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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 facility over the next five years. It will include a state-of-the-art shipyard to manufacture high-end luxury yachts as well as a service center incorporating cutting-edge, highly specialized technology for the yacht industry. The agreement was signed by His Excellency Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Dubai Maritime City, and His Excellency Mohammed Hussein Al Shaali, Chairman of Gulf Craft. UAE-based Gulf Craft, is one of the top 10 manufacturers of superyachts globally, completing and delivering more than 9,000 vessels to date and winning a number of local and international awards, including the World Yacht Trophy for Shipyard of the Year 2014 and the Best Asian Yacht Builder at the Asian Boating Awards 2014. Commenting on the announcement, Mohammed Hussein Al Shaali, Chairman of Gulf Craft said, “As a company


Shipbuilders Awarded Training Funds

A pair of grants totaling nearly $58,000 will be used to train 245 workers at two shipbuilders in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., the Business Journal of Milwaukee reported. The Workforce Advancement Training Grants from the Wisconsin Technical College System were awarded to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) in Green Bay. The funds will be used for training workers from Bay Shipbuilding Co., a manufacturer of commercial ships, and yacht maker Palmer Johnson Yachts..


Grand Banks Announces Appointments to Management

Grand Banks Yachts, Ltd., recently appointed two members to their worldwide corporate management team. Rob Livingston has been named vice president of marketing for the global manufacturer of Grand Banks, Eastbay and Aleutian Class yachts. In this capacity, Livingston has worldwide responsibility for brand marketing, overseeing advertising, public relations, promotions, online operations, collateral development and overall marketing management


National Marine Suppliers Distributes Chafe-Pro

Fjord, Inc. has recently reached an agreement authorizing National Marine Suppliers to be a distributor of their Chafe-Pro product line.  National Marine Suppliers specialize in worldwide yacht support and deal in every facet of the yachting industry. Fjord, Inc. is a manufacturer of marine chafe-protection coverings for safeguarding lines and hydraulic hoses. Chafe-Pro’s patented design allows the units to be moved to the desired location due to their Velcro closing system


Dockwise Sees Demand for Yacht Transport in South Pacific

Photo courtesy DYT

“The Australian yacht market is very buoyant at present due to the strong Australian dollar,” said Roberts.  “Being market leaders, DYT and Aurora are working hard to service the South Pacific market for yacht transportation in relation to this large influx of yacht movements.”  Super Servant 3, at 456 feet (139 meters) in length and operating on a regular schedule to deliver yachts around the world


Yacht Club Adds Electric Boats to Fleet

Vantage Yacht Club Adds Sustainable Electric Boats to Its Rental Fleet.   Vantage Yacht Club, the premier fractional club offering shared yacht ownership and creator of the Yacht Card, announced additions to its Fleet Membership and Non-Member rental fleets today with the delivery of four electric Duffy Boats. Vantage Yacht Club is proud to announce this first electric boat initiative in Chicago as it continues to lead the evolution of the yachting lifestyle


Xtreme Companies Acquires Challenger Offshore

Xtreme Companies, Inc. announced the acquisition of 100% of the outstanding shares of semi-custom boat manufacturer Marine Holdings, Inc. In exchange for $4.3 million in cash, Xtreme received the Challenger business and assets including its gross order backlog of $1.6 million, boat inventory, boat molds and real estate which includes Challenger's 65,000 square ft. boat manufacturing facility located on 12 acres in Washington, MO. The transaction was financed with


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


STIDD Admiral Seats at the Helm of the Odessa

Image courtesy STIDD Systems, Inc.

A pair of custom STIDD Admiral High Back helm seats from leading ergonomic marine seating manufacturer STIDD Systems add comfort and style to the helm of Christensen Shipyards' newest launch, set to debut at the 2009 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 29 – November 2. The 160-foot Odessa is the first Christensen yacht to feature a black hull and silver painted superstructure. In addition to the standard STIDD ergonomic and adjustment features


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 Massa, Italy, as its newest international dealer. Yachtalia joins a network of hundreds of WESMAR dealers around the world


NYK Lynx Rescues Sailor in the Pacific Ocean

A person was rescued from the sailing yacht in distress 260 nautical miles off the Galapagos Islands.

  NYK Lynx, a containership operated by NYK Line, rescued one person from a sailing yacht in distress 260 nautical miles off the Galapagos Islands. The yacht had been adrift for two weeks after encountering trouble with the main engine.  


