A week of changes, launches, investment and the Melbourne boat show
What a week! We could certainly have burnt oil into the wee hours covering the world's marine business stories over the past few days. The major local news alone is sufficient to take up plenty of online column cms.
First up, the AMIF has been disbanded following the collective opinion from the state boating industry associations that 'it no longer reflected its members' interests'.
According to Chairman, Barry Jenkins and President of the BIA NSW, Doug Olding, both of whom are looking forward to a new entity with a completely different funding model, the new organization will lobby government on behalf of industry and work to help its members surmount the entirely new range of challenges of the current climate.
Also in our features, an insightful take on Korea's marine ambitions from Australian companies who have struck up relationships with local manufacturers and developers. There is plenty of room for growth along the coast and, with massive plans underway to position Seoul as an influential port city (on the Han River), the country abounds with opportunities for innovative Australian businesses.
There is news from Singapore – intent on attracting the superyacht market to Asia, hosting the inaugural Superyacht Industry conference in October – the overview of the Melbourne Boat Show, a win in a US court for FlexiTEEK who had been battling copy-cat companies, sad but anticipated news that Warren Yachts will be shelved until the superyacht market picks up again, plus a slew of good news including an updates on job vacancies and willing labour from our friends at Watercrew.
Please keep your news and story tips coming in.
Jeni Bone, Editor
South Korea sets sights on Seoul as marine hub Jeni Bone, South Korea is planning to position its capital, Seoul as a major Port City and a hub of Asian marine travel, revealing details of an US$18 billion waterways project and works to prepare for the introduction of cruise ships to its major river, the Han.... [more] Onsend this story
End of AMIF spells beginning of new 'single entity' Jeni Bone, The Australian Marine Industries Federation (AMIF), the body representing the Recreational and Light Commercial sector and associated Marine Industries, is no more, a consequence of the present economic climate and related challenges. But its Chairman and Directors are planning the formation of a new, 'single entity' organisation that better reflects its members' interests.... [more] Onsend this story
Aussie companies see potential on Korea's southern coast Jeni Bone, Fresh from success at the Korea International Boat Show, John Hogan of Superior Jetties reveals the ambitious plans of the 'Tourism & Leisure City' on the South-West Coast of Korea and how his and other Australian companies are set to benefit from the long-term development along the country's coastline.... [more] Onsend this story
Flexiteek wins court case against copycats Paul Whelan, A Jury has ruled in favour of Flexiteek in its patent infringement case against PlasTEAK and PlasDECK. Flexiteek International based in Norway has manufacturing plants in Australia, Sweden and the USA.... [more] Onsend this story
Princess Motor Yacht Sales moves in to Mayfair Media Services, Princess Motor Yacht Sales, the UK distributor of Princess Yachts, is bucking the trend for cinching in of belts and has moved in to bespoke new premises in London's Mayfair.... [more] Onsend this story
Bénéteau Group sales down, but growth on the horizon Media Services, The world's number-one sailboat builder, the Bénéteau Group, has reported that its sales are 28.4% down for the third quarter, traditionally the year's peak sales time, but that is compared with 42.6% for the first half of the year, heralding a forecast for growth in 2010.... [more] Onsend this story
Warren Yachts 'shelved' till better times Jeni Bone, Tough times call for tough measures and Warren Yachts has pared back its staff to 35 and focused its efforts on refits and leasing its sheds in response to cancellations and a dearth of new orders.... [more] Onsend this story
Sandman's ‘Hour of Power' sheds light on prospering via PR Jeni Bone, Award-winning marine PR/media specialist Sandman Public Relations, in conjunction with the Boating Industry Association of NSW and various media partners, is hosting the inaugural 'Hour of Power' seminar during SIBS, Friday 31 July, 2-3pm.... [more] Onsend this story
Monocle Yachts expands to Asia Iconovista, Monocle Yachts, operators of the world's largest fleet of fractionally owned yachts since 1964, have announced the extension of their cruising destinations to include the Asia Pacific region.... [more] Onsend this story
Protection from the harsh Australian climate has arrived Harbourside Media, Now there's a new range of marine detailing products specially formulated for Australian conditions. It's called SunMarine and it is being released initially in the eastern states with plans to roll out nationally very soon after.... [more] Onsend this story
'China becomes the new destination for superyachts': WealthBulletin Tara Loader Wilkinson, WealthBulletin.com, 'While there is not much of a culture for cruising, our clients there are looking for luxury toys for entertaining. There is no real yachting infrastructure there yet, but we expect this to change over the next few years.'... [more] Onsend this story
Riviera forges ahead with new models and more Riviera Boats, Riviera has made considerable progress in the eight weeks since the voluntary appointment of Receivers on May 8, 2009, including announcing new models and an ambitious new push to expand its global dealer network.... [more] Onsend this story
BIA Victoria and Marine Safety Victoria strengthen ties BIA VIC, BIA Victoria and Marine Safety Victoria (MSV) have strengthened their mutual commitment to safe and enjoyable boating in Victoria.... [more] Onsend this story
Does it come in pink? New PFD for the ladies Greg Shoemark, Water safety and smart fashion have been brought together in a new ladies' personal flotation device being launched at the 2009 BIA Melbourne Boat Show this weekend.... [more] Onsend this story
BIA VIC launches Finance service BIA VIC, BIA Victoria has launched BIA Victoria Finance at the Melbourne Boat Show, making it easier than ever for show patrons to buy that dream boat.... [more] Onsend this story
Whittley wins Victorian Industry Achiever award Greg Shoemark, Whittley Marine Group has won the Victorian marine industry's highest accolade at the 2009 Victorian Marine Industry Awards.... [more] Onsend this story
Bright and brilliant, Sun Marine delivers the detailing Jeni Bone, The Sun Marine range was developed from experience gathered from over 25 years in the industry, created by Omikron, a company synonymous with the auto industry whose products are revered by people passionate about their precious possessions.... [more] Onsend this story
Singapore to host Asia Superyacht Industry Conference in October Jeni Bone, With its aim solely on capitalizing on the increased interest in cruising in the region, the Superyacht Singapore Association (SSA) will host the 1st Annual Asia Superyacht Industry Conference, 13-15 October 2009 in Singapore.... [more] Onsend this story
NZ Superyacht builder in liquidation Media Services, Another casualty of the economic slowdown is NZ's VaudreyMiller Yachts, as shareholders voted to put the company into liquidation following advice from their accountant that it was insolvent.... [more] Onsend this story
Yacht and Boat Korea 2009 in Korean Ship building capital Kate Duryea, The third Yacht and Boat Korea event in the leading shipbuilding province of Gyeongsangnam in South Korea is expected to attract 150 companies from 20 countries from 29 October to 1 November 2009.... [more] Onsend this story
Jobs, jobs, jobs abound Watercrew, There are plenty of positions vacant, says the team at Watercrew - you just have to know where to look!... [more] Onsend this story
Shed a tear for Line 7 NBR/Sail-World Cruising, If you have spent many a warm day or night thanks to Line 7 wet weather gear, you may want to shed a tear today. The future of the Line 7 Brand of wet weather gear and other clothes for sailors is now in doubt as the company went into receivership yesterday.... [more] Onsend this story
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