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BATI Transports 2 More Yachts to Qatar

BATI, member of XLProjects, transportation team has picked up their pace with 2 more yachts shipped from TURKEY to QATAR. The shipment has been performed with flat racks from the port of Izmir to Doha. The yachts were an exact fit to a flat rack with a length of 12 meters. The yachts were 4 meters high and 4 meters wide with 20 tons each. The shrink wrapped beauties are loaded with caution and secured with proper engineering with lashing equipment’s.

2018 Palm Beach Show by Lisa Overing

Forecast: Pretty Palm Beach Boat Show

The 34th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, March 28 - 31, 2019, is one of the top five boat shows in the country. Situated on Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach, directly across the Intracoastal Waterway from Palm Beach Island, this is the last major international show of the season, attended by serious shoppers and key brokers and builders ready to make deals.With beautiful spring weather, Palm Beach is fast becoming everyone’s favorite, must-attend event, with some opting to skip the two February boats shows in Miami this year.

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 RMKMS

RMK Merrill-Stevens introduces electronics division.

The refit on the Miami River continues as RMK Merrill-Stevens Shipyard (RMKMS) introduces a marine electronics service and sales division led by David Gratton, past chairman of National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). Gratton is an expert outfitting megayachts with complete electronics systems, having serviced and installed equipment on thousands of vessels with Martek of Palm Beach, which closed in 2018. During his tenure at Martek and on NMEA’s board, Gratton pioneered…

The newest Hargrave is a 120-foot motor yacht for Galati. Photo courtesy Hargrave Custom Yachts

Hargrave Yachts seeks investor

Michael Joyce, 75, whose family trust owns the Hargrave company, will move Hargrave Custom Yachts into a standalone corporation in 2019. Seeking capital to grow the company, Joyce seeks a financial partner to supply secured lines of credit for a half-interest in Hargrave Custom Yachts.“The investor needs a secured credit line minimum of $27 million,” said Mike Joyce. “About $50 million would take the company to the next level.”Joyce plans to retire upon teaming with a new financial partner…

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Interview: John Canada, President, Ocean5 Naval Architects

John Canada founded Ocean 5 Naval Architects in 2007, arguably the worst time in history to start a maritime company as the industry was just entering the worst downturn in a generation. But more than 10 years later, and with the industry still in recover mode, Canada and his company are still standing. Ocean5 has become synonymous with sportfish, luxury, performance and composite high speed small craft naval architecture, and the company’s international presence is founded on patrol craft…

Silent 64 (Photo: Silent Yachts)

World's First Solar Yacht Debuts

With energy conservation and emission reduction mandates sweeping through traditional commercial maritime sectors, Silent Yachts is seeking to get a leg up in the luxury sector with the world's first and only oceangoing production yachts in the world that are fully solar sustainable and exclusively powered by solar energy. After 5 years of testing, Silent Yachts was officially launched in 2009 and this year it showcases its vessel featuring solar power engines, which reportedly has performed well during the day and during the night, in all weather conditions.

Natalya 86 (Photo: Yacht & Villa)

Yacht & Villa Appoints New Central Agency

Yacht & Villa has announced their appointment as Exclusive Worldwide Central Agents listing for the Natalya 86 currently under construction at the AvA Yachts based facility in the Antalya Free Zone in Turkey. The Natalya 86 presents a superb opportunity for an owner to have a brand new 26m long-range, aluminium motoryacht finished to their own requirements and delivered in 2018. Currently being built on spec by AvA Yachts, the Natalya 86’s hull and superstructure are complete with interior completely ready for fitting out.

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BWA Yachting Renews Pact with International SeaKeepers

BWA Yachting, a  provider of marine agency services to superyacht owners and their crews, has renewed its partnership with The International SeaKeepers Society. The aim of the partnership is to increase participation from yachts in assisting with ocean research, conservation and education. The partnership enters its second year with an emphasis on the DISCOVERY Yachts Program, which utilizes private vessels for marine research, educational outreach, and to deploy oceanographic instruments.

