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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Brunswick, Mercury Marine to Aid Mercy Ships

Africa Mercy (Photo: Mercy Ships)

When the Africa Mercy, the world’s largest private hospital ship, provides its next field service in Cameroon, Africa, it will do so with a new dive boat and several new Mercury Marine outboard engines for the ship’s dive and rescue operations thanks to a recent donation from Brunswick Corporation and its engine subsidiary, Mercury Marine. Mercy Ships is a global charity that offers free life-changing surgeries, holistic health care and specialized training for local health care professionals in some of the world’s poorest areas.

Chinook Aluminum Cruiser Delivered

The William E. Munson Company delivered a 32 ft. Chinook welded aluminum cruiser to Ed Robinson's Diving Adventures. Powered by twin Volvo KAD43 diesels, coupled to Volvo dual prop drive legs, the USCG certified 15-passenger dive boat has a top speed of 45 mph light and 40 mph fully loaded. Outfitting includes port and starboard side dive doors, large stern dive platform with two flip out dive ladders, aluminum tank rack for 30 dive bottles, tropical style open-backed wheelhouse with sunroof, mini foc'sle with head, 50-gal., fresh water wash down system, 150-gal. fuel system and Fortress anchoring system. The William E. Munson Company delivered a 32 ft. Chinook welded aluminum cruiser to Ed Robinson's Diving Adventures.

Babcock Wins Small Boat Fleet Support Contract

Babcock has begun work under the recently awarded contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide repair and maintenance to small boats used by the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army and MoD Police,. Babcock is one of the companies appointed by the MoD Commercially Supported Shipping (CSS) team to provide support services to the small boat fleet, including over 800 inflatables, five dive boats, ten Mexeflotes (landing raft/pontoons), and Gibraltar region police and patrol boats, under a three year contract with the option to extend for an additional two years. In addition to repair and maintenance services, Babcock may also be required to undertake spares provisioning, post design services which could include modification work, and storage.

Coast Guard Medevacs Diver 18 Miles Off Hatteras Inlet

U. S. C.G.

The U.S.Coast Guard medevaced a 52-year-old man from a dive boat approximately 18 miles southeast of Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina, Sunday. The captain of the dive boat Under Pressure contacted Coast Guard North Carolina Command Center watchstanders via VHF-FM at approximately 3 p.m. and reported a diver was suffering from from signs of decompression sickness. Sector watchstanders launched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet to assist. The Coast Guard crew arrived on scene at approximately 4:30 p.m.…

Townsend Bay Receives Dive Boat Order

Townsend Bay Marine LLC, a yachtbuilding and repair company based in Port Townsend, Wash. has received an order from Fr. Lurssen Werft of Bremen, Germany, to build a high-speed dive boat for a European client. The 73 ft. (22.2 m) composite yacht has been designed by British naval architect Don Shead for a September 2000 delivery. The vessel is powered by a pair of 1,800-hp Detroit Diesel MTU 16v2000 engines coupled to custom-designed 22-in. (558 mm) Lips LJ51E waterjet drives. The yacht's design cruising speed at half load is 40 knots.

Townsend Bay Receives Dive Boat Order

Townsend Bay Marine LLC, a yachtbuilding and repair company based in Port Townsend, Wash. has received an order from Fr. Lurssen Werft of Bremen, Germany, to build a high-speed dive boat for a European client. The 73 ft. composite yacht has been designed by British naval architect Don Shead for a September 2000 delivery. The vessel is powered by a pair of 1,800-hp Detroit Diesel MTU 16v2000 engines coupled to custom-designed 22-in. Lips LJ51E waterjet drives. The yacht's design cruising speed at half load is 40 knots.

Moose Boats Awarded Contract For LAPD

Moose Boats, has been awarded a new contract from Los Angeles Police Department for the construction of a M1-46 Catamaran Dive Boat. The M1-46 all aluminum catamaran will be powered by twin 600hp Cummins diesel engines coupled to twin Hamilton 322 water-jets and Hamilton Blue Arrow Controls. The boat features a fully enclosed cabin complete with three shock mitigating seats, galley, dinette, head, shower and a workstation for ROV piloting, surface-supply air monitoring and Diver Recall System operation.

Dive Boat Company Found Negligent

Everything was going swimmingly for California couple Michael and Lynda Evans on a diving excursion 5 miles off Florida’s Key Largo -- until they surfaced to find the boat that took them to sea had left without them. The couple endured 26 hours clinging to a steel tower on a remote reef before being spotted by a passing pleasure craft and picked up by a state wildlife officer. The dive company’s owner, Ricardo Investments Corp., pleaded guilty to grossly negligent operation of the dive boat Aqua Nut Divers II and was sentenced to two years probation and fined $1,000, justice officials said late on Tuesday. The incident occurred in February 2000. The Evanses, experienced divers, surfaced from a first dive spot to find the boat had gone.

