Friday, April 27th 2018The Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife offers Maine boaters many ways to take boating safety courses, but now there is a new option that saves money. The Pine Tree State now offers the free online BoatUS Foundation boating safety course to residents.
Tuesday, April 24th 2018The Maine Department of Transportation plans to implement a new flat rate ticket pricing structure at the Maine State Ferry Service on May 21, standardizing ferry prices across the entire system. A key component of the new rate structure is an overall decrease of more than 10% to the truck/freight rates to help keep the costs to Maine businesses supplying goods and services to and from the islands competitive.
Friday, April 13th 2018This spring, following a nearly year-long restoration at the Maine Maritime Museum, the 1906 schooner Mary E will be launched into the Kennebec River for the third time in her storied career. The public is invited to the museum for a celebration and recommissioning ceremony on Saturday, June 9, from 10 am to 3 pm.
Friday, April 13th 2018Recognizing the increasing popularity of outboard propulsion, the Back Cove Design team has produced the first ever Back Cove with standard Yamaha 300 HP engines. Optional 350hp Yamahas and 350hp Suzuki engines are also available.
Tuesday, April 10th 2018Presented by Lyman-Morse, the Camden Classics Cup, now in its third year, is a two-day regatta that opens the classic racing season in Maine. The 2018 dates are July 26-28.
Monday, April 9th 2018With 17 North Atlantic right whale deaths last year, there is growing interest among stakeholders, including regulators and the Maine lobster industry, to improve the data on which future regulations are based. A new grant from NOAA will help the Maine Department of Marine Resources collect better data, starting this summer.
Wednesday, March 28th 2018Maine Seacoast Mission President C. Scott Planting has announced that he plans to retire "late this fall." A search is underway for the Seacoast Mission’s next leader, led by its board of directors.
Monday, March 26th 2018Maine DOT needs to fill a $700,000 hole in the budget for the Maine State Ferry Service, but a proposed rate change and price hike met with resistance, prompting the commissioner to delay a final decision until later this spring.
Monday, March 26th 2018The Hinckley Company has added two new high-performance models to its lineup of luxury yachts: the Sport Boat and Sport Boat Center Cabin. Both boats are 42’7” long with a beam of 12’5”. Three Mercury Verado 300 HP fourstroke outboards combined with the lightweight carbon fiber construction materials allow the boats to reach top end speeds over 60 mph.
Monday, March 26th 2018The Penobscot Marine Museum has hired Karen E. Smith, Ph.D., as its new executive director. Smith will join the museum from the Cedar Falls (Iowa) Historical Society, where she served as executive director for six years.
Friday, March 16th 2018A project sponsored by the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety seeks to persuade more lobstermen to wear personal flotation devices. In commercial fishing, vessel disasters typically are the leading cause of death, but for lobstermen, it is falling overboard — 17 New England lobstermen died this way between 2000-2016, out of 30 overall deaths reported.
Thursday, March 15th 2018Stephens Waring Yacht Design in Belfast has partnered with C.W. Hood Yachts in Marblehead, Mass., on a sleek new 24' daysailer, called the Hood 24. The first model was introduced at the New England Boat Show in March.
Thursday, March 15th 2018Industry veteran Shawn Dumas has joined Kennebunkport Marina as operations manager. In this role, he will help the marina prepare and plan for future growth and expansion. Dumas has worked in the marine industry in Southern Maine since the early 1980s.
Friday, February 23rd 2018Washburn 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.
Friday, February 23rd 2018A 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.
Tuesday, January 30th 2018After 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.
Monday, January 22nd 2018Hodgdon 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.
Wednesday, January 17th 2018Join 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.
Wednesday, January 10th 2018Andy 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.