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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Image Marine To Build 'True North'

Image Marine has announced a contract for a live-aboard adventure vessel for North Star Cruises.The repeat contract demonstrates the confidence the client has in Image Marine’s expertise in this specialist field. North Star Cruises took delivery of its first live-aboard, the Image Marine-built ‘True North’, in January 1999. With capacity for 28 passengers in 14 cabins, the 34.5 metre vessel has proved hugely successful cruising the remote Kimberley region of North Western Australia and led to North Star Cruises’ reputation as one of the most renowned tourist operations in Australia. North Star Cruises Director, Mr Craig Howson said Image Marine was an obvious choice to build the vessel.

Seacraft Shipyard Sends Off Dive Yacht

Seacraft Shipyard Corporation, based in Amelia, La. delivered its recent newbuild, M/V Cayman Aggressor IV. Constructed to transport and support recreational scuba divers, the 100 ft. live-aboard dive yacht is the newest of its kind. The vessel boasts yacht quality furnishings, and is the first in a new generation of luxury in the live-aboard diving business. Certified for ocean service, and compliant to USCG, ABS and SOLAS standards, Cayman Agressor's upper deck houses bridge controls, covered self-service bar, hot tub and sun deck. The main deck is comprised of the pilothouse dining room, galley and dive deck. Eight staterooms are included as well. Propulsion is supplied by a pair of GM engines with an auxiliary power from two, vibration isolated, GM generator sets.

Image Marine Delivers Island Explorer

Image Marine’s has delivered of a 128 ft. (39 m) aluminium catamaran for operation in the coastal waters of the Maldives. The Island Explorer will add an exciting new dimension to the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts group’s award winning property in the Maldives. Designed as a mini ‘floating hotel’, the vessel provides comfortable accommodation for up to 22 passengers, and in essence adds a brand new, all waterfront wing to the existing Four Seasons Resort Maldives Kuda Huraa. Image Marine’s Sales Manager, Mark Stothard, said the concept has numerous benefits for resort and hotel operations in similar island and coastal regions. “By placing a quality live-aboard vessel offshore…

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…

Thai Dive Boat Sinks in Andaman Sea +20 Rescued

MV Blue Star: Photo courtesy of Chalong Sea Sports

The MV Blue Star, belonging to Chalong Sea Sports, caught fire and sank in Burmese waters while on a week-long dive trip. All 20 or so people on board are safe, though they lost their belongings, and a great deal of expensive dive gear is understood to have gone down with the boat, reports the Phuket Gazette. The Blue Star was a 28-metre live-aboard vessel with 13 cabins capable of accommodating up to 26 passengers. She had a maximum speed on 10 knots. Citing the Finnish principal of Chalong Sea Sports…

Call for Changes to SOLAS to Combat Piracy

Prominent UK and US maritime lawyer and maritime author Dr John A.C. Cartner is calling on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to enact changes to the Safety at Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) to combat the continuing problem of piracy facing the global merchant fleet by allowing ships to carry armed guards. Piracy is a growing phenomenon with 1,181 seafarers captured and eight killed in 2010. According to Dr Cartner, managing member of Washington-based law firm Cartner & Fiske LLC, under SOLAS and other laws it is a ship master’s doctrinal duty to protect the lives of those aboard his ship, but that he may not currently lawfully do this with private armed guards.

Alert! Issue No. 34: Improved Conditions and Safer Ships

The need for seafarers to have decent living conditions is enshrined in the new Maritime Labor Convention (MLC), but the latest issue of the International Maritime Human Element Bulletin Alert! explains why habitability is important for reasons of efficiency and safety. The MLC gives port state inspectors power to detain vessels that do not conform to decent habitability standards and provides a strict regulatory framework to ensure that seafarers live in decent conditions. Alert! also explains other benefits, including ensuring crews can work more efficiently. Issue No.34 is packed with useful information about this important topic, which is more complicated than merely providing each seafarer with a cabin and a bunk.

High Speed Fishing/Dive Catamaran Delivered to Asia

The most recent application of Image Marine’s expertise in producing custom vessels for comfort and recreation afloat is a 72-ft. (22 m) aluminium catamaran destined for the waters of South East Asia. While live-aboard dive boats and dinner cruisers continue to generate widespread acclaim for Image’s tourism vessels among commercial operators, this latest completion has been built and outfitted to meet the needs of a private owner. Image Marine’s Sales Manager, Mark Stothard, explains that the trade and private spheres share some common requirements. “Regardless of whether the boat is intended for personal enjoyment or profit-making, owners want a boat that will be comfortable, reliable, well-built, economical to operate and easy to maintain.

