28681 members and growing – the largest networking group in the maritime industry!

LoginJoin

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Palm Beach News

Engine Room Wall (Photo: Advanced Mechanical Enterprises)

'Sea the World' Reveal At Huizenga Center

South Florida’s marine industry is a $12 billion/year economic engine that provides the region with 142,000 careers and jobs. With an aging workforce and a unique skill set, the maritime community is facing a workforce that’s aging out with skilled labor being very hard to find. To assist, Advanced Mechanical Enterprises/AMESOLUTIONS.COM, and 23 marine industry companies have joined forces with Junior Achievement of South Florida.On May 1, 2019, Junior Achievement of South Florida will unveil the Marine Industry Storefront…

Artist’s rendering of new Cruise Terminal 3. Photo: Canaveral Port Authority

Port Canaveral Moves Ahead with Cruise Terminal 3

Florida's Canaveral Port Authority has awarded a $108.5m contract to Ivey’s Construction for building its new Cruise Terminal 3 project.The contract agreement has been approved by the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners.Ivey’s was the low bidder to build a two-story, 188,000-square-foot terminal as part of the Port’s largest single construction project in its 65-year history – a $163 million complex that will become the homeport for Carnival Cruise Line’s biggest and largest cruise ship…

Workers from RUSH Marine begin removal of existing berth at site of new Cruise Terminal 3
(Photo: Canaveral Port Authority)

Canaveral Port Authority: $108.5M Contracts Awarded for New Cruise Terminal

At a special meeting on Tuesday, the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners unanimously approved awarding Merritt Island-based Ivey’s Construction Inc. a $78.98 million contract for the Port’s Cruise Terminal 3 project and a $29.53 million contract for the adjacent 1,800-vehicle parking garage.Ivey’s was the low bidder to build a two-story, 188,000-square-foot terminal as part of the Port’s largest single construction project in its 65-year history – a $163 million complex that will become the homeport for Carnival Cruise Line’s biggest and largest cruise ship…

Juan Kuryla (Photo: Florida Ports Council)

PortMiami's Kuryla Elected Chairman of the Florida Ports Council

At the Florida Ports Council Annual Board Meeting last week in St. Petersburg, PortMiami Director and CEO Juan Kuryla was elected chairman.Kuryla replaces Port Everglades Chief Executive/Port Director Steve Cernak. Port of Palm Beach Executive Director Manuel Almira was elected as vice chairman and Port Panama City Executive Director Wayne Stubbs was elected secretary/treasurer. All positions serve one-year terms.The Florida Ports Council is the professional association of Florida’s 14 public seaports…

(Photo: Port Everglades)

Real-time Oceanographic Equipment Installed at Port Everglades

Real-time tides, currents, water levels and other metrological information at Broward County’s Port Everglades is now readily available to the public thanks to an advanced sensor device developed and installed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).“Boaters and commercial mariners will be able to make safer choices based on the data from this equipment because it gives real-time information and forecasts,” said Port Everglades Deputy Port Director Glenn Wiltshire.

YRC Worldwide Closes Florida Terminals Due to Hurricane

YRC Worldwide Inc said on Thursday it has closed terminals in the Florida localities of Fort Pierce, Miami, Tampa and West Palm Beach due to Hurricane Irma.     (Reporting by Eric M. Johnson)

Steven Cernak (Photo: Port Everglades)

Cernak Elected Chairman of Florida Ports Council

Port Everglades Chief Executive/Port Director Steven Cernak will succeed Port Tampa Bay Director Paul Anderson as chairman of the Florida Ports Council, a professional association of Florida’s public seaports, providing advocacy, leadership and research on seaport-related issues before state and federal government. “Steven Cernak has been an invaluable member of the Florida Ports Council. His extensive experience at numerous ports around the nation is a great asset to capitalize on the strengths of Florida’s diverse seaport system,” said Florida Ports Council President and CEO Doug Wheeler.

Florida Ports Drop Plans to Ink Pacts with Cuba

The news comes as Cuba watchers are looking closely for signs of how the United States' fragile detente with Cuba will fare under President Donald Trump. "Disappointed some (Florida ports) would enter into any agreement with Cuban dictatorship," Scott wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. "I will recommend restricting state funds for ports that work with Cuba in my budget. Port authorities along the U.S. Southern coast are strong proponents of increased trade and travel with Cuba, and some have expressed interest in using Mariel…

Fitch Upgrades Palm Beach Port's Bond Outlook to Positive

The Port of Palm Beach District is proud to announce that Fitch Ratings has revised the Rating Outlook on approximately $9.72 million of outstanding Port of Palm Beach District port revenue bonds, series 2005, from Stable to Positive. The report, released May 27, 2016, documented the port’s strengths, challenges and recent developments as the agency’s rationale for the ratings upgrade. The Positive Outlook recognizes the port's continued improvement in debt service coverage ratios…

