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June 2013 MAINE COASTAL NEWS Page 9.


Maine Department of Transportation will partner with Front Street Shipyard on Belfast waterfront improvements.

BELFAST - As part of the Boating Infra- structure Grant (BIG) program, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will release $120,897 to the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) in support of waterfront improve- ments at Front Street Shipyard in Belfast. Front Street Shipyard is providing matching funds for the $241,795 project. The water- front rehabilitation includes new slips and

moorings for transient boats, which will be used for visitors and tourists in the mid- coast region. With the BIG grant, Front Street Ship- yard will add 12 new slips with shorepower on the dock face, plus fi ve 40-foot harbor fl oats, all of which will be devoted to transient recreational boaters. Bathrooms, showers, and wireless internet for visiting boaters will be installed in the new marina. Over the next year, the yard will also add 21 new transient moorings. The new infra- structure will offer dockage and moorings


Report shows lowest number of fatali- ties on record, overall drop in accidents and injuries

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard released its 2012 Recreational Boating Statistics Monday, revealing that boating fatalities that year totaled 651, the lowest number of boating fatalities on record. From 2011 to 2012, deaths in boat- ing-related accidents decreased from 758 to 651, a 14.1 percent decrease; injuries decreased from 3,081 to 3,000, a 2.6 percent reduction; and the total reported recreational boating accidents decreased from 4,588 to 4,515, a 1.6 percent decrease.

The fatality rate for 2012 of 5.4 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels reflected a 12.9 percent decrease from the previous year’s rate of 6.2 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels. Property damage totaled approximately $38 million. “We’re very pleased that casualties are

lower, and thank our partners for their hard work over the past year,” said Capt. Paul Thomas, director of Inspections and Com- pliance at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters. “We will continue to stress the importance of

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life jacket wear, boating education courses and sober boating.”

The report states alcohol use was the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; it was listed as the leading factor in 1;7 percent of the deaths. Operator in- attention, operator inexperience, improper lookout, machinery failure and excessive speed ranked as the top fi ve primary con- tributing factors in accidents.

Almost 71 percent of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, with 84 percent of those victims not reported as wearing a life jacket. Approximately 14 percent of deaths occurred on vessels where the oper- ator had received boating safety instruction. The most common types of vessels involved in reported accidents were open motorboats, perso nal watercraft and cabin motorboats. The Coast Guard reminds all boaters to boat responsibly while on the water: wear a life jacket, take a boating safety course, get a free vessel safety check and avoid alcohol consumption. To view the 2012 Recreational Boating Statistics, go to http://www.uscgboating. org/statistics/accident_statistics.aspx.

Newport International Boat Show 12-15 September Annual

Newport International Boat Show will take place September 12-15, 2013 on the Newport Waterfront along America’s Cup Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. One of the largest in-water boat shows in the country, the Newport International Boat Show will host nearly 750 exhibitors from

around the world with an exceptional assortment of boats of every type and style from 15 to 85 feet, and a wide variety of accessories, equipment, electronics, gear and services for boaters.

Expected to draw tens of thousands to historic Newport and all its charm, the event

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to yachts visiting Maine from around the world.

Since Front Street Shipyard’s incep-

tion in 2011, the marina and service yard have attracted dozens of visiting yachts as large as 122 feet. These recreational vessels have bolstered the local economy through spending and job creation. Outside of the BIG grant, Front Street Shipyard is making additional improvements to continue at- tracting yachts, including the acquisition of a new 485-ton boat lift this summer, which is almost three times the size of the yard’s current lift. “With Front Street Shipyard’s ongoing growth in capabilities and space, we need these additional slips and moorings to accommodate new customers and cruisers coming to the area,” said JB Turner, pres- ident of Front Street Shipyard. “The BIG grant will help make mid-coast Maine the international yachting destination that it’s evolving into.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded more than $11.2 million in com- petitive grants to 15 states for projects to

support recreational boating. Grantees like Maine DOT and Front Street Shipyard use BIG funds to construct, renovate, and maintain facilities with features for transient boats that are 26 feet or more in length and used for recreation.

“These grants, funded by fi shing and boating enthusiasts, have helped commu- nities across the nation build and enhance recreational boating facilities that provide recreational opportunities while supporting jobs and economic growth,” said Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. “This program is a win-win situation for recre- ational boaters, conservation initiatives and job creation.”

Front Street Shipyard recently received American Boat Builders and Repairers As- sociation’s annual “Boatyard of the Year” award for 2013. The yard now has 72,555 square feet of space for yacht storage and 10,320 square feet of shop space on a six- acre property with 1,500 feet of waterfront. There is an additional seven acres of off-site storage space. Front Street Shipyard current- ly employs more than 100 people.


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