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Platinum SuperYachts Enters with Shipbuilder

Platinum SuperYachts Inc. announces the formation of a strategic alliance with Custom Marine International Inc. (CMI Yacht), a U.S. based corporation. CMI is strategic to Platinum's business plan because of its unprecedented joint venture with China Shipbuilding Industries (CSI) for constructing state-of-the-art, large steel, aluminum, and fiberglass yachts at CSI's facilities in the Peoples Republic of China. The CSI shipyard boasts state-of-the-art facilities complete with leading edge technology and technical innovations, resulting in the ultimate in style and quality luxury yachts. Platinum is scheduled to receive preferred construction slots at the shipyard and will be able to provide custom and semi-custom mega yachts at a significant cost advantage. Platinum will provide CMI with aerodynamic designs and specifications for the projects, which will be built to the technical drawings of leading naval architect Arthur Barbeito & Associates of Miami. The spec-yachts will be marketed to Platinum's client base and through leading yacht brokers in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The custom designed yachts will carry the distinctive brand name Platinum Signature Series known for its judicious balance between tradition, innovation and novel use of internal space including a split-level forward master stateroom. The Platinum Signature Series presents a style unrivaled in its aesthetic quality and functionality


ISA Establishes U.S. Office

Edward R. Sacks

Edward R. Sacks Named as President of North American Operations     On 10 May 2013, International Shipyards Ancona (ISA) announced the grand opening of its North American operations with an office at the Portside Yachting Center on at the 17th Street Causeway in Fort Lauderdale. It was auspicious timing for ISA as the day marked its 12th anniversary. ISA President of Sales and Marketing, Marcello Maggi


ITIC Urges Brokers to Call

Filing demurrage claims electronically could be costing shipbrokers significant sums of money, according to International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC). While e-mail may be quick, cheap and easy, brokers are being urged to ensure they have a system in place to confirm receipt of not only demurrage statements but all time sensitive documents. In the past, brokers have used courier services to send claim documentation


Transatlantic Panamax Rates Hit Six-Week Lows

Panamaxes for transatlantic round voyages fell to six-week lows on Wednesday as trade was limited by a series of European holidays in the month of May, brokers said. "It's not looking good, every region is down. To say it's a disaster for owners would not be an understatement," a broker said. Transatlantic round voyage returns are edging closer to the $11,000-a-day mark. Brokers said that commodities trading house Cargill booked a 1997-built panamax at $11,500 a day


RINA New Environmental & Security Standards

Genova-based classification society RINA has introduced new voluntary standards which will allow ships to connect to shore-based electricity while in port, reducing harbour air pollution. And at the same session of its Technical Committee it approved a series of new standards aimed at improving security standards for yachts. The new notation HVSC - High Voltage Shore Connection - sets standards to design into a newbuilding or modify an existing ship so that electricity can be supplied from


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 the competitive and broad-ranging Innovation category. According to the International Superyacht Society: “The Excellence in Innovation award is given to an individual or business that has


Transatlantic Clean Tanker Rates Skyrocket

Clean oil tanker markets heated up, with transatlantic rates going through the roof and Mediterranean and Mideast rates also strong, brokers said. Price differentials and the U.S. cold snap have slammed gasoline shipping prices into the W200 region, from a previous W150 for 33,000 tons, brokers said. Brokers warned that the high volumes of fixing at sky-rocketing rates would inevitably lead to a number of charters failing to be concluded in all regions


Delayed Evolution

While e-commerce continues to reshape international business, many industry insiders reason that maritime - as usual - will be slow to catch the wave. A frantic dash to set up tanker trading and information websites is being touted as the end of the traditional shipping marketplace, but insiders say there will be no overnight revolution. Two oil majors last week joined forces with the biggest shipbroker and leading agribusiness trading house to set up an online shipping exchange which


Trinity Yachts to Acquire IYC

Trinity Yachts, LLC (Trinity) and International Yacht Collection (IYC) have announced today that they have signed a Letter of Intent for Trinity to acquire IYC. This acquisition will expand Trinity's capabilities and enable it to offer its clients the entire range of yachting services: new construction, repairs, brokerage, charter management, retail charter, yacht management, and crew placement. It is expected that the purchase should be completed by July 1, 2007.