Lake Worth Inlet Feasibility Study Image U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Palm Beach Port Commissioners Stop Funding for ACOE Project

On Thursday, May 19, 2016, the Port of Palm Beach Board of Commissioners agreed to exclude funding for a proposed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lake Worth Inlet navigational improvement project from the port’s Master Plan Update. The ACOE project, along with the economic and environmental backup that accompanied the plan, was published for the port’s review in 2005. As global, regional and state markets; the port’s tenant composition; and the environmental and recreational dynamics surrounding the port have changed, the port’s missions and goals continue to evolve.

Manuel Almira Photo Port of Palm Beach

FCBF Honors Palm Beach Port Director

Port of Palm Beach Executive Director Manuel Almira was inducted into the Florida Custom Brokers & Forwarders Association Hall of Fame. Almira was recognized and awarded the distinction during the organization’s 57th Annual Gala in Miami, Fla. The Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association (FCBF) was founded in 1960, and today ranks as the most influential and active representative body of the Florida freight forwarding and customs brokerage community. The organization is…

Bill McGill, MarineMax President and CEO Photo MarineMax

MarineMax Expands into Yacht Management, Placement, Chartering

At a special press event held at the Palm Beach International Boat Show, MarineMax announced today that they are expanding into yacht management, crew placement and charter of luxury megayachts. Bob Saxon Associates, has joined MarineMax as part of the new endeavor that will be headquartered at the MarineMax Yacht Center in Pompano Beach, Florida. “We are excited to announce this strategic initiative,” offered Bill McGill, MarineMax President and CEO. “Bob Saxon Associates is a natural fit for MarineMax, expanding the breadth of our offerings into the rarefied sector of yacht management.

Wayne M. Richards Credit Port of Palm Beach

Richards Elected Chairman of Palm Beach Port

On Thursday, January 20, 2016, the Port of Palm Beach Board of Commissioners elected its new Chairman, Mr. Wayne M. Richards. Richards, a member of the board for 16 years, is known for keeping a strong focus on fiscal responsibility and bringing new, diversified business to the Port of Palm Beach. Among the board members, Dr. Jean L. Enright was voted into the position of vice-chair, and Mr. George E. Mastics was named Secretary-Treasurer. Richards’ dedication to business development at the port is highlighted by his many trade missions to the Caribbean nations such as the Bahamas…

Photo: Grand Banks Yachts

Grand Banks Yachts Swings Back into Black

The builder of luxury yachts Grand Banks Yachts swung to a net profit of $1.2 million for the first quarter ended Sept 30 compared to a net loss of $1.3 million for the year-ago period. Following restructuring efforts after a major acquisition, gross profit margin increased to 24.5% from 9.5% a year ago. The SGX Mainboard-listed builder yachts said net profit rose after introducing initiatives to integrate design, production and marketing following the acquisition of Palm Beach Motor Yacht Co of Australia, which was completed on Aug 1, 2014.

Palm Beach Port

Moody Upgrades Port of Palm Beach

The Port of Palm Beach District announced that Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. upgraded the Port of Palm Beach District senior rating to Baa3 from Ba1, and reported the outlook to be stable. The report, released October 2, 2015, documented the port’s strengths, challenges and recent developments as the agency’s rationale for the ratings upgrade. The upgrade to Baa3 recognizes the port’s sustained financial improvement due to successful contract renewals with its largest customers.

Photo: Skyfarm

Florida Commerce Park Primed for Panama Canal Reopening

Expansive industrial development moves quickly toward vertical in time for businesses to meet burgeoning trade implications from canal widening. Skyfarm Strategic Capital LLC (SkyFarm), a Miami-based diversified development and acquisition company, has  announced that it has broken ground on Florida Commerce Park, a 100-acre industrial park in Martin County, Florida. Florida Commerce Park is one of the largest industrial developments in South Florida in recent years, encompassing up to 1.3 million square feet of industrial space.

LMC is a 50-acre facility consisting of a boatyard, marina and marine service center

Carlyle Group Acquires LMC

Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group today announced the acquisition of Lauderdale Marine Center (LMC), the nation's largest yacht repair facility in terms of the number of large vessels it can haul and service. Equity for the transaction comes from Carlyle Realty Partners VII, a U.S. real estate investment fund. "In partnership with the outstanding management team and staff at LMC, we will build upon LMC's success through growth and continued innovation and superb customer service," said Thad Paul, Managing Director at The Carlyle Group.

