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Marine Business News this week

Today, online is really the media space to occupy.

As if we need more evidence, Rupert Murdoch was in Sydney last week once more talking realistically about the Web and urging Australian business to revive the pioneering spirit and investment in innovation for which we were once renowned.

A vocal advocate of compelling, quality online news journalism, and a pioneer of Internet media in the mid-90s, Murdoch's mantra is 'up to date information, where, how and what consumers are interested in'.

He has described the shift to the Internet as 'a revolution in the way people are accessing news'.

'They don't want to rely on the morning paper for their up-to-date information. They don't want to rely on a God-like figure from above to tell them what's important. And to carry the religion analogy a bit further, they certainly don't want news presented as gospel.'

Murdoch is investing billions in making his online publications stand-alone entities from his coterie of print titles. This is the way of the future, 'to make a website a consumer's homepage. Just as people traditionally started their day with coffee and the newspaper, in the future, our hope should be that for those who start their day online, it will be with coffee and our website'.

And when it gets to their own (marine) business news they certainly dont want weekly bulletins which are nothing more than a thin teasers for a print publication, while serious players update 24x7 (like TetraMedia), which runs as many as 60 new articles each day across and

Last week one of our new advertisers said 'We realised consumers had moved online and we did a close analysis of the online marine media before making an advertising committment to TetraMedia. We realised that you have a serious committment to breaking news and that has been your key to success. The new online players we looked at lacked substance and lack traffic.'

This week, and each and every day, MarineBusinessNews brings you the latest news from around the Asia Pacific and the word and a fully-edited selection of product launches.

Hope you agree, worth a daily visit while you enjoy your morning coffee, a la Rupert!

Jeni Bone, Editor

Experts Reject Greens Fear of marine 'Parking Lot'
Jeni Bone,
The NSW Greens are concerned about the $600m in marina developments in the pipeline all over Sydney, fearing the waterways will become 'parking lots' for large cruisers, but experts believe that is far from the current case nor plans for the future.... [more]

Founder of Navman, Peter Maire funds Fusion
Jeni Bone,
The economic crisis which has resulted in a lack of private equity funding has led tech industry entrepreneur and founder and former President of Navman, Peter Maire to sell up to a fifth of his stakeholding in quartz crystal component maker, Rakon.... [more]

Australian Sailing Team Manager Applications Open
Alastair Snell,Yachting Australia,
Yachting Australia is seeking an experienced and highly competent full-time Manager for the Australian Sailing Team.... [more]

Bavaria - Full speed ahead!
James Millar,
The second largest keelboat builder in the world Bavaria Yachtbau is expanding its production capacity and bring new models to market. It continues counting on a robust market in the boat sector, investing into another new production-line and enlarging the capacities of the full-automatic varnishing system for furniture and interior equipment of sailing and motor yachts.... [more]

Boost for RS:X sailing down under
David Mead, Pryde Group,
Neil Pryde Limited (Pryde Group) designed and developed the RS:X Olympic Windsurfing Equipment and is the exclusive manufacturer. In a boost to the RS:X class 'down under' CEO Neil Pryde announced that Performance Sailcraft Australasia has been appointed Australasian distributors for RS:X... [more]

High Performance Manager - Applications open
Alastair Snell, Yachting Australia,
Yachting Australia is seeking an experienced and highly competent full-time High Performance Manager to manage key components of the sport's performance focused programs.... [more]

YACHTstyle magazine wins design award
Asia's newest and smartest boating magazine, YACHTstyle, continues parent company Edipresse Group's tradition of winning awards by taking first place for Design and Layout Excellence at the Asian Publishing Awards for 2008.... [more]

Design Awards METS Shortlist Announced
The Design Award METS (DAME) jury has short listed 53 products out of the 136 entered to win this year's competition at the Marine Equipment Trade Show, which is the most prestigious marine products competition in the world.... [more]

Murdoch Urges Business to Innovate
Jeni Bone,
Rupert Murdoch fears Australia has become the land of the bludger, losing its pioneer sense of innovation and competitive spirit.... [more]

Buizen legend extends to 60 feet
Harbourside Media,
It has been 12 years since Buizen Yachts introduced a new model. Now, Buizen announces the release of a new 60 foot model; a move that represents a significant milestone in the company's history.... [more]

Bavaria Charter Australia - Sailing Ahead
Bavaria Media,
As the global financial wobble continues to play out on stock markets around the world and intrude into family lounge rooms each night on the news, one sector of Australian business is sailing ahead, the bareboat charter industry.... [more]

BoatsPlus Launches Video Tests With
Evangelos Tepelidis, is pleased to announce its new content partnership with Consumers around the globe now have the most effective quality controlled information when it comes to researching new boats, motor yachts and boat engines online. Effective immediately, has launched a boat test category which features the latest video tests from [more]

SGW named in the top 10 of Victoria's must do's

Skandia Geelong Week has landed seventh spot in RACV's top 101 tourism experiences. The results were announced on Channel 9 Melbourne during a Postcards special.... [more]

Sea Rising to Affect Commerce & Property
Jeni Bone,
Beaches, coastal houses, commercial property and roads will be threatened by rising sea levels by 2050, while temperatures are expected to rise by at least 2 degrees, a new scientific study reveals.... [more]

New Vessel Standard Buoys Requirements
The National Marine Safety Committee (NMSC) has released for public comment a new draft safety standard to reduce the effects of flooding on a commercial vessel.... [more]

Lewmar Appoints New CEO
Lewmar Marine,
The UK's Lewmar Marine today announced the departure of Peter O'Connell as CEO of the company. Peter Tierney, Lewmar chairman, has been chosen by the group's Board of Directors to replace O'Connell with immediate effect.... [more]

Bob Cowley Appointed to Volvo Penta
Volvo Penta Oceania,
Volvo Penta Oceania in its ongoing restructure, has appointed Bob Cowley as Dealer Development Manager to further enhance its hub & spoke dealer structure.... [more]

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