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CG Continues Search for 2 Missing Boaters in Florida

The Coast Guard is continuing its search for two overdue boaters from Panama City, Fla. Thursday.Overdue are Gerald Cook, 81, and Peter Cook, 55, and four of their dogs aboard the 52-foot yellow steel vessel Rom'e.Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami received the initial call from family stating a father and son were traveling from Panama City to Vero Beach, Florida by the Okeechobee Waterway and were scheduled to arrive Tuesday.Coast Guard rescue crews who have been involved…

Sanlorenzo Americas Names New CEO

Marco Segato has been appointed CEO of Sanlorenzo Americas, the division that has aided in the Italian superyacht-builder’s expansion in North, Central and South America for the last 10 years.The  Italian shipbuilding company company said that Marco Segato, formerly Vice President of Sales of Sanlorenzo Americas since 2014, held important positions in the field of strategic consulting and business development Having developed a great wealth of experience in the boating sector, Segato has also been made a shareholder of the US company and will further build upon the growth achieved by Sanlorenzo Americas.Sanlorenzo Americas…

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Dream Yacht Charter Opens in Panama

Dream Yacht Charter has announced the opening of the new charter cruising region in Panama’s San Blas archipelago with over 350 beautiful and mainly uninhabited islands waiting to be explored. This new region will offer skippered, all-inclusive crewed yacht and by the cabin charters.Panama is a diverse country where you can explore lush tropical rainforests to the cosmopolitan Panama City. One of the treasures of this country, located off the northeast coast, is the San Blas Islands, home to and governed by the Guna tribe.

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Kramer Promoted to MarineMax District President of North Florida

MarineMax has promoted Aaron Kramer to District President of North Florida. In this position, he will oversee all MarineMax stores in North Florida including MarineMax Gulf Shores, MarineMax Pensacola, and MarineMax Panama City Beach.Kramer joined MarineMax in 2012 at MarineMax Houston. He has gradually moved through increasing roles of responsibility eventually managing MarineMax Gulf Shores. Most recently, Kramer was the General Manager of MarineMax Venice where he and his team achieved the utmost success for the past three years.

Photo of Emerald Coast Marine Center post Michael by Alex Hensley

Florida’s Panhandle Hammered by Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael slammed into Florida’s Panhandle on Wednesday, October 10 as a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph, the strongest storm ever recorded. Originally forecast as a Category 2, Michael gained far more strength than originally anticipated, putting Panama City on the western side of the eye. Making landfall at Mexico Beach, Michael wreaked havoc and destruction on homes, boats and marinas in its path.With widespread devastation and grid outages across Florida’s Panhandle…

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UK Court Orders Russian Oligarch to Hand Over Superyacht in Divorce Fight

A Russian billionaire has been ordered by a court in London to hand over a 350 million-pound ($500 million) superyacht to his wife as part of Britain’s biggest-ever divorce battle.Justice Haddon-Cave at the High Court ruled that Farkad Akhmedov, 62, had used evasive and underhand tactics to keep the yacht beyond the reach of the English courts and avoid paying his wife, Tatiana Akhmedova, 41.The 377-foot "Luna" was bought by Akhmedov in 2014 from fellow Russian oligarch and Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich.The court heard that the yacht, currently in Dubai, is the second largest ex

KVH TracPhone V7-HTS System Delivers Maritime Broadband

An advanced, 60 cm marine satellite antenna system designed to consistently deliver the fastest data speeds globally to the maritime market will be unveiled tomorrow by KVH Industries, Inc., at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, in Florida. The TracPhone V7-HTS achieves data download speeds of up to 10 Mbps, three times faster than current 60 cm models on the market, including KVH’s own system, and fast enough to enable the streaming of HD-quality content at sea. In addition, to further meet the demands of increased data usage at sea…

Murray Bishop, Superyacht Services Manager

GAC Pindar Expands Bishop's Role

GAC Pindar has expanded the scope of the role filled by Murray Bishop, its Superyacht Services Manager, to serve as a single point of contact for logistics and shipping support for the global luxury yachting community. Murray’s role will centralize and simplify contact and invoicing for superyacht clients, and he will coordinate the unique package of GAC solutions for the world’s superyachts. Murray’s colleague Mimi Maniati will continue in her role as yacht fuel trader. “We have…

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

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.

Ebola Fears Hit the Maritime Market

Brazil, Argentina and the United States have tightened port entry procedures for ships that have sailed from West Africa in a bid to control the potential spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Ebola has killed more than 3,400 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and its spread has become a global concern -- with worries for trade, which could affect the airline and tourism industries together with seaborne activity. The virus is already threatening to disrupt logistics activity…

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1923 Schooner Replica Completes Sailing Trials

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) announced that the Columbia (ESG Hull 981) a steel hull exact replica of the historic Gloucester Fishing Schooner, has completed her sailing trials. The sailing trials were held on September 18, 2014 directly offshore of the beaches of Panama City, Florida. Ninety-one years earlier, the original Columbia was officially measured on October 27, 1923 just before her race with the Bluenose by Raymond J. Milgate, a marine surveyor of Halifax, N.S. The original Columbia was a 141’ classic wooden hull Gloucester Fishing Schooner built at the historic A.D.

