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January 2015 BOATBUILDING BITTS
So what exactly is faith-based towing? According to Merriam-Webster, faith may be defined as a “firm belief in something for which there is no proof.”
Recently, several mariners contacted me about the difficulties they are having with license processing at the National Maritime Center (NMC) in West Virginia.
An important component of any workboat, one that is often taken for granted until it looks like hell and you realize it can’t be ignored, is paint.
Yesterday Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell announced the selection of Vigor Alaska to build the state’s two newest day ferries.
On Sept. 15, the 70m fast crew boat (FCB) was christened Muslim Magomayev at a ceremony at the Incat shipyard in Hobart, Tasmania.
Ingram Barge Company announced today that they will be building 20 tank barges in 2015 to meet growing demand for chemical shipments.
Kvichak Marine Industries, Seattle, Wash., was awarded a five year contract by the Coast Guard for the construction of 32’ Transportable Port Security Boats (TPSB) in 2011. Kvichak has delivered 52 vessels to date. The USCG recently awarded an additional seven vessels to the contract.
Austal Limited (ASX:ASB) yesterday announced it has completed the sale of “Austal Hull 270”, the company’s 102 m trimaran stock vessel to Channel Islands' ferry operator Condor Ferries, for $61.5 million.
The fourth National Security Cutter, Hamilton, successfully completed several days of rigorous acceptance trials Thursday to ensure the cutter meets its contractual requirements and is ready for delivery to the Coast Guard.
Keep the Jones Act
The Jones Act protects an industry that accounts for upward of 400,000 jobs and $36 billion in total economic activity.
Author: Sound Off
January 22, 2015
Mariners and marijuana: A moral perspective
Mariners continue to suffer more than the rest of the population from unfair and illogical Coast Guard drug enforcement policies.
Author: Capt. Max Hardberger
January 22, 2015
How to avoid a collision
If you’re the give-way vessel and you wait to the point where you have to resolve a situation with anything even remotely approaching an abaft-your-own-beam course change, then you’ve waited way too long.
Author: Joel Milton
January 20, 2015