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Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Boat Yard News

TechnoFibre Moves into New Building

TechnoFibre of Singapore has moved into a new building on its existing location in Jurong, Singapore. Its new boat yard boasts a 10,000 sq. ft. covered workshop and a storage yard of 20,000 sq. ft. It has also developed its waterfront berthing area to facilitate the testing of lifeboats, such as speed, drop and water spray testing. Its waterfront boat yard allows the larger Tendor lifeboats workboats from cruise and naval vessels to be landed ashore for repairs and maintenance. The workshop incorporates a 3,000 sq. ft. mechanical section, which undertakes engine repairs and overhauls On-Load release system repairs and overhauls and other mechanical works pertaining to lifeboats and davits. TechnoFibre’s has also incorporated a training room to accommodate 30 trainees.

Marine Travelift Delivers to Kazakhstan

600C Marine Travelift at Mangistau Oblast Boat Yard, Kazakhstan (Photo courtesy Marine Travelift Int. Ltd)

When the new Mangistau Oblast Boat Yard (MOBY) in Bautino, Kazakhstan ordered a Marine Travelift 600C mobile boat hoist for its marine repair operations, few were to appreciate the logistical challenges this particular placement would bring! However, Marine Travelift’s 50-years experience in dispatching its products globally came to the fore as preparations were made to send 24 open-topped containers to the final destination in Kazakhstan. With the 600C safely delivered one could be forgiven for thinking, job done!

US Boat Yard Fined for Dumping Wastewater

Photo: Billings Diesel and Marine

Billings Diesel and Marine Services, Inc. has reached a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after the boat yard allegedly violated the Clean Water Act by discharging wastewater without authorization. According to the EPA’s allegations, the company dumped wastewater from boat-washing operations into the Deer Isle Thorofare, a major shipping channel connecting Penobscot Bay to the waters around Mount Desert Island and the open Atlantic Ocean to the east.

New W-class Yacht Designs

W-class 123' Yacht: Image credit W-class Yacht Co.

W-Class Yacht Company is expanding its family of yachts to include 100’, 123’ and 135’ models. The first of the new designs, the W.123', was developed by Bruce Johnson (formerly of Sparkman & Stephens) in collaboration with Rockport Marine Yacht Design. The new racer/cruiser yachts will retain the ‘Spirit of Tradition’ and performance attributes of the existing W-Class Yacht Company’s W.37’, W.46’ and W.76’ models. The W-Class yachts will be built at Front Street Shipyard in Belfast…

Scituate Boat Works Opens Marine Services Building and Ship’s Store

Massachusetts State Representative Jim Cantwell was among the dignitaries attending the recent grand opening of the new Scituate Boat Works (SBW) marine services building and Ship’s Store. Left to right: SBW Vice President Scott Hamernick; SBW President Brian Curreri; Rep. Cantwell; and SBW Vice President Marc Curreri.

Scituate Boat Works (SBW) recently completed the construction of a marine services building and Ship’s Store at the Scituate (Massachusetts) Town Marina. The new facility is the latest step in the process of revitalizing the town-owned marina to improve services to recreational boaters and the area’s commercial fishing fleet. The inner harbor where SBW is located has been dredged and is now a marked channel to the marina. “Our new facility will not only allow us to significantly improve the services and supplies we provide to the Scituate marine community…

HMY Yacht Sales Names New Brokers

HMY Yacht Sales proudly welcomes three new brokers to their firm. Don Millroy joins the Dania Beach office and is a veteran Coast Guard officer, airline pilot and yacht broker. The Jensen Beach office added Jon McConnell who credits his youth, spent in the popular fishing grounds of Palm Beach, with nurturing his attraction to saltwater fishing. Jon worked at Rybovich Boat Yard and as a captain on a variety of sportfishing vessels before settling into sales. His extensive experience allows him to match boats with people and answer difficult questions with ease. Claude Strickland also joined the Dania Beach office, bringing a background of fishing and scuba diving along.

Swedish Police Confiscate Cannon From Barge

Swedish police have confiscated a 16th century bronze cannon from a barge owner who used the two-ton weapon as ballast in his vessel. The four yards long cannon was on a barge moored at a small island near Stockholm. Police hired an icebreaking vessel to reach it on Tuesday because the water was frozen solid by sub-zero temperatures, spokesman Johan Lindborg said on Wednesday. The barge’s 50-year-old owner, a professional diver and boat yard owner, is being investigated for breaking a Swedish law which says that all antiques found in the sea or ground have to be handed over to the state in return for compensation. If found guilty, he could face up to four years in jail, Lindborg said. — (Reuters)

Dubai's Topaz Buys Two Ships

Courtesy Topaz Energy and Marine

Dubai's Topaz Energy and Marine, a unit of Muscat-listed Renaissance Services, has bought two ships from Norwegian boat yard Vard Brattvaag for about $115 million, the Omani parent firm said on Sunday. The two vessels will be delivered in the second half of 2017, a statement to Muscat's bourse said. The chief executive of the Dubai-based oil services firm told Reuters in June it was in negotiations to acquire two subsea vessels as Topaz aimed to expand the division in the Atlantic basin over the next two years.

