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Beagle Star to Use Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress for Superyachts

Inmarsat has launched a new and flexible Fleet Xpress plan for superyachts to address the seasonal luxury market, and through its partner e3 Systems has signed up the first superyacht Beagle Star V, a luxury sail yacht, to the plan. The award-winning Fleet Xpress service has become the fastest growing VSAT service in the 2017 commercial shipping market. With additional flexibility being a key demand for the superyacht industry, where voice and video calls, entertainment and social media can vary widely during the season…

Image: Inmarsat plc.

First Superyacht Signs up for Fleet Xpress Plan

Inmarsat has launched a new and flexible Fleet Xpress plan for superyachts to address the seasonal luxury market, and through its partner e3 Systems has signed up the first superyacht Beagle Star V, a luxury sail yacht, to the plan. The award-winning Fleet Xpress service has become the fastest growing VSAT service in the 2017 commercial shipping market. With additional flexibility being a key demand for the superyacht industry, where voice and video calls, entertainment and social media can vary widely during the season…

Beagle Star V (Photo: Inmarsat)

A New Exhibition of Superyacht Tenders at the MYS

Visitors to the 2017 Monaco Yacht Show will discover a brand-new exhibition area devoted entirely to the trendiest luxury tenders and water toys on the market. The creation of the Tenders & Toys zone at the 2017 Show is the MYS' response to the yachting industry’s goal to attract a new, younger, superyacht clientele. Entertainment is one of the leading criteria in the selection of a yacht to buy or charter with the new generation of superyacht enthusiasts. Brokerage companies…

Photo: MYS

Little Britain 2017: The Property Sailing Event

The Little Britain Challenge Cup (LBCC), the construction and property industry's number one sporting and social calendar event will bring hundreds of people to Shepards Wharf Marina in Cowes to sail, network and fund-raise on September 15th and 16th. Little Britain regularly attracts project teams celebrating success and companies looking to team-build and entertain key clients whilst helping to raise thousands of pounds for charities. 2017 marks Little Britain’s 30th anniversary, and the LBCC regatta is all set to celebrate with a new venue, great food and entertainment, and top sailing.

Photo: LBCC

Reliant Yachts Bags New Build Order

Reliant Yachts of Newport, R.I. has announced a new build is under contract for a 40-foot limousine tender utilizing their X series platform. Jim Ewing, principal at Reliant Yachts states, “We want to create a tender that shares the beauty and functionality of the classic Venetian water taxi, but in a completely modern way. The contemporary megayacht tender has to be a proper yacht unto itself, able to deal with diverse sea conditions, so hull design and stability are key.” The 40-footer is slated for completion in early 2018…

Photo: Reliant Yachts

Broadband Demand

Satellite-based connectivity has always played a critical role for the maritime sector. As the communications expectations of ship owners, passengers and crews continue to grow, maritime service providers are seeing a transformation in the type and quantity of applications that need to be supported at sea. The advent of VSAT broadband services is driving a shift away from traditional, low-level L-band connections that ship operators have relied upon for decades. VSAT services are preferred to respond to the demand for high-speed broadband that can support bandwidth-intensive applications.

(Photo: Intelsat)

Beiderbeck's Deluxe, Mobile Private Beach

Why not just have fun in and on the water? With a boat that doesn’t conform to any conventions, but forms the perfect platform for a top-quality beach party. That is exactly the aim of the "Private Beach" from beiderbeck designs, a company based in Bremen-Vegesack, Germany. Spanning 24 meters in length and 6.50 meters in width, every amenity needed for high-end outdoor celebrations has been combined in a single boat. And it's mobile too, capable of reaching speeds of up to 27 knots (almost 50 km/h) on its way to a different bay every day at the owner's whim.

Photo: beiderbeck designs

Yacht & Villa International Announces Eurocraft New-build Yachts

Eurocraft in Savona has partnered with Federico Fiorentino Designs of Milan to introduce two radical and contemporary full displacement yachts as new build projects. Offered exclusively for sale through Yacht & Villa International the 46m and 56m yachts have been designed for maximum comfort and long periods at sea in total reliability and efficiency. The 56m is a military-inspired, rugged superyacht accommodating up to 12 guests in six cabins with a crew compliment of 13. A huge owner’s suite located on the upper deck offers a private panoramic terrace with enclosed gym area.

