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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.

Love Boat makes her farewell voyage

The MS Pacific, the 554-foot cruise ship made famous in the popular 1970s television show “The Love Boat,” has sailed its final voyage, to a ship-breaking yard on Turkey’s Aegean coast. Known as the Pacific Princess on the show, the 13,500-ton ship will be stripped for its metal and parts, Ersin Ceviker, of the Ship Recyclers’ Association of Turkey,…more

SeaFair announces partnership with Active Interest Media

Expoships, the owner and operator of the luxury exhibition megayacht SeaFair, announced it is expanding its show profile through a partnership with Active Interest Media, the AIM Marine Group and Show Management. The alliance will present The Club at SeaFair as the official Yachts International VIP venue during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show from…more

America’s Cup goes green with ‘Clean Regatta’ pledge

Sailors for the Sea is partnering with the 34th America’s Cup to provide advice and support about minimizing the race’s environmental impact and to educate participants and fans about the importance of preserving coastal and ocean health. As the official Clean Regattas partner to the event, Sailors for the Sea has worked closely with the…more

Wartsila hosts SUNY Maritime College training ship in Italy

Wärtsilä hosted the State University of New York Maritime College and its cadets aboard the college’s training ship during a recent visit to Trieste, Italy. The students were part of the second term of the annual Summer Sea Team. The ship, the Empire State VI, was welcomed to the Trieste harbor by Wärtsilä leaders, who…more

Australia debuts boating and fishing marketing campaign

Australia launched an industry-wide recreational boating and fishing campaign last Friday at the Sydney International Boat Show. The campaign, dubbed “I Fish, I Boat and I Vote,” is designed to raise the awareness and impact of the boating and fishing industries. The campaign was launched just weeks ahead of the Australian federal election, according to…more

Unemployment dips to 7.4 percent in July

The U.S. economy added 162,000 jobs in July, 26,000 fewer than during the previous month, but the unemployment rate edged down to 7.4 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The jobless rate was the lowest since December 2008. Reuters said the government’s report sent mixed signals that could make the Federal Reserve…more

Beckson Marine adds Canadian sales rep

Beckson Marine signed CGW Associates as a new rep group that will cover Quebec and the maritime provinces of Canada. “Beckson builds a quality product and we’re pleased to be associated with them,” Charlie O’Connor, of CGW Associates, said in a statement. “They’re wonderful people to work with and are well-known for their great customer…more

Tom Cruise and son sail with America’s Cup team

Actor Tom Cruise and his son Connor visited the America’s Cup Summer of Racing, watching the fastest racing yachts in the world compete on San Francisco Bay. The two Cruises were the guests of Emirates Team New Zealand for its Louis Vuitton Cup race against Luna Rossa Challenge, according to the America’s Cup website. New…more

Researchers identify 17th century shipwreck off Maryland

Working and pleasure boats have plied Maryland’s waters for centuries and untold numbers of wrecked or abandoned ships are hidden in the state’s rivers and bays. One suspected underwater site that initially was mapped in 1994 was re-examined this summer by Scott Tucker, an archaeologist and doctoral candidate from the University of Southampton in the…more

Somali pirates protect illegal fishing ships off Africa

Frustrated by a string of failed hijacking attempts, Somali pirates are turning to a new business model: providing “security” for ships illegally plundering Somalia’s fish stocks — the same scourge that launched the Horn of Africa’s piracy era eight years ago. Somali piracy was recently a fearsome trend that saw dozens of ships and hundreds…more

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