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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.

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

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

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