International News

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.

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

Benetti debuts new sales office in Dubai

Italian builder Benetti, part of the Azimut/Benetti Group, opened an office in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and named Nabil el Jammal area manager for the Middle East. Jammal will manage the commercial office, with direct responsibility for the Arab Gulf Region markets as far as Turkey, including Egypt and Lebanon, for the Viareggio-based…more

Dubai boat show opens Tuesday

The Dubai International Boat Show’s 21st edition kicks off Tuesday at the Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi. The region’s largest marine leisure exhibition will feature 430 boats on display, as well as 11 global launches and 19 regional launches. More than 26,000 visitors are expected, organizers announced. “The 21st Dubai International Boat Show is…more

Ferretti to deliver 124-foot yacht to Turkey

The fourth Ferretti Custom Line 124-foot yacht is the first in the line to be delivered to Turkey, the company announced. The fourth hull was launched on Feb. 19 and is set for completion at the end of March, when it will head to Turkey. “This will be an absolute debut for Ferretti Custom Line…more

Costa Concordia lawsuits move to Florida court system

A U.S. District Court judge in Florida has ordered that the claims of 104 survivors of the January 2012 Costa Concordia grounding be sent to the Florida state court system and litigated there. The Feb. 15 order involves two cases that represent the claims of people who were injured when the cruise ship capsized after…more

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