South America

Volvo Penta Powers Tour Boats in Beagle Channel

The company, Los Yámanas S.A. – who offers sea excursions in the Beagle Channel – is using Volvo Penta Inboard Performance System (IPS) to power two of their tour boats. Tours start from Ushuaia, the capital of Tierra del Fuego – an island at the southern tip of South America. It’s long been known as the southernmost city on Earth and is one of Argentina’s top destinations. Passengers can expect to have a taste of the wild, including a trip to see the penguin colony at Martillo Island and take in the breathtaking beauty of…

Davide Breviglieri, CEO of_Azimut Yachts do Brasil at the Azimut boatyard in the state of Santa Catarina. Image: Azimut Yachts

Interview: Davide Breviglieri, CEO of Azimut Yachts do Brasil

With 50 years of history, the Azimut | Benetti Group is recognized as the world’s largest motor yacht builder (global orderbook 2019). For nearly 10 years Azimut has been producing a wide range of luxury motor yachts in Brazil. Maritime Reporter´s correspondent in Brazil interviewed Italian executive Davide Breviglieri, CEO of Azimut Yachts do Brasil.Founded in 1969 by Paolo Vitelli, still the main shareholder, the group is present in 70 countries and has a network of 138 sales and service offices…

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New Harbor in the Island of São Miguel (Azores)

On the island of São Miguel, in the Azores, a new harbor has been built by local authorities. The harbor with a capacity of 58 boats is located in Povoação, on the south eastern side of the archipelago’s largest island.The initiative taken by the local Municipal Authority of Povoaçao wascarried out with the objective of promoting nautical tourism in this area of the island as well improving conditions for local boaters. The execution of the design, manufacturing and installation…

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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…

Hurtigruten has plans for cruises to a wide range of new destinations, including the Norway Fjords, Svalbard, Russia, South America and Antarctica. Photo: Hurtigruten

Cruise Shipping: 'Green Cruising' with Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten orders third hybrid-powered expedition cruise shipGrowth in the global cruise sector continues, as Hurtigruten, the world’s largest expedition cruise operator, signed an MOU with shipbuilder Kleven Verft AS for the construction of a third hybrid-powered expedition cruise ship. Tom Mulligan, Maritime Reporter’s Science & Technology writer, reports from Norway.“We are thrilled to introduce yet another revolutionary hybrid-powered expedition ship,” enthused Hurtigruten’s CEO, Daniel Skjeldam.

The first of Hurtigruten’s new hybrid powered expedition cruise vessels, the MS Roald Amundsen, under construction at the Kleven Yard in Ulsteinvik, Norway: delivery is expected in May 2019. (Photo: Tom Mulligan)

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.

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MARCOM Opens Florida Service Center

With the recent opening of its new service station in Florida, Trinidad & Tobago based MARCOM says it is ready to expand service assistance and faster coordination of spare parts to customers whose vessels call ports in the Caribbean, Central and South America and the Southeastern U.S.MARCOM was  founded  in 2004 by a team of marine electronic engineers, legal advisers, economists and master mariners who came together to offer sales and services to the marine electronics industry.

British Volvo Ocean Race Crewmember Lost at Sea

A British Volvo Ocean Race crew member who fell overboard in the Southern Ocean is presumed lost at sea, organisers said on Tuesday. John Fisher, 47, had been competing with Hong Kong entry Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag on leg seven of the race from Auckland to Itajai in Brazil and was reported missing in extremely rough seas on Monday. The 65-foot yacht's location was some 1,400 nautical miles west of Cape Horn, and 1,200 miles from the nearest safe landfall in South America. The nearest competitors were 200 miles away downwind.

Palladium Announces VP of Business Development

Palladium Technologies has  announced the addition of David Arnold as its Vice President of Business Development. For 15 years, Arnold has been involved in the Luxury Residential, Commercial and Marine/Aviation markets with relation to IP Automation and Control solutions. As the recent V.P. of International Business at Savant Systems LLC., Arnold setup the Distribution and Field Engineering for the company and also developed and managed all B2B relationships in the International markets. Those markets included Australia, New Zealand, ASIA, EMEA, Russia, South America, Central America /Caribbean and Canada.

Mercury Marine Opens Training Center in Brazil

Mercury Marine, a manufacturer of recreational marine propulsion engines, has opened a new million-dollar training center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, designed to offer a learning environment for Mercury Marine dealer and service center technicians. The new 5,300-square-foot (500 square meters) facility is equipped with electronic diagnostic tools, computers and processes that highlight the company’s commitment to the environment. The new training center can accommodate 16 students at a time and will host approximately 20 classes per year.

