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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. The W-Class yachts will be built at Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine, with support from the shipwrights at Rockport Marine of Rockport, Maine, and Brooklin Boat Yard of Brooklin, Maine. “I’m eager to move W-Class Yacht Company into its next phase with three designs over 100 feet,” says Donald Tofias, president of W-Class Yacht Company. “In 1997 when I asked Taylor Allen of Rockport Marine and Steve White of Brooklin Boat Yard each to build a W.76, they worked together closely for the benefit of the yachts, a tradition that has continued. Now there’s also Front Street Shipyard, a facility that is large enough and capable enough to accommodate the largest yacht in the W-Class line.” The W.123 and her sister ships are all based on the late Joel White’s W.76 design, which was inspired by the NYYC-50 (a N. Herreshoff-designed, gaff-rigged sloop that’s 50’ on the water and 75’ long)


Vigor Marine Purchases Marine Industries Northwest

Vigor Marine LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vigor Industrial, has completed the asset purchase of Marine Industries Northwest, Inc. (MINI) in Tacoma, Wash. The transaction closed on August 9, 2010 and Vigor Marine officially began vessel repair and conversion operations the same day. Key points of contact for the company are General Manager Adam Beck and Ship Repair Manager Mark Donahue. Adam brings 24 years experience in the marine repair industry


Imtech Marine Becomes RH Marine Group

Photo: RH Marine Group

The new RH Marine Group, formerly known as Imtech Marine was introduced at the Europort exhibition in Rotterdam today.    Following the recent acquisition by Parcom Capital and Pon Holdings, Imtech Marine will now be known as RH Marine Group, built on the roots of founding companies Radio Holland and van Rietschoten & Houwens.   The two ‘pillars’ for service and newbuild activities within Imtech Marine are also involved in the new naming structure


Odyssea Marine Acquires Vessels from AMT Marine

Odyssea Marine, Inc. has purchased five offshore supply vessels from AMT Marine, Inc. based in Larose, La. The five vessels range in length from 150 ft. to 200 ft., are all DP1 classed and include the Darwin John, Andi N. Martin, A.A. Martin, Taylor R. Martin and the Mary Martin, a Bollinger built OSV delivered in August 2006. The vessels operate in the Gulf of Mexico supplying cargo to major and independent oil companies, marine construction firms, as well as support drilling operations


Marine Software Delivers Marine Planned Maintenance System

U.K. based software house Marine Software Ltd has delivered its DNV Type Approved Marine Planned Maintenance System to Saga Shipping for its 580 passenger capacity cruise liner, the MS Sage Rose. Marine Software imported all job descriptions, PM schedule and historical records from Saga Rose’s existing MS-DOS AMOS D system into their Marine Planned Maintenance for Windows system. The vessel was therefore able to continue using their PM system in the new format after only a short interval.


Drew Marine's Acquisition of Chemring Marine Completed

Drew Marine has completed the acquisition of the Chemring Marine business, now named Drew Marine Signal and Safety (DMSS).  DMSS brings 125 new employees to Drew Marine with locations in Bremerhaven, Germany, Hampshire, UK, Pamplona, Spain, and Melbourne, Australia.   DMSS is a manufacturer and supplier of pyrotechnic marine distress signals business, under recognized brands such as Comet, Pains Wessex, Oroquieta and Aurora


Drew Marine Completes Aqcuisition of Alexander Marine & Safety

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Drew Marine has completed the acquisition of Alexander/Ryan Marine and Safety Inc., and it will join the organization under the name Alexander/Ryan Marine & Safety division of Drew Marine.  With locations in the United States (Louisiana and Texas) and in the United Kingdom, the division brings 82 new employees to Drew Marine.   Alexander/Ryan Marine & Safety is a manufacturer and distributor of fire, safety and rescue equipment to the Offshore and Marine markets


Becker Marine at Electric & Hybrid Marine Expo

Photo courtesy of Becker Marine Systems

Becker Marine Systems product presentation at the dutch Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo will put a strong focus on environmentally-friendly technology for the marine industry like the world’s first LNG Hybrid Barge HUMMEL.   Recently, the Hamburg-based LNG Hybrid Barge successfully completed a programme of technical trials, right in time for the cruise ship season. With the use of to the new floating power plant


Marine Travelift’s 700-Ton Hoist at Grade One Marine

Photo courtesy Marine Travelift Inc.