CBMM Opens New Tugboat Exhibit April 21

“Push and Pull: Life on Chesapeake Tugboats,” opens as a new exhibit on Saturday, April 21 in the Steamboat Building of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD. The Chesapeake is a highway for tugs and barges, and for the large ships aided by tugs in port. The exhibit explores the lives of the men and women who work on these tugboats and the variety of ways tugs are used around the Chesapeake. In addition to interactive displays along with the images and stories of life on tugboats…

Coast Guard Finds Stranded Sailor on Barge

Russell Bolton, 51, of Green Cove Springs, Fla., tells boarding officers about his ordeal. The Coast Guard received a call from the tug Ybor City from Jacksonville, Fla., reporting they had a stowaway aboard the 115-foot barge they were towing. A Coast Guard boarding team along with a Customs and Border Protection officer thought they were going to detain a possible stow away. Actually, Bolton's sailing vessel collided with the barge before sunrise that morning. Bolton had to jump aboard the barge to keep from falling in the water. Coast Guard and CBP officers verified the man's story and took him back to shore. Coast Guard photo by PA1 Donnie Brzuska. The Coast Guard has removed a man found on a barge this morning whose sailing vessel collided with a tug and barge.

A 21st Century 'Nautilus'

'Sea Orbiter' Model: Photo courtesy of SeaOrbiter Project

It could be an alien spacecraft or a 21st century version of Captain Nemo's Nautilus from Jules Verne "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," but in fact it's a live-aboard, ocean-going laboratory that could be exploring the seas as soon as late next year, says CNN in a recent news report. Called the SeaOrbiter , the research vessel is the concept of French architect Jacques Rougerie. Currently the centerpiece of France's pavilion at Expo 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea, it has spent almost 12 years floating around as a mere concept.

Coast Guard Cadets Navigate 'Eagle' by Sextant

Cadets Handling a Sextant: Photo credit USCG

US Coast Guard cadet training barque ‘Eagle’ completes its first week of the cadet summer training deployment in the Atlantic Ocean. Eagle left its homeport in New London, Conn., and sailed more than 600 miles headed to the Caribbean while under sail power and using celestial navigation. The ship’s navigator secured all means of electronic navigation, leaving the cadets to ensure they arrive at their next portcall with only a sextant and the stars. Serving as an afloat training platform for more 140 Coast Guard Academy cadets at a time…

Steam Yacht Makes First Erie Canal Voyage

The steam yacht Cangarda this week began her inaugural trip on the Erie Canal, the New York State Canal Corporation announced on May 26. The 126-ft long vessel, built in, 1901, is the last remaining U.S.-built steam yacht in America, and one of only three left in the world. "We are pleased that this storied vessel will ply the waters of the Erie Canal this year," Canal Director Brian U. Stratton said. The vessel was purchased in 1904 by George Taylor Fulford, a member of Canadian Parliament. The yacht remained with the family for many years, home ported on the family estate on the St. Lawrence River. While there, it hosted the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Kent, and the prime ministers of both England and Canada.

MLL Welcomes Aboard 50 Cadets This Summer

Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) and Farrell Lines, a subsidiary of MLL, will provide sailing opportunities this summer to 50 Cadets of U.S. maritime academies. The Cadets will be able to apply classroom lessons at sea while aboard U.S. flag commercial container and roll-on/roll-off vessels. For more than a decade, MLL has contributed to the training of future U.S. Merchant Mariners through its summer sailing program. This program is similar to a traditional internship for college students who want to familiarize themselves with their trade of interest; but these Cadets will live aboard the ships and travel to ports around the world. Cadets will take on various roles and responsibilities, including standing watch, voyage planning and cargo handling, learning from experienced American seafarers.

White House Backs El Faro Investigation

President Barack Obama (White House photo)

President Barack Obama on Wednesday offered condolences to the families of the 33 sailors presumed to have lost their lives aboard cargo ship El Faro which is believed to have sunk amid Hurricane Joaquin last week. The investigation into the incident will receive the government’s full support, the President said in a statement issued by the White House Press Secretary Office. There were 28 American citizens and five Polish nationals aboard the vessel when it lost power and communication and went missing in the path of the storm.

Bataan Departs Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Returns to Sea

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Pedro A. USS Bataan (LHD 5) left the Norfolk Naval Shipyard after an eight month dry-docked planned maintenance availability (DPMA), May 5. Some major jobs completed aboard were completion of a seawater compensated fuel system modification and upgrades to support the newest vertical/short take off and landing Marine Corps aircraft, the MV-22 Osprey. The fuel compensation modification changes the way the fuel tanks aboard the ship are emptied. As fuel is used, the emptying tanks fill with seawater, so the ship's stability is not reduced as fuel is burned while underway. "The biggest thing with this modification is stability…

Maritime and Coastguard Agency Travels to Ft. Lauderdale

The U.K. government’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency visited Fort Lauderdale during the first week of April, undertaking the oral examinations required in order to attain a U.K. MCA Certificate of Competence. The MCA’s Chief Examiner and Head of Seafarer Services and Ship Registration, Captain Roger Towner, conducted the examinations himself. Oral exams are required by the MCA in addition to completion of all of the MCA training courses. They can last up to two hours during which time the examiner can ask the candidate anything that is on the syllabus. “The candidates worked extremely hard, several having rushed from their busy lives aboard yachts, straight into the classroom for oral preparation”, said Jim Cartlidge IYT’s Head of Training.

Italian Yachbuilder WIns Chinese Boatshow Award

Altura 840: Photo credit: Ferretti Yachts

The Ferretti 570 wins award as  best motor yacht below 60 ft in length at the 2012 Xiamen International Boat Show. The prestigious Chinese Yachting Industry Award was awarded to the Ferretti 570, which was recognised as the Best Motor Yacht in the category below 60 feet in length. Moreover, Speedo Marine - the local dealer with whom the Ferretti Group displayed an Altura 840 during the Xiamen Show - was selected as the best dealer on the Chinese market. Moreover, Speedo Marine…

Beneteau Sailboat Wins Best Boat Awards

Salboat Sense 55: Photo credit Beneteau

Beneteau's 'Sense 55' voted "Best Boat 2013" and "Boat of the Year 2013" by two sailing publications. Two separate panels of judges from two premier sailing publications have confirmed that  the Beneteau Sense 55 is one incredible, horizon expanding yacht. Sail Magazine chose the Sense 55 as their "Best Boat" of the year, and Cruising World gave it the "Boat of the Year" award for the best import of 2013. All the judges were keenly impressed by the Sense 55's easy transition from salon to cockpit, massive drop-down swim platform and the feel of a multihull in a monohull design.

Wegener Joins Austal USA

Austal USA has introduced a new member to its sales team: Carl F. Wegener is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Wegener has over 15 years of experience in the marine industry having worked with companies such as Newport News Shipbuilding and United Shipbuilders of America. His sales experience in both international and domestic marine markets will be essential in the ongoing development by the Austal Group of their new generation of specialty cruise vessels; including dinner cruise, cruise yachts, and live-aboard dive vessels. Among other accomplishments throughout his career, Wegener worked as the Director of Business Development for Revere Supply Co.…

Austal Wins Contract for Passenger Catamarans

Austal Limited has secured a contract for two 136 ft. passenger/cargo catamarans for ferry operator, Ofotens og Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskad ASA (OVDS) of Norway. The two new aluminium catamarans will be built by Austal subsidiary, Image Marine and are due for delivery at the end of April 2003. Austal’s managing director, Bob McKinnon said the contract was won in very competitive circumstances, including competition from local Norwegian shipyards. “This is the second contract for a Norwegian client by the Austal group and is the result of a concerted team effort by Image and Austal sales and design staff,” McKinnon said. “OVDS' preference for an Austal product and our ability to offer a fully customized vessel were major factors in securing this order. The two 136 ft.

Austal Gets Contract For Passenger Catamarans

Austal Ships has received a contract for two 136 ft. passenger/cargo catamarans for ferry operator, Ofotens og Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskad ASA (OVDS) of Norway. Designed for difficult sea and harsh weather conditions, the two new aluminium catamarans are due for delivery at the end of April 2003 and will be built by Austal subsidiary, Image Marine. Capable of carrying 216 passengers and 30 Euro pallets (12 tons of refrigerated cargo), the two vessels will operate from the Norwegian port of Bodo. Austal’s managing director, Bob McKinnon said the contract was won in very competitive circumstances, including competition from local Norwegian shipyards.

Munson Delivers Landing Craft

The William E. Munson Co. delivered a 32 x 12 ft. Packman High Performance Landing Craft to Peter B. Wright of Juneau, Alaska. Designed as a commercial transporter and private sports boat, the vessel is designed to transport a small track-hoe excavator and construction equipment. Twin 250 hp Yamaha outboards provide a 40 knot top speed and 26 knot cruise, burning 18 gph. Additional outfitting includes a full walk-around live-aboard house, two captain's seats, 12V window defrosters and wipers, seven in. spotlight, radar, GPS, VHF, peripheral rain roof overhang, aft house roof ladder, 12V bow door winch, 12V crab pot puller, side access door and beaching wear plate. Length: 33.5 ft. Beam: 11.8 ft. Hull Draft: 19 in. Bow Door Width: 72 in. Wheelhouse: 90 x 96 in. Fuel Capacity: 250 gal.

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