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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.

ID card enrollment available at Fort Lauderdale show

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida will host a Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC) enrollment center at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The center will facilitate registration of U.S. Coast Guard-licensed mariners and others who are required by recent changes in regulations to have a TWIC, and to also serve as a…more

Changing Places

Thetford Marine has appointed Brad Burton as its new marine OEM account manager. Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Thetford manufactures sanitation, refrigeration and other marine care products. Burton joins the company with more than 20 years of sales management experience in the marine industry. He previously served as business development director for boat and yacht…more

Annapolis publisher buys Bahamas guide

Waterway Guide Publications, the Annapolis, Md.-based publisher of Dozier’s Waterway Guides and Waterway Guide magazine, has acquired The Bahamas Cruising Guide by Mathew Wilson. The Bahamas Cruising Guide, previously published by Nomad Publications of White River Junction, Vt., is a leading guide to the Bahamas, and Turks and Caicos. The guide provides navigational information, shoreside…more

Oil drops below $100

Light, sweet crude oil opened below $100 this morning, at $95.80, in trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It closed Friday at $101.18. Oil reached its 52-week high in July, selling at $147.35. Last Sept. 14, it was selling at $73.18, its 52-week low. For information, click here.

Hurricane rescue efforts continue in Texas

Search-and-recovery efforts continue today in Texas in the wake of Hurricane Ike, which slammed into the coast early Saturday morning. More than 2,500 search-and-rescue missions have already been completed, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and when these missions are completed, emphasis will shift to recovery and rebuilding efforts. For full coverage on these…more

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Legendary designer Olin Stephens dies at 100

Prominent naval architect Olin J. Stephens II, who designed more than 2,200 cruising and racing yachts, died Saturday in Hanover, N.H. He was 100. Stephens designed lines of yachts as diverse as Dorade, a 52-foot yawl that prompted a ticker-tape parade in New York after winning the 1931 Trans-Atlantic Race, and Ranger, a 135-foot J-Class…more

Reichhold names Nordic region distributor

Reichhold appointed the Azelis Group (trading as Broste) as its exclusive distributor for the Nordic region (Norway, Finland, Sweden, and Denmark). Reichhold will maintain its own commercial and technical structure to serve users of Reichhold products either directly or through the Broste distribution channel. The new distribution agreement is expected to be finalized and come…more

ISS adds to bronze sponsorship list

The International Superyacht Society announces that Dockwise Yacht Transport and Sony Electronics have joined its list of bronze sponsorships. Bronze sponsorships are dedicated specifically to ISS’s instructive programs. Bronze sponsors include Interlux, Lewis Marine, Royal Huisman and Show Management. This year, ISS is presenting a day of crew and industry educational forumsat its Yacht Industry…more

IMI releases dry stack conference agenda

The International Marina Institute has released its agenda for the eighth National Dry Stack Conference, set for Oct. 26-28 in West Palm Beach, Fla. Conference topics include “What’s New in Forklifts,” “Financial Feasibility of Dry Stack Storage” and “New Dry Stack Developments,” with speakers addressing both international and domestic operations. The conference is followed by…more

Changing places

Brendan Dooney joined Northrop and Johnson as a broker, and Allyson Simonton joined the company as an administrative assistant. Dooney previously worked at H&S Yacht Sales and brings 20 years of experience to his new position. Simonton was involved in raising interest in the West Coast boat show, YachtFest. With a background in public relations…more

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