46m Yacht (Photo: Yacht & Villa International)

B&G Updates Chartplotters with Weather Services

B&G, a sailing navigation and instrument specialist, has announced new software updates that will bring PredictWind weather services direct to Zeus and Vulcan chartplotter range. The online forecasting service provides the latest weather and sailing information to sailors all around the world. The software update will enable sailors with PredictWind accounts to plan routes in seconds using PredictWind data such as wind, swell, rain, cloud, isobar and air temperature information directly on a B&G chartplotter.

Zeus3 chartplotter showing alternative PredictWind routing. (Photo: B&G)

Yacht Charter Market to Cross USD 50bln by 2020

Yacht charter market is set to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.5% through 2020, says Future Market Insights in its research report. Yacht charter market revenues were estimated at US$ 37 billion in 2015, and by 2020, the market is expected to surpass US$ 50 billion mark. A renewed interest is being witnessed in spending on leisure and entertainment, giving a fillip to the global yacht charter market. The economic downturn of 2007-08 had a dampening effect on the yacht charter market…

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IGY Marinas Expands in Flordia with the Addition of One Island Park

IGY Marinas has  announced that it has expanded its Florida marina portfolio with the addition of One Island Park located on Miami Beach’s Terminal Island. The new location marks a company milestone, as this is the first time IGY will offer its award-winning services and quality to the South Florida market. Branded “One Island Park – Miami Beach an IGY Marinas Destination”,  the marina is currently open and IGY is already welcoming yachts to its newest destination. “Miami is one of the leading luxury yachting destinations in the United States, making this a significant achievement for our targeted growth strategy in Florida,” said Tom Mukamal, CEO of IGY Marinas. “This exclusive Miami Beach superyacht facility not only allows IGY to showcase our unmatched services to the superyacht market, but also attract even larger vessels to the destination.

Dredging Complete IGY Marinas' Draft at 17.5 ft

IGY Marinas today announced that the dredging project at Yacht Club at Isle de Sol is complete. The investment in St. Maarten allows the marina to offer its world class service and facility to a wider class of superyachts with drafts of up to 17.5 feet. “IGY Marinas is excited to see Yacht Club at Isle de Sol’s dredging project come to fruition just in time for peak season in the Caribbean,” said Tom Mukamal, CEO of IGY Marinas. “This investment provides several benefits for both the marina and St. Maarten, as it will allow deeper draft vessels to visit St. Maarten for the first time.

Courtesy IGY Marinas

Feadship Unveils New Future Concept

Unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show using a yacht model and an augmented reality experience, the 2016 FFC Choice offers a wealth of opportunities for autonomous living on and off board. These include two co-propulsion tenders, a detachable beach house, a drone and a motioncompensated pool. A new wave of independence is further stimulated by the introduction of the revolutionary Feadship Independent Control System (FICS). Released on a regular basis since 2006 in order to inspire the next generation of owners and the industry…

Photo: Feadship

Simrad Releases GO9 XSE

The Simrad GO9 XSE is the latest addition to the GO Series systems. Packed full of features, it has intuitive, multi-touch controls that smartphone and tablet users will instantly find familiar and easy to use. Boaters can view charts, add waypoints and see key information on a large 9-inch screen. Additionally, the GO9 XSE is fully compatible with Simrad Broadband 3G/4G Radar systems, SiriusXM weather/radio (U.S. Only) and features an internal 10 Hz GPS receiver, StructureScan HD and CHIRP Sonar for excellent fishfinding…

Simrad GO9 XSE (Photo: Simrad)

Refit River Cruiser Sets Sail for Crystal

The newly renovated vessel Mozart, which began passenger service in July 2016, marks Crystal Cruises’ first venture into European river cruising. Before for the revitalized river cruiser Mozart set sail, Crystal Cruises contracted R&M Sea Level Marine to completely renovate all the vessel’s cabins, suites and the reception lobby. The refit took place from April 24 to July 6 in Linz, Austria. Designed by II BY IV Design of Toronto, renovations included completely redesigned accommodations with all new bathrooms and complete renewal of all furniture and finishes.

