International News

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.

Australian company unveils new propeller line

Australian propulsion specialist Veem launched its latest range of precision-engineered propellers designed for the production boat market. Veem said the new range, named the R-Series, is targeted at manufacturers looking for a superior-quality, fully machined prop, but at a competitive unit price. The R-Series uses the company’s unique single setup and “true 5-axis robotic CNC…more

Sailing federation releases offshore safety guide

The International Sailing Federation recently released the Guide to Offshore Personal Safety for Racing and Cruising. The guide will provide reading for sailors undertaking the ISAF Offshore Personal Survival Course, which equips them with the knowledge to be safe at sea and prevent and deal with emergencies. The handbook provides information to accompany the course.…more

Submersibles are a hit with superyacht owners

Yacht owners already have lots of toys, ranging from jet skis to on-board helicopters, and now they’re finding submersibles to be an irresistible lure. Leisure submersibles aren’t yet completely autonomous submarines with ocean-cruising capabilities, but with a typical dive-time capability of six to eight hours, they offer the privileged few a way to explore the…more

Monaco Yacht Show eyes economic turning point

It is always questionable at the Monaco Yacht Show what the bigger spectacle is: the superyachts in the glittering waters of the Port Hercules, teak decks shimmering in the sun; or the customers who come to shop, hoping to drop their next 100 million euros on a floating palace. Where boats are concerned, nothing is…more

MaxSea debuts new website

MaxSea International launched a new website that is available in English and French. The site includes clean tabs leading to the online store, product information, personal services, support and a blog, according to MaxSea. It also features product information regarding software, charts and modules, with dedicated pages for TimeZero features that include PhotoFusion, 2-D/3-D Chart…more

Speed record set on San Francisco Bay

The first certifiable 1-mile sailing speed record on San Francisco Bay was set Friday by l’Hydroptere DCNS. A race committee under the authority of the Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco Bay and the San Francisco Bay Area Multihull Association declared a preliminary 1-mile speed record of 37.5 knots (43.2 mph / 69.5 kph), based…more

Oldest message in a bottle found after 98 years

A Scottish skipper set a new world record after finding a message in a bottle 98 years after it was released. Andrew Leaper’s discovery beat the previous record for the longest time a bottle has been adrift at sea by more than five years, according to BBC News. And he found the bottle while skippering…more

Singapore seeks to attract more marine industry workers

Wages in Singapore’s marine industry could be changed to help offshore marine companies attract and retain workers there. The pay structure could be altered to give rank-and-file workers higher basic pay while lowering typically high variable bonuses, according to The (Asia) Business Times. Lawrence Wong Lynn Kan, senior minister of state for information, communications and…more

Baltimore readies for increased Panama Canal commerce

When supersized container ships start coming through the expanded Panama Canal in 2015, Baltimore will be one of the few ports on the East Coast ready for their business. Baltimore has added four new giant $40 million cranes to accommodate the supersize ships, according to The New York Times. It will be a “major win”…more

Italian government starts tax raids on yachts

With a public debt of nearly 2 trillion euros, Italy is cracking down on tax evaders and luxury yacht owners are prime targets. Tax police are launching dockside raids to see how individual tax files line up with owning and maintaining an expensive boat, according to a National Public Radio report. In response, many boat…more

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