Silver Ships Adds to Sales Team
Silver Ships, Inc. has announced the appointment to its Sales Team of Sherry and Malcolm Wisch of Long Island, NY as Regional Sales Managers. In making this announcement, Jason Powers, Silver Ships’ General Manager, said “We are very excited to have Sherry and Malcolm Wisch join our Sales Team. Their vast and lengthy experience in the military, government and commercial boat markets is sure to have a positive impact on our business model for corporate growth and product expansion going forward.” Sherry and Malcolm Wisch will concentrate their sales and marketing efforts in the Northeast and Midwest territories and will have international responsibilities as well. Previously, the Wisches were associated with SeaArk Marine, Inc. Silver Ships, Inc.
RIBS: AMBAR's RIBS Have Silver Linings
With the demand for aluminum boats hitting an all-time high within recent months, Silver Ships/AMBAR Marine has risen to the occasion to meet the stringent requirements of its customers, most of whom are government and/or security agencies on some level. With customers ranging from the U.S. Navy to the Jamaica Coast Guard, the U.S. National Park Service, and various City and State Police, Fire and Rescue departments, Silver Ships - with 18 years experience - is no stranger to the aluminum boat industry. Most recently, the organization, based in Theodore, La., delivered a trio of 44-ft. (13.4-m) twin engine, water jet propelled Fast Patrol Boats to the Jamaican Coast Guard. Equipped with Caterpillar marine diesels driven by Twin Disc water jets, the boats can move at speeds up to 40 knots.
Silver Ships to Build 36 Navy Boats over Five Years
Silver Ships, Inc. was awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide the U.S. Navy with the follow on variant of the 11-meter Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Surface Support Craft (SSC) for a total of 36 boats over a five-year period. The 11-meter NSW SSC is an aluminum deep-vee hulled boat with a protective collar for open water utility operations. Crafts are used from inland bays and waterways to deep water over the horizon transits, in all operating conditions and weather. Open ocean diver and swimmer support, safety craft, medical transport, alongside vessel operations, combat craft and parachutist water airdrop training support, over-the-horizon training evolutions.
Navy Issue Hi-speed Range Boat Contracts
US Department of Defense has issued the following Navy contracts for construction of high speed maneuverable surface targets (HSMSTs). The contracts are awarded to Silver Ships Inc., Theodore, Ala. and Gravois Aluminum Boats LLC, doing business as Metal Shark Aluminum Boats LLC, Jeanerette, La., who are each being awarded separate firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contracts for the construction of high speed maneuverable surface targets (HSMSTs). The U.S.
U.S. Navy Orders 100 HSMSTs from Silver Ships
Silver Ships, Inc. said it has been awarded a firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contract for the construction of High Speed Maneuverable Surface Targets (HSMSTs). The U.S. Navy maintains an inventory of HSMST’s to be utilized mainly for weapon system test and evaluation and fleet training exercises at nine seaborne target operating activities (ranges). This effort of 100 HSMSTs also includes trailers, shipping cradles and spares for a first year awarded contract value of roughly $11.7 million…
Silver Ships Delivers Navy Force Protection Medium
The Alabama based Silver Ships inc. built and delivered eight of the 36-ft RHIBs to the U.S. Navy in 2009-2010. The boats will be utilized around the globe for various force protection assignments. The vessel is equipped with twin Yamaha 225hp outboards and a 7 kW genset. The fully clad interior contained shock mitigating seats, a complete head and a versatile electronics package. A removable canopy provides shade to the rear deck and access doors on all four sides of the cabin allow freedom of movement for the crew.
News: Silver Ships Debuts New Fire Boat
Silver Ships Inc. introduced the AM622 Fast Response Fire Boat; a multi-purpose compact fire-rescue boat based on its SOLAS RHIB Rescue Craft hulls. The AM622 was designed to meet the needs of small and large agencies alike. Whether used as a primary marine response boat or as a supplement to an existing fleet, the AM622 is designed to be an excellent working platform. A variety of power options including jet drive (shown) and pump packages up to 1000 gpm.
