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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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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.

American Boatbuilders Association Selects Attwood Fuel Systems

Lowell, Mich. – The American Boatbuilders Association recently selected Attwood Fuel Systems as the preferred supplier of EPA-certified fuel systems. The American Boatbuilders Association joins the United Marine Manufacturers Association (UMMA) and Independent Boat Builders Inc. (IBBI) and the industry’s leading independent boat builders in selecting Attwood to ensure member builders meet the EPA emissions control requirements for marine fuel systems. “Attwood Fuel Systems were selected as the preferred solution, based on exclusive safety features, extensive component and system validation, ease of implementation and industry-leading implementation support and value,” said Jay Patton, president of ABA.

Navico Expands Americas Sales Group

Chris Meyer

Navico — recreational marine electronics company and parent to the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands — announced the addition of long-time pro-staffer Chris Meyer to its Volume Boat Builder and OEM sales team. In his new role as Key Account Manager, Chris is responsible for managing OEM sales as well as growing current and prospective boat builder accounts for the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands. A long-time member of the Lowrance Pro-Staff team and Product Validation group, Chris has extensive experience supporting dealers…

MAN OVERBOARD Prevention & Recovery Workshop

The 2018 MAN OVERBOARD Prevention & Recovery Workshop is being held at the Grand Harbour, Southampton, U.K. on April 17. All sectors are invited to participate in this unique one day event that focuses on viable solutions. Knowledge gained about the deadly risks of people falling in the water from recent incidents with sub IMO / sub 24 meter vessels is becoming increasingly relevant to vessels of all sizes. Workshop organizer, John Haynes, said, “Topics focus on visible issues today, plus hidden areas of concern the professional maritime sector may need to face tomorrow.

Boatbuilders Assoc. Names New Director, Relocates to Florida

Gordon Connell: Photo credit ABBRA

American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) names new Association Management Company and Executive Director to lead the national group that represents the business interests of the boat building, marine service and boat repair industry and seeks to strengthen and encourage professionalism. The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association say they have appointed Gordon Connell as its new Executive Director and named Connell Communications its new Association Management Company.

Survey Names Carolina Skiff America’s Premier Fiberglass Boat Builder

Photo: Carolina Skiff

Carolina Skiff, LLC announced that it has become the nation’s number-one fiberglass boat builder, based on new boat state registrations compiled by Statistical Surveys, Inc. for the year ending December 31, 2012. Holding the industry’s top spot in fiberglass boat sales in the saltwater, fiberglass, outboard-powered category since 1997, Carolina Skiff is now the number-one fiberglass boat builder in America, covering all fiberglass boat types (freshwater and saltwater), inboard or outboard propulsion in lengths 14 feet and up. www.carolinaskiff.com

Centek Industries, 250,000 Lift Mufflers Sold

Centek Industries is observing the sale of its 250,000th water lift muffler since the company’s founding in 1962. The Centek Vernalift muffler was originally manufactured for small auxiliary propulsion engines installed near or below the water line in sailboats. In the early 1970’s the Vernalift product line was expanded to include larger engines and today Vernalift mufflers are the lift muffler of choice by leading boat builders for engines from five to 2500 horsepower. Over the past 47 years…

AMCV Awards Columbia Queen Contract

American Classic Voyages (AMCV), granted a $6.4 million contract for construction completion and outfitting on Columbia Queen to Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Whidbey Island, Wash. The 161-passenger U.S.-flag riverboat, which will be readied by Nichols for service on the Columbia River system, will be operated under The Delta Queen Steamboat brand. Offering Pacific Northwest cruises beginning in April 2000, Columbia Queen will travel the Columbia, Snake and Willamette rivers during its eight-night vacation package, which features an overnight stay in Portland, as well as a seven-night cruise with various excursions. Scott Young, AMCV executive vice president and president of The Delta Queen Steamboat Co.…

Receiver Appointed for Baja, Donzi, Fountain and ProLine

Seeks to Restructure Financing and Move Brands Forward. Efforts are underway to resume operations of popular boat builders Baja Marine, Donzi Marine, Fountain Powerboats and ProLine Boats, according to Ronald Glass, a Principal  in GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group, LLC. Glass, who is headquartered in Atlanta, has been named temporary receiver of the four boat builders and their assets, along with Palmetto Park Financial, by North Carolina Business Court Judge James Gale. Following the Court’s decision, Mr. Glass made the determination that the interests of the boat builders would be served best by focusing their resources on managing through the transition process.

