Bath Iron Works competes with Southern shipyards

BATH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Senator Susan Collins says she thinks bath iron Works has a good chance of winning a new shipbuilding contract with the I.S. Coast Guard.

BIW was told last week it is one of three finalists to design and build a new generation of offshore cutters for the Coast Guard. That service hopes to build as many as 25 ships in the coming years. Sen. Collins' office reports the estimated total price for those ships is more than $7 billion.

Bath Iron Works is competing for the contract against shipyards in Louisiana and Florida, one of which has reportedly built other vessels for the Coast Guard. Shipyards in the Gulf Coast area have a reputation for being able to build vessels at lower costs than those in the Northeast.

National Drink Wine Day

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Today is National Drink Wine Day! According to their website, National Drink Wine Day is celebrated to spread the health benefits - and the love - of wine.

The positive benefits of wine include the enhancement of food and life, as while as reducing the risk of heart disease.

National Drink Wine Day is celebrated annually on February 18 across the United States.

State swimming highlights and results, Saturday


NEWS CENTER - The state finals for swimming and diving got underway with the Class 'A' girls as Cheverus won their first ever championship holding off Brunswick.   

1. Cheverus High School 294

2. Brunswick High School 288

3. Bangor High School 230

4. Deering High School 227

5. Kennebunk High School 153

Oil contracts offer unpleasant surprise

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Mainers are battling another snowstorm, but the real enemy this winter has been the cold. December was far colder than usual.

BIW is finalist for cutter design

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine's Bath Iron Works is one of three finalists in a design competition for a U.S. Coast Guard cutter.

BIW was one of eight shipyards that submitted proposals for the design of the vessel.

U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Coast Guard on Tuesday narrowed the selection to three finalists, which include BIW in Bath.


US National Toboggan Championships wrap up in Camden

CAMDEN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Thousands converged in Camden this weekend for the US National Toboggan Championships.

425 teams competed at the Camden Snow Bowl, supporting the nonprofit ski area and competing for a trophy.

Conditions were clear and according to racers, the 400-foot chute had been perfectly greased with ice this season.

The event is taken seriously by some competitors. Others are just as serious about their costumes. Team names like, "Show my you fruit zone," who named the team after a vinyard management term.

This year marks the 24th annual championship and the Competition Chair, Holly Edwards said the numbers in attendance were record-breaking. "We usually do 4 to 6,000 people at a time. We were definitely up to 8 to 10,000 people up on the ice and here on the mountain."

This year organizers installed lighst so racing began on Friday night.

Regional Wrestling Championship Results

NEWS CENTER - Wrestlers from around Maine had one last obstacle before qualifying for the state meet. The team and individual results from around the state are listed below.

Class 'A' West - Sanford High School

Team Standings

1. Marshwood 228.5
2. Noble 199.5
3. Massabesic 196.5
4. Biddeford 104.0
5. Sanford 96.0
6. Portland 85.5
8. Kennebunk 41.0
9. Thorton Academy 17.0
10. Deering 16.0
11. Cheverus 8.0
12. Scarborough 7.0
13. GPC 4.0

Championship Finals