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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


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


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 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

Image courtesy Kirilloff & Associates

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).

MarineMax Expands into Yacht Management, Placement, Chartering

Bill McGill, MarineMax President and CEO Photo MarineMax

At a special press event held at the Palm Beach International Boat Show, MarineMax announced today that they are expanding into yacht management, crew placement and charter of luxury megayachts.  Bob Saxon Associates, has joined MarineMax as part of the new endeavor that will be headquartered at the MarineMax Yacht Center in Pompano Beach, Florida. “We are excited to announce this strategic initiative,” offered Bill McGill, MarineMax President and CEO

PBES Lithium Energy Storage for HH Ferries

Photo: PBES

Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) said it has secured the energy storage supply contract for the two largest battery-powered ferries in the world. Each of the two Scandlines Helsingborg-Helsingör ferries will have 4.16 MWh batteries to provide power for primary propulsion.   

Manslaughter Charges Sought in Yacht Tragedy

Following the U.K. Maritime & Coastguard Agency’s more than two-year-long investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fatal loss of the yacht Cheeki Rafiki in May 2014, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided to bring charges against Douglas Innes and Stormforce Coaching

Post-Brexit, Lawmakers Call for Royal Yacht's Return

(Photo: The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust)

As Britain sets sail in uncharted waters on the lookout for post-Brexit trade deals, lawmakers and a former diplomat have earmarked two key weapons: the Duchess of Cambridge and a new royal yacht.   Following the vote in June for Britain to leave the European Union

Mega Yacht Shipped from Lavrion to Dubai

(Photo: Rickmers-Linie)

In early October, cargo vessel MV Rickmers Dalian made a stop-over at the anchorage off Lavrion in Greece to load a mega yacht for shipment to Dubai, where she was discharged on October 19.   The shipment of the 50-meter-long, 340-metric-ton yacht was coordinated and booked by

Gulf Coast Shipyard Delivers MY Imagine

M.Y. Imagine (Photo: GCSG)

Gulf Coast Shipyard Group (GCSG) has delivered the Motor Yacht Imagine.  The M.Y. Imagine, a Trinity built yacht, is a 193’x 32’x 14’6” custom designed semi-displacement aluminum hull and superstructure vessel that was constructed in GCSG’s yard located in New

MN100: Advanced Mechanical Enterprises

Image: Advanced Mechanical Enterprises

The Company: AME President Richard Merhige has pioneered the use of lasers in the marine industry.   The Case: is comprised of Advanced Mechanical Enterprises/AME and Advanced Maintenance Engineering/AME, comprehensive marine and industrial engineering services companies

Lucas Marine, Harbor Breeze Cruises Partner to Cut Fuel Costs

Photo courtesy of Harbor Breeze Cruises

Lucas Marine is partnering with Harbor Breeze Corporation to help reduce the yacht charter and cruise company's fuel costs, maintenance and environmental impact in Los Angeles and Long Beach Harbors.   Harbor Breeze is one of the largest yacht charter and cruise companies operating within

MV WERFTEN, Foreship Sign Design Agreements

Signing Endeavor

MV WERFTEN signed a letter of intent with the engineering company Foreship in Stralsund today. The agreement includes parts of the basic design as well as design, purchasing and production assistance of the “Endeavor” class luxury expedition yachts

Hammond New International Sales Manager, Fairline Yachts

Robert Hammond

British luxury motor yacht manufacturer, Fairline Yachts, announces Robert Hammond as its new International Sales Manager. Robert will be responsible for Fairline's global sales operations and managing its worldwide dealer network.   A former military pilot, Robert

MN100: Gibbs & Cox, Inc.

(Image: Gibbs & Cox, Inc.)

The Company: Gibbs & Cox and Donald L. Blount and Associates (G&C/DLBA) comprise one of the world’s leading independent naval architecture and marine engineering design firms. The company employs naval architects, engineers and designers from all of the ship-related engineering

MN100: ZF Marine Propulsion Systems

Wolfgang Schmid (Photo: ZF)

The Company: ZF Marine supplies propulsion system components for yachts, defense craft, high-speed ferries, workboats and commercial vessels, in a power range from 10 to 14,000 kW. The product portfolio includes a comprehensive range of transmissions (reversing, non-reversing and hybrid)

Sparkman & Stephens under New Ownership

Photo courtesy of Sparkman & Stephens

Sparkman & Stephens (S&S), the naval architecture and brokerage firm founded by Olin Stephens and Drake Sparkman in 1929, announced that it was acquired by a group of private investors led by Brooke S. Parish and John B. Reuter. The transaction enables S&S to implement expansion

Shipbuilding Consolidation: Luerssen Acquires Blohm+Voss GmbH

PHOTO: Betriebsteil Lemwerder©Wolfgang Kundel (terra-air service)

Family owned and Bremen based shipyard, Luerssen acquired storied shipyard Blohm+Voss in Hamburg, the company announced on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.   With the acquisition of Blohm+Voss, Luerssen said it is entering into a long-term relationship to strengthen its portfolio in the

ALMACO to Build Cabins, Galleys for Rhine Class Ships

Image: ALMACO Group

German shipyard MV WERFTEN has awarded ALMACO Group a contract to build the luxury suites and galley areas for Crystal River Cruises’ four Rhine Class luxury river yachts, which will be delivered in 2017 and 2018 from Wismar.   

Feadship Unveils New Future Concept

Photo: Feadship

Feadship has marked the 10th anniversary of the Feadship Future Concept with a new "blueprint for inspiration."   Unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show using a yacht model and an augmented reality experience, the 2016 FFC Choice offers a wealth of opportunities for autonomous living

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