Photo: R&M Sea Level Marine

Yacht Computer Service Expands its IT Service

Any maritime business equals to demanding clients. And not to forget the crew – from any position upwards. As long as everything works, life on board is great. TV or entertainment systems on any vessel are an absolute must, working at 100%. Most of the time they do. Let´s face it, if the "Internet" goes down… there is a serious problem. And it is not only the Internet. Clients need their IT devices, phones, laptops to manage their photos and memories. The majority of captains, officers, chefs rely on constant communication – their laptops and phones need to be working 24/7.

Photo: Yacht Computer Service

Simrad, Crest Pontoons Ink Partnership Deal

In an exclusive partnership with Crest Pontoons, Simrad GO5 XSEmultifunction displays will be offered as the standard navigation system on all 2017 Caliber, Classic, Caribbean, Continental and Savannah boats. Loaded with today’s latest boating technologies, the Simrad GO5 XSE features a super-bright multi-touch display, internal 10 Hz GPS receiver, StructureScan HD and CHIRP Sonar, autopilot integration/control, engine data monitoring, full audio entertainment integration with SonicHub 2…

Lowrance HOOK-4 fishfinderchartplotter, with powerful CHIRP and DownScan Imaging features, will be offered as exclusive navigation option on all 2017 Crest I, Crest II, Crest II Fish and Crest II Select boats. Photo Simrad

Superyacht Success for Fleet Xpress

Inmarsat has achieved the first commitment to its Fleet Xpress service by a superyacht owner just weeks after commercial launch in a deal secured through Inmarsat distributor e3 Systems. The deal represents a major achievement for the service with an existing customer, establishing a position for Fleet Xpress in the highest of high-end markets. Inmarsat-approved Fleet Xpress hardware was installed on sail yacht Juliet at the beginning of May, bringing new era Fleet Xpress connectivity on board the Ron Holland-designed, 44m ketch built by Royal Huisman Shipyard in The Netherlands.

Photo: Inmarsat plc

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…

Whitehaven 6000 Sunbridge (Photo: Whitehaven Motor Yachts)

18 New Ferries Needed for New NYC Ferry Service

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the Citywide Ferry Service is on track to launch in 2017, with the selection of Hornblower, Inc. as its operator. The new service, which will include up to 20 boats and connect 21 New York City eighborhoods for the price of a single subway ride ($2.75) is scheduled to be fully operational by 2018, and is estimated to carry 4.6 million trips per year across six routes. “For the price of a single subway ride, tens-of-thousands of New Yorkers are going to have a new public transit option linking them to jobs…

 San Francisco-based Hornblower is well-established in the NYC market. Pictured is Hornblower Infinity. (Photo: Hornblower)

Dörries Yachts Mulls New 111m Superyacht Concept

German refit specialist Dörries Maritime’s sister company Dorries Yachts unveiled its latest yacht concept of 111 metres, designed by the respected H2 Yacht Design studio. The concept is designed to be built in marine grade steel with a displacement monohull hull form. The new build design showcases the facility’s new build capabilities, as well as the design skills of the British design studio. With the length of 364’02” (111m) this impressive superyacht is sure to offer amazing outdoor and indoor spaces for endless entertainment, relaxation and socialising.

Image: Dorries Yachts

Miami-Dade’s First Residential Marina Opens

The all-new, full-service marina at Marina Palms Yacht Club & Residences has officially opened, marking Miami-Dade County’s first luxury residential marina and yacht club development in over 20 years. The state of the art marina features brand new construction at a prime location on the Intracoastal Waterway in North Miami Beach. The opening of the marina, designed for vessels up to 100 feet in length and the creation of a new private boat club allow residents to experience an unparalleled waterfront lifestyle at one South Florida’s most sought after addresses.

