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  24 Oct 2011
 



Learning from the pros when it comes to prangs

Having watched in astonishment as the collier Pasha Bulker washed up between the flags of Newcastle's main beach in 2007, the case of the cargo ship Rena hitting a reef off New Zealand feels like deja vu.

The unanswered question in both cases was, 'What the ...?'

Astrolabe Reef, where the Rena is precariously perched, has been noted on charts since 1827. It's mentioned again in the latest New Zealand nautical almanac. The evening was a perfectly calm, balmy even, and the navigational equipment was fully functional.

So. What the ...?

MV Rena grounded on Astrolabe Reef, Tauranga.   

It has been claimed that the Rena cut a corner in its haste to reach port. Fatigue may have been a contributing factor but the simple answer was human error.

Human error caused the Chinese coal ship Shen Neng to hit the Great Barrier Reef last year.

The Pasha Bulker's captain erred by having breakfast at a crucial time.

The HMS Nottingham hit Wolf Rock, off Lord Howe Island, because of a blunt pencil – the navigator drew a course across the map and obscured the rock reference.

In 1998 the cruise ship Monarch of the Seas struck coral off St Maarten because the captain was stricken with diarrhoea and left the bridge.

We mere recreational mortals can learn something from the pros here. Don't cut corners. Get plenty of sleep and regular meals. Sharpen your pencil and avoid vindaloo.

Oh, and don't just leave your fate in the hands of electronic charts or a novice skipper, or you too will end up on the rocks as surely as your best scotch.


Mark Rothfield



Incredible opportunity to land exceptional Cumberland 44
Kim McKee,
Multihull Solutions has just announced one of the most exciting brokerage listings of the year with a superb 2007 Cumberland 44 power catamaran in ‘as new' condition and comprehensively outfitted. The Cumberland 44, Valelevu is arguably one of the finest pre-owned Cumberland 44's currently for sale. All offers are now being invited to purchase the catamaran at well below her original value.... [more]
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Rena Oil Spill - Despite the Official Line, the same questions remain
Richard Gladwell,
Eighteen days ago the Liberian registered MV Rena, struck the Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga. From the outset questions were asked, when little appeared to be done in the initial period of fine weather that ran for a four day period. Now that oil is being successfully retrieved the lights have dimmed on this issue a little but the questions remain.... [more]
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Exciting on and off the water action at the Tauranga Boat Expo

