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Kvichak Marine Industries News

Kvichak Contracted for Shallow Draft Tender

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Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc. was recently awarded a contract by Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation (NSEDC) to build an all-aluminum 66’ Shallow Draft Tender to be used for multiple fisheries in and around Norton Sound, Ak.  Designed by Kvichak Marine, the 66’ x 25’ tender will be powered by twin Cummins QSM11 marine diesel engines rated for 450 BHP at 2100 RPM. The engines are coupled to ZF 360 transmissions that drive NiBrAl four-blade propellers.  Delivery is scheduled for the spring of 2014. kvichak.com  

Wegener Appointed as Regional Manager at Kvichak

Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc. announces the opening of its East Coast Support Office with the appointment of Carl F. Wegener as Regional Manager. Wegener was formally the Sales & Marketing Manager at Austal USA in Mobile, AL. Keith Whittemore of Kvichak comments, “With the success of Kvichak’s business over the last few years in the Gulf, Great Lakes and Eastern Seaboard, it only makes sense to have a support office in the East to represent and support our projects and Carl Wegener was the perfect match for this expansion.”

Reid Joins Kvichak

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Carol Reid has joined Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc. as their Marketing Services Manager.  In her position she is responsible for all company related marketing, promotional and advertising functions. Prior to accepting the position she was in sales and marketing at Swiftsure Yachts, a premier full service yacht brokerage in Seattle, Wa.  In addition to a lifelong involvement in boating, Carol brings to Kvichak over eight years of direct experience in the marine industry.

Parker Sales Manager at Kvichak

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Kvichak Marine Industries in Seattle, Washi. announced the appointment of Art Parker as Sales Manager with a focus on North American business development.  Parker has 30 years experience in the aluminum boatbuilding business and has been with the Kvichak sales and marketing team for 15 years. (www.kvichak.com)  

Kvichak Marine Appoints Kolb to Sales

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Kvichak Marine Industries in Seattle Washington announces the appointment of Tim Kolb to their sales team.  Kolb has been with Kvichak for five years as a project manager.  His most recent projects included three 72-ft pilot boats for the Dutch Pilotage Organization in the Netherlands and the Bridge Erection Boat prototypes currently undergoing testing by the US Army, Tank-Automotive & Armaments Command.  Tim brings to us 10 years of experience in the aluminum boat building business.   

Kvichak Marine Delivers BEB Prototypes

Kvichak Marine Industries of Seattle, WA, recently delivered three Bridge Erection Boat (BEB) prototypes to the United States Army, Tank-Automotive & Armaments Command (TACOM).  Kvichak was chosen along with two other companies to construct the prototype boats.  Each boat is currently undergoing extensive testing and evaluations at the Army Test Center in Aberdeen, MD. The testing process will last for up to 270 days.  TACOM intends to award a contract for a fleet of approximately 440 BEB crafts to replace its existing fleet in 2012.

MN 100: Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc.

Kvichak Marine Industries Inc. responds quickly to new customer requirements, works with potential customers to develop complete specifications, and ultimately delivers the best suited product for the mission. Kvichak builds a variety of vessels for multiple Federal agencies as well as state and local municipalities. To effectively maintain Kvichak’s reputation as a world-class boat builder, Kvichak currently has four divisions, Headquarters/Seattle Facility, Response Boat Medium Division, KMI Leasing Company, LLC, Kvichak/Marco Pollution Control, and Flashmark Tech cutting facility.

Kvichak Delivers 65' Passenger Catamaran

Kvichak Marine Industries, of Seattle, WA, recently delivered the P/V “Tecopa”, a 65’ passenger catamaran for the Chemehuevi Transit Authority of Lake Havasu, California. The vessel operates as a ferry on Lake Havasu, with ports of call at Lake Havasu City on the Arizona side and at Havasu Landing on the California side. Tecopa was sea trialed in Seattle then disassembled and loaded on two trucks and shipped to Havasu Landing, CA where it was reassembled by Kvichak with support from the tribe. Her maiden voyage was on Dec 3, 2012.

