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Feature: Aluminum Boats Prove Their Mettle

By John Simpson, Editor, Aluminum Now and Michael Skillingberg, VP, Technology, The Aluminum Association, Inc. Aluminum has been used in the marine industry for more than 100 years because of its light weight and ease of fabrication combined with good corrosion and fatigue resistance. However, for much of the past 30 years, fiberglass has been the material of choice of North American boatbuilders, particularly for higher-volume production lines. Competitively priced compared with boats made from most other materials, fiberglass boats can also be made from standardized molds that reduce their construction time and labor. Aluminum alloys, which are specified for marine use, offer many benefits, though, too. Their high level of performance along with recent advances in aluminum cutting and welding is helping to reduce fiberglass' boats cost advantage, and the metal's utility for a wide range of boatbuilding applications is poised for reappraisal. Changing Image of Aluminum Boats "Aluminum boat technology is relatively new," says Steve Daigle, president of Daigle Welding & Marine Ltd., in Campbell River, British Columbia, noting that welded aluminum boats first came on the market en masse as recently as the late 1960s. Prior to that, riveting was the standard technique for joining aluminum sheets on boat hulls-a technique still used for many smaller boats that use thinner-gauge aluminum.


News: Conrad Expands into Aluminum

Conrad Industries, Inc. is expanding its products and services to include aluminum marine fabrication, repair and conversion for both commercial and government customers. The expansion is part of a $5.5 million investment in one of the company's existing facilities in Amelia, La. Kenneth G. "Jerry" Myers, Jr., Conrad's President and CEO said, "We are extremely excited to announce our entrance into the aluminum marine fabrication, repair and conversion business via our subsidiary


Martyr Anodes on Europort Green Route

Photo: Canada Metal (Pacific) Ltd.

Canada Metal (Pacific) Ltd. delivers sustainable and efficient products for demanding commercial marine applications. Its wide range of Martyr magnesium and aluminum anodes contain no traces of toxic cadmium, a distinction that earned CMP a place on the upcoming Europort show's Green Route. This honor is given to products and services that demonstrably reduce the environmental impact of marine vessels. As the only company on the market to offer cadmium-free cathodic protection for salt


Navy Issue Hi-speed Range Boat Contracts

A Range Boat: Photo CCL

US Department of Defense has issued the following Navy contracts for construction of high speed maneuverable surface targets (HSMSTs). The contracts are awarded to Silver Ships Inc., Theodore, Ala. and Gravois Aluminum Boats LLC, doing business as Metal Shark Aluminum Boats LLC, Jeanerette, La., who are each being awarded separate firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contracts for the construction of high speed maneuverable surface targets (HSMSTs). 


Dept. of Interior, Moose Boats Contract

Photo courtesy Moose Boats

Moose Boats, an aluminum boat manufacturer, has been awarded a contract from US Department of the Interior – US Park Police, for a M1-44 Patrol Boat. This is a 44-ft all aluminum catamaran powered by twin 600hp Cummins diesel engines coupled with twin Hamilton 322 water-jets. This vessel is designed to attain a top speed of 40 knots, cruise at approximately 30 knots and will be used for security patrol of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island


News: Austal Apprenticeship Program Completes First Year

In June 2002, the fast expanding Austal USA yard, in Mobile, AL, introduced an apprenticeship program to its recruitment efforts. Since then, this program has introduced three classes to its shipbuilding curriculum, which is recognized by the U.S. Labor Board, and has successfully entered into its second year of operation. Shortly after Austal USA opened its new aluminum shipbuilding facility in February 2001, they joined forces with the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and Bishop State


ACB Wins Boat Contract

According to a report in the Bellingham Herald, Aluminum Chambered Boats Inc. (ACB) will build 62 boats for the U.S. Marine Corps, a contract worth a reported $20 million. The 62 boats are in addition to the four craft the company has already sold to the Marines. Once those boats successfully completed testing and trials, the Marines closed the deal on the bigger contract. The 24-ft. boats are built with a series of sealed aluminum chambers


Rex Alloy Offers New RIB

Designed by policemen for policemen, the Interceptor line of 43 ft. high speed RIBs are capable of speeds up to 70 mph, and are engineered to be the strongest, safest, most seaworthy police boats ever built, says the manufacturer, Rex Alloy Rigid Inflatables. According to the company, the integration of state-of-the-art marine materials produces a boat that is virtually unsinkable, exceptionally buoyant and incredibly stable in all sea conditions


Friction Stir Fabrication Technology

In October, the Office of Naval Research hosted a Friction Stir Science & Technology Review in York, Pa. to discuss advancements in Friction Stir technologies.  Among the attendees was Dr. Jeffrey Schultz Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Blacksburg’s high-tech engineering firm Schultz-Creehan, who reported the progress on his company’s development of Friction Stir Fabrication Technology.


Noreq AS Acquires Bergen Group Idnt├Žkni

Noreq AS has acquired the Icelandic company Bergen Group Idntækni, which it will rename Alu1. Idntækni is a technology-based company with a work force of highly qualified engineers. The company is specialized within the aluminum industry, and is known for its consultative work as well as its own products. Idntækni has been in operation for nearly 25 years, and was formerly owned by Bergen Group Technology.


