Tuesday, October 22, 2019

South Florida News

FHGME provides mobile service to engine rooms of yachts. Photo courtesy FHGME.

Concierge Yacht Repair, Service and Maintenance for Engine Rooms

As vessels increase in size, engine rooms increase in complexity. With superyachts approaching the size of small ships, qualified engineers with commercial and military experience operating larger vessels effectively prevent and troubleshoot problems.FHG Marine Engineering (FHGME) is a niche contractor with a business model providing concierge mobile preventative and routine yacht maintenance with emergency repair to luxury yachts in South Florida, minimizing downtime for vessels with 24-7 operations.

Terry Wallace, Division Manager for YANMAR America Commercial Marine

YANMAR America’s Commercial Marine Division Adds Three Repower Centers

YANMAR America’s Commercial Marine Division has announce the addition of three new Repower Centers to its distribution network: Kennedy Engine in Biloxi, Mississippi; Sun Power Diesel in Dania Beach, FL and Todomar in Colombia.“YANMAR is looking to add local market experts to our distribution network. Kennedy Engine, Sun Power and Todomar are a good match due to their regional knowledge of applications and customers in terms of needs and expectations,” commented Terry Wallace…

Rich Merhige (Photo: AME)

Voices: Rich Merhige, President/Owner, AME

AME is a Florida based engineering services company specializing in marine (Advanced Mechanical Enterprises) and industrial (Advanced Maintenance Engineering) predictive, preventative and corrective maintenance for rotating and reciprocating machinery. Founded by Rich Merhige in 1992, AME has pioneered the use of technologies and equipment to perform diagnostics, maintenance and repair, particularly for private and commercial vessels. As AME celebrates its 25th anniversary, discuss the decision to start the company.

Rick Stinson (Photo: Northern Lights)

Northern Lights Opens Branch Office in Louisiana

Marine power generation and climate control products manufacturer Northern Lights has opened its fifth branch office, in Kenner, La, to enhance service to Gulf and inland waterways boat builders and vessel operators. The new Northern Lights Gulf branch, which will employ a full-time sales, parts and service staff, will warehouse marine, industrial and commercial series products. The new branch will service customers in the Gulf of Mexico and navigable inland waterways in the Midwest and Eastern regions of the U.S., including the region’s key ports: New Orleans, Houston, Pensacola and Paducah.

Todd Sims

Sims Joins Torqeedo Global Sales Team

Continuing to expand its global sales team, Torqeedo added Captain Todd Sims as its new global sales and product manager, hybrid systems. In this position, Sims will lead sales and create opportunities for the company's newest offering, the Deep Blue Hybrid system. Sims spent 23 years in the IT industry in both technical and sales positions. For the last eight years, he has owned and operated EPowerMarine LLC, an independent boat dealership located in South Florida specializing in electric propulsion options for today's boater.

AJ Halavacs: Photo ZF Marine

ZF Marine’s Halavacs Dies at 59

AJ Halavacs, Pleasure Craft Product Line Manager, North and Central America at ZF Marine Propulsion Systems Miramar LLC, the North American arm of ZF Friedrichshafen AG Marine Propulsion Systems, has died after fighting illness for a number of years. He was 59. “It’s a devastating loss to our team and to the industry” said Wolfgang Schmid, Director, Industrial Technology, Head of Marine Propulsion Systems Region North and Central America. “The consummate salesman, AJ had a gregarious personality not soon forgotten. It seemed that there wasn’t a person in this business that didn’t know AJ.

FJ Propeller logo

FJ Propeller Acquires Anchor Miami Propeller

FJ Propeller Miami is a subsidiary of Frank & Jimmie’s Propeller in Fort Lauderdale established in 1947, and Anchor Miami was established in the same year becoming known throughout Latin America as a leading source of running gear. This acquisition strengthens the FJ Propeller brand’s capabilities by now providing its customers in South Florida with an  experienced, qualified staff of 37 which includes; 15 propeller technicians, 7 machinists, 7 customer service reps, 1 Naval Architect, 1 engineer, plus 6 support staff and management personnel.

Photo: Resource Power Group

Chandler Cleveland Named RPG Branch Manager

Resource Power Group (RPG) appointed Chandler Cleveland as its Branch Manager, Doral (Miami) Operations effective immediately. “Mr. Cleveland previously worked in both service and shop management of MaK products at RPG-Doral as well as in sales. Prior to coming to RPG, Chandler spent time in service and product support roles for the parent company Louisiana Cat, working with Caterpillar engine products,” said Dan Kabel, Vice-President and General Manager for RPG. The announcement comes after the recent announcements of RPG’s appointment by Napier Turbochargers as an authorized service…

Zyvez Fast Long-Range Boat: Photo credit Ocean Trade Lines

Boat Transport: Ocean Trade Lines Fix US/Far East Delivery

Florida-based boat transporters Ocean Trade Lines orchestrate transport of two Zyvex Marine vessels, Seattle to Malaysia. Last month Ocean Trade Lines, operating out of South Florida, USA, announced that their cargo-yacht-boat shipping services would expand to now service most of the Far East ports of call. Since the announcement was made, the company has seen a major influx in requests for boat transport services to the region. Ocean Trade Lines now offers a bi-monthly direct service to all major ports of call in the Far East.

Yachting Industry Future Debated at Monaco Yacht Show

Marine Industries Association of South Florida hosts Monaco discussions with international grouping on the future of the yachting industry. The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) recently played host to twenty-six industry notables representing twelve industry associations interested in promoting professionalism within the yachting industry. The invite only luncheon, held at the Monaco Yacht Club, included international associations and dignitaries that have a vested interest in improving the economic opportunities of the global yachting market.

Advanced Multimission Platform (AMP)

RiverHawk's Multimission Platform Launched

RiverHawk Launches First-of-Class Advanced Multimission Platform (AMP) at Tampa Yard. RiverHawk Fast Sea Frames (RHFSF) has launched its signature Advanced Multimission Platform (AMP) at its shipyard in Tampa, Florida. Fully designed and built in the United States, the 145-foot coastal security craft was contracted 12 months ago by the U S Department of the Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to Maritime Security Strategies (MSS) of Tampa, Florida. RiverHawk designed, produced and is outfitting the ship, scheduled for final delivery to NAVSEA in May.