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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Johnson Yachts News

Palmer Johnson to Aquire Assets of Intermarine Savannah

Palmer Johnson Savannah Inc., a member of Palmer Johnson Yachts group of companies, has signed a purchase agreement to acquire substantially all assets of BCT Real Estate and Savannah Shipyard, operating as Intermarine Savannah. Bpalmer Johnson’s acquisition of the 21-acre site in Savannah, a covered graving dock 535 ft. by 73 ft., capable of drydocking just about any yacht in the world, a high-roofed main construction building more than 600 ft. long, 700 ft. of covered docks and a 1,000-ton marine railway.

Shipbuilders Awarded Training Funds

A pair of grants totaling nearly $58,000 will be used to train 245 workers at two shipbuilders in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., the Business Journal of Milwaukee reported. The Workforce Advancement Training Grants from the Wisconsin Technical College System were awarded to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) in Green Bay. The funds will be used for training workers from Bay Shipbuilding Co., a manufacturer of commercial ships, and yacht maker Palmer Johnson Yachts.. A $31,008 grant will enable NWTC to provide welding training, blueprint reading-measurement training, and supervisory training to 187 welders, journey workers and supervisors at Bay Shipbuilding Co., a subsidiary of Manitowoc Co. Inc. that specializes in large ship construction projects.

Palmer Johnson Yatchs Shuts Sturgeon Bay, Moves to Europe

Image:  Palmer Johnson Yachts

Luxury yacht manufacturer Palmer Johnson Yachts is closing its production facilities in Sturgeon Bay because of dwindling sales and competition from overseas. In a plant closing notice filed Wednesday with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the company said sales had fallen and offshore competition had escalated. The closures will result in the loss of about 100 jobs. Palmer Johnson said it will cooperate with the Department of Workforce Development to help employees find other jobs. The shutdown will take place in phases starting about Oct. 31.

Palmer Johnson Chairman Emeritus Mike Kelsey, Sr., Dies

The people of Palmer Johnson Yachts and family, friends and colleagues from around the world are mourning the loss of Chairman Emeritus Mike Kelsey, Sr., who died Sunday, July 21. Mike Kelsey, Sr., was large responsible for building the company into one of the world’s leading custom yacht brands, as a yacht builder and also a provider of yacht refit/repair services, brokerage, chandlery and related support services. Kelsey’s son, Mike Kelsey, Jr., who is now worldwide director of sales for the company, said “I am so lucky to have had him for a dad and teacher. He taught so many people about our business. Phil Friedman, current president and CEO of Palmer Johnson, said that Mike Kelsey represented the true spirit of Palmer Johnson. “We’re all very saddened,” he said.

DT&F: Expanding New Yacht Construction Business in U.S.

Following its assessment of activity at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show, Dwight Tracy & Friends Yacht Sales announced expansion of its program for representing new construction shipyards, both in the U.S. and Europe. “The current strength of the euro against the U.S. dollar, and the current situation in our domestic new yacht market, makes this a time of opportunity for European yacht buyers in search of first-quality vessels. The key, however, to a successful buying experience is to have representation that is knowledgeable and experienced.

Andrew Mund Named AdvanTec Marine Technical Director

Andrew Mund

Licensed Professional Engineer and Naval Architect Andrew Mund has been named AdvanTec Marine's Technical Director.In this role Mr. Mund will extend his commitment to the industry by expanding his offerings to a wider client base, leading marine engineering and design initiatives for all five of the companies that make up the AdvanTec Marine family:  Diamond Sea Glaze; Freeman Marine; Manly Marine; Pacific Coast Marine and Steelhead Marine. Mr. Mund's early career days were spent as a naval architect.

ZF Marine Introduces ZF 9000 Series

The new ZF 9000 Series transmissions from ZF Marine are the latest in a long history of industry leading marine transmissions designed to handle the demands of high-power engines. With its design flexibility, the ZF 9000 Series is suited for any vessel – including patrol craft, fast ferries, and luxury yachts – that require compact, lightweight, high-performance propulsion. The series is available in several configurations, including parallel offset (vertical or horizontal), down-angle, and V-drive, and offers ratios of approximately 1.5 to 5.2.

