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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.

Lubrizol opens additives plant in China

Lubrizol Corp. is opening an additives manufacturing facility in Zhuhai, Guangdong, China, the company’s latest investment in China. Construction on the 400,000-square-meter (1.41-million-square-foot) site began in October 2010. The plant will offer select additive component manufacturing and additive package blending. In the coming years additional capabilities and capacity will be phased in to meet market…more

Marina Industries Association names Australian winner of training scholarship

The Marina Industries Association said the winner of the Bellingham Marine Australia Advanced Marina Management Scholarship is James Thompson, marina manager at the Sydney Boathouse. The award is offered as an incentive for those in the marina industries to further their education and advance their career. It covers the cost of the AMM course, which…more

Efforts to broaden sailing coursed through San Francisco summit

The unofficial theme of the 12th International Sailing Summit, which took place Aug. 18-20 in San Francisco, was how to draw more women, youth and diversity to the sport. A diverse lineup of speakers — including two female sailors, an African American keynote speaker and a young kiteboard champion — helped give about 80 attendees…more

Middle East boating market struggles after recession

The United Arab Emirates’ boat and yacht industry still hasn’t bounced back from the market crash that gripped the global economy five years ago. Ross Gill, regional sales manager at Al Futtaim Marine, told the Gulf News the industry was recovering, but wasn’t experiencing growth like other sectors in the local economy. “The housing markets…more

International Sailing Summit under way in San Francisco

The International Sailing Summit opened Sunday night with a welcome reception attended by more than 70 sailing industry leaders from around the world. The event continues today and Tuesday at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. “The best minds of the industry come here to increase their knowledge, learn tools to improve their…more

America’s Cup defender faces cheating accusations

As the chase for the America’s Cup continues in San Francisco Bay, a buildup of bad news could make for an ugly finish to the fabled yacht regatta. On the heels of troubles from a series plagued by soaring boat costs, a scarcity of challengers, a crash that killed a crewmember, intense rules disagreements and…more

South Florida paddleboarders finish 16-hour trip for charity

Four South Florida watermen crossed the Gulf Stream on paddleboards last weekend in a Crossing-For-A-Cure Challenge to raise public awareness and money to support the battle against cystic fibrosis. At times fighting fatigue, heavy seas and 9-foot swells, the paddleboarders completed the 90-mile journey in 16 hours. Two chase boats and a paramedic followed the…more

America’s Cup boats found to be illegally modified

After an inquiry, Oracle Racing and Ben Ainslie Racing were found to have used illegally modified boats in America’s Cup World Series races held between June 2012 and last April. The AC45s that were used to race are a class of 45-foot training yachts used in previous world circuit regattas, and they have not raced…more

Taiwanese builders fight luxury yacht tax

Yacht builders in Taiwan have urged the administration of President Ma Ying-jeou to stop listing recreational yachts as luxury items, saying a sales levy on luxury goods is damaging efforts to revitalize the industry. Each new yacht order can lead to 100 jobs, a visiting delegation from the Taiwan Yacht Industry Association told the Legislative…more

African-American syndicate withdraws request for America’s Cup injunction

African Diaspora Maritime Corp. withdrew its motion for a preliminary injunction to stop the America’s Cup. New York Supreme Court Judge Barbara Kapnick last week ordered the motion permanently withdrawn per an agreement reached between African Diaspora Maritime and the Golden Gate Yacht Club, according to court filings. Neither side had any comment. The order…more

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