Philippines

Photo: Edward Lundquist

Cachet Covers & a Boy's Fascination with Ships

Like many boys, Charles. F. “Bud” Kirby, Jr. loved ships. He had drawings, models, pictures, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks. And, as his son, Don, recently learned, he had cachet covers of submarines.Bud would send stamped envelopes to the Electric Boat Company that he had addressed to himself in Watertown, Mass. These envelopes would be stamped with a commemorative cachet and then appropriately cancelled at Groton, Connecticut, where the EB shipyard was located, or on the ship if it had been commissioned.Each ship has its own post office, and its own cancellation stamp.

Fairline Hong Kong Partners with Simpson Marine

Fairline Yachts announced in June 2018 that Simpson Marine would act as a new dealer partner for Hong Kong and the Philippines. With almost 35 years’ experience and twenty offices in seven countries, Simpson Marine is Asia’s leading yacht sales and services company. The regional head office for the group is situated in Hong Kong, which is also home to the company’s senior management and technical marine services team.In Hong Kong, Fairline was recently announced its express-cruiser F-line series. Other Fairline yachts popular in Hong Kong are the Targa range and the Squadron flybridge models.

Equanimity (File photo: Oceanco)

Luxury Yacht Seized in Money Laundering Probe

Indonesian police on Thursday questioned the captain and crew of a luxury yacht in Bali at the request of U.S. authorities, probing alleged money laundering at a Malaysian state fund, they said. The yacht was impounded in Bali on Wednesday amid a multi-billion dollar corruption investigation launched by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and tied to Malaysian state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Police seized the yacht, Equanimity, after receiving a letter on Feb. 21 from the U.S.

Broadwater Marine under New Ownership

Broadwater Marine, the largest yacht chandlery in the Philippines, announced today that it has been purchased by Australian businessman Peter Baird. With close ties to the local boating community, Baird has lived in the Philippines on his 75 foot motor vessel for over six years. An avid boater, diver, passionate family man and successful businessman with a proven track-record, Baird looks to bring his values to expand Broadwater Marine. Hoping to add a fresh new direction to the business, Baird’s initial focus will be on increasing the company’s exclusive offerings.

Photo: Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Clipper Yacht Race: Making The Turn

Strong winds in the Da Nang New Discovery of Asia Race have led to some thrilling racing conditions for the Clipper Race fleet, with teams recording speeds of over 32 knots near the virtual mark at the most southern point of the course. The choppy sea state presents its own challenges for the crew but as the front runners begin their journey north, conditions are expected to ease slightly over the next couple of days as a high develops off the south of Japan. As Derry~Londonderry~Doire continues to lead the fleet, GREAT Britain and Garmin are in an ongoing battle for second place.

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.

Yacht Race from Hong Kong to the Philippines

Approximately 34 yachts are expected to participate in a race from Hong Kong to the Philippines will take place from April 16-21, GAC said in its daily Hot Port News report. The race will commence on Wednesday, April 16 at 1:20 p.m. off the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter. It will follow a route through the eastern harbor and Tathong Channel to the east of Waglan Island, thence to the Philippines. Masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels navigating in the vicinity of the race route should proceed with caution, giving practical consideration to the contestants.

International Council of Yacht Clubs Commodores’ Forum

Last hosted by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in 2006, the forthcoming 8th ICOYC Commodores’ Forum will features a week of activities packed with six business sessions and socials events as well as a partner program. As John McNeill, President of the ICOYC describes, “These forums are an opportunity to engage in discussions with peer clubs on issues and opportunities of mutual interest and discover how others may deal with the same challenges from time to time. “The importance of this event cannot be underestimated and the Club is very proud to again be playing host.” adds RHKYC Commodore, Joachim Isler.

FURUNO Accredited Another Training Center

VERITAS Maritime Training Center  in Manila has joined the FURUNO NavSkills network of training centers. Since December 2012, VERITAS MTC has provided FURUNO type specific ECDIS training to navigators under the FURUNO NavSkills training contract. Under the NavSkills agreement VERITAS MTC will accommodate a total of six training workstations: Four ECDIS FEA-2107 workstations and two next generation, state-of-the-art FMD-3200 workstations with three training instructors certified by FURUNO to conduct FURUNO type specific ECDIS training. VERITAS MTC is a part of Epsilon Hellas (Overseas) Ltd. and was established in January 2012.

Cruise Ship Held in Dublin Over Alleged Fuel Bill Arrears

Ireland's High Court orders arrest & detention of cruise ship 'MV Princess Danae' for unpaid US$94,000 bunker fuel bill. The MV Princess Danae, which has a capacity to carry more than 800 passengers and crew, is registered in Madeira and flies the flag of Portugal. In the High Court, Mr Justice Roderick Murphy said he was satisfied to issue a warrant under a 1952 International Maritime Convention allowing for the arrest and detention of the Portuguese registered cruise ship, reports the 'Irish Independent'. The arrest and detention order was sought by Italian registered firm Omega Bunker SRL…