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The marine industry is a global enterprise. Builders, dealers, marinas, equipment manufacturers and other businesses are found worldwide, and there are major boat shows on all continents.

Yacht stuck in ice sheet in Antarctica

A sunken 76-foot powerboat in Antarctica, now trapped under ice, is the subject of an eerie photo making the rounds on the Internet. The photograph was taken this week by Ruslan Elisleev, a mechanic and navigator for the Russian Antarctic Expedition in Maxwell Bay. Four Brazilian men who were touring the remote area in a…more

German U-boat located off Nantucket

Divers have discovered a World War II-era German submarine nearly 70 years after it sank under U.S. attack off Nantucket, Mass., according to an Associated Press report. U-550, was found by a privately funded group that includes members who had been searching for the sub for two decades. Using side-scan sonar, the team located the…more

British sailor breaks trans-Atlantic sailing record

British solo sailor Alex Thomson smashed the single-handed monohull trans-Atlantic record — by more than 24 hours — crossing the finish line Thursday at Lizard Point, off Falmouth in Cornwall, England, in time to get back for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London today. The 38-year-old crossed the line at 18:17…more

Nimble, durable carbon-fiber boat protects against pirates

A new boat designed to escort cargo ships through pirate-infested waters is the first vessel of its kind to take advantage of nanocomposite materials. The LRV-17 is the creation of Zyvex Marine, a division of nanotechnology company Zyvex Technologies. It’s the first crewed boat to be built from Arovex, a carbon-fiber reinforced plastic that’s enhanced…more

NMMA launches new export program

The National Marine Manufacturers Association announced a new export development initiative that expands and formalizes existing international efforts and offerings for its members. The new program helps NMMA members better connect with emerging international growth opportunities and realize untapped potential in the international market. Nearly 96 percent of consumers live outside the United States, creating…more

Lionfish charity tournament held in Bahamas

Bimini Sands Resort & Marina on South Bimini in the Bahamas said its second annual Lionfish Bash, which was held July 13-15, helped to raise about $25,000 for The Woody Foundation, a Miami-based non-profit organization that was created to aid spinal injury patients. A total of 345 lionfish were caught during the event, which was…more

Carmanah Technologies agrees to South American project

Carmanah Technologies Corp. said it entered into a $10 million non-binding letter of agreement with one of its master distributors for the procurement, commissioning and installation of aids to navigation within a broader significant marine project on a major navigable waterway in South America. Carmanah declined to announce the location at this time. The agreement…more

British students design foldup boat

The Foldboat, an origami-like boat that folds into a backpack-size package for easy storage and transportation, recently hit the British market. Priced at 800 British pounds, or $1,250, the Foldboat was designed by students Max Frommeld and Arno Mathies at London’s Royal College of Art. The plastic contraption becomes a small rowboat when it is…more

Alabama boatbuilder gains overseas contract

Alabama-based Silver Ships received a contract to build two oil spill service boats for Saudi Aramco to operate at its waterborne facilities in Saudi Arabia. Each of the boats is a 48-by-16-foot bowloader with an air-conditioned pilothouse, push knees and all-welded aluminum construction, according to Silver Ships. The propulsion package will include twin Cummins QSB5.9…more

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Exports remain a bright spot

Despite the eurozone instability, overseas markets are rich in potential for U.S. boatbuilders In recent years, many U.S. boatbuilders have focused on ramping up exports, a trend driven in part by watching competitors offset sagging domestic sales in 2007 and 2008 with robust overseas volume. But just as these companies were poised to explode into…more

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