Photo courtesy of Marina Palms Yacht Club & Residences

Elandra Yachts Launches New Model

Press release - Elandra Yachts has released the latest edition of its stunning 53 model to universal industry acclaim, signalling the evolution of one of Australia’s most exciting brand of luxury marine craft. Now available for viewing at Leigh-Smith Yachts at Sanctuary Cove on Queensland’s Gold Coast, the highly anticipated new offering from the premier motor yacht manufacturer has created a stir among boating enthusiasts since its launch this week. Boasting a range of features geared at delivering an enhanced inshore and offshore experience…

Photo courtesy of Elandra

FUSION Debuts Compact Marine Stereo

FUSION Entertainment announced today the release of a new compact and cost effective series, the MS-RA70 and MS-RA70N. Featuring a sleek front face finish with a shallow-mount case design, the new FUSION audio system delivers clear and dynamic sound reproduction in a marinized, space-saving chassis for flexible installation options, the manufacturer said. Engineered to seamlessly replace any standard DIN-sized car stereo, the low-profile MS-RA70 design allows for integration without the need to redesign the dash space.

RA70 Marine Stereo Photo FUSION

KVH Expands mini-VSAT Broadband Network

KVH Industries, Inc. expanded the capacity of its mini-VSAT Broadband network with two upgrades recently, supporting growing customer demand for broadband at sea. One expansion added a new satellite beam that doubled the mini-VSAT Broadband network capacity in the North Atlantic Ocean region, including Canada’s Hudson Bay. The second expansion added a new beam across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa to add 30 percent more capacity across areas such as the North Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.

Image: KVH

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. TripIntel consists of a Cruise Performance Indicator and a History tab. The Cruise Performance Indicator is added to the instrument bar of the GO7…

KVH Upgrades IP-MobileCast Service

KVH Industries has updated its unique IP-MobileCastTM content delivery service for additional viewing flexibility and expanded content offerings. The new features are being rolled out in stages, with the first round of upgrades automatically delivered via over-the-air software updates for current subscribers. IP-MobileCast was developed by KVH and launched in 2014 as the first and only service to multicast movies, TV shows, daily news and sports, as well as operational data via satellite to vessels at sea.

Video: Mega Sailing Ship Docks in Greece

One of the largest sailing ships in the world, the 636-foot-long Club Med 2 is a huge five-masted cruise ship owned and operated by Club Med. The impressively massive vessel recently called the port of Chios Island Greece, where Konstantinos Mil. Anagnostou was able to capture stunning aerial photos and video. Watch here. Built from 1992 to 1996 in Le Havre, France, Club Med 2 harnesses power from computer-operated sails combined with diesel-electric power. Seven sails and four diesel generators powering two electric motors propel the ship to speeds of 10-15 knots.

Photo: Konstantinos Mil. Anagnostou

Crestron Debuts 4K Video Distribution Solution

Now 4K Ultra HD video can be enjoyed both on land and at sea. Crestron said it will display its full range of marine solutions, including the industry’s first and only complete, certified 4K video distribution solution, at the Monaco Yacht Show 2015. The 25th anniversary show will be held once again in the spectacular setting of Port Hercules, Monaco from 23 – 26 September 2015. Crestron is exhibiting on stand QAA7, which will be split into two zones to separately showcase the company’s specific solutions for owners and crew.

Photo:Crestron

The Moorings Debuts New Crewed Power Yacht

The Moorings will debut Crewed vacations aboard its 514 Power Catamaran in the British Virgin Islands this fall. Complete with a professional captain and gourmet chef, this all-inclusive charter option provides a premium and personalized way to vacation at sea. From mouthwatering meals to gorgeous attractions, Crewed charters deliver an exclusive experience built upon the specific needs of everyone aboard. Offering ample room for up to six guests, The Moorings 514PC includes a luxurious layout with three en-suite guest staterooms…

Photo courtesy of The Moorings

ASA Electronics Expands Marine Audio Line

ASA Electronics, an international manufacturer of  audio and video electronics introduced the new MA200 app ready waterproof source unit with Bluetooth capabilities. This sleek, modern looking stereo gives boaters advanced features along with the durability needed to withstand life on the water, the manufacturer said. The MA200 has been designed with high quality, in-demand features to meet the needs of the marine industry. The stereo has 160 watts of power and features an AM/FM electronic tuner, rear auxiliary input and a pre-amp line out audio.

