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Kvichak merges with Vigor

By Bruce Buls

Kvichak Marine Industries, Seattle, one of the most successful aluminum boatbuilders in the U.S., today announced that it is merging with Vigor Industrial, the shipyard company based in Portland, Ore.

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Coast Guard revokes Willamette Queen’s certificate of inspection

By Leslie Taylor

The Coast Guard revoked the certificate of inspection of the passenger vessel Willamette Queen Monday after the vessel’s owners failed to conduct a required out-of-water hull examination.

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Tug owner given eight month prison sentence after death of crewman

By WorkBoat

A tug owner was given an eight-month custodial sentence after his crewmember died trying to reattach a tow line in a violent storm.

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August lease sale to offer all available acreage in the Western Gulf of Mexico

By Leslie Taylor

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Abigail Ross Hopper yesterdy announced the bureau will offer more than 21 million acres offshore Texas for oil and gas exploration and development in a lease sale that will include all available unleased areas in the Western Gulf of Mexico Planning Area.

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Hornbeck Offshore lands Navy contracts worth $152 million

By WorkBoat

Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc. announced today that it has closed the previously announced sale of three 250EDF class OSVs, the HOS Arrowhead, the HOS Eagleview and the HOS Westwind, to the Navy.

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Index begins 2015 on a down note

By David Krapf

The WorkBoat Composite Index opened 2015 with a loss, dropping 1.5% in January. The 25-point drop was mostly attributed to operators, who lost just over 4%. For the month, losers topped winners by a ratio of about 4-1.

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Close Calls

By Dale K. DuPont

Close Calls

Rec boaters are putting commercial mariners on edge.

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KEEL LAID FOR LCS 13 AT MARINETTE

By Dave Krapf

The keel for the Navy’s 13th Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), Wichita, was officially laid in a ceremony held at Marinette Marine Corp. in Marinette, Wis., in early February.

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Liability for medical malpractice

By Daniel J. Hoerner

The Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit (Alabama, Florida and Georgia) has opened the door to a potential flood of liability exposure for vessel operators for negligence of shipboard doctors and other medical personnel.   Continued »

Same damn wind

By Gene McKeever

I wrote this column while sitting in my office with the space heater going because it was 12° outside, fierce hurricane force winds were blowing and blizzard conditions were supposed to last for a day or more. Continued »