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Superyacht Sector has Presence at SMM

SMM is increasingly becoming a platform for the upmarket segment of super yachts. This area is presented at the SMM at Hamburg Trade Fair by shipyards, and all relevant equipment suppliers exhibit at the leading shipbuilding fair. For the first time this year there will be a special exhibition focus on super yachts in Hall 8. Over 1,600 companies from 50 countries will present the latest developments in all areas of the maritime sector at 22nd Shipbuilding, Machinery & Marine Technology, International Trade Fair Hamburg from September 26th-29th. Super yachts are generally not included in the tonnage statistics on ship deliveries or newbuilding orders, despite the fact that this segment has become increasingly significant year by year. For example, the construction of luxurious large yachts is an important area with enormous potential in the German shipbuilding industry, which has a top reputation worldwide particularly for yachts from 90m length. As shipyards are extremely careful to keep their super yacht projects out of the public eye, the business volume of this segment can only be estimated. Claus-Ehlert Meyer, manager of the German Yachting Industry Pool (GYIP), puts the sales of the sector for super yacht newbuildings, repairs, spare parts service and insurance in 2005 at about $1.2b in Germany alone. German shipyards currently have super yachts worth approx. $2.8b on their orderbooks.


Ingot and Tò-Kalòn Nominated for Awards

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Burger Boat Company announced that Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating magazines have nominated Tò-Kalòn, a 101 ft Burger Enclosed Bridge Motor Yacht, for “Most Innovative Exterior Yacht Design of the Year” and INGOT, a 153 ft Burger Tri-Deck Motor Yacht, for “Best Motor Yacht” (86 feet and up) for the 2009 Asia Boating Awards. The Annual Asia Boating Award was created by Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating magazines to recognize the best of the


BV Opens Yacht Technical Office

International classification society Bureau Veritas has opened a Yacht Technical Office in . It provides a center of expertise for all issues relating to the construction, classification and statutory certification of mega yachts. Maxime Pachot, manager of the Yacht Technical Office, says, "The technical issues which face yacht designers, builders and owners are getting more and more specialized. Mega yachts are often at the cutting edge of design, materials use and equipment


Floyd Joins Bradford Marine

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Bradford Marine, Inc. announced that James (Jimmy) Floyd has joined the Bradford Marine Team as Sales and Marketing Professional. Floyd has an extensive knowledge of the yachting industry.  He started his yachting career many years ago as Dockmaster at Bradford Marine, and since 1981, he has been involved in the yachting industry through Smallwood's, a well-known family business. Bradford Marine is one of the world’s largest undercover yacht repair facilities


Navis Wins DNV Autopilot Approvals

Navis AP4000 autopilot.

DNV MED-B certification opens yacht market for Navis AP4000 autopilot. Helsinki-based Navis Engineering Oy has passed an important milestone in the yacht sector, after receiving MED-B type approval for its latest generation type AP4000 autopilot from classification society Det Norske Veritas (DNV). Issued for a five-year period, the MED-B certificate provides assurance that the product complies with all the relevant international standards imposed on marine equipment of this type


Yacht Crew Agency Launched by NGY

Neptune Group Yachting (NGY), a luxury yacht charter agency, launches Neptune Crew Placement Division. Julia Haines-LaPenta has been named Director of Crew Placement for Neptune Crew. The agency is accepting applications from all professional yacht crew, ranging from day workers and entry-level deckhands to chief engineers, chief stews and captains. For more information, contact Julia Haines-LaPenta at Julia@NGYI.com or call 954.524.7978.


Palmer Johnson Introduces Sport Yacht Series

By Larry Pearson Palmer Johnson, luxury yacht builder, has a new president and is introducing a new line of sport yachts. Mike Kelsey, Jr. was elected president of the Sturgeon Bay, Wisc. yacht builder in June 2004. Kelsey's grandfather, Patrick Haggerty, founder of Texas Instruments, purchased the yard in 1961. Kelsey's father Mike Kelsey, Sr. immediately went to work for Haggerty and passed the knowledge of fine yacht building down to his son.


M/Y Islander’s Transformation

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In the early evening hours twenty years ago in a shipyard in Brisbane, Australia the sleek hull of the 192 foot motor sailing yacht The Other Woman effortlessly slid down the launch ways into the Brisbane River. The Owner, Ed Cantor, told his guests as he watched his "Other Woman" hit the water "she looks so beautiful without the masts, do we really have to put them on?”. The evening and festivities went on with the question looming


Sailing Yacht Winners at 2012 ShowBoats Design Awards

Yacht Vertigo Photo credit Alloy Yachts

ShowBoats Design Awards honour the superyacht industry’s creative talents at their annual Monaco ceremony Alloy Yachts’ 67.2m sailing yacht Vertigo was declared the evening’s big winner, with designers Philippe Briand and Christian Liaigre taking home three Neptunes for Exterior Design & Styling, Interior Layout and Best Recreational Space for Guest Use (for her novel midships lazarettes on the lower deck).


