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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Hatteland Appoints New Dubai Service Partner

Photo courtesy Hatteland Display

Hatteland Display, an international supplier of marine displays and computers has appointed the marine electronics company Elcome International LLC in Dubai as the latest member of its worldwide service partner network.   Elcome International L.L.C has been in business for nearly four decades. The company focuses mainly on navigation, automation, communication and safety solutions for the commercial shipping, defense, oil & gas and private yachts sector in the Arabian Gulf.   (www.hatteland-display.com)

Fortuna Awarded As Innovative Yacht

The gas-turbine-powered yacht, Fortuna, was selected for the award, most innovative motor yacht for 2000, during the Eleventh Annual Showboats Awards in Monaco. The yacht, for the Spanish Head of State, was purpose-built from the naval architectural and marine engineering design and specifications developed by Donald L. Blount and Associates, Inc., (DLBA) with offices in Chesapeake, Va. Blount accepted the award in Monaco for the design. Fortuna, with a length of 136 ft., has a top speed exceeding 65 knots, giving it the title as the fastest private yacht in the world. The half-load displacement is 140 tons with a draft of approximately 4 ft., 11 in. The vessel's main propulsion system uses three Rolls-Royce Allison gas turbines along with KaMeWa waterjets.

Yacht Charters in Hawaii

One of the often overlooked ways to enjoy a vacation to Hawaii is to charter a luxury yacht for a private cruise. There are many options for boat rentals in Hawaii, but they are typically old, rusty boats that are jam packed with tourists. Not exactly the best way to enjoy paradise. Luckily, there is an alternative. There are a number of luxury yachts in Hawaii (especially on the island of Oahu) that can take you for a private cruise far away from the sunburned hordes. Once the exclusive domain of the super rich, luxury boats can now be rented by the hour for a lot less money than you might think. Their is a large range of yachts available for charter ranging from luxury sail boats to vintage motor yachts.

Raytheon Completes Bridge System Installation

Raytheon Marine, provider of marine electronics, has installed its newest electronic bridge system on the 164 ft. (50 m) yacht Invader, a private yacht currently performing its maiden voyage from Italy to California. Built at the Codecasa shipyard in Viareggio, Italy, Invader's new electronic bridge system is comprised of various Raytheon marine navigation products including S-band and X-band Pathfinder®/ST MK Radar Systems and the Standard 20 Digital Gyro Compass. All components are designed specifically for high seas shipping and merchant vessels, and are utilized in Raytheon's Integrated Bridge Systems that are classified according to DNV (Watch 1 Certification).

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Wash., has been involved in the following recent sales and

Crowley Marine Service sold its 3,200 hp twin screw tug, Howard H, to buyers in the Caribbean. The 125 x 32 ft. tug was originally built in 1967 by Southern Shipbuilding as Gulf King and is powered by twin Fairbanks Morse diesels. Private interests in the San Francisco Bay Area have purchased model bow, single screw tug Tara C (ex-Tacoma) from Campbell Towing, Inc., Wrangell, Alaska. The 64.5 x 19.5 ft. tug was built in 1957 in Bellingham, Wash. and is powered by a single 900 hp Cooper Bessemer slow turning, direct reversing diesel. The tug is to be converted into private yacht service for the new owners after they sail her down from Southeastern Alaska.

Fairplay Research Report 5-Year Forcasts

The latest Shipbuilding Market Forecast, published by Lloyd’s Register - Fairplay Research, predicts continued modest-but-steady growth for the passenger ship sector over the next five years. The monthly research report provides detailed analysis and forecasts covering all sectors of the passenger ship market, including passenger and cargo ferries, cruise ships and large private yachts. “The projected falloff in newbuildings for passenger ships is relatively small compared to other sectors of the shipping industry,” observed Niklas Bengtsson, report co-author. “This is because the passenger ship sector largely escaped the ordering frenzy of the last few years. The largest sector in this group is ferries, with a total fleet size of 6,316 ships as of May 2009.

This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History - May 4

1882-The Secretary of the Treasury was authorized to discontinue any lifesaving station, transfer apparatus, appoint keepers, etc. 1910-Congress required every passenger ship or other ship carrying 50 persons or more, leaving any port of United States, to be equipped with a radio (powerful enough to transmit to a 100-mile radius) and a qualified operator. 1942- The Chief of Naval Operations, ADM Ernest J. King, ordered the Coast Guard Auxiliary to organize into a anti-submarine patrol force, which becomes known as the "Corsair Fleet" for service along the east coast. The Corsair Fleet was made up primarily of private yachts, crewed by their owners, and converted for ASW use.