MARIS Makes Agreement With Peter Johansen Group

Maritime Information Systems AS (MARIS) has made an agreement with the Peter Johansen Group A/S in Denmark to supply radar/ARPA, ECDIS and VDR to its super luxury yachts on an exclusive basis Under the name Royal Denship the Peter Johansen Group is building a series of super luxury yachts for foreign owners. These yachts are being built at several Danish shipyards. The agreement includes deliveries of the following products from MARIS: ARPA2000 Radar/ARPA automatic radar plotting aid


Missing Yorkshire Yachtsman Found in North Sea

Ops Room courtesy Maritime and Coastguard Agency

  A yachtsman from Yorkshire, reported missing has been found on his yacht in the North Sea, following an extensive search coordinated by Humber Coastguard. His 17ft yacht, Equinox, was approximately 80 miles east of Spurn Point (at the mouth of the Humber) and rescuers found him


Med Tanker Market Pins Freight Rate Hopes on Libya Oil Export Push

Rising oil exports from Libya after months of disruption helped push Mediterranean tanker rates to the highest levels in nearly six months on Wednesday, and shipping players expected more gains in earnings as shipments from the OPEC member step up.


DMC Builds the Smallest Ever Nozzle

Photo courtesy of Damen

Damen Marine Components (DMC), part of Damen Shipyards Group, announced it has smashed its propeller nozzle world record by 33 percent downwards. This downsizing to an inside diameter of 665 millimeters only - from the previous 1,000 mm ‘entry level model’ - marks a new milestone for


Andrew Weir to Support UK Navy in Antarctica

HMS Protector A173

Andrew Weir Shipping Ltd. announced that it has been awarded the contract for the support and maintenance of HMS Protector (A173), following a competitive tendering process. HMS Protector is the Royal Navy’s Ice Patrol Ship, and is deployed on operations for 334 days per year


UK Yacht, Dredger Collide: One Person Missing

Photo courtesy of MCA

Thames Coastguard is coordinating a search after a yacht was in collision with a dredger approximately 1 mile off Felixstowe on the east coast of England. One person on board the yacht was pulled to safety, however another person is unaccounted for at this time


A Summer Of Sailing At Lerwick Harbor

Lerwick Harbor

  Lerwick Harbor is set to cast off for a summer of sailing with a series of local and international events attracting several hundred crew, beginning this week with the arrival of entrants in the Round Britain & Ireland Yacht Race.


First MTU Powered Boat Monitored by GPLink

Photo courtesy of GPLink

GPLink’s remote monitoring equipment has been installed on hundreds of Cat powered vessels throughout the world. The company has recently announced that its product has received its first integration on a non-Caterpillar power package.


Gazprom GDRs Listed On Singapore Exchange

At official ceremony dedicated to Gazprom’s inclusion in Singapore Exchange listings

Today Gazprom's unrestricted American Depositary Shares (the Global Depositary Receipts or the GDRs) were granted an introductory listing and included in the quotation list of the Singapore Exchange. The listing of Gazprom's GDRs on the Singapore Exchange is a significant result of the


Additional Yacht Pontoon for Lerwick Harbor

Lerwick Port

A 50-meter pontoon has been made available by Grieg Seafood Hjaltland from their Girlsta operation for this season. Lerwick Port Authority’s vessel Kebister collected the pontoon from Girlsta and Ocean Kinetics were engaged to moor it at Albert Wharf


OW Bunker Acquires Wilhelmsen Marine Fuels

OW Bunker, a physical distributor and reseller of marine fuels, today announced that it has acquired marine fuel broker Wilhelmsen Marine Fuels, a subsidiary of Norwegian Wilhelmsen Maritime Services, for an undisclosed sum. Wilhelmsen Marine Fuels’ main activity is broking services from


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


WESMAR Adds Dealer in Italy

Italy is a region marine electronics and equipment manufacturer WESMAR has served with its roll fin stabilizers and its stainless steel counter rotating bow and stern thrusters for many years. Today, WESMAR announced a further expansion into the Italian market with the appointment of Yachtalia of


Capesize Bulker Over-supply in Asia Trade: Rate Slide Forecast

Capesize Bulker: Image CCL

Rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes are set to slide next week as too many ships chase too few cargoes from Australia and Brazil, brokers said. There are around 32 capesize ships in ballast and currently available for charter


FUSION-LinkTM Technology Gains Industry-Wide Acceptance

FUSION-LinkTM technology

  Marine Entertainment Leader Reaches Unparalleled Adoption by Boatbuilders and Manufacturers Auckland, New Zealand – FUSION®, a worldwide leader in marine audio, announced today its innovative and award-winning FUSION-LinkTM technology has been adopted by all marine Multi-Function


Ravi Capoor, Jt. Commerce Secretary Meets FFFAI

Sailesh Bhatia – Vice 	  							Chairman felicitating Ravi Capoor

  Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations in India (FFFAI) convened conference and a meeting at FFFAI – Mumbai office of its members with Mr. Ravi Capoor, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce to brief members on International North South Transport Corridor (INSTC)






 
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