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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 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

Gulf Craft to Invest $100m in Dubai Shipyard

Photo courtesy of Drydocks World

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 free hold plot located within the marine district of DMC, on an area of approximately 900,000 square feet. According to DMC, Gulf Craft plans to make a $100 million investment in developing this

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

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

Institutional Part in Fincantieri IPO Still Not Fully Covered

Fincantieris Ancona yard (Photo courtesy of Fincantieri)

The part reserved to institutional investors in the initial public offering of Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri was still not fully covered as of Wednesday evening, two sources close to the matter said on Thursday. The company is likely to increase the percentage of shares it has reserved for retail investors which have shown big interest in the IPO so far, the sources added. "There's been very good demand from retail investors..

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.

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.

Megayacht Launched from Cargo Ship in Turkey

HHL Valparaiso lifting the 900 metric ton and 63.1 meter long megayacht M/Y Irimari into the sea (Photo: HANSA HEAVY LIFT)

Cargo ship HHL Valparaiso’s two 700 ton cranes have lifted a new luxury yacht built by Sunrise Yachts from the dock to the sea for its world premiere in Antalya, Turkey.   HANSA HEAVY LIFT has used two of its on-board cranes, which have a combined lifting capacity of up to 1,400 metric tons to maneuver the 900 metric ton and 63.1 meter long megayacht M/Y Irimari into the sea.   “This was a very sensitive heavy lift operation that required special engineering expertise

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

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

Damen’s New Yacht Range Sails to the Extremes

Image: Damen

Damen’s new SeaXplorer yacht range brings true capability to expedition yachting, from extreme polar to remote tropical areas.   The world’s first purpose-built, Polar Code compliant range of expedition yachts has been launched by Dutch shipbuilder Damen and its luxury

Fincantieri, Pininfarina Introduced “Ottantacinque”

Concept of a latest-generation luxury mega yacht.

  At the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show held this morning Fincantieri, leading western shipbuilding group, and Pininfarina, standard-bearer of the Italian design for 85 years, introduced the “Ottantacinque” concept of a latest-generation luxury mega yacht.

Elandra Yachts Expands Gold Coast Operations

Tom Barry, Cotter and Luke Durman

  Australia’s newest luxury motor yacht brand Elandra Yachts has expanded its Gold Coast operations on the back of rapid growth and increased interest from Australian and international buyers. The high-end marine vessel manufacturer has acquired a further 1

Palmer Johnson Yatchs Shuts Sturgeon Bay, Moves to Europe

Image:  Palmer Johnson Yachts

 Luxury yacht manufacturer Palmer Johnson Yachts is closing its production facilities in Sturgeon Bay because of dwindling sales and competition from overseas.   In a plant closing notice filed Wednesday with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Crystal Cruises Plans for Expansion

Image: Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises announced an expansion plan under new owners Genting Hong Kong that includes three 1,000-passenger vessels, its first new ships in decades. Plus, Crystal will expand into adventure, yacht and river cruising, and luxury jet trips.  

Billy Smith Rejoins Trinity Yachts

Billy Smith (Photo Trinity Yachts)

Long time vice president of Trinity Yachts to help shape the future of Harvey Gulf   William S. Smith III (Billy) has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Trinity Yachts effective immediately. The announcement was made today by Shane Guidry

IAG Superyacht King Baby on the Water

King Baby. Photo: IAG Yachts

 Chinese shipyard, IAG Yachts, has successfully launched the beautiful 140-foot motor yacht King Baby, destined for an experienced yachtsman.    "King Baby" is IAG Yachts' largest motoryacht build to launch so far. She stretches 140-feet while the other two yachts were

Damen, AMELS sell YSV with Heli Hanger

Amels Yacht Support  6911

  The sale of a new 69-metre Yacht Support vessel marks the next level of development for the successful Yacht Support range built by DAMEN in cooperation with Dutch luxury yacht builder AMELS. The new SEA AXE 6911 is the first in the Yacht Support range to feature the ultimate technical

Huge Yacht Carrier Headed for South Pacific

DYT Yacht Transport’s largest semi-submersible ship, Yacht Express, will make its first trip to Sydney, Australia. (Photo credit: Onne van der Wal)

New policies making it easier for foreign-flagged vessels to explore the coastlines of Australia have lead DYT Yacht Transport (DYT) to schedule its largest semi-submersible yacht carrier, the 686-foot (209-metre) Yacht Express, to deliver yachts to the South Pacific

Superyacht Marina Planned at San Juan, Puerto Rico

Photo -Puerto del Rey

  Puerto Rico Ports Authority issues RFP for Marina District. The project envisions a superyacht marina and dry dock maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at the Port of San Juan The Puerto Rico Ports Authority (PRPA), a public corporation and government instrumentality of the

Fincantieri Invests In Camper & Nicholsons

Giuseppe Bono

Fincantieri has signed an agreement for the acquisition of a minority stake via capital injection in Camper & Nicholsons International (Camper & Nicholsons), the world leading authority in all luxury yachting activities. The agreement includes the possibility for Fincantieri to increase

Windstar Debuts All Suite Power Yacht

Star Breeze

  Today at a christening ceremony in Nice, France, Windstar Cruises debuted Star Breeze, the second of the fleet’s three new all suite power yachts. The christening ceremony and pier-side champagne celebration mark the luxury yacht’s introduction to the Windstar fleet

Ancasta to Launch Prestige 680


  Ancasta International Boat Sales is in the process of launching the Prestige 680, the newest luxury motor yacht from Prestige, which will have its world premiere at Cannes in September 2015. A 21m flybridge cruiser, the Prestige 680 boasts all the key features that have made the

Taiwan Boosts Yacht Export

Picture by Taiwan Yachts Industry Association

 Taiwan's yacht industry saw its first double-digit growth in nearly a decade, indicating an inspiring revival led by development and sales of larger leisure boats, reports Chinese newspaper Commercial Times.   The export value of Taiwan-made yachts hit US$172 million, up 13

Third Superyacht under Construction at Sunrise Yachts

Sunrise 45m Atomic:  Sunrise Yachts

 After successful launches of two 45m Sunrise vessels – superyacht Africa (2009) and luxury yacht Atomic (2014) – the Turkish shipyard has recently laid the keel of the third 45m motor yacht at its yard in Antalya, with a scheduled completion time of 26 months.   

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