Middle East

2018 Golden Globe Race competitor, Gregor McGuckin, is reunited with partner Barbara O'Kelly onboard HMAS Ballarat, at Fleet Base East, Western Australia. (Photo: Richard Cordell / © Commonwealth of Australia)

Rescued Solo Yachtsmen Heading Home

Two yachtsmen who were rescued during a solo round-the-world race are making their way home.Irish national Gregor McGuckin was brought to Australia on board Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat, which returned to port Monday. The naval ship sent a helicopter to recover McGuckin from a French scientific research station on Amsterdam Island after he was transported there by French Fisheries Patrol Vessel Osiris.Indian Navy Commander Abhilash Tomy, who suffered a back injury…

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Exova Warringtonfire Welcomes Chinese Delegation

Exova Warringtonfire hosted a delegation of senior representatives from the China Cruise and Yacht Industry Association (CCYIA) on Friday, September 7, 2018, to discuss providing testing and certification services to Chinese suppliers of interior materials and products for Chinese-built passenger ships. Exova Warringtonfire is part of Element Materials Technology (Element), a world-class global testing partner.The meeting was proposed by the Department for International Trade…

Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Group Chief Executive Officer of ADNEC  (Photo: ADNEC)

ADIBS Primed as Gateway to $60mln Industry

The changing face of the Middle East’s marine industry and the immense potential of Abu Dhabi’s marine sector will be thrown into the spotlight as the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS) gets underway from October 17-20, 2018. Organized and hosted by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), ADIBS will be a gateway to the unlimited market potential and opportunities of the country’s marine sector, which is currently estimated at US$ 60 billion.Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri…

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New Onboard Hull Cleaning Solution Launched

HullWiper Ltd’s eco-friendly hull cleaning technology is now available as a flexible onboard solution that allows all types of vessels to clean hull fouling on demand.The onboard version of the diver- and brush-free remotely operated vehicle (ROV) gives vessels on a tight schedule the means to perform a partial or full hull clean on a planned rotation, as and when needed. Cruise ships and super yachts can clean at every stop without interruption to their timetables or inconvenience to passengers.The onboard solution…

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Heesen Appoints BehneMar as Middle East Agent

Heesen has announced the appointment of BehneMar as its agent for the Middle East, which will represent the shipyard in United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Bahrain, State of Kuwait, Sultanate of Oman, State of Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Lebanese Republic.Following an increase in demand for superyachts in the region, Heesen has entered a partnership with the Gulf’s leading luxury yacht consultant with offices in Dubai and Riyadh.BehneMar will promote the Heesen brand among its distinguished and select group of clients…

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ACR Electronics Names Delcourt Sales Manager

ACR Electronics, Inc. manufacturer of maritime safety and survival products, has appointed a new sales manager within its Land and Marine Division for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Guillaume Delcourt will focus on expanding ACR’s international sales footprint in these geographic regions as demand increases for its popular range of 406 MHz beacons, AIS man overboard devices, distress lights and other safety products for the recreational and commercial markets. Delcourt brings several years of experience in the marine sector to his new role at ACR…

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Yacht Industry to Reach $51bln by 2020

In 2014, the global yacht charter market was valued at USD 35 billion and is projected to reach USD 51 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 6.5% during the forecast period, according to Market Report. Region wise, Eastern Europe is expected to see the largest growth of 7.2% annually with other regions growing at an average rate of 6.5%. The emerging markets including the Middle East and China are expected to continue growing consistently. The Middle East yacht market has been experiencing an approximate annual growth of 5-10%.

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Fairline Celebrates First Year Under New Management

British luxury boat manufacturer, Fairline Yachts, is celebrating one year since the all-new management team took over the boatyard. Under the leadership of a highly experienced marine industry management team, the company has employed 227 people, launched two new models (the Targa 53 OPEN and Squadron 53), updated the interior finishes across the 48ft model range, added a hardtop option and new interior to the Squadron 65 and unveiled plans for two highly anticipated and completely new boats.

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Torqeedo Eyes Growth in Asia and Australia

With new partnerships, Torqeedo reports it has opened up new markets in Asia and Australia. Power Equipment Pty Ltd. from Melbourne, on Australia’s southern coast, is the new distributor for all Torqeedo products in Australia and New Zealand. Power Equipment holds a strong market position on the Fifth Continent with own subsidiaries throughout the country and a dealer network including Australia's largest naval store, JV Marine World. Power Equipment will introduce Torqeedo’s electric propulsion systems to the Australian market through a large-scale test event on the water.

