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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.

Australian navy ship nabs Somali pirates

An Australian navy ship captured Somali pirates who fired on a supertanker near the Horn of Africa before a navy helicopter blew up their skiffs. HMAS Melbourne, which destroyed the pirates’ boats, was patrolling as part of a multinational anti-piracy task force, according to Business Insider Australia. Nine men were arrested after a Seahawk helicopter…more

Australian marine expo returns in November

Several boatbuilders are planning world debuts Nov. 1-3 at the Gold Coast International Marine Expo in Australia. This year’s expo marks the release of new models from Clipper Motor Yachts, Alaska, Quintrex, Integrity Motor Yachts and Stefan Boating World. Expo spokeswoman Emma Milne said it’s encouraging to see the number of international marine brands that…more

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Riviera names manager for Belize brand

Australian boatbuilder Riviera appointed marine industry veteran Doug Nelson as offshore business manager for Belize motoryacht production. The company said that Nelson, as a veteran large project marine executive, has a passion for high-quality fit out and finishes. Coupled with his extensive international experience, he brings with him a wealth of manufacturing, design and marine…more

Lone American on Cup winner set to speak in Rhode Island

Sail Newport will host Rome Kirby, the Rhode Island-based member and only American on Oracle Team USA, in an event to talk about the team’s comeback to win the 34th America’s Cup. The event will take place Nov. 1 at the Jane Pickens Theatre in Washington Square, Newport, R.I. Key members of the design, shore…more

Former America’s Cup yacht will be recycled

Boeing and Oracle Team USA, winner of the 34th America’s Cup, are collaborating to recycle 7,000 pounds of carbon fiber of USA-71, a yacht built for the America’s Cup campaign in 2003. The hull and mast of the racing yacht will be processed and repurposed, a first-of-its-kind effort for what could be the largest carbon…more

Ocean Alexander consolidates Asian boatyards

Alexander Marine, the builder of Ocean Alexander yachts, is expanding its manufacturing facility in Taiwan and closing its yard in China. With nine new-boat sales during the summer, Alexander is expanding its manufacturing capabilities in Kaohsiung. Trends have shown an increase in sales of larger-size yachts and the Taiwan yard will expand to meet the…more

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Benefit in Bermuda will honor fallen Cup sailor

The Andrew Simpson Gold Cup Benefit is set to take place Thursday in Bermuda during the Argo Group Gold Cup. Sailing stars from the America’s Cup and Argo Group Gold Cup will attend the 7-10 p.m. fundraising event to honor the life of Simpson, affectionately known as “Bart,” and raise funds for the Andrew Simpson…more

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Boaters in Vegas protest closure of Lake Mead

Boaters in Las Vegas couldn’t take to the waterways after the government shutdown, so they took their boats to the street instead. Boaters staged a protest of Lake Mead’s closure by towing their boats Sunday evening down Las Vegas Boulevard, otherwise known as “The Strip,” as tourists stared and pointed, according to the Las Vegas…more

No unemployment report for September

The U.S. Department of Labor is not issuing jobless numbers because of the government shutdown. The closely watched numbers will not be issued because only three employees are working in the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Labor Department spokesman Stephen Barr told the Associated Press. The Bureau of Labor Statistics website has a message telling visitors…more

Defender accepts Australian club’s America’s Cup challenge

The Australia-based Hamilton Island Yacht Club challenged for the 35th America’s Cup and was accepted by the Golden Gate Yacht Club, the defender and trustee of the world’s oldest sporting trophy. For the last three decades, the Hamilton Island Yacht Club has run Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, which has become the largest annual regatta…more

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