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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.

British company starts U.S. boatbuilding operation

Belzona, a leader of polymer composites, industrial protective coatings and elastomers for industries around the world, announced plans to launch a new boatbuilding operation called Belzona Marine. “Belzona Marine is an indicator of how we are growing, and we want the community to be a part of it,” the company said in a statement. “We…more

Yacht marina, sales center planned in China

Chinese organizers of the inaugural 2011 Macau Yacht Show – Fujian Auto China Conference and Exhibition Co. and Fuzhou Auto China Yachts Management Co. – recently announced their latest project: the Wangzi Marina Club and Fuzhou Auto Yachts Sales Centre. “We believe that Fujian province shows great promise for the development of a leisure marine…more

High-speed cat to travel between Florida and Cuba

Kona Catamaran signed a deal with CubaKat to build three high-speed catamarans that will operate between Marathon, Fla., and Havana. The ferries will be designed to make the trip in less than three hours and will have the ability to carry as many as 149 passengers each. The first catamaran should be operational by April…more

Churchill Yacht Partners joins superyacht group

Churchill Yacht Partners announced its acceptance into MYBA Worldwide Yachting Association. The association is an internationally renowned professional organization, founded in 1984, whose members are involved at all levels in the superyacht industry. New members are only accepted with a proven track record of professional excellence in the yachting industry. Churchill was formed in 2004…more

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Exporting to a changing world

Western European markets sag, but U.S. builders see potential riches in Russia, Brazil and Asia Many U.S. boatbuilders have been working to ramp up export sales and are breaking into new territories all the time. Their ventures are not without challenge, but even in these economically difficult times they are also loaded with potential. The…more

Spencer Ship Monaco opens N.J. sales office

Spencer Ship Monaco announced the opening of its new sales office in the United States in Millville, N.J. Spencer’s new office will be led by 30-year marine industry veteran Doug Finney. “Doug’s experience in both domestic and international sales development, along with his background in retail dealership management, presented Spencer Ship with opportunities on multiple…more

Azimut-Benetti forms distribution network

The first network contract was recently signed between Azimut-Benetti, the Italian yacht manufacturing and marina management group, and about 20 supply companies spanning the production chain — from layout to systems to furnishings — with the aim of creating an industrywide network. The purpose of the new organizational model, Giovanni Vatteroni, Azimut-Benetti’s Livorno plant director…more

SeaNet launches international fleet program

SeaNet Fractional Yachts recently announced a major expansion with its new SeaNet International Fleet Program. This program offers clients the opportunity to enjoy the yacht ownership lifestyle in a new Benetti Delfino 93-foot motoryacht for a fraction of the new build price — and without the hassle of staffing, maintaining, mooring or servicing the boat.…more

Initiative seeks to stop shark killings

A voluntary program that aims to bolster a shrinking shark population by preventing people from showing off dead sharks at marinas is growing globally, organizers say. Fewer than two years after its creation, SharkFreeMarinas.com lists more than 110 marinas and businesses from eight countries — including 78 in the United States — as shark-free or…more

Ex-wife jailed for sinking yacht

A British woman was convicted and sentenced to 18 months for sinking her estranged husband’s yacht at a marina in Brighton, England – on Valentine’s Day. Mandy Fleming, 47, sank the 39-foot Princess Flybridge cruiser named Double Dragon after becoming angry with her ex for adding a new television and other items in the boat…more

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