EBDG-designed aluminum ferry to be Constructed
by Nichols Bros Boat Builders for Wahkiakum County. ft. x 47 ft. run between ferry terminals in Cathlamet, Wash. Westport, Ore. reversing reduction gears with two fixed-pitched propellers. 2015. services on behalf of owners, operators and shipyards across the country.
Nicholas Brothers Contracted for New Ferry
Nicholas Brothers Boat Builders has been awarded a new vessel contract to build a 115’x47.5’ 23-Car, 100 passenger ferry for Wahkiakum County. The ferry will operate between existing ferry terminals to Puget Island in Cathlamet, Washington and Westport, Oregon. Designed by Elliot Bay Design Group of Seattle, Wash., the steel hull, aluminum superstructure vessel will be powered by two diesel Cummins QLS 9, 285 hp at 1,800 rpm coupled to ZF Marine reversing reduction gears with two fixed-pitched propellers, and designed to operate at eight knots.
New Ferry Built for Washington, Oregon
Construction of the steel-hulled, aluminum superstructure ferry M/V Oscar B has been completed for Wahkiakum County as a replacement for the existing ferry, Wahkiakum. The Oscar B, designed by Seattle's Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) and built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, is a 115 ft. x 47.6 ft., 23‐Car, 100 passenger ferry named after the late Oscar Bergseng who skippered the Wahkiakum for 17 years. The vessel, currently underway toward Astoria from Whidbey Island where it underwent sea trials…
Nichols Brothers to Build Washington Ferry Superstructure
Ice Floe, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) has been contracted by Vigor Industrial to construct the superstructure portion of the third Olympic Class 144-Car Washington State Ferry the M/V Chimacum. Nichols Brothers completed the superstructures for the first and second WSF 144-Car Ferry vessels delivered to Vigor for final assembly in March and December 2013. Nichols Brothers is responsible for construction of the grand block section of the vessel including the upper car decks, exhaust stacks and pilothouses. Additional work has been awarded to NBBB including all superstructure piping, windows, stairs, ladders, all exterior hand rails and completely painting the interior and exterior.
Oscar B: Power in the River Currants
Since 1925 there has been some form of car ferry crossing of the lower Columbia River from Puget Island on the Washington side to Westport Slough on the Oregon side. In 1959 Wahkiakum County took over operation of the ferry and in 1962 had a steel-hulled ferry, named for the county, built by Nichols Boat Works at Hood River Oregon. This 12-car ferry served until 2015 when the county took delivery of a larger 23-car ferry. This ferry, named Oscar B, after Oscar Bergseng who served as ferry captain for 17 years. He died in 1985 after serving further years as ferry commissioner.
Major Ferry Design Projects for EBDG
Elliott Bay Design Group LLC (EBDG) has a number of major ferry design projects in progress with clients from across the country, including many repeat customers. In early 2008 the Texas Department of Transportation (DOT), Corpus Christi District selected EBDG to design a new 28-car ferry for service between Port Aransas and Harbor Island. This short route forms the continuation of Texas State Highway 361 across the Corpus Christi Channel. The multi-phased design effort began with a Design Study Report, which included a hull and superstructure configuration study, propulsion and steering configuration and cost studies, and a capital cost study. Follow-on phases include Contract Design, Bid Support and Construction Liaison.
Nichols Brothers to Build Vessel for American Samoa
Ice Floe, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) has been contracted by the Government of American Samoa to build a multipurpose vessel to operate in the warm waters of the South Pacific primarily between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, however the vessel will also be certified to travel to Tonga, Fiji and U.S. territory Islands to support the economic development of American Samoa. NBBB has contracted Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) to provide the functional design and production engineering for the project.
Illinois Ensures City/County-Owned Casinos
Legislation introduced by Sen. Robert Molaro (D-Cook) provides if any riverboat gaming licenses are issued for Chicago or Cook County, they could go only to the county or municipal governing board. The governing board would then conduct an auction and grant the opportunity to manage the riverboat gaming operation to the highest qualified bidder. Senate Bill 1193 is intended to ensure if there are going to be riverboat casinos in Cook County, they are city- or county-owned so virtually all of the revenue generated by the gaming operations goes to the city or county. Additionally, House Bill 276, legislation to authorize the opening of an unspecified number of additional riverboat casinos, was returned to the House Rules Committee from the House Executive Committee.
