Italy

Furuno Establishes Italian Subsidiary

Furuno Electronic Co., Ltd. announced a new subsidiary in Italy has been established on November 8, 2013 and will commence its business operation from January 1, 2014 onward. In Italy, Arimar S.p.A. has hitherto been handling the marketing and sales activities as well as technical service provision as Furuno’s national distributor. The new subsidiary, Furuno Italy S.r.l. (FIT) will be Furuno’s wholly-owned subsidiary company in Italy whose main task is to further enhance the sales activities as well as technical service provision scheme in the local market, which is viewed as one of the most important geographical locations with remarkable market potential in Europe. Not only does Italy have one of the largest shipping communities in the world, in terms of ship registration, but it is also one of the world’s leading shipbuilding as well as operating nations for cruise ships, in particular.

WESMAR Adds Dealer in Italy

Italy is a region marine electronics and equipment manufacturer WESMAR has served with its roll fin stabilizers and its stainless steel counter rotating bow and stern thrusters for many years. Today, WESMAR announced a further expansion into the Italian market with the appointment of Yachtalia of Massa, Italy, as its newest international dealer. Yachtalia joins a network of hundreds of WESMAR dealers around the world. The company is situated on the Mediterranean Sea between the western coast of Italy and the islands of Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily. According to WESMAR’s International Sales Manager Michael Vourtsis, Yachalia will work closely with WESMAR’s Southern Europe Operations Manager Pierre Marachel. Italy has been number one in the world for the production of large yachts for 10 years, WESMAR said.

Marimecs Introduces the Manta Series Yachts

Engineered and designed by Dutch Naval architecture firm Marimecs B.V. the Manta series of full-displacement semi-custom long range yachts built in steel and aluminium combine Dutch engineering and design with Italian flair and craftmanship. With a focus on transatlantic range and excellent sea-keeping qualities, quiet operation, low fuel consumption, no-nonsense reliable systems, stability, the Manta series combines Superyacht luxury with true ocean-going capability. Built on Italy's North Coast at the Eurocraft facility in Savona to Lloyds Classification…

Image: Marimecs B.V.

Terranova, Dahm Settling a New Dealership

Europe-wide exclusive sales representation for new build explorer motor yachts. Dahm international, member of the DEUTSCHE YACHTEN, Superyachts Germany working group, and Terranova Italian Yachts have announced their newly agreed Europe-wide exclusive sales representation for new build explorer motor yachts from 68‘ to 115‘. Both companies are recognized for their commitment and passion for super yachts and yachting. In April 2015, Terranova was taken over by new owners and re-named Terranova Italian Yachts, a 100 percent Italian company continuing its path and further improvements.

Terranova 85 (Photos: Dahm International)

IAG Superyacht King Baby on the Water

Chinese shipyard, IAG Yachts, has successfully launched the beautiful 140-foot motor yacht King Baby, destined for an experienced yachtsman. "King Baby" is IAG Yachts' largest motoryacht build to launch so far. She stretches 140-feet while the other two yachts were 100 and 127-feet respectively. The exterior design is by a firm named REDS out of Italy. In fact, they did the interior as well. The yacht should go into charter service once completed and was built for a rather experienced American owner.

King Baby. Photo: IAG Yachts

Carnival Cruise Line Returns to Europe

Carnival Cruise Lines is to return to Europe next year with its biggest ship ever, the 3,936-passenger Carnival Vista. The Doral-based cruise line revealed details about the new 133,500-ton vessel. The ship, which starts sailing in May of 2016, will include the first IMAX Theatre at sea, an onboard brewery, a suspended open-air cycling ride called SkyRide and a family-focused hangout area. Indoor and outside seating will be available at some restaurants, a new feature for the line. For the first time in three years, Carnival will have a ship stationed in Europe when Vista launches in Italy.

Carnival Vista, Image: Carnival Cruise Lines

Riva Aquarama Lamborghini Fully Restored

The Riva Aquarama Lamborghini has been fully restored to its original condition and launched. Built 45 years ago for and commissioned by Ferruccio Lamborghini, founder of the superb Italian sports car brand, the fastest Aquarama in the world is once again ready to cast off. A piece of maritime and automobile history has been restored. For years the runabout was stashed away in the corner of a boatyard, hidden under old tarpaulin and above all, hidden from the world. Enthusiasts were aware of the existence of Ferruccio Lamborghini’s Riva Aquarama…

Marinevac Adds New Operator in Florida

Marinevac, specialists in the cleaning of vacuum toilet systems on board private and commercial vessels of all sizes ranging from yachts to cruise ships and naval vessels, announce new links with GC Marine Inc. and Pines Marine Consulting LLC, both established businesses in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Marinevac has been operating in the Mediterranean for several years from their base in Palma, Mallorca. As part of the company’s expansion plans, Marinevac USA LLC will now be offering the Marinevac unique method of removing scale build up from marine waste systems. David Pines and Guy Clifford will be heading up the operation with the support of their local team. Marinevac USA LLC said it will be in a position to offer its new service on the U.S. Eastern seaboard, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean from June 2014, a busy time in the yachting calendar for performing preventative maintenance.

New Zero-emission Yacht Tender From Italy's Green Yachts

The new zero-emission tender is constructed in composite materials with wood structures & is powered by an electric outboard. The special propulsion system allows the tender to be easily stored in garages or on the swimming platforms of yachts. With its electric engine the tender can cruise for over 1 hour at cruising speed and 20 minutes at full speed with 3 person onboard. An additional powerpack will further increase the range of the tender. Easy access onboard comes thanks to an increased hull size making a stern underwater step.