Photo courtesy of ASA Electronics

Free Digital Charts Now Feature Cruising Guide

Global chart maker NV Charts is adding a new, dynamic dimension to its digital chart products and mobile NV App, all for free. Cruisers who download the free NV App for navigating with tablets or mobile devices will also be able to download NV Chart’s entire U.S. East Coast digital chart sets at zero cost from Maine and the Canadian Border to the southernmost tip of Florida at Key West. In addition, NV Charts has teamed up with the Atlantic Cruising Club (ACC), an independent publishing company that offers guides with information on marinas and their surrounding areas.

Image: NV Charts

Siran Relaunched After Refit at Feadship

The 70-meter Feadship Siran has completed a nine-month refit at the Feadship yard in Makkum. Her owners have therefore ensured that the superyacht features the newest technologies and meets current requirements. The last of seven Feadships to be designed by Jon Bannenberg, Siran was considered a revolutionary yacht in many ways at the time of her launch in 1991. Her windows and the tender positioning were among many notable features. The owners returned to Feadship in 2005 to embark on a significant rebuild that saw the yacht extended to 70 meters in length.

Siran (Photo: Feadship)

Star Clippers to Build Massive Square Rigger

Tall ship sailing specialist Star Clippers has announced that it has started building a fourth ship to add to its fleet of graceful square-riggers; its first new-build since the launch of Royal Clipper in July 2000. The new vessel, yet to be named, will be the biggest and most ambitious project to date and will be launched in the second half of 2017, carrying 300 passengers, measuring 8,770 tons and powered by more than 6,350 square meters of sails. The new ship will technically be a five-masted, square-rigged barque.

Photo courtesy of Star Clipppers

New Waterproof Stereo for the Marine Market

ASA Electronics has introduced to the marine industry the new MS2A App Ready Waterproof Stereo with Bluetooth, which according to ASA Electronics, features advanced technology, a modern look and good durability. The MS2A is part of a series of marine grade stereos that feature advanced app control technology which allows boaters to control the primary functions of their stereo directly from their mobile device via a free downloadable application called JENSEN Marine. This unit has 160 watts of power and includes a rear auxiliary input, a pre-amp line out audio and an AM/FM electronic tuner. The MS2A also has Bluetooth interface capabilities with A2DP/AVRCP technology and a USB input for full iPod/iPhone interface as well as for MP3 devices. All of these features provide boat owners with a variety of music and entertainment options while on the water. The MS2A has a low battery warning that alerts boaters when their voltage is low.

The Moorings Debuts Crewed Charters

The Moorings will debut all-inclusive Crewed yacht vacations on the award-winning Moorings 4800 catamaran in Nice, France. Complete with a professional captain and gourmet chef, this new charter option offers travelers a carefree way to cruise along the French Riviera. From phenomenal meals to gorgeous attractions, Crewed charters deliver a highly personalized vacation experience built upon the specific needs of each guest. Aboard The Moorings 4800 – named “Boat of the Year” by Cruising World Magazine – guests will discover a luxurious layout including three double cabins with en-suite baths…

The Moorings 4800

KVH Debuts Maritime Satellite TV Antenna System

KVH Industries, Inc. introduced the TracVision TV8 maritime satellite TV antenna system to be unveiled at the Sea Asia conference in Singapore, April 21-23. TracVision TV8 is designed to provide the tracking, reception and extended coverage area needed for yachts and merchant vessels calling on ports around the world. It is compatible with nearly all Ku-band services around the globe, and it also supports such services as DIRECTV, DISH Network and DISH HD, and Bell TV in North America, and TrueVisions, Astro, and Sky TV in the Asia-Pacific region.