New Multi-mission Patrol Boat for Montauk, NY
A new 38-foot multi-mission patrol boat for Montauk, N.Y. will be officially dedicated during a “splash down” ceremony on July 26. Delivered by aluminum boat builder Silver Ships, Inc., the vessel is a multi-agency, multi-mission vessel designed for emergency response and patrol within the Montauk Harbor. The vessel was garnered through the collaborative efforts of the Montauk Fire Department, the East Hampton Town Police Department, East Hampton Town Marine Patrol and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Silver Ships Delivers Patrol Boat to the Hamptons
A 21-foot all-aluminum patrol/rescue boat was recently delivered to the Southampton, N.Y. Bay Constables for its law enforcement mission, the builder Silver Ships, Inc. announced. The Freedom 21 center console boat was designed and engineered for one-man operation, which, according to Silver Ships, is a sought-after feature in today’s climate of staffing reductions by public safety agencies. The boat is tasked with patrol, rescue and enforcement of various environmental, conservation…
Silver Ships Delivers Fire/Rescue Boat
Silver Ships, Inc. has recently delivered a 34-foot custom designed and purpose-built all-welded aluminum fire/rescue boat to the Islip Fire District on Long Island, N.Y. The Islip Fire District’s area of responsibility includes The Great South Bay, communities on Fire Island, the Atlantic Ocean and Fire Island Inlet. This boat will also be made available to other fire districts on a mutual aid basis. The Board of Fire Commissioners of the Islip Fire District wanted an all-welded aluminum boat to ensure the safety and comfort of their crews when responding to…
Contracts Bring Work to Mobile Yards
According to reports, two Mobile, Ala., shipyards have landed new contracts, one to retrofit a container vessel to ship vehicles to Hawaii, and the other to build an aluminum work boat for the U.S. Navy. Atlantic Marine Alabama LLC recently signed a $17 million contract with Matson Navigation Co. Inc. to retrofit an automobile container ship. Silver Ships Inc. in Theodore has an $882,773 contract to build a 58-foot aluminum ship for Naval Systems Sea Command. For Matson, Atlantic Marine will modify a carrier capable of carrying 2,800 20-foot containers to include a large RoRo, shipping component. Source: Press Register
U.S. Shipyard, Silver Ships, Delivers Passenger Vessel to Nigeria
Alabama shipbuilders, Silver Ships, deliver a 30-foot passenger vessel to the U.S. The newbuild will join a sister vessel delivered several years ago to the same owner. The all aluminum passenger vessel will operate in the waters surrounding Lagos and has seating for 30 passengers. It is propelled by twin 250 h.p. Yamaha outboard engines and a 250-gallon fuel tank is provided. A full-length aluminum canopy will protect passengers from the extreme heat and inclement weather that is prevalent in Nigeria.
Equipment:Yanmar Makes Mark in Military Duty
Laborde Products of Covington, La., is applying the Yanmar short stroke diesel technology to the military and light duty commercial markets. The short stroke technology allows Yanmar to provide higher rpms, which provides benefits to both water jet applications, IO applications as well as standard inboard installations. The short stoke provides the higher rpms without significantly increasing piston speed. Doug Oehrlein, Laborde Products COO, said that these benefits are being applied in a number of application. The U.S. Navy Seals, working with United States Marine, Inc, have selected Yanmar 6LY2-STP to be used in their new SOCR Riverene Craft. United States Marine, Inc., SOCR Riverene Craft powered with Yanmar 6LY2-STP supplied by Laborde Products.
U.S. Shipyards Competing – and Succeeding – Overseas
Foreign Demand For U.S. Military And Commercial Vessels Is Brisk; For Now. In the heavy shadow of possible sequestration-induced federal budget cuts, some U.S. companies are busy supplying vessels to overseas customers under the Navy’s Foreign Military Sales program and through private contracts to foreign government and firms. Demand for offshore oil vessels is strong. A big chunk of overseas business now is under the U.S. FMS, transferring defense equipment, services and training to other nations. Countries approved for the FMS pay for vessels themselves and/or with U.S. government help.
Big Value in Small Packages
Military appetite for powerful and agile smaller platforms heats up. The use of small craft by terrorist organizations and domestic terrorist cells is a worldwide threat as demonstrated by the bombing of the USS COLE. The attack on Mumbai, India, in November of 2008, brought the danger to the forefront. Nations realized that to combat this asymmetrical small craft threat, a similar small craft defense – not replacing, but in parallel with traditional larger platforms – is required.
