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Quick Hits: January 27, 2021

As nations continue to grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic, the International Council of Marine Industry Associations has updated its country-by-country “State of the Industry” guide, with information about lockdowns, border regulations, vaccination updates and travel restrictions. ICOMIA lobbies on behalf of marine associations with the goal of presenting a united voice to address industry issues. Click here for the latest update.

Belfast, Maine-based Front Street Shipyard said that its five-axis waterjet cutter is now fully operational. Funding for the machine was made possible in part though the U.S. Maritime Administration’s Small Shipyard Grants program, with support from U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). “This waterjet cutting machine will help diversify Front Street Shipyard’s services to include a new production line, greatly enhancing its global competitiveness and making the shipyard the only U.S. company with this unique manufacturing capability,” Collins said in a statement.

T-H Marine Supplies named Chris Drahman national sales and marketing manager. Drahman has more than 25 years of marine industry experience and will be responsible for driving business development and leading sales strategies. Drahman said in a statement that it’s “truly an honor” to join T-H Marine. “Few companies can compare when it comes to innovative product development, dedication to taking care of their customers, and having a game plan and a desire to continue their robust growth,” he said.


Suntex Adds Superyacht Facility

The investment group adds Seahaven Marina, which can accommodate vessels up to 250 feet.

Newsweek Honors Brunswick Corp.

It’s the second consecutive year that the magazine named the corporation to its list of America’s Most Responsible Companies.

Southern Marinas Adds to its Portfolio

The company announced its acquisition of Tims Ford Marina and Resort in Winchester, Tenn., its seventh transaction this year.

Groupe Beneteau Acquires Portugal Facility

The builder adds the Rodman Lusitania shipyard to support demand for powerboats under 40 feet.

Digital Dealership Dashboard for Marine Dealers

The Parker Business Planning digital platform for marine dealers will be introduced next week at MRAA Dealer Week in Austin, Texas.

Back and Forth and Back Again

As the world waits for the pandemic and its economic effects to subside, a new virus variant emerges.

Suzuki Crew Cleans Florida Shoreline

Executives, staff and families removed more than 40 bags of trash from Florida’s Courtney Campbell Causeway as part of the company’s Clean Ocean Project.

Seattle Boat Show: Full Speed Ahead

The largest show in the Pacific Northwest is set for its 9-day run with a new location and robust seminar format for 2022.