Green Yacht Tender: Photo credit Green Yachts

Windstar Debuts All Suite Power Yacht

Today at a christening ceremony in Nice, France, Windstar Cruises debuted Star Breeze, the second of the fleet’s three new all suite power yachts. The christening ceremony and pier-side champagne celebration mark the luxury yacht’s introduction to the Windstar fleet, and the start of its inaugural voyage through France, Monaco, and Italy. Wendy Perrin, TripAdvisor's first-ever Travel Advocate and the founder of WendyPerrin.com, was honored as Godmother of the yacht, successfully breaking a traditional bottle of champagne over the bow in front of a crowd of 250 guests…

Star Breeze

Peak Shipping Season Is Approaching For United Yacht Transport

Spring is the busiest season for United Yacht Transport, the North American leader in boat transport. The international boat transporters are set to complete various shipments in the upcoming months. In the beginning of the year, the company did an incredible job making a shipment in the Mediterranean region. As a result, they will now be setting sail on more voyages across the globe. Some of the locations United Yacht Transport will be traveling to in the next few months include Italy, Mexico, Canada, Turkey, Spain, and St. Thomas.

Image: United Yacht Transport

US Hoists Partners with Boat Lift

US Hoists Corporation of Calverton, New York has teamed up with Boat Lift SRL of La Morra, Italy to provide the marine industry with marine hoists and shuttle machines. As the North American representative, US Hoists will provide parts and service domestically for Boat Lift customers. Boat Lift’s standard design includes 90-degree steering system with electronically synchronized winches; sliding lifting points and remote control equipped with display and remote assistance service.

Photo: Boat Lift

Naples, Italy, Venue for 2013 America's Cup World Series

The best yacht sailors in the world will return to Naples, Italy from April 16-21 for the first America’s Cup World Series event of 2013. Naples originally hosted the America’s Cup World Series in April 2012, drawing over 500,000 spectators on site, with the racing on the water highlighted by a spectacular debut from the Italian Luna Rossa Challenge team, who won the fleet racing and finished in second place in the match racing. The America’s Cup World Series features up to 11 of the top sailing teams in the world…

America's Cup World Series Contestant: Photo credit CCL Team NZ

Fincantieri Italian Flair Continues to Dominate Cruise Sector

In the cruise ship sector, the Fincantieri name is no stranger, having since the early 1900s built some of the most appreciated liners, including the legendary transatlantic Rex, built in Genoa, winner of the Blue Riband in 1933. Nowadays, cruise remains its core and Fincantieri is famous for its gigantic cruise ships; in 2013 the company delivering three. But it has diversified in recent years to ensure its future. Recent studies calculate that the European shipbuilding industry can count approximately on the 7% of new global orders…

Giuseppe Bono, Fincantieri CEO: “We won basically all the new prototype cruise ships projects in 2012. We have the determination to maintain this excellent result”

ISA Establishes U.S. Office

Edward R. On 10 May 2013, International Shipyards Ancona (ISA) announced the grand opening of its North American operations with an office at the Portside Yachting Center on at the 17th Street Causeway in Fort Lauderdale. It was auspicious timing for ISA as the day marked its 12th anniversary. ISA President of Sales and Marketing, Marcello Maggi, was on hand at a celebratory cocktail party at the Bimini Boatyard Restaurant with brokers, press, and members of South Florida’s marine industry to discuss on- going activity at the shipyard in Italy as well as new marketing initiatives.

Edward R. Sacks

iSeaglobal Offer Mediterranean Yachts Faster Broadband

iSeaglobal says its new upgraded ku band network supplies up to 25 Mbps broadband speed in the Mediterranean. This service, especially tailored to provide internet access on mega yachts, is designed on a 5 satellite constellation which allows an ideal back-up on the MED area. The suppliers explain that high quality Internet connection and multimedia content delivery on mega yachts have become one of the main requirements for yacht owners. Today, most yachts require high speed, flexible, reliable, efficient and continuous connectivity for the owners, guests and crew.

Sat Jumper software: Image iSeaglobal

GAC Pindar Named Official Logistics Provider for Foiling Week

GAC Pindar has been appointed official logistics provider for the inaugural Foiling Week event, to take place on Lake Garda, Italy from July 4 – 10. Foiling Week is a new event dedicated to foiling (‘flying’) boats, their designers, builders and athletes. Three events will run during the course of the week, The Moth National Open Championship, the TFW Core Event with forums, races and on water tests, and the final Full Foiling Catamaran Race. GAC Pindar currently provides logistics support for a range of inshore and offshore sailing campaigns and events…

GAC Pindar Takes Care of Sailboat Foiling Week Logistics

GAC Pindar says it was appointed official logistics provider for the inaugural Foiling Week event, currently taking place on Lake Garda, Italy from 4 – 10 July, 2014. GAC explain that Foiling Week is an exciting new event dedicated to foiling (‘flying’) boats, their designers, builders and athletes. Three events will run during the course of the week, The Moth National Open Championship, the TFW Core Event with forums, races and on water tests, and the final Full Foiling Catamaran Race.

Foiling boat: Photo GAC Pindar

Fincantieri Active in Megayacht Repair & Construction Sector

Maintenance of megayacht 'Eclipse' at the Trieste San Marco shipyard recently completed, other projects on hand. In the four weeks work, 70 workers were employed in the repairs and refitting of the megayacht 'Eclipse'. With the drydocking of  the “Eclipse”, Fincantieri confirms its presence in the high value megayacht sector in which they already boast the delivery in 2011 of  134m MY “Serene", which they claim is the largest most luxurious and technologically advanced craft ever built in Italy.

'Eclipse' in Trieste: Photo credit Fincantieri