Inland Boatworks to Deliver Triple Screw Towboat
April is the scheduled delivery date for a 64 x 28 x 9.5 ft. push boat for Stockstill Boat Rentals of New Iberia Louisiana from Inland Boatworks of Orange, Texas. The new boat will be the second delivered from the Inland yard to this customer; 54 x 22-ft. Mitzi Evelyn was delivered in December of 1997. The new boat, to be named Brian Paul, will be the owner's first pushboat with Cummins power. Propulsion will be provided by three Cummins six-cylinder KTA19 engines rated for 500 hp at 1,800 rpm, turning six-in. stainless shafts and 66 x 48-in. Rice four-blade bronze propellers through Twin Disc 516 gears at 6:1. This triple screw Cummins-powered propulsion package with its shallow draft and redundancy is becoming the industry standard for work on the Inter-Coastal Waterway.
1923 Schooner Replica Completes Sailing Trials
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) announced that the Columbia (ESG Hull 981) a steel hull exact replica of the historic Gloucester Fishing Schooner, has completed her sailing trials. The sailing trials were held on September 18, 2014 directly offshore of the beaches of Panama City, Florida. Ninety-one years earlier, the original Columbia was officially measured on October 27, 1923 just before her race with the Bluenose by Raymond J. Milgate, a marine surveyor of Halifax, N.S. The original Columbia was a 141’ classic wooden hull Gloucester Fishing Schooner built at the historic A.D.
Blackmon Announces Boat Yard Liquidation
By order of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Northern District of Mississippi Case No. 09-15836-NPO Greenville, Mississippi. Blackmon Auctions has been in business since 1938 and conducts auctions all over the U.S. Specializing in On-Site auctions of Construction, Marine and Other Industrial Equipment. Blackmun has been been ordered by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to liquidate assets of Superior Boats Works, a family owned company in the business of ship building and ship maintenance since the 1970’s. 1977 Superior Boatworks M/V Capt. Blackmon Auctions, Inc.
OBX Boatworks Plan New Powerboat Models
After the successful launch of the 32 Express at the 2012 Miami and Palm Beach Boatshows, OBX Boatworks is expanding their line up with several new models for 2013. At the Autumn boatshows customers were asking for a larger model that could be used for extended cruising and offshore fishing as well as smaller trailerable center consoles. Based on the demand, OBX is going forward with two new 38’ models and a 26’ and 24’ Center Console. These new models should be ready for launch in Spring 2013.
Crowning the Decades Crew Supply Boats
Looking back at the Cummins Hotips#84 from 1999 (www.haig-brown.com Hotips) one can see how this class of vessels has evolved over the past decade. The crew boats were already getting larger with vessels up to 183 by 35 ft being the largest built for the Gulf of Mexico at that time. The larger boats demanded more power with the shift from six-cylinder 700-HP KTA19 engines to the larger 12-cylinder 1350 hp KTA38-M2. In the spring of 2009 C&G Boatworks in Mobile launched the crewboat Gulf Princess for Graham Gulf. At 185 by34 ft the size had not grown so much but the level of sophistication had.
Moran To Launch Pushboat
Around the end of June Moran Towing Corp. of New Canaan, Connecticut will launch the Lisa Moran, a new triple screw push boat at the C&G Boatworks yard in Mobile Alabama. This will be the third push boat in the extensive and varied Moran fleet. The firm’s two existing pushboats were repowered with Cummins engines earlier this year. Three Cummins KTA38 M0 mains, each one producing 850 hp at 1800 rpm, will power the 77 x 30-ft. Lisa Moran. Each engine will turn into ZF model W3310 marine gears with 5:1 reduction and five-inch diameter Aquamet 17 shafts. The hull has a molded depth of ten feet six inches. Accommodations are designed for a crew of eight. Tankage includes 30,000 gallons of fuel, 5,000 gallons of water and 165 gallons of lube oil.
Inflatable BoatWorks Becomes Zodiac Military Professional Dealer
Inflatable BoatWorks, Inc. has been selected as a Zodiac MIL-PRO dealer to represent Zodiac's Military & Professional line of rugged inflatables in the state of Washington. Zodiac has originated most of the major concepts that have led the development of the modern inflatable boat since the 1930’s. Since those early days Zodiac has become the largest manufacturer of inflatable boats, RIBs and emergency life rafts for military, professional and leisure markets in the world. Rugged and tough, these Mil-Pro inflatables by Zodiac differ widely in design and specifications so as to bring the right answers to specific requirements and fit various mission profiles and demanding uses.