New Low-Cost Marine Thermal Camera

Image courtesy of SPI

SPI's latest introduction to the market is a low cost Marine PTZ thermal camera for vessels of all sizes. The SPI CORP M1-D Thermal Marine PTZ is said to be the first to combine multiple sensor technologies into a small lightweight all weather system. The M1-D Marine PTZ features a high-resolution thermal camera, a low light visual CCTV camera and a bore sighted laser pointer. The thermal camera is a heat sensing technology that can see in complete darkness or full daylight while the CCTV camera provides the operator the traditional video camera view.

Algae-X Technology Now Available in Greece

Algae-X International announces its distribution agreement with Sun Sea Service. Based in Athens, Sun Sea Service is a sales and service center for several engine manufacturers including Volvo Penta, Yanmar and Perkins. Sun Sea Service also maintains over 950 recreational vessels, both private yachts and charter fleets. Sun Sea Service will introduce Algae-X Magnetic Fuel Conditioners and the AFC-705 Fuel Catalyst to its network of commercial marine customers and boat builders. Algae-X Fuel Conditioners will be installed in the fuel systems for new engine packages and retrofitted into existing engine installations for marine, power generation, trucking and transportation, construction, mining, Agriculture and other applications.

This Day in Coast Guard History – May 4

1882-The Secretary of the Treasury was authorized to discontinue any lifesaving station, transfer apparatus, appoint keepers, etc. 1910-Congress required every passenger ship or other ship carrying 50 persons or more, leaving any port of United States, to be equipped with a radio (powerful enough to transmit to a 100-mile radius) and a qualified operator. 1942- The Chief of Naval Operations, ADM Ernest J. King, ordered the Coast Guard Auxiliary to organize into a anti-submarine patrol force, which becomes known as the "Corsair Fleet" for service along the east coast. The Corsair Fleet was made up primarily of private yachts, crewed by their owners, and converted for ASW use.

Maritime Training Academy Announces Diploma in Maritime Security

The Maritime Training Academy announced the launch of its new diploma in maritime security today. The Surrey, UK-based distance learning center said the diploma in maritime security will commence April 1st, 2015 and will consist of 11 modules including ISPS code, Passenger Vessel Security, Superyacht and Private Yacht Security. It will cover preventative measures and security procedures as well as event responses. All students are required to successfully complete and pass the module assignments. Diploma students are also required to sit a final examination in either April or October 2016. There is also the opportunity to attend two tutorial seminars, one mid-way through the course and one immediately before the examination.

Portable Diver Detection Sonar Order for DSIT

DSIT, an Acorn Energy Company, secures order for its PointShield™ sonar that provides ship underwater security protection. Israel-based DSIT's PointShield™ PDDS is specifically designed to provide underwater protection for navy ships, private yachts and commercial vessels. The PointShield™ may also be operated using a fixed installation. The Ministry of Defense of one of the world’s largest countries placed the order. It originated following an evaluation of several competing systems and a tender process. DSIT's state of the art PointShield™ PDDS was selected based on its operational parameters including detection and classification ranges, system size and portability, fully automatic operation and system robustness.

China Company Takes Over Sunseeker International

Sunseeker 40m Motor Yacht

The Dalian Wanda Group, one of the largest Chinese property and cinema groups, will acquire almost 92 percent stake in the leading global luxury yacht company, Sunseeker International Limited, for about GBPDS 320-million. Although the private yachting market is in its early stages in China, this industry is growing rapidly. Wanda's Chairman Wang Jianling states that "China's consumption is growing, especially in the market for high-end luxury products. We have noticed the growth in consumption of luxury yachts…

Crystal Cruises Plans for Expansion

Image: Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises announced an expansion plan under new owners Genting Hong Kong that includes three 1,000-passenger vessels, its first new ships in decades. Plus, Crystal will expand into adventure, yacht and river cruising, and luxury jet trips. The three Crystal Exclusive Class ships will be about the same size as the 20-year-old Crystal Symphony and the slightly larger 2003-built Crystal Serenity. The line has signed a letter of intent with Lloyd Werft to build the ocean ships, which will have an unprecedented space ratio of 100 gross tons of space per guest, Crystal said.

Shipbuilding Recession? Megayacht Sector Booms

Amels 65 metet (213 ft) Superyacht

Large-sized superyacht orders show a huge increase according to a recent market report. If orders for superyachts are any indication of consumer confidence, statistics show a small but definitely measurable increase (3.9%) in global orders for yachts above 150 feet in length overall (LOA) and an astounding rebound (44% increase) in orders for the largest superyachts - those over 250 feet LOA - with 39 orders compared to 27 in 2012, according to data published by Boat International Media.

