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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.

Asia Boating Awards honors international builders

The ninth BMW Asia Boating Awards 2013, organized by Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating, was held March 29 at the Intercontinental Hotel Serenity Coast Resort in Sanya, China, and honored international builders at a gala dinner. “The Asia Boating Awards are unique in that they bring together international and Asian yacht builders, as well as…more

Company recruits chefs for superyachts

Gladstone Park Chefs is advertising the services of its Michelin Star “chefs-for-hire” via Yachtingpages.com. Gladstone Park Chefs, of London, began marketing to the superyachters when four superyacht owners approached managing director John Bowman-Baker looking for on-board chefs, Yachting Pages marketing executive Kerry O’Neill said in a statement. “He spotted a niche and jumped right in,”…more

Australian trade conference names speakers

The Marine 13 International Conference and Trade Exhibition, which will be held April 28-30 in Sydney, Australia, will feature 96 speakers from nine countries and 47 sessions. Darren Vaux, chairman of the Boating Industries Alliance Australia, said in a statement that the number and quality of speakers reflected the scale and importance of Marine 13…more

German builder launches world’s largest motoryacht

A new yacht that the German luxury boatbuilder Lürssen launched Friday is now the largest motoryacht in the world. Its name is Azzam and at 590 feet it earns bragging rights in the world of mega-rich megayacht owners by officially bumping Roman Abramovich’s yacht — the 536-foot Eclipse — from its No. 1 ranking. Lürssen…more

Job growth weak, but unemployment ticks down in March

The U.S. economy added 88,000 jobs in March, and the nation’s unemployment rate edged down to 7.6 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The government said employment grew in professional and business services and in health care but declined in retail trade. The number of unemployed people fell to 11.7 million from…more

Pirate attack kills 21 fishermen near Bangladesh

At least 21 Bangladeshi fishermen from three trawlers were killed and 10 more are missing after an offshore attack by pirates in the Bay of Bengal, according to multiple press reports. The bodies of the fishermen, all of them with their hands and legs bound, were found floating at an anchorage about 20 miles east…more

Cruise line pulls TV ads after controversial scene

Viking River Cruises pulled its ads from a U.K.-based drama series after an episode showed a boat fire moments after a commercial for the European cruises. The detective show “Broadchurch,” which has attracted 7 million viewers, had a key plot development that involved a boat set on fire at night and left to drift in…more

Asia Boating Awards will be handed out Friday

The boating market in the Far East continues to grow and draw the attention of Western manufacturers seeking market share. The annual Asia Boating Awards was created by Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating magazines in 2005. The aim is to recognize the best of the high-end yachting industry in Asia and internationally, and the awards…more

Tiger Woods’ yacht gets a challenge from ex-wife’s boyfriend

The news media might be reading more into it than is warranted, but it does make for an amusing photograph. “So, how does Elin Nordegren’s new boyfriend size up to Tiger Woods? Billionaire’s yacht overshadows golfer’s boat in Florida marina,” reads a headline in Britain’s Daily Mail. Among celebrity gossipers, the ex-wife of the golfing…more

GARY JOBSON: Time to cap Maryland’s excise tax on boats

I have been in the marine industry for nearly 40 years here in Annapolis. I applaud the General Assembly’s initiative to address the tax on boats. The General Assembly has an opportunity this year to give a big boost to Maryland’s struggling marine industry while also generating additional tax revenues for the fund responsible for…more

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