Cook Joins Horizon Shipbuilding as Operations VP
Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. announced that Mickey Cook has joined the corporation as the Vice President of Operations for the Bayou La Batre shipyard. Cook, one of the founders of C & G Boatworks, where he served as General Manager, brings 38 years of experience in the shipbuilding industry to his current position at Horizon. His many years of experience and relationships with others in the industry are an asset that will allow Horizon to better serve our customers and the marine industry as well as aid in the growth of Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc.
New Crabber Heads for Grounds
On the Bering Sea king crab fishery, explains deckhand Jerod Goodin, "There are six in the deck crew. Each of us will work 15 hours on and then take a three hour break. That is just the way it is in one of North America's most lucrative and dangerous fisheries, which will probably have just four days of fishing this autumn. In early October, the crew of newly built Arctic Venture were excited and anxious to get the pots and other gear loaded on the Astoria Oregon waterfront near the mouth of the Columbia River. The new 124 x 30-ft. boat, owned by three partners, Don Jester, David Lethine and Derrick Ray, was built in a remarkably short time at Giddings Boatworks in Coos Bay, Ore.
New Crabber Heads for Grounds
On the Bering Sea king crab fishery, explains deckhand Jerod Goodin, "There are six in the deck crew. Each of us will work 15 hours on and then take a three hour break. That is just the way it is in one of North America's most lucrative and dangerous fisheries, which will probably have just four days of fishing this autumn. In early October, the crew of newly built Arctic Venture were excited and anxious to get the pots and other gear loaded on the Astoria Oregon waterfront near the mouth of the Columbia River. The new 124 x 30-ft. (31.7 x 9.1 m) boat, owned by three partners, Don Jester, David Lethine and Derrick Ray, was built in a remarkably short time at Giddings Boatworks in Coos Bay, Ore.
Bahamas Family Continues a Marine Tradition
"My dad, Earnest, Sr., has been in the marine business for over 50 years," says Ernest Dean, Jr. of Nassau, in the Bahamas. At the end of September, Dean Jr., who has a couple of decades in the business himself, will take delivery of a new boat named for his late brother Gurth Dean. The boat will fill a position in the family's mail and general cargo business, left vacant by the loss of a vessel last fall. Currently building at Rodriguez Boatworks in Bayou LaBatre, Ala. to an inhouse design, the 110 x 26-ft. boat will also have overnight accommodation for up to 18 passengers. Power is provided by a pair of Cummins' 14-litre six-cylinder N14-M main engines turning 440 hp each into Twin Disc model 5114 gears with a 4.86:1 ratio. Props are four-bladed 58 x 48 in.
Cummins Gulf Coast Crew Boat Update
As the size and cargo capacities of crew boats has increased so has the combined and individual horesepower of the engines. Compared with 1998, the 1999 Cummins Mid-South order book for crew boat engines has shown a decrease in the numbers of six-cylinder KTA19 M4 engines that, with a 700 hp rating, has been the standard in the past. At the same time they have, to date, sold, for crew boat application, a total of 55 of the 12-cylinder KTA38 M2 engines with a Heavy Duty rating of 1350 hp at 1950 rpm. McCall Boat Rentals took delivery of Doreen McCall, its second 183-ft. model from Gulf Craft early in 1999. This will be followed by a third boat, Hull #424 to the same basic design, in November. Main engines for each of these boats are six KTA38 M2. McCall is also building two 165-ft.
New Hires for Bristol Harbor Group and Shearer Group
New Hires for Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. and The Shearer Group, Inc., Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. Bristol, RI and Seabrook, TX – September 9th, 2011 – Bristol Harbor Group, Inc., Rhode Island, and its sister company, The Shearer Group, Inc., Texas, have added James J. Stusse and Christian Olavesen to their respective professional staffs. In July of this year, James was added as a Senior Naval Architect at Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI). He is a graduate of the Webb Institute…
Cummins Power for Graham Gulf
It takes about ten and a half months to complete a 155-ft. supply boat at C&G Boatworks in Bayou LaBatre. So the boat that Janson Graham of Graham Gulf, had started this past July, should deliver some time next April or May. Sea trials for the new vessel will attract some attention, since it is a sister to boats delivered this past spring, but it will have different power. The earlier boats were powered by four 1575 HP engines for a total of 6300 HP. The new boat will be powered by four Cummins KTA38M2 engines each rated for 1350 HP at 1900 RPM for a total of 5400 HP. The owner expects the same 23-knot light and 20-knot loaded speed as the earlier boats as the Cummins engines are lighter in weight. The main engines will turn into ZF 4540 gears with 2.59:1 ratios.
Do It Yourself Repower in Oregon
Joe Rock is in the habit of doing things himself. After 47 years as a commercial fisherman it seems to just come naturally to him. When he bought a Cajun-style shrimper in Louisiana in 1992 he drove the boat 30 days home to Newport Oregon himself. When he wanted to add five feet to the stern of the boat to give it better floatation he and his son Corey did the job themselves. So this year when he felt it was time to change out the 73x22-foot Kylie Lynn’s main engine for a 500 hpCummins KTA19 , he and Corey did the job themselves. This is a routine kind of chore for this fishing family who work crab, shrimp and scallops with the boat. Not only does Joe know how do fix just about anything on the boat, he knows how to live the good life.
