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Superyacht Liva° from the Abeking & Rasmussen shipyard (Image: Voith)

Superyacht Liva° Breaks Records

Spanning more than 118 meters long, Liva°, delivered in August, is the largest superyacht to date built by the Abeking & Rasmussen shipbuilder in Lemwerder, Germany, near Bremen. However, its length is by no means the only record-breaking feature that the shipyard offers in the superyacht segment. The sleek black hull is a visual highlight that draws the observer’s gaze to focus entirely on the elegant silhouette. All technical necessities are accommodated in a way that makes…

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Americas Cup Innovation & a Carbon-Free Shipping Future

The Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) represented by BMW Oracle Racing and the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG), the Americas Cup defending champion, represented by Team Alinghi were entwined in a 2.5-year legal battle over multiple court cases, including hearings in the New York Supreme Court and the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court, prior to the 33rd edition of the race, due to take place in 2010.The parties disagreed about the location, format, and restrictions on boat design, all of which were changed by the courts prior to the race.

Jury Chairman Roger Lean-Vercoe said Hakim’s “well-presented design showed strong, innovative and attractive lines, which were accompanied by an extremely well-drawn general arrangement plan and an appealing interior design.” Image courtesy Feadship

Hakim Wins Feadship Young Designer Award

Pradipta R. Hakim of Indonesia captured the 2024 Young Designer of the Year (YDOY) Award with his concept yacht Blueminance. This is Feadship’s first time as the official sponsor of YDOY, a program that fosters creativity and excellence within the yacht design community. The award was announced as part of the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards event in Kitzbühel, Austria.The award is recognized as a platform for young, aspiring designers to showcase their skills and gain recognition within the superyacht industry.

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Fully Customized 29-meter Sanlorenzo SL96A Launched

From its yard in the Ligurian coastal town of Ameglia, Italian shipyard Sanlorenzo has launched a fully customized SL96A, the 29-meter asymmetric model from its popular SL Series.Featuring a sleek GRP hull and superstructure with sweeping horizontal lines, the 100 GT yacht claims a beam of 6.67-meters and a draft of 1.9-meters, ensuring even the shallowest anchorages and harbors are accessible while providing luxurious accommodation for up to 10 guests.With the build overseen by Nick Hatfield from Sanlorenzo’s UK representative…

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Seakeeper Unveils New Gyrostabilizer Models

Seakeeper has launched two new gyrostabilizer models the Seakeeper 10.5 and the Seakeeper 14, designed for vessels ranging from 50 feet to 68 feet long.The Seakeeper 10.5, engineered for boats 50-62 feet, evolved from its two predecessors, the Seakeeper 9 and the inaugural M7000 and offers 17% more angular momentum in 23% less volume.The Seakeeper 14, suited for boats 55-68 feet, bridges a gap in the current lineup between the Seakeeper 9 and the Seakeeper 18. The new model is is 43% smaller and 33% lighter than the Seakeeper 18.

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Volvo Penta Unveils Its IPS Professional Platform

Volvo Penta has unveiled IPS Professional Platform, its new propulsion offering for superyachts and commercial marine vessels, slated for commercial availability from 2025.Volvo Penta said the new fully integrated helm-to-propeller solution builds on its proven Inboard Performance System (IPS) and Electronic Vessel Control (EVC) technology with enhancements for larger vessels.The flexible platform enables a vessel to have up to eight power sources, and includes matched software, services and support, all integrated via the company’s proprietary EVC technology.

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Derecktor Ft. Pierce Recieves FTZ Designation

Derecktor Ft. Pierce announced its recent designation as a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ), allowing for a streamlined process, alleviating duty and taxes on imported boat parts and foreign-built yachts within the zone.Under the FTZ designation, foreign-built yachts can be brought into Derecktor Ft. Pierce without incurring the typical 1.5 percent import duty. This significant advantage opens up opportunities for prospective U.S. buyers, enabling them to explore and showcase vessels that were previously restricted.In addition to the duty exemption for imported parts…

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Burger Boat Company Introduces the 142 Atrium Motor Yacht

Burger Boat Company and yacht designer Evan K. Marshall have collaborated on the Burger 142 Atrium Motor Yacht, a vessel the companies say combines impeccable design and cutting-edge technology in a stunning 142-foot masterpiece.The inspiration behind the design was to establish an extraordinary centerpiece within the yacht's interior. With the Atrium, Marshall has successfully crafted a multi-story grand entrance that has never been seen on a yacht of this size. This distinctive feature will captivate the owner and their guests…

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Luxury Sailing Ship to be Powered by Ingeteam Electrical Equipment

The French shipyard Chantiers de Atlantique has selected Ingeteam to provide the electric propulsion for the luxury sailing ship Orient Express Silenseas.The ship has solid sails which make it the largest sailing ship in the world. It is one of two vessels that will emulate the famous Orient Express train, enabling more ecological and sustainable navigation via the latest marine technology.The ships belong to Accor Group under the Orient Express brand, and Ingeteam will supply two motors to drive the main propulsion plus the three transverse thrusters…

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Bradford Marine Acquires Roscioli Yachting Center

South Florida full-service marina and yacht repair facility Bradford Marine announced the acquisition of Roscioli Yachting Center from OneWater Marine Inc. Bradford acquired all the real estate and service operations at Roscioli on October 1, 2023. As part of the transaction, Bradford and OneWater have entered a lease arrangement for OneWater’s sales organization to remain on the property, and for Bradford to provide support for the OneWater Yacht Group and Sunseeker brands.“This marks an incredibly important milestone for our growth as we bring together two esteemed full-service marinas…