Dive Boat Company Found Negligent

Everything was going swimmingly for California couple Michael and Lynda Evans on a diving excursion 5 miles (8 km) off Florida’s Key Largo — until they surfaced to find the boat that took them to sea had left without them. The couple endured 26 hours clinging to a steel tower on a remote reef before being spotted by a passing pleasure craft and picked up by a state wildlife officer. The dive company’s owner, Ricardo Investments Corp., pleaded guilty to grossly negligent operation of the dive boat Aqua Nut Divers II and was sentenced to two years probation and fined $1,000, justice officials said. The incident occurred in February 2000. The Evanses, experienced divers, surfaced from a first dive spot to find the boat had gone.

Coast Guard Suspends Dive Boat Operator

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads investigators received confirmation last month that Administrative Law Judge Michael Devine agreed with the Coast Guard's arguments in a case against a local dive boat operator, resulting in the suspension of a dive boat operator's mariner credentials. The case stemmed from a recreational diving casualty that occurred June 9, 2012, aboard the Miss Lindsey, a 48-foot commercial diving vessel, near Virginia Beach. The diving casualty claimed the life of Kevin Kraemer, 55. Kraemer drowned while diving with a group of recreational divers off the inspected vessel Miss Lindsey. An investigation conducted by the Coast Guard determined administrative action would be taken against the master of the vessel…

New Dive Boat for Delaware State Police

Delaware State Police has taken delivery of its new dive boat, a RIBCRAFT 5.85. RIBCRAFT, manufacturer of professional grade rigid inflatable boats (RIBs), built the 19' RIB for the State Police's SCUBA team to be used in search and recovery missions in the many waterways of Delaware. Designed specifically as a surf rescue craft, the 5.85 is a favorite among departments for its versatility and rough water performance, the builder said. Configured specifically for the SCUBA team to provide ample deck space, the RIB features forward positioned rescue console with windscreen, open deck space to accommodate 4+ divers or Stokes baskets, robust antenna arch with integrated dive ladder, double skin tube reinforcement and dive flag signals.

Divers Lost in Fog as Dive Boat Breaks Down

RNLI lifeboat display Happisburgh: Photo courtesy of RNLI

A UK dive boat’s malfunctioning GPS & engine breakdown were the cause of two divers being lost in fog near the wreck of the ship ‘Alster’. Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre was called by a dive vessel at just after 1530 on a recent summer afternoon. They were told that the vessel’s engine and GPS had broken and it couldn’t find the two divers who were believed to be on the surface in black wets suits and marker buoys. The situation was not helped by thick fog that reduced visibility to 50 metres.

Dive boats Get Ultrajet Propulsion

Dive Boat fitted with hp Caterpillar C-18 diesel engines rated at 1800 rpm coupled to twin UltraJet 575 waterjets.

Two new 120 foot Buddy Dive Boats are fitted with Ultrajet Waterjet Propulsion systems. M.Y. Wolf Buddy and M.Y. Darwin Buddy, the newest and most spacious ‘live aboard’ dive-yachts in the archipelago of Galapagos, have been fitted with hp Caterpillar C-18 diesel engines rated at 1800 rpm coupled to twin UltraJet 575 waterjets. The vessels were custom designed by Buddy Dive and Varadero Maridueña in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Built by Astilleros Maridueña, these 120ft (37 m) aluminium…

New UK Sub Completes its First Dive

Audacious is the fourth of seven Astute-class attack submarines being built for the Royal Navy (Photo: Royal Navy)

The U.K. Royal Navy’s fourth Astute class submarine, Audacious, has completed its first ever dive, marking a milestone on the path toward full sea trials later in 2018. The trim and basin dive took place over two days in early January in Devonshire Dock, at builder BAE Systems's site in Barrow-in-Furness. The operation, which saw Audacious submerge fully underwater for the first time, allowed a team from Royal Navy, Ministry of Defense and BAE Systems to test many of the sub’s onboard systems, and proved the safety and stability of the 7,400-metric-ton, 97-meter-long attack submarine.

Townsend Bay Launches First in Series

Townsend Bay Marine (TBM) has launched the first in a series of 73-ft. SportBoats. Built for an overseas client to be used as a diveboat, the boat exceeded contract requirements and can reach 50 knots with a pair of MTU power plants driving Lips waterjets. The vessel is the first ever to make use of the new Lips composite jetdrives, which save weight and promise lower maintenance cost. "We are very pleased with the performance of the boat and her propulsion package," stated Paul Zeusche, TBM general manager. "The waterjets make an exciting package for all boating conditions, including those in the Northwest where floating debris often threatens traditional screw installations." Zeusche noted that TBM has already begun construction of a second SportBoat for a U.S. client.