Neuville Mixes Large and Small Crewboats
Kerry Neuville recently built an 18-ft. aluminum skiff with his son and now parks it in the same shed where he and his brother started their boatbuilding careers. Across the yard from the little shed Neuville Boatworks huge building sheds bustle with their usual activity. With a 154 x 30 x 12.5-ft. crew boat (160-foot overall) nearing completion for Steve Miguez’s Iberia Crewboats and scheduled for a March delivery. A sister-ship is being framed up on an inverted jig in one of the other building sheds. Both vessels will be powered by four Cummins KTA38 M2 engines provide power for the vessel. Each engine produces 1350 hp at 1950 RPM into Twin Disc MG-6650 gears with 2.47:1 reduction. The 5400 hp crewboats will achieve speeds of 26 knots.
Rigdon Receives Rigdon Yellowfin
Larry Rigdon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rigdon Marine, announced that Rigdon Marine Corporation has officially entered the Crewboat and Fast Supply Vessel market with the delivery yesterday of the RIGDON YELLOWFIN. The RIGDON YELLOWFIN was delivered by C&G Boatworks of Mobile, Alabama. Mrs. Margot Jackson christened the RIGDON YELLOWFIN before it was immediately deployed under long term contract to a major oil company in the Gulf of Mexico. “The christening of our first Crewboat marks the beginning of another very exciting chapter in the history of Rigdon Marine Corporation,” said Larry Rigdon. “Today, we are even better positioned to meet the needs of our clients through a wider range of modern, technologically advanced vessels.
Seakeeper Launches New Gyro Demo Boat
To let customers experience firsthand the difference Seakeeper gyro stabilization systems make in vessel performance and crew safety, the company has launched its new demo boat. The custom 345 Express from OBX Boatworks will be available for test rides at the Multi-Agency Craft Conference, June 10-12. A hand-crafted, customizable fishing and cruising vessel, the 345 Express features the new Seakeeper 5 gyro. "Our boats are very stable to start with, so the addition of the gyro gives the 345 a rock solid platform," said OBX owner Brad Flater.
Boksa Marine Design Hires Jeffrey Kuenning
Boksa Marine Design, Inc. is pleased to announce its recent hire of Jeffrey Kuenning, who will join the Boksa Marine Design team as a naval architect and marine engineer working in the Lithia, FL office. Kuenning will have an immediate impact on the development of a variety of custom yacht and commercial marine design projects for the company. Kuenning comes to Boksa Marine Design with 10 years of experience developing a broad range of marine design expertise including structural and mechanical design, stability analysis and engineering project management.
GSSC Shipfitter Boot Camp Produces 18 for Industry
12 Graduate from GSSC Shipfitter Boot Camp and Have Jobs Waiting for Them. In November 2011, 18 individuals started an intensive 10-week shipfitter boot camp that was developed by the Gulf States Shipbuilders Consortium (GSSC) to prepare workers for entry-level employment in the maritime industry. Before an invitation was extended to participate in the training program, candidates completed prequalification activities that included drug testing, WorkKeys® assessments, industry presentations, shipyard tours, and interviews. On Thursday, March 1, the 12 individuals who successfully completed the pilot program participated in a graduation ceremony hosted by Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) at its Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Center (AMTC) in Gulfport, Mississippi.
ESG Replicates Historic Schooner 'Columbia'
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) informs that a steel hull replica of the historic Gloucester Fishing Schooner COLUMBA has been launched at its Panama City, Florida, shipyard with employees, dignitaries and guests in attendance. The original COLUMBIA was a 141’ classic Gloucester Fishing Schooner built at the historic A.D. Story shipyard of Essex, Massachusetts, which was the center for North American Fishing Schooner construction. At the christening ceremony, Brian D’Isernia…
Cummins, Konrad Debut Diesel Sterndrive Package
Less than one year after announcing the formalization of their relationship, Cummins and Konrad Marine confirm they have added 480 and 550 horsepower ratings to the diesel sterndrive packages they jointly offer. The 480 rating is approved for both leisure and commercial applications. The package offers 37% more horsepower and 129% more torque than gasoline outboards; and 46% more horsepower and 54% more torque than other diesel sterndrive products sold into the commercial space. The 550 rating is currently intended for leisure applications. An impressive 875 ft. lbs.
Webb Institute Picks Crowley Scholarship Recipients
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. Ratinaud and Ko were able to meet Tom Crowley Jr.…