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Quick Hits: April 27, 2020

While Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s latest executive order extends the state’s stay-at-home policy through May 15, the state lifted restrictions on several sporting activities, including powerboating. After the announcement, several lawsuits against the governor were dropped, with other pending litigation expected to follow suit.

In short, Malcolm McLean built a better box. Sixty-four years ago this week, the first intermodal shipping containers featuring McLean’s innovative twistlock made their maiden voyage from the Port of Newark, N.J., to Houston, and on to ubiquity. His twistlock made it possible to stack and lock several containers together, then release and latch onto semis utilizing the same mechanism.

The Shanghai International Boat Show, set for June 22-24, has been postponed until next year.“Although the covid-19 outbreak has been largely controlled in China, the spread of the global epidemic has brought more uncertainties for exhibitions,” organizers said in a statement. The 2021 show is scheduled for April 1-3.


St. Petersburg Show Opens Thursday

The 44th edition combines with the Tampa Boat Show to create what organizers say is the largest show on the Florida Gulf Coast.

Pay To Play

When Covid restrictions were widespread, some MTAs found a new revenue stream by charging admission to previously free shows, and visitors had no problem ponying up.

Yamaha Expands F25 Line

The company added short-shaft power trim and tilt models, and two models with improved tiller handles.

MRAA Donates to Educational Foundation

The group reinvested $100,000 in donations it received to help the foundation’s effort to address workforce shortages.

TPG Adds to Marine Portfolio

The hospitality and marina management firm acquired Conanicut Marina and Taylor Point Boat Yard in Jamestown, R.I.

Trade Only Today Returns Jan. 18

The daily e-newsletter will not publish Monday, Jan. 17, in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday weekend.

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