From factory openings to production milestones to the launch of new boats, the marine industry makes news in numerous ways. Trade Only follows developments wherever they occur.

Several builders using latest Volvo IPS models

More than a dozen builders plan to equip boats with Volvo Penta’s new, more powerful pod-drive system with joystick steering — the IPS800 and IPS900, or “IPS 2,” according to the engine manufacturer. The new Lazzara LSX 92, which will be on display at the Miami International Boat Show Feb. 12-16, is powered with four…more

SLIDE SHOW: Thought you were having a rough day? Part II

Here’s yet another reminder that, regardless of how bad your day is going, someone is always having a worse time. In October, the cargo ship Fedra ran aground in Gibraltar and was pinned against cliffs at Europa Point. Shortly after all crewmembers were evacuated, the ship was torn in two, pounded in extreme gale-force winds.…more

NOAA puts whale-compliance rules online

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released an electronic version of its Compliance Guide for the Right Whale Ship Strike Reduction Rule. The guide summarizes the details of the rule restricting ship speeds to 10 knots or less in areas and seasons along the East Coast where North Atlantic right whales are known to populate.…more

Regal Marine honored by local chamber of commerce

Regal Marine of Valdosta, Ga., recently won a Manufacturer of the Year award from the Valdosta-Lowndes County (Ga.) Chamber of Commerce. Tim Kuck, Regal’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, said the award is “a testament to the fine work done by our employees” and to the leadership of plant manager Greg Justice. Kuck…more

Neptune Group Yachting opens shop in Brazil

Neptune Group Yachting of Fort Lauderdale opened a new Latin American division in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The new division will be managed by Eduardo T. Nahuys, resident agent. Neptune president DJ Parker said Nahuys’ Brazilian heritage and extensive background in yachting and chartering will “add invaluable expertise in the lucrative Latin American market.”

Early IMBC registration discount ends Nov. 30

Industry professionals planning to attend the 2009 International Marina & Boatyard Conference have until Nov. 30 to take advantage of the early registration discount. Producers of the IMBC, scheduled for Jan. 25-28 in Fort Lauderdale, are offering a $50 discount to those who register on or before Nov. 30. Registration options for the IMBC include…more

Hybrid system wins DAME Award

Steyr Motors GmbH won the 2008 DAME Award for its Hybrid Propulsion System, which allows a yacht to operate in any of four modes. The system can be used to start the engine, eliminating the need for a starter motor; as a generator to charge the vessel’s batteries; in cruise mode under electric power at…more

Pirate attack renews concerns in Horn of Africa

The attack of the Saudi Arabian tanker Sirius Star by pirates off Kenya came just as officials reported a decrease in the rate of successful pirate attacks on merchant vessels off Somalia. The combination of military and civilian involvement in the area has reduced the percentage of successful piracy attacks from 53 percent in August…more

Dealer conference opens with advice for small businesses

LAS VEGAS — For a small business to be successful, owners must develop a vision for which they have passion and take time each day to think like an entrepreneur and beyond day-to-day operations. That was the message keynote speaker Karin Iwata, from E-Myth Worldwide, had for attendees at this year’s Marine Dealer Conference &…more

Designers team up for new firm

Yacht designers Bob Stephens and Paul Waring have joined with Brooklin Boat Yard president Steve White to form a new design firm called Stephens, Waring & White, in Brooklin, Maine. The three have launched a marketing campaign to attract new clients outside of the “yard” and not limited to custom yacht design. Services include conceptual…more

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