Interview: Douglas Prothero, CEO, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection
As privately owned, luxury yachts near the size of the average cruise ship, behold a new option, which is anything but commonplace: The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. At 624 feet and 11 decks, her exterior profile resembles a sleek superyacht design, not a cruise ship on the horizon. Launched in October 2018 at Hijos de J. Barreras Shipyard in Vigo, Spain, the flagship of the new brand is now in outfitting and interior finishing. The project was co-managed by The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, Marriott and Tillberg Design of Sweden.
Boat Sunk in Danube Ready to be Raised
Hungarian salvage crews prepared on Monday to raise the wreck of a pleasure boat that capsized on the Danube river in Budapest, killing 26 South Korean tourists and two local crew.The Mermaid sank after a large Swiss-owned cruise liner struck it from behind on May 29 as both vessels passed under a 19th century bridge in the Hungarian capital during heavy rain.It was the worst disaster in half a century on Europe's longest river, which has become an increasingly popular route for…
W/Yachts to Market Ferretti Yachts
Italian multinational shipbuilding company Ferretti Group expands its presence in Europe and announces a new dealership agreement with W / Yachts, that will dedicate itself to the exclusive marketing of Pershing and Ferretti Yachts brands in Poland.The partnership will allow the Group to further consolidate the coverage of the assistance network in Eastern Europe, guaranteeing a full service to the shipowners of the region, starting from the order time to the post-sales.“This agreement is another important step in our ambitious process of strengthening and expanding our business.
Fusion Launches New Apollo RA670 Stereo
Fusion offers the new Apollo RA670, a marine stereo featuring a brilliant, optically bonded, full-color LCD display, Fusion’s Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology, Fusion-Link integration and control, multi-zone control in up to three audio zones and PartyBus capabilities when connected to a Wi-Fi or Apollo network; the RA670 is a powerful extension of the Apollo Series.The Apollo Series harnesses the power of Fusion’s DSP technology, designed to deliver premium audio to all speakers in any environment.
MCI Sees Turnover by Quarter
Dorset, UK maritime company Marine Components International has increased turnover by a quarter in the last 12 months under new management.New deals in the superyacht and motor boat sectors across the UK and Europe have ramped up turnover to $1.76million, nearly double sales from two years ago at the company which provides distribution and technical support for a range of manufacturers.MCI managing director Andy Scott, who took over the Poole headquartered company in 2017, said…
Shipbuilding: Rewriting the Book
As maritime digests a number of historical changes, Norway’s Fjellstrand shipyard wants to put aside the rule book and look at the whole process in a new way, reducing engineering costs up to 70% and production costs up to 20%.The process of designing and building a ship, even in today’s highly standardized mass manufacturing environment, remains largely a one-off, one-of-a-kind design and build. Ships are most often built to a shipowner’s or operator’s specific requirements, which are often based on fixed parameters such as speed…
Explorer Profile: Sven Lindblad
Profiled in the March 2019 "cruise" edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News is Sven Lindblad, intrepid explorer and wildlife photographer Sven Lindblad blazed the trail for environmentally sensitive travelers to Antarctica on Lindblad Expedition’s fleet of cruise ships with National Geographic.You can tell a lot about a man by whom his heroes are, whether famous athletes, virtuoso musicians, brave warriors or movie stars. As we age, we choose our heroes by their moral compass…
Michael Müller New CEO of Bavaria Yachts
Bavaria Yachts, the producer of sailing and motor yachts in Europe, has appointed Michael Müller as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH in Germany. He will also be responsible for the division of the Nautitech Catamarans SAS in France.The move follows on from a three-month tenure for Michael as MD for sales and marketing for the group. This position was previously vacant.“In the few weeks with Michael Müller on board we have learned how effective he is and how well he has been received by employees and dealers…
Fairline Appoints de Roos
Luxury British boat builder, Fairline Yachts, has announced that Dennis de Roos has joined the company as Commercial Director. de Roos will be responsible for managing the Fairline Yachts design, sales and marketing teams, and overseeing the dealer network.Formerly Commercial Director with Morgan Cars, de Roos brings a wealth of experience from across a range of business industries, starting his career across the hospitality and services sector, followed by 10 years with General Motors and 5 years with Ingersoll Rand…
Nimbus T11 Makes World Premiere at Boot
Nimbus Debuts the New Nimbus T11 at Boot, Düsseldorf.The T11 is Nimbus’ vision of the perfect day boat with the ambition of perfecting easy living at sea while providing a social playground for friends and families. In short, that means a large lounge area with adjustable seating arrangements, multiple sun-beds, outdoor cuisine, gyro stabilization, XXL stowage for gear and toys and an impressive amount of deck space which provides an overwhelming freedom of movement. Packaged…
The Yacht Group Appoints New Distributor
The Yacht Group has appointed Elite Diesel Service as its newest distributor providing sales and service in the state of Texas. Elite Diesel Service is the most well known and leading provider of engine and electronic services in Texas and will be our central distribution supplying and servicing our many dealers and customers in that region.The Yacht Group has also announced the expansion of our network in Europe and Dubai.The Yacht Group will participate in the Dusseldorf, Dubai, Viareggio, Cannes, and Monaco boat shows.
