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HMS Ferries, Inc., a member of the HMS Global Maritime family of businesses, announces that two different projects have been awarded state and federal grants for capital improvements, equaling a combined total of nearly $10 million. The majority of the funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation, which has awarded approximately $123.5 million for passenger ferry projects and ferry operators throughout the United States and selected territories.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) yesterday announced the award and distribution of approximately $123.5 million for passenger ferry projects and ferry operators throughout the United States and selected territories.
Entertainment Cruises, which bills itself as the nation’s largest dining and sightseeing cruise company, has made its first move into Florida with the recent purchase of Windridge Yacht Charters. Terms were not disclosed.
The U.S. Coast Guard has recognized Annapolis, Md.-based Watermark for excellence in vessel maintenance, safety and crew proficiency.
Capt. Terri Bernstein of BB Riverboats in Newport, Ky., will serve as president of the Passenger Vessel Association for 2014. Association officers and board members were elected at the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2014 held in Houston in January.
During the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2014, held Jan. 18-21 in Houston, members of the Passenger Vessel Association elected Capt. Terri Bernstein, vice president of operations of BB Riverboats, Newport, Ky., as PVA president for 2014.
The American Queen Steamboat Company, owner and operator of the U.S-flagged American Queen, today announced the closing on financing and full ownership of its second vessel, the American Empress.
At the Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle yesterday, All American Marine announced that it had been selected to build a pair of 250-passenger ferries for King County, Wash.
Burger Boat Company has received a contract for the construction of Chicago's Classic Lady, a 98' (30m) steel passenger vessel for Chicago's First Lady Cruises.
The House of Representatives last week threw a lifeline to everyone who wants the inland passenger vessel Delta Queen to sail again, including a group of investors led by a former company executive.
Will Mexico see more U.S. OSVs?
If Mexico's new oil reforms work, U.S. OSV operators will receive a nice boost and relocate more vessels to the region.
Author: David Krapf
August 28, 2014
Has the Coast Guard gone international?
I am increasingly concerned with the International Maritime Organization (IMO). It’s not about the group’s regulation of international vessels but with the potential impact that emerging IMO rules might have on domestic U.S. vessel operators and mariners. The Coast Guard
Author: Capt. Alan Bernstein
August 28, 2014
Wood boats, aluminum boats and Port Townsend
It's still summer, still a good time to be on the water, whether for work or pleasure. Last week, I got a chance to do both at the same time.
Author: Bruce Buls
August 26, 2014
What’s next for shipping assets?
Theories on optimal ownership structures for capital assets are like the shipping markets — they go in cycles. Since workboats are often ancillary to some larger business mission, I am always scanning the business news for clues about company architecture.
Author: Barry Parker
August 26, 2014