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Black Shark - Night render (Photo: NOBISKRUG GmbH)

Black Shark Sails Through Another Milestone

The custom built hull for NOBISKRUG’s 77-meter Project Black Shark has arrived the at the shipyard’s Rendsburg facility. The towing of the hull from Kiel to Rendsburg marks a significant milestone in the new build project.It took the power of two tugs to haul the hull from the Kiel facility on the shores of the Baltic Sea, setting off at 10am in the direction of Rendsburg. Black Shark’s hull passed through locks before entering the Kiel Canal where it spent three hours travelling at the maximum speed of 8 knots.

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Galati Yacht Sales Upgrades Lifting Capacity

Galati Yacht Sales, in Anna Maria, Florida, recently increased their yard’s lifting capacity to 187,000 lbs. with the installation of a new 85 BFMII mobile boat hoist from Marine Travelift. Their new unit is the fourth Marine Travelift machine this location has had and replaces an older 75 BFM Marine Travelift machine onsite that had a lifting capacity of 165,000 lbs. The additional lift capacity is necessary as customers’ demands for larger boats continue to increase and Galati…

Martin Kits van Heyningen, CEO, KVH, on the manufacturing floor on the day KVH shipped its first TracPhone V11-HTS in April 2019. Photo: KVH

Interview: Martin Kits van Heyningen, CEO, KVH

Connectivity is the backbone of modern maritime operations as ships and boats at sea increasingly become connected. We recently met with Martin Kits van Heyningen, CEO, KVH, to discuss the evolution of communication in the maritime sector and so much more, as KVH is diverse and engaged in a number of markets -- including autonomy for 10 years with work on about 30 different  platforms for self-driving vehicles.To start, give us a “State of KVH” today.We started originally in the leisure market…

Derecktor New York.

Shipbuilding: Diversity Drives Derecktor

Derecktor is a diverse boatbuilding organization, with a multitude of yards and long experience building  hundreds of yachts, workboats and military craft. Its shipyards today include:• Robert E. Derecktor: The company headquarters located 25 miles north of Manhattan in Mamaroneck, NY, and the original Derecktor yard. Today, the site remains as the company’s new construction base, and it also provides repair services for a variety of yachts and commercial craft.• Derecktor Robinhood: Located in Riggs Cove…

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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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Phase 1 Grand Opening for Bowleys Marina

Bowleys Marina has announced the Grand Opening of Phase 1 of its docks rebuild project.The members and Board of Directors of Bowleys Marina has announced the Grand Opening of the $3.2M improvement of the pier facility, on August 24 at 4:30. Many Local officials and associated organizations that assisted with the construction will attend as well. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the marina waterfront at 4:30 on the 24th. This project is the largest re-build effort in the marina history.

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Trelleborg Enables Amsterdam Yacht Building

Internationally renowned shipyard, Royal Van Lent, set out to upgrade its existing facilities at the Port of Amsterdam in order to enable the build of increasingly larger luxury super yachts of up to 160 meters in length. As part of the upgrade, Trelleborg’s marine and infrastructure operation has supplied one of its Gina gasket (G150-125) to the facility’s new floating dry dock.Built by de Kok Staalbouw in Heerle – Wouw, The Netherlands, the floating dry dock door was equipped with one of Trelleborg’s Gina gasket to prevent leakage…

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Royal Huisman Takes on Holland Jachtbouw Yard

Royal Huisman, a Dutch shipyard that specialises in the building and repair of sailing yachts, said that it will take over the Holland Jachtbouw facility in Amsterdam for further expansion.The facility, which entered the ownership of the Port of Amsterdam on May 14, will now be leased to Royal Huisman, which will dedicate the yard to its future new-build and refit projects."With the arrival of Royal Huisman, the port of Amsterdam has attracted yet another yacht manufacturer with a Royal Charter…

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Evac Evolution BWMS Gains IMO Approval

The Evac Evolution Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has been granted IMO Type Approval. The system has been designed and manufactured by Cathelco, which has been part of Evac Group since May 2018.The system has been tested to the latest IMO requirements which encompass the revised G8 standard and the recently introduced Ballast Water Management Code which has much more robust definitions of the design limitations of the equipment.The Evac Evolution BWMS is also well on its…

Left to right: Revelin Minihane, Tracy Crocker and Dustin Burrell (Photo: Evinrude)

Evinrude Named Official Engine Supplier of American Magic

Evinrude hasannounced that it has been named Official Engine Supplier of New York Yacht Club American Magic, a professional sailing team and Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup. Evinrude will outfit American Magic’s fleet of chase boats with 300 HP E-TEC G2 engines. In addition, Evinrude will provide the organization’s technical crew with a training course at its Sturtevant facility. Each engine will also be custom wrapped with an American flag-based design.The America’s Cup is the highest prize in sailing, and the oldest event in international sports.

