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The Commission is issuing new guidelines on inland navigation and nature protection to assist this important sector in applying EU environmental legislation. The guidelines – "Inland waterway transport and Natura 2000 – sustainable inland waterway development and management in the context of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives" – explain how best to ensure that activities related to inland navigation are compatible with EU environmental policy in general and nature legislation in particular. The document also emphasizes the significance of the inland navigation for securing long-term sustainability of EU transport network and highlights the achievements of this sector in integrating nature protection into its activities to date. "Inland waterway transport plays an important role in the transportation of goods across many parts of Europe," said…
SAN FRANCISCO -- Oracle Team USA 17 -- the U.S. America’s Cup team’s 72-foot AC72 racing catamaran -- capsized during afternoon training Oct. 16 on San Francisco Bay. All crewmembers were reported safe, and it was only the boat’s eighth day on the water since its launch in August, according to a statement on the team’s website. “We did something we had hoped we would never do, and that’s capsize an AC72,” said skipper Jimmy Spithill. “The most important part is that all the crew are safe, and no injuries."                         While the team was training on the bay, winds were slowly building as the day progressed. “We called for a bear-away as we…
Thursday, 18 October 2012 14:01

Giant Eyeball Washes Up on Beach

MIAMI (AP) -- It’s not that body parts never wash ashore on Florida beaches. But usually they aren’t eyes the size of a softball. State wildlife officials worked earlier this month to determine the origin of a giant blue eyeball found by a man Oct. 10 at Pompano Beach, north of Ft. Lauderdale.             They put the eyeball on ice so it could be analyzed at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg.             Within hours of the find, agency spokeswoman Carli Segelson said the eyeball likely came from a marine animal.             While there was initial speculation that the eye was from a giant squid or a whale, it was later determined to have come from a…
Following the tremendous buzz created at the Monaco show by having ‘Albert Einstein’ unveil its latest Future Concept – designed with the genius scientist’s imagined requirements in mind – Feadship is taking the entire Relativity package to the Fort Lauderdale boat show (25-29 October). This will include the detailed model of the boat as well as the actor-turned-Feadship-expert who proved in Monaco that imagination and knowledge do indeed go hand in hand. The Future Concept is a keenly awaited yearly exploration into the requirements of the next generation of superyacht owners by Feadship’s mercurial designers and naval architects. The first six made global headlines at the speed of light, and a considerable number of the radical ideas first postulated on X-Stream, F-Stream, C-Stream, Aeon, Breathe…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 09:02

Rolex Middle Sea Race starts today

With less than 5 days to go to the start of the 33rd edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, a steady stream of boat captains have been making their way to the Royal Malta Yacht Club making their final registrations for the race. Yachts from 18 different nations are taking up their berths at The Royal Malta Yacht Club and the Grand Harbour Marina. The extensive facilities at the club will be put to good use, as Thursday night’s Crew Party, will cater for 1500 invited guests. Racing starts today with a coastal race in preparation for the main event, which starts on Saturday 20th October. At a packed press conference held on the terrace of The Royal Malta Yacht Club, the Commodore, Godwin…
Abel Point Marina in Airlie Beach will officially go up for sale this week. The marina was one of two marinas owned by Meridien that were placed into receivership by the Bank of Scotland in 2011.A statement from the receiver, McGrath Nicol, said expressions of interest for the 507-slip Abel Point Marina will be open until November 22. The marina offers deep-water access to the Great Barrier Reef."From an investment perspective the asset presents an extremely unique opportunity to acquire the major marina at the major boating access point to the Whitsunday Islands," said Jacob Swan, who is charged with selling the property.
This year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will feature an amazing display of strong Australian brands. This will permit the Australian marine industry to be more prominent than ever during this popular event.Australia’s leading marine industry organization, Australian Marine Export Group (AIMEX) will be showcasing the best of the Australian products. AIMEX will also be promoting the capability of the Australian Superyacht Industry and Australia as an idyllic cruising destination which offers first class service, quality refits and repairs and world class events.Australian “Exporter of the Year” Veem will be kicking off the strong Australian brands present. VEEM will be displaying their VEEMUltraskew propeller which is quickly growing a reputation in the global Superyacht market.Award winning Australian company Aqualuma, a leading manufacturer of ultra-bright, long-lasting…
This year’s Genoa International Boat Show will see the official launch of Marina del Gargano, presented by MDL Marinas, Europe’s largest marina operator. This luxury superyacht marina is part of the company’s strategy to extend its Mediterranean network to Manfredonia, Puglia, Italy. The picturesque Marina del Gargano – which will offer the renowned MDL Marinas customer service experience to boaters in Italy – will be officially launched at this year’s Genoa International Boat Show, with an event taking place at MDL’s stand on Wednesday 10th October at 12.30pm at area banchine H, stand H01. The brand new marina, based in Manfredonia, will be nestled within a charming and picturesque seaside town rich in history, culture and nature, which comes alive on summer nights and is…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 10:55

Brunswick to close Knoxville Sea Ray plant

Brunswick Corporation will close its Sea Ray manufacturing plant in Knoxville, Tenn., and consolidate U.S. cruiser production for Sea Ray in Palm Coast, Fla., and Vonore, Tenn., while producing Bayliner cruisers in Brazil, the company reported Tuesday. Production at the plant will cease by the end of 2012. “This will be more efficient and still allow us to retain capacity equal to three times our current worldwide cruiser demand, enabling us to adequately increase production when the market improves,” Andrew E. Graves, president of the Brunswick Boat Group, said in a company statement. The plant currently has a full-time workforce of about 225. Brunswick estimates the actions will save approximately $10 million – $12 million a year once implemented. The move is part of a…
Photos by Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi For the second year in a row the elegant gaff-rigged cutter Avel has won the Rolex Trophy at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez. Owned by the sisters, Alessandra and Allegra Gucci, the Charles Nicholson design overcame stiff competition to top her class and, at the same time, hold off a valiant challenge by Tara Getty’s Marconi yawl, Skylark, to retain the title she secured last year. For racing so well, for their seamanship, dedication and passion, the enthusiastic crew of Avel deserved every plaudit offered by their peers at the prize-giving ceremony held at Saint-Tropez’s historic Citadelle overlooking the town’s Vieux Port. It has been a superb week of competition among the 114 yachts of the Tradition Division, conducted in…

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