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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. "Over the years, we have received dozens of requests from yacht owners and captains asking us to help them find top-notch crew members who not only have the requisite skills and certifications, but also excel at the all-important hospitality side of yachting," said DJ Parker, President of Neptune Group Yachting. "With Julia Haines-LaPenta, a highly experienced superyacht chief stew, at the helm, Neptune Crew now lets us offer dedicated crew placement services – in addition to charter marketing, management, consulting and brokerage services – to the owners and captains of yachts in our NGY Charter Fleet as well as other clients. Neptune Crew also serves as a natural bridge between Neptune Group Yachting's luxury yacht vacations agency and our Neptune Group crew accommodations business." "Working as part of the crew on these large yachts has given me firsthand experience in what it takes to be a great yacht crew member and charter vacation host," said Haines-LaPenta


MAN B&W Engines on Record Course

MAN B&W Diesel have been selected to power an attempt for a high-speed water record. The company’s engines powered the vessels that broke the transatlantic record and won the Blue Riband in 1990 and 1998. Today the company is involved in the production of the fastest megayacht in the world. Two 18-cylinder MAN B&W Diesel VP185 engines are being supplied for a new mega yacht that will attempt the unofficial speed record for large motor yachts: a maximum speed of over 70 knots has been


Knight & Carver Launches Custom Technologies

Knight & Carver YachtCenter has announced the formation of Custom Technologies. Operating as a stand-alone division of the company and serving its core customers’ desires for the latest and most advanced entertainment systems, Knight & Carver Custom Technologies will provide clients with a wide array of high-end systems. These state-of-the-art systems will include ambient lighting and music, large-screen hi-definition TV screens, satellite radio, Internet, email


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.


Headhunter, 8 New Approvals for Sewage Treatment

Headhunter, specialists in plumbing and sanitation for the luxury yacht and commercial marine industries, has received eight certificates of approval for new models in its Tidal Wave HMX sewage treatment plants, the first to be approved according to the new, more stringent performance standard set by the United Nations International Maritime Organisation (IMO). The Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) adopted the new resolution MEPC 159(55) in 2006


Satellite Hub Sale By VT iDirect Expands Maritime Coverage

New hub to support increasing demand from oil & gas customers in Africa & extend coverage to mega-yacht owners in the Mediterranean and Atlantic. VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), announce that SkyStream FZ LLZ, a Dubai-based satellite service provider, has purchased an iDirect Series 15100 Universal Satellite Hub to extend and enhance the availability of its coverage for luxury yacht owners.


MAN Acquires Alstom Diesel Engine Ops

Engineering companies Alstom of France and MAN of Germany have agreed terms for the acquisition by MAN of ALSTOM's Diesel engines business. Through this acquisition, the MAN Group will strengthen its activities in the field of large diesel engines. MAN B&W Diesel AG, Augsburg, will take over ALSTOM Engines Ltd. of the U.K. with its brands Ruston, Paxman and Mirrlees Blackstone. ALSTOM Engines Ltd. supplies on a worldwide scale medium and high speed Diesel and gas-fuelled engines with outputs


ZF Marine Reduction Gear for Vericor Turbine

The HSMT 410/730 reduction gear from ZF is designed to meet the demand for larger and faster high-speed yachts.

  ZF Marine has debuted a special reduction gear designed to match Vericor Power System’s TF 40 and TF50 marine turbines.  The HSMT 410/730 reduction gear is available in reduction ratios ranging from 9.5 to 20:1, designed to meet the demand for larger and faster high-speed yachts.   Vericor turbines are used in a number of applications, including naval vessels, fast ferries and mega-yachts. These aero-derivative engines are designed to run on diesel fuel and can


Fastmount Appoints Distributors

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Growth in sales worldwide has prompted Fastmount Ltd, the New Zealand designer and manufacturer of the Fastmount removable panel mounting systems to strengthen its distribution team in Europe. Fastmount has selected marine industry specialists with a wealth of knowledge in both the OEM and refit sectors in the Netherlands, Belgium, Turkey, Finland and Sweden. They appointed Kroon B.V in the Netherlands and Belgium


PlanetSolar Solar Powered Ship

Photo courtesy Imtech Marine Group

Imtech N.V. (technical services provider in Europe) is acting as technology partner of PlanetSolar, a solar energy powered ship. In 2011, PlanetSolar will set sail on a world cruise of approximately 50,000 km, with the aim of promoting solar energy and the use of environmentally-conscious alternative fuel for sailing. PlanetSolar is a high-tech 85 ton, 31 meters (101.7 ft) long and 15 meters (49.2 ft) wide catamaran, covered by 537 m2 of solar panels


WASSP Goes Wireless with New Remote Mapping System

Installed in the tender or support vessel of a super yacht, the WASSP-Wireless system uses a wifi radio link to send a real-time sea floor map back to the vessel.