Kvichak Delivers Pilot Boat to Savannah

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Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc., of Seattle, Wash., recently delivered PV Georgia, a 64' all-aluminum Pilot Boat to the Savannah Pilots Association of Savannah, Ga. Georgia is the second vessel built by Kvichak for the Savannah Pilots. Designed by Camarc Design, U.K., Georgia is powered by twin MTU 12V2000 engines rated for 1,450 BHP each with Hamilton 521 waterjets and ZF 3050 marine gears. Kvichak said this combination allows for excellent maneuverability with a top speed of approximately 35 knots.

EBDG Adds to Team

Roy Neyman has joined Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) as Project Manager, bringing with him nearly thirty years of marine industry experience with both government and commercial ship design, construction, and operation projects. David Wright has joined EBDG also, bringing more than 16 years of drafting and design experience. In his role as Marine Designer he is currently supporting the design of a series of landing craft vessels that will soon begin construction at Kvichak Marine Industries.

Kvichak Appoints Larsen to QA Dept.

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Kvichak Marine Industries in Seattle, Washington announces the appointment of Mike Larsen to our Quality Assurance (QA) department. Larsen will be responsible for the QA plan, in process inspections and documentation control for the on-going Transportable Port Security Boat (TPSB) contract with the U.S. Coast Guard. Prior to joining Kvichak, Larsen was with Aluminum Chambered Boats (ACB) in Bellingham as a project manager for multiple boat projects with the U.S. military. When ACB closed its doors last year…

Crowley Orders Hovercraft from Kvichak

Griffon Hovercraft Ltd. of Southampton, U.K. has licensed Kvichak Marine Industries of Seattle, Wash. to manufacture its range of diesel engine-powered amphibious hovercraft. Through its licensing agreement with Kvichak Marine and its exclusive sales agent in the U.S., Griffon Hovercraft-USA, Griffon Hovercraft Ltd. is able to improve access to the U.S. market for domestic build requirement projects, and Kvichak Marine in turn gains access to the largest range of hovercraft available in the world to manufacture - possibly in the world's largest market. The first order for a Kvichak-built Griffon hovercraft has already been confirmed and building has commenced.

Kvichak Builds Second Long Beach Transit Water Taxi

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The brightly painted Aqualink built by Kvichak Marine Industries (KMI) and designed by Incat Crowther of Australia, has been in operation by Long Beach Transit (LBT) shuttling visitors and commuters between the Long Beach downtown/waterfront area to Alamitos Bay Landing since 2001. This water taxi has lead LBT back to Kvichak to build a second boat to add to their fleet and route expansion. Aqualink II an all-aluminum, 65-ft x 24-ft fully-enclosed catamaran is currently under construction at Kvichak Marine Industries.

Police Patrol Boat Delivered by Kvichak Marine

Patrol Boat 28: Photo credit Kvichak Marine Industries

Kvichak Marine Industries deliver the 'Patrol 28', a 28’x 9’3” all-aluminum vessel to the Boston Police Department Harbor Unit (BPD). Designed by Kvichak/Amgram Ltd., UK and built by Kvichak Marine, the Patrol 28 is effective for operation in port and coastal waters, including shallow areas. Missions for the Patrol 28 include search and rescue, border patrol and maritime security. Powered by twin Honda 225 hp VTEC outboards, the Patrol 28 cruises at speeds over 45 knots.

Seattle City Light Contract for Kvichak Marine

Seattle City Light has awarded a contract to Kvichak Marine Industries to build a 25.8-ft push boat designed by Kvichak Marine to operate with the service barge at the Diablo Dam in the North Cascades. The hull and superstructure will be constructed of marine grade aluminum alloy plate and extrusions. Two vertical push knees will be located at the bow. The knees will be padded by 6” D-section rubber. A 1,500 lb davit with manual winch will be mounted on the stern. The push boat will be powered by twin John Deere 300 hp turbo charged diesel engines with stainless steel props in enclosed nozzles, allowing for speed of 8 knots while pushing the barge. Delivery is scheduled for July 2010. Length, o.a.

Kvichak Names Kirby as Proposal Manager

Kevin Kirby, Kvichak proposal manager.