Jo Johnson Becomes UK Shipping Minister

Photo: Jo Johnson's Official Twitter Account

UK Prime Minister Theresa May reshuffled the cabinet replacing John Hayes as the shipping minister with Jo Johnson. Later the government sources confirmed that Jo Johnson was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Transport and Minister for London on 9 January 2018. Jo was Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation from July 2016 to January 2018. He was elected Conservative MP for Orpington in May 2010 and re-elected in May 2015. May announced her intention to refresh the cabinet last week.

Palmer Johnson, Atlantic Dry Dock Team Up

Palmer Johnson Savannah and Atlantic Dry Dock Corp. have entered into a joint effort via a letter of intent for the establishment of Palmer Johnson @Atlantic (PJA) on the site of the 60-acre Atlantic Shipyard facility near Jacksonville, Fla. The new Palmer Johnson division will specialize in providing service and refit for yachts measuring 197 ft. (60 m) or larger. According to Phil Friedman, president and CEO of Palmer Johnson, the new venture will be able to haul, service and refit basically any yacht in the world. "The combination of Palmer Johnson's highly skilled finish craftsmanship and yacht project management expertise with Atlantic's extensive shipyard experience and facilities will produce a capability second to none in the world," Friedman said.

Damen Yacht Support Vessel Game Changer Sold

Game Changer. Photo: Damen

Dutch shipyard Damen has confirmed the successful sale of its 70-meter support vessel, Game Changer. The yacht will now return to Gorinchem in the Netherlands for further customisation. Game Changer  is Damen's fourth Yacht Support vessel sold in the 70-metre segment, proving the ongoing demand for large yachting solutions for worldwide adventures, helicopter and dive operations. Damen has a total of 12 Damen Yacht Support vessels delivered or in build. The next available Yacht Support vessel is a 55-metre YS 5009 Adventure, which will be delivered before the summer this year.

Palmer Johnson Teams Up With Atlantic Dry Dock For SuperYacht Refit Facility

Palmer Johnson Savannah and Atlantic Dry Dock Corp. have entered into a joint effort via a letter of intent for the establishment of Palmer Johnson @Atlantic (PJA) on the site of the 60-acre Atlantic Shipyard facility near Jacksonville, Fla. The new Palmer Johnson division will specialize in providing service and refit for yachts measuring 197 ft. (60 m) or larger. According to Phil Friedman, president and CEO of Palmer Johnson, the new venture will be able to haul, service and refit basically any yacht in the world. "The combination of Palmer Johnson's highly skilled finish craftsmanship and yacht project management expertise with Atlantic's extensive shipyard experience and facilities will produce a capability second to none in the world," Friedman said.

Palmer Johnson To Acquire Two Companies

Palmer Johnson, Inc. announced this week the signing of a letter of intent to acquire two companies: Richman Marine, Inc., a worldwide yacht chandlery company, and Global Yacht Fuel Inc., an international fuel bunkering company. Both companies are based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. According to Palmer Johnson’s President and Chief Executive, Phil Friedman, the acquisitions expand the size and scope of Palmer Johnson’s On Call yacht chandlery and logistical support unit. With the latest acquisitions, Palmer Johnson On Call becomes one of the most comprehensive yacht service and support operations available.

Palmer Johnson Introduces Sport Yacht Series

Palmer Johnson, luxury yacht builder, has a new president and is introducing a new line of sport yachts. Mike Kelsey, Jr. was elected president of the Sturgeon Bay, Wisc. yacht builder in June 2004. Kelsey's grandfather, Patrick Haggerty, founder of Texas Instruments, purchased the yard in 1961. Kelsey's father Mike Kelsey, Sr. immediately went to work for Haggerty and passed the knowledge of fine yacht building down to his son. While there have been tough financial times at Palmer Johnson during recent years, the younger Kelsey believes the company's new line of sport yachts is a winner. At last year's Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, Palmer Johnson introduced Cover Drive, a very sleek 120-ft. sport yacht.

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…

Real Ships Yachts Expands in European

Real Ships, the custom steel boatbuilder in Alabama, now offers its American-made yachts to the European cruising market. Aventura, a 77 ft Expedition produced by Joe Johnson’s Real Ships, debuted at the October Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. Heikki Luoma’s Compass International, Palma de Mallorca-based dealership in Spain, will now provide exclusive European representation for Real Ships yachts. Compass International has been offering brokerage, mooring, charter, and…

Palumbo Buys Mondomarine

Photo: Mondomarine Shipyard

Italian yard Palumbo Group has acquired the former Mondomarine facility in Savona on an initial six-month lease, reports local media. "By leasing the business unit of the Savona shipyard, Palumbo Group will grant the restart of the shipyard's activities, along with the immediate reinstatement of nine employees." Palumbo Group explained in a statement. The deal saves 9 jobs from the Italian shipyard that went into liquidation towards the end of 2017, which put a total of 57 jobs at risk.

