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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.

Mexico checks San Diego anglers for passports

San Diego-based sportfishing boats have recently been encountering problems with the Mexican government over passports. Last week, the Mexican navy boarded and detained three sportboats off Cedros Island. Passengers were checked for passports. The captain of a Mexican navy boat told one of the sportboats to leave Cedros because one of the anglers did not…more

Sales to China could boost superyacht market

As China’s super-rich grow richer they need new toys to play with. Now some are betting that superyachts will be the next big thing for Chinese millionaires who want to show off their bling. “There’s no question that Chinese have the appetite and the deep pockets for a thriving yacht culture,” Traugott Kaminski, China CEO…more

U.S. backs Canadian seizure of fishing boat

The State Department said Tuesday that Canadian border officers were within their rights when they seized an American fisherman’s boat and fined him $1,000 for fishing in Canadian waters without registering at customs. In a statement, the State Department said the Canada Border Services Agency was acting within “long-standing regulations” by penalizing Roy M. Anderson,…more

International marina conference under way in Australia

Under the banner of “new horizons,” the Marinas 2011 International Conference and Exhibition opened today in Australia. “Delegates and exhibitors have been expressing their satisfaction with the conference program and with having 45 exhibitors to discuss business with. Allowing for the number of day delegates, the MIAA expects there will be 300 participants in Marinas…more

Bradford Marine builds containment booms in Bahamas

Bradford Grand Bahama Ltd. is now manufacturing containment booms at its shipyard in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. These floating containment booms can be used for containing oil and other pollutants on the surface of the water. “We are very pleased to be able to build these products in the Bahamas,” Bradford Marine Bahamas president Paul…more

Simpson Marine completes its largest order in China

Simpson Marine announced it signed a contract to supply a fleet of 33 Lagoon sailing catamarans to a customer in China. The fleet will comprise a mix of Lagoons ranging in size from 40 to 62 feet and will be used by Tiger Club World to introduce its members to the pleasures of yachting. “This…more

Asia Boating Awards announced in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong yachting scene figured heavily at this year’s Asia Boating Awards, which were held May 6 at the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show. Richard Beattie, owner of the McMullen & Wing custom build Big Fish, received the award for Most Innovative Yacht Design of the Year, for Big Fish. In the Asian…more

Chinese yacht builders are growing quickly

China’s economic growth has resulted in flush times for the country’s emerging yacht industry. A half-dozen or so Chinese yacht builders are now competing against established Western builders like Azimut Yachts, Ferretti Yachts, Princess Yachts International, and Brunswick for wealthy consumers on the mainland, according to a report in Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Although the number of…more

Northwest export program gets certification guidance

In a step toward helping participants in the Snake River Boat Builders Export Program obtain CE Mark Certification, Netherlands-based Rulefinder.net has created a guide specially designed for them. The Clarkston, Wash., and Lewiston, Idaho, program was established in the spring of 2010 to export welded-aluminum jet boats to the European Union. Eight jet boat manufacturers…more

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Japan focus is on supply chain

Manufacturers have been running with stock supplies, but they worry about future availability of components Editor’s note: This is a look at where some manufacturers stood in April – about a month after the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 11 that devastated a large area of Japan. With thousands dead, 14,000 missing and a…more

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