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Palmer Johnson Yatchs Shuts Sturgeon Bay, Moves to Europe

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 Luxury yacht manufacturer Palmer Johnson Yachts is closing its production facilities in Sturgeon Bay because of dwindling sales and competition from overseas.   In a plant closing notice filed Wednesday with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the company said sales had fallen and offshore competition had escalated.   The closures will result in the loss of about 100 jobs. Palmer Johnson said it will cooperate with the Department of Workforce Development to help employees find other jobs.   The shutdown will take place in phases starting about Oct. 31. "We are disappointed and saddened by this business closing, and yet realize that there is no alternative," the company said.   Production is being moved to the Netherlands under a deal that the company said would give it a better competitive advantage.   It also says its SuperSport range yacht has received a lot of interest. The company claims the move to Europe will give it a better competitive advantage in the industry.    The relocation is part of Palmer Johnson's plan to increase production of a SuperSport series of yachts, the company confirmed Thursday.   Yacht building is an important niche industry in northeast Wisconsin, where the brands include Palmer Johnson, Carver, Marquis, Burger, Cruisers and Rampage. The industry also supports dozens of suppliers, including companies in the Milwaukee area.  


Palmer Johnson, Atlantic Dry Dock Team Up

Palmer Johnson Savannah and Atlantic Dry Dock Corp. have entered into a joint effort via a letter of intent for the establishment of Palmer Johnson @Atlantic (PJA) on the site of the 60-acre Atlantic Shipyard facility near Jacksonville, Fla. The new Palmer Johnson division will specialize in providing service and refit for yachts measuring 197 ft. (60 m) or larger. According to Phil Friedman, president and CEO of Palmer Johnson, the new venture will be able to haul


Crowley Receives Customer Service Award

Crowley Liner Services has been honored with SC Johnson's "Outstanding Customer Service Award" for 2001. Crowley's Gunter Majzner, senior account manager, and Greig Havern, senior account executive, recently accepted the award on behalf of the company at SC Johnson's corporate headquarters in Racine, Wis. Crowley was selected for this award by maintaining the high levels of customer service required in SC Johnson's carrier partnership program


Real Ships Yachts Expands in European

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Real Ships, the custom steel boatbuilder in Alabama, now offers its American-made yachts to the European cruising market. Aventura, a 77 ft Expedition produced by Joe Johnson’s Real Ships, debuted at the October Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. Heikki Luoma’s Compass International, Palma de Mallorca-based dealership in Spain, will now provide exclusive European representation for Real Ships yachts. Compass International has been offering brokerage, mooring, charter


New W-class Yacht Designs

W-class 123 Yacht: Image credit W-class Yacht Co.

W-Class Yacht Company is expanding its family of yachts to include 100’, 123’ and 135’ models. The first of the new designs, the W.123', was developed by Bruce Johnson (formerly of Sparkman & Stephens) in collaboration with Rockport Marine Yacht Design. The new racer/cruiser yachts will retain the ‘Spirit of Tradition’ and performance attributes of the existing W-Class Yacht Company’s W.37’, W.46’ and W.76’ models.


Webb Institute Picks Crowley Scholarship Recipients

Tom Crowley with Nicholas Ratinaud (left) and Andrew Ko (right). (Photo: Crowley)

Webb Institute, a four-year college specializing in naval architecture and marine engineering, announced the 2015-2016 recipients of Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Thomas B. Crowley, Sr. Memorial Scholarships. Nicholas Ratinaud, of West Bloomfield, Mich., and Andrew Ko, of Philadelphia, were chosen by the school’s scholarship selection committee for their leadership qualities, academic excellence and commitment to the maritime industry.   


Johnson to Lead Alion Expansion in Canada

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Alion Science and Technology, an employee-owned technology solutions company, is increasing its Canadian business presence and expanding its Navy-focused design and engineering capabilities through its wholly owned subsidiary Alion Canada. With an office and pre-established relationships in Ottawa, Ontario, Alion’s growing focus centers around delivering naval architecture and marine engineering support to the Canadian Navy, Canadian Coast Guard, shipyards and integrators.


Johnson joins Hempel USA

 Hempel USA, the global supplier of Marine and Protective coatings has hired Jennifer Johnson as a Sales Representative in the US Gulf.  Ms. Johnson will be responsible for Marine sales of Hempel’s extensive product line in the territory.  A graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy with extensive industry experience, she will be located in Hempel’s headquarters in Houston Texas.


USA's Ingram Barge Appoints Coal Division Sales Leader

Joe Johnson: Photo credit Ingram

Joe Johnson has been promoted to Assistant Vice President, Coal, in the Ingram Barge Company of Nashville, Tennessee. Joe Johnson already is serving in this newly created position, and the Ingram sales team now reports to him, with respect to their coal accounts. He joined Ingram in 2002 and has handled the majority of the company’s utility and export coal customer base. Prior to joining Ingram, he gained over 20 years of experience in the coal industry.