Roy Sea Joins IYC

Roy Sea, IYC Florida and California Licensed Yacht Broker.

Roy Sea Joins IYC as Florida and California Licensed Yacht Broker. International Yacht Collection (IYC) has announced that, effective immediately, Roy Sea joins the global yachting firm as a Florida and California Licensed Yacht Broker. With a yachting background that spans forty years, Roy Sea has expertise in many of the world’s leading yacht brands and brokerages: Broward, Burger Boat Company, Christensen, Feadship, Jarrett Bay Yacht Sales (Hatteras, Grand Banks and Albemarle), Merrill Stevens, Ocean Alexander, Palmer Johnson, Vicem USA and Viking to name but a few.

Delta Debuts New Yacht: Invictus

Photo: Delta

Delta announced the delivery of their newest 66-meter yacht, Invictus. Latin for “unconquerable,” Invictus is homage to the indomitable spirit at the heart of the 19th century poem by William Ernest Hemley. According to Delta, the yacht is strikingly beautiful, flawlessly conceived and profoundly powerful. At over 1,900 gross ITC and with a 43’ beam, Invictus is a masterwork in design balance, cutting a supremely graceful silhouette of elegant lines, sculptural shapes and accelerating curves, the builder said.

Tenacity Hits the Water

The Burger Boat Company fleet launched Tenacity in early June. The Johnson’s of Minnesota are owners of the new Burger-built 116-ft. Raised Pilothouse yacht. Tenacity is a traditionally styled, four stateroom, raised pilothouse motor yacht with raised-panel Makoré (African Cherry) throughout and Madrone burl wood accent panels. The galley allows ample space to provide a center island bar, dinette forward with a split table and luxury appliances. The electronics package includes black boxes, a Furuno dual frequency deep water sonar, a night vision camera and a chart plotter that is accessible through plasma TV’s in the main salon, galley and Captain’s stateroom. There are two cranes on the boat deck: one for launching the 17.5 ft. (5.3 m) tender and the other for launching the water toys.

Viking Receives 2,600 bhp MTU Series 2000

Viking Yacht Company is the first in North America to take delivery of MTU 16V 2000 M94 engines. The first of the 16V configurations, which has a standard setting 2,600 bhp at 2,450 rpm, has been delivered to Viking Yacht Company for installation in a new 82-ft Sportfishing vessel. MTU distributor Johnson and Towers delivered a pair of the engines to Viking’s New Gretna, N.J. facility, where the vessel is being built. According to Johnson and Towers senior vice president Bob Shomo, Viking has been a longtime supporter of MTU’s Series 2000 engines.

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…

Knight & Carver Launches Custom Technologies

Knight & Carver YachtCenter has announced the formation of Custom Technologies. Operating as a stand-alone division of the company and serving its core customers’ desires for the latest and most advanced entertainment systems, Knight & Carver Custom Technologies will provide clients with a wide array of high-end systems. These state-of-the-art systems will include ambient lighting and music, large-screen hi-definition TV screens, satellite radio, Internet, email, Dolby-sound cinema theaters, mood lighting in every room, security systems, temperature controls, as well as the finest in on-board and external communications and related amenities. Each system will be customized and fully integrated for the maximum ease, comfort and convenience of the yacht’s owner and guests.

Crowley Receives Customer Service Award

Crowley Liner Services has been honored with SC Johnson's "Outstanding Customer Service Award" for 2001. Crowley's Gunter Majzner, senior account manager, and Greig Havern, senior account executive, recently accepted the award on behalf of the company at SC Johnson's corporate headquarters in Racine, Wis. Crowley was selected for this award by maintaining the high levels of customer service required in SC Johnson's carrier partnership program. Performance criteria in which Crowley excelled included sailing schedule integrity, documentation, customer service and equipment availability and condition. "This is wonderful recognition for the corporation, and in particular all of the Crowley employees who service the SC Johnson account," Majzner said.

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