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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.

Hakes Marine moves operations to China

New Zealand racing-yacht builder Hakes Marine relocated to China and established Hakes Marine China in cooperation with Hudson Yacht & Marine Industries Inc. Hakes moved to Xiamen, where Hudson is based, and will be Hudson’s high-performance division, the companies said. Hakes’ operation in Wellington, New Zealand, went into liquidation in March. The companies said the…more

Australian conference seeks 2013 proposals

The Marine 13 International Conference and Exhibition, which will be held next April in Australia, is seeking abstracts from marine industry and related government officials worldwide. Organizers said the summaries should relate to at least one of the themes of the conference: boating business, boat safety and marinas. Marine 13 is the first Australian integrated…more

Boat sales in Thailand show signs of recovery

Thailand’s yachting sector is showing signs of recovery after three years of stunted growth and sluggish sales brought on by global economic turmoil, according to an industry expert in the Southeast Asian country. “2009 saw the start of the worldwide economy downturn and sales of smaller boats was the first [segment] to be affected,” Tony…more

Salvage operation starts for sunken cruise liner

Salvage crews started preliminary work to refloat the partially submerged Costa Concordia cruise liner. Titan Salvage, a U.S. company owned by the Crowley Maritime Group, and Micoperi, an Italian company that specializes in underwater construction and engineering, were contracted to refloat the wrecked liner and tow it away. The job is expected to cost at…more

Sale of the famed ‘Love Boat’ falls through

The Love Boat has been spared – at least for now. The former Pacific Princess that was made famous on the 1970s TV show “The Love Boat” was sold for scrap earlier this year, but the company that bought it has defaulted on its payment. What’s the Love Boat like today? Click here to go to…more

Webinar details benefits of U.S. export program

The marine industry is one of a few that will have access to scarce federal dollars during a nationwide push to increase exports from American companies. That was what the U.S. Department of Commerce told boatbuilders at a webinar Tuesday to discuss the federal push to grow boating exports. “With dwindling resources, we decided to…more

NMMA schedules export webinar

The National Marine Manufacturers Association will have a webinar Tuesday for members interested in learning about emerging export markets. “We’ll have some experts from the Department of Commerce explaining top markets and how to break into those markets if businesses are not there already,” Jim Currie, legislative director for the NMMA, told Soundings Trade Only.…more

Canada offers grant to fight Asian carp

Canadian and U.S. officials are working to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp. Canada is making a $17.5 million contribution during the next five years to help keep the invasive species out of the lakes, and a bill introduced by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) also would seek to protect…more

World War II battleship takes victory lap

The last remaining World War II battleship recently embarked on her final journey. During the Memorial Day weekend, the USS Iowa crossed San Francisco Bay and passed under the Golden Gate Bridge amid a celebration of the bridge’s 75th birthday. Known as one of the most powerful battleships of all time, the USS Iowa was…more

Japanese transport company adds Asian route

MOL Liner Ltd. announced a new China-Middle East service. It will leave June 8 from Shanghai on June 8 and will be operated by six vessels, the company said Tuesday in a press release. MOL will offer an additional weekly service by joining the existing service operated by Wan Hai Lines, Pacific International Lines and…more

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