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David Gillam (Photo: SeaKing Electrical)

SeaKing Electrical Announces Superyacht Sector Growth

Maritime engineering company SeaKing Electrical announced its busiest year in a decade for superyacht work ahead of its attendance at the Monaco Boat Show.Liverpool City Region based SeaKing Electrical has sent teams to work on 18 superyacht repair and upgrade projects in the nine months until September beating its previous record of 17 jobs in all of 2017. The company has worked in the Mediterranean in Cadiz, Cartagena, Genoa, La Ciotat and Barcelona as well as Miami in the United…

Slipstream and Crew Win Yachts de Coeur Humanitarian Prize

Slipstream, a 60-m Burgess motor yacht, and her crew were presented with the annual Yachts de Coeur humanitarian prize in Cannes in June 2018. The award was presented to recognize their efforts to aid the Caribbean islands and people affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Autumn 2017. The award was presented on the 11th June by Commandant Oliver Troy of the French Royal Navy, and depicts Ceres, the Roman goddess of nature and charity.The award was presented to Captains Phil Stevens and Steve Osborne and the crew of Slipstream…

Yacht Manager Aquited of Manslaughter Charges

The director of a yacht management firm was cleared of manslaughter charges bought on by the death of four sailors in 2014.Four U.K. men – two in their twenties and two in their fifties – were killed when the 40-foot Cheeki Rafiki capsized in the Atlantic in May 2014 while returning across the Atlantic Ocean to Southampton from Antigua. The sailors’ bodies were never recovered.Yacht manager Doug Innes, who had been accused of failing to have the yacht properly checked ahead of its voyage and to ensure that its certification was in date for the intended trip…

Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting, Sea Mercy to Bring Caribbean Relief

Following the double blow dealt by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the International Yachting Community have shown their willingness to mobilize a massive relief effort to distribute essential services and goods to Barbuda and Dominica. The humanitarian organization Sea Mercy has teamed up with the Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting (ACYM) to enact a first response and long term rebuilding plan. A key portal for yacht tourism in the area, the ACYM connects the international superyacht industry with local economies in these beautiful Caribbean cruising grounds.

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 Limited. Four sailors were killed after the 40-foot yacht lost its keel more than 700 miles from Nova Scotia while en route from the U.K. from Antigua. “We have authorized the charging of Douglas Innes with four counts of gross negligence manslaughter and Douglas Innes and Stormforce Coaching Limited with one charge contrary to section 100 Merchant Shipping Act 1995…

Capt. Mike Martel

New Yacht Delivery Service: Delivery Passagemakers

Two experienced USCG licensed Captains based in Rhode Island have teamed up to launch a multi-faceted yacht delivery service. Capt. Bill Madison, with more than 30 years’ experience as a licensed Ocean Master with a 1600-ton (GRT) ticket, and Capt. Mike Martel, with a 100GRT near-coastal license, have partnered to form Delivery Passagemakers, combining their experience, sea-knowledge, and compatible approach to serve boat owners, brokers, and anyone needing a vessel moved from Point “A” to Point “B”.

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Air Freight Services for the Marine Industry

The Caribbean islands, reaching from Antigua, St. Barts and Anguilla to St. Maarten, the Grenadines, the British Virgin Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands, are traditional hot spots for yachting. Yacht owners and marine suppliers in these areas frequently need to order supplies, ranging from spare parts to fishing gear, or restock provisions. It is important that orders arrive on time and in good condition, and airfreight is the preferred choice of transportation when time is of the essence. Amerijet International, Inc. has direct, all-cargo flights connecting the U.S. to the Caribbean.

      The 75-ton BFM II mobile boat hoist at the Miami International Boat Show, February 2015 (Photo courtesy of Marine Travelift)

Marine Travelift to Deliver 75-ton Boat Hoist to Jolly Harbour Marina

Marine Travelift Inc. announced today that Jolly Harbour Marina in Antigua has purchased one of its new 75 BFM II mobile boat hoists. This 75-ton machine was most recently on display at the Miami International Boat Show in February. Located on Antigua’s leeward side, the Jolly Harbour full-service marina provides 155 new concrete berths, storage for 200 boats, a dedicated cradle yard, and large work area for engine maintenance and repair, yacht painting, carpentry, and duty-free fueling services. The facility lies just 20 minutes from the island’s capital city of St.

