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From factory openings to production milestones to the launch of new boats, the marine industry makes news in numerous ways. Trade Only follows developments wherever they occur.

A ‘straight shooter’ goes out on top

The marine industry in Connecticut lost a veteran advocate June 1 when Grant W. Westerson retired after 31 years on the board of the Connecticut Marine Trades Association, the last 27 as president.

SS United States campaign gets $120,000 donation

With the last of the SS United States’ historic five-bladed propellers just days away from being scrapped, cruise industry executive Jim Pollin donated $120,000 to the SS United States Conservancy to save the propeller and support a national campaign to repurpose America’s Flagship.

New York marks anniversary of worst maritime disaster

Sunday marked the 110th anniversary of the worst maritime disaster in New York City’s history — the day the 235-foot sidewheel passenger steamship General Slocum caught fire and sank in the East River with more than 1,000 people aboard.

ICOMIA revises standard framework contract

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations’ Superyacht Refit Group, which represents quality refit, repair and maintenance yards, launched the latest revision of its standard framework contract.

Economists think ‘full recovery’ is years away

With a broad, ambitious campaign to attract more people to boating, the marine industry has waited for the sluggish U.S. economy to return to its historical average growth rate above 3 percent, but some economists don’t believe that will happen anytime soon.

VIDEO: Tracked shark devoured by mystery predator

Australian researchers had tagged a healthy shark to track its movements as part of a study and they were shocked when the tracking device washed up on a beach four months later just 2-1/2 miles away.

Lake Erie trade group hands out scholarships

Eighteen northern Ohio high school graduates and college students will receive college scholarships this year from the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association Education Foundation.

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