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ICOMIA Marinas Group Welcomes D-Marine as Member

Marina design and operations specialist, D-Marin, has joined the International Council of Marine Industry Associations’ (ICOMIA) Marinas Group. D-Marin is a Doğuş Group company that was established to set a new benchmark in design and operations of marinas, a sector it believes has high development potential within the yachting industry. By managing 10 unique marinas in the Ionian, Aegean & Adriatic Seas, D-Marin has created one of the largest international chain of marinas in the Eastern Mediterranean…

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Yacht Charter Market to Cross USD 50bln by 2020

Yacht charter market is set to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.5% through 2020, says Future Market Insights in its research report. Yacht charter market revenues were estimated at US$ 37 billion in 2015, and by 2020, the market is expected to surpass US$ 50 billion mark. A renewed interest is being witnessed in spending on leisure and entertainment, giving a fillip to the global yacht charter market. The economic downturn of 2007-08 had a dampening effect on the yacht charter market…

L-R Michelle Hitchcock, Head of Business Development at MDL Marinas Ltd, John Hogen, Chairman of the GMI, and Can Akaltan, General Manager at Cesme Marina (Photo: ICOMIA)

First Ever Female Certified Marina Professional Awarded

The ICOMIA World Marinas Conference in Amsterdam (17-19 November 2016) provided the ideal backdrop for the presentation of the latest two Global Marina Institute (GMI) certificates. Michelle Hitchcock, Head of Business Development at MDL Marinas Ltd, was awarded the Certified Marina Professional (CMP) certificate. Hitchcock is the first woman in the world to be accredited as a CMP, since its inception in 2012. Designed to recognize the skills and experience of those working in the marina sector, but not directly managing marinas, Hitchcock  is the perfect candidate to receive this accolade.

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Rolls-Royce to Deliver MTU Engines to Bilgin Yachts

MTU Turkey has signed a contract with Istanbul-based Bilgin Yachts for the supply of six MTU engines. These will be deployed to power two 47.6-m Bilgin 156 motor yachts, as well as the largest yacht ever built in Turkey in its class – the Bilgin 263. Bilgin Yachts recently won the construction order for the 80.1-m superyacht from a long-standing customer. It will be powered by twin MTU 16V 4000 M63R engines. Bilgin also decided to embark on the construction of two 47.6-m motor yachts – each of which will be powered by an MTU 12V 2000 M72 unit. MTU is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

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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.

HHL Valparaiso lifting the 900 metric ton and 63.1 meter long megayacht M/Y Irimari into the sea (Photo: HANSA HEAVY LIFT)

Megayacht Launched from Cargo Ship in Turkey

Cargo ship HHL Valparaiso’s two 700 ton cranes have lifted a new luxury yacht built by Sunrise Yachts from the dock to the sea for its world premiere in Antalya, Turkey. HANSA HEAVY LIFT has used two of its on-board cranes, which have a combined lifting capacity of up to 1,400 metric tons to maneuver the 900 metric ton and 63.1 meter long megayacht M/Y Irimari into the sea. “This was a very sensitive heavy lift operation that required special engineering expertise at each stage, from planning to execution,” said Emek Takmaz, Project & Transport Engineer, HANSA HEAVY LIFT.

Volvo Ocean Race fleet

Abu Dhabi: Volvo Ocean Race fleet departs for China

Abu Dhabi, one of the most spectacular stopovers, after hosting  Volvo Ocean Race for the second time from December 12, 2014 until January 3, 2015, waved farewell to the Race fleet as they set sail for the third leg to China. They were pursued by Dongfeng Race Team (China) and Team SCA (Sweden), the all-female crew who won the Abu Dhabi in-port race. Officials, business leaders, public figures, residents and tourists gathered at Abu Dhabi Corniche breakwater to bid farewell at the official departure ceremony of the toughest round-the-world sailing event.

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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.

Piracy Offshore Africa: Securing a Continent

The late Nelson Mandela once said: “I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.” At the EU-Africa summit in Brussels last month, European leaders urged their African counterparts to facilitate that dream by shouldering more of the security burden in their countries, both onshore and offshore. The summit coincided with reports of renewed piracy activity in the Gulf of Aden; ongoing attacks on shipping in the Gulf of Guinea, and explosions and mass arrests in Kenya, all serving to underline the scale of that challenge.

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New Generation Trawler Boats

The timeless appeal of the classic trawler-style motor yacht evokes dreams of passage-making, long-range, bluewater cruising and an era of elegance with underlying endurance. Open-water cruising requires yachts that are built tough, equipped with the technology to operate safely in all conditions and the comforts of home for satisfying the family and friends onboard. There are some exciting launches in the trawler-style segment at this year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS)…

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Curvelle Super Yacht Quaranta Launched

Incat Crowther nnounced the launch of new super yacht, Quaranta. Developed by Curvelle and built in Turkey, Quaranta demonstrates many of the advantages of a catamaran platform as applied to a super yacht. As the vessel’s name suggests, the vessel offers comparable interior space to a 40 meter monohull yacht, but with lower power requirement, reducing capital and operating costs. To deliver the project, Curvelle founder Luuk van Zanten assembled a team of experts, including builder Logos Marine and Lila–Lou of London, who designed the vessel’s striking interior and exterior.