Britain: EU Mission Should Turn Back Migrant Boats

A European Union naval force deployed in the Mediterranean should turn back migrant boats after they leave Libya and prevent them from reaching Italy, British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday.   Italy is on the frontline of Europe's migrant crisis, taking in more than 400,000 refugees over the past three years, many of them saved from rickety boats pushed out to sea by people smugglers based in north Africa.  


Volvo Ocean Race Yacht Team AkzoNobel Christened

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 Sailing fans flocked to a harbor in the Dutch city of The Hague yesterday to welcome team AkzoNobel’s new Volvo Ocean Race yacht, which was officially christened by the city’s Mayor.   With the start of the race just four months away


Race Boat to Attempt US-Cuba Speed Record

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An upcoming world speed record attempt by Nigel Hook and the crew of SilverHook will be a two-for-one as they set out to achieve the fastest crossing from the U.S. to Cuba, and then back.   Captain Hook has chosen August 17 to try to set two speed records in what is considered the most


Bourque Joins Sea Machines

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Following a recent capital investment and the growing global interest from the marine sector, Sea Machines Robotics said it has been expanding its crew and is poised for further growth, expecting to deliver first generation systems to marine customers this summer.  


VMAG Rolls Out its Marine Refit and New Build Department

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 Voyager Maritime Alliance Group (VMAG) , one of the leading marine technology providers in South Florida, is expanding its already comprehensive list of services by adding turnkey marine services that now encompass the entire refit and new build process.   


Shipowners’ Club Pact with Yachtpod Risk Partners

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 Yachtowners, the specialist yacht syndicate of The Shipowners’ P&I Club, today announces that it has entered into a partnership with newly established super yacht specialists Yachtpod Risk Partners (Yachtpod). Yachtowners, the specialist yacht syndicate of The Shipowners’


FDR’s Yacht Plies the Waters of San Francisco Bay

The presidential yacht, Potomac, recently underwent maintenance drydocking at Bay Ship and Yacht in Alameda, Calif. (Photo: Business Wire)

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidential yacht, Potomac, is once again plying the waters of San Francisco Bay after undergoing a maintenance drydocking at Bay Ship and Yacht in Alameda, Calif.   Long known as the “Floating White House


USS Ronald Reagan Departs for Sea Trials

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The U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), departed Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) May 7.  Ronald Reagan's crew shifted colors at 11:54 a.m. and made way to conduct sea trials in the final phase of the ship's selective restricted


Johnson Joins Foss in HSQE Role

Grant Johnson (Photo: Foss Maritime)

Grant Johnson has joined Foss Maritime as Vice President of Health, Safety, Quality and Environment (HSQE), responsible for overseeing, growing and strengthening HSQE performance.   Johnson arrives at Foss from TechnipFMC, an international energy services provider


New Fast Displacement Yacht is First with Hybrid Propulsion

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A new motoryacht built by built by the Netherlands’ Heesen Yachts is the world’s first Fast Displacement equipped with hybrid propulsion. Christened M/Y Home, the vessel is ultra-efficient, low fuel-burning and one of the quietest on the oceans.  


Mathewson Joins FarSounder as Sales Director

Michael Mathewson (Photo: FarSounder)

 Marine electronics manufacturer FarSounder, Inc. announced that Michael Mathewson has joined the company in a newly-created position of Director of Global Sales, charged with addressing the continued growth in the international marketplace for FarSounder key technologies for commercial


Southern Illinois Transfer Orders Harbor Tug

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Barbour JB Shipyard of St. Louis has laid the keel for a new harbor tug that will be powered by Veth Z-drives. The purchase agreement was signed at the Inland Marine Expo, St. Louis, by Kurt Johnson, Southern Illinois Transfer president and owner of the vessel; Guido Davids


Plenty Ships Wins Chinese Ferry Order

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CoCo Yachts – Plenty Ships has won an order with Zhuhai Fast Ferry Company to build two aluminum high speed ferries.   Zhuhai Fast Ferry Company has several fast ferries in its fleet, including two CoCo Yachts designed Coastal Cruiser 288


Boris Johnson Visits Coldharbour Marine

The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson visiting Coldharbour Marine (Credit: Nottingham Post / Coldharbour Marine)

 U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson paid a visit to Coldharbour Marine recently as the ballast water treatment system manufacturer’s facility in Nottinghamshire gears up for significant export-oriented production. Coldharbour Marine has spent more than 10 years researching and


Autonomous Workboats: The Future is Now

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Sea Machines is bringing autonomous self-driving systems to the world of workboats. At an impressive virtual reality demonstration seen late last year and then again at a frigid, late winter visit to the Boston waterfront, the future of workboat technology became all too evident for this writer


Passenger Ferry Delivered to New Caledonia

Mary D Seven (Photo: Incat Crowther)

A new 36-meter monohull passenger ferry Mary D Seven has been delivered for Mary D Cruises in New Caledonia.   Designed by Incat Crowther and built by Strategic Marine, the vessel will operate with yacht-like style on the route between Noumea and Amedee Island during the day






 
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