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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


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


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


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


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.


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).


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


Burger Boat’s Sycara IV Wins Award

Photo courtesy Burger Boat Company

Burger Boat Company’s Syara IV, a 2010 151.2 ft Fantail Motor Yacht, was awarded the Best Design Trophy for Custom Yachts Under 50m at the prestigious 2009 World Yachts Trophies organized by LuxMedia Group and held in conjunction with the Cannes International Yacht and Boat Show September 12, 2009. Sycara IV won the award thanks in part to her unique design, reflective of her owner’s desire to build a family yacht true to the Golden Age of yachting


Dutch Chief Mate Sentenced for Fatal Collision

Gerardus Chapel, the chief mate at the helm of the dredger that collided with a sailing yacht at the entrance to the River Orwell in Suffolk last summer, has received a six-month sentence.   On June 8, 2014, Shoreway, a 98-meter, 5,000-metric-ton dredger owned by Koninklijke Boskalis


L-3 SAM Electronics to Supply Navigation System for Greek Luxury Yacht

An artists rendering of Golden Yacht Ltds O’Pari3 (Photo courtesy of SAM Electronics)

L-3 SAM Electronics has been awarded a contract to provide its NACOS Platinum Automation Navigation Control System aboard Golden Yachts Ltd's O’Pari3. Built at Lamda Nafs Shipyard, Greece, O’Pari3 is a new 72-meter, 1,166-gross-ton luxury megayacht that will be available for


Caterpillar Ships C8.7 Supercharged Engines

First C8.7 Supercharged Diesel Engines

  Caterpillar Marine has shipped Cat® C8.7 supercharged diesel engines. The electronically-controlled C8.7 is capable of delivering an impressive 650 MHP @ 2300 RPM while meeting EPA Tier 3, IMO 2, EU Stage IIIA and RCD emissions requirements


Vestdavit Launches Multi-boat Handling System

Image courtesy of Vestdavit

Norway-based boat handling system and specialized davit supplier Vestdavit has designed a new multiple-boat handling system which aims to make boat handling safer and simpler in the hangars and mission bays of warships, seismic craft and expedition yachts


Oceanco Delivers First Superyacht of 2015

The INFINITY (Photo courtesy of Oceanco)

Oceanco delivered the first superyacht of 2015 today, the 291-foot (89 meter) INFINITY. Built under the code name Y710, the yacht features an exterior design by Espen Øino and an interior design by Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design and David Kleinberg Design Associates.


'World's First Hybrid Superyacht'

Savannah. Image by Feadship

Developed by Dutch shipbuilders Feadship, the 83.5m Savannah is touted as the world's first hybrid super yacht. Vessel is 30% more fuel efficient than similar sized counterparts, claims the company.   The eco-friendly super yacht uses a blend of a single diesel engine, three gensets


Xunlong Shenzhen Orders Dutch-designed Ferry

Photo courtesy of CoCo Yachts

CoCo Yachts B.V. inks contract with Xunlong Shenzhen Ferry Company for one Coastal Cruiser 300 Xunlong Shenzhen Ferry Company has ordered a Coastal Cruiser 300 ferry from CoCo Yachts, a Dutch design company specializing in the design of aluminum catamarans.


Holland America Line’s 'Zuiderdam' Rescues 8 in the Caribbean

Holland America Line’s ms Zuiderdam Rescues Eight Crewmembers From Sinking Vessel in the Caribbean

   At 2:10 a.m. Jan. 3, 2015, while en route to Oranjestad, Aruba, Holland America Line’s ms Zuiderdam answered a distress call from the Bahamian inter-island vessel Excalibur that was sinking with eight crewmembers onboard. Zuiderdam was approximately 15 miles away and the


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).


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


Gamma Builds Customized Yacht for Andrea Bocelli

Photo: Vripack

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


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


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


Triad, EMP Join Forces

Medaka Eco Solar Ferry

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


USCG Report Vessel Traffic Restriction on ICW

Intracoastal Waterway near Bal Harbor

  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






 
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