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MSC Orders Four Cruise Ship

MSC Cruises and Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri  signed the final contracts for the construction of four luxury cruise ships.The announcement follows the initial signing of a memorandum of agreement between the two parties in October 2018. The contracts, subject to shipowner financing, have a total value exceeding $2.2 billion.As per the terms of the agreement, the first of the four ships will be delivered by Spring 2023. The remaining three will come into service one per year over the following three years through 2026.Pierfrancesco Vago…

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MSC Cruises Partners with Top German Chef

The world's largest privately held cruise company MSC Cruises has today announced a new partnership with renowned German chef Harald Wohlfahrt.Voted one of the Top 10 Chefs in the World, and the only German chef to hold a three Michelin Star rating for 25 years in a row, Chef Wohlfahrt represents the best of Germany’s cuisine and embodies MSC Cruises’ commitment to offering new and exciting food options for its guests. Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises Chief Executive Officer, commented: “The world-class expertise of Chef Wohlfahrt brings an exciting new chapter to our onboard dining experience.

The Author, David Cunningham.

Marine Insurance: Protect Your Yacht, Yourself

All my life, I grew up around boats. My dad was a captain for 23 years, and I would travel on his ships throughout the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes. My first job out of college was in San Francisco, so naturally I bought a 30-foot sailboat and lived on it on the San Francisco Bay. In more recent years, I have enjoyed yachting with my family on the inland lakes of Virginia. No matter where you have launched your yacht, boating is an exhilarating experience. It can also be dangerous and fraught with risks.

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MSC Cruises Pact for USD 1.7bln Loan for New Seaside EVO Ships

Cruise liner MSC Cruises has reached an agreement for an EUR 1.5 billion (USD 1.74 billion) financing for two new Seaside EVO class cruise ships.BNP Paribas, Unicredit and Cassa Depositi e Prestiti will provide EUR 1.5bn in financing for two Seaside EVO class passengerships. The financing syndicate of lenders also include SACE SIMEST, the Italian ECA, fully backing the credit line and stabilising the interest rate.The first ship is expected to be delivered in May 2021 and the second in February 2023.

Left to right: Executive Manager for TNPA Dredging Services, Carl Gabriel; GM of Tide Marine Shipyard, Fabian Crocker; Director and Head of Supplier Development of Tide Marine Shipyard, Taneal Crocker; TNPA GM: Infrastructure & Port Planning, Hamilton Nxumalo; and TNPA Chief Operating Officer, Phyllis Difeto (Photo: TNPA)

Keel Laid for Transnet’s New Plough Tug

Construction of Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) new bed leveler (plough tug) is underway and was marked by an official keel laying ceremony in Port Elizabeth on January 19. The new vessel is being designed, manufactured, assembled, commissioned and delivered to TNPA’s Dredging Services division by shipbuilder FTC Engineering (Pty) Ltd, trading as Tide Marine Shipyard. The Black-, woman-owned family company has a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBBEE) Level…

Yachting - Lerwick  Courtesy Lerwick Port

Shetland Race Yachts Due at Lerwick

The annual Shetland Race from Bergen will be at Lerwick from Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 June. 2016 marks the 30th annual race which started in 1987 – that first year with only one competitor actually making the trip but it still ranked as a qualifying race. From 1988 the race has attracted a good number of entries annually. Currently, 34 yachts are entered bringing up to 200 sailors to Lerwick. The entries are predominantly Norwegian but there are two British flagged yachts participating including local yacht Roundabout skippered by Tommy Allan.

Coast Guard Cutter Marcus Hanna towed the 55-foot fishing boat Miss Emily  Coast Guard Cutter Marcus Hanna towed the 55-foot fishing boat Miss Emily Courtesy USCG

USCG Tows Disabled Fishing Boat to Portland, Maine

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Marcus Hanna towed the 55-foot fishing boat Miss Emily, with four people aboard, after it became disabled Thursday about five miles off Kennebunkport, Maine. The Marcus Hanna, a 175-foot buoy tender homeported in South Portland was nearby working on aids to navigation when the Miss Emily's rudder post was damaged and started taking on water. Miss Emily’s pumps kept up with the flooding and at approximately 2 p.m. the Marcus Hanna took Miss Emily in tow with a course for Portland.

U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Sector Puget Sound Incident Management Division

Fire Destroys 6 Boats at Port Orchard Yacht Club

Six boats and 10 housing sheds were destroyed by a fierce fire early Sunday morning at the Port Orchard Yacht Club. South Kitsap Fire officials say the fire broke out around 3 a.m. at the yacht club on Bay Street. "We were asleep and our friends called us up and said do you realize there is a fire on b dock," said Barbara Letson, who has a house boat. Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard, Washington Department of Ecology and South Kitsap Fire & Rescue are mopping up any pollution resulting from an early morning fire at Port Orchard Yacht Club. Luckily no one was hurt in the fire, officials said.