TracVision TV8 marine satellite TV antenna system (Photo: KVH Industries)

Simrad Debuts GO7 Multi-touch Display

Simrad Yachting announced today the release of the GO7 standalone multi-touch chartplotter and echo sounder. Offering boaters an affordable option for electronic navigation, the feature-packed GO7 is an ideal fit for RIBs, runabouts and cruisers, providing quick and easy access to the vital information boaters require to safely maximize their time on the water. The highly customizable user interface allows boaters to easily navigate through displays – even in the toughest offshore conditions.

the standalone multi-touch chartplotter and echo sounder—GO7

NYC Ferries: Gladding-Hearn Building Three New Vessels

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has begun construction of the first of three new sightseeing vessels for Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, Inc., in New York City. A keel-laying ceremony at the Somerset-Mass., shipyard in January, was held in commemoration of the Circle Line’s 70th anniversary year. The new boat order follows the shipyard’s delivery of three sister- ships for the company in 2009. Delivery of the first new vessel is scheduled for 2016. According to Costas Markou…

Photo courtesy of Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding

Kadey-Krogen Yachts Announces Krogon 58' EB

Kadey-Krogen Yachts announced today that the Krogen 58’ EB (Extended Bridge) is under construction and set to debut in 2016. The new extended fly bridge, available in multiple configurations, will allow customers to enjoy an open-air experience while underway or at anchor. “The Krogen 58' has always been a beautiful home or home away from home for her owners,” said Larry Polster, vice president, Kadey-Krogen Yachts.

MTN Launches Live HDTV At Sea

MTN Communications (MTN) has announced another maritime industry first with the launch of its high-definition live television service at sea, MTN Worldwide TV HD (MTN-TV HD). “MTN-TV HD delivers an amazing viewing experience onboard,” said Graham Douglas, media and communications manager, P&O Cruises and Cunard. “We can now experience TV at sea like we can at home. As we transformed the technology and ambience in our common areas, theaters and cabins, we evolved from small to large screens, so our requirement for HD became paramount. This service launch starts with IMG’s Sport 24 Channel in HD. The first-ever 24/7 sports channel designed for the maritime market, it is the most watched sports channel onboard MTN-TV customer vessels. Its 2015 line-up includes Premier League Soccer, Formula 1, U.S. Open Tennis, Wimbledon, the Masters, and Bundesliga Soccer delivered in HD to vessels around the world.

L-S MSI to Exhibit at Cruise Shipping Miami

L-3 Marine Systems International (L-3 MSI) will showcase a range of systems and services for cruise ship operations, including automation, integrated navigation, dynamic positioning, onboard entertainment and drive systems, in Hall C, Stand 1931, at Cruise Shipping Miami, March 16-19. L-3 noted that its highlights will include live demonstrations of the advanced NACOS Platinum series. Also featured as part of the demonstrations will be an L-3 Valmarine multifunctional VALMATIC…

Photo courtesy of L-3 MSI

FUSION Unveils New Marine Entertainment Products

New Zealand audio equipment manufacturer FUSION has released of a variety of new marine entertainment and speaker products. These include the 650 and 750 True-Marine™ series entertainment systems and the Signature Series speakers and subwoofers. The company's flagship 750 series entertainment system is available in two configurations, the MS-UD750 with internal UNI-Dock, and the MS-AV750 marine DVD/CD player. The MS-AV750 offers HDMI video connection support, an industry first, allowing boaters to enjoy audio from any supported ARC television.

FUSION's Signature Series Chrome Speaker

App Ready Audio Systems at Miami Boat Show

Two of ASA Electronics’ Polk Ultramarine brand audio systems will now come complete with app control, available model year 2016. The designs and feature sets of the UM1A and PA4A now feature full function app control for both Android and Apple iOS users, via a free downloadable application called Polk Ultramarine. With contemporary styling and the broadest media support on the market, these models are a market-premium system for the discriminating marine brands. The new Polk Ultramarine app is a wireless remote control for a Polk Ultramarine audio system.

Photo: ASA Electronics

Oceanco Delivers First Superyacht of 2015

Oceanco delivered the first superyacht of 2015 today, the 291-foot (89 meter) INFINITY. Built under the code name Y710, the yacht features an exterior design by Espen Øino and an interior design by Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design and David Kleinberg Design Associates. INFINITY is a go-anywhere yacht powered by  twin 4,828hp / 3,600kW MTU engines capable of reaching speeds of 20 knots. The yacht has a master suite that includes a private exterior deck and whirlpool, and can also accommodate 10 guests in 6 guest suites, including 2 VIP cabins.