Combat Craft: Big Value in Small Packages
Military appetite for powerful and agile smaller platforms heats up. The use of small craft by terrorist organizations and domestic terrorist cells is a worldwide threat as demonstrated by the bombing of the USNS COLE. The attack on Mumbai, India, in November of 2008, brought the danger to the forefront. Nations realized that to combat this asymmetrical small craft threat, a similar small craft defense – not replacing, but in parallel with traditional larger platforms – is required.
USACE Wilmington Christen New Survey Boat
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Wilmington District name new survey boat 'Swart' at the engineer repair yard. The boat is named after Dirk Swart III (1935-2011) who served as captain and operator of District survey vessel Gillette from 1971 to his retirement in 2002 at the age of 76. Swart was not only the senior survey boat skipper, but he was also the last veteran of World War II to retire from the Wilmington District. "The Swart, which replaced the aging Gillette, is state-of-the-art," said Wilmington District Commander Col. Steven Baker.
USCG Awards Contracts for Four Test Boats
The Coast Guard on June 7 awarded four firm fixed-price production contracts to deliver the first test boats for the seven-meter Cutter Boat Over-The-Horizon-IV (CB-OTH-IV) project. The contracts were awarded to MetalCraft Marine U.S. (Clayton, NY), SAFE Boats International (Port Orchard, Wash.), Silver Ships, Inc. (Theodore, Ala.) and William E. Munson Company (Burlington, Wash). Each awardee will deliver one test boat to the Coast Guard for competitive evaluation beginning fall 2011. At the conclusion of the competition the Coast Guard will select one of the four test boats for additional production and begin operational test and evaluation activities.
FBM Babcock Wins U.S. Contract
The U.S. Army's Tank Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) awarded FBM Babcock Marine, a contract to commence the overhaul and modernization of its fleet of specialist Bridge Erection Boats (BEBs). The contract to upgrade the existing U.S. Army BEBs of Mk1 and Mk2 specification to a new BEB-M22 specification will be managed by FBM Babcock Marine from Southampton in the UK, in conjunction with Silver Ships Inc. of Theodore, Ala. The work to be performed under the modernization program will include condition assessments, structural and coating overhauls, replacement of obsolete equipment including new waterjets, marine diesel engines and control systems, and the development of a new Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) package.
Silver Ships Delivers Survey Vessel to USACE
Silver Ships delivered a 48-ft. Endeavor Survey boat to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District. The vessel will be tasked with surveying the waters in both the Gulf of Mexico and rivers of the New Orleans District. The all-welded aluminum vessel is designed and engineered by Naval Architect Lou Codega, PE of Smithfield, VA and features a hull form designed to handle the short choppy seas of the Gulf Coast regions. The vessel is powered by twin Caterpillar C18 diesel engines at 803 hp each coupled to Twin Disc v-drive gears.
Silver Ships Delivers Patrol Boats to NC Sheriffs
Silver Ships, Inc. recently delivered two 27’ Patrol Boats to the New Hanover and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Departments. The vessels will be tasked with patrolling the Intracoastal Waterways, the Cape Fear River and coastal waters as well as the surrounding estuaries and barrier islands within the jurisdiction of the New Hanover & Brunswick Counties, North Carolina. The 27-foot, deep vee, vessels were designed and configured to meet the mission requirements for extended patrol, emergency response and fast pursuit when necessary.
Mission Specific Boat(s)…With a Twist
Today’s economy is tough enough for the commercial sector. For federal, state and municipal authorities – and in an atmosphere of shrinking tax revenues and sequestration – the task of securing mission-appropriate assets can be even tougher. At this year’s National Sheriff’s Association Conference (of all places), held this June in Charlotte, N.C, at least two boatbuilders showed that there is an economical way to get the job done. Increasingly, the need for multi-missioned boats to create both economy of scale and the ability to do more with fewer assets is becoming the rule…
Economics & Utility Redefine Today’s Workboat Output
GoM shipyards are meeting the demand for right-sized, multi-mission boats. In the last decade, Gulf Coast shipyards have watched demand for multi-mission vessels grow from foreign governments and U.S. authorities. In particular, local counties and municipalities – pinched by shrinking budgets and expanding mission sets – began the march to leverage a single hull for more than one task. And, since these boats can serve military or civilian needs, the need for boatbuilders to quickly adapt a standard hull form to a particular requirement became a highly desired skill set.