With exhibitor space sold out and a full schedule of on the water activities, TMIA Chairman Brian Kent is confident the Expo will be a real crowd pleaser. ‘We have a large range of on the watercraft including kayaks, powerboats and jet skis' says Brian, ‘in addition there will be marine suppliers who can give people tips on everything from fishing rods and reels, lures and water safety'.... [more]
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Look out! The ladies are going fishing
Bob Wonders,
The fabulous Florida Keys have a well-deserved reputation as one of the world's 'hot spots' when it comes to angling, with marlin, sailfish and all manner of supreme table fish hunted in the nutrient-rich waters by the Caribbean and South Atlantic. One of the first stops when heading down to the keys from Miami Beach is Islamorada, one of the highly favoured ‘ports of call' along the keys.... [more]
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Lake Macquarie PWC races exclusion zone: Sunday
Penny Robins,
NSW Maritime has granted an exclusive use aquatic licence for a section of Lake Macquarie, at Cams Wharf this Sunday, 23 October. NSW Maritime Regional Manager Hunter/ Inland Sonia McKay said boaters should avoid the area of Cams Wharf, Lake Macquarie between 10am and 4.30pm... [more]
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Simpson Marine expands in South China
Simpson Marine,
Mike Simpson commented 'We are the only dealer with a coherent approach to the luxury yacht market in China - and the wider region - to cater to the growing number of high net worth individuals. Simpson Marine is ready to serve the fast expanding Chinese market, and specifically its southern part, which is transforming itself into the yachting hub of China.... [more]
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Fort Lauderdale celebrates 53 years of all things boating
Media Services,
The world's largest in-the-water boat show, the 52nd Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), will run 27 October to 31 October and is a magnet for superyacht owners, buyers and charterers, with an impressive variety of yachts for sale and charter as well as a stunning display of brand new yachts from the world's top shipyards.... [more]
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New Mercury 150 FourStroke wins Innovation Award at IBEX
Jonathan Revitt,
Fresh from its international release, Mercury Marine's outstanding new 150 hp FourStroke outboard has received its first prize - a prestigious Innovation Award at the International Boatbuilders Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) in the U.S.... [more]
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Sir Richard Branson devours Auckland's marine innovations
Jo Mackie,
Sir Richard Branson tested one of Auckland's innovative products with a trip on a Sealegs amphibious marine craft on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour on Friday 21 October.... [more]
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Effects of bacterial communication on the earth's climate
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists have discovered that bacterial communication could have a significant impact on the planet's climate. In the ocean, bacteria coalesce on tiny particles of carbon-rich detritus sinking through the depths. WHOI marine biogeochemists Laura Hmelo, Benjamin Van Mooy, and Tracy Mincer found that these bacteria send out chemical signals... [more]
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Coniston Power Boat Records Week gets underway October 31st
RYA,
The Coniston Powerboat Records Week for 2011 is set to take place from the 31st October to the 4th November at Coniston Water in Cumbria where powerboat racers from across the UK will bid to set new National and World speed records.... [more]
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Haines Group expands into caravans with Seachange
Martin Beeson,
The Haines Group has branched out into caravans, with the Seachange 640 Elite.... [more]
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Telwater cleans up its act with SITA partnership
Ebany Draper,
Telwater, the largest aluminium boat manufacturing company in Australia has embarked on an ambitious recycling program, joining forces with SITA Australia to reduce waste and leave a positive impact on the environment.... [more]
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Serious fishing for French Rugby stars in NZ
Diane Berghan,
French Rugby stars took time-out to focus ahead of this weekend's Rugby World Cup Final with a quick heli-fishing trip on Auckland's Hauraki Gulf.... [more]
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Palm Beach 55 tops the awards again at Newport International Boat Show
Palm Beach Motor Yachts,
The Australian designed and built Palm Beach 55 motor yacht has, for the second consecutive year, been awarded the prestigious ‘Best Powerboat' trophy for its category at the Newport International Boat Show in the USA.... [more]
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Hawkesbury River Canoe Race exclusion zone: Saturday 22nd
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime has granted an exclusive use aquatic licence for a section of the Hawkesbury River this Saturday, 22 October.... [more]
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Vale Keith Williams CMG: A tribute from his family
Rob Mundle,
The Williams family today paid tribute to a husband and father who through foresight, vision, passion, commitment and determination was suitably rewarded by seeing people enjoying themselves.... [more]
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Online boat auctions the way forward
Jeni Bone,
Marine Auctions has added an online auction component to its sales arsenal, launching the innovation from 14 November as an additional medium for clients selling their boats and those interested in buying from afar.... [more]
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Stability maintained for APBA Offshore Council
Bob Wonders,
The annual general meeting of the Australian Power Boat Association's Offshore Council, comprising the Offshore Superboat Championships (OSC), has resulted in minimal changes to the council's office bearers... [more]
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World Jet Ski Championships - British Jet Skier takes two titles
Emma Slater,
World Jet Ski Championships - Britain's James Bushell (27) from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, clinched both the World IJSBA 2011 Pro-Am GP Runabout and Pro Runabout Championship titles at last weeks Finals hosted by the IJSBA in Lake Havasu, Arizona.... [more]
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Boat Show Survey winner: Geoffrey Folliott wins $14,000 in prizes
Jeni Bone,
A Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show veteran, and seasoned sailor, who has done more than his fair share of boating all over the world, professionally and for fun, has taken out the prize package for completing this year's Boat Show Survey - the first of its kind in Australia.... [more]
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TetraMedia's report card: Video and Feature stories increasing
Brendan Maxwell,
While conditions continue to toughen for traditional print media, the world's largest online marine news group reports ongoing growth.... [more]
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UIM Class 1 Italian Grand Prix - Reshuffle of the leader board
Class One,
In the Class 1 Powerboat Italian Grand Prix, a series of post-race time penalties and a time credit following yesterday's second race results in Spirit of Qatar 96 elevating to third place at the expense of their teammates. The Spirit of Qatar 95 pairing were handed a one minute penalty for being underweight at post-race scrutineering... [more]
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Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show closes with positive vibe
Premiere Events,
The signs of a still flat economy may have been felt at this year's Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show, but nothing could take away the atmosphere that makes this show a winner year after year.... [more]
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Waterways open at Port Coogee Marina, WA
Australand,
Just in time for spring, boating enthusiasts can now navigate the waterways at Port Coogee Marina with the opening of Phase 1 in Australand's multi-award winning estate.... [more]
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Inaugural Try Boating Day a huge success
Domenic Genua,
The Boating Industry Association of NSW ran its inaugural Try Boating Day yesterday as a pilot program in preparation for a state wide launch in 2012.... [more]
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The world's leading luxury boating brand makes waves at Mandurah
Creating Demand,
It's probably one of the biggest things to happen in the Perth boating industry: Princess Yachts Australia returned to the Mandurah Boat Show for the first time in three years proudly displaying their all new sporty Princess WV52, the elegant Princess 64 and the awesome V85-S, having recently acquired one of the most respected big boat sales organizations in the business, Beacon Marine.... [more]
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UIM Class 1 Italian Grand Prix - Champions perfect weekend
Nigel Quilter,
The Italian Grand Prix, part of the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship, has now crowned the winners in Cernobbio, Italy in race 2 of round three. Victory's Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir bin Hendi completed the perfect weekend to clinch the 2011 Class 1 European Championship in an incident-filled afternoon which saw Italians Luca Formilli Fendi and Giovanni Carpitella crash out.... [more]
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F1 H2O World Championship - Selio hopes for return to Emirates
Philippe Stiernon,
UIM F1 H2O World Championship 2011 - The defending World Champion Sami Selio is resting comfortably at home in Helsinki, Finland as he continues to have tests recovering from his massive accident less than two weeks ago in Liuzhou, China at the 16th Grand Prix of China.... [more]
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