Broadwater dredging mirage, Korea muscles up, free AIMEX/AMIF seminar
This week we feature some major activity on the waterways of the Gold Coast. It seems the dredging which is part of a $36m project to beautify the Broadwater is only a means to an end – to pump out the sand required to extend two parklands. What happens next? Well, that's up to the Bligh government, says Council, shrugging off any further responsibility.
Also news from further afield, South Korea, the country determined to become the next great marine centre. The government and regional administrators are investing millions of US dollars in recreational boating infrastructure, as well as offering massive incentives for businesses looking for JVs in the region.
We also bring you a myriad of exclusive stories – from product releases and anticipated launches at SCIBS, to innovations in marine fuel from seaweed and a free AIMEX/AMIF 'Survive & Thrive' business seminar to be held on the Gold Coast this Thursday. Get in touch with Haylee from AIMEX on (03) 9682 1255 for more info. It's free and it will help your business in these extreme times.
Have a great week and keep the comments coming. Each week I receive emails from the Middle East to Mosman, Mumbai to Hamilton Island. Good or bad, we want your input. Far better than no response at all!
Jeni Bone, Editor
Broadwater dredging to add land, not remedy silting Jeni Bone, Much is being said and written about current dredging on the Gold Coast Broadwater – part of a massive parkland project which will add nearly 4 hectares to public green space. After so many years of debate, the dredgers and their pumps are a welcome sight. But what then?... [more]
Marine industry networking lunch features Iain Murray Rob Mundle, The next Southport Yacht Club industry luncheon, to be held at the SYC's waterfront facility on Friday, May 15, will feature guest speaker, Iain Murray.... [more]
Oil from Algae as close as 10 years Media Services, It's a case of 'back to the future' for scientists researching extracting oil from algae. Petroleum that we pump from the ground today, is actually composed of ancient algae that mulched over millions of years in to the oil we use for cars and boats and planes. Now we are close than ever to harnessing the power of living algae and replacing fossil fuels with a cost-effective, green alternative.... [more]
EPIRBs - Check your vital 15 character code Sail-World, That's the message that Cobham Life Support, ACR Products, the world's leader in safety and survival technologies, is trying to get to all beacon owners. They want all EPIRB and PLB owners to double check their 15-character identification code registration for errors.&nlid=<:nlid:>&tbl=<:tableName:>&pwd=<:password:>'>more]
Near new luxury Sunseeker Manhattan 50 for auction by Marine Auctions Media Services, Marine Auctions and Valuations have six near-new luxury Sunseekers for Auction. Today we feature the Sunseeker Manhattan 50. For full specifications and inspections visit the Marine Auctions website - www.marineauctions.com.au for further details.... [more]
Korea invests in marine muscle Jeni Bone/Tim Coventry, Watch out Australia, South Korea is aiming to become the regional centre for recreational boating and allied marine industries. To prove how serious it is, investment is in the multi-millions and several provinces are already at work building a network of marinas and infrastructure to cater to this anticipated boom. Report by Tim Coventry.... [more]
Free accomm and 50% airfare to attend KIBS Conference KIBS, To support and encourage the vital links between the Korean leisure marine industry and overseas industry leaders, Gyeonggi Province, owners and promoters of the Boat show and Asia Boating Industry Conference, have announced that overseas visitors to the conference can now claim 50% of a round trip economy airfare as well as the 3 free nights hotel accommodation in a conference hotel.... [more]
KIBS conference announces speakers and incentives KIBS, Coinciding with the second Korea International Boat Show in June 2009, will be the conference organizers are hailing a “must-attend” event for the marine industry.... [more]
Grant Dalton: Louis Vuitton Series has America's Cup teams' support Paul Lewis, NZ Herald, Paul Lewis reports in the Sunday Herald on the next moves for the America's Cup teams: 'The next steps in the becalmed and beleaguered America's Cup saga are likely to see the emergence of new, Cup-like, global yachting regattas involving Louis Vuitton. 'It makes sense to do something like that,' said Grant Dalton, 'and it has the support of all the America's Cup teams.'... [more]
Please spare a penny (£1) for the Cowes fireworks Victoria Rhodes, The cry was 'Please spare a penny for the Guy, mister' well taking into account the credit crunch it seems a minimum of a pound is necessary to show your support for the Cowes Week Fireworks. 3,591 members of a new Facebook group, Save Cowes Week Fireworks, have pledged to contribute towards the display. However, there are still considerable funds to be raised... [more]
