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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Chinese Sub near Disputed Islands Stokes Tension with Japan

Photo: Japan's Ministry of Defense

Japan’s defense minister criticized China on Monday for sailing an advanced stealthy nuclear submarine close to disputed islands claimed by Japan and China, saying the action had stoked tension. The submarine, which Japan detected in the East China Sea, was a 110 meter-long Shang-class vessel, which is able to dive deeper and for longer than older boats and is armed with torpedoes and anti-ship missiles, according to Japan’s Ministry of Defence. “Operating a submerged submarine close to another country’s territory goes against the norms of international rules…

One Person Missing After Boat Capsized

File photo: a 45-foot Response Boat - Medium (U.S. Coast Guard photo by David Weydert)

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for one person who ended up in the Pungo River near Hobucken, N.C. after a boat capsized. The 21-foot TowBoatUS vessel was towing a 47-foot recreational boat when the lead vessel capsized near the river entrance Thursday morning. Officials say and they are now searching the water for a 45-year-old TowBoatUS captain reported to be wearing coveralls, rubber boots and a lifejacket. Coast Guard crews aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and helicopter are searching on scene along with state and local partners…

Casino Boat Catches Fire off Florida Coast, 15 Injured

Photo: New Port Richey PD

At least 15 people were injured when a fire engulfed a boat off the coast of Florida on Sunday, causing the 50 people aboard to jump into the Gulf of Mexico and swim to shore, local officials said. A preliminary investigation showed the fire broke out at about 4:17 p.m. EST from an apparent engine issue, said Shawn Whited, division chief with Pasco Fire Rescue. “The captain of the boat said there was an issue with the engine. He said he noticed smoke coming form the engine room and turned the boat around,” Whited said.

New Patrol Boat Delivered to Puerto Rico PD

The Puerto Rico Police Department's new Metal Shark 35 Defiant, operating off the coast of San Juan. (PRPD Photo)

The Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) has taken delivery of a new patrol boat from Louisiana-based boatbuilder Metal Shark. The new 35-foot Defiant welded aluminum pilothouse patrol vessel, built at Metal Shark’s Jeanerette, La. production facility, joins the fleet of 36-foot Metal Shark Fearless-class high performance center console patrol boats delivered to the PRPD a year ago. The PRPD’s new patrol boat features a fully-enclosed, climate-controlled pilothouse for all weather operation, outfitted with Shockwave shock-mitigating seating for a crew of four, the builder said.

New Lake Erie Coast Guard Boat on Show

RB-M: Photo courtesy of USCG

The crew of Coast Guard Station Lorain show their new Response Boat-Medium to press and public at their Lake Erie station. Crew members say they have have been running tests on Lake Erie and have found that the RB-M responds faster than previous boats of similar size, with a top speed in excess of 40 knots. It also is equipped with advanced search capability, including forward-looking infrared search technology. It can handle waves up to 12 feet and can carry as many as 25 people.

Remote Control Boat Assists Flood Repair

A remote control boat equipped with a SonTek M9 Acoustic Doppler Profiler (ADP) has been employed with HydroSurveyor software to create a three-dimensional map of a damaged (and still submerged) flood barrier, following serious damage that took place during last December’s storms. Data from the survey enabled the Environment Agency to act swiftly and effectively to repair the damage and thereby protect local industry and residents. Extreme weather conditions and the highest tide for 150 years resulted in serious damage to a flood bank at Seal Sands near Billingham in the North East of England.

HMAS Glenelg Saves Sea Turtles

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Chay Westcott, Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Sarah Anderson and Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Simone Van Dam work to free a turtle caught in a drifting net. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

A quiet watch was the expectation for Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate James Cole in patrol boat HMAS Glenelg, but what he got was a lesson in ocean rescue for some entangled wildlife. “I stepped on to the bridge wing to get some fresh air and as I did, I noticed a net floating past,” he said. “As I looked closer, I saw that it was moving – there were three large sea turtles caught in the net,” Leading Seaman Cole said. A call was quickly made to Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander Gary List, who decided to stop the boat and attempt to rescue the turtles.

