Pirates and premiums, Bar Crusher crushes competition, ethanol alert
Hope you all had a relaxing Easter break. Despite the rain, it was an absolute luxury to doddle about, eat chocolate to one's heart's content and regroup for another hectic few months ahead.
The Somali pirate drama unfolded on our TV screens, thanks to the involvement this time of a US ship, the Maersk Alabama and the ultimate conclusion of its Captain's rescue after military snipers picked off three of the pirates.
In an open letter to the world's media, the Somali have pirates vowed to target US and French ships to avenge the death of their five colleagues in recent attacks. “France and the U.S. will encounter unforgettable lessons,” Mohamed Hashi Yasin, a self-declared pirate spokesman, said by mobile phone from the port town of Eyl. “We will treat every country as they treat us.”
The pirates' threat raises fears for the safety of some 230 foreign sailors still held hostage in more than a dozen ships anchored off lawless Somalia.
The US President has weighed in, promising to “ halt the rise of piracy in that region” with the help of multinational forces.
No doubt, this will be played out in the media, but what few people realize is the impact on shipping costs in added insurance, extra fuel for longer routes, less cargo and now, hired security forces to provide armed escorts to tankers.
This week, we source global marine experts to give their opinions on the cost of piracy, as well as local news of triumphs, with the unprecedented two-in-a-row victories of the 760 Bar Crusher team at two of Tassie's major fishing tournaments, the introduction of the AIMEX Export Awards this year to coincide with SIBS, how you can stay aboard the 60m floating palace, MV Fantasea Ammari at SCIBS and the offer of $500 in fuel for new customers to d'Albora Marinas.
Have a great week! Ease up on the chocolate, gradually.
Jeni Bone, Editor
Ethanol alert: US shows Ethanol spells havoc for older boat engines Jeni Bone, In the US two years ago a mixture of 10 percent ethanol was added to gasoline at the pump, as well as at most marine fueling stations. Now, despite innumerable reports of trouble with older engines, the EPA is seeking to up the level to 15 per cent and the marine industry is calling for a rethink.... [more]
$500 Gift for new d'Albora Customers Jeni Bone, Taking advantage of the rarely available marina berths at any one of d'Albora's seven marinas across Sydney, Melbourne and Port Stephens, will pay dividends for the next three months, with all new customers receiving a $500 fuel voucher valid until the end of the year.... [more]
760 Bar Crusher scoops the Tassie fishing pool Jeni Bone, The brand new model from Bar Crusher, the heavy-duty 760, has taken home top honours in the recent St Helens game fishing Classic, held over the March long weekend, 7 & 8 at the game fishing capital of Tassie's east coast, and Coles Bay Classic, just 100kms south, two weeks later.... [more]
Debate around firepower for commercial vessels Jeni Bone, The US has finally experienced first-hand the pirate peril that for decades has threatened the world's shipping lanes, besetting commercial ships, passenger vessels and pleasure craft. Now, faced with skyrocketing insurance premiums, talk has turned to special force-on-force training, arming crews or equipping them with groups of Marines to counter attacks at sea.... [more]
Six near new luxury Sunseekers to be auctioned by Marine Auctions Media Services, Marine Auctions and Valuations have six near-new luxury Sunseekers for Auction. Today we feature the Sunseeker Superhawk 48. For full specifications and inspections visit the Marine Auctions website - www.marineauctions.com.au for further details.... [more]
AIMEX Awards to promote Australian brands internationally Jeni Bone, AIMEX, the peak organisation for Australian marine exporters, plans to host Awards to recognise the best and most innovative among its members, promoting the concept and the victors around the globe. CEO, Mary-Anne Edwards, outlines the purpose and promotional opportunities for entrants.... [more]
Marinas and Boat Storage Facilities offered new boat storage cradles Sabrina Creel, Custom Welding Diversified, Inc recently launched a new product. The aluminum self leveling Boat Storage Stand.... [more]
Ultra Anchors move onto Marina Ultra Marine Products, In their second year of exhibition at the Sanctuary Cove Boatshow, Ultra Marine Products Pty Ltd will once again be displaying their leading European range of Ultra Anchors & Specialist Anchoring Equipment.... [more]