SC: State Port Authority Trumps County
The Supreme Court of South Carolina ruled that the eminent domain power of the South Carolina State Ports Authority (SCSPA) is superior to that of Jasper County. In the instant case, the SCSPA and the County had competing plans for development of a marine terminal to be located on the Savannah River. The court held that, while both had the power and authority to develop and operate ports or terminals, the power of the state agency to take by eminent domain a particular piece of real property trumped that of the county agency. South Carolina State Ports Authority v. Jasper County, No. 26132 Source: HK Law
FEMA's Marine Debris Removal Projects Detailed
As the work to clean up beaches, waterways and the Mississippi Sound continues, four of 16 projects are finished and two others are nearing completion. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which heads the multi-agency effort with the U.S. Coast Guard, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and other partners, is moving forward with ten other projects. Of the $230m allocated for Mississippi’s marine debris removal, $222m is part of an intra-agency agreement that began October 1, 2006. So far approximately $8.5m has been spent on the four completed projects. Three of the four completed projects were initial test sites for the marine debris removal initiative: Enger Street in Jackson County…
Port Canaveral to Conduct Casualty Drill
Canaveral Fire Rescue, the Cape Canaveral Hospital, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and Holmes Regional First Flight will be conducting a small scale Mass Casualty drill. The drill will take place at Canaveral Fire Rescue Training facility in Port Canaveral. The drill will test response and plans of emergency responders and local hospitals. Participants include Canaveral Port Authority, Health First, Cape Canaveral Hospital, Canaveral Fire Rescue, Brevard County Fire Rescue, Cocoa Beach Fire Rescue, and Brevard County Emergency Management.
News: Mighty Tidy Clears the Way
The Port of Houston Authority, along with the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, the Harris County Supplemental Environmental Program and the Harris County Flood Control District, has launched the trash skimmer Mighty Tidy, a vessel specially designed to skim litter and debris from Buffalo Bayou. "The Port Authority is proud to deliver an innovative solution to the problem of visual pollution we have experienced along Buffalo Bayou," said Jim Edmonds, PHA chairman. Funded in part by a joint grant from the Harris County Supplemental Environmental Program and the Harris County Flood Control District, the skimmer will be in operation five days a week along the banks of the bayou from Shepherd Drive to the East Loop 610.
Possible Support for Riverboat Gaming
Illinois Gov. George Ryan signaled he may be willing to support the transfer of a dormant riverboat gaming license to Cook County, despite campaigning against the idea last year. While not explicitly endorsing a specific casino site, he acknowledged without the crucial support of legislators who want riverboat gaming in the county, no gambling package could move forward in the Illinois General Assembly. Cook County is the only Illinois county prohibited by law from having a riverboat casino. Rosemont Mayor Donald Stephens is pushing for a riverboat there, and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has endorsed Stephens' bid for a casino. Daley said he is not interested in bringing riverboat gambling to Chicago, but if Rosemont wants the dormant Silver Eagle license, he won't raise objections
Adesta to Expand River Operations Security for the Jefferson County
Adesta, LLC, a systems integrator and project management company for communication networks and electronic security systems, has been awarded a $958,000 contract to install a waterside video surveillance system for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department along the Sabine/Neches Rivers. The system will effectively manage and monitor surveillance video at strategic locations along the waterway between Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas. Adesta will engineer, install, test and turn up a fully integrated wireless video surveillance network. The project includes a network of cameras from remote locations along the Rivers, with video management from the United States Coast Guard Vessel Tracking Station and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.
New Search and Rescue Patrol Aluminum Catamaran Delivered to Monroe County New York
Mission Marine, Ltd. delivered its Mission 338 (29’ x 11’5”) Pilot House Model to Monroe County Sheriff Marine Patrol in late August located in Monroe County on the banks on the Genesee River, Rochester, New York. The aluminum catamaran will be used in a variety of missions including search and rescue, patrol, homeland security, drug intervention, and escorting the high speed ferry owned by City of Rochester , and to assist the Coast Guard and Border Patrol. This Mission Marine vessel will complement their fleet for rough water missions on Lake Ontario . An independent marine professional was hired by the County of Monroe to do extensive research for their new vessel.
Moose Delivers Rescue and Patrol Vessel
Moose Boats, a designer and builder of aluminum catamarans, has delivered a M2-33’ to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. This vessel was specifically designed, built and equipped to the handle the constant grueling daily challenges that law enforcement boats are subjected to. In addition to continual patrol use, this vessel is also fully equipped for search and rescue missions and has fire fighting capabilities. The boat will be assigned to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Marina del Rey Station.