Marex To Exhibit At IBEX

Marex.com, Inc. will have a significant presence at the International Boatbuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), scheduled for February 7-9 at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County, Florida Convention Center. More than 12,000 marine business professionals are expected to attend what is being billed as "the marine industry's most powerful four-day learning experience," comprised of 54 seminars, 30 workshops and demonstrations, 32 pre-conference sessions, and access to more than 525 suppliers of the hottest new products and technologies. During the conference, Marex will offer three separate venues to introduce its newly enhanced e-commerce products, MarExpress! and MarexPO!, which facilitate end-to-end electronic procurement transactions between boat builders and suppliers.

Wells Marine Launches Battery Management System

space-saving flat panel model of Total Automatic Battery Management System

The Boat Builders Labor Saving Device – Custom Designs Available. Battery management system manufacturer Wells Marine Technology has launched a space-saving flat panel model of its Total Automatic Battery Management System (T.A.B.S.) that can be configured easily for any single, twin or triple engine application and can also be custom-designed to builder model specifications. Wells T.A.B.S. connects battery chargers, DC electric panels and equipment to save boat builders time, money and storage space while eliminating confusing battery selector switches for boat owners.

NEXT GENERATION Marine Power & Propulsion Conference

The NEXT GENERATION Marine Power & Propulsion Conference is being held at the Grand Harbour, Southampton on April 18 and 19, 2018. All sectors are invited to participate in this unique event that focuses on viable solutions for sub IMO / sub 24 meter vessels. As most new power and propulsion technology is proving to be scalable this knowledge is becoming increasingly relevant to vessels of all sizes. Conference organizer, John Haynes, said, “It is clear that emerging technologies including the use of electric drives linked to lithium-ion batteries…

Nichols Taps Higgins as COO

Gavin Higgins, Chief Operating Officer at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders.

Gavin Higgins has joined Nichols Brothers Boat Builders as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Gavin Higgins has been appointed the Chief Operating Officer at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders. Gavin’s duties will include oversight of Engineering, Production, Project Management, Purchasing and Facilities. He will be working with the current team for the successful delivery of two tugs and superstructure for the new Washington State Ferries currently under construction at the Freeland facility.

ABBRA Registration 2014 Conference & Speaker Panel

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) announces its line-up of topics and speakers for the 2014 ABBRA Boatyard Business Conference. The event, which focuses strictly on issues important to boatyards, boat builders and marine service/repair businesses, will take place January 22 – 24, 2014, at the B Ocean Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and will offer conference participants a venue to hear updates on opportunities and challenges facing the boatyard/boatbuilding marine industry sector. Registration is now open. Applicants are advised to register early to receive 2013 rates; members who register before December 8th pay only $295 and non-members pay $395. After December 8th rates will increase to $395 for members and $495 for non-members.

ASA Electronics Partners with Independent Boat Builders

ASA Electronics, an international manufacturer of audio and video electronics and appliances has partnered with the Independent Boat Builders, Inc. to be the video supplier of choice. Independent Boat Builders, Inc. (IBBI) is a marine buying group that currently has 20 members located in the United States and Canada. Cumulatively, IBBI manufacturers said it sells more boats in the U.S. than any other entity. For over 30 years, ASA has been specifically designing, engineering and testing their marine products to be able to handle the challenging conditions encountered on the water. Its line includes and stereos, speakers, LCD TVs and other accessories. All of these products are built to withstand a variety of elements found in the marine environment, ASA said.