Yanmar Rolls Out New Marine Power Offerings

3JH40 inboard engine (Photo: Yanmar)

Yanmar has already introduced several new products for the marine market in 2018, including a new common rail inboard marine diesel engine touted as the world's smallest, higher horsepower offerings in its mid range series, and expanded joystick controls. Yanmar Marine International has launched the latest addition to its family of new generation common rail (CR) diesel engines, the compact Yanmar 3JH40 inboard engine, at boot Düsseldorf. The three-cylinder 3JH40 has been developed as the marine industry’s smallest CR inboard diesel engine, Yanmar said.

New Equipment at Blount Boats

 Photo courtesy Blount Boats

Blount Boats has made significant upgrades to its physical plant thanks mostly to a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation¹s Maritime Administration. These grants benefited a number of shipyards around the country and were made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Thanks to these grants, Blount Boats has installed a significant amount of new capital equipment including a Hydraulic Shear, a Proform Brake Press, a Hydraulic Plate Roller and a Big Swing Lathe among other equipment.

3D Scanning Speeds Up Drag Boat Racing

Photo courtesy of Lucas Oil

NVision, Inc., a company in 3D laser scanning and reverse engineering for over 24 years, said it was able to help a motorsports boat designer optimize the design of the custom-built propellers created for its Top Fuel Hydro drag boat. The boat is equipped with two custom-designed and handmade propellers. The double-bladed propellers worked well but the boat maker felt their design could be improved further to produce even greater speed and power. In order to achieve this goal…

PMI to Train Alaska Marine Highway System Personnel

Pacific Maritime Institute (PMI), the West Coast affiliate of the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) will be providing Fast Rescue Boat training for marine personnel of the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS). The Fast Rescue Boat training will take place on the M/V Columbia on September 22-26 and September 29-October 3, 2003. The Alaska Marine Highway System requires that Chief Mates, Boatswains, Able-Bodied Seamen, and First and Junior Engineers must obtain Fast Rescue Boat certification on their STCW-95 certificates.

London Gateway Ups Security Measures

(Photo: DP World London Gateway)

Expanded use of converged security and information management platform will support physical and IT security program at DP World London Gateway. London Gateway, one of the U.K.’s major ports owned and operated by DP World, has implemented converged security and information management (CSIM) software port-wide to increase security and provide overall situational awareness capability. Situated on the north bank of the River Thames, the deep-sea container port is located next to Europe’s largest logistics park, providing shipping access to key U.K. consumer markets.

New Deep Impact Boats for Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show

Deep Impact 399 Model: Image credit Deep Impact Boats

US-based Deep Impact Boats will exhibit over 6 new, custom built boats, at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. Deep Impact will have a total of 7 boats inside the convention center including:  399 Deep Blue with powerful quad engines and an oversized t-top, a 360 Open in a luxurious Ferrari red with forward sunbed, the new 330LS silver, black and orange the sportiest yacht tender around, a redesigned 330TE, a 399 Open blue and tan, a 360C Copper 100th anniversary Harley Davidson and a 360TE red for the hard core angler.

Coast Guard Receives New Response Boat

USCG photo

The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Station Milford Haven accepted delivery of the station's newest asset, a 45-foot Response Boat - Medium, Thursday, which represents the 146th boat in a fleet of 170 being delivered to the service. "It's exciting for the crew and myself to be in the position to take over the platform, train on the platform and ultimately to be able to serve the boating public of the Chesapeake Bay with a faster and better response platform that what we currently have," said Chief Petty Officer David Dickinson, the officer-in-charge of Station Milford Haven.

New USCG Response Boat Delivered in Ohio

A new 45-foot response boat (right) is moored at Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, after the station's crew accepted it May 1, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Phillip Null)

The crew of U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Station Marblehead, Ohio, officially accepted delivery Thursday of the station’s second 45-foot response boat, doubling the rescue capability of Ohio-based Coast Guard station, the USCG said. The response boat, uilt by Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wis., will increase the ability of Station Marblehead’s crew to respond to search-and-rescue cases by augmenting its current complement of one 45-foot response boat, two 25-foot response boats, one 20-foot airboat and one inflatable rescue craft.

Long Island Coast Guard Receive New Boat

RB-M: Photo credit USCG

Coast Guard Station Eaton’s Neck, N.Y., receive a new 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (RB-M) rescue boat. The new boat, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (RB-M), was issued to replace one of two aging 41-foot utility boats at the station. The RB-M is an aluminum, self-righting, high-speed, multi-mission capable boat, able to respond rapidly to Coast Guard missions, or conduct planned patrols and training. The primary roles of the RB-M are search and rescue and maritime law enforcement. Plans for a second RB-M to replace the remaining utility boat are in the near future.

