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Washburn and Doughty wins $8.8 million contract for new Maine State Ferry

Friday, February 23rd 2018
Washburn and Doughty in East Boothbay has won the contract to build a new $8.8 million Maine State Ferry Service verse. The new 154-foot ferry will have three main deck lanes, for a capacity of 23 cars or a mix of cars and trucks, as well as 250 passengers.

Land-based salmon farm planned on former mill site

Friday, February 23rd 2018
A Maine company calling itself Whole Oceans has announced plans for a land-based salmon farm at the site of the former Verso paper Mill in Bucksport. At full production, the company will create hundreds of direct jobs and invest more than $250 million in Bucksport, according to a press release from the company. Plans call for producing 50,000 metric tons of Atlantic salmon per year.

Norwegian company to build one of the world's largest land-based salmon farms in Belfast

Tuesday, January 30th 2018
After assessing international markets and conducting comprehensive site searches throughout New England, Nordic Aquafarms, headquartered in Norway and one of the premier international developers of land-based aquaculture, has signed agreements to purchase 40 acres on the outskirts of Belfast, where it will build one of the world's largest land-based salmon farms.

Mini Venetian Limousine Tender Under Construction at Hodgdon

Monday, January 22nd 2018
Hodgdon Tenders, the superyacht tender division of Hodgdon, is building a mini verion of its highly successful Venetian limousine tender. The 6.5 meter vessel (21’4”) currently is the smallest member of the Venetian line, which ranges from 6.5 to 12 meters.

Free Education Series Celebrates Dynamic Maine Businesses Pioneers, innovators & Maine

Wednesday, January 17th 2018
Join the Owls Head Transportation Museum for a four-part series of events that celebrates the pioneers and innovators of Maine's business community. The first session, Jan. 20, will feature marine-releated business, Bath Ironworks, and Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding, as well as the Stanley Museum, which tells the story of the brothers who invented the Stanley steam car, among other innovations.

New owner for Boothbay Harbor Shipyard

Wednesday, January 10th 2018
Andy Tyska, president of Rhode Island-based Bristol Marine, has announced the acquisition of Boothbay Harbor Shipyard. Located at the head of Boothbay Harbor, the shipyard joins Bristol Marine’s two other locations of working waterfront, including boat yards in Bristol, Rhode Island, and Somerset, Massachusetts.

New name same business for Hylan & Brown

Friday, December 22nd 2017
D.N. Hylan & Associates Inc. of Brooklin, Maine, has been renamed Hylan & Brown Boatbuilders.

Southport Boats expands in Maine

Thursday, December 21st 2017
Southport Boats has moved in a new, 60,000 square foot building in West Gardiner, Maine, that will allow the company to almost double its production of high quality, offshore center console boats.

Brooklin Boat Yard to build Alerion Class Sloops

Friday, December 15th 2017
Brooklin Boatyard has joined forces with the Sanford Boat Company to be the licensed builder for Alerion Class Sloops. The 26-foot sloop is a cold molded wood reproduction of Nathanael Herreshoff’s personal sailboat, Alerion, that Sanford has been building for 40 years.

Boatbuilder builds new church steeple

Wednesday, December 6th 2017
The team at Lyman Morse used their boat-building skills to help build a new steeple for a church in Camden using composite materials and new technologies.

New buildings for Artisan Boatworks

Friday, December 1st 2017
Artisan Boatworks in Rockport, Maine, has added a new storage building and paint bay to keep pace with its growing maintenance and storage business.

No shrimp fishing again this winter

Friday, December 1st 2017
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Northern Shrimp Section on Nov. 30 extended its moratorium on commercial fishing for the 2018 fishing season, according to a news release.

Film tells the story of legendary ocean sailor Mike Plant

Monday, November 6th 2017
The film Coyote, the story of American sailor Mike Plant, will be shown Wednesday, November 15th at 7pm at the Camden Opera House. The film’s director, Thomas Simmons, will be in attendance and will be part of a Q&A directly following the film.

Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors celebrates 30 years in print

Thursday, November 2nd 2017
Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine celebrated 30 years in print this fall, which happened to coincide with receiving some well-deserved honors from peers in the publishing world. The magazine won two honorable mentions for editorial excellence in Folio’s prestigious national magazine contest for 2017, and six more awards in the International Regional Magazine Association’s 2017 contest.

A day with yacht designers

Tuesday, October 24th 2017
Nine pre-eminent naval architects share insights at Lymn Morse event

Maine sailors shine at J24 worlds

Friday, October 6th 2017
For the first time, an all-women team of sailors from Maine won first place for all-female finishers in the 2017 J/24 World Championship in Mississauga, Canada. Other Mainers also did well in the event, including a team from the Harraseeket Yacht Club that placed first in the youth division.

Yacht design subject of forum

Monday, October 2nd 2017
The folks at Lyman Morse have put together an impressive panel of naval architects and designers to talk about yacht design. The event will take place Saturday Oct. 21.

DMR is keeping an eye on toxic bloom in Casco Bay

Tuesday, September 26th 2017
An extensive bloom of the phytoplankton Karenia mikimotoi in the Casco Bay region is being monitored by the Maine Department of Marine Resources.

State recalls mussels, closes area to harvesting

Tuesday, September 19th 2017
The Maine Department of Marine Resources is in the process of recalling mussels harvested from Frenchman Bay as a result of a toxic algae bloom, and the state agency also has closed a large area to further harvesting.

Grants will fund new harbor projects

Friday, September 15th 2017
The Maine Coastal Program, a Division of the Maine Department of Marine Resources, announces the award of $141,879 to six coastal municipalities. These awards will provide support for harbor management, waterfront infrastructure planning and design, and public access.