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 01 Mar 2011

Dubai on show, Oceantalk reps Iris, China drafts tax on luxury yachts

This week news has come in thick and fast from every corner of the marine world - shows, launches, awards for innovation, new companies, marine conservation and industry opportunities.

Gottifredi Maffioli – the world leader in rope technology is now Down Under and we talk to a long-time sailing mate, Carl Watson - who certainly knows his rope, winches and deck hardware.

Our feature this week focuses on the superlative training programs devised by NZ Marine Industry Association in collaboration with industry, and delivered by marine businesses in a mentor-apprenticeship model. With a completion rate of over 70%, and strong government support, the programs are fulfilling their outcomes and objectives and reinforcing the marine industry against the region's chronic skills shortage. What's more, they are turning out graduates who are considered among the best trained and most motivated in the world.

Dubai International Boat Show begins today, with great expectations of a bigger, better and more bouyant show than the previous few years where the GFC was felt in the building, banking and boating industries in the UAE. Organisers boast of a very pleasing turnout of luxury brands and if sandstorms stay away, hope crowds will top 25,000 affluent and eager Arab and European buyers.

Around Asia and the Pacific, there is plenty happening too, with milestones reached for Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (78 days to go), a plethora of products launching on the Australian and New Zealand markets, and China (Shanghai) International Boat Show preparing for the last event at Exhibition Centre before moving to a more massive venue, the Shanghai Expo site.

There are also details of how you can donate to the Official Christchurch Earthquake Fund - which has devastated the beautiful, thriving city, and put a hold on all sailing and sport for some time to come.

We have preliminary reports from Miami, as well as some of the more interesting launches. There will be plenty more once our colleague Bob Wonders files his report, so please come back and visit throughout the week.

Jeni Bone, editor

New Zealand Marine Industry trains to retain
Jeni Bone,
The New Zealand marine industry is investing in training, raising loyalty and professional standards to combat a national skills shortage and attract, train and retain the best and brightest for the ranks of the future.... [more]
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Gottifredi Maffioli – world leader in rope technology now Down Under
Brendan Maxwell,
Carl Watson, a veteran of 15 Sydney Hobart races and many other International and National regattas, is the CEO of a new company on the Australian waterfront ,Projects Marine and the former M.D. at Harken Australia, is one of the leading experts in Australia in hardware selection, winch specification, installation and servicing,... [more]
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Sneak peek at Outboard Emission and Boat Building Environmental Laws?
AMEC - Australia Marine Engine Council,
If you want to see what the Australian Outboard emissions standards may look like in 2012 it is now available on a Canadian Government web site, invites the Australia Marine Engine Council (AMEC).... [more]
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RIB Force inflatables forms from merger
Mike Orsmond,
The formation of RIB Force Inflatables is now confirmed with a merger of Global Force Marine and Gemini Inflatables (Australia) Pty Ltd.... [more]
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Oceantalk opens Australasia's eyes to Iris
When it comes to seeing underwater or in the dark, things have suddenly become a lot brighter. The camera technology innovator Iris Innovations from the UK has appointed Oceantalk its authorised distributor for Asia and Australia.... [more]
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New tax on China yachts? More boats looking for Hong Kong berths?
Sail-World Asia, and China Daily,
Owners of yachts - a luxury that is gaining popularity among China's newly rich - will have to pay an annual vessel tax based on the length of their craft if a draft law is passed by the top legislature. The latest draft of the vehicles and vessels taxation law was submitted to the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee for second reading on Wednesday.... [more]
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Dubai International Boat Show 2011 starts today!
Media Services,
The Dubai International Boat Show begins today, attracting more than 750 firms from 42 countries to showcase their yachts and recreational boats in the 19th edition of the event.... [more]
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China proposes tax on yachts
Jeni Bone,
Even as it benefits from the rising affluence of its people, China is planning measures to narrow the wealth gap before it gets further out of hand. One means of reaping more benefit and staying the acquisitive urges of its people is a tax on luxury yachts.... [more]
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BIAV launches '50 Point Safety Check Program'
As the peak body representing the recreational boating and fishing industry in Victoria, Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) is proud to announce the launch of its fantastic new initiative, the 50 Point Safety Check program. This aims to create a standard of safety check complemented in other states.... [more]
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Shark conservation campaign begins in Bahamas
Media Services,
Dr Guy Harvey, world-renowned scientist and marine wildlife artist, has joined the growing ranks of individuals and organizations calling for strict regulations to ban the commercial fishing of all sharks in The Bahamas.... [more]
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J D Neuhaus Exhibiting at CeMAT 2011
Steve Lloyd,
J D Neuhaus, one of Europe's foremost materials handling and lifting specialists, are exhibiting on stand number E58, hall 12 at the CeMAT International Material Handling Fair being held during second – 6th May at Hannover, Germany.... [more]
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Soto 30 One Design launched
Tim Long,
Building on the strengths and growth of the Soto 40, the new Soto 30 will be an evolution to the 30 foot racing genre to provide a new design that brings a fast, affordable alternative to the start line.... [more]
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China's tourism island (Hainan) to tap yacht market
Xinhua News Agency,
Government officials used to be wary of the luxurious image of yachting for fear of upsetting social harmony, particularly given the widening rich-poor gap in China, Wang Dafu, chairman of the Shenzhen Visun Real Estate Group, and a deputy to the Hainan provincial people's congress, was quoted as saying.... [more]
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16th China (Shanghai) International Boat Show - coming soon
CIBS Media,
Depending on the report you read, China now ranks second or third amongst the economies of the world. Shanghai provides over RMB500 Billion (USD75Bn) of that economy and last year the show sold over RMB300 Million (USD45M) in boats, all numbers which are impressive. China is not slowing down and neither is the apparent desire for Chinese enthusiasts to own their own piece of floating assets.... [more]
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2011 China (Shanghai) International Boat Show – Asian Marine & Boating
AMBA Media,
CIBS and the organisers of the Asian Marine Boating Awards are delighted to announce that a panel of judges has been appointed for the AMBA. These are drawn primarily from among the marine and boating media, with addition of a number of experienced marine professionals. Our judges are now going through the process of nominating candidates for awards in the various categories.... [more]
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Sydney City Marine congratulates Team Transfusion
Jody O'Brien,
Sydney City Marine congratulates Team Transfusion – crowned World Champions at the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship that concluded in Sydney over the weekend. Team Transfusion is a permanent fixture at Sydney City Marine, with both Farr 40's owned by the syndicate based there, along with the team chase boat.... [more]
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Christchurch Earthquake: Donation details - Official Fund
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World has spoken to one of the assessors on the still shaking ground at Christchurch. He advises that the damage in Christchurch is far, far more serious and extensive than the previous earthquake in September, and the situation is ongoing. The New Zealand Government has this morning established an official disaster fund for assistance of the people of Christchurch. Here's how we can help... [more]
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Special Olympics Australia Sailability Team need help for World Games
Alex McNeilly,
Eight very excited and lucky Aussie sailability athletes will represent Australia at the upcoming June 2011 Special Olympics World Games, Athens, Greece. We need to raise $80,000 AUS dollars to get them to the games to sail and achieve their PERSONAL BEST. Please help them and make a tax deductible donation on our website. All donations can be made to team Australia at [more]
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Battery-powered sub-boat: Ego seeks distributors
Jeni Bone,
One of the most fascinating launches at the recent Miami International Boat show, the