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Four Bertrams at Lauderdale Boat Yard

What possible professional encore exists after being mayor of Fort Lauderdale, the yachting capital of the world, for 18 years? Where do you go from there?For Jim Naugle, the choice was obvious. Nicknamed “Mayor Marine” by insiders who saw the city and its boat show boom during his public service in the city’s executive office from 1991 - 2009, Naugle became a managing partner in Lauderdale Boat Yard (LBY), the former Striker aluminum yacht facility on Marine Mile in Fort Lauderdale.

The new simulation centre will be located at the Lakeside North Harbour business hub, near Portsmouth, UK. Copyright: Lakeside North Harbour

Wärtsilä Enables Innovative Simulation Hub

The technology group Wärtsilä is to supply and configure the software solutions for a new, state-of-the-art, purpose built simulation center being constructed near Portsmouth, England. The center is an expansion of the Maritime Skills Academy’s (MSA) training portfolio serving the Solent region, and is designed to meet the specific simulation training requirements of cruise, ferry and superyacht clients. MSA Solent is part of the Viking Maritime Group, headquartered in Dover, England.

Derecktor Ft. Pierce (DFP) will be a new megayacht maintenance and refit facility in Florida, able to service both the power and sail sectors. (Image: DFP)

DFP: New Florida Yacht Repair & Refit Facility

Earlier this week, after a nearly year-long process, the Ft. Pierce and St. Lucie County and Derecktor Shipyards signed a long-term agreement for the development and operation of a megayacht maintenance, repair and refit facility at the Port.According to Derecktor the new shipyard will be unique in the U.S. as it is reportedly the first facility designed and built specifically toaccommodate power and sailing yachts in the 200 ft. plus range.Derecktor Ft. Pierce (DFP), as the new yard will be known, changes that. It provides direct access from the Atlantic through Ft.

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New Mega-Yacht Repair Center Coming in Florida

St. Lucie County Commissioners approved a 30-year contract with Derecktor Shipyards of Dania Beach to lease land from the county and operate a mega-yacht repair center and refit facility at the Port of Fort Pierce.After a nearly year-long process, the County and Derecktor Shipyards signed a long-term agreement for the development and operation of a megayacht maintenance, repair and refit facility at the Port."The new shipyard will be unique in the U.S. – the first facility designed and built specifically to accommodate power and sailing yachts in the 200 ft. plus range.

U.S. Coast Guard District 7 PADET Jacksonville

Man Rescued from Disabled Sailboat

The U.S. Coast Guard said it rescued a man from a disabled sailboat Wednesday near North Santee Bay in Georgetown.Coast Guard Sector Charleston Command Center watchstanders received a call at 3:11 p.m. from the operator of the Drippe, a 38-foot sailboat, stating he was disabled and drifting towards rocks.A Coast Guard Station Georgetown 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew and a Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched to assist.The RB-M crew arrived on scene and were unable to reach the disabled vessel due to water depth.

Hythe Shipyard in Southampton (courtesy of Fairline)

Hythe Shipyard Opens in Southampton

Fairline Yachts announced the opening of Hythe Shipyard at its new manufacturing facility on the south coast of England. Originally designed and built by the U.S. Navy in the 1950s, the slipway at Hythe was used to launch landing craft that were manufactured at the site. Fast forward half a century and this impressive piece of mechanical engineering has been given new purpose as the only slipway of its kind on Southampton Water.Hythe Shipyard facilities accommodate vessels of up to 950 tonnes and 11.5 meters in beam…

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Columbus Launches 80m Yacht Dragon

Italian yacht builder Columbus Yachts (part of Palumbo Superyachts) launched its current flagship Dragon - the new 80-meter Columbus Classic - in Ancona.Dragon is set to become the largest vessel ever built by Columbus Yachts, featuring impressive interior volume of over 2,100 GT spread over six decks.The vessel with exterior and naval architecture by Hydro Tec and interior by Francesco Guida Design is to be delivered later this year.Dragon joins the Columbus’ outstanding fleet of superyachts like award-winning Sport Hybrid 40 M/Y Divine and M/Y Eleonora 3…

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New Dive Center Opens in Mergui Archipelago

Awei Pila, an exclusive resort set on a remote tropical island, has opened a SCUBA diving center in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago, offering Open Water courses and certification to first-time divers.The Awei Pila Dive Center will provide all levels of PADI diving courses from DSD (Discover Scuba Diving) to DM (Dive Master), which can either be tackled at home by Internet ahead of traveling to the Mergui Archipelago or learned over three to four days at the resort, which lies on a pristine beach just a stone’s throw from hundreds of meters of live coral reefs.Courses can be conducted in English…

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Gulf Craft Unveils Majesty 175

UAE builder Gulf Craft announced that the 54-metre concept Majesty 175 is currently being constructed by UAE builder Gulf Craft at the company’s Umm Al Quwain facility, with her delivery scheduled to the end of 2019.The completion process of the largest yacht “Made in UAE”, is going at a fast pace, said the manufacturer of luxury yachts and fiberglass boats."Originally introduced to the public during the Monaco Yacht Show in 2016, the 54 metres flagship is being built completely at the advanced facility in Umm Al Quwain.