Hong Kong takes delivery of first of two new emergency response vessels

emergency response vessel

China’s AFAI Southern Shipyard has delivered the first of two new, Incat Crowther designed, emergency response vessels for the Hong Kong Fire Services Department. The two state-of-the-art next-generation vessels will replace the department’s aging fleet of emergency response vessels and will be stationed at Hong Kong International Airport for fast deployment across Hong Kong’s busy waterways.

The new vessels are tailored specifically for search and rescue, fire response and other emergency...


Tour Collective orders new Incat Crowther eco-tourism vessel

eco-tourism vessel

The Tour Collective, an eco-tourism operator in Australia’s southeast Queensland region, has ordered a highly customized 22-meter Incat Crowther designed tourism vessel at the Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard in Coomera, Queensland.

The vessel is being built to support the Tour Collective’s operations in the Moreton Bay Marine Park and the company chose to work with Incat Crowther following the success of Spirit of Migaloo II, an Incat Crowther designed whale watching catamaran that has been in...


Ship Repair USA sees robust turnout in its second year

Marine Log held its second annual Ship Repair USA conference in the French Quarter of New Orleans on June 11-12, once again drawing numerous attendees from across the spectrum of shipyards, vessel operators, maintenance providers, suppliers, and other specialists. Ship Repair USA will return to the Gulf region again next summer.

“This year’s Ship Repair USA conference was a true collaborative effort,” said Gary Lynch, publisher for Marine Log. “Thank you to our speakers, sponsors, SNAME, our...


New BRIX Marine LandingCat is en route to Alaska

LandingCat on TraveLift

Following its launch by Port Angeles, Wash., based BRIX Marine, the 4615-HTC LandingCat OMC is now en route to serve the Chenega community in Alaska. There it is set to become a versatile construction workhorse for Prince William Sound, capable of hauling freight and equipment to remote locations.

“Chenega Corporation sought to custom-build a boat specific to our needs for accessing the village and our surrounding properties, as well as supporting commercial customers with a variety of small...


MSC joins Ship Repair USA next week in New Orleans

For a second year in a row, the Military Sealift Command (MSC) will be hosting several presentations aimed at shipyard and ship repair yard suppliers—both OEMs and non-OEMs alike—at Marine Log’s Ship Repair USA conference on June 11-12 in the French Quarter of New Orleans, La.

“MSC relies on the commercial ship repair and marine equipment industrial base to support our ship maintenance and repair requirements,” said Neil Lichtenstein, deputy director ship management, DSMx, for the MSC, who will...


Vigor completes USNS John Lewis (T-AO 205) PSA

Vigor Marine LLC, Portland, Oregon, reports that it has completed a Post-Shakedown Availability (PSA) on USNS John Lewis (T-AO 205) at its Swan Island shipyard. The first-in-class Military Sealift Command vessel will head into active service following the eight-month availability, as the lead ship in the John Lewis-class fleet replenishment oilers. The successful availability adds to Vigor’s long track record of serving MSC at Swan Island.

“Our skilled workers are proud to serve MSC and our...


SWITCH Maritime’s Sea Change ferry set to enter service

SWITCH Maritime's Sea Change

For those of us who have been following the project from its earliest days, this has been a long-awaited development: SWITCH Maritime’s hydrogen fuel cell powered ferry the Sea Change has now received its U.S. Coast Guard Certificate of Inspection (COI). With the COI, the vessel is now able to commence commercial operations, delivering a zero-emission public ferry service.

Following a formal launch event in June, the Sea Change will be operated in a six-month pilot service by the San Francisco...


Austal USA christens final Independence-variant LCS, USS Pierre

Austal USA has celebrated the christening of the company’s 19th Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) – the future USS Pierre (LCS 38). Ship sponsor Larissa Thune Hargens executed the ceremonial bottle break over the bow of Pierre, witnessed by an audience of over four hundred guests.

Hargens, the daughter of U.S. Senator John Thune (R.-SD), is a native of South Dakota, She graduated from Bethel University, in Saint Paul, Minn., with a bachelor’s degree in political science and...


Austal USA names Mark Santamaria CFO

Mark Santamaria has joined Mobile, Ala., based Austal USA as its chief financial officer (CFO), bringing three decades of experience in financial and executive leadership to the Austal USA leadership team.

“Mark’s extensive background in government and commercial contracting environments is a valuable asset to Austal USA,” said Austal USA president Michelle Kruger. “We are excited to have him on our senior leadership team and look forward to benefiting from his financial management experience.”



Vardin selects Wärtsilä 25 to power new freezer trawler

Mest Shipyard in the Faroe Islands has signed a contract to build a new freezer trawler for Faroese fishing company Vardin. It is expected to be the first of three built for Faroese operators with the second two being jointly owned by Vardin and Framrherij. Designed by Mest in close collaboration with Vardin, the first vessel is expected to be delivered in mid-2026. With a length of 44.15 meters and a breadth of 11.6 meters, the vessel has a freezing capacity of 40 tonnes per day.



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