Casino Boat Catches Fire off Florida Coast, 15 Injured

Photo: New Port Richey PD

At least 15 people were injured when a fire engulfed a boat off the coast of Florida on Sunday, causing the 50 people aboard to jump into the Gulf of Mexico and swim to shore, local officials said. A preliminary investigation showed the fire broke out at about 4:17 p.m. EST from an apparent engine issue, said Shawn Whited, division chief with Pasco Fire Rescue. “The captain of the boat said there was an issue with the engine. He said he noticed smoke coming form the engine room and turned the boat around,” Whited said.

The Specialists: A Quartet of S. Louisiana Yards Builds Most U.S. Crew/Supply Boats

The area directly south of Lafayette, La., is authentic bayou country, known for Cajun culture, excellent food, unique music and, for boat lovers, the crew/supply boat capital of the world. Four boat yards in this area build these multi-engine, all- aluminum, speedy vessels, almost exclusively. Each yard turns out up to six crew/supply boats a year. In fact, three of the shipyards are located within just a few miles from each other in the tiny hamlet of Loreauville, La., a town that seems to be made up mostly of aluminum welders. That, of course, is an exaggeration, but not by much. Not every vessel delivered from these shipyards goes to work supporting the search for oil and gas…

Nichols Brothers Resumes Work

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders returned to work after the company laid off 185 employees Nov. 2. Shortly thereafter, the company filed for bankruptcy protection, a move necessitated by a big lawsuit filed by a disgruntled customer. While the bankruptcy issues are far from settled, Nichols Brothers was allowed to negotiate with individual boat owners to see that their projects, shut down on Nov. 2, could be completed. Those boat owners are now paying the workers’ salaries, as Nichols Brothers as a company is broke and is up for sale. The rehiring process will continue as more existing contracts are placed online though negotiations with individual companies.

SD Builds Tractor Tug Replica Model

San Marcos, California-based SD Model Makers delivered three replica models of a 100-foot tractor tug to Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Freeland, Wash. The 24-inch scale model ship replicated the Nichols Brothers lasts build -- the second of two new 100' x 40' Z-drive ship assist tractor tugs. The tugs are the most technically and environmentally advanced equipment available. "SD Model Makers has provided Nichols with a fine-crafted model of our tractor tug. The attention to detail has captured the vessels complexity and characteristics.

Nordlund Celebrates 50 Years

Nordlund Boat Company, Inc., of Tacoma, Washington, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Nordlund was founded in 1958 by Norm and Phyllis Nordlund and Walt Silva. At their side from the day they could walk were the Nordlund children, Paul, Gary and Karen. Today the company is run by Paul and Gary. "Family-run boat yards are rare today," said Paul Nordlund, president. "Rarer still are those that have been around for 50 years. Since switching to fiberglass in the early 1970s…

Ship Model Range Expanded by SD

Photo credit SD Model Makers

San Marcos, California-based SD Model Makers expands range with its tall ship model offering. SD Model Makers master model shipwrights produce models in magnificent detail. From hand laid decks, tarred standing rigging, complex running rigging and furled sails to Nelson's HMS Victory's copper-sheathed hull, each model is a museum quality masterpiece. Each model comes fully assembled with a solid hull – hand carved from kiln-dried mahogany. Other parts are made from a variety of woods, putty, resin and metals.

Insurance Advice for Marinas & Shipyards

Third party service providers can pose serious risk and liabilities for marina and shipyard owners. Without the proper due diligence these marine companies could find themselves footing large bills should a dispute occur. As a California insurance agency that specializes in ocean marine insurance for boat yards, marinas, yacht clubs, and commercial boating vessels/fleets, McDermott Costa Insurance Brokers also educates clients about best practices for reducing risk. A third party service provider is any vendor that provides services either to the marina or customers that use the marina. Third parties include repair services, vessel cleaning services, yacht brokers, surveyors, etc.

A Very Model Model-maker Expands Product Range

Museum Quality Titantic Model: Photo credit SD Model Makers

SD Model Makers expands ocean liner and cruise ship model offering. San Marcos, California based SD Model Makers announce the expansion of their Ocean Liner model and Cruise Ship model offering. From historical classics like the Titanic, Normandie and Andria Doria, to modern vessels from Disney, Carnival and Princess cruise lines. Each model comes fully assembled with a solid hull - hand carved from kiln-dried mahogany. Other parts are made from a variety of woods, putty, resin and metals. Every model includes brass pedestals, a polished mahogany base board, and a brass name plate.

