Floods affect Reef, Stars the ticket for boat shows, Oman ambitions
There is plenty of news this week from around the world, but the plight of Queensland has stolen the headlines.
Described by the Premier of Queensland and the Prime Minister as Australia's worst peacetime disaster, with the potential to rival Cyclone Tracy (which flattened Darwin and killed 71 people) and eclipsing the legendary floods of 1974, the Queensland floods have risen to a new peak.
Many suburbs in Brisbane are preparing to evacuate today and Toowoomba residents are still reeling from the 'tsunami' of water that flowed through yesterday, ripping houses off their peers, jumbling cars like toys in muddy, fast-flowing currents and sweeping people away.
More than 70 people have been reported missing and 8 people are confirmed dead.
Initial estimates of the damage in Queensland are being tallied in the billion of dollars. On the ground, the Premier, Anna Bligh has requested people donate at their local banks rather than calling the Premier's hotline which is being used as a source of information for emergency workers and flood victims. You can also donate online at www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.html
In other news, London is celebrating an enormous boat show this year, hoping to match the 102,000 visitors that attended last year's event. The approach this year was interactivity - get your hands on sailing, boating and all its bits - as well as celebrity. Too many 'names' to mention, but all of them famous in their fields. Read all about why aligning a brand or event with high profile people is a great way to cut-through in our exclusive interview with publicity-pro, Max Markson.
Marinas in Dubai and Cyprus, new products from Musto, the wrap up of PIMEX and details of the upcoming, bigger than ever Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle show are all here this week.
Please send your own news and views and keep in touch!
Jeni Bone, editor
Look to London: Celebrities attract the crowds Jeni Bone, In the lead up to the recent Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show, plenty of column centimetres were devoted to the big names who would be on show - stars of the catwalk, TV, soaps, Olympics and extreme sports - all recruited to bring a broader range of people to a boat show.... [more] Share this story
The Wave, Oman aims to be region's top yacht spot Mourjan Marinas IGY, Dubai-based marina developer, Mourjan Marinas IGY will develop and manage The Wave, a luxury marina facility in Muscat, Oman, to ensure it becomes one of the region's top yachting lifestyle destinations.... [more] Share this story
Great Barrier Reef deluged with tonnes of toxic water Jeni Bone, Queensland's Great Barrier Reef is being flushed with toxic, pesticide-laden sediment that environmental experts fear could devastate fragile corals and marine life, damage that may require as long as a century to repair.... [more] Share this story
Price site raises ire of Marine Retailers in the US Jeni Bone, In the US, a new website that provides consumers with information, including pricing, on boats and other sports products will soon go live and has raised the ire of the Marine Retailers Association of America.... [more] Share this story
Queensland flooding health risks Jeni Bone, Along with loss of property, possessions and lives, the flash flooding in Toowoomba and other regions in Queensland will have massive impact on the state's economy and the health of its residents, according to scientific experts.... [more] Share this story
Musto launches new Evolution Collection Tracey Porter, Technical marine sportswear brand Musto is set to dramatically broaden its reach following the release of its eagerly anticipated 2011 collection, due to hit stores next month.... [more] Share this story
Musto presents new Lifestyle Collection Tracey Porter, Distinctive men's and women's marine lifestyle label, Musto has forged a new direction with the launch of its highly sought-after autumn/winter 2011 collection next month.... [more] Share this story
Barz Optics launches new Maui model - ideal for all water activity Barz Optics, Barz Optics has just this week launched its new MAUI model, fitted with polarised photochromic acetate lenses.... [more] Share this story
Karpaz Bay Marina to welcome luxury hotel and beach club Marketing Matters UK, Owners of the soon-to-be-completed Karpaz Gate Marina in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), part of the Karpaz Bay Resort, have announced plans for a new luxury hotel and beach club on the site.... [more] Share this story
WA grants for recreational boating facilities - closing soon! Department of Transport WA, Time is running out for authorities to apply for their share of a record $6.5 million in State Government funding to improve facilities for recreational boating in WA.... [more] Share this story
Snapper consultation extended due to flooding Qld Fisheries, Due to flooding in key fishing areas, consultation on future management arrangements for the Rocky Reef Fin Fish Fishery, which includes snapper, has been extended and meeting dates postponed.... [more] Share this story
Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show: largest ever scheduled for April 2011 Marine Qld, Save the date for Queensland's largest outdoor and leisure show, the Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show and National 4x4 Show and Outdoors Expo, 8-10 April 2011.... [more] Share this story
Creation of Superyacht Association for the Philippines Chris Ashton, The world of sailing and superyachts has, up to now, been mainly focused around the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Several associations in Asia and Australia, however, have been created, in more recent years, to promote the area as an important third destination for superyachts.... [more] Share this story
New Solas Life Jacket Light from Burke Marine Colin Burgess, Burke Marine is now distributing the UML Sea Flash SOLAS life jacket light. A compact super light weight product that will be a must have for sailors of all levels.... [more] Share this story