Kvichak Marine Industries in Seattle Washington announces the appointment of Kevin Kirby as their new proposal manager. Kevin has been with Kvichak for over 2 years as a project lead engineer. His most recent projects include the recently launched 67’ Connor Foss Pilot Boat, a 54’ hydrofoil catamaran, the 30’ Rapid Response Skimmers and the Bridge Erection Boat prototypes currently undergoing testing by the US Army. Prior to Kvichak Kevin was with SAFE boats for 8 years where he worked on multiple aluminum boat projects for the United States Navy…

Kvichak to Build Pilot Boat for Savannah Pilots Association

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Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc., of Seattle, WA, was recently awarded a contract to build a 64' all-aluminum Pilot Boat for the Savannah Pilots Association of Savannah, GA. For more than 140 years, the Savannah Pilots Association has safely guided vessels on the 25 ½ mile journey from the sea to the port of Savannah. They require vessels with excellent sea keeping ability and maneuverability even in the worst of sea conditions, and again they are turning to Kvichak. Designed by Camarc Design…

Kvichak Marine, Wash. Manufacturer of the Year

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Kvichak Marine Industries has received the first annual Manufacturer of the Year award for Washington State in the large companies category. This award was presented by Seattle Business magazine on May 27.

Kvichak Delivers Skimmers to the Navy

Kvichak Marine, Industries, Inc. recently constructed and delivered two Rapid Response Skimmers to the U.S. Navy, which were purchased on Kvichak’s GSA schedule. Including this delivery, the Navy owns and operates over 70 Kvichak-built skimmers worldwide. The all-aluminum vessel is 30.25 ft in length with an eight-ft beam and can be transported on a trailer. Powered by twin Yamaha 4-stroke, 60hp outboard engines, the skimmer is designed to have a response speed of about 17 knots. During spill response and recovery operations the skimmer utilizes the Marco Filterbelt recovery system. Depending on the type of oil and pads used, the Filterbelt system can recover oils in the range of 50 – 400 barrels per hour. The Rapid Response Skimmer has a total recovered oil capacity of 1,000 gallons.

Kvichak Constructs Skimmers for Gulf Spill

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Kvichak Marine Industries is currently constructing a run of approximately 30 rapid response oil skimmers fitted with Marco Pollution Control CL-1 Filterbelt oil recovery modules for customers responding to the Gulf oil spill. The Kvichak/Marco Filterbelt is suited for high volume recovery of the oil types encountered in this spill. Kvichak is expecting over 100 skimming vessels utilizing the Filterbelt to be in operation on this spill in the coming weeks. This specialized system is adaptable to a variety of marine spill scenarios and is able to recover a very wide range of spills…

Kvichak’s New Facility, Flashmark Tech

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Kvichak Marine Industries, a Seattle workboat builder, was a recipient of an ARRA small shipyard grant awarded in August 2009. One of the improvements to Kvichak funded by this grant is a new state of the art cutting table and brake which the company has located into a newly leased facility located in the South Park area of Seattle. Flashmark Tech, a division of Kvichak Marine, is now in full production. This new facility has a 16-ft 325 ton 2 Axis CNC Press break and a 10-ft by 60-ft high speed router table with integrated Galvo laser marking system.

Kvichak Quality Returns to Bristol Bay

32'Top House Gillnetter

Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc. announced the start of a production run of 32’ Bristol Bay Gillnetters for the 2015 season. This new, top house design all-aluminum 32’ x 16’ jet propelled gillnetter is a product of the Kvichak design team and will be powered by twin Volvo D11 EVEC-E engines rated for 510 BHP coupled to ZF 305-3 marine gears and  Hamilton HJ364 water jets. This fresh design will combine shallow draft capability with short transit times to the line, and the ability to maintain planning speed when partially loaded.

Kvichak Delivers Bristol Bay Gillnetter

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Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc, a Vigor Industrial Company, delivered the first of three new Bristol Bay boats. The new, top house design all-aluminum 32’ x 16’ jet propelled gillnetter is a product of the Kvichak design team and is powered by twin Volvo D11 EVEC-E engines rated for 510 BHP coupled to ZF 305-3 marine gears and  Hamilton HJ364 water jets providing a top speed of 35 knots. This new Kvichak design combines shallow draft capability with short transit times to the line, and the ability to maintain planning speed when partially loaded.

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