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Schottel EcoPeller Meets Yachting Sector Demand for Thruster Efficiency

Owners, naval architects and shipyards are increasingly turning to environmentally friendly propulsion technologies for yachts. They heavily focus on thruster efficiency and thruster usability in conjunction with diesel-electric ship concepts. Schottel says its EcoPeller (SRE) meets these requirements.It can be ordered with power ratings up to 5,400kW per thruster and is currently being delivered for several newbuild yachts. With lengths of up to 100 meters, the super- and giga-yachts are being equipped with SREs ranging from power ratings of 560kW up to 1…

Rolls-Royce Introduces New Bridge and Propulsion Systems

In line with its “Bridge to Propeller” strategy for maritime applications, the business unit Power Systems of Rolls-Royce has expanded its yacht portfolio.This includes new bridge and automation solutions from specialist Team Italia Marine, which Rolls-Royce acquired in July 2023. Already today, numerous shipyards for motor yachts between 30 and 100 meters in length rely on integrated bridge and automation solutions from the new Italian subsidiary, especially Italian yacht builders who occupy a prominent position on the international market.

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Bering Unveils New Superyacht Concept

Bering Yachts has presented a conceptual design of B120, its newest full-displacement explorer superyacht model.B120 represents a brand-new approach and features design and engineering solutions unique for Bering yachts. Due to its 8.9-meter beam, this 37.1-meter boat has space. This gives designers and naval architects plenty of flexibility to implement several possible configurations, customizing the yacht for the owner.Alexey Mikhailov, founder of Bering Yachts, said, “While designing this boat…

Holterman's New 20m Xtreme-60 to Splash in Early 2024

Dutch shipyard Holterman is adding a new 60-footer (20m) to its Xtreme range of flexible, multipurpose motoryachts. Building work is already well underway on the first Xtreme-60, which will sit comfortably between the existing Xtreme-54 and Xtreme-78 models, with their muscular lines, trawler windows and sleek profile.Construction of the hull is already complete, with the focus now shifting to work on the superstructure. Bernd Weel’s design calls for complex shapes and many hull openings, to bring natural light pouring inside.

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Super Yacht Fit with Bespoke Marine Refrigeration System

Chillflow Solutions Ltd has designed and installed a bespoke R449A-based marine refrigeration system for a 65m super yacht, operating on high efficiency BITZER ECOLINE compressors.The oceangoing icebreaker required a highly reliable replacement refrigeration system to serve its onboard cold room, freezer and garbage store.Use of an off-the-shelf replacement pack was ruled out due to space restrictions, and the distance between the pack, cold rooms and condensers. The system also…

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New Zealand: A Leader in Boat Design and Production

With its diverse marine environments, from protected harbors to rugged ocean waters, New Zealand has made an exceptional impact on the global market. By focusing on the design and build of recreational products, New Zealand marine companies emphasize the use of materials that can withstand a diverse range of conditions, have a long lifespan, and can be used year-round. The kiwi boatbuilding expertise and equipment hardware capabilities have grown out of a thriving and ever-expanding recreational marine culture.

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Cox Marine Partners with Crossover Boat Manufacturer XO

Cox Marine announced a new OEM partnership to supply its CXO300 diesel outboard to European manufacturer XO Boats, which will be supported by Cox Marine’s Scandinavian distributor, Diesel Power.Designed and built in Finland, XO Boats' EXPLR series offers exceptional seakeeping performance through the combination of a military-grade deep-V aluminum hull with a striking Scandinavian design, providing rigidity, durability, and outstanding driving qualities.The CXO300 will be initially available on the EXPLR 9 model, the 9-meter version of XO's premium weekend cruiser.

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Fincantieri Wins $436m Four Season Yachts Ship Order

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri said on Monday it had signed a contract worth more than $436 million to deliver a second luxury vessel for Four Seasons Yachts. Fincantieri had won a first order from Four Season Yachts last year."Today's result also bears witness to the start of the orders recovery for the sector, at the same time reinforcing Fincantieri's leadership in the new extra-luxury segment based on haute hotellerie," Fincantieri CEO Pierroberto Folgiero said in a statement.Four Seasons Yachts…

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Volvo Penta Unveils New IPS Professional Platform

Volvo Penta has unveiled its new Inboard Performance System (IPS) professional platform, the next evolution in its fully integrated helm-to-propeller offering. Building upon the existing Volvo Penta IPS range, the new, larger and versatile platform is designed as a powerful and flexible solution for professional vessels and superyachts from 25 to 55+ meters with top speed from 12-40 knots, the manufacturer said.“Our passion, experience and history of proven results with Volvo…

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Hundested Propeller Acquires Ocean Marine Systems

Hundested Propeller announced it has acquired Ocean Marine Systems Ltd (OMS) and with immediate effect welcomes the U.K. organization as a subsidiary.For over 100 years, Hundested Propeller has been a manufacturer of marine equipment and today it supplies complete controllable pitch propulsion systems, marine gearboxes, thrusters and sail drive solutions. The purchase of OMS will increase its thruster range, and OMS will continue its range of hydraulic cylinders and through-hull instrument deployment systems used in underwater security and seabed mapping applications.The former owners of OMS…

