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Hurtigruten has plans for cruises to a wide range of new destinations, including the Norway Fjords, Svalbard, Russia, South America and Antarctica. Photo: Hurtigruten

Cruise Shipping: 'Green Cruising' with Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten orders third hybrid-powered expedition cruise shipGrowth in the global cruise sector continues, as Hurtigruten, the world’s largest expedition cruise operator, signed an MOU with shipbuilder Kleven Verft AS for the construction of a third hybrid-powered expedition cruise ship. Tom Mulligan, Maritime Reporter’s Science & Technology writer, reports from Norway.“We are thrilled to introduce yet another revolutionary hybrid-powered expedition ship,” enthused Hurtigruten’s CEO, Daniel Skjeldam.

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KVH Unveils New LTE System for Offshore Internet Access

Satellite communications provider KVH Industries, Inc. announced it is introducing an all-in-one solution for boaters looking for higher data speeds and greater Internet range offshore than what the average cellphone can provide.The new TracPhone LTE-1 marine communications system is designed to provide Internet access in U.S. waters more than 20 miles offshore, with data download speeds up to 100 Mbps. The LTE-A (LTE Advanced) system is compact and affordable enough for a vast…

Alaska 47 Sedan (Photo: SCIBS)

Intrepid Trawlers Re-Imagined at SCIBS 2018

A gamut of new generation trawler-style vessels will be in full force at this year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), with premier brands already on board for the fast-approaching 30th anniversary event. Trawler boats are charting a significant course at SCIBS 2018, held from May 24 to 27, with organizers confirming the largest display in recent years. Leading exhibitors to secure on-water space include Clipper Motor Yachts, Grand Banks, Flagstaff Marine displaying the Beneteau Swift Trawler…

Bay Ship & Yacht has been chosen for the third time to perform maintenance on the 131-year-old historic ship, Balclutha. (Photo: Business Wire)

Bay Ship and Yacht to Perform Maintenance on Balclutha

Bay Ship and Yacht Co. has announced it has once again been honored with the contract to perform maintenance on the historic sailing ship Balclutha. This is the third time the reputable ship yard has been chosen to perform much-needed detailed maintenance on the 131-year-old ship. A three-mast, steel-hulled square-rigged sailing ship, the Balclutha is one of the last of her kind. “The Balclutha is truly a gem of American history. It is a rare day that you are able to see one of these grand old ladies high and dry in dock,” said Richard Maguire, Business Development Manager, Bay Ship & Yacht.

Eric MacDonald (Photo: IMTRA)

IMTRA Adds Two Account Reps

J. Mark Barrett and Eric MacDonald have joined the outside sales team of IMTRA, a manufacturer and importer of marine and commercial products. “After 35 years with the company, Jerry Truax has retired from IMTRA,” said Eric Braitmeyer, CEO, IMTRA. “He has been a tremendous technical resource, a valued advocate for his customers, a dedicated representative for IMTRA and just a great person. With such big shoes to fill, we have decided to do so with two people. Barrett joins IMTRA on January 26 as recreational Pacific Northwest account representative.

Whitehaven 6000 Sunbridge (Photo: Whitehaven Motor Yachts)

SCIBS Showcases Luxury Boating Brands

With just days to go, the upcoming 28th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) has announced its second wave of major brands set to wow crowds from May 19 to 22. Kicking off on Thursday, the premier annual marine industry event is set to showcase more than $150 million in luxury boats and accessories and will see major global, Australian and Queensland debuts by some of the world’s most renowned names in the boating industry. A mix of major brands have been confirmed in an additional wave of exhibitor announcements…

Software Update Expands Simrad Display Functionality

Simrad NSS and NSO evo2 users are able to download a free software upgrade for Simrad NSS and NSO evo2 multifunction displays. The latest software updates, RTM 3.5 for NSS evo2, RTM 4.5 for NSO evo2 and RTM 2.0 for GO7, enable TripIntel, StructureScan 3D, SonicHub2 capabilities and significant enhancements to the WM-3 Weather Module. Offering boaters valuable vessel-tracking information, TripIntel presents vital data in an intuitive graphical format providing everything a boater needs to plan and manage a day offshore. By offering actionable performance enhancements, users gain insight that can improve safety, cut costs and maximize time on the water.