Photo courtesy of Delta Carbon Yachts

Yacht Tech: New Carbon Fiber Designs Debut

Delta Carbon Yachts has unveiled two new models in its series of carbon fiber production yachts at the Palm Beach International Boat Show. The 55 Open (pictured) and 54 Tuna concepts are variations on existing Delta Powerboats series that implement all carbon fiber construction and requested owner/operator features. A blend between Delta Powerboats’ popular open dayboat series and the award-winning 54 Carbon Cruiser yacht, the 55 Open concept is designed as an efficient, stylish and seaworthy day cruiser.

GOST

Latest from GOST at Palm Beach Boat Show

GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies), will highlight its newest recreational marine products at the 2015 Palm Beach International Boat Show in Palm Beach, Florida, March 26-29. The company said it will highlight its GOST Watch HD H2O video surveillance system. Housed in a compact, IP67 certified waterproof, impact-resistant, fiberglass container, the unit can be installed quickly and includes a high-speed 4G LTE data communicator, gateways for up to six cameras, a control unit and a GOST Watch HD Internet Video Recorder.

Margo Hunt (Photo: Pettit Marine Paint)

Hunt Joins Pettit Marine Paint Marketing Team

Pettit Marine Paint has announced  the addition of Margo Hunt to its management team. In her new role as Marketing and Sales Support Manager, Hunt will be responsible for creating and coordinating all aspects of marketing in the United States for the Pettit line of products. With over 30 years of experience in the marine industry, Hunt began her prominent career in the parts, service and warranty department at a Fort Lauderdale boat dealership as a teenager. Over the past three years – in her most recent post – Hunt provided sales and marketing expertise to several factories such as…

Pettit Announces New Hires

Pettit Marine Paint, a manufacturer of high performance marine coatings, announced its latest promotions and additions within its sales and customer service teams. In the wake of significant and sustained growth following the release of its Hydrocoat Eco, coupled with strong sales from Pettit’s EZ-Poxy2 and Prop Coat Barnacle Barrier, the new hires will help meet increasing market demand for the company’s offerings, Pettit said. “This is truly a great time for Pettit Paint,” said Don Zabransky, vice president sales and marketing, Pettit Marine Paint.

CPE Course graduates: Photo credit Port Canaveral Authority

Port Canaveral Host CPE Certified Port Executive Program

Canaveral Port Authority say that they demonstrated their commitment to employee development recently by hosting the CPE Certified Port Executive Program when 13 alumni were added to that program. The Port Authority expains that this course was unique in that the majority of the attendees were from Port Canaveral. They joined David Perley, Senior Director of Construction and Infrastructure, who graduated from the Miami course in May 2013 and consider this to be an excellent example of building a port management team that is working from a common frame of reference learning.

Martin Bader

Bader Joins Martek of Palm Beach as CFO

Martek of Palm Beach, an industry-leading marine electronics engineering and support company based in Stuart, Fla., is pleased to announce the addition of marine business veteran Martin Bader as chief financial officer. Bader will be responsible for all financial operations of the company, which designs, installs and services electronics aboard super yachts and other vessels in the U.S. and abroad. Bader holds a B.S. degree in accounting and finance from New York University and is a certified public accountant.

U.S. Recreational Boating Industry Gathers in Washington, D.C.

Employees from across all sectors of the U.S. recreational boating industry are gathering on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC today and tomorrow for the annual American Boating Congress (ABC) to advocate on behalf of the industry’s 350,000 workers and 82 million boaters. With the unofficial start to boating season just under a month away on Memorial Day weekend, ABC gives members of the U.S. recreational boating industry a timely platform to  meet with legislators and other decision makers on Capitol Hill…

Florida Dredging: ACE Funding Approved

The US Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) receives funding for various Florida dredging projects to restore pre-Sandy condition. As a follow-up to a recent announcement regarding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarding funding to restore Fort Pierce Beach and the Martin County shore to their pre-Hurricane Sandy conditions, Congressman Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) has further informed that the Army Corps has also allocated funds to begin engineering and design activities to prepare for dredging the Fort Pierce Inlet and the St. Lucie Inlet to respond to shoaling impacts from Hurricane Sandy. "...

Carnival Breeze Turkey: Photo credit Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Ship Hoists Turkey, Make Thanksgiving Food Donation

Cruise ship 'Carnival Breeze' hoists 50' inflatable turkey aloft while Carnival Cruise Line donate 137,500 meals to 'Feeding South Florida'. The 1,250-pound nylon turkey — wearing a straw beach hat and colorful Hawaiian shirt – was hoisted aboard the ship in Miami in time for Thanksgiving Day holiday fesivities. The giant fowl will sit 14 stories above the waterline and gaze toward nearby McArthur Causeway until just before the ship makes its inaugural sailing from Miami on Thanksgiving Day.