Simrad Standard fit on Scand Boats
CP31 chartplotter as standard fit on all newbuilds for 2005 and 2006. amounts to a total of at least 240 boats for the period. says Tor Egil Baardsen, owner and manager of Scand Boats. quality motorboats in Norway. compact but powerful navigation provided by the CP31. Alf Oddvar Teige, Simrad`s Key Account Manger of OEM`s in Norway.
Raymarine Partnership with American Boatbuilders Association
Raymarine Inc., a marine electronics supplier, announced the renewal of its long-standing Preferred Supplier of Choice agreement with the American Boatbuilders Association (ABA). Raymarine has been an ABA Preferred Supplier since 2002, providing members with high-performance multifunction displays, radars, echo sounders, autopilots, and VHF radios. The ongoing partnership with ABA demonstrates Raymarine’s ability to supply the equipment boaters need, and the quality they demand. Raymarine is committed to supplying boat manufacturers with integrated marine electronics systems that are simple to install, and to offering new boat buyers the sophistication, ease-of-use, and added value they demand when purchasing a new boat.
Thoma-Sea Boatbuilders Inc., Houma, La., launched the first of two new 150-ft. offshore supply vessels (OSVs) it is building for Massie Towing of Houma. The vessels were designed by Frank Basil of Intech & Associates, also of Houma. The first vessel, M1, entered service in mid-June, and the second vessel is scheduled to launch in December 2000. Massie will operate both vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. Propulsion power for the two new OSVs comes from twin Cat 3508EUI marine engines, each rated 905 bhp (675 bkW) at 1,600 rpm. The electronic unit injected 3508s drive Bird Johnson 72 x 59 in. propellers through Twin Disc 5:1 gears, providing a service speed of 14 knots.
Nichols Bros. To Build Catamaran For Service On San Francisco Bay
The Alameda/Oakland Ferry Service on San Francisco Bay ordered a new 315-passenger catamaran ferry from Nichols Bros. Boatbuilders. Measuring 112 x 33 ft. (34.1 x 10 m), the catamaran, which is being designed by International Catamarans of Australia, is expected to go into service in the fall 2001. The vessel will become the newest member of Nichols-built catamarans that are currently operating between the Alameda area and the San Francisco ferry terminal, as well as other landings by the Alameda/Oakland ferry service. Expected to operate at a maximum loaded speed of 26 knots over its regular 6.5-mile route on the Bay, the vessel will be powered by KTA 38 Cummins engines operating at 1,190-hp driving standard propellers.
Strategic Marine Delivers Two Windfarm Service Vessels
Specialist boatbuilder Strategic Marine delivered the Njord Puffin to offshore windfarm service fleet operator Njord Offshore for deployment in Northern Europe. “The Puffin is the sixth in a series of eight vessels ordered, a strong signal of our commitment to the global windfarm industry,” said Rodney Davies, Operations Manager at Strategic Marine. “Last week we delivered the fifth, the Njord Petrel. Vessels seven and eight are due for delivery in early 2014.” www.strategicmarine.com
FUSION-LinkTM Technology Gains Industry-Wide Acceptance
Marine Entertainment Leader Reaches Unparalleled Adoption by Boatbuilders and Manufacturers Auckland, New Zealand – FUSION®, a worldwide leader in marine audio, announced today its innovative and award-winning FUSION-LinkTM technology has been adopted by all marine Multi-Function Display manufacturers and has seen strong acceptance in the boat builder community. Offering marine electronics manufacturers an unparalleled level of entertainment integration, FUSION-LinkTM is now available on a multifunction navigation devices from B&G…
Halmatic to Supply Patrol Boats
U.K. boatbuilder Halmatic, part of the Vosper Thornycroft Group, has recently secured a contract to build 20 Halmatic Cougar Enforcer 33 Ultra Fast Patrol Boats for the Royal Oman Police Coastguard. The new craft are to be used for coastal patrol and interception duties along Oman’s coastline. The new patrol boats are based on the Cougar 33 raceboat deep “Vee” hull form. Powered by twin Yanmar inboard marine diesels driving Hamilton waterjets the boats will achieve service speeds in excess of 45 knots. This contract is the first major overseas success for the Halmatic Cougar Alliance, launched in 2001 to design, market and manufacture the Cougar range of ultra fast patrol boats. There are three versions of the Halmatic Cougar Enforcer craft, between 33 ft.
