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 29 Dec 2010
 
 

Ecommerce to explode, NZ industry poised for growth, sunlight to fuel?

Hope your Christmas was as laden with delights and delectables as ours was! We have consumed our body weights in chocolate, pudding and pork and are ready for more excess on NYE.

Sadly, much of the east coast of Australia has been awash, so boating has been out of necessity for many communities and in the form of emergency services evacuations and rescues. Take care out there and following the directions of local authorities.

Fortunately, there has been plenty of time to cover the stories that matter over the festive season, with news of a timely campaign from NSW Maritime, targeting PWC users to highlight their responsibilities on shared waterways, an update of speakers and topics for the NZ Marine Industry conference in March, news from Dubai about the upcoming boat show, some more safety information on the hazards of carbon monoxide and industry response to the concept of OS ecommerce competition and the prospect of charging GST on online purchases from foreign sites.

There are more exclusives in the pipeline, so keep popping back for a look.

Have a spectacular start to 2011 and thank you again for your support this year.


Jeni Bone, editor



Adapt to ecommerce or perish?
Jeni Bone,
Interest rate rises, deflated consumer confidence, an Aussie dollar at parity with the US dollar and the rise of internet shopping are causing Australian retailers to forecast 'devastating' effects on their annual profits.... [more]
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New Zealand Marine Industry 2011 Conference
NZ Marine,
Building on the success of two decades of growth and an industry currently worth more than $1.7bn, the New Zealand marine industry will gather in Queenstown in March 2011 to discuss ways of boosting exports and maximising growth over the next four years.... [more]
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All Marine Spares invests in exhibition space and global brands
Jeni Bone,
All Marine Spares enjoyed a buoyant 2010 and is anticipating building on that success in 2011 with an increased presence at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.... [more]
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All brands head for Dubai for the region's premier boat show
Dubai World Trade Centre,
Dubai International Boat Show, the region's largest and longest running boat show, will be hosting the biggest cluster of Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) members in the show's history - among them Amels, Benetti, Burger Boat Company, B.V., Fincantieri, Heesen Yachts, L├╝rssen, Oceanco, Sanlorenzo and Trinity Yachts.... [more]
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Beware Carbon Monoxide - the silent, odourless killer
Jeni Bone,
A recent boating incident on Queensland's Gold Coast highlights the dangers of carbon monoxide – the stealthy, silent and suffocating potential killer that could cost your life on your boat.... [more]
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Greenline celebrates 100 boats in just 10 months
North South Yachting,
The Greenline brand is celebrating 100 of its 33 Hybrid boats in just 10 months, which have been sold to all parts of the globe making it arguably the best selling boat of this size worldwide.... [more]
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Jet skis and PWC the target for NSW Maritime 'Ride Right' campaign
Jeni Bone,
Antisocial and plain dangerous behaviour on the water are the targets of a NSW Maritime campaign launching this week to highlight the dangers of jet skiing around other waterway users.... [more]
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Sunlight to fuel model offers hope for fossil-fuel free future
Jeni Bone,
American and Swiss researchers have developed a way to turn sunlight into fuel in a way similar to the process by which plants use sunlight to grow. Solar energy is a widely available clean, green energy source – but turning it into a transportable and dispatchable chemical fuel has been difficult.... [more]
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Auckland boat show moved to Sept to coincide with Rugby World Cup
NZ Marine,
To coincide with the 2011 Rugby World Cup, guaranteeting it worldwide exposure, the Auckland International Boat Show in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour, which is traditionally held in early March, will this year take place on September 15-18.... [more]
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New staff appointment at BIA NSW
Bob Wonders,
Natalie Walker tipped to deliver fresh ideas and enthusiasm to BIA team. She's no stranger to the boating lifestyle, having worked on luxury cruise boats on the Mediterranean.... [more]
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America's Cup: San Francisco shortens the odds in tight Venue race
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World NZ's Editor, Richard Gladwell, caught up with BMW Oracle Racing's Chief Operating Officer, and lead negotiator for the 34th America's Cup Venue Selection process, the day after he returned from visiting the three candidates in Newport, San Francisco and Italy. Barclay told Sail-World that the decision was 'going right down to the wire, documenting each city's proposal – each are very... [more]
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ACMA proposes new approach for boaties and VHF marine radios
ACMA,
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has identified reform options for the recreational boating community that it believes will improve use of VHF marine radios while reducing the regulatory burden, according to a consultation paper released last week.... [more]
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Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach
Media Services,
The Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach, Miami's premier in-water boat show, is set to take over Miami Beach's Collins Avenue February 17 to 21, 2011, presenting yachts and superyachts from the world's most extraordinary custom boat builders.... [more]
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Austal toasts $4bn Navy trimaran contract
Jeni Bone,
West Australian company, with operations in Alabama USA, Austal is celebrating US Congress approval of the US Navy's plan to buy 10 of its aluminium trimarans for $US4.5 billion ($4.525bn).... [more]
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Barz Optics moves to keep up with growth
Jeni Bone,
After 10 years at its original location in Currumbin, Barz Optics has moved into a new office complex at Burleigh Heads to accommodate sales growth and plans to bring on additional international distributors.... [more]
