NYE alerts, JetCats retire, new Tsunami system & flotsam revelations

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NYE alerts, JetCats retire, new Tsunami system & flotsam revelations

Tomorrow is the first day of 2009. Perhaps more than any other NYE, this year, I'm sure we're all looking forward to better business, more time with family and friends, health and the usual array of resolutions.

This week, I have scoured the earth to find relevant and riveting holiday reading. Hope some of it amuses and informs. We have a follow up on Earthrace's east coast of Australia leg with an interview with skipper, Pete Bethune and his mission, as well as his views on Australian customs and bureaucracy, plus a story on Sydney's retiring JetCat fleet – now for sale and the route up for tender by private operators.

There's a piece on China's response to piracy in African waters, a few stories on our neighbours' current state four years after the devastating Tsunami that hit the region, and a feature on the “garbage vortex” in the Pacific – not just its impact on sailors and the environment, but what scientists are learning from this massive, swirling mass of our plastic waste.

Locally, boaties are counseled to stay under the limit while out on our waterways this NYE and over summer, with the government promising more breath testing from the combined forces of NSW Maritime safety officers, the Water Police, the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol and the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard, AND a rise in fines for offenders.

If you're making a list – whether its focused on sales or quitting the ciggies – keep it realistic, have the support of your colleagues and family and research the steps to achieving your goals. For my part (my first year not in the pregnant state for quite a few years!) I will be throwing myself in to all things marine, attending Boat Shows, seminars and industry events. Hope to bump in to you there.

Enjoy the festivities and warmest wishes for a great start to the New Year!

Jeni Bone, Editor

JetCat route to be replaced by private service – some day
Jeni Bone,
The last JetCat ferry left Manly at 10am on NYE 2008, destined to be replaced – eventually – by a privately run service. In the meantime, northern beaches commuters are left with half the number of peak services to the city.... [more]

Boaters reminded to Say Under the Limit
NSW Maritime Media,
Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi has reminded boaters to ‘stay under the limit' as they head out onto Sydney Harbour for New Year's Eve celebrations. More than 3000 vessels are expected to take to the water to see in the New Year, with a further 1.5 million people gathering to see the fireworks from vantage points around the harbour.... [more]

Marine industry contributes to Tsunami recovery
Jeni Bone,
The world was transfixed with images of the Boxing Day Tsunami (26 December 2004) and the devastation that laid bare the shores of Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, Thailand and surrounding islands. Now, experts from the global marine industry are lending their support, with practical and technical direction to nurture the fledgling boating sector in Sri Lanka.... [more]

Indonesia establishes Tsunami warning system
Jeni Bone,
Hoping to predict and protect the region, Indonesia has launched a Tsunami warning system that while not quite perfect, aims to cover as much of the area as possible.... [more]

Indonesian reefs on the road to recovery
Jeni Bone,
Scientists from the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have reported a rapid recovery of coral reefs in areas of Indonesia, following the tsunami that devastated coastal regions throughout the Indian Ocean four years ago.... [more]

Garbage soup: secrets spewed up by the trash vortex
Jeni Bone,
Discovered by a sailor in 1997, the 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch' or 'trash vortex' that floats around in oceanic gyres is now of great interest to scientists, biologists, weather forecasters and marine researchers for the information it reveals about ocean currents.... [more]

PIMEX to move to January show slot
Lana Willocks, phuketwan.com,
Organisers of the Phuket International Marine Expo (PIMEX) are planning to move the next event to early January 2010 in an effort to capture more quality visitors, says show director Andy Dowden. The decision comes in the wake of the industry's battering by the global economic slowdown and political unrest in Thailand.... [more]

China dispatches war ships to counter piracy
Jeni Bone,
Three Chinese warships departed for the Gulf of Aden on Boxing Day, planning to join international efforts to fight Somali pirate attacks, which experts estimate have totaled more than 100 in 2008.... [more]

Papuan Paradise
Jeni Bone,
The US and European yachting, fishing and diving fraternities have known for a long time: Papua New Guinea is home to some of the best marine environments in the world, boasting deep water and high visibility.... [more]

Earthrace on target to promote environmental virtue
Jeni Bone,
It's the homeward stretch for Earthrace, according to NZ skipper Pete Bethune, who has been on the ‘road' now for two and a half years.... [more]

Operation Lights On: Eight skippers fined
Minister's Office - Joe Tripodi,
A boating safety blitz on the weekend has resulted in eight skippers being fined for not displaying correct navigation lights at night, with a further 16 given formal warnings. Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi said nearly a thousand vessels were checked during the three day campaign known as Operation Lights On.... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart - Whale and Boat Watching
To celebrate the end of the whale watching season, Australian sailor Richard Forde was taking a break at the Kings Cup in Thailand a few weeks ago when we had a quiet little drink. Forde was in Thailand to sail in Asia's largest regatta. His company Bass & Flinders operates from Sydney, Australia. Forde runs possibly the largest whale watching operation in the world, and a rather special Boxin... [more]

Boat maintenance Check List
Marine Safety Victoria,
Did you know around 82% of all boating incidents reported last year were due to boats breaking down on the water? Maintenance doesn't have to be a chore – get into the routine and maintain your boat. Marine Safety Victoria has put together a Vessel Maintenance Check List... [more]

Confident air at Sanctuary Cove
Bob Wonders,
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show to defy so-called global credit crunch. Recent research undertaken by Queensland's Griffith University revealed the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show had set a new benchmark for Gold Coast events.... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Currents and sea temps provide tactical edge
Susan Boyd,
A revolutionary new website which charts ocean currents and sea temperatures in conjunction with navigational charts has been released in time for the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]

Marine Queensland - a year of achievements and plans in the pipeline
Jeni Bone,
A few weeks ago, Charles Dickson, manager of Marine Queensland's Gold Coast Division wound up 10 weeks of meetings with local boat builders, 'aiming to ascertain their problems and issues and to gauge their feelings about implementing standards (Australian Design Rules) for Australia's boat building industry, something along the lines of Europe's EC standards'.... [more]

Seawind Seminars at Miami Strictly Sail Boat Show
Brent Vaughan,
For the past two years, Seawind Catamarans have been host to a series of information seminars at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show in Australia, which were all extremely well attended. Now these seminars are going on the road and will make their American debut at the Miami Strictly Sail Boat Show to be held at Bayside, Miami FL, USA on February 12 – 16.... [more]

Marina Oceanus: Full throttle for development
Jeni Bone,
Marina Mirage has long been synonymous with 5-star boating. It's considered a world-class destination for luxury yachts and cruisers in the heart of Queensland's Gold Coast and, known as Marina Oceanus, it's now offering a limited number of long-term berth leases and anticipating $50m of refurbished facilities.... [more]

Win a Southerly Offshore Jacket, a Seabrake or an inflatable PFD
To celebrate the 2008 offshore season, Burke Marine are running their first ever Sail-World online competition. You can win a Southerly offshore jacket, a Seabrake or a Burke Marine Inflatable PFD in the latest Sail-World online Competition... [more]

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