Kvichak Delivers Vessel to NSEDC

Photo: Miguel Edwards

Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc. recently delivered a multi-mission 66’ all-aluminum Shallow Draft Crab and Salmon Tender to the Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation (NSEDC). The vessel was christened the Paul C. Johnson in honor of the late Paul “Koublou” Charles Johnson


EBDG-designed Passenger Vessel Launched

Hornblower Guardian (Photo courtesy of EBDG)

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), a naval architecture and marine engineering firm with offices in Seattle, New Orleans and Ketchikan, today announced that the passenger vessel Hornblower Guardian, built to its design, is now in service. EBDG partnered with Hornblower Cruises and Events of San


Palfinger Secures Follow-up Order from Sentinel

The FRSQ 1000 daughter craft by PALFINGER BOATS (Credit Palfinger)

Palfinger Boats, Palfinger Ned-Deck and their partner Outreach Ltd. have secured a follow-up order from Sentinel Marine Ltd. The delivery of Sentinel Marine Ltd's fast rescue and aluminum daughter crafts order for four emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRVs)


Metal Shark Hires Wegener as Sales Director

Carl Wegener (Photo courtesy of Metal Shark)

Louisiana-based boat manufacturer Metal Shark Aluminum Boats has hired Carl Wegener as its Director of Commercial Sales, the company announced today. Wegener brings a diversified background in engineering, strategic planning, and business development


Moose Boats to Build Fireboat for Bellingham

Image courtesy of Moose Boats

Moose Boats, a boat designer and manufacturer in the San Francisco Bay Area, has been awarded a contract from Bellingham Fire Department in Washington State for the construction of a M2-38 Catamaran CBRN Emergency Response and Recovery Vessel.


Leo Motors Inc Takes Lead in Green Marine Propulsion

Leo Greentier Marines is the premier Korean E-outboard developer and manufacturer

  Leo Motors Inc. (LEOM) has acquired by merger 100% of its affiliate company, Leo Greentier Marines (LGM) through a share exchange. LGM is the premier Korean E-outboard developer and manufacturer. They bring LEOM an effective fossil fuel alternative to conventional boats dramatically


First of 12 UT4000 Crewboats Delivered

Baru Gorgona (Photo courtesy of Incat Crowther)

Incat Crowther announced the launch of Baru Gorgona, the first of a new series of 12 UT4000 Monohull Fast Supply Vessels to be built by ETP Engenharia Ltda. Additionally, Incat Crowther has signed a contract to supply the design of six further UT4000 FSVs to be built at Arpoador Engenharia Ltda


Kvichak Quality Returns to Bristol Bay

32Top House Gillnetter

  Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc. announced the start of a production run of 32’ Bristol Bay Gillnetters for the 2015 season.  This new, top house design all-aluminum 32’ x 16’ jet propelled gillnetter is a product of the Kvichak design team and will be powered by twin


NY/NJ Port Authority Orders Two Vessels from Moose Boats

Image courtesy of Moose Boats

Moose Boats, a boat designer and manufacturer in the San Francisco Bay Area, recently finalized contract specifications with The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the construction of two M2-35 Outboard Catamarans for Patrol and Emergency Rescue Response in the waters surrounding JFK


MagicEzy, AB Marine Join Forces

MagicEzy, Australian manufacturer of new 9-Second Chip Fix, Hairline Fix and Mega Fusion, has signed on with Newport, Rhode Island-based marine products distributor AB Marine to bring its repair products to the North American boating market.


Enivrude Signs With KingFisher

BRP has signed an agreement to provide Renaissance Marine Groups’ KingFisher Boats with Evinrude outboard engines. The welded heavy-gauge aluminum boats, manufactured in a state-of-the art facility in Vernon, British Columbia, are known for their custom-built quality.


IHI Wins Order From Chinese Wison Group

IHI Floating Vessel Similar to FSRU

  IHI Corporation (IHI) received an order for two “IHI-SPB” LNG tanks to be installed in the Floating LNG Storage & Regasification Unit (FSRU) from Wison Group of Shanghai, China (Wison) who is known as the largest private EPC contractor in China


Course Analyzes Ship Structure Fatigue and Fracture

Fatigue and Fracture Analysis of Ship Structures.jpg

A three-day course hosted by ABS in partnership with BMT Fleet Technology will help participants learn how design, maintenance and operational issues affect fatigue and fracture of steel and aluminum ship structures. Geared to the needs of naval architects


Metal Shark Boats Gets Louisiana Governor's Award

Award ceremony: Photo LED

Louisiana Economic Development (LED) inform that Gov. Bobby Jindal has presented Metal Shark Boats, (headquartered in Jeanerette in Iberia Parish) with the Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence. The Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence is periodically awarded by


Latest DoD Contracts

USS Hue City: Photo USN

Contracts have been awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, NASSCO-Mayport, Timken Gears & Services Inc., and Colonna's Shipyard, Inc. Details as follows: 1. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (GLDD- dredging contract






 
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