Navico cartography toolkit for third-party developers Sandman PR, Navico has launched its innovative Cartography Toolkit which enables third-party developers to create mapping content for its renowned range of navigation products. The software tools and documentation allow experienced GIS engineers to convert content data into a format compatible with Navico products including Simrad NSE / NSO and Lowrance HDS, as well as the recently-launched B&G Zeus system.... [more] Share this story
Raymarine's Extended Warranty Program Liza Sticpewich, Raymarine customers benefit from new Extended Warranty program, giving three years peace of mind... [more] Share this story
Andrew Short Marine - Innovative promotion does the job Bob Wonders, Kylie Short claims a $1000 barbecue. The promotion was aimed, of course, at increasing sales of Mercury outboard engines, and included two-stroke and four-stroke models from 40hp up.... [more] Share this story
PIMEX 2011: USD17m business transacted over four days PIMEX Event Media, Phuket is in celebratory mood as the eighth Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) comes to an end and delivers the goods. 2011 looks set to be another successful year for the regional marine industry as seven boats and numerous luxury cars were sold at PIMEX. According to Show Director Andy Dowden, transactions at the show exceeded USD17 million with more expected post-PIMEX.... [more] Share this story
London Boat Show - RYA announces Henri Lloyd partnership Ellie Williamson/RYA, Tullett Prebon London Boat Show - The RYA has revealed a brand new partnership between its Junior and Youth Racing Programmes and Henri Lloyd, announcing the exciting new venture at the London Boat Show on Friday (7 January).... [more] Share this story
Fairline launches all new Targe 50 Gran Turismo Saltwater PR, Fairline Boats, a luxury motor yacht manufacturer, is introducing the latest addition to the Targa express cruiser range with the world launch of the spacious three cabin, two en-suite Fairline Targa 50 GRAN TURISMO at this year's Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show.... [more] Share this story
Licence fees at work for Mitchell River Tim Mitchell, DPI Victoria - Licence fees at work for Mitchell River - Using $85,000 from the Recreational Fishing Grants Program, the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority has placed 30 log structures into the lower Mitchell River, below the cut at Eagle Point.... [more] Share this story
Sydney Rigging Specialists announce New Director Bruce Clark, Sydney Rigging Specialists are happy to announce the appointment of Craig Garnett as a new director to the company joining Bruce Clark and Peter Gardner who started the company 15 years ago.... [more] Share this story
Phuket International Boat Show - USD $100 million in boats on display Andy Dowden, Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) 2011 - The show opened today to a packed in-water display and Exhibition Hall. 47 boats fill the marina basin, an increase of more than 25% on last year, and the Exhibition Hall is packed with marine products, luxury cars and high-end real estate.... [more] Share this story
Fountaine Pajot announces launch of new Salina 48 Evolution Kate Elkington, With upgrades inspired by Fountaine Pajot's exclusive Flagship range, the exciting new Salina 48 Evolution has been launched to critical acclaim.... [more] Share this story
Cheaper Fuel berths in Sydney Harbour Bailey's Marine, Sydney Harbour will have a new refuelling station in early 2011 with the Baileys fuel depot edging closer to opening its bowsers to commercial user and public users.... [more] Share this story
Marine Rescue Swansea and Lake Macquarie are joining forces Martine Tylee, Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie and Marine Rescue Swansea are joining forces to make their service to the boating public even better. The new, single, unit will be called Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie and it will have its radio base on Swansea Heads and its boat base at Pelican.... [more] Share this story
2011 Tullett Prebon London Intl Boat Show bursting with attractions Jeni Bone, Fashion identities, celebrities and stunts will herald the opening of this year's 2011 Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show on Friday 7 January.... [more] Share this story
Wave power study proves promising for Spain Media Services, The first detailed assessment of wave energy potential along the Spanish Coast has been completed. The study is aimed at including ocean energy in the country's '2011-2020 renewable energy National Plan'and shows plenty of potential in the sustainable, alternative energy stakes.... [more] Share this story
Sydney City Marine adds electronics showroom Jeni Bone, Sydney City Marine has added an electronics showroom to its vast array of offerings, run by experienced marine electricians, Rocky Tassone and Stuart Graham.... [more] Share this story
Sauter designs self-sufficient Life Support Superyacht Jeni Bone, Sauter Carbon Offset Design presents the Ocean Empire life support Superyacht, the world's first totally self sufficient Zero Carbon Life Support Vessel (LSV).... [more] Share this story
Boats join the auction at 'The Event 2011' Ray White Marine, A series of high-performance and ultra-luxury marine vessels, from sports cruisers to luxury motor yachts, will be showcased on the Gold Coast in January as part of The Event 2011; a major annual campaign regarded as the largest real estate auction in Australia.... [more] Share this story
Marine study in Malaysia shows diversity and damage Jeni Bone, According to the WWF, preliminary results from an expedition in the seas off Sabah, Malaysia have uncovered a huge diversity of marine life that may just make this part of the 'Coral Triangle' the most biologically diverse area of our planet.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup 2013 - San Francisco wins hosting right - its official Stephanie Martin, The world-famous San Francisco Bay will be home to the 2013 America's Cup Finals and the Challenger Selection Series for the Louis Vuitton Cup, as well as an America's Cup World Series event in 2012. This will be the first time the America's Cup has been hosted in the United States since 1995.... [more] Share this story
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