Seattle Welcomes Redden Marine Supply

When Redden Marine Supply started out in Alaska, Dwight D. Eisenhower was President of the United States. That’s a lot of salmon up the stream. In those 50-plus years, Redden has followed a simple motto: Thrill and delight the customers. This mission worked, and the popular marine supply chain is now opening its fifth retail location—a combined sales and distribution warehouse site on the Lake Washington Ship Canal in Seattle. Just minutes from Fisherman’s Terminal, Elliott Bay Marina and Shilshole Bay Marina…

Integrity 440 Sedan

New Generation Trawler Boats

The timeless appeal of the classic trawler-style motor yacht evokes dreams of passage-making, long-range, bluewater cruising and an era of elegance with underlying endurance. Open-water cruising requires yachts that are built tough, equipped with the technology to operate safely in all conditions and the comforts of home for satisfying the family and friends onboard. There are some exciting launches in the trawler-style segment at this year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS)…

Tom Britton

New Yacht Broker at Pacific Boats & Yachts

As a newly appointed yacht broker at Pacific Boats & Yachts, Captain Tom Britton brings a wealth of experience to his new position, including owning a yacht dealership in Washington for ten years, selling Catalina Sailboats, Monk Trawlers and a wide variety of used sail and powerboats. Starting out in upstate New York, Tom fished and cruised in the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, the Outer Banks of North Carolina, before landing in Northwest Washington. When he wasn’t selling boats…

Standard Horizon Upgrades Navigation System

Standard Horizon released a free software upgrade for its CPN Series touch-screen multimedia navigation systems, the 10.1-inch CPN 1010i and seven-inch CPN700i. The update is available through Standard Horizon’s website at standardhorizon.com. By taking advantage of Standard Horizon’s v2.2.2.210 software, users of these advanced C-MAP 4D based chartplotters will unlock enhanced navigation performance, exclusive pairing with Jeppesen’s Plan2Nav mobile app and an improved online and entertainment experience anytime a WiFi hotspot is near.

Places of Refuge

The concept of force majeure has been broadly accepted since mariners initially encountered the perils of the sea. Persons and governments ashore have been obligated, at least by natural law, to accept and succor those in distress at sea. Concomitant with force majeure is the notion of providing a ship in distress with a place or port of refuge. A place of refuge is where a ship could go to avoid or ameliorate the peril and then depart at the earliest opportunity. While the original need for force majeure and a place of refuge was to reduce the risk to the lives of those on board the ship…

John Dane III Leaves His Mark

“The 2008 financial crash slowed  the luxury business, and the new class warfare coming out of Washington has made owning a large yacht out of favor. In the more than two years since its founding, Mississippi-based TY Offshore, the former Trinity Offshore, has invested in a new yard in Gulfport and repaired its storm-damaged New Orleans holdings. The company has doubled its capacity and racked up new orders, president and CEO John Dane III said. TY Offshore designs and builds offshore barges, tugs, oilfield-support vessels and spill-response and patrol vessels. The company's new name, adopted in late June, should make business simpler.

WESMAR's At Anchor At Ft. Lauderdale

WESMAR (Western Marine Electronics) will feature their At Anchor digital stabilizer systems at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, Oct. 25-29, 2012, in Florida. The At Anchor technology is designed to monitor incoming swells and automatically control fin movement to reduce vessel roll up to 90% for luxury yachts, charter boats, super yachts, and commercial vessels. “The  At Anchor system changes the dynamics of roll fin stabilization by using advanced digital signal processing and a proprietary gyro to predict vessel behavior. The system memorizes roll characteristics of a boat in order to preempt rolling.

Two Named 2012 IYC Yacht, Charter Brokers of the Year

International Yacht Collection (IYC) is pleased to announce that Mark Elliott and Barbara Stork Landeweer are the company’s 2012 Yacht and Charter Brokers of Year respectively. Based on their extraordinary contributions to their clients and IYC, both helped families and friends enjoy ownership and destination travel and facilitated IYC’s hold on market share in the global superyacht economy. Notably, this is Barbara’s second consecutive year as IYC Charter Broker of the Year and Mark’s sixth time being so honored. “I congratulate Barbara and Mark on their exceptional performance during 2012,” says Bob Saxon, IYC President.