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News Notes New England - November

Coast Guard signs LNG letter of recommendation

The Coast Guard signed a letter of recommendation regarding the Weaver’s Cove Energy LLC proposal to construct an offshore LNG berth in Mount Hope Bay, Mass.

The captain of the Port of Southeastern New England, along with key stakeholders exhaustively reviewed and validated the navigation safety and maritime security aspects of the Weaver’s Cove Energy LLC LNG proposal, as a part of the Coast Guard’s contribution to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s review process, according to the FERC.

The letter of recommendation provides the Coast Guard captain of the port’s assessment of the suitability of the waterway for the LNG marine traffic associated with the proposal to the FERC to consider when it makes its permitting decision. Weaver’s Cove Energy intends to make up to 70 LNG tanker deliveries each year to its offshore berth if the project is approved. FERC has final approval authority on site placement and authorization of construction, according to the FERC.

In the letter, the captain of the port recommends the waterway be found suitable, provided that risk-mitigation measures specified in the letter are fully incorporated by FERC.

For information, visit FERC at

J&J Marine earns business award

The Office of Economic Development for the Town of Somerset, Mass., recently presented J&J Marine with its annual Outstanding Business Achievement Award for 2008.

J&J Marine is a 7-acre, full-service marine facility on the banks of the Taunton River, and run by partners Steve Anderson and Jeff Botelho.

“We are like no other boatyard you have experienced,” says Anderson. Despite the current economic situation, J&J Marine continues to grow and expand their services and facility in order to meet all of their clients’ needs, according to the company.

For information, visit

Learn from a seasoned yard mechanic

Steve D’Antonio has added a new service to his marine consulting business.

In an effort to make information available to the boating community that will make their experience on the water less costly, safer and more enjoyable, D’Antonio will publish on his blog answers to questions his consulting customers are posing.

Questions about pre-purchase inspections of customer vessels as well as insights from his consulting work with major manufacturers will be discussed. The blog gives boaters instant access to a range of real-life, current marine system topics that are emerging each day in D’Antonio’s consulting practice.

Access to the blog is free. Register with an e-mail address and a password. Each time the blog is updated registered users will be notified by e-mail. Sign up and access the blog at

AIS system designed for smaller vessels

Whiffletree Corporation is introducing SeaVieweR, an economical new AIS for yachts and small commercial vessels whose skippers want to “know what’s out there” without the initial cost of the full AIS-B system required aboard large commercial vessels.

SeaVieweR is a receive-only AIS that contains a built-in GPS and dual receivers that bring in the AIS broadcast’s two sequences without any delay. SeaVieweR allows simple retrofitting of the dual radio transmitters (the “be seen” part of AIS-B) later, when owners’ budgets allow or when regulations require full AIS-B compliance.

For information, visit

S.W. Florida Yachts adds Down East model

Southwest Florida Yachts added an Albin 28 Tournament Express yacht to its charter fleet for customers who may want to include pleasure fishing with their cruising.

The Albin 28, new to Southwest Florida Yachts' charter fleet, will sleep four.

Sea Shell II offers sleeping accommodations for four, enclosed shower and head, air conditioning, stove, refrigerator and microwave. The 28-footer also has a live well for bait, rod holders, plus radar and GPS. The fuel tank holds 162 gallons.

Sea Shell II charters for $395 the first day during the high season and $300 a day for each additional day. Summer charter rates are $315 for the first day and $250 a day thereafter.

Founded in 1984, Southwest Florida Yachts charters poweryachts from Marinatown Marina in North Fort Myers, Fla., and sailing yachts from 24 to 35 feet out of Burnt Store Marina in Punta Gorda, Fla.

For information, visit

Marine tech. student earns $700 scholarship

A Charlton, Mass., resident recently received a scholarship from the New England Institute of Technology.

Carl Renholm, who studies marine technology, received the $700 scholarship during the college’s sixth annual awards ceremony. Several awards commemorate the lives of New England Tech Community members, while others were established by trade organizations.

New England Institute of Technology, a private technical college, offers both bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in more than 30 areas including an associate’s degree in marine technology.

Nautical Publications releases first U.S. chart

Nautical Publications introduced its newest Chart Kit for recreational boaters in the southeast Florida region, the first for U.S. waters. The cartography is based on the company’s own survey data.

The NV Chart Kit 8.2 Florida Southeast includes a companion CD, Harbor and Anchorage Pilot booklet, recommended courses, GPS waypoints and tidal information.

Nautical Publications of Germany has surveyed the waters of Europe, most notably the Baltic Sea and the Caribbean, for 25 years.

Nautical Publications established a U.S. office in 2008 in Clinton, Conn., to coincide with the release of the U.S.-based charts.

For information, visit

This article originally appeared in the New England Home Waters Section of the November 2009 issue.