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Sea Ray Launches the SLX 280 Outboard

Sea Ray is continuing the evolution of its SLX Series with the official launch of the SLX 280 Outboard.Keith Yunger, Sea Ray president, said, “Last year we introduced the SLX 260, which received accolades for design and innovation. Our latest model maintains the sleek styling and premium features found on the 260, but with more space and additional amenities that help boaters enjoy a day on the water.”With athletic hull-side sculpting and head-turning elegance, the SLX 280 Outboard features an overall length of 31 feet 5 inches…

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Ferretti Opts to Pursue Dual Primary Listing in Milan

Italian yacht maker Ferretti said on March 20 it decided to proceed with a potential dual primary listing on Euronext Milan a year after it joined the market in Hong Kong.The luxury yacht group said in a statement the deal is subject to a number of conditions, including getting the green light from regulatory authorities and stock exchanges both in Hong Kong and Italy.The company added it planned to amend its by-laws to effect the changes to allow its shares to be traded in European Union venues.

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MGBW Workers Complete In-house Welding Program

Marine Group Boat Works (MGBW), a family-owned boat repair and construction facility, is pleased to announce that 30 of its boatbuilders recently graduated from MGBW’s in-house Welding Certification Program. The Welding Program was launched in 2021 with support from a Small Shipyards Grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD). In total, $859,250 was spent to develop the curriculum, secure an instructor, equip the welding classroom and…

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Highfield Named Oyster Yachts CEO

Ashley Highfield has been appointed as the new CEO of Oyster Yachts. Highfield, who was previously Executive Chairman of the British-based luxury boat builder, has been fulfilling the interim CEO role since September 2022 following a reorganization, and was formally offered the role last month.“I have known Ashley for literally decades, and been hugely impressed by his energy, experience, and vision across a number of businesses. In more recent years, Ashley and I have been closely working together on the successful turnaround of Oyster and growth of its topline revenues and brand.

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Tasmanian Luxury Wilderness Cruise Operator Launches Odalisque III Cruise Ship

On Board, a luxury wilderness expedition cruise company in Tasmania, has launched the Odalisque III liveaboard cruise ship, which was designed by Incat Crowther. On Board launched Odalisque III in January 2023 with a public ceremony attended by local media at Hobart’s historic Constitution Dock, and the , a 24-meter boutique vessel is now set for its maiden voyage into the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Built by Tasmanian shipbuilder Richardson Devine Marine, the aluminum-hulled Odalisque III can host up to 12 guests in six stylish and flexible guest cabins…

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Composite Superyacht Nilaya Exits Royal Huisman’s Construction Hall

Panamax sloop Nilaya reached another milestone with her departure from her construction hall at the builder’s Vollenhove facility in preparation for the installation of her towering rig in Amsterdam.This highly anticipated superyacht is the first to utilize Royal Huisman’s new Featherlight design and production method. Continuous weight monitoring throughout the build of Project 405 aka Reichel / Pugh – Nauta 154, confirms the Dutch builder has achieved its goal of slicing 11% of the weight of its typical advanced aluminum cruising yachts.

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Superyacht Delivered for NBA Star Tony Parker

Infinity Nine, the second of the Kando series of contemporary explorer yachts from AvA Yachts was delivered to its owner NBA basketball star Tony Parker in early November.Atilla Küçükdiker, chairman and founder of AvA Yachts, said, “It is a proud and happy day that we as AvA Yachts team have delivered Infinity Nine! We describe our Kando series yachts as contemporary explorers and Infinity Nine really is a superb demonstration of both contemporary style, inside and out, and superb exploration potential with class-beating efficiency…

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UK Suspends 'National Flagship' Yacht Project

Britain won't proceed with building a new national flagship to promote business and trade interests around the world, defense minister Ben Wallace said on Monday, ending one of former Prime Minister Boris Johnson's pet projects.The ship was announced in May 2021 to host trade shows and negotiations, but tendering of contracts had not been completed.Wallace said that the project had been scrapped as he was prioritizing building ships to detect threats to cables on the seabed in…

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Eye on Design: Flipping Small High-Speed Powerboats

Naval Architects can predict many things with great certainty. But the sea is an unpredictable task master and there are still a number of areas where it is difficult to get a technical handle on the problem.High speed planing boat stability is one of those areas.Planing hull design is incredibly complicated and dynamic behavior is actually more difficult to predict than the dynamic behavior of airplanes. (Let me say it again: Aerospace engineering (I am one) is sandlot compared to Naval Architecture).Meanwhile thousands…

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MAN Unveils New V12X Yacht Engines

MAN Engines will present its new MAN V12X engine series to a global audience at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2022. With the newly developed V12 engine for yacht applications, MAN Engines is for the first time offering its customers an output of 2200 hp (1618 kW) from 30 liters of displacement."We are opening up new opportunities for shipyards with this next generation of engines. The MAN V12X can not only top existing applications, but also power new larger yachts and superyachts…

Pearl Farley (left) and Bernard Dawson (right) are the recipients of 2022 National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) marine trades education scholarships. (Photo: NMRA)

Two Students Awarded $2,500 NMRA 2022 Marine Trades Education Scholarships

The National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) has awarded two scholarships of $2,500 each to students pursuing education in the marine trades beginning this fall.NMRA has actively contributed to the future of the marine industry by awarding marine trades education scholarships annually since 2008.Pearl Farley of Asheville, NC will attend the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding. Bernard Dawson of Shepherdsville, KY will attend the Great Lakes Boat Building School.Founded in 1960, NMRA is a professional organization for independent marine industry sales representatives.