Ameritex Fabric Systems Debuts "Weatherguard"
Ameritex Fabric Systems, a member of the Taylor Made Group and the leading supplier of engineered canvas enclosures, tops and covers for OEM boatbuilders, is introducing a new, exclusive fabric to the marine industry. “We’re calling it WeatherGuard™,” said Don Zirkelbach, president of Ameritex Fabric Systems. “It’s strong. It’s durable. Made of solution-dyed polyester, WeatherGuard™ will maintain its color even when exposed to the elements for long periods of time. The fabric is resistant to water, tearing, abrasion, UV and mildew.
News: Thoma-Sea Builds New Z-Drive
Cummins Marine's recently introduced QSK60 engines are finding a ready market in the 2,000 hp plus range in both Europe and North America. This spring the sale of two more QSK60s was announced for a Z-drive tug building at Thoma-Sea Boatbuilders in Houma, La. Designed by well-know Louisiana-based naval architect Frank Basile's Entech and Associates Inc., the 104 by 36-ft. boat will have a 17-ft. molded depth. Tankage provides for over 90,000 gallons of fuel, 10,000 gallons of potable water and 500 gallons of lube oil. The two Cummins QSK60 main engines will each produce 2,200 continuous-duty hp at 1,800 rpm. The engines will drive Rolls-Royce US 205 Z-drives. The drives have 2150 m/m propellers in nozzles. Ship power will be provided by two Cummins 6BT5.9 powered 75 kW generator sets.
NMMA Recognizes JetPac Outboard Propulsion System at IBEX
At the International BoatBuilders~ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) recognized the Diesel JetPac~ Outboard Propulsion System with the NMMA 2003 Innovation Award for engine and propulsion systems October at IBEX, held in Miami, Fla. The JetPac~ from Outboard Propulsion Systems, LLC is a revolutionary new, self-contained propulsion system designed as an alternative to prop driven outboards, inboards and I/O~s. The JetPac~ is powered by an International Engine 2.8L 150-hp turbo diesel engine. The engine is mounted directly on top of a ten-inch 316 stainless steel water jet driven by a Kevlar~ belt and is enclosed in a watertight housing that provides additional buoyancy. JetPac mounts on the transom of most boats.
Sea-Fire Appoints UK Distributor
Continuing to expand its vast worldwide network, Sea-Fire has appointed a new UK distributor. Based in Southampton, England, Ocean Safety Ltd. specializes in marine safety equipment. "We are delighted to partner with Ocean Safety," said Richard Duckworth, Sea-Fire business development manager for EMEA. "Sea-Fire is a well-established manufacturer of innovative fire suppression equipment," said Mark Hart, Ocean Safety sales director "We believe the brand is the best of its kind on the market." Ocean Safety has grown rapidly to serve a diverse range of customers…
American Boatbuilders Association Select IMTRA
IMTRA, the leading manufacturer and importer of quality marine products, announced today its selection by the American Boatbuilders Association (ABA) as a Supplier of Choice for lighting products. With a focus on service and product development, IMTRA supports its customers by offering the highest quality marine products. Throughout the last 60 years, IMTRA has become known as the most reliable supplier to builders, repair yards, retailers and naval architects, as well as private yacht and vessel owners. In addition to its full line of specialty products, IMTRA designs and manufactures marine LED lighting for every application. Engineered for corrosion resistance…
American Boatbuilders Association Selects Attwood Fuel Systems
Lowell, Mich. – The American Boatbuilders Association recently selected Attwood Fuel Systems as the preferred supplier of EPA-certified fuel systems. The American Boatbuilders Association joins the United Marine Manufacturers Association (UMMA) and Independent Boat Builders Inc. (IBBI) and the industry’s leading independent boat builders in selecting Attwood to ensure member builders meet the EPA emissions control requirements for marine fuel systems. “Attwood Fuel Systems were selected as the preferred solution, based on exclusive safety features, extensive component and system validation, ease of implementation and industry-leading implementation support and value,” said Jay Patton, president of ABA.