The VPS Air-Assisted Drive on Docking System from VersaDock, as shown at DIMDEX, courtesy of distributor Marsol International (Photo: Marsol International)

Marsol International Appoints Middle East Distributor for VersaDock

Marsol International has been appointed to expand beyond its current territories as the central Middle East distributor by VersaDock, the UK manufacturer of modular docking systems for commercial, defence and leisure applications. Marsol, which has been the distributor for VersaDock for the last six years, is now expanding its collaboration with VersaDock into the Indian Ocean, including the Maldives and Seychelles. The company will continue to cover the UAE and Gulf States. Based in Dubai, Marsol specializes in commercial and technical marine service solutions for SPM and offshore terminals.

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RINA Expands Luxury Mega Yacht Services

Two luxury yachts recently received the final stamp to join the fleet classified by RINA, a classification company in the Middle East. To celebrate the event a reception was held during Dubai Boat Show on March 2, which was attended by major players in the yacht sector. One of the vessels named DUBAI, classed as a luxury mega yacht, is 162m long. The vessel was designed by Winch Design and will sail under the UAE flag. DUBAI is ranked as being the third largest and most luxurious mega yacht in the world today. The second vessel classed by RINA is QUATTROELLE, an 86m yacht.

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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.

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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.

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Fairline Appoints Sales & Marketing Director

Fairline has announced Douglas Culverwell as its new Sales and Marketing Director. Douglas will be responsible for Fairline's global sales and marketing operations, leading Fairline’s international sales team and managing its worldwide dealer network. Douglas brings a wealth of global marine industry knowledge and experience acquired over the last 17 years. Douglas joined Fairline a year ago as Regional Director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Fairline, Douglas worked for boat distributors and manufacturers across the world.

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Yemen Rolls out Maritime Security Zone

Yemen is establishing a maritime security zone along the country's 2,500 kilometre-long coastline to deter illegal immigrants from entering the country, reports The Middle East Monitor. The zone encompasses around 30 per cent of Yemen's territorial waters as determined by internationally-agreed limits, says the head of the Yemeni Coast Guard, Brigadier Ahmed Subhi. Coast Guard personnel are patrolling around the clock to maintain the secure waters. According to Subhi, the illegal migrants to Yemen usually originate in Africa.

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New STS900 Chiller Delivered to Trinity Yachts

Dometic Marine, a division of Dometic Group, has signed an agreement with Trinity Yachts, LLC to provide the high-capacity Dometic STS900 chiller for Trinity’s TO62 vessel, a 194-foot superyacht. The new STS900 is a chiller for yachts up to 200 feet, providing 75 tons of cooling capacity and 75 kilowatts of heat. It offers advanced features to adjust to extreme seawater temperatures, regulate water flow through the system, reduce stress on the boat generator, simplify maintenance and ensure optimal operation.


Omniyat, Dubai Maritime Break Ground on Seafront Site

Omniyat Group has broken ground on ANWA by Omniyat, a new seafront development that will b visible from the sea in Dubai Maritime City. At the ANWA ground breaking, Dubai Maritime City revealed its new ambitious plan for the marine destination that will have 53 mixed-use projects, hotels, shopping malls, restaurants and 10 fascinating parks. The groundbreaking ceremony was conducted by H E Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman, Dubai Maritime City and Mahdi Amjad, Omniyat Group’s Executive Chairman and CEO, along with other senior officials from Dubai Maritime City and Omniyat Group.

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Dijhuizen Named Petersen's Business Development Manager

Petersen Stainless Rigging Ltd (Petersen) has announced that Aries Dijkhuizen has joined the company as Business Development Manager. Dijkhuizen will be involved in all aspects of business management at Petersen including business development, client services and planning with special responsibility for product development. Aries brings to Petersen more than two decades of experience in product and sales management in the marine and commercial rigging industries. “We are very pleased to welcome Aries…

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GAC Pindar Extends Logistics Contract

GAC Pindar has secured a three-year extension of its contract with the global Extreme Sailing Series  to manage the complex worldwide shipping of the Series’ Extreme 40 boats, equipment and support materials. Andrew Pindar, Director of GAC Pindar, commented: “Our business model of bringing together our knowledge, understanding and passion of sailing together with the strength and reach of GAC shipping and logistics has seen us become established as the provider of choice for an ever increasing range of sailing events since we started out four years ago.