower technical knowledge and enhance skills, which can then be applied in real-world environments. This year’s theme is ‘Joined up thinking’ and targets engineers and designers who operate AVEVA software in Engineering


Dometic’s Workboat Play

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Workboat operators are taking a second look at Dometic’s SeaXchange Reverse Osmosis Systems as missions expand and demands on these vessels increase. It’s no secret that Dometic Group’s products are sold in almost 100 countries, supported by as many as 6,000 employees


Affordable SATCOM for Workboat Applications

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SATCOM edges closer to providing standardized services to the workboat sector. It’s affordable now and someday soon, you won’t be able to afford to be without it. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia-based JouBeh Technologies today makes it possible for far flung workboats to transmit critical data


Will Paper Logs Sail into History?

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Helm Marine Software’s product team leads burdened brown water workboat operators out of the wilderness – and confidently into compliance. Four to six forms a day and that’s before Subchapter M rules take effect. That is how many forms Helm Marine Software’s product team


Torqeedo Launches Commercial-grade Cruise Motor

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Torqeedo has updated its electric outboards with a new design to meet the demands of commercial users.   Available in comes in 5 hp and 8 hp equivalents, the Cruise is an electric solution for pontoon boats, sailboats, small boats, workboats


Marine News Editor's Note

Fleet Optimization is a broad term which might be described as the best practices and equipment that will make any collection of vessels more environmentally correct, economical and yes, attractive to prospective charterers. In this edition, it means whatever I say it means


Magnolia Fleet Signs on with Helm CONNECT

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  Helm Operations announced today that it has signed on barge fleeting and marine transportation company, Magnolia Fleet LLC to Helm CONNECT Preventive Maintenance. Magnolia Fleet operates 11 push boats, 2 fleets, and midstream fuel operations in New Orleans and Lake Charles.


Port of London to Unveil £7m Vessel at Seawork

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  London Titan, the Port of London's new £6.97million ($10.5 million) 36-meter mooring maintenance vessel, will be officially unveiled at the opening day of the Seawork International exhibition and conference in June, the event's organizers announced today.  


Alphatron Marine VSAT Systems for 11 Workboats

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Alphatron Marine has signed a lease contract with Seacontractors for no less than 11 vessels to provide satellite hardware and data solution packages.   Alphatron Marine’s VSAT system will be installed alongside the existing IT infrastructure on nine Seacontractors B-Class workboats


CTruk OWSV Enhanced with Volvo IPS

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Since the launch of its first-of-class CTruk MPC22 late last year, the East Anglia-based workboat designer and builder informs it has incorporated performance feedback into future builds to deliver a range of enhancements.   The second CTruk MPC22, due for delivery in June


Damen Begins Construction of Second Facility at Antalya Shipyard

 From left to right: Ron Keller, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Republic of Turkey, Zübeyde Solak, Head of Department for the Ministry of Economy Directorate of Free Zones, Kommer Damen, Chairman of Damen Shipyards Group, and Auke Van Der Zee, Damen Shipyards Antalya,  General Manager.

  Damen Shipyards has refurbished a second 12,000 square meter shed at its Antalya, Turkey shipyard for the production of the Damen Fast Crew Supplier 5009, the company announced today.   Antalya II will be dedicated to the construction of Damen’s 50-meter FCS 5009


Kvichak, Vigor Announce Merger

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Merger positions combined company to play a dominant role in recapitalization of North Pacific fishing fleet and emerging Arctic oil gas operations. Kvichak Marine Industries and Vigor Industrial today announced the companies are merging to unite their strengths in the design and fabrication of


This Week's Top Stories

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  The top stories this week covered everything from a DP system failure, a facelift for a WWII torpedo boat, and some mysterious tankers off the coast of Philadelphia.   The tanker Olympic Flag was carrying 650,000 barrels of Angolan crude when it dropped anchor seven miles off the


MSHIPCO Exploring Strategic Options

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MSHIPCO has engaged Global Capital Markets Inc. (GCMI), a middle market M&A investment bank with global reach to advise on corporate strategic options including sale, licensing or other transactions.   As creator of the M80 Stiletto


Tropical Cyclone Warning for East Queensland

Tropical Cyclone Marcia to reach Category 4 system at landfall

Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia is predicted to intensify to a Category 4 system as it crosses the Queensland coast between Mackay and Gladstone early on Friday morning with destructive winds with gusts of up to 270 km/h expected near the core of the system.


Editor's Note: Energy Market's Double-edged Sword

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At the risk of dredging up (bad) memories, I find myself harkening back to 1985 when, as a young mariner, I lived in Houston, Texas. As the situation in the oil patch worsened, neighborhoods in and around the Bayou City emptied out as oil workers looked for other things to do






 
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