Shipbuilding Recession? Megayacht Sector Booms

Amels 65 metet (213 ft) Superyacht

Large-sized superyacht orders show a huge increase according to a recent market report. If orders for superyachts are any indication of consumer confidence, statistics show a small but definitely measurable increase (3.9%) in global orders for yachts above 150 feet in length overall (LOA) and an astounding rebound (44% increase) in orders for the largest superyachts - those over 250 feet LOA - with 39 orders compared to 27 in 2012, according to data published by Boat International Media.


Higgins Named CEO of Nichols Brothers Boat Builders

Gavin Higgins (Photo: NBBB)

Gavin Higgins has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Ice Floe LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB), the company announced today.   Effective immediately, Higgins replaces Matt Nichols, one of the company’s founders who has served as CEO of NBBB since February 2012


Gamma Builds Customized Yacht for Andrea Bocelli

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Gamma Yachts has built its most customized Gamma 20 so far, with smart design from Vripack, to opera singer Andrea Bocelli.   Gamma Yachts announced the delivery of 22.1-meter M/Y Libertas, the third in its Gamma 20 ‘mini’ super yacht series


Even 'Small' Vessels are Getting Bigger

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The Shipowners’ Club is a mutual provider of P&I insurance that has throughout its 160 year history been dedicated to serving owners of small and specialist ships.  These vessels, active in a range of different operations, are at the lower end of the size spectrum and


US Obamacare Impacts the Global Marine Industry

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, the recent healthcare plan in the United States, is affecting the international superyacht industry, according to yacht insurance expert Eva Maria Karlsson of Superyacht Insurance Group (SYIG).


Hong Kong to Hainan Dao Yacht Race

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  A yacht race from Hong Kong to Hainan Dao will take place on 16 October 2014 (Thursday). About 20 yachts are expected to participate in the race. The race will start at 1320 hours on 16 October 2014 off the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter, and follow an easterly route through the harbour


Cooper Yacht Debuts Cooper 800 Yacht Tender

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   Cooper Yacht proudly announces the debut of the Cooper 800 yacht tender.  Founded in the Netherlands in 2009, the mission of the company is to offer ultimate style and comfort in a multi-functional vessel at a reasonable price to the consumer


Ocean Training Launches Blended Learning Course

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Major revisions to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (The STCW Convention) came into force in 2012. The “Manila Amendments - 2010” were adopted at a diplomatic conference at Manila, in the Philippines in 2010.


Gulf Craft to Invest $100m in Dubai Shipyard

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Company plans to invest $100 million over the next five years in the development of a new shipyard in Dubai Maritime City to build a global luxury yachts manufacturing facility Dubai Maritime City (DMC), a maritime cluster in Dubai, today announced an agreement with Gulf Craft to invest in a


Pink Lashings Raise Money for Breast Cancer Research

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As the first Peters & May Pink Lashings shipment leaves Palma for Fort Lauderdale, the global marine transport company is calling all yacht owners to support its campaign to help raise £25,000 for the charity, Breast Cancer Clinical Trials (BCCT). 


Simrad Partners Key West Boats

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  Simrad Yachting, announced today its partnership with Key West Boats, Inc. With a reputation for uncompromising attention to detail, particularly in construction and design, Key West has established a history of a worry-free experience for owners and unsurpassed resale value for


Kadey-Krogen Yachts Celebrates 600th Yacht

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  With new projects on the drawing board and the sales ticker counting higher, 2014 was bound to be a milestone year for Kadey-Krogen Yachts. Today the company is happy to announce their 600th new boat sale, a Krogen 44’ AE, to two new members of the Kadey-Krogen family of owners


Christmas Ship to Deliver 1,200 Trees

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Chicago’s Christmas Ship Committee, Coast Guard set for 15th anniversary of re-enactment, delivery of 1,200 Christmas trees for deserving families.   The Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, serving once again as this year’s “Christmas Ship” and loaded with more than 1


USCG Report Vessel Traffic Restriction on ICW

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  Vessel traffic on the Intracoastal Waterway near Bal Harbor, Florida is restricted following an incident involving a yacht and the Broad Causeway bridge. Due to the incident, only the bridge's west leaf is able to open.  Restrictions on vessel traffic limit movement of large


Triad, EMP Join Forces

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As part of its product rollout strategy Eco Marine Power (EMP) announced today that it has signed a support agreement with Theodosiou Bros Ltd (TRIAD Ltd) of Piraeus, Greece. This agreement between EMP and TRIAD Ltd will lead to the establishment of a technical support hub in Greece from


DYT Yacht Transport Carries M/V OCEARCH

DYT Yacht Transport’s 686’ flagship Yacht Express is shown here in Port Everglades, Fla., before heading Down Under with its cargo of precious yachts, including the 126-foot research vessel M/V OCEARCH (blue hull). (photo credit Tom Serio Photography).

The 126-foot research vessel M/V OCEARCH is currently making its way from Port Everglades, Florida to Brisbane, Australia on board DYT Yacht Transport’s semisubmersible ship 686’ flagship Yacht Express. The research vessel is the namesake of the nonprofit organization OCEARCH






 
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