Luxury afloat and accommodation for SCIBS Donna Parkin PR, Visitors to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show can now spend three nights aboard a luxury motor vessel while viewing more than 350 exhibits which include some of the most opulent boats on the market.... [more]
Open Letter from the Trustees about the 33rd America's Cup Michael Levitt, An open letter to the Société Nautique de Genève and the Golden Gate Yacht Club calling for a multi-challenger competition for the thirty-third America's Cup from the commodores of the Royal Yacht Squadron, New York Yacht Club, Royal Perth Yacht Club, San Diego Yacht Club and Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.... [more]
Get an Eagle-eye view on fish Sandman PR, Eagle has released a brighter, smarter, mid-range fishfinder in an ultra-compact package – the FishEasy 350C. Suitable for kayaks and mid-sized trailerboats, the full-colour FishEasy 350C features an 8.9cm, 256-colour, high-definition active matrix TFT display that is brighter than ever before for a unit of this size.... [more]
PIMEX 2010 on track PIMEX, PIMEX 2010 is now in the advanced planning stages, following the successful relocation to the stunning Royal Phuket Marina and the opening of the waterside Exhibition Hall last year. Now part of the Informa Yacht Group, promoters of the world-leading Monaco and Abu Dhabi Yacht Shows, PIMEX returns in 2010 with a new look and a new format.... [more]
Cobalt conquers through craftsmanship and character Jeni Bone, US brand, Cobalt has long been a brand associated with family ethics, attention to detail and impeccable craftsmanship. Here's why.... [more]
Azzura Marine MD elected new Superyacht Base Australia Chairman Azzura Marine, Superyacht Base Australia (SYBA), the peak body representing Australia's superyacht industry, has announced Azzura Marine Managing Director David McQueen as the new Chairman of the organisation. David brings over 30 years of boat building and management experience to the group, complete with the passion and drive to position SYBA and its members in the best possible light for the future.... [more]
Bertram Yachts shelves expansion plans Media Services, The manufacturer's expansion plans have fallen victim to the economic downturn. Now Bertram Yachts is shrinking instead of growing.... [more]
Kiwis show the way to Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2009 Rob Mundle, Famous New Zealand ocean racing yachtsman Jim Farmer has already claimed a first for this year's Audi Hamilton Island Race Week by being the first to enter the celebrated regatta, this year between 21-29 August.... [more]
Thousands of reasons why Classes, Clubs and Events upload news and pix Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, Over the last three years the number of Classes and Clubs posting their own news, (which we edit) via our Sail-World news and image upload system has been growing exponentially. In March 2009 our team published 937 stories, of which we wrote more than 300 ourselves, but another 250 came from Classes, Clubs and events, the rest were international- many of those too came in via news... [more]
Online traffic audits will make advertising decisions easier Brendan Maxwell, Australia's online marketplace will benefit with the web traffic statistics being reported through the ABA's new Web Audit Service. The service will verify the correct placement and number of tags per page by online publishers and ensure that the web measurement system is capturing web traffic data accurately and reporting in accordance to industry agreed standards.... [more]
SCIBS counts down to 21st anniversary show Jeni Bone, With just 44 days to go, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show – its 21st anniversary – organizers are ecstatic that numbers are strong and innovations are plenty.... [more]
Seakeeper appoints international distributors Martin Flory Group, Since the exclusivity agreement with Azimut Yachts ended, sales worldwide of the state-of-the-art Seakeeper Gyro Stabilization System have grown rapidly. Seakeeper has brought on six new international distributors to keep up with increasing demand.... [more]
The finance package that could save your life Finlease, When you purchase a big ticket item like a motor vehicle, on many occasions it comes with complimentary breakdown assistance. Buy a boat however, and you're left to your own devices. Now, Finlease has introduced a finance solution that gives boat buyers the added peace of mind of free breakdown assistance at sea.... [more]
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