Essex show returns for a third year
The Spring Boat Show returns April 27-29 to the Brewer Dauntless Marina on the Connecticut River waterfront in Essex, Conn. “The small boutique format provides for very personalized attention while viewing boats,” says Douglas Domenie, vice president and general manager of Brewer Dauntless Shipyard.
Two companies fined for polluting
Two corporations pleaded guilty Jan. 25 in separate hearings for their roles in the deliberate discharge of waste oil and plastic garbage from a ship.
Efploia Shipping, a Marshall Islands corporation based in Greece, was the technical manager of the Aquarosa, a 33,005-ton cargo ship registered in Malta. Aquarosa Shipping, which is based in Denmark, owns the vessel. Both companies pleaded guilty to four felony counts: obstruction of justice, making material false statements, knowingly failing to maintain an accurate oil record book and knowingly failing to maintain an accurate garbage record book.
The companies were sentenced in U.S. District Court to pay $1.2 million and serve three years of probation. They will be required to implement a government-approved environmental plan that includes audits conducted by an independent firm and reviews by a court-appointed monitor.
According to court papers, senior ship engineers started dumping oil-contaminated bilge waste on the ship’s first voyage, in June 2010. One method involved removing the blocking mechanism inside a valve so waste could be pumped overboard. Another method involved a so-called “magic pipe” designed to bypass required pollution prevention equipment.
An investigation began after an engineer complained to the Coast Guard when the ship arrived in Baltimore in February 2011. The crewmember provided 300 cell phone photographs showing how the magic pipe was used to discharge sludge and oily waste. Plastic garbage bags containing oil-soaked rags also were dumped overboard.
Ships are required to maintain oil and garbage records, and both defendants admitted to deliberately falsifying these logs. The ship’s chief engineer was serving a three-month prison sentence.
Boats and their builders on display at this show
The Maine Boatbuilders Show returns March 16-18 to the Portland waterfront, drawing fans of handcrafted wood and fiberglass boats who return each spring to check out the cruising boats, daysailers, runabouts, canoes, kayaks and equipment on display. What makes this show special is that the builders are on hand to discuss their work with show-goers.
The show is held in the Portland Company Complex, and a maritime auction will be held all three days. Admission is $15 a day, $25 for two days or $40 for all three days. Free shuttle buses run along Commercial Street. For information, call (207) 775-4403 or visit www.portlandcompany.com.
Arson suspected in marina fire
Fire officials say a blaze that destroyed 15 boats at Spring Brook Marina is suspicious. “These boats were covered up since October. There’s no reason for them to start burning,” Seneca fire chief Jerry Sears told the Chicago Tribune. “It’s suspicious.”
The fire jumped from boat to boat in the closely packed marina on the south bank of the Illinois River in Seneca, about 60 miles southwest of Chicago. No injuries were reported, but the Jan. 12 blaze damaged a half-dozen other boats. Thirty firefighters spent more than six hours dousing the flames. Damage could exceed $1 million, Sears says.
Two weeks after the fire, a spokeswoman for the Fire Marshal’s Office in Chicago told The Times newspaper that it was still unknown whether the fire was accidental or deliberately set and that the investigation will take some time.
Marina owner buys Post Yachts
When the principals of sportfisherman builder Post Yachts, of Mays Landing, N.J., filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy a year ago, it looked as if the brand was to be consigned to history. But John Patnovic, owner of Worton Creek Marina and Boatyard in Chestertown, Md., and his family formed Post Marine Group and acquired the assets of Post Marine Co., vowing to build the full Post range at his facility in Chestertown. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
“Post Yachts are wonderful boats with a rich heritage of excellence and success dating back to 1957,” Patnovic says. “The people at Post are extremely well-regarded for their honesty, integrity and the immense pride that they put into the boats they built. When presented with the opportunity to purchase the assets of the company, we grabbed it.”
Patnovic says the company “will maintain Post’s proven approach to boatbuilding and continue to build yachts of quality, not quantity.” Former Post president Ken Jensen was retained as a consultant.
Post Yachts was founded by Russell Post, who had previously co-founded the original Egg Harbor Yacht Co.
Boatbuilding school has a new owner
The Boat School is on schedule to complete its separation from Husson College in May. The Boat School’s facility is now wholly owned and operated by the independent non-profit corporation Friends of The Boat School.
Classes are continuing uninterrupted during the transition, and students are being accepted for the 2012-13 academic-year programs. The school will still offer its wooden boat building and composites boat building vocational courses, and will add a marine mechanics program in the fall of 2013.
“We’re very pleased with how smoothly the transition with Husson has gone,” says Bret Blanchard, director of Maine’s Marine Technology Center. “The basic operations are unchanged, the quality of the curriculum remains high, and the Eastport community is very supportive.”
The Boat School, which has been providing marine vocational education since 1969, operates in an oceanfront facility on 9 acres with a working waterfront. Ownership of the property was transferred to Friends of The Boat School in December. www.theboatschool.net
BOATS BIG AND SMALL: The Palm Beach International Boat Show returns March 22-25 to South Florida, featuring more than $350 million worth of boats and equipment, from inflatables, runabouts and center consoles to cruisers, sportfishermen and superyachts. Visit www.showmanagement.com for information and to download the free MyBoatShow app.
This article originally appeared in the April 2012 issue.