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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.

Sailing Hall of Fame set to name 2013 inductees

Emmy Award-winning sailing commentator Gary Jobson will announce the 10 sailing inductees to the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame for 2013 at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Block Island Race Week in Rhode Island. Joining Jobson, who was inducted in 2011, will be Hall of Fame board member Philip Lotz, who will provide an…more

Shipping summit heads to Dubai in 2014

The Mare Forum Shipping Summit will be held in Dubai in 2014 for the first time. The event focuses on the whole world, but emphasizes the Middle East and the global economic shift from West to East, according to Trade Arabia, a business news publication. “We recognize the importance of the Mare Forum in promoting…more

Solar-powered 102-footer stops in Miami

The world’s largest solar-powered boat made its first stop in the United States at Sunset Harbour Yacht Club in Miami, South Florida’s only five-star green marina. The scientific expedition to study climate change set sail from La Ciotat (France) on May 23 and will dock in 16 cities. In only 22 days, the vessel broke…more

Boaters irked by new Alaska customs rules

A new director of Customs in Skagway, Alaska, is creating confusion for boat owners in Canada’s Yukon Territory because of new registration and reporting rules that don’t seem to be written anywhere. The rules affect about 250 Yukoners who have bought and registered boats in Alaska and moor them in Skagway. “We’re ready to go,”…more

Report sees yacht boom in China by 2020

The number of yachts in China will increase to about 100,000 in 2020 from about 3,000 last year, with the value of China’s yacht business estimated to be 50 billion yuan ($8.16 billion) by then, the China Cruise and Yacht Industry Association said in its annual report, which was released in May. The government’s support…more

Artemis Racing will miss early Cup racing trials

Back on the water training on an AC45 after losing teammate Bart Simpson in a capsize of its AC72 last month, America’s Cup team Artemis Racing plans to have a new AC72 on the water by early July and race in this summer’s Louis Vuitton challenger series, although the team likely will begin racing late.…more

Luxury yacht market sees gains in India

India’s market for luxury boats and yachts has grown by about 10 percent in the last three years, a period signified by the slowest economic growth in decades. Phiroze Contractor, managing director of Ava Marines, a yacht dealer and an operations and maintenance provider to boats and yachts, says the city of Chennai alone accounted…more

Yachts International debuts charter-yacht digital magazine

Yachts International magazine released Private Yacht Vacations 2013, an online selection of charter yachts available worldwide. The online publication is available now and features available yachts broken down by locations, including the Caribbean and Bahamas, the Americas, Pacific and Mediterranean. It also an introduction to the charter lifestyle and gives those new to yacht charter…more

Engine builder plans facility in China

Wärtsilä Yuchai Engine Co. Ltd., the joint venture by Wärtsilä and Yuchai Marine Power Co. Ltd., began construction of its new production facilities with a groundbreaking ceremony in Zhuhai City in the Chinese province of Guangdong. The agreement to establish the joint venture was signed in December 2012. The company will manufacture medium-speed marine engines…more

Report faults captain in British cargo ship grounding

A report released Wednesday by Britain’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch found multiple causes for the April 3, 2012, grounding of the 270-foot, 1,750-ton cargo ship Carrier in Llanddulas, North Wales. The report notes that cargo was being loaded while the weather deteriorated amid repeated warnings of approaching gale-force winds by the U.K.’s Meteorological Office, beginning…more

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