Nichols Bros. Launch Sternwheeler Cruise Ship

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Whidbey Island and Seattle-based American West Steamboat Company, owned by Henry Hillman, Jr., CEO of Oregon Rail Corp., have launched the newly constructed overnight sternwheeler cruise ship Empress of the North.


Blount Marine Delivers Star of Chicago To Star Line Corporation

Blount Marine Corporation of Warren, R.I., announced the delivery of the 150-foot by 35- foot Star of Chicago to Star Line Corporation of East Lansing, Mich. The Star of Chicago is a Bay Queen style dinner boat with a passenger capacity of 600 and seating for 450 in two dining rooms.

B+V Reports Busy Repair Docks in August

Despite the difficult market situation Blohm + Voss Repair GmbH has been able to book new orders so that the docks are quite busy in August. In addition to the conversion of the LNG tanker Matthew, which is discussed on page 24 of this edition,

Blount Delivers Commuter Ferry For High-Speed Hudson Crossings

Blount Marine Corporation of Warren, R.I., recently completed the 149-passenger, 77-foot, highspeed commuter ferry Port Imperial, said to be the first high-speed commuter ferry built for a Manhattan area run. Designed and built from Blount's patented concept of hull construction,

Great Ships of the Year

Name Tempera Type Double Acting Tanker (DAT) Owner Fortum Built Sumitomo Heavy Ind. Kvaerner Masa-Yards is well renowned for its ship and ship's equipment ice breaking technology. Upon visiting Finland on a recent excursion and enjoying winter in November, it's easy to see why.

Norwegian Line Unable to Remedy Leaky Sprinklers on the Norway

Norwegian Cruise Line canceled the weekly sailing of its ship Norway on May 29 because of leaks in the fire sprinkler system, thwarting Caribbean vacation plans for more than 2,000 passengers stuck in Miami. The Norway had been scheduled to leave

NASSCO Awarded $174 Million To Build Destroyer Tender

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), San Diego, Calif., has been awarded a contract for the construction of a new "Gompers Class" Destroyer Tender (AD-43) by the U.S. Navy for a target price of approximately $174 million. The contract

MTU Enters The Medium Speed Fray With The 8000

MTU Friedrichshafen plans to introduce a new 20V 8000 engine at this year's SMM. Able to produce 9,000 kW at 1,150-rpm, the model is the company's most powerful — moving MTU into the realm of medium-speed engines. The 20V can be utilized as main propulsion for large yachts and workboats,


Changing military requirements have highlighted the need for traditional Navy suppliers to diversify by developing a growing sales presence in the commercial marine sector. While naval shipbuilding in this country will continue to provide major new business opportunities,

Seven Seas Voyager Will Boast Dolphin Podded Propellers

Seven Seas Voyager, the new 50,000-gt cruise ship under construction at T. Mariotti Shipyard in Genoa, Italy for Radisson Seven Seas, will be among the first ships to house the new Dolphin podded propulsion system jointly developed by STN Atlas Marine Electronics and John Crane- Lips.

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