Award winning multi-beam sonar manufacturer WASSP Ltd. debuted its latest system – now for super yacht applications. WASSP-Wireless has been designed to address superyacht captains’ concerns about underwater obstacle avoidance, hull damage or grounding the vessel.


Young Designer of the Year Oceanco Yard Tour

Photo: Oceanco

Oceanco sponsored the Showboats Design Awards “Young Designer of the Year Award,” which was presented to Stefano Inglese during a ceremony hosted in the prestigious Monaco Opera House the June 21, 2013. Oceanco said it places great importance in supporting the yachting industry by


Bolideck Future Teak on Deck for Luxury

Standards set by yacht owners for stylish decking that is also environmentally responsible are being matched in the yacht support vessel market. Dutch flooring and decking specialist Bolidt has secured a new contract to supply and install Bolideck Future Teak for the deck onboard a Fast Yacht


IYC Names its Brokers of the Year

Barbara Stork Landeweer

International Yacht Collection (IYC) iannounced that Frank Grzeszczak and Barbara Stork Landeweer are the company’s  2013 Yacht Broker and Charter Brokers of Year, respectively. Representative of a banner year for IYC, both brokers played a pivotal role in promoting the superyacht


China Company Takes Over Sunseeker International

Sunseeker 40m Motor Yacht

The Dalian Wanda Group, one of the largest Chinese property and cinema groups, will acquire almost 92 percent stake in the leading global luxury yacht company, Sunseeker International Limited, for about GBPDS 320-million. Although the private yachting market is in its early stages in China


Superyacht 'Liberty' Design Highlighted by Burger

Liberty: Image courtesy of Burger Boat Co.

The Burger Boat team, in collaboration with Gregory C. Marshall Naval Architect Ltd., created 'Liberty' as the ultimate family yacht. Reflecting upon its 150 year history, Burger created a new and exciting design that celebrates its legacy of designing and building some of the world's most


Burger Boat Appoint Thom Conboy Commercial Director

Thom Conboy: Photo credit Burger Boat Company

Burger Boat Company, celebrating its 150th anniversary, announce the appointment of Thom Conboy as its Commercial Director. As Commercial Director, Thom will be working closely with the shipyard in Manitowoc, WI to secure new construction, refit and repair projects as well as heading its


Hatteras Yachts/Cabo Taken Over

An affiliate of Versa Capital Management  has acquired the operating businesses of Hatteras/CABO from Brunswick Corporation. Hatteras Yachts is recognized as a world leader in the construction of convertible sportfishing and luxury motor yachts


GPS Spoofing and the Potential Perils to Ships at Sea

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Simple annoyance or potential security threat? Spoof is defined as “a hoax or swindle.”  In the world of electronic networks, a spoofing attack is a situation in which one program successfully masquerades as another by falsifying data and thereby gaining an improper advantage


Dockwise Yacht Transport Business Sold by Boskalis

Yacht Express: Photo credit Dockwise

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has completed the sale of Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT to Sevenstar Yacht Transport B.V. based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. With the acquisition of Dockwise in March 2013, Boskalis also acquired the activities of Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT)


The Netherlands: Maritime Nation Thrives Despite Downturn

Photo: Port of Rotterdam

The Netherlands maritime sector has fared relatively well despite turbulent conditions brought about globally by 2008’s financial crisis. The country’s marine businesses combine for an annual turnover near $25 billion, compiling upwards of 2.5% of Dutch earnings


Anything but Standard: Damen Newbuild and Repair Group Targets Global Growth

 Damen’s repair and conversion yard in Schiedam.

From a single newbuild and repair yard near Rotterdam in 1927, the family-owned Damen Shipbuilding group has expanded to 38 shipyards and related companies involved in new construction as well as repair and maintenance activities. Now with more than 8,000 employees and a presence in 34 countries


Damen-built GARÇON Wins Innovation Award

GARÇON (Photo: Damen)

The 67m Fast Yacht Support vessel, GARÇON, built by Damen, has won the ISS Awards of Distinction for Innovation at the International Superyacht Society Awards Gala in Fort Lauderdale. GARÇON came out top of an industry-led voting process that assessed five shortlisted entries in


Interview: Dr. Herbert Aly

Shipyard boss Dr. Herbert Aly in Front of the German Navy sail training ship Gorch Fock where he was a crew member during his naval service.

Shipyard boss Dr. Herbert Aly discusses Blohm+Voss’ radical reorganization as well as the strategies to secure new orders.   When I started my nautical career at Blohm+Voss at the beginning of the early 1960s, one could see on the southside of the river Elbe nine independent operating


Superyacht Shipyard Expansion for Yacht Solutions

The Yacht Solutions refit and repair team at Italthai Marine

Yacht Solutions at Italthai Marine has expanded its facility and tripled its superyacht yard capacity in response to the overwhelming demand for space in Thailand’s first dedicated superyacht facility in Bangkok. Since the partnership began in January between Yacht Solutions and Italthai


 
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