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Hurricane Announces New SunDeck 2600 Design

Hurricane deck boats announced the launch of a new hull for model year 2023: the SunDeck 2600. The SunDeck 2600 outboard deck boat offers boaters a spacious design, and a safe and stable platform with the power and performance for an exhilarating time on the water.Built for adventure seekers, the SunDeck 2600 is quick to plane and provides an extremely comfortable ride. It has plenty of room for passengers to spread out with lounge seating, bow and stern boarding ladders and an enclosed head with sink for extended cruising.

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Oyster Yachts Debuts Centerboard Keel Option for 745 Model

New super-shallow draft centerboard option provides access to secluded bays and shallow inlets, while still delivering high-spec upwind performance.Oyster Yachts said its 745 model is now available with a super-shallow draft centerboard option, enabling this blue water cruising yacht to safely access some of the world’s most secluded shallow bays, rivers and small marinas, further enhancing her bluewater credentials.By providing the option of a hydraulically operated retractable centerboard…

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New Vessel Design: FIM Unveils the 470 Regina

An open design to make the most of outdoor spaces thanks to the Bow Life concept is the hallmark of the Italian shipyard FIM's 470 Regina, which is currently under construction with world premieres expected at Cannes and Genova.The aft of the boat has folding balconies and a splittable solarium, delivering a spacious central area and great accessibility and liveability. In additino, the stern bathing platform is equipped with a lifting system that will facilitate the launching and towing of a tender or a jet ski.According to FIM…

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New Product: ElectroStrainer

ElectroSea introduced ElectroStrainer, a new product to prevent marine growth from its strainer basket and through all seawater lines. ElectroStrainer is designed to provide yacht owners with peace of mind, knowing their strainer basket and seawater pipes remain free of marine growth with optimal flow rates so the A/C blows cold and they’ll never have to descale again.The all-in-one ElectroStrainer introduces an entirely new way for boaters to prevent biofouling, barnacles, and bioslimes from clogging the sea strainer and pipes.

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Sea Ray Introduces Two New SLX Line Vessels

Sea Ray announced two new models in its premium SLX line – the SLX 260 and SLX 260 Outboard, geared for coastal or inland boating with updated design aesthetics, optimized cruising comfort and a seamless command center.“The SLX 260, from bow to stern, was designed to give boaters an ideal day on the water, making it easy to relax and focus on what matters most – like cruising with friends and enjoying time with family. This model represents the future of our SLX line and creates the most premium experience on the water…

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Godfrey Marine Breaks Ground on Expanded Manufacturing Facility

Godfrey Marine, manufacturer of Godfrey pontoon boats and Hurricane deck boats, innovator in versatile deck boat designs, announced it has expanded its manufacturing facility in Elkhart, Indiana. Members of the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce joined in the celebration on May 10 with ceremonial shovels to break ground.The new facilities include a 27,000 square foot warehouse and an automation wing. The warehouse will enable 30% growth in production, while the automation wing creates space to add innovative technology for pontoon tube production.

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Gtechniq Unveils Ceramic Base and Top Coatings

Gtechniq announced today two new premium protective coatings tailored specifically for the marine environment, Marine Ceramic Base and Marine Ceramic Top. The flagship coatings in the Gtechniq Marine product line, Marine Ceramic Base and Marine Ceramic Top ensure a “better than showroom” look after a boat has been detailed and the ability to retain the gloss and color depth an owner expects, according to the manufacturer.Gtechniq’s Ceramic Base forms the new functional surface of the boat by way of a permanent chemical covalent bond to a boat’s gelcoat or topcoat.

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TDoS and Nobiskrug Unveil 77m Yacht Concept Lycka

Swedish firm Tillberg Design of Sweden and German superyacht builder Nobiskrug have unveiled an innovative yacht design. The 77m (252ft) Yacht Lycka has been thoughtfully designed and engineered to embrace the latest technologies with a customizable, Scandinavian-inspired interior and plentiful deck spaces in a contemporary and sporty package. Lycka is yet another example of Nobiskrug’s long-standing shipbuilding experience regarding oceangoing yachts.Named for the Swedish word for “happiness”…

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Shares of Italian Yacht Maker Ferretti Set to Rise in Hong Kong Debut

Shares in Italian luxury yacht maker Ferretti are set to open higher in their Hong Kong debut after raising $244 million at a time when the Asian financial center has seen a sharp drop in the value of IPOs raised this quarter.The stock set to open at HK$23.05 per share, up 0.7% from the offering price of HK$22.88. That compared to a 0.1% gain in the benchmark Hang Seng Index.($1 = 7.8273 Hong Kong dollars)(Reuters - Reporting by Donny Kwok; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

Christina O has been fitted with a low flow L series - split skid BIO-SEA L03 0087 BWTS system (Photo: Costas Carabelas images)

World’s Most Famous Superyacht Gets New BWTS

The world’s most famous luxury yacht is operating an advanced BIO-SEA ballast water treatment system from France’s BIO-UV Group.Christina O, the 1943-built motor yacht named after the only daughter of Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, was fitted with a low-flow BIO-SEA system last year as part of a major refurbishment at the D.K Fotinakis yard, in Greece.To fit the limited space available in the 325ft long vessel’s machinery room, the 87m3/h capacity BIO-SEA L03-0087 system was supplied on two separate skids – one housing all mechanical components…

Rolls-Royce is delivering its new generation mtu Series 2000 engines which comply with the strict emissions regulations IMO III and EPA Tier 3 for a Westport 125 yacht. It's the first time these engines are delivered for a yacht to be built in the US.