World Superyacht Award Winners 2012

Superyacht 'Tango': Photo courtesy Feedship

Superyacht industry people gathered at the Çırağan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul, Turkey recently for the seventh annual World Superyacht Awards, which honour the finest new superyacht builds delivered to their owners in the past 12 months. Tango: Motor Yacht of the Year, sponsored by Camper & Nicholsons International. The 77.7m yacht was built by Feadship and styled by Eidsgaard Design. Vertigo: Sailing Yacht of the Year, sponsored by Proteksan Turquoise. The 67.2m yacht was built by Alloy Yachts and styled by Philippe Briand, with an interior by Christian Liaigre Yacht Design.

Windstar Cruises Completes Fleet Renovation

Photo credit Windstar Cruises

The small-ship luxury cruise line finishes its US$18million refurbishment program on all three of its sailing yachts. With the completion of Wind Spirit's dry dock  Windstar Cruises' $18 million fleet-wide renovation project is now finished. The project, which began in December of 2011, encompassed all three sailing yachts in a stem-to-stern renovation that enhanced public spaces, dining venues, staterooms and suites, as well as new sails. The 148-passenger Wind Spirit, the last of the fleet to undergo refurbishment…

Three Persons 3,300-ft Submersible Sold

Submersible Passenger Exchange: Photo courtesy of Trition

Brownie's Marine Group, developer, manufacturer & distributor of dive and water safety products, sells  a Triton 3300/3 submersible. The denomination 3300/3 refers to the depth rating of 3,300 feet for up to three people. Triton builds competitively superior submersibles uniquely suited to yacht and exploration ship integration. Triton production models are available in two and three person versions; custom, multi-passenger arrangements are also available. Depth ratings of 1,000 foot, 3,300 foot and 36,000 feet complete the offerings to "FOD" / full-ocean-depth.

Fincantieri Active in Megayacht Repair & Construction Sector

'Eclipse' in Trieste: Photo credit Fincantieri

Maintenance of megayacht 'Eclipse' at the Trieste San Marco shipyard recently completed, other projects on hand. In the four weeks work, 70 workers were employed in the repairs and refitting of the megayacht 'Eclipse'. With the drydocking of  the “Eclipse”, Fincantieri confirms its presence in the high value megayacht sector in which they already boast the delivery in 2011 of  134m MY “Serene", which they claim is the largest most luxurious and technologically advanced craft ever built in Italy.

Resolve Adds to New Orleans Team

J. Reed Ameel

Naval Architects Matt Bierwagen and J. Reed Ameel Join the Growing Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Group. RESOLVE Engineering Group, LLC has added two Naval Architects to its full-service naval architecture and marine engineering group in New Orleans, LA. Matthew Bierwagen joined RESOLVE from Trinity Yachts, LLC and Trinity Offshore, LLC, Gulfport, MS, where he was Staff Naval Architect. His experience includes shipbuilding, manufacturing, new product design and engineering for both private yachts and commercial vessels. Bierwagen is a graduate of Virginia Tech and holds a B.S.

New ISS GMT Service Launched

ISS GMT  is responding to industry demand for greater digital control over bookings with new online tools and resources for the processing of airline travel, hotel accommodation, ground transfers, visa and passport assistance for marine industry customers. The new service, available at www.flyissgmt.com is designed to meet the time pressures of customers as they travel the world, and their wish to interact digitally, especially through mobile devices. Additional new features include web booking templates, online reservation look-up and check-in, as well as links to weather, travel advisors, time, currency and metric conversion tools. Customers can also one-click to be immediately connected to live support with an ISS GMT agent.

Andrew Weir to Support UK Navy in Antarctica

HMS Protector A173

Andrew Weir Shipping Ltd. announced that it has been awarded the contract for the support and maintenance of HMS Protector (A173), following a competitive tendering process. HMS Protector is the Royal Navy’s Ice Patrol Ship, and is deployed on operations for 334 days per year. The vessel was chartered from commercial service by the Royal Navy in April 2011, and purchased outright in September 2013. HMS Protector’s home port is HMNB Devonport. In addition to the support of scientific bases in Antarctica, HMS Protector is also equipped for patrol, survey and humanitarian tasking.

Grant Helps Riverhawk Acquire Travelift

Photo courtesy Marine Travelift Inc.

Marine Travelift Inc. announced that Tampa, Fla.-based RiverHawk Marine has acquired one of its 300C mobile boat hoists, thanks in part to a Small Shipyard Grant from the U.S. Maritime Administration. The Small Shipyard Grants program is administered by the Office of Shipyards and Marine Engineering in Washington D.C. RiverHawk’s 7.5-acre facility on West Tyson Avenue in Tampa is located with easy deep-water access from the Gulf of Mexico. The yard accommodates vessels up to 200 ft in length with drafts up to 14 ft for in-water repairs…

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