Blyth Workcats to showcase Catamaran Designs at Seawork

Design evolution of Blyth Workcats will be on display at Seawork on Stand B27

The design evolution of Blyth Workcats will be on display at Seawork on Stand B27 where the company will be showing examples from its versatile range. Well known for their robust seaworthiness and economical performance, workboats from this well-established Essex yard are able to perform tasks that range from fisheries patrol, wind farm support, surveying, dive support, passenger ferry, fishing charter and general harbour maintenance activities. With a range consisting of 10, 11…

U.S. Coast Guard Toledo Accept New Response Boat

RB-M: Photo courtesey of Marinette Marine

Coast Guard Station Toledo, Ohio, takes delivery of new 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, from Marinette Marine, of Manitowoc, Wis. The RB-M can respond faster than previous boats of similar size with a top speed in excess of 40 knots, has advanced search capability with an installed forward-looking infrared search technology. Additionally, with twin jet propulsion, the vessel is able to respond in shallower water. The boat has a deep-V, double-chine hull, which provides a balance of performance and stability. The vessel is also self-righting.

Venture Boat Co. Relaunches Itself on Market

Venture Boats 39' Cuddy: Photo credit Venture Boats

Under leadership of new owner, Lee Heaton, US-based Venture Boat Company features modernized new additions to its range. Venture Boat Company has undergone a complete modernization, adding a number of innovative improvements to their existing models, introducing new models and moving production to the world-famous American Custom Yachts (ACY) facility in Stuart, Florida. Through their new partnership with American Custom Yachts, Venture Boats is not only able to provide customers…

Coast Guard Michigan Takes Delivery of High-speed Cutter

Response Boat-Medium: Photo credit USCG

US Coast Guard Station Michigan City, Ind. takes delivery of new 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, built by Marinette Marine, of Manitowoc, Wis. The RB-M can respond faster than previous boats of similar size with a top speed in excess of 40 knots and has advanced search capability with an installed forward-looking infrared search technology. Additionally, with twin jet propulsion, the vessel is able to respond in shallower water. The boat has a deep-V, double-chine hull, which provides a balance of performance and stability. The vessel is also self-righting.

Coast Guard Responds to Vessel Taking on Water

The Coast Guard came to the rescue of a vessel taking on water 1 mile off the coast of New Jersey this afternoon. The vessel Speculation, a 42-foot wooden hull recreational boat homeported in Freeport, NY, radioed the Coast Guard and reported that they were taking on water. The Coast Guard deployed a 47-ft. boat from Station Manasquan to the scene. The crew of the 47-ft. boat provided extra dewatering pumps to the five people on board the Speculation. The pumps were able to keep up with the amount of flooding which stood at 2-ft. of water in the ships bilge. The Coast Guard Cutter Seahorse, an 87-ft. patrol boat homeported in Portsmouth, Va., was also directed to the scene to provide additional pumps if needed. A boat from Tow Boat U.S. towed the vessel back to Manasquan Inlet.

Sight-Seeing Boat Capsizes While Helping Others

A watchstander at Coast Guard Station Port Aransas received a call at approximately 11:10 a.m. from a Good Samaritan reporting a capsized boat with three people in the water. The same Good Samaritan was able to pick up and bring all three people in his boat. In the process, a dolphin sight-seeing boat trying to assist, motor vessel Flipper, capsized and put all 18 people onboard in the water. The Coast Guard launched a rescue boat crew from Station Port Aransas. The Coast Guard boat located the overturned vessel. Aransas' boat crew arrived and rescued all 18 people with the assistance of a Good Samaritan that was in the area. All survivors were wearing life jackets and no injuries were reported.

MV Werften Cuts First Steel for Crystal Endeavor

Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay pushes the button to start the first steel cut (Photo: MV Werften)

Shipbuilder MV Werften said it has begun building Crystal’s new luxury expedition yacht, Crystal Endeavor, with first steel cut on January 15 at its shipyard in Stralsun, Germany. Set to debut in 2020, Crystal Endeavor will be Crystal’s largest and most spacious purpose-built Polar Class ship featuring all-suite, butler-serviced accommodations, and adventure in polar regions and other remote destinations. Employees and guests watched as the flame cutter was launched by Genting Hong Kong Chairman and CEO…

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