Rolls-Royce to Deliver 'Cleanest' mtu Series 2000 Engines for US-built Yacht

Rolls-Royce said Wednesday it would deliver its new generation mtu Series 2000 engines which comply with the strict emissions regulations IMO III and EPA Tier 3 Recreational for the first time for a yacht to be built in the US. Rolls-Royce will provide two 16V 2000 M97L engines with an integrated SCR system and a power output of 1939 KW (2600 bhp) each.The engines will be installed in a Westport 125 yacht. Rolls-Royce is also delivering its automation solution mtu NautIQ Blue Vision NG for monitoring and control of the yacht’s propulsion system.

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Boston Whaler Launches 360 Outrage

Following its global debut on February 14, the new 360 Outrage will headline Boston Whaler’s display at the Miami International Boat Show, boasting a full suite of new technology including the latest in propulsion, power and connectivity. The 360 Outrage will appear alongside 12 other boats, including the family-favorite 170 Montauk, the award-winning 320 Vantage, and the flagship 420 Outrage.“By harnessing the power of simplicity, the new 360 Outrage combines a distinctly user…

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Chris-Craft to Debut the Calypso 27

Beautiful styling, convertible social seating, and detailed craftsmanship are exemplified in Chris-Craft’s new Calypso 27. Set to debut at the 2022 Miami International Boat Show, this new Calypso 27 joins the Calypso lineup which includes the Calypso 30, Calypso 35, and the recently debuted Calypso 24.With a 9-foot beam, the Calypso 27 has ample interior room for entertaining. The bow offers seating with customized upholstery made from the highest marine-grade vinyl. A teak table…

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VETUS Unveils 'World’s Most Powerful' DC Thrusters

The Netherlands-based VETUS has introduced in the U.S. what it claims is the world’s most powerful DC thrusters.Unveiled at this year’s Miami International Boat Show, the new BOW PRO Boosted 300 series are the highest output thrusters yet in VETUS’s lineup of advanced BOW PRO units, which boast innovative DC-to-DC charging technology, quiet operation, precision proportional control and long runtimes.Chris DeBoy, U.S. President, VETUS MAXWELL, said, “The BOW PRO Boosted units combine features like the unlimited runtime…

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71-m Feadship built "Juice" Undocked

The new 71-m "Juice", built by Feadship. Photo courtesy FeadshipThis weekend saw the undocking of the 71-metre Juice from the giant Feadship construction hall in the Dutch capital, a vessel that is a blend of polished stainless steel, glass and teak offer a classic feel while the exterior lines showcase a sleek and captivatingly contemporary elegance.The owner of Juice, a repeat client for Feadship, has worked with the designers at RWD to ensure a refined exterior flow with soft lines and distinctive creases. All unnecessary elements have been removed.

Tech File: Compact Version of Schottel EcoPeller

Schottel presents a space-saving LC installation variant of its EcoPeller (SRE). By dispensing with the gearbox in the L variant and thus featuring lower noise and vibration levels, the unit is ideal for the yachting sector. These compact variants open up greater design freedom in the stern area for ship designers, increase on board comfort for passengers and create more space for other equipment. The new SRE LC variants, which cover the power range starting at 500 kW, are available now.Maximum mechanical efficiency is also assured as the SRE is systematically designed as an L-Drive.

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Italian Sea Group Buys Bankrupt Yacht Builder for $91 Million

The Italian Sea Group said on Wednesday it had bought bankrupt luxury yacht maker Perini Navi for 80 million euros ($91 million) in an auction held by a court in Lucca, Tuscany.Italian yacht makers Ferretti Group and SanLorenzo had also offered to buy the luxury sailing brand Perini Navi, which was declared bankrupt in January.The Italian Sea Group said in a statement that the deal, funded with most of the proceeds of its IPO and through bank financing, will double its order intake for refits and lead to new contracts for the construction of 90-130 metre motor yachts.($1 = 0.8835 euros)(Report

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MiTi NaVi Launches 34-meter Superyacht MiTi One

The 34 meter sailing superyacht MiTi One has been launched and delivered and is now on en-route to the French Riviera where she will be for sale and available for inspection.Her technical on water launch took place in August and was followed by intensive sea trials and commissioning before handover to the owning company in November.MiTi One is the first in the MiTi Navi series of semi-production sailing yachts built in steel and intended to combine European superyacht standards of construction management…

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Yanmar Expands Saildrive Offering

YANMAR Marine International has announced the market launch of custom solutions to pair with the new SD15 saildrive by ZF, strengthening its range of products for the sailing sector. The new systems for larger vessels up to 65 feet enables more boat owners and boat builders to benefit from the combined technology and efficiencies of YANMAR’s higher power common rail engines and compatible saildrive models.Following the roll-out of the full range of easy-to-install and low-drag SD15 systems…

Artist illustration of Northern Xplorer zero-emission cruise ship. (Photo credits: Northern Xplorer)

Ship Design: Zero-Emission Cruise Ship Concept Unveiled

Northern Xplorer AS (NX) announced itszero-emission, luxury cruise concept, designed to feature 'clean' technologies including fully electric propulsion, battery energy storage, hydrogen fuel cells and auxiliary renewable energy supply (wind and solar power). Northern Xplorer will provide opportunities to travel ‘off the beaten track’, connecting passengers with unique locations in the Nordic countries in a personal way,” said Rolf André Sandvik, the company's founder and CEO. Sandvik is a master mariner with extensive experience with cruise lines NCL and Crystal Cruises.