ESG Replicates Historic Schooner 'Columbia'

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) informs that a steel hull replica of the historic Gloucester Fishing Schooner COLUMBA has been launched at its Panama City, Florida, shipyard with employees, dignitaries and guests in attendance. The original COLUMBIA was a 141’ classic Gloucester Fishing Schooner built at the historic A.D. Story shipyard of Essex, Massachusetts, which was the center for North American Fishing Schooner construction. At the christening ceremony, Brian D’Isernia, owner of Eastern Shipbuilding Group spoke about the journey of bringing the COLUMBIA back to life…

ohn Hemingway poses next to photo of grandfather Ernest Hemingway at the Bimini Big Game Club Resort.

Hemingway Joins Anglers for Upcoming Wahoo Smackdown V

Following in the footsteps of his famous grandfather, author John Hemingway this year has run with the bulls in Pamplona and will be soon fishing the big game grounds off Bimini—the same tiny Bahamas out island where Papa Hemingway chased marlins and tuna aboard his beloved Pilar in the 1930s. In November, John Hemingway will return to Bimini, this time chasing speedy Wahoo as Grand Marshal of the popular Wahoo Smackdown V series, hosted by the historic Bimini Big Game Club Resort and Marina in Alice Town.

Outer Reef Yachts to Open Cartagena Retail Center

Designers, constructors and sales source for long range motor yachts, Outer Reef Yachts, says it will have a premier sales center located in Cartagena de Indias - the Colombian seaport area, and heart of Caribbean commerce and tourism. Outer Reef’s Latin American sales team, located in this new retail center, will be led by the area’s representative and active community leader, Jaime Borda. The Cartagena area was particularly attractive to Outer Reef as it is a growing center for business, tourism, and the hub of the Caribbean yachting community, as it is close to turnkey service facilities and overall commerce.

Glenda Meryl

Tanker Rescues Three following Yacht Fire

Sunday, March 30, during the night, M/T Glenda Meryl (jointly owned by d'Amico and Glencore and managed by Ishima ship management) rescued all the American crew of the stricken sailing yacht Even Star. The crew had taken to the ship's liferaft, abandoning the yacht which was in danger of sinking after a fire on board. The Glenda Meryl was sailing towards Panama when the USCG asked the vessel's master to take part in the salvage operation. The three crewmen from the yacht are now safely onboard the tanker Glenda Meryl and they will be disembarked at the next port. Capt.

Tanker Rescues 3 US Sailors 50m off Panama

The U.S. Coast Guard said it coordinated the rescue of three sailors aboard a sinking sailboat approximately 50 miles south of Balboa, Panama, at approximately 5:23 p.m., Sunday. The sailors, whose vessel was reportedly taking on water for several days, were rescued by the 600-foot motor vessel Glenda Meryl, an AMVER system vessel. Watchstanders from the 11th Coast Guard District rescue coordination center in Alameda, Calif., were notified at approximately 4:15 a.m. Sunday of a distress signal from a U.S.-registered 406 MHz emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) that was traced to the 42-foot Even Star.

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Grand Circle Cruises Buys 'MV Corinthian'

Vince Cook, CEO of Grand Circle Cruise Line, informs that the company has acquired the 'M/V Corinthian', a 98-passenger, ocean-going vessel that currently operates in Antarctica. They had chartered the ship for the past year and intend to expand the Corinthian's operations with the launch of three new small ship cruise itineraries in 2015. The ship was acquired for an undisclosed price from Travel Dynamics International, an operator of educational programs aboard small cruise ships…

Obituary: Norman N. DeJong, Naval Architect, Innovator

DeJong & Lebet, Inc. announced that Norman N. DeJong passed away on November 7, 2013. Norman was 75 years old at the time of his passing. Norman was one of the founding partners of DeJong & Lebet, Inc., Naval Architects, in 1983 in Jacksonville, Florida. He was born in Blokker, Noord Holland, the Netherlands, immigrating to the US after earning a BS in Naval Architecture at HTS Haarlem in 1959. He worked at Phillip F. Spaulding in Seattle, and NASSCO in San Diego before moving to Jacksonville, FL to work at Gibbs / Aerojet General in 1963.

John Giglio

Giglio Guides Freedom Boat Club Through Rising Tide of Growth, Expansion

When Freedom Boat Club launched in 1989, perhaps its most difficult task was convincing wary prospects that it was more than a marketing gimmick or unworkable pipe-dream. The biggest question the upstart company faced: Could the concept work? Freedom Boat Club, based in Venice, Fla., has deftly navigated through various challenges and obstacles over the years. There have been numerous adjustments and improvements to its operations, procedures, training and customer service. “We have learned a great deal through years of experience,” said CEO John Giglio.