First of Five ATBs Nearing Completion at Penn Maritime
With delays in getting parts for the assembly there was a hold up in the delivery of the first of Penn Maritime’s new tugs from Thoma-Sea Boatbuilders. Now the first of five, M/V Skipjack, is nearing completion and will deliver in May. In a near assembly-line production process the second vessel, M/V Coho, will launch sometime in May and deliver in August. The other tugs are already taking shape and will follow on a regular schedule. Following its delivery the Skipjack will travel to New Orleans to meet up with a 90,000-barrel barge that will come down from its builders at Corn Island Shipyard on the Ohio River in Indiana. Cummins QSK60 engines turning 104 by 112-inch skewed props in Nautican Nozzles with shutter rudders power the 4000 hp Penn tugs. The coupling system is a JAK-400.
Skipjack En Route to West Coast
Penn Maritime's newest vessel, Skipjack, is currently en-route from the builder, Thoma-Sea Boatbuilder, on the Gulf coast to the west coast. It is pushing a new 90,000 barrel tank-barge. A sister ship is expected to deliver from the same yard in October this year. These are a part of Penn's five boat order from the yard.
Willard to Supply Patrol Boats for the Philippines
The U.S. Department of State awarded a contract to boatbuilder Willard Marine, Inc., to provide the Philippine National Police Maritime Group with patrol vessels equipped to conduct search and rescue operations along Philippine maritime borders. This contract marks the third time Willard Marine has been chosen to provide military vessels to the Philippines, the builder noted, adding it has also recently developed boats for international military use by the Navy of Ukraine and the Nepalese Army.
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…
Thoma-Sea Tug For Penn ATB
Thoma-Sea Boatbuilders in Lockport La., is building an Entech-designed tug for Penn Maritime’s latest ATB. The 4000-horsepower 116 x 36-ft. tug will be mated to a 14,000-ton 90,000-barrel barge currently building at Corn Island Shipyard in Indiana. The coupling will be a JAK-400 model pin and socket system with eight sockets in each wing of the barge notch to accommodate varying drafts of the barge. The pneumatically operated pins are 16 inches in diameter. Frank Basile explains that the tug design has evolved from earlier designs that he has done of a similar size but this is the first configured as an ATB. The hull, with a molded depth of 17 feet…
Semprevivo Joins Seakeeper's Sales Team
The leader in internal stabilization technology, Seakeeper recently appointed Andrew Semprevivo to international insides sales manager. In his new position, Semprevivo will be responsible for handling day-to-day worldwide sales, service and technical support inquiries. He will also work to expand Seakeeper's global distribution and service network, develop OEM relationships and manage boat shows. With global marine industry experience, Semprevivo has traveled around the world and has key contacts with boatbuilders, dealers and end users.
Fire Departments Choose Sea-Fire Systems
Metalcraft Marine's Firestorm high-speed, aluminum fireboat represents a new generation in vessel technology, especially when fitted with Sea-Fire H Series engineered fire suppression systems. Recently, four fire departments selected this combination. The City of Alexandria, Virginia now has a Firestorm 50 fitted with Sea-Fire's H Series. Captain Rodney Masser's positive prior experience with Sea-Fire led him to this decision. "Sea-Fire systems came highly recommended by the boatbuilder," said Masser. "We have been very satisfied with Sea-Fire Systems equipment and service.
Volvo Penta Debuts New Ergonomic Controls
Volvo Penta of the Americas will showcase its new-generation mechanical controls for gasoline sterndrives at IBEX 2016. The new controls feature ergonomic levers and grips, tactile switch functions and sleek aesthetics. “In line with our Easy Boating strategy, the new ergonomic controls will make for easier boat driving by operators of all genders with hands of all sizes,” said Marcia Kull, vice president of marine sales for Volvo Penta of the Americas. The new controls will be available for all OEMs in January.
Venture Boat Co. Relaunches Itself on Market
Under leadership of new owner, Lee Heaton, US-based Venture Boat Company features modernized new additions to its range. Venture Boat Company has undergone a complete modernization, adding a number of innovative improvements to their existing models, introducing new models and moving production to the world-famous American Custom Yachts (ACY) facility in Stuart, Florida. Through their new partnership with American Custom Yachts, Venture Boats is not only able to provide customers…
Delta ‘T’ Systems Expands Production
Marine ventilation systems company Delta “T” Systems said it has reconfigured its two 15,000 sq. ft. manufacturing spaces and added tooling and related equipment. The change accommodates the timely construction of the company's new USCG approved A60 Slimline Fire Damper and streamlines the production of the rest of its product lines. According to Delta “T” Systems, the new manufacturing equipment, plus other upgrades throughout the buildings, enhance its efficiency within all of its departments.