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Certifications Awarded at Marina & Boatyard Conference

The International Marina Institute (IMI), the training subsidiary of the Association of Marina Industries (AMI), awarded certifications to three marina professionals as Certified Marina Managers (CMM) and three marina professionals as a Certified Marina Operator (CMO) at the AMI-produced 2016 International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on January 28. The CMM and CMO designations recognize and distinguish the most highly qualified marina managers and operators throughout the world.

Joe Riley (Photo: AMI)

AMI Elects Board Directors

The Association of Marina Industries (AMI) elected its 2016 Officers and Directors at its annual International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC) held January 27-29, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Brad Gross, Certified Marina Manager (CMM) of Dana Point Harbor was appointed Chair; Joe Riley, CMM of Windmill Marina Association, Inc. was appointed Vice Chair; Chris Petty of Suntex Waterfront Management was appointed Treasurer; and Mick Webber of HydroHoist Marine Group was reappointed Secretary. This year, five new members were elected to the 2016 Board of Directors for a three-year term.

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USCG, Agencies Rescue 19 near College Point, NY

Coast Guard crewmembers assisted local agencies in the rescue of 19 mariners after their vessel capsized near College Point, New York, Sunday. At 1:40 p.m., Coast Guard Sector New York watchstanders were notified via Channel 16 of a vessel taking on water and capsizing near College Point with 19 people aboard. The dragon boat, a human-powered vessel from the Azumi Rowing Club, was made out of wood and had completely submerged by the time rescue crews arrived on scene. Rescue crews included personnel from Coast Guard Station King's Point, FDNY and NYPD.

Newport International Boat Show

Newport International Boat Show to Kick Off

Set for September 17-20th, 2015 on Newport Harbor is the Newport International Boat Show (NIBS), which flaunts its destination and sailing history to attendees making their fall travel plans. NIBS is the kick-off to the boat show season and a prime time to experience fall in New England. It’s also one of the largest in-water boat shows in the country – hosting exhibitors from around the world with an exceptional assortment of sailboats, powerboats, marine equipment, services and accessories for boaters.

NAMEPA, CYC Join on Marine Environment Education

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) heads to the Chicago Yacht Club to share its marine environment education materials with the local community. The Chicago Yacht Club hosts the 107th Annual Race to Mackinac on July 11, 2015. NAMEPA joins the festivities with a visit to the Mini-Mac Family Event at the Chicago Yacht Club, Belmont Station on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 to share materials with the attendees, adults and children, about marine debris and the marine environment.

The Sea Blade 35 is put through its paces on Narragansett Bay, May 29, 2015 (NavatekNEB photo).

Navatek, NEB Launch Sea Blade 35

Navatek, the naval research and design company based in Hawaii and Rhode Island, and NEB, a leading builder of high-tech composite and aluminum boats based in Portsmouth, R.I., announce the launching of the Sea Blade 35, a 35-foot rigid hull inflatable boat (RIB) with a top speed of 60 knots. The Sea Blade line of powerboats features a patented hull form designed by Navatek founder and Chairman Steven Loui, a native of Hawaii. The stabilized monohull design has a slender center hull with two stabilizing amas, which form entrapment tunnels between the main hull and amas.

Only 7 days to go to the big Singapore charity row

Mission ‘Row Around Singapore Island’ 2015

With only 7 days to go to the big Singapore charity row, Row Around Singapore Island (RASI) the intrepid volunteer rowers from the maritime community of Singapore have been undertaking their final practice weekend at the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club. The original concept for this ground-breaking non-stop endurance challenge was conceived and organised by three friends Iain Anderson of RPC, Lewis Hart of Willis and Ian Teare of Norton Rose Fulbright. It will take around 24 hours and the rowing teams will face busy seaways…

Nord Explorer: Image by DS-Norden

Cargo Ship Runs Aground in Delaware

The 32,000-ton Nord Explorer Cargo ship ran aground in the Delaware River around 4 a.m. Tuesday morning near the Riverton Yacht Club. No injuries or river pollution were reported by a spokeswoman from the U.S. Coast Guard. This is the second such accident in Delaware waters in the past fortnight. The ship had already unloaded its shipment of salt and was empty when it ran ground during low tide. The US Coast Guard managed to free the Nord Explorer (2009 built, 58,803 dwt) around 8am yesterday after it had run aground a few hours earlier near the Tacony Palmyra Bridge in New Jersey.