Ocean Ark, a new-concept offshore fish-farming system recently received an AIP from RINA. Image courtesy Ocean Ark Tech of Chile/RINA

Tech File: OATECH Fish-Farming "Superyacht" Earns RINA AIP

A fish-farming superyacht developed by Ocean Ark Tech of Chile (OATECH) and its strategic ally, London-based Ocean Sovereign, is one step closer to delivering fish to market after winning a key approval from marine classification society, RINA.Registro Italiano Navale (RINA) announced the Approval in Principle (AiP) of the new-concept offshore fish-farming system, Ocean Ark. The vessel delivers a new approach to aquaculture and looks set to disrupt by dramatically improving fish health…

“MGBW continues to experience unbelievable growth year after year. We are excited for this opportunity to invest in our organization and increase the capacity of our Chula Vista facility to meet growing industry demands,” said MGBW President Todd Roberts. Photo courtesy Marine Group Boat Works

Austal USA Picks Up the Lease on the Marine Group Boatworks' Ship Repair Yard

Marine Group Boat Works (MBGW) transfered the lease of its National City facility to Austal USA. The deal is scheduled to close mid-December 2021. This announcement comes after a period of unprecedented growth for MGBW in its yacht, commercial and specialty government craft divisions. The San Diego-based company will continue their focus on the growing superyacht industry and servicing commercial vessels, with emphasis on the high-speed ferry and tug and barge industries. In addition…

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Superyachts Enjoy Pandemic Tailwind as Rich Seek Zen at Sea

When Chinese billionaire Jack Ma took a trip to Spain's Mallorca island last month, much was made of it being his first foreign foray since a 2020 fallout with regulators had clipped his wings.However, Ma's sunny sojourn on his newly-built 88-metre (289 ft) cruise boat Zen - estimated to be worth $200 million - also put a spotlight on a global trend: the return of the superyacht.As the number of billionaires grows and COVID-19 has added to incentives for avoiding crowds, the multi…

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Feadship Refit & Services Welcomes Home 'the Fleet'

Eight Feadship originals 'return home' to their launch yard for refitThe vessels, in and of themselves, are spectacular visuals. But the vision of them floating into town to Feadship in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands -- or one of the builder's other three Feadship yards -- is other-wordly with the juxtaposition of stylish and mammoth modern yachts set against the quaint European countryside. In a huge milestone for the Refit & Services program that Feadship officially began offering in 2018…

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Marine Coatings: Propspeed Targets Commercial Sector for Growth

Propspeed launched a new kit packaged specifically for the commercial marine trade professional. Rusty Morgan, VP of Sales & Operations, Americas, discusses with Maritime Reporter TV.New Zealand-based Propspeed, a maker of underwater foul-release coatings for 21 years, recently signaled its intention to enter full-force into the commercial maritime space with the launch of its first coatings kit packaged specifically for the commercial marine trade professional. The Propspeed Commercial Kit includes all that is needed to coat two propellers 165-203cm in size…

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Smartgyro Announces New SG20

Gyroscopic stabilization specialist reveals its expanded three-model line-up to the U.S. market for the first time with the addition of the latest unit for 45ft to 55ft vesselsNew at this year’s IBEX, Smartgyro announces the addition of the SG20 unit to further expand its unique range of advanced gyroscopic stabilizers.Suitable for boats from 45 feet to 55 feet, the new SG20 offers all the design benefits and advanced roll reduction technology associated with the YANMAR-backed Smartgyro name.

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Feadship Unveils New Future Concept

Feadship has marked the opening of the 2021 Monaco Yacht Show by unveiling its latest Feadship Future Concept. Synthesizing the very latest thinking on how owners and their guests actually enjoy their time on superyachts, the 81.75-meter Pure is also fully future-compatible in terms of likely developments over the next decade in propulsion and efficiency, the company said.From X-stream in 2006 to Choice in 2016, Feadship regularly made waves in the superyacht sector by releasing a Future Concept.

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Neff Named Boston Whaler President

Brunswick Corporation announced Kris Neff has been named President, Boston Whaler and Nick Stickler has been appointed Vice President of Category Management and Strategic Planning at Mercury Marine. Both announcements are effective immediately.Neff joined Brunswick in 2005 and over the past 16 years, has held a variety of roles of increasing responsibility across many divisions. Most recently, he was the Vice President of Category Management and Strategic Planning at Mercury Marine.

Rolls-Royce is launching a range of sustainable mtu propulsion solutions for yachts to help yacht manufacturers and operators meet their sustainability targets and those of the Paris Climate Agreement. These include IMO III propulsion systems, hybrid systems and engines that are approved for sustainable fuels. JPG, 479 KBRolls-Royce and Ferretti Group are deepening their cooperation and jointly developing sustainable solutions for future yachts. A first major milestone is a cooperation to instal

Ferretti, Rolls-Royce Power ink pact on Hybrid, IMO III Propulsion Systems for Yachts

Rolls-Royce Power Systems and Ferretti Group are deepening their cooperation and jointly developing sustainable solutions for future yachts. A first milestone is a cooperation to install a mtu hybrid propulsion system of Rolls-Royce in a new Ferretti yacht. Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group and Andreas Schell, CEO from Rolls-Royce Group's Power Systems Division, signed the agreement earlier this month in Cannes during the Yachting Festival. “In recent years, Ferretti Group has reported rapid growth and development, bringing beauty and innovation to the marine industry.