Summit Down Under Sets the Standard Ursula Bishop NMSC, Technical experts will outline how the latest Australian and international recreational boat building standards will impact on the industry, and possibly improve business, when they address the Summit Down Under on the Gold Coast in May.... [more]
NZ marine export industry forecast to double in a decade Jeni Bone, In line with the global downturn, New Zealand's marine industry sales are predicted to flatten for the next 18 months, but hope is on the horizon, according to economic forecasters, who say the country's $717 million annual export business will double over the next 10 years.... [more]
Comment sought on cutting red tape for commercial waterski operations NSW Maritime, NSW Maritime is seeking public and industry submissions on a proposal to modify the licensing requirements for commercial waterski and aquaplane vessels.... [more]
Brisbane Boat Show announces dates Marine Qld, Organiser of the Brisbane International Boat Show, Marine Queensland, has announced the dates of the event at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, August 28-31 and offering discounted exhibitor rates of up to 15%.... [more]
AIMEX AMIF: Free business seminar on the Gold Coast AIMEX, AIMEX and AMIF are hosting a free 'Survive and Thrive' seminar on the Gold Coast, Thursday 30 April at Volunteer Marine Rescue, Southport, Muriel Henchman Drive, The Spit from 10am to 1pm.... [more]
Fairline welcomes new Singapore dealer Fairline Boats, Leading luxury performance motor yacht manufacturer, Fairline Boats has further cemented its market presence in Asia with the dealer appointment of SGBoating Pte Ltd, trading as Fairline Singapore. The company joins the dealer network as the sole official dealer for Fairline in Singapore, operating from its premises at Raffles Marina.... [more]
Boat Asia 2009 anchors at Marina at Keppel Bay Boat Asia Media, This year's Boat Asia show will also see the Asian and local debut of exciting new luxury boats. These include the innovative Four Winns SL262, the elegant Princess 42 Flybridge, and the contemporary Riviera 4400 Sports Yacht, which emerged as the '2008 Australian Boat of The Year'. The classy Fairline Targa 38, voted '2007 European Powerboat of the Year', will also be showcased at Boat Asia for... [more]
Ferretti back in the water Ferretti Group S.p.A., Ferretti S.p.A have announced that their debt restructuring proposals have been accepted by The Royal Bank of Scotland for the senior loan and the financing pool of mezzanine lenders. The agreement is the first step in the implementation of the Plan aimed at strengthening the Ferretti group's financial situation.... [more]
Evolution Boats launches new website Sandman PR, Melbourne-based fibreglass boat manufacturer Evolution Boats has flicked live its new website – www.evolutionboats.com.au The innovative and user-friendly website is packed with information to help prospective boat buyers research their new boat... from individual model profiles and local dealer details right through to information on Evolution Boats' construction process.... [more]
Salthouse salutes its latest: Salthouse 82 Salthouse Marine, Building on its existing range, NZ manufacturer, Salthouse Marine is heralding the Salthouse 82 as an entertainer's boat, with all the pedigree and performance the brand is renowned for.... [more]
Horizon looks to greener alternatives in the SunCat 46 Jeni Bone, Taiwan-based Horizon Group is developing a series of solar powered boats in cooperation with Thomas Meyer, CEO of Solar Water World AG, a German company that is known for pioneering solar powered boats.... [more]
Maritimo A50 Aegean Flybridge: sleek and versatile Maritimo Media, With the incredible interest shown in the newly-released A60 Aegean Flybridge and its smaller brother, the A55, Maritimo has announced the imminent release of the next boat in the family, the A50.... [more]
Mustang stars poolside at SCIBS Peter Pembroke, After the success of the display in the Hyatt Lagoon Pool at the 2008 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, Mustang will once again showcase its range in the pool.... [more]
Dockside members save on fuel Dockside Buyers Group, Since September 2007, the Dockside Buyers Group has been saving boaties money on the water with discounts on all manner of boating requirements.... [more]
AIMEX delegation forges strong ties in China AIMEX, The Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) organised the Australian Pavilion at the Shanghai Boat Show held last week. Whilst original thoughts were that this would be a very slow show, feedback from AIMEX exhibitors at the show indicates it was as busy as ever.... [more]
Inaugural Bahrain Boat Show anticipates more than 10,000 Knotika Holding, The first ever boat show in the Kingdom of Bahrain will open Tuesday 21 April and will run to Saturday 25 April at the Amwaj Islands Marina and managed by the specialists in the region, Knotika Holding.... [more]
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