Deepak Shetty, the  Director General of Shipping, the chief guest, alongwith the Office Bearers of WISTA India

2nd WISTA India Forum Receives Strong Support

On 23rd January 2015, the Royal Mumbai Yacht Club saw around a hundred dignified members of the shipping fraternity gather for the second WISTA Annual Forum, an event that lived up to the industry’s expectations. The select crowd included long-term supporters of WISTA India and WISTA members, as well as members who flew down from Delhi, Chennai, Cochin and Bengaluru especially for this conference. The program commenced with the traditional lighting of the lamp by key dignitaries – Hon Mr Deepak Shetty…

‘Mission RASI – team

RASI Endurance Challenge 2015

A group of 40 enthusiasts from the maritime and insurance community in Singapore have come together, to undertake a 24 hour endurance sea challenge, all in aid of the global maritime welfare charity, The Mission to Seafarers. Mission Row Around Singapore Island (RASI), will see two teams in ocean-going rowing boats attempt the 140km journey, taking on the seas and shipping lanes (not to mention two live military firing ranges) to complete a non-stop circumnavigation of the island of Singapore.

Seawall Reinstatement at Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

(A) 22 deg. 17.034'N / 114 deg. (B) 22 deg. 17.033'N / 114 deg. (C) 22 deg. 16.995'N / 114 deg. (D) 22 deg. 16.997'N / 114 deg. The works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including one derrick barge, two tugs and two work boats. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements. A working area of approximately 15 metres around the barge will be established. Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during the hours of work. The hours of works will be from 0700 to 2300 hours.

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Christmas Ship to Deliver 1,200 Trees

Chicago’s Christmas Ship Committee, Coast Guard set for 15th anniversary of re-enactment, delivery of 1,200 Christmas trees for deserving families. The Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, serving once again as this year’s “Christmas Ship” and loaded with more than 1,200 Christmas trees, is returning to Chicago for a two-day event re-enacting what was an annual Chicago tradition in the late 1800s and early 1900s. A welcoming for the Mackinaw, by the Chicago Christmas Ship Committee, is scheduled for Friday at 8 a.m.

Padhraic O'Connor (Credit: Marine Projects)

Marina Projects Adds O’Connor as Project Manager

Marina Projects Ltd. announced the addition of a new Project Manager, Padhraic O’Connor, to the Hampshire based team. O’Connor is a qualified Port & Coastal Engineer with previous experience in port planning, design and physical modelling. The continued growth of Marina Projects’ Project Management team results from an increase in enquiry levels service demands offered by the company. Mike Ward, Marina Projects’ Director commented, “We are delighted to welcome O’Connor to the team.

Susan Daly

Susan Daly Appointed to Landing School Board of Directors

The Landing School, a post-secondary institution focused on educating tomorrow’s marine industry professionals, is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Daly to their Board of Directors. Ms. Daly is an accomplished sailor and longtime supporter of the marine industry. As a Trustee on the Board of Directors, Daly will contribute to the mission, curriculum and overall strategy of The Landing School. Daly’s sailing experience began at the age of ten when she started racing at a regional level. Since the age of 18 she has raced extensively at the national and international level.

Aquadrive Limits Engine Vibration

When members of the Northport Yacht Club on Long Island recently took delivery of two new launches, they had substantial performance expectations. Soon the captains and some passengers sensed something was not right. At certain engine RPMs, excessive vibration overwhelmed the vessel occupants. When the engine operated at between 1,600-2,100 RPM, the propeller shaft whirled, whipped and actually created alarming gyrations in the engine. The executive committee of the Northport Yacht Club met to determine a solution. After deliberations, they voted to purchase an Aquadrive anti-vibration system.

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Northern Irish Wind Energy Delegation

CWind hosted a delegation of 20 businesses from the south east region of Northern Ireland on Tuesday this week. The delegation, led by Energy Connections NI and hosted by the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) was in the area this week to see first-hand how businesses here have taken advantage of the supply chain opportunities on offer and exchange thoughts on the renewable energy sector with East of England experts. CWind shared insights into its own experience of growing a business in the offshore wind supply chain with the delegation over coffee and tea at the Brightlingsea Yacht Club.

Lorianna Kastrop

Kastrop Elected Chair of Redwood City Port Commission

Lorianna Kastrop has been elected as Chair of the Redwood City Port Commission, the first woman to hold the position in the Port's 76-year history. In June 2008, Kastrop was the second woman in history appointed to the Port Commission. The first was Marguerite Leipzig, in the early 1980s, after having served on the Redwood City Council, including two years as mayor. Kastrop was reappointed to the Port Commission in 2012. Kastrop is vice president and controller of The Kastrop Group, Inc. architectural firm, of which her husband, Michael, is principal architect.

HK Sailboat Mast Delivery: Photo courtesy of GAC

HK Sailor's Giant New Mast Arrives Pronto ex-Spain

GAC saves the day for Hong Kong sailor with high speed delivery of a giant mast replacement 
for his sailing yacht. When the mast on prominent Hong Kong businessman and sailing enthusiast Sam Chan’s yacht Ffreefire broke recently, he turned to GAC Pindar to speed a replacement from Europe. Within just two weeks, the integrated specialist services provider for the marine leisure sector had made all the arrangements and trucked the 24-metre long replacement mast weighing 700kg from Valencia, Spain to Luxembourg, where it was flown to Hong Kong.