Aquila Power Catamarans Adds New Sales Manager
Aquila Power Catamarans has introduced their new Sales Manager Anna Nowotarska who will oversee all sales in Europe.Nowotarska is an experienced Sales Manager and Yacht Broker with over 10-years in the yacht industry, specializing in multihulls and catamarans. Having previously held positions at Polestar Yachting and Sunreef Yachts, she has been involved in custom new built projects both power and sailing, with renown shipyards and naval design bureaus, as well as sales of serial production yachts and pre-owned vessels.
First Class Sailing Builds Fleet with Two Beneteau Oceanis 38.1
Ancasta has announced that First Class Sailing has purchased two new Beneteau Oceanis 38.1.The Beneteaus will be used as part of the sail training which First Class Sailing offers, including RYA courses from Competent Crew to Yachtmaster Ocean, boat handling and mile building sailing weekends plus more.Ancasta is the largest Beneteau Power and Sail dealer in the UK and the largest boat sales network in Europe.The Beneteau Oceanis 38.1 model has been chosen for its cruising comfort. It features two helm stations, a mainsail arch, and a spacious cockpit.
Shipbuilding: Hurtigruten Hybrid Construction Forges Ahead
Norwegian company Hurtigruten, the world’s largest expedition cruise operator, is continuing to push the boundaries when it comes to green travel with its order for three hybrid-powered vessels nearing completion, the first ship being due for delivery in May 2019.Two of these revolutionary ships are currently under construction at the Kleven Yard in Ulsteinvik, Norway, the MS Roald Amundsen and its sister ship, the MS Fritjof Nansen, both of which are custom-designed to cope with some of the most extreme conditions seen on our planet, each having a specially-designed, ice-strengthened hull.
Derecktor to Develop New US Superyacht Hub
St. Lucie County Commissioners unanimously chose Derecktor Shipyards to create and manage a facility servicing large yachts in Fort Pierce, Fla. on Nov. 14. Located about 100 miles north of Fort Lauderdale and about 40 miles north of Palm Beach, the shipyard will develop a proposal for a mutually agreeable lease and contract to develop the 290-acre port, with deep water draft, easy land access and no fixed bridges.Derecktor was established in 1947 by the late Bob Derecktor, a competitive sailor in his own right with his personal fleet of “goose” sailboats…
SunStone Orders Third Expedition Cruise Vessel at CMHI Yard
Miami-based SunStone Ships has declared option number two at CMHI shipyard after signing a long-term charter contract with Victory Cruise Line for the vessel, with a total of three newbuilds now under construction at the Chinese yard.A press release from the manager of passenger ships across the globe said that it originally placed one firm contract and nine options on Ulstein deliveries of expedition cruise vessel designs and equipment packages back in 2017.All ten vessels are part of SunStone Ships’ series of vessels in the ‘INFINITY-class’.
Polyflake Coatings Protect Against Chemical, Mechanical and Galvanic Corrosion
After several Trinity megayachts experienced degradation of aluminum materials in the sea chest and exhaust piping, Capt. Dirk Sachse looked for a new solution versus cutting out the exhaust and replacing.“There were various theories out there, including galvanic corrosion” said Capt. Sachse, master of M/Y Themis, a 156-Trinity.“We did our own metallurgical tests and it was all 5083, 5086 good quality pipe, just as specified on the drawings. It was verified good stuff, but prone to breaking down under a certain temperature.”Capt.
RC44 Coming to Porto Montenegro
The Porto Montenegro Yacht Club has announced the RC44 Championship Tour which will kick-off the 2019 season in Montenegro, from April 10-14. This prestigious tour of one design boats began in 2007 and brings together sailing and business, allowing amateur helmsmen to compete with some of the world’s top sailors in some of the world’s most beautiful locations. The RC44 boats are a light weight construction, made entirely of carbon with a powerful sail plan to make exceptional downwind and upwind performances…
Aquila's New Models at the Biograd Boat Show
At the upcoming Biograd Boat Show, October 18-21, Master Yachting will feature the new Aquila 44, four-stateroom option.On the Aquila 44, you will enjoy the 360˚ view from the spacious salon and galley that features a large seating area, hidden TV stowage and plenty of storage to make a live-aboard or cruising easy and pleasant. Galley features include Corian countertops, electric fridge and freezer, stove, and stainless-steel microwave oven as well as a double stainless-steel sink. The large staterooms each feature ample headroom and large windows for excellent views.