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Italian Sea Group H1 Sales, Core Profits Double

Revenues and core earnings at the Italian Sea Group at least doubled in the first half of the year thanks to new contracts, allowing the luxury yacht maker to narrow its full-year guidance to the higher end of a previously given range.Shares rose more than 4% after the results were released and were up 2.4% by 1200 GMT, outperforming a 0.6% drop in Milan's all-share index.The group had initially guided for 2021 net sales of between 160-170 million euros ($189-201 million) and adjusted earnings before interests, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) in the range of between 25-26 million e

Leon Slikkers, a marine industry pioneer, whose career building boats dates back to the 1940s, is retiring from Tiara Yachts. Photo courtesy Tiara Yachts

PROFILE: Boat-Building Icon Leon Slikkers Retires from Tiara Yachts

In a career that began with building wooden runabouts, Slikkers pioneered sport, sail and pleasure boats..Leon Slikkers, a marine industry pioneer, whose career building boats dates back to the 1940s, is retiring from Tiara Yachts, the company announced. An industry trendsetter who bucked conventional wisdom when it came to building boats out of fiberglass instead of wood, Slikkers, now 93, founded S2 Yachts in 1974. The company initially focused on trailerable sailboats, but…

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TotalCommand: ZF Offers New Electronic Control System

With TotalCommand, introduced at the 2021 Cannes International Boat Show, ZF brings a new marine control system to market for a wide range of recreational and professional vessels. With an Italian design aimed at maximizing user-friendliness, it is designed to allow the captain to control the vessel’s main propulsion system precisely, efficiently.TotalCommand is fully compatible with ZF’s latest transmission shifting technology, designed to provid unmatchable clutch responsiveness, optimized control of proportional valves, and adaptive gear engagement.

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VIDEO: Inside the New Ferry Pair for Isles of Scilly Steamship

As the bid package goes out to shipyards, Sylvain Julien, Director, Naval Architecture, Specialized Ship Design, BMT, discusses how local stakeholder demands and futureproofing shipboard technology drove the design of a pair of ferries for the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company.The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company Ltd. has provided a lifeline to the Isles of Scilly since it was formed in 1920. When attention turned to designing a pair of new vessels – one passenger and one cargo – to service the island…

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Mercury Marine Announces New Global Leadership Team

Mercury Marine, the marine propulsion systems division of Brunswick Corporation, announced multiple job moves and promotions within its global leadership team, effective immediately.Will Sangster is promoted to President, Mercury EMEA. Sangster has been General Manager of ANZP since 2014 and added responsibility for the Asia region in 2019. Under his leadership, Mercury APAC has continued to grow revenue and market share. Sangster will relocate to Mercury’s European headquarters in Petit-Rechain…

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Cox Marine Pushing Through Supply Chain Delays

The 300hp diesel outboard manufacturer has decided to bring its PTT production in-house to alleviate pressures caused by supply chain delays and disruptionsCox Marine began production of the CXO300 in May 2020, and the company said it has seen demand grow strongly for this high-performance diesel outboard engine. However, the pandemic has had a significant impact upon the British diesel manufacturer’s supply chain – particularly the delivery of the major component, the PTT (power, tilt and trim) system.

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Scania Scores Success in the Rec Market Powering Viking 46 Billfish

A 46-foot Billfish Built by Viking isowered by twin 900 HP DI13-Liter Scania engines, a push into the recreational market for the engine maker.The boat, MACK 900, was launched on June 2, 2021, and is powered by the pair of recreationally-rated Scania six-cylinder engines, commissioned by Mack Boring & Parts Co. "We’re very impressed with the performance of the Scania engines during our sea trials," said Anthony Scola, international sales manager, Viking Yacht Company. “Their light weight, power and fuel efficiency is immediately apparent.

Vittoria Yachts has welcomed a brand new division, Veloce 32 Rised Pilot House. Image courtesy Vittoria Yachts

Vittoria Yachts to Debut VELOCE 32 RPH in Cannes

Vittoria Yachts has welcomed a brand new division, Veloce 32 Rised Pilot House, dedicated to the design and construction of yachts at the Adria naval shipyard, that fully embodies the spirit and style: a typical Mediterranean ship, inspired by fast patrol vessels, designed for speed but also for long journeys at sea. The company is staging its debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2021 with Veloce and its other three Yacht divisions, scheduled from September 7 to 12, 2021.Designed and built by Hydro Tec engineer Sergio Cutolo…

BAE Systems’ HybriGen® Power and Propulsion system will reduce emissions and fuel consumption for a quiet, clean, and efficient experience on the superyacht, which is designed for both long-range cruising and regatta racing. (Photo: Southern Wind Shipyard)