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America's Cup - BMW retires from Cup campaign
Sail-World.com,
America's Cup - An annoucement today that at the end of the year BMW will bring to a close its longstanding partnership with ORACLE Racing and thereby end its involvement in the America's Cup. This is by mutual agreement of both partners. Both parties set ambitious goals and achieved the ultimate objective: winning the America's Cup.... [more]
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America's Cup: Newport Marine industry rallies to support Venue bid
Richard Gladwell,
The Newport Daily News reports that more than 150 people rallied at New England Boatworks in Portsmouth on Tuesday morning to drive home the message that the state needs to make the investment in boating facilities at Fort Adams State Park in Newport so it can host the 2013 America's Cup races.... [more]
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New McConaghy 38 chooses Tacktick performance electronics
Jane Arakawa,
The new light displacement McConaghy 38 performance racing yacht is to fit the full Tacktick wireless Maxi performance electronics system as standard including the Remote Display unit. With no wires to run through the boat or up the mast, and super-thin, lightweight displays, Tacktick's instruments offer the most weight efficient package for race boat owners.... [more]
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America's Cup: Newport Daily News updates on Venue Bid
Richard Gladwell,
The Newport Daily News is reporting on the developments in Rhode Island on their bid to host the 34th America's Cup in the state. BMW Oracle Racing have had a negotiating team in Newport for a week holding discussions over staging the 34th America's Cup after San Francisco, previously described by the team as having a 'winning bid', changed the deal that had been under negotiation for four mont... [more]
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New Milsons Point commuter wharf in service
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn last week officially opened the first in a series of new commuter wharves for Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Doyle Sails NZ signs up VOR vet Justin Ferris
Guy Waddilove,
Doyle Sails has bolstered its internationally respected design team in Auckland, New Zealand, signing up renowned helmsman and trimmer Justin Ferris. He has been involved with three Volvo Ocean Races, racing with Pirates of the Caribbean and Puma Ocean Racing as well as some of the worlds top racing programmes including Wild Oats XI, Speedboat, Rambler and Konica Minolta amongst others.... [more]
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Get your VHF Call Sign in an instant click
Coastguard Boating Education .,
The VHF radio is an important means of communication on any boat, large or small, recreational or commercial. Are you aware that maritime radio users are required to hold a Marine VHF Radio Operators Qualification and have a call sign for their vessel (except in an emergency or distress situation)?... [more]
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Sydney-Hobart first! Oceanographic data for Hobart approaches
Sandman PR,
The last 10 miles of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race has often been the graveyard of ambitions for many competitors. With the finish line in sight, fickle winds and tides make it a tactician's nightmare, potentially wrecking an otherwise well-sailed race. New tactical oceanographic data covering a large area of southeast Tasmania is now available for the first time to competitors.... [more]
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Bluefin saved but WCFC unresolved on shark protection in the Pacific
Jeni Bone,
Fishing nations have agreed to hold their catches of young bluefin tuna in the central and western Pacific in 2011 and 2012 below the 2002-2004 annual averages, following an agreement at the annual meeting of the 25-member Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in Hawaii December 10.... [more]
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Ghantoot Marina appeals to new members with resort facilities
Jeni Bone,
The UAE has welcomed its latest addition to the marina scene, with the Ghantoot Marina & Resort open for business - with long-time Marine Qld marketing manager, Farrokh Golchin, who moved to Dubai a few years ago and is now working as the marina's General Manager.... [more]
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Lewmar – the turn around Pt.II
John Curnow,
In Part I, we saw how Lewmar, the British leisure marine equipment supplier who designs, manufactures and distributes a wide range of products including anchors, winches, windlasses, hatches, hardware, rigging, steering and thrusters, had not long ago had its back up against the wall.... [more]
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Sea Level Rise Maps spell risk for coastal properties
Jeni Bone,
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and the Gold Coast, as well as many communities on Australia's vast river networks, are in peril from inevitable sea level rises – shown in graphic detail on Maps released this week by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE).... [more]
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Variety Splash 2011 - Stars sign up to make a Splash
Portia Dixon,
Australian actor Blair McDonough, Hawthorn Football Club Premiership player Brad Sewell and 3AW Radio host Mike Brady are throwing their support and talents behind Variety Splash.... [more]
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Never sail blind again with the MA-500TR
Steven Cooke,
Icom is proud to announce the release of the MA-500TR Class B AIS transponder. The unit offers a cost effective entry option into chartplotting, with the reliability and functionality that Icom marine equipment is known for.... [more]
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Marine Auctions say 2010 was a tough year
Bob Wonders,
Chief auctioneer admits it has been a tough year. Despite humid, overcast conditions, quite a sizeable crowd was on hand to see Marine Auctions' chief Adrian Seiffert wielding the hammer.... [more]
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AquaPalooza! It must be summer at The Marina Hindmarsh Island
Desiree Goh,
Sea Ray AquaPalooza, Australia's largest on-water mosh pit, will set the scene for a hot summer at The Marina Hindmarsh Island these holidays as about 3000 people party both in and out of the water at the free event.... [more]
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