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(Boston.com) NEWPORT, R.I.—A 228-foot luxury yacht that serves as an art gallery has been given permission to dock in Newport Harbor.
The SeaFair was given a license this week to dock behind Perry Mill Wharf between June 30 and July 13.
The Newport Daily News reports that yacht's owners, Expoships, GP Inc., host international dealers of fine art, glass, paintings, jewelry, sculpture, photography and furniture. READ MORE
(msnbc) Just three days after the
state issued a warning to boaters to beware of jumping sturgeon, one of
the fish did just that — breaking a woman's leg. Witnesses say the sturgeon was about 5- to 6-feet long and weighed about 60- to 75-pounds. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers say Tina
Fletcher, 25, was a passenger in an airboat Sunday on the Suwannee River
when the sturgeon jumped and hit her leg. READ MORE
(Pro-Jo) PORTSMOUTH — The Coast Guard has approved the prototype for a new
chase boat made by marine-trades company Naiad Inflatables of Newport
Inc., giving the go-ahead for production of about 40 of the high-speed
The contract will bring about $12 million to $24 million and
additional employees to Naiad, which works alongside New England
Boatworks in Melville to produce the aluminum-hulled boats. The speedy,
26-foot-long boats will serve as tenders for the Coast Guard’s new Fast
Response Cutter. READ MORE
(BYM) U.S. Customs and Border Protection today announced the availability of
the Small Vessel Reporting System along the northern border and in
Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The online reporting
tool is a voluntary program that will enhance security while expediting
the entry process for participating boaters entering the United States.
The SVRS will be available nationwide in coming months.
(Patriot Ledger) BOSTON — Officials are investigating a deadly incident at a marina in Winthrop.Patrick Marino, 73, lived just a block away from the Mullins Marina. He
was at the marina on Monday to help Helena Mullins launch a boat when
the winch suddenly gave way."It appears two bolts failed, causing the machine to lurch to the
right, pinning the gentleman against the dwelling," said Winthrop Fire
Chief Paul Flanagan. READ MORE
Open Houses sponsored by the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association as
part of its BOATS WORK for RHODE ISLAND initiative will be held at
selected marine trades businesses on Saturday, April 30th from 9 AM to
12 Noon. In Bristol, the event will be at the East Bay Industrial Park
off both Tupelo Street and Gooding Avenue, the Franklin Street Marine
Corridor, and at Bristol Marine on Poppasquash Road . Marine companies
in these areas will be giving tours to introduce the boating industry to
local and state officials, neighbors, business partners and associates,
people interested in a marine industry career including those looking
for training opportunities, and the general public.
(Keys Net) Katy Mead, who lives on Camelot Drive in the Hammer Point
subdivision in Tavernier, looked out into the bay beyond her backyard
last Friday evening and couldn’t believe what she initially thought she
saw swimming on the surface. “My eyes aren’t as good as they used to be and it was getting dark. I thought it was a shark,” Mead said. But
what she soon realized she was looking at was a severely-wounded,
10-foot-long manatee, with part of its lung sticking out of its rib cage
in a permanent state of inflation. In the dark, the lung looked like
the dorsal fin of a large shark.
(Sun Herald) Almost a year after the BP oil spill,
dolphins are washing ashore with oil on them -- mostly in Louisiana,
NOAA Fisheries said in a briefing Thursday. Since early November,
six bottlenose dolphins were confirmed with Deepwater Horizon oil on
them, one with oil that did not match the spill, and two that have not
been tested yet. The most-recent oiled dolphin washed ashore in Louisiana two weeks ago. “But (just) because they have oil on them … it may not be the
cause of death,” said Blair Mase, who coordinates dolphin strandings in
the Southeast for NOAA Fisheries. She said a team is determining the
contribution oil had in the deaths. Since the spill began in April
2010, 406 dolphins have washed ashore, 15 with visible oil.
(Sun Sentential) The U.S. Coast Guard is bringing new meaning to the term "gross tonnage." In recent decades Americans have become a little too, shall we say,
portly. And that's led to new rules on how many of us can safely be
crowded aboard passenger vessels.
Since the early '60s the Coast Guard's standard weight for an
average boat passenger has been 160 pounds. That's been the basis on
which commercial vessel operators — everyday private motorboaters are
exempt — calculate the number of passengers they may carry.
changes in our collective waistline — 34 percent of adults over 20 are
overweight — have prompted the Coast Guard to assign a few more pounds
on the average boat passenger.
(USCG) Coast Guard Sector Baltimore cautions passengers who pay to go
fishing in the Chesapeake Bay during the 2011 fishing season to avoid
boats that do not have licensed captains, and in some cases, have not
been inspected by the Coast Guard. According to Coast Guard investigators, the number of vessels
reported to be illegally charging to carry people has increased over the
last two years and is most frequent in the areas of Kent and Tilghman
Islands, Rock Hall, Annapolis and the Potomac River in Charles County.