Building Fishing Boats on the Bayou

When one conjures images of a prosperous and healthy marine niche today, it is guaranteed that the fishing boat market is the first, second, or third to come to mind. Plainly put, there are not a lot of fishing boats being built today. A few are built each year, mainly as replacements, in the major fishing areas of New England and the Northwest. The same is basically true in the Gulf south, except for a small dot on the map named Bayou La Batre, Ala. In this bayou town about 20 miles southwest of Mobile, Ala., several shipyards are active building in total as many as 50-60 shrimp trawlers at any one time. The yards building these boats…

CargoFlexX Bags US Order for 6 Bulk Handling Systems

Netherlands-based cargo handling innovator CargoFlexX BV has secured a contract to deliver six dry bulk handling systems to the Gulf of Mexico. The dry bulk handling systems will be installed on-board the new SOLAS OSVs under construction for SEACOR Marine LLC’s new building program. The FlexXVac system is an alternative for the up to now often used conventional P-tank dry bulk handling systems, CargoFlexX xplains. As a result of the implementation of the FlexXVac system SEACOR Marine LLC will be able to carry 33% more of dry bulk on-board of the newbuildings, compared to the conventional setup, the manufacturer said. SEACOR Marine LLC will be the first U.S. Offshore Support Vessel operator with the FlexXVac system sailing in the Gulf of Mexico.

Pyrotek Distributes Centek Exhaust Systems

Centek Industries, manufacturer of fiberglass marine wet exhaust mufflers and systems, has appointed the Soundguard Division of Pyrotek to distribute the company’s products in the Pacific Rim. Headquartered in Girraween, New South Wales, Australia, with offices in New Zealand, Dubai, Taiwan and China, the Pyrotek Soundguard division has been providing noise control solutions to boat builders and boatyards since 1972. Centek’s list of custom mufflers and marine exhaust products has grown to over 14,000 specially designed units. Centek’s engineering staff offers customers over 80 years of marine wet exhaust system design experience. Centek engineers work with boat builders…

FUSION Sponsors Boat Builders Award

Logo Credit Fusion

FUSION Entertainment,the worldwide leader in marine-audio engineering, announced today it has sponsored the Innovative On-Board Design Solution Award at the inaugural Boat Builder Awards, during the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The awards gala dinner was held on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 at The National Maritime Museum, Amsterdam. FUSION presented the award to Galleon Yachts for its new 500 Fly. FUSION is recognized as a leader in the…

Jensen Design Selected for NAVSEA Newbuild

Photo: Jensen Martime Consultants

Jensen Maritime Consultants, a Crowley company, said one of its workboat designs will be used by a Pacific Northwest boat builder to fulfill a construction project for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). In support of the project, Jensen will supply a functional and regulatory design package for the 41-foot vessel, which will provide ship- and sub-assist services, as well as other port operational services at U.S. Navy port locations around the world. Jensen’s Bryan Nichols…

Master Boat Builders Completes Conversion for Oceaneering

Master Boat Builders has successfully completed a vessel conversion contract for Oceaneering International, Inc. Ocean Quest, built in 2001 as the Gulf Quest, has been upgraded and converted into a 145-ft. (44.1-m) dive support vessel featuring: 2,100 sq. ft of deck space; Live boating capabilities; 24 person accommodations (in addition to vessel crew); Dive support equipment installed below deck; Marine rated API 10 ton crane on the stern; 24 hr. operational capacity; Built-in, below deck, 6 x 6 jet pump. Working in the Gulf of Mexico, Ocean Quest is ideally suited for Inspection, Maintenance, & Repair (IMR) activities on pipelines & platforms in water depths down to 300 fsw.

ABBRA Plan Enhanced 2013 Conference

Image by ABBRA

ABBRA, the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association announces its 2013 Annual Conference the “International Boatyard Business Conference”. This boatyard and related services industry event will be held January 19-20, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It will cater to boatyard owners, operators, and managers, boat builders, and boat repair businesses and will focus on the most current topics of interest with presentations by some of the marine industry’s most influential business leaders both nationally and internationally.

Nichols Brothers to Build Vessel for American Samoa

Image: Nichols Brothers Boat Builders

Ice Floe, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) has been contracted by the Government of American Samoa to build a multipurpose vessel to operate in the warm waters of the South Pacific primarily between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, however the vessel will also be certified to travel to Tonga, Fiji and U.S. territory Islands to support the economic development of American Samoa. NBBB has contracted Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) to provide the functional design and production engineering for the project.

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