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Taiwan brands boom, marine promises in Qld elections, Riviera layoffs

Wading through the multitude of news, releases and information sent from the four corners of the marine globe this week and there is more than enough to satisfy any old salt, or entrepreneur!

There are plenty of positive stories to balance up the inevitable lay offs, retrenchments and “belt tightening” articles that are par for the course at the moment, as well as loads of opportunities and business case studies from around the country and around the world.

At TetraMedia – publisher of Powerboat-World, Sail-World and MBN, we pride ourselves on analytical and newsworthy editorial. Testament to this is the volume of visitors to our sites and their feedback.

Powerboat-World is the largest online marine news publication in existence and launched in 1997. arrived in 2000 and has been expanded to Sail-World NZ, Sail-World Asia, Sail-World USA, Sail-World UK and Sail-World Europe and Sail-World Australian Cruising and Sail-World Cruising (the world-wide edition), with seasoned writer and expert Bob Wonders at the helm, now has weekly newsletter circulation of over 30,000 readers and at current growth rate will pass 40,000 in the next year.

The overall monthly circulation (unique viewers) now exceeds 60,000 readers.

The new kids on the online block claim to be providing a genuine online news service, which is in just fact a few teasers for their print publications while we run up to 80 stories each day across a range of marine sites.

Feedback from readers indicates the sales teams from these websites have a habit of “talking up” the stats, but on closer inspection, advertisers say these sites lack any substance and online credibility compared to specialist dedicated online marine news sites like ours.

As journalists, that is all the motivation we need.

As advertisers, if you're not already marketing via TetraMedia sites, find out what you're missing and compare your current media schedule, reach and results with our stats.

Have a great week and visit frequently.

Jeni Bone, Editor

Marine audiences demand specialised news NOW
Brendan Maxwell,
As consumers spend more time on the Internet than in front of television, online marine news have long passed boating magazines as a marine news and information source.... [more]

It's official – online media is now where it's at
Media Services,
In the US and Australia, internet media is overtaking all forms of traditional media for reader loyalty and time spent consuming.... [more]

India warming up to yachting with new marinas
Jeni Bone,
It won't be long - end of 2009, in fact - before India is able to show it could live up to the hype around its potential as a marine nation, with plans underway for marina developments in key boating locations.... [more]

Potentially dangerous container spill in Moreton Bay
Jeni Bone,
Thousands of tons of shipping containers filled with potentially explosive ammonium nitrate are floating in Moreton Bay after spilling from a Brisbane-bound cargo ship this morning.... [more]

Marine Dragon Consulting says Chinese boating industry still buoyant
Marine Dragon Consulting,
Two months before China International Boat Show, analysts Marine Dragon Consulting are releasing their 2008 figures for the China boating industry. They report: “Both exports and imports are up in value compared to 2007, with respectively USD 250 million and USD 72 million... [more]

Princess and Riviera farewell staff
Media Services,
Just as Princess Yachts in the UK enters discussions over the lay off of 450 staff – nearly a fifth of its workforce – news is that Riviera Boats has also done some shedding at its Coomera operations on Australia's Gold Coast.... [more]

Abu Dhabi hosts global superyacht conference
Jeni Bone,
The Gulf Superyacht Forum will take place tomorrow (12 March 2009) in Abu Dhabi, sponsored by Island Global Yachting (IGY), the luxury marina developer and management company.... [more]

‘All media device' wallmount stereo
Sandman PR,
The JENSEN® AWM970 108W AM/FM/CD/DVD/USB/iPod® is an all-new multimedia wallmount unit designed for luxury cruisers and yachts. Sleek and compact, it can be easily mounted in any convenient location and is a single state-of-the-art unit that allows boaters to enjoy all their media – audio, video, iPods and USB devices.... [more]

KIBS incentives for exhibitors
Jeni Bone,
Thanks to the generous budget of the Gyeong-Gi Provincial Government, the Korea International Boat Show, 2-7 June 2009, is offering a range of incentives and benefits for foreign exhibitors interested in participating in the event.... [more]

Horizon Group launches Elegance 106 Raised Pilothouse
Jeni Bone,
After the first 120 Raised Pilothouse took to the waves in early 2008, Taiwan-based superyacht maker, Horizon Group began working on a brand new model to expand its current Elegance Raised Pilothouse Series and fill the gap between 97-foot and 120-foot motoryachts.... [more]

Khas Shing cashing in on plum location in Asia
Jeni Bone,
One of the world's largest manufacturers of superyachts, Taiwan-based Kha Shing shipyard, is poised for expansion which it hopes will spearhead its global growth.... [more]

Middle East claims title of global marine epicentre
Jeni Bone,
The future of the yacht and leisure boating industry lies in the Middle East, according to experts and participants at the Dubai International Boat Show last week.... [more]

Incentives to get into the Charter business
Bavaria Charter,
There are benefits and breaks available for small and general business to invest in new Charter Boats, thanks to the recent initiatives as part of the Government's stimulus package.... [more]

NZ confident of buoyant marine industry
New Zealand's marine industry says large crowds at the annual boat show this weekend is proof that it is navigating the recession well.... [more]

Bahrain welcomes inaugural Boat Show
Jeni Bone,
Knotika Boat Shows has announced the first annual Bahrain Boat Show International, to be held concurrently with the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix, 21-25 April 2009.... [more]

Cyclone Hamish passes Whitsundays, but more danger south
Hamilton Island, the largest resort island in Queensland's Whitsundays is getting back to business as usual after Cyclone Hamish threatened last night and this morning. But further south the category five cyclone could threaten Fraser Isand.... [more]

Top End Charter Fleet swaps to Honda
Sandman PR,
Up in the Top End, they take fishing seriously. None more so than Cannon Charters, which runs a fleet of boats custom-designed for sportfishing adventures and discovery trips around the spectacular coast of the Northern Territory - recently changing their engines to Honda's new BF40s.... [more]

Electronic Control Diesel joins Yanmar's Pleasurecraft Engine line-up
Connexion PR,
THE 6CX530 is the latest addition to Yanmar Marine's range of big power electronic diesels. It is much lighter than anything the competition can offer, at just 855 kilograms dry weight — well over 200 kilos less than some comparable-size engines. It is EPA Tier-2 emissions certified and ready for Tier 3 which comes into force in 2012, making the engine cleaner than today's regulations.... [more]

Scene at the Auckland International Boat Show
Richard Gladwell,,
Sail-World's camera was at the Auckland International Boat Show, late Friday afternoon.... [more]

AIMEX delegation visits key sites in Dubai
At the Dubai International Boat Show from 3-7 March 2009 a group of 30 exhibitors showcasing Australia to the UAE market joined the New South Wales Trade Mission organized by the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) with the assistance of Austrade on a pre-show tour of the Anchor Marina and Jaddaf Dry Docks.... [more]

Eco to drive new post-recession economy
Jeni Bone,
With the recession deepening, count on all things ‘eco' to be repositioned from ‘worthy but expensive' to ‘worthy and a lot less expensive'.... [more]

Focus on franchising for Boab Boat Hire
Jeni Bone,
With a winning franchising formula and its own fleet of custom-made boats, Boab Boat Hire is helping investors make a living out of a lifestyle.... [more]


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