Kuwaiti Coast Guard Orders 29 Vessels

Photo: Tampa Yacht Manufacturing

The Kuwaiti Coast Guard ordered 29 new 44-foot fast coastal interceptor-class (FCI) vessels from Tampa Yacht Manufacturing LLC.   For the new builds, the Kuwaiti Coast Guard specified total drive solutions from Twin Disc, featuring Arneson ASD11 surface drives and Rolla propellers.  


Volume Up in Dutch Maritime Technology Sector

Photo by Netherlands Maritime Technology

 The Dutch maritime technology sector has had a good year. Turnover increased by 17%, from EUR 6.4 billion in 2013 to EUR 7.5 billion in 2014. The sector employed 31,680 FTEs, up from 29,361 in 2013.    “Overall we see a nuanced picture, with ups and downs


DMW Marine Takes the Lead in Military Cranes

Photo courtesy of DMW Marine Group

DMW Marine Group, LLC. has completed a number of projects for the U.S. Navy and foreign Navies in recent years, claiming a place as a go-to supplier for Navy departments globally.   Notable projects as listed by DMW include a personnel handling 500 tonne meter knuckleboom crane


New Marine Certification Services Company Launched

Seaworthy Ltd. launches new marine approval and certification specialist service for equipment manufacturers and system developers A new service provider for marine equipment manufacturers and system developers has entered the industry. Seaworthy Ltd


MAIB Blames 'Structural Weakness' in Cheeki Rafiki Capsize

Cheeki Rafiki file photo by Corriere

 An accident report into the loss of the Cheeki Rafiki mid-way through a transatlantic crossing last May, found that undetected damage to fittings around the keel after a string of earlier groundings are among the likely causes, says the Telegraph.  


HEM takeover Makes Cathelco Water Treatment Leader

The company entered into the desalinator market after the acquisition of Seafresh Desalinators in 2010.

  Cathelco, the world leading manufacturers of equipment for ships, have acquired Hydro-Electrique Marine (HEM) the French specialists in desalinators and water treatment systems. The acquisition will make Cathelco one of the largest producers of shipboard water treatment systems in


Willard to Present at High Speed Boat Operations Forum

Bobby Beck (Photo: Willard Marine)

Willard Marine, a manufacturer of aluminum and fiberglass commercial and military boats, will present at the High Speed Boat Operations (HSBO) Forum in Lisbon, Portugal from May 4-6.   The HSBO Forum, gathers professionals from around the world to discuss new development, research


Gauthiers’ Announces Modex Merger

Gauthiers’ announced the acquisition of an equity share of Modex, an international manufacturer of DNV-certified offshore equipment. As part of the transaction, Gauthiers’ will merge its operations with Modex to create the world’s third-largest offshore container company


Martek Launches On-board ECDIS Training

U.K.-based ECDIS manufacturer Martek Marine Ltd. has partnered with German ECDIS training supplier Safebridge GmbH and the ECDIS Training Consortium to deliver ‘Type Specific’ ECDIS training for crew members on-board vessels without internet access


Cabela's Names Navico Vendor of the Year

Marine Electronics Leader Honored for Innovation and Strategic Partnership for the Second Year in a Row In the General Outdoors Division

  Navico, the world’s largest manufacturer of marine electronics and parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad, B&G and GoFree brands — has been named Cabela’s® 2014 Vendor of the Year for the General Outdoors Division.


Fireproof Bulkhead Seal from ProfiSeal

ProfiSeal’s owner Hermann Aumüller (standing on the ladder) preparing the fire test at the Institute for Safety Engineering in Freiberg near Dresden, Germany. (Photo: ProfiSeal)

The world's first fireproof bulkhead seal for drive shafts on commercial, sea-going ships, megayachts and so-called special craft has come from Schornsheim in Rheinland-Pfalz (Germany). ProfiSeal, a company from the DEUTSCHE YACHTEN Working Group has now received type approval from the


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


Safebridge Adds Kelvin Hughes ECDIS Training

Online simulation training specialist Safebridge will launch a new training course for Kelvin Hughes MantaDigital Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS).   Kelvin Hughes Marine Systems, a supplier of ships’ bridge systems


NavPlay Debuts App for American Boaters

iPad apps designed for American boaters. NavPlay

  NavPlay, an innovative manufacturer of iPad apps for boaters, announced today its release of a new app designed specifically for American boaters – NavPlay US. Offering downloadable access to detailed NOAA vector maps, NMEA 2000 compatibility and WiFi-integration with onboard






 
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