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MIBLS heats up, Jeanneau regroups and a dictator's yacht returns home

Wipe January 2009 off the calendar. Seems as we get older, the years fly by with startling speed. The rest of the year, if the coloured sections of my calendar are anything to go by, will pass by in a blur.

Just this week there are more stories that we can physically bring you, with releases and product launches, reports, forums, shows – Melbourne is preparing for the Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Show as we speak – and plenty of new faces, opportunities, international and local news.

Locally, Queensland manufacturers from all segments of the industry are invited to attend a Marine Qld meeting, Monday 2 February to discuss forming a Manufacturers Division, and formulate a code of national building standards.

There's the latest on NZ's superyacht company, Sensation, which is selling its Henderson premises by mortgagee sale, a follow up on EuroYachts and new plans for distribution of Jeanneau yachts in Australia, a 'rebirthing' for Horizon motor yachts, and later this week, a feature on consumers' views of green credentials in the marine industry. Do they even rate on their radar? Apparently not. When times are tough, price and value for money are the prime motivators.

Finally, just for kicks, take a squizzy at the interior of Saddam Hussein's floating palace, the 82m Ocean Breeze, that was built in Denmark for US$40m and boasts pools, a mosque, missile launcher and mini-submarine – everything a relaxing despot could want. But what an eyesore! Even in its heyday it would have been gauche!

Send your news, views and comment to editor@marinebusinessnews.com


Jeni Bone, Editor



Marine Qld industry report
Jeni Bone,
The first report commissioned by Marine Queensland into the state's recreational marine industry shows that despite the economy tightening, there are positive indicators for growth of boating throughout the state.... [more]


Euroyachts goes under
Jeni Bone,
One of Australia's largest importers of luxury international yachts, Euroyachts has gone into receivership.... [more]


Fremantle gears up for 4th show
Jeni Bone,
After a successful 2008 event which attracted more than 14,000 people to the specially built floating pontoon, the popular Fremantle boat show is on again 27-29 March.... [more]


Marine Qld calls all manufacturers
Jeni Bone,
Queensland manufacturers have answered the call to attend a meeting Monday 2 February, to discuss forming a Manufacturers Division of Marine Queensland, but there is room for many more.... [more]


Surfers Paradise plays host to a $60 million-plus parade
Bob Wonders,
Eight luxurious motor yachts in spectacular parade off Surfers Paradise. The fleet consisted of vessels ranging from 65' (19.81-metres) through to the sheer luxury of the 98' (29.87-metres) megayacht.... [more]


Sri Lanka to develop its marine industry
Lanka Times, Sri Lanka,
As an island nation Sri Lanka is determined to explore and harness its most valuable resource, the sea, for economic growth and expansion.... [more]


Virtual Eye breaks new ground in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com,
Animation Research Ltd will be providing their Virtual Eye coverage at the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series. However for the first time in any sport, the computer will have almost completely replaced the video camera in a live outside sporting broadcast. here Sail-World looks at the development of graphics in sailing, and ARL's role in that development process.... [more]


Sail from Skandia to MIBLS 2009
Sandman PR,
If you're in Victoria for Australia's largest and oldest sailing event, Skandia Geelong Week, take advantage of your proximity to town and visit the Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Show. Held at Docklands, 30 January to 1 February, the show will be a smorgasbord of entertainment and exhibitions, celebrating every facet of the marine lifestyle.... [more]


Saddam's Ocean Breeze hits rough economic seas
Jeni Bone,
The former dictator's 82m Ocean Breeze, boasting swimming pools, a mosque, missile launcher and mini-submarine, will be towed back to Iraq from a Greek port, Iraq's government has announced, saving it the cost of expensive berthing and maintenance fees.... [more]


Sensation sells up in Auckland
Jeni Bone,
The Auckland base of superyacht builder Sensation Yachts is up for sale by mortgagee sale.... [more]


Dufour debuts high-end cruising yachts at MIBLS 2009
Sandman PR,
Anthill Marine will introduce two Dufour models at the 2009 Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Show (30 January to 1 February) – the Grand Large 425 and 525, both to be displayed for the first time in Victoria. Combining Italian styling and French yacht building expertise, these award-winning vessels will appeal to coastal and bluewater cruising enthusiasts.... [more]


High Modulus announces a new CEO
Sian Raynor,
Paul Goddard has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of High Modulus, a world leading supplier of composite materials, technology and structural engineering solutions.... [more]


Free boating safety packs to be handed out this Australia Day weekend.
Rebecca Jones,
This exciting boating community initiative is sponsored by State and Federal Governments, BIA NSW, The Haines Group and Yacht and Boat.... [more]


The way of the future: Propulsion using water tension
Jeni Bone,
Researchers say they have come up with technology that lets boats or small aquatic robots glide through the water without the need for an engine, sails or paddles.... [more]


Free propeller assessment at MIBLS 2009
Sandman PR,
Australia's Original Prop Shop is offering free propeller appraisals and advice to visitors at the 2009 Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Show. Utilising the Accuscan Propeller Profiler, those who bring along their propeller for the free assessment (valued at $55) will receive a printed profile of the propeller and sound advice on all propeller-related performance issues.... [more]


Global Promotion for Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
Kate Duryea,
Plans are forging ahead for this May's 21st Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. The world-class Show has confirmed world and Australian marine launches and is extending global market. The Show is staged May 21 to 24 at Sanctuary Cove in Australia. Sanctuary Cove's Barry Jenkins is attending shows at Mumbai, Dubai, Moscow and Shanghai in coming months.... [more]


GC Splash for Variety Club kids
Jeni Bone,
More than 60 members of Southport Yacht Club will gather for this year's Gold Coast Splash over the Australia Day weekend, raising funds for the world's largest kids' charity, The Variety Club.... [more]


Boaters warned of EPIRB shortage
Brad Schmidtt,
Boaters have again been warned not to delay switching over to the new 406 MHz digital distress beacons amid reports of a global shortage of the new equipment Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi said the worldwide switch from 121.5MHz analogue beacons to the more accurate digital model is well underway ahead of the February 1 deadline.... [more]




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