Hybrid Power for Southern Wind Superyacht

BAE Systems was selected by Southern Wind to provide the electric-hybrid power and propulsion system for a new high-performance superyacht. BAE Systems will supply and integrate its system on the SW96 Nyumba, the first marine vessel to benefit from the company’s newest propulsion technology. The HybriGen Power and Propulsion system is designed to reduce emissions and fuel consumption on the superyacht, which is designed for both long-range cruising and regatta racing. This same technology is designed to also be applicable for Southern Wind’s newly launched project…

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Majesty Yachts USA Sells Two Majesty 140 Superyachts

Majesty Yachts USA has announced the sale of two Majesty 140 superyachts to American buyers. Greg Terraglio, Managing Partner of Majesty Yachts USA, in partnership with Andrew Miles from Miles Yacht Group brokered the deal on hull number 3. Terraglio and Ralph Navarro with FYI Yachts brokered the deal on hull number 4. “Since winning the NBC Sports ‘Best in Show Award’ at its American market debut during the 2019 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, there has been great interest in the Majesty 140,” said Terraglio, a managing member of Majesty Yachts USA.

Kerstin Schreyer tests out the best-selling Travel 1103 at the new Torqeedo headquarters on the Air Tech Campus. Also pictured, from left to right: Michael Kiessling, Dr. Michael Rummel, Dr. Ralf Plieninger and Michael Wellenzohn. (Photo: Torqeedo)

Torqeedo Breaks Ground on New HQ

Electric drives manufacturer  announced it has broken ground on its new headquarters and production facilities in the Munich metro area on Wednesday.Construction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2022, and the site will consist of 3,720 square meters of office space, with a mix of co-working spaces and on-site offices, 4,800 square meters of warehouse, production, and research and development area.Dr. Ralf Plieninger, managing director of Torqeedo, said, "The new facilities will allow direct contact and exchange between various departments.

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Derecktor Shipyards Hires Steady as COO

Derecktor Shipyards announced on Thursday that Richard Steady will be joining the U.S. shipbuilding and repair company as chief operating officer.Steady has held many executive maritime positions prior to joining Derecktor. He began his career at Maritrans, the global shipping and transportation company, where he rose to the position of director of government and regulatory affairs. He also held key roles at marine construction and dredging operator Weeks Marine, where he was director of marine services…

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Grönborg Takes the Helm at OXE Marine

Magnus Grönborg has assumed the CEO position for diesel outboard manufacturer OXE Marine AB.Grönborg succeeds Myron Mahendra who will assume the position of EVP Business Development, Sales and Marketing.Appointing Grönborg is part of the previously communicated move into the next phase of OXE Marine´s development, with third party production facilities in both Poland and the U.S., where the board of directors has resolved to reorganize the management team to optimize the company’s ability to achieve its financial and operational targets, OXE Marine said.

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Tech File: Maritime Fuel Cells for Your Next Megayacht

Freudenberg is entering a strategic partnership with Lürssen Werft to develop fuel cell systems for megayachts. In the case of the first system under development, it will allow a ship to spend more than 15 days at anchor or cruise for more than 1,000 miles with zero emissions. Just as in larger ships that prioritize range and route flexibility, electricity must be ruled out as an energy source due to the heavy weight and low volumetric energy density of battery systems. For these ocean-going vessels, fuel cell propulsion is a superior choice.

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The Italian Sea Group Sets Mid-range IPO Price

Luxury yacht builder The Italian Sea Group said on Friday it completed its initial public offering (IPO), setting a price of 4.90 euros per share, and that its shares would start trading on the Milan Bourse on Tuesday.The price is in the middle of the 4.15-5.66 euros per share range the group had set out and gives it a market capitalization of some 260 million euros.

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Repeat Success: Long-Range Catamaran

When word spreads of a good design well executed, the reward for the boat builder is a customer who says, “Make me one just like that other one.”That is where the discussion starts and then come the clients requests for modifications. Such was the case when a high-level surfer from the western shore of Java approached James Dewing at his yard in Thailand. James had delivered one of his Powerplay catamarans to a customer in Tahiti in December of 2019. Now, the word was spreading for a true long-range luxury power catamaran.This wasn’t Dewing’s first boat…

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Britain to Build New National Flagship to Promote Trade

Britain is planning to build a new flagship to promote its business and trade interests around the world, the government said on Saturday, in a move it said would also reinvigorate the nation's shipbuilding industry.Britain said the ship, once built, would host high level trade negotiations and trade shows, and the cost of the shipbuilding project would be confirmed once manufacturing contracts were tendered.Construction of the ship is expected to begin at a U.K. shipyard as soon as next year, and the ship will enter service within the next four years.

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Riviera Reveals New Era Motor Yacht

Australia's largest luxury motor yacht builder is creating a new dimension in boating opportunities with the announcement of an exceptional new design.The Riviera 78 Motor Yacht is a new class of motor yacht from the award-winning team of designers, engineers and craftspeople at the company's headquarters and 16.8-hectare facility on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Following more than 40 years of evolution and with over 5,700 yachts in multiple styles built and now located in all corners of the world…

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Project Elysium: Incat Crowther Unveils New Yacht Design

Incat Crowther announced a new design for a 24-meter motor yacht. Titled Project Elysium, the design has been contracted for construction, with delivery scheduled for 2023.Incat Crowther, in collaboration with the client, has implemented many innovative design solutions to meet a multifaceted project brief. Benefits of the custom design allow maximum use of spaces for the required purposes and greater efficiency at customer-specified transit speeds. Incat Crowther supported the client through preliminary design and yard selection phases and will perform production naval architecture…