The INFINITY (Photo courtesy of Oceanco)

Great Ships of 2014: Quantum of the Seas

Meyer Werft delivered the latest in a long line of cruise ships that grow ever larger and more spectacular in their outfit, final finish and performance. The 167,800-gt cruise ship Quantum of the Seas was built for and delivered to Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (Miami). This is the first ship of the Quantum class. It features highly energy-efficient systems, optimized hydrodynamics, heat recovery, an effective underwater paint coating, a state-of-the-art exhaust gas treatment plant (hybrid scrubber) as well as energy-saving LED lighting systems.

The 167,800 gt Quantum of the Seas. (Photo: RCL)

Abu Dhabi: Volvo Ocean Race fleet departs for China

Abu Dhabi, one of the most spectacular stopovers, after hosting  Volvo Ocean Race for the second time from December 12, 2014 until January 3, 2015, waved farewell to the Race fleet as they set sail for the third leg to China. They were pursued by Dongfeng Race Team (China) and Team SCA (Sweden), the all-female crew who won the Abu Dhabi in-port race. Officials, business leaders, public figures, residents and tourists gathered at Abu Dhabi Corniche breakwater to bid farewell at the official departure ceremony of the toughest round-the-world sailing event.

Volvo Ocean Race fleet

Haifa Port May Become Entertainment and Commercial Zone

Haifa port is about to be transformed and upgraded into a beautiful new set of centers to include an entertainment zone, a commercial zone and links to the city’s beaches, according to a report on www.haaretz.com. The National Planning and Building Council will discuss Tuesday whether to approve the plan to redevelop part of Haifa Port into an entertainment and commercial zone, says Haaretz . It is seen as one of the most important plans for developing the northern city and reestablishing its links with its beaches.

Haifa Port

KVH Boosts Mini-VSAT Capacity in S. America

KVH Industries, Inc. announced major capacity increases for its mini-VSAT Broadband network at the OilComm conference in Houston today. The capacity upgrades on key South American beams have resulted in as much as three times the forward and return link capacity for KVH’s maritime VSAT customers in the area. One upgrade has boosted coverage and performance for several key markets in Brazil: the oil and gas industry, whose major production and exploration activities are centered offshore…

KVH's advanced TracPhone V-IP series satellite antenna systems are designed and optimized for the mini-VSAT Broadband network.

FUSION Unveils New Audio Solutions

FUSION announced today the latest addition to its line of marine grade stereos, the FUSION MS-BB300 Black Box Entertainment System. The MS-BB300 with FUSION-Link via NMEA 2000 control, Bluetooth audio streaming and Multi-Zone technology offers true FUSION-Link ‘plug and play’ compatibility with Multi-Function Displays (MFD) for intuitive, easy-to-control True-Marine audio playback. An entertainment system designed for space-limited installations, the FUSION Black Box MS-BB300 is packed with functionality.

Fusion Announces All New Black Box Entertainment System

New Safety and Security Training for Superyachts

KVH Industries, Inc., introduced the "Safety on Superyachts" and "Maritime Security Awareness" training programs by Videotel at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show today to address the multitude of regulations facing this growing sector of the maritime industry. Videotel, the leader in maritime e-Learning and a KVH company, has produced the training programs with a specific focus for superyacht captains, crew, owners and ancillary personnel. Superyachts traveling in international waters must comply with aspects of the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC-2006)…

Photo:  KVH

Eastern's Columbia on Display in Fort Lauderdale

Eastern Shipbuilding Group’s reengineered Columbia, built from the original design plans of the classic 1923 Essex-built schooner, will be on display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 30-November 3, 2014. The original Columbia, a 141’ classic Gloucester Fishing Schooner designed by William Starling Burgess, built at the historic A.D. Story shipyard of Essex, Massachusetts and launched April 17, 1923, was bred for speed, challenging – and nearly defeating – Canada’s legendary Bluenose schooner in the International Fishermen’s Cup Races in Halifax.

The modernized steel hull Columbia replica is based on the classic 1923 design. (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament Final Results

Team Reel Gold’s Capt. Javier “Kuubby” Villavicencio struck gold with the only boated marlin in the Los Cabos Billfish Tournamet. The entire six-angler team including Murray Wright, Richard Matson, Mitch Kishimoto, David Patterson, Pat Jackson and Chris Turek flew from its current working residence in Namibia, Africa, during the opening week of the tournament, following Hurricane Odile, to attend the 16th annual event. The owner of Reel Gold Richard Matson has fished the tournament for 10 years and wasn’t going to miss the event.