Potential Bidders Eye Waterway Contracts
State and federal officials held a meeting at the Harrison County Courthouse on March 7 for potential contractors who will bid to clean up inland channels and waterways in the three coastal counties. An overflow crowd of 150 demolition and salvage professionals packed a courtroom to learn from the U.S. Coast Guard and Mississippi's Department of Marine Resources the work they will have to do to get the contracts. The federal government has issued a solicitation at www.fedbizopps.gov for the first group of several contracts to clean marine debris in Jackson, Harrison and Hancock counties. The Coast Guard said that at least 15 percent of work for each contract would have to be done by locals as a stipulation of using a possible $33 million in FEMA disaster funds for the cleanup.
Casino Gaming in Hawaii?
House Bill (H.B.) 1600, sponsored by Rep. Calvin Say (D), would allow casino gaming in Honolulu County if a majority of county voters approved. The measure would restrict shipboard gaming to three ships, and allow such gaming only until December 31, 2005. The bill carries no specific termination date for land-based gaming. The legislation would be repealed on December 31, 2005, unless voters approve casino gaming by that date.
Port of Palm Beach Opens New Office and Terminal
The Port of Palm Beach will celebrate the grand opening of the new 100,000 sq. ft. Cruise Terminal and Maritime Office Complex on February 11. Festivities will include the inaugural State of the Port Address before local, regional and state dignitaries and a tour of the new Cruise Terminal. The Port of Palm Beach District is an independent special taxing district of the state of Florida. The Port District, located in Palm Beach County and established in 1915 by the citizens of Palm Beach County, covers a land area of 971 square miles. The Port is one of the busiest container ports in Florida and continues to be an economic engine for Palm Beach County.
Mission Marine Delivers Patrol Catamaran
Mission Marine, Ltd. delivered its Mission 29-ft. 338 Pilot House Model to Monroe County Sheriff Marine Patrol in August located to Monroe County, NY. The aluminum catamaran will be used in a variety of missions including search and rescue, patrol, homeland security, drug intervention, and escorting the high speed ferry owned by the City of Rochester, and to assist the Coast Guard and Border Patrol. The Mission Marine vessel complements their fleet for rough water missions on Lake Ontario. The vessel is powered by twin 2006 Mercury Verados. Mission Marine provided a one-day training seminar, both classroom and on-water instruction, to the Monroe County Marine Patrol officers. The boat will based on the Genesee River at the Marine Patrol Headquarters.
Erie Shipbuilding to Undergo Expansion
Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. jobs to the local economy over the next three years. tax credits. for more than 15 years. Governor Rendell. project that is expected to cost $12.8 million. times to deliver orders and products. Pennsylvania locations. at least 205 new jobs within three years and retain 26 existing employees. including a first-of-its-kind, multi-million dollar robotic welding system. Grant, $92,250 in CJT, and $410,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits (JCTC). operations. repair, ship conversions and dry-docking services. dock on the Great Lakes. expansion project.
Port Everglades Salutes USS Ronald Reagan
Broward County’s Port Everglades saluted the U.S. Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), this month as the 1,092-foot-long ship and several thousand sailors made their first port call since the ship’s commissioning in July 2003. “Broward County has always been a favorite destination for Navy ships, which is due in part to the many attractions and sites this area has to offer young people, and to the warm reception they receive from our local residents as well as our active Navy Leagues,” said Broward County Mayor Diana Wasserman-Rubin. Broward County Commissioner Josephus Eggelletion, Jr., Port Director Ken Krauter and mayors from cities within the port’s jurisdiction greeted Commanding Officer Capt. James A.
Moose Boats Delivers Patrol Boat to LA County
Moose Boats delivered a M2-35’ for law enforcement, search and rescue efforts and fire fighting capabilities to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Station. The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Harbor Patrol Unit serves as a first responder rescue unit for the entire shoreline of Los Angeles County. vessels. The vessel’s jet propulsion makes it suited for dive rescue and recovery operations, due to the safety factor inherent to waterjet equipment versus traditional propeller driven boats. Boat operators can safely maneuver in open-water rescues with divers in the water without putting them in harm’s way from potential propeller contact. a climate controlled cabin which enables superior patient care during emergency medical calls. This 35.5 ft.