SAR Effort for UK Sailors Will End PM Friday

A search for four British sailors missing in the Atlantic Ocean after their yacht capsized a week ago will be called off by midnight on Friday if no sign of the men is found, British and U.S. authorities said. The four yachtsmen went missing a week ago as they were returning to Britain from a sailing event in Antigua in the Caribbean and reported that their vessel, the Cheeki Rafiki, was taking on water, forcing them to change course for the Azores. U.S. authorities abandoned a search after two days due to treacherous conditions but resumed the hunt on Tuesday after a request from the British government and a public petition signed by over 200…

Debris found in Atlantic search for missing UK sailors

The crew of a charter boat taking part in a search for four British sailors missing in the Atlantic Ocean has found some floating debris in the area where their yacht went missing six days ago, the captain said on Thursday. Patrick Michel, skipper of the Masili, said his crew had spotted a wooden plank that could be part of the cabin and some white foam or plastic in the northern part of the search area. He said the debris appeared new as it was free of barnacles but the owner of the missing yacht, the Cheeki Rafiki, would need to confirm that the debris was from the boat.

Cheeki Rafiki Update: No sign of Missing British Sailors

Planes and ships from the United States, Canada, and Britain have turned up no fresh signs of four British sailors missing in the Atlantic, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Wednesday, adding search efforts would continue. The crew members on board the yacht Cheeki Rafiki went missing on Friday as they were returning to Britain from a sailing event in Antigua in the Caribbean and reported that the vessel was taking on water, forcing them to change course for the Azores. "Unfortunately we have had no sightings of a life raft, persons in the water, a sailboat, or debris," U.S.

Cheeki Rafiki: Under Pressure, USCG Resumes Search

U.S. authorities resumed a hunt on Tuesday for four British yachtsmen missing in the Atlantic Ocean after a public appeal backed by UK politicians and British billionaire Richard Branson not to give up on finding them just yet. The sailors on board the yacht Cheeki Rafiki went missing on Friday as they were returning to Britain from a sailing event in Antigua in the Caribbean and reported that the vessel was taking on water, forcing them to change course to head to the Azores. The U.S. Coast Guard, supported by U.S. and Canadian air forces…

U.S. Coast Guard Resumes Search for 4 Missing UK Sailors in Atlantic

U.S. authorities on Tuesday resumed a search for four British sailors missing in the Atlantic Ocean for four days after an appeal from the British public and UK politicians. U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Ross Rudell said the search was resumed early Tuesday morning. British Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the renewed search for the crew of the Cheeki Rafiki who have been missing since Friday after reporting the yacht was taking on water during a trip from Antigua in the Caribbean back to England.

UK Families ask U.S. to Resume Search for Sailors

The families of four British sailors missing since their yacht capsized in the Atlantic Ocean three days ago appealed to the U.S. Coast Guard on Monday to resume its search. Last contact with the missing yacht, Cheeki Rafiki, was on Friday after it ran into difficulties about 1,000 miles (1,600 kms) off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, while returning to Britain from a sailing event in Antigua in the Caribbean. A search was called off on Sunday after two days as the U.S. Coast Guard said it did not have the capability to support a large-scale search.

Allure of the Seas, Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean Announces Winter 2015-16 Schedule

Four of the Regions Largest and Most Innovative Cruise Ships to Sail from Port Everglades and Port Canaveral. The cruise line has announced that Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas and Serenade of the Seas will sail the Caribbean from convenient Florida homeports for the winter 2015-16 season, which are now open for sale. Sister-ships Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas will offer vacationers still-matched Caribbean cruises in the 2015-16 winter season. Both ships will homeport at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Superyacht INVICTUS

Caribbean Cruise Video Aboard Delta Marine Superyacht

Seattle-based, Delta Marine, has released a stunning video from Superyacht Media that gives a taste for a few minutes of a day in the good life aboard their superyacht INVICTUS in the deep blue waters off the island of Antigua. According to Delta Marine, few things in life provide the deep personal satisfaction of owning something as masterfully designed—as truly individual—as a Delta yacht. The finely polished rare woods. The marvelous cabinetry. The innovative engineering that blends breathtaking beauty and high performance.

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Aurora Sponsors Adventure 4 a Cure 2013.

Aurora Global announced official sponsorship of Andrew Abrahams – Adventure 4 a Cure Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge 2013. Andrew Abrahams is Australia’s long distance rowing world record holder and in less than six months he will be taking part in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. Commencing December 2, this race is considered one of the world’s toughest nautical challenges and is the ultimate test in mental and physical endurance. Andrew will row solo across 5,000 km (3…

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Digicel 4G LTE 4 Broadband Yacht Service Launched

e3 launch superfast Digicel 4G LTE 4 Yachts service at the recent Antigua Charter Show. •    Watch streaming live video on tablet, PC or MAC with no buffering. •    Watch multi-channel IPTV in HD. •    Download newspapers, movies, photos and manuals. •    Help owners, guests and crew keep in touch with business and home instantly. •    Stay connected, both at anchor and on the dock . The service is running in all the main yachting locations in Antigua and the maximum speed achieved in tests has been well over 25Mbps.

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.