Reel Gold

BMT Nigel Gee To Launch Project L3 at Monaco Yacht Show

BMT Nigel Gee, a subsidiary of the BMT Group, will be launching its latest innovative design, ‘Project L3’ at the Monaco Yacht Show. Building on Nigel Gee’s heritage in the development of specialised platforms, married with Rob McPherson’s appetite for styling something a little bit different to the norm, this bold concept is maintaining the exceptional standard that has come to be expected from BMT concept design collaborations. The design is based around delivering an extreme of high speed and high volume, for which BMT’s semi-SWATH catamaran is ideal.

The design is based around delivering an extreme of high speed and high volume, for which BMT’s semi-SWATH catamaran is ideal.

New MTN Conductor Mobile App

MTN Communications (MTN) is once again innovating in the yacht sector with the launch of its “MTN Conductor” mobile app. MTN designed Conductor specifically for customers using its MTN Maestro end-to-end communications and content management solution. The app seamlessly interacts with the Maestro platform so, from a handheld device, electrical technical officers (ETOs) and captains can proactively monitor every aspect of a yacht’s onboard communications. It helps view, align, control and optimize bandwidth throughput and quality of service (QOS)-related factors affecting each end-user group.

MTN Conductor

Newport International Boat Show Highlights

Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced today activities and amenities for those planning to attend its 44th boat show season, the Newport International Boat Show provides visitors from around the world a venue to see the latest boats and product offerings from hundreds of manufacturers and dealers, including dozens debuting for the first time in the United States. Set along historic Newport Harbor in the heart of downtown Newport…

Newport International Boat Show

Simrad Partners with Sportsman Boats

Simrad Yachting has announced its exclusive partnership with Sportsman Boats Manufacturing. The Simrad NSS evo2 system is now the standard navigation system on all 2015 model year Sportsman high-performance bay boats, center console and dual console boats. Sportsman delivers intuitively designed vessels with cutting-edge technology and innovative features. The NSS evo2 offers Sportsman owners a user-friendly interface for all functions including charting, integrated CHIRP and sonar, as well as optional entertainment and radar systems such as the award-winning 4G Broadband radar.

Internet at Sea: Staying Connected

The maritime industry is at a crossroads, with a dearth of next-generation talent willing and available for a life at sea, yet increasing demands for efficiency and clarity of operations. At this crossroads lies modern communication technology, the connective tissue that can help to cure many of the industry’s ills, as Frank Coles, President of Inmarsat Maritime, contends. Commercial shipping will always remain a pivotal link in the global transport chain, but the very nature…

Clarksons Research estimates that by 2020 the convergence between IT and shipbuilding will be worth $35 billion. Pictured is Frank Coles, Inmarsat.

Maritime Communication: A Bold New Shape and Direction

Richard Simonian is the President of Maritime Solutions, a business unit within Harris CapRock Communications. MR picked his brain for insights on the shape and direction of maritime comms. We understand that you recently unveiled your Advanced VSAT solutions at Satellite 2014. Can you give us a brief on exactly what this is? The problem increasingly being faced by ship and rig operators is that their communication needs are dynamic, yet the traditional buying approach is static. They have had two choices.

Richard Simonian, president, maritime solutions, Harris CapRock Communications

Cape May-Lewes Ferry Celebrates 50th

In 1964, Lyndon B. Johnson was President; the Beatles first appeared on the Billboard Chart with I Want to Hold Your Hand; the World's Fair opened in New York and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry made its grand debut. On July 1, 1964, the very first ferry vessel departed the Lewes, Delaware terminal at 6:47 a.m. The ferry carried eight vehicles and 15 passengers. Since then, more than 43 million passengers and over 14 million vehicles have made the scenic, 17- mile, 85-minute trip across Delaware Bay to and from Victorian Cape May, NJ and historic Lewes, Delaware.

Captain Billy Ray Phillips - Cape May-Lewes Ferry, 1964