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Fast and Furious Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet, battered but unbroken as they battle through the Southern Ocean, face the toughest 48 hours of the nine-month marathon, reports Reuters. It is now heading for Cape Horn in southern Chile, a graveyard for countless sailors since it was first used as a trading route in the early 17th century. Cape Horn, at the southern-most tip of South America, is regarded by sailors as the most iconic and feared landmark in the world. What makes it so challenging? It's cold, it's bleak and it's dangerous. Its home to biblical storms and gale force winds, making visibility difficult.

Commanding Officer of STS Young Endeavour, Lieutenant Commander Gavin Dawe OAM RAN (front, centre), and World Voyage Passage One Youth Crew celebrate rounding Cape Horn on Australia Day 2015.

Australian Tall Ship Rounds Cape Horn

The Royal Australian Navy operated Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour rounded Cape Horn on Australia Day, 36 days into a 12-month circumnavigation of the world. Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO, CSC, RAN congratulated the 36 seafarers on board the square-rigged tall ship, including 12 Royal Australian Navy crew and 24 alumni crew specially selected for the passage. Vice Admiral Barrett said the passage around the southernmost tip of South America remained one of the most challenging nautical routes on the planet, and was a significant achievement for the crew of Young Endeavour.

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Young Endeavour Sets Sail on World Voyage

The Royal Australian Navy operated Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour set sail from Sydney today for a 12-month voyage, circumnavigating the globe. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Darren Chester, attended the departure from Fleet Base East, and spoke with members of the Royal Australian Navy crew and the 24 young Australians who will sail the ship on the first leg, to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. "The navy crew and young Australians who set sail from Sydney today represent every Australian state and territory.

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KVH Boosts Mini-VSAT Capacity in S. America

KVH Industries, Inc. announced major capacity increases for its mini-VSAT Broadband network at the OilComm conference in Houston today. The capacity upgrades on key South American beams have resulted in as much as three times the forward and return link capacity for KVH’s maritime VSAT customers in the area. One upgrade has boosted coverage and performance for several key markets in Brazil: the oil and gas industry, whose major production and exploration activities are centered offshore…

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…

Navionics Introduces New Boating App

Cartography Leader Releases Award-Winning App on Windows Store for Tablets and PCs. Navionics, the leader in content and location based services for the recreational boating and outdoor markets, has announced  its award-winning mobile app, Navionics Boating, is now downloadable on Microsoft Tablets and PCs. Available for free from the Windows Store for devices operating Microsoft Windows version 8.1 or higher, Navionics Boating offers the same great cartographic detail found on GPS chartplotters and is packed with functionality including navigation tracking…

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Carkeek Improves Winning 40-FT Racing Sailboat

Reflecting the growing interest in the 40ft race boat scene on a global, national and, in many cases, local level, the new and improved Mk2 version of the Carkeek C40 is attracting substantial interest say the designers. The outstanding track record of the Mk1 C40s such as Steve and Heidi Benjamin’s Spookie and Stephen Murray’s Decision delivered over the first two years of racing has built a level of enquiries which has surprised even the Carkeek design office, who have tapped directly into a wellspring of enthusiasm for sailing very fast, fun boats of this particular size.

Mark-4 (left) and Elite-4 from Lowrance

Lowrance Introduces Elite-4 and Mark-4 HDI Series

Lowrance announced the newest addition to its Elite and Mark family of compact fishfinder and chartplotter products, the Elite-4 and Mark-4 Hybrid Dual Imaging (HDI) series. The new HDI units feature built-in GPS antenna, high-definition mapping options and the Lowrance exclusive Hybrid Dual Imaging technology that combines Broadband Sounder and Downscan Imaging. Replacing previous Lowrance Elite-4 and Mark-4 models, the larger and super-bright Elite 4.3-inch color and Mark grayscale displays have 70 percent more pixels and 36 percent more useable screen area.

Designed for transoceanic voyages, The MCP Hemisphere 140 Raffaella II is the largest yacht built in Brazil to date and the largest aluminum yacht ever constructed in South America.

Seatorque Boosts Brazilian Superyacht Performance

Brazilian superyacht builder MCP Yachts has credited Seatorque Control Systems for contributing to the outstanding performance of its latest launch – the Hemisphere 140 Raffaella II. Incorporating Seatorque’s unique enclosed drive shaft system, the 43-meter aluminum vessel, powered by twin Caterpillar C32 1825 HP engines, achieved a top cruising speed of 22 knots during sea trials with an 85 percent load and 167 metric tons displacement, reported MCP president Manoel Chaves. The vessel features a pair M3-400 single-piece Seatorque shaft systems…