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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.

Retail group supports free-trade program

The Retail Industry Leaders Association applauded the U.S. Senate’s vote late last week to renew the Generalized System of Preference and Trade Adjustment Assistance programs. The bill passed 70-27. The Senate vote paves the way for the House to approve the package and for President Obama to send the three pending free trade agreements to…more

Blind sailor set to start solo circumnavigation

Legally blind, veteran sailor Dennis Howard is preparing for one of the most challenging journeys of his life – a solo voyage around the world. “There’s no question in my mind that I can do this,” he told CNN. “There is also no question in my mind that I absolutely have to take it seriously…more

A fish tale like no other

As a punishing economic week mercifully comes to an end and those invested in the stock market can only wonder what the coming weeks will bring, we thought a little levity was in order. From England comes this story of a fisherman who made the biggest catch of his life and landed a fish tale…more

Thailand sees growth in its marine industry

Those involved in Thailand’s boating industry say there has been a shift to more local buyers in addition to those who come from overseas to enjoy sailing the country’s waters. Majesty Yachts, which started a major sales campaign in Asia this year, said it has been “overwhelmed” by the response of local buyers. “The sale…more

Report details growing yacht industry in China

Research and Markets’ “China Yacht Industry Report 2010-2012″ shows the country’s domestic yacht industry is in its initial stages of development and that international brands dominate the medium and high-end market. “Currently, the yacht manufacturing industry is still in the initial stage of development. There were only less than 400 boat manufacturers in the beginning…more

Mexico checks San Diego anglers for passports

San Diego-based sportfishing boats have recently been encountering problems with the Mexican government over passports. Last week, the Mexican navy boarded and detained three sportboats off Cedros Island. Passengers were checked for passports. The captain of a Mexican navy boat told one of the sportboats to leave Cedros because one of the anglers did not…more

Sales to China could boost superyacht market

As China’s super-rich grow richer they need new toys to play with. Now some are betting that superyachts will be the next big thing for Chinese millionaires who want to show off their bling. “There’s no question that Chinese have the appetite and the deep pockets for a thriving yacht culture,” Traugott Kaminski, China CEO…more

U.S. backs Canadian seizure of fishing boat

The State Department said Tuesday that Canadian border officers were within their rights when they seized an American fisherman’s boat and fined him $1,000 for fishing in Canadian waters without registering at customs. In a statement, the State Department said the Canada Border Services Agency was acting within “long-standing regulations” by penalizing Roy M. Anderson,…more

International marina conference under way in Australia

Under the banner of “new horizons,” the Marinas 2011 International Conference and Exhibition opened today in Australia. “Delegates and exhibitors have been expressing their satisfaction with the conference program and with having 45 exhibitors to discuss business with. Allowing for the number of day delegates, the MIAA expects there will be 300 participants in Marinas…more

Bradford Marine builds containment booms in Bahamas

Bradford Grand Bahama Ltd. is now manufacturing containment booms at its shipyard in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. These floating containment booms can be used for containing oil and other pollutants on the surface of the water. “We are very pleased to be able to build these products in the Bahamas,” Bradford Marine Bahamas president Paul…more

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