Marine Travelift Inc.’s 700-metric-ton mobile boat hoist has completed more than two years of service and is making a significant difference in the business of its owner, Grade One Marine Shipyard Sdn. Bhd. (GOMS) in Lumut, Malaysia. GOMS is a full-service shipyard, handling ship repairs, emergency repairs, refitting, refurbishment, scheduled maintenance, conversion work and hull, mechanical and electrical work on a routine basis


Sumitomo And Mitsui Finalize Merger Conditions

Sumitomo Marine & Fire Insurance Co. and Mitsui Marine & Fire Insurance Co. on Tuesday announced terms under which they will merge next October, creating Japan's largest non-life insurer with assets of 5.7 trillion yen ($51.6 billion). In a joint statement, the companies said 1.09 Mitsui Marine shares will be allocated for one Sumitomo Marine share. The merged entity will be named Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co. with Mitsui Marine president Takeo Iguchi and Sumitomo Marine president


Lloyd’s Register Launches Marine Analytics Service

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has launched its Marine Analytics service with a methodology that will enable companies to obtain value from operational data and connected assets.   According to LR, the biggest challenge associated with data from multiple systems and connected assets


BOURBON to Install Mooring for Floating Wind Turbine

French offshore marine services company BOURBON said it has been awarded a contract for the mooring installation of the first floating wind turbine in France at the experimental test site of SEM-REV managed by Ecole Centrale de Nantes (ECN), in the context of European project FLOATGEN.  


Wilhelmsen Acquires Drew Marine Technical Solutions

Thomas Wilhelmsen (Photo: Wilhelmsen)

The Wilhelmsen group has signed an agreement to acquire the technical solutions business from Drew Marine.   “This acquisition offers a unique opportunity to enhance the scale and geographic reach of our marine products division,” said Wilhelmsen group CEO, Thomas Wilhelmsen.


TUMSAT: More than a Rowing School

Ananya Surangpimol (Photo: Alan Haig-Brown)

Philippine-born Ananya Surangpimol won a prestigious scholarship to Japan in 1971 and, after a year of intensive Japanese, entered Tokyo University of Fisheries, one of the first Asian women to do so in a former all-male imperial university. There she completed a master’s degree in food


Becker Marine Systems Eyes Growth in Asia

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Becker Marine Systems says it is continuing its successful entry into Asian countries such as China, Japan and South Korea, despite an ongoing crisis in the shipbuilding industry. Now the Hamburg-based company is opening a branch office in Kobe, Japan


MPA Honors ABS

Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo presented the Offshore & Marine Engineering Award to ABS Regional Vice President Thomas Tan. Photo: ABS

 ABS has been awarded the Offshore & Marine Engineering Award by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).    This award recognizes organizations that have made significant contributions toward the development of Singapore’s offshore and marine engineering


White Paper Addresses Bilge Water Noncompliance

Photo: Alfa Laval

A new white paper from Alfa Laval addresses ship owner concerns to ensure vessel compliance with bilge water regulations worldwide. Even if a traditional system with type approval is operating on board, the paper states, there are still risks of violating applicable laws and damaging the marine


AEGIR-Marine Adds Stabilizer Repair Services

AEGIR-Marine, full service provider for stern tube seals and propulsion systems for the maritime industry, said it has added stabilizer and steering gear repair services to its portfolio of maritime services. In February 2017 the company reinforced its team with Alan


World Record Lifeboat Boarding

Photo courtesy of Palfinger Marine

The first full scale boarding test of the world’s largest lifeboat, Palfinger Marine's new flagship for the cruise industry, landed the company a new world record.   In 2015 Palfinger Marine won the impressive contract for delivery of 24 tenders, 12 lifeboats


Turkey Raises Marine Pollution Fines

Photo: Republic of Türkiye Ministry of Transport, Maritime and Communications

 Turkey has raised the fines for marine pollution by 41 percent, Daily Sabah reported quoting the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication.   The Ministry  has  also implemented stricter regulations after a ship hit rocks and spilled 50 tons of fuel in


Global Opens New Alaska Office

Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. has expanded its regional operations with the addition of a new office in Juneau, Alaska. The new Juneau office will support southeast Alaska through several of Global’s primary service lines: marine construction, marine salvage and emergency response


New Horizons: Cruise Industry Challenges & Solutions for 2017

Image: GE

Approximately 130 million Chinese citizens travel internationally, making China the world’s largest outbound travel market in the world. With one-sixth of the world’s population, many recognize this country as a market with huge potential.  


NovaAlgoma Short-Sea Carriers Launched

Photo: NovaAlgoma Cement Carriers (NACC)

 Algoma Central Corporation and Nova Marine Carriers SA today announced the creation of a new joint venture that will focus on short-sea dry-bulk shipping for global markets.    This new joint venture, operating as NovaAlgoma Short-Sea Carriers, or NASC


IMO 2020: The Future of Fuel

Shell’s gas-to-liquid (GTL) Technology is used to produce high-performance lubricants: pictured is the company’s production facility in Qatar. (Photo: Shell)

IMO 2020 sulfur cap: lube producers take a pragmatic approach   There has been little reaction by way of statements or position papers from marine fuel lubricant manufacturers to the IMO MEPC70 proposals for a global fuel sulfur content cap of 0


Understanding Legal Liability in a Subchapter M Environment

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There is more to SubM than just attention to safety. Protect yourself accordingly.   In today’s environment, safety management systems for brown water marine operators are standard industry practice, whether they come in the form of the American Waterways Operators (AWO) Responsible






 
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