SD Model Makers Delivers Patrol Boat Replica

Photo: SD Model Makers

San Marcos, Calif. based SD Model Makers delivered their eighth scale model ship to Tampa, Fla. based Riverhawk Fast Sea Frames. The 1/36 scale, 24.05-inch model is a replica of Riverhawk’s SeaStriker 22 very high speed fast patrol and interdiction craft. The model replicates the actual SeaStriker that will launch in Tampa in May and be on display at the Special Operations Forces International Convention (SOFIC) beginning May 22 in Tampa. Riverhawk’s SeaStriker model represents…

Black Sea Sees Shipbuilding Boom

According to Today's Zahman, Black Sea sees shipbuilding boom, Mediterranean springs a leak More than 90 percent of world trade is conducted through sea shipping, making shipbuilding one of the fastest growing industries in the recent boom in global trade, which has grown on average by more than 5 percent annually. As a natural consequence of Turkey being a peninsula located at a strategically central position close to many wealthy European markets, Turkey’s growth in shipping construction has outdone all of its global rivals in the last four years, growing 360 percent. The Black Sea region, has been the main beneficiary from this unprecedented upswing.

Vessels: Fewer, but More Capable OSVs Being Produced in Gulf Shipyards

As noted in the accompanying article the Gulf of Mexico is in the midst of a drilling malaise. The days when southern shipyards routinely turned out 50-60 supply boats and an equal number of crew/supply vessels is over at least for the time being. The last three years has seen an unprecedented number of OSVs joined the fleets of Tidewater, Hornbeck, Otto Candies, Edison Chouest and other major offshore operators. Leevac Shipyards is a prime example. For the last four years they have built almost exclusively for Hornbeck Offshore Services, producing a number of 200-260 ft. very capable supply boats including four 240-ft. platform supply vessels in 2003. Today their order book includes a huge casino boat and a large 445-ft. by 78-ft. tank barge, but no OSVs. Quality Shipyards, Houma, La.

San Diego Marifest Salutes Vets

event, celebrating Memorial Day and National Maritime Day. Workshops, A Taste of the Waterfront and 4th Annual Maritime Heritage Dance. Again this year, the SS Lane Victory will visit San Diego for MariFest. A special tribute for Korean War Veterans will be held aboard the SS Lane Victory on Monday. Asian Cultural Exhibits are an added feature this year. World War II veterans for the Library of Congress. of America’s veterans. history, and maritime career exploration. California as a certified ROP course. on-the-job training. 1967) built in 1952. County. provide maritime career and vocational training to foster teens. strategic partners are St. Maritime Museum.

Ingram Marine Announces Executive Promotions

Ingram Marine Group announced the following executive leadership promotions. David Sehrt, former Vice President of Operations and Engineering for Ingram Barge Company, has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Dan Mecklenborg, previously Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Ingram Barge Company, has been named Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Legal Officer. David O’Neill, who has served as Assistant Vice President, Ingram Support Services (ISS) and Emergency Response, has been promoted to Vice President, ISS and Emergency Response. “We have a very strong leadership team, and it’s the right team to guide us through the transition period as we bring Midland Enterprises on board as an Ingram company…

Pettit Launched Water-based Antifouling Paint

Image courtesy of Pettit

Pettit Marine Paint, manufacturer of high performance marine coatings, announced today the release of an entry-level water-based antifouling paint, Neptune 5. This latest addition to Pettit’s line of ecofriendly bottom paints provides lower applied cost per square foot, easier application and is priced for budget conscious consumers, the company said. Pettit said it has created a hybrid paint film strong enough to handle the tough marine environment, yet it self-polishes similar to a seasonal ablative.

Webb Institute Holds 120th Commencement Ceremony

Webb Institute’s Class of 2016 at the 120th Commencement Ceremony. Pictured is, Lauren West, Michael Walker, Cody Stansky, Dylan Przelomski, Kelly O’Brien, llya Mouravieff, Brian Mills, and Jenny Lorenc. Photo credit, Kerri Allegretta (Photo: Webb Institute)

On Saturday June 18, Webb Institute awarded 19 Bachelor of Science degrees at its 120th Commencement Ceremony. Each graduating student received a dual degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Webb’s commencement ceremony, opened with the singing of the National Anthem by the WooFs (Webb Family Singers), and included inspirational remarks from the ceremony’s principal speaker, Donald T. (Boysie) Bollinger, retired chairman and CEO of Louisiana­based Bollinger Shipyards…

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