Moose Boats Deliver LAPD Police Boat

M1-46 Catamaran Dive Boat: Photo credit Los Angeles Police Dept.

San Francisco Bay area-based Moose Boats recently delivered a new M1-46 Catamaran Dive Boat to Los Angeles Police Department. At 46 feet in length, the M1-46 is the largest vessel of the Moose Boats fleet to date. The M1-46 all aluminum catamaran, with a maximum speed of 38 knots, is powered by twin 600hp Cummins diesel engines coupled to twin Hamilton 322 water-jets and Hamilton Blue Arrow Controls. The boat features a fully enclosed cabin complete with three shock mitigating seats…

Innovative Diver Building Versatile Utility/Dive Boats

"It takes about two 12-hour days to clean the nearly flat bottom of a 1,300 x 200-ft. super tanker," says John Templet, founder of Commercial Divers in Pasgagula Miss., "and another one-and-a-half days to clean the underwater sides. Of course this depends on what type of paint, how old it is and the type of waters that ship has been in. Commercial Marine Divers does a wide range of work, much of it relating to the oil business and offshore rigs, but it is in the hull cleaning that Template has made them the innovators. Starting his firm in 1976 he was frustrated with the efficiencies of the older style rotating wire brush hull cleaning machines. "I figured there must be a better way," he says.

Innovative Diver Building Versatile Utility/Dive Boats

"It takes about two 12-hour days to clean the nearly flat bottom of a 1,300 x 200-ft. super tanker," says John Templet, founder of Commercial Divers in Pasgagula Miss., "and another one-and-a-half days to clean the underwater sides. Of course this depends on what type of paint, how old it is and the type of waters that ship has been in. Commercial Marine Divers does a wide range of work, much of it relating to the oil business and offshore rigs, but it is in the hull cleaning that Template has made them the innovators. Starting his firm in 1976 he was frustrated with the efficiencies of the older style rotating wire brush hull cleaning machines. "I figured there must be a better way," he says.

UK Yacht, Dredger Collide: One Person Missing

Photo courtesy of MCA

Thames Coastguard is coordinating a search after a yacht was in collision with a dredger approximately 1 mile off Felixstowe on the east coast of England. One person on board the yacht was pulled to safety, however another person is unaccounted for at this time, informs the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency. The Felixstowe Coastguard Rescue Team, three lifeboats - two from Harwich, one from Walton - two pilot boats, a dive boat, the search and rescue helicopter from RAF Wattisham along with a number of other vessels in the area are currently involved in the search.

Blyth Workcats Delivers New Dive Boat

Laura Dean is a new 11-meter dive boat for the Mevagh Dive Center (Photo courtesy of Blyth Workcats)

Blyth Workcats of Canvey Island, U.K. has delivered a new 11-meter dive boat to the Mevagh Dive Center in County Donegal on the west coast of Ireland. The new boat has now begun work transporting groups of up to 12 divers to sites along the Atlantic coast of Ireland where numerous wrecks make it an interesting but challenging region for recreational divers. The Laura Dean is powered by two Iveco N67 420 hp engines and features a hull design developed for optimal performance while…

Marine Joiner Contractors

Mark A. Robicheaux, Inc., Marine Joiner Contractors, located in Morgan City, La., provides custom marine joiner services. Two companies have been added to the service family to provide more complete and controlled joiner packages. Robicheaux Manufacturing offers custom/modular yacht and plastic laminate marine furniture and millwork, and Robicheaux Insulation Systems provides insulation installations for the marine, industrial and offshore industries. The contracting segment of the business has completed marine projects, including offshore living quarters, jack-up marine vessel quarters, workboat and crewboat interiors, dive boat interiors and dinner cruise, yacht and casino vessel interiors.

Ribcraft Delivered to Boston Fire Dept.

Photo courtesy Ribcraft

Ribcraft, manufacturer of professional grade rigid inflatable boats for law enforcement, safety professionals, and military agencies, announced the delivery of a specialized 30-ft Ribcraft 9.0 dive boat to the City of Boston Fire Department. The mission specific RIB was delivered to the Boston Fire Department's Rescue Dive Team for search and rescue operations. Given the large active harbor with considerable commercial and recreational traffic, countless wharves and marinas, and many harbor islands and recreational areas within the city's jurisdiction…

LA Port Police Contract with All American Marine for Dive and Patrol Catamaran

dive and patrol catamaran

All American Marine, Inc. is pleased to announce their latest vessel contract awarded by the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Department for a new dive and patrol catamaran. The 65’ x 24’ aluminum catamaran will be used by the LA Port Police dive team and will feature Teknicraft Design’s signature hull shape and hydrofoil technology. The design of the vessel is based upon the previously built R/V Shearwater and R/V Fulmar, which are operated by NOAA throughout California’s four National Marine Sanctuaries.

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