RIBCRAFT Delivers New 41’ Model
Rigid inflatable boat (RIB) manufacturer RIBCRAFT has introduced the newest and largest model in its model line, the 41’ RIBCRAFT 12.5, with the recent delivery of a specialized USCG Sub Chapter T Certified tour boat to a customer in New England. Engineered as an offshore platform for tour operators, security and patrol operations, military applications and even recreational boaters, the 12.5 combines RIBCRAFT’s deep V hull and bow sheer with an extended waterline and generous beam.
Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Design Passes ABS Review
The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has completed the design review of the Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) documentation for the VolturnUS, a floating offshore wind turbine (FOWT), developed by the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center. “UMaine is pleased that its innovative design became the first floating wind turbine concrete semisubmersible hull to be reviewed by ABS, and found to meet the ABS requirements,” said Dr. Habib J. Dagher, P.E, UMaine Composites Center executive director and principal investigator.
Maria Seen Strengthening into Major Hurricane
A second powerful storm in as many weeks was bearing down on a string of battered Caribbean islands, with forecasters saying Maria would strengthen rapidly into a major hurricane as it ripped into the Leeward Islands on Monday night. Maria's strength was building as it approached the Lesser Antilles, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, estimating its winds near 90 miles per hour (145 kph). "Maria is expected to become a major hurricane as it moves through the Leeward Islands," the forecaster said, marked by "rapid strengthening" during the next 48 hours. Maria is approaching the eastern Caribbean less than two weeks after Irma hammered the region before overrunning Florida.
Massport Announces "New England-Halifax Shuttle"
The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) has announced that a new weekly cargo service connecting Boston with Halifax, Nova Scotia is set to begin June 14, connecting New England businesses to 20 major steamship lines. The “New England-Halifax Shuttle,” to be operated by American Feeder Lines (AFL), will call Conley Container Terminal every Tuesday. This is the second new service to launch at the Massport facility in less than a month. In addition to Boston, the New England-Halifax Shuttle will call Portland…
U.S. Coast Guard Warns of Hurricane Earl
As Hurricane Earl approaches New England, the Coast Guard is actively tracking the storm’s progress and urging caution and preparedness for mariners and storm watchers. Hurricane force winds, heavy surf, strong storm surges, rogue waves, rip currents and coastal flooding are predicted. Rogue waves near break walls and jetties are particularly hazardous to beach-goers during hurricane conditions. Sudden large waves can easily sweep storm watchers into the water or drag vessels off moorings or piers.
GL Garrad Hassan as Wind Power Forecaster
In order to manage wind generation in its real-time and day-ahead markets, the system operator for the New England area of the U.S., ISO New England Inc., has awarded GL Garrad Hassan a two-year contract to provide wind power forecasting services to all wind in the ISO’s footprint, including generation within the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. GL Garrad Hassan is in the beginning stages of this project for the ISO, with plans to begin first forecast delivery in 2012. Accurate forecasting is the key to the management of any generation source that inherently depends on the variability of the weather, requiring advanced short-term prediction of generation to make it approach the manageability of conventional electricity sources.
HAL Launches ‘Discover Canada & New England’
Holland America Line launched a “Discover Canada & New England Sweepstakes” that will award five of the line’s Pinterest followers a $500 American Express gift card. The sweepstakes runs through Sept. 20, 2014, and the winners will be selected in a random drawing at the end of September. Participants can visit the Discover Canada & New England tab on Holland America Line’s Facebook page and choose their favorite Canada & New England highlight photo from a selection of six colorful and captivating images.
Harley Joins SI-Tex Sales, New England
SI-Tex announced that marine electronics industry veteran Chris Harley has joined its team of sales professionals, representing the company’s full line of sounders, autopilots, radar, chart plotters, AIS and more to Marine Electronics Dealers across the New England Region. Harley brings with him a wealth of related experience — both in the marine electronics industry and the unique aspects of the New England market. While Harley maintains his own highly successful marine rep firm (C.
Wickes to Represent New England Ropes
New England Ropes announced that Wickes Marine will now Represent New England Ropes Pleasure Marine products throughout the east coast region. Wickes Marine’s main office is centrally located in Tiverton, RI and they also have additional offices and personnel located throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic which allows them to support accounts from Maine down through the Carolinas. “Wickes Marine allows us to increase our service to our existing customers. Bill Wickes and his team have great industry knowledge and experience that will help New England Ropes as we expand our product portfolio”, added Kevin Coughlin, Pleasure Marine Market Manager.
EPA Awards Nearly $2 Mln for Clean Repowers
Three New England projects have been awarded nearly two million dollars under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) competitive national grant competition to reduce diesel emissions. The grants, totaling $1,975,000, were made under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). The funding will assist the Connecticut Maritime Foundation, the Massachusetts Port Authority and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in marine vessel repowering and vehicle replacement projects. Diesel engines contribute significantly to air pollution, especially in urban areas. The fine particles in diesel exhaust pose serious health risks, including aggravated asthma and other respiratory symptoms. Children are especially vulnerable to these effects.
USCG Sector Northern New England Change of Command
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Northern New England’s crew will receive a new commander during a change of command ceremony at 11:00 a.m., June 24, 2011 at the Portland Head Light in Fort Williams Park. Rear Adm. Daniel Neptun, commander of the 1st Coast Guard District, will preside over the ceremony. Sector Northern New England's current commander, Capt. James McPherson of Bradley Beach, N.J., will be assigned as chief of staff for the First Coast Guard District in Boston. Capt. Christopher Roberge will assume command of Sector Northern New England. Roberge previously served as chief of prevention for Coast Guard Atlantic Area in Portsmouth, Va.
Hanjin Makes Maiden Call to Boston
The containership Hanjin Milano made its maiden call at Conley Terminal Friday, the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) announced. This is the first time that Hanjin Shipping has called the Port of Boston directly, opening a new channel of economic impact for the region. “The Port of Boston is the waterborne trade gateway for New England and a primary economic engine for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” said Thomas P. Glynn, Massport CEO. “As we work to dredge the harbor, the addition of new ships and new lines demonstrates that New England continues to be a strong market.
EPA to Reduce Emissions with Engine Repower Cash
EPA has recently awarded $250,000 to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (ME DEP). Together with another $250,000 provided by the State, these funds will be used to repower two marine vessels, a passenger ferry and an excursion vessel, operating in the Gulf of Maine. Diesel engines contribute significantly to air pollution, especially in urban areas. The fine particles in diesel exhaust pose serious health risks, including aggravated asthma and other respiratory symptoms. Children are especially vulnerable to these effects. The Northeast has some of the highest asthma rates in the nation, including a childhood asthma rate above 10 percent in all six New England states.
University Names New Director of Marine Sciences
University of New England appoints Barry A. University of New England appoints Dr Costa-Pierce to the new Henry & Grace Doherty Endowed Chair of Marine Sciences to lead UNE's programs in marine coastal ecosystems and forge strategic partnerships with the coastal innovation economy. In his roles at UNE, Costa-Pierce will lead the university’s marine sciences research and scholarship efforts to develop, student-centered undergraduate and graduate programs in marine coastal ecosystems. He will lead teams across UNE to develop interdisciplinary scholarship and marine research that produces the next generation of coastal leaders who develop new coastal economies…
Fourth Ocean Energy Conference Set for October
New Bedford, MA - The New England Marine Renewable Energy Center at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, MA, announced that it is holding the 4th Annual New England MREC Technical Conference in Rhode Island on October 30-31, 2012. Moving from Massachusetts to Rhode Island will give the event room to grow. The new venue offers state of the art conference facilities and superb accommodations, which will be attractive and convenient to all participants and attendees. There will be two days of technical presentations on research relating to offshore wind, wave, tide, ocean and river current, environmental monitoring, policy and regulations. A Call for Abstracts will be out soon to solicit topics for presentations and poster sessions from professionals all over the globe.
ENPRO Renews Environmental Services Contract with USCG
ENPRO Services, Inc., a firm specializing in the management of oil and hazardous waste, announced the extension of their long-standing contract to provide environmental services to the United States Coast Guard. The services ENPRO provides to the Coast Guard include containment, mitigation and cleanup of oil and hazardous material spills in New England waterways. ENPRO also holds certifications with the Coast Guard as a pre-qualified Oil Spill Removal Organization (OSRO) and ship-to-shore transfer contractor for the First Coast Guard District, which includes Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Vermont.
New England Ropes Co-Founder Passes Away
New England Ropes, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the TEUFELBERGER Group, said that the company’s original co- founder, Herb Repass, passed away recently in Vero Beach Florida. Repass co-founded New England Ropes, Inc. in New Bedford, Mass., with his friend and associate David Aigler in 1967. Repass served as President and chief designer of specialty ropes that were manufactured by the company for yachting, safety and rescue, arborist, mountaineering, lariats for cowboys, and Navy and Coast Guard operations. Herb, Dave and his son Randy also collaborated to sell rope for boating on the west coast, spawning West Marine. Many of the rope designs developed by Repass are still in use today, combining superior design with the use of today’s fiber advancements.
Coast Guard Evacuates New Bedford Fisherman
Coast Guard crews medically evacuated a fisherman at approximately 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, approximately two miles west of Block Island, R.I. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a notification at 7:52 a.m. from the fishing vessel Explorer, homeported in New Bedford, Mass., reporting that a crewmember sustained a head injury due to the parting of a wire. A Coast Guard Station Point Judith 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew immediately launched and safely transferred the fisherman to waiting emergency medical services at Station Point Judith for further transport to South County hospital, R.I. Coast Guard crews work closely with the commercial fishing fleet…
USCG Confirm Jelly Fish Concentration in Buzzard's Bay, Massachusetts
Coast Guard pollution responders, and the Fairhaven Harbormaster responded to a report of a large oil sheen in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts Friday morning. At 2:00 p.m. Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England was notified by a local, experienced mariner of a possible pollution sheen in Buzzard's Bay. Response crews with a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod, a 29-foot response boat from Station Woods Hole, and a 45-foot response boat medium from Station Menemsha…
Markunas and Hays Join Woods Hole Group
Peter Markunas of Eastham and Beth Hays of Brewster have joined the Woods Hole Group as Coastal Engineer and Environmental Permitting Specialist, respectively. Markunas brings over 35 years of experience in engineering and environmental design, planning, and construction. For the past twenty years, Markunas has been a presence in New England, with specific focus on the lower Cape Cod region of Massachusetts. He has been heavily involved in the protection of shoreline properties, marina design and dredging of piers, boathouses, and boat ramps for municipalities and private interests. While working with Markunas for the past 6 years on environmental permitting and client communications…
New England Ports Expect Record Cruise Season
According to a June 13 report from Bloomberg, New England ports are expecting a record number of cruise ships during the tourism season this year. New England and eastern Canada have been growing in popularity among cruise lines and this year could be the busiest yet. Maine ports are expecting 335 cruise ship calls this year, up from 281 last year. Ports in the Canadian Maritimes and in Newfoundland are projecting 467 calls, 84 more than in 2009. Boston is anticipating a record of more than 300,000 cruise ship passengers to pass through its port. (Source: Bloomberg)
USCG & Fishermen save Sinking Boat
A Coast Guard search and rescue team and a local fishing crew worked together Saturday to save a fishing boat from sinking near Great Wass Island, Maine. Watchstanders at the Sector Northern New England Command Center in Portland, Maine received notification that the 34-foot Lady Annette was flooding with one person aboard. Rescue crews from Station Jonesport launched aboard a 47-foot motor life-boat, and the Ashley N, rushed to the scene to assist. The Coast Guard crew arrived on scene and passed a dewatering pump which helped to control the flooding coming from near the propeller shaft.
USCG Rescues 2 Fishermen near Block Island
Coast Guard crews rescued two fishermen from a sinking vessel 10 miles south of Newport, Rhode Island, Monday. At approximately noon, the two person crew of the 38-foot fishing boat More Misery notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England in Woods Hole, Massachusetts that they were taking on water and needed help. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod and two 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crews from Coast Guard Station Castle Hill and Coast Guard Station Point Judith were launched.