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Quick Hits: June 18, 2020

As phased re-openings and eased travel restrictions continue to occur throughout the world — and on a state-by-state basis in the U.S. — the International Council of Marine Industry Associations is updating its detailed, country-by-country guide on how the covid-19 pandemic is affecting marine businesses globally. ICOMIA lobbies on behalf of national marine associations with the goal of presenting a united voice to address industry issues. The latest update can be seen here

Azimut Yachts plans to introduce a new system to sanitize and recondition air on board its vessels first developed by NASA for spacecraft. The builder has dubbed its version Marine Mechanical Ventilation System — crafted by Italian outfit BCool Engineering — and describes it in a statement as “a centralized system [that ensures] a complete change of air every hour…continuously purified by safe, effective and comprehensive sanitization of the air-conditioning ducts, surfaces and technical components.” MMVS will be fitted on the Magellano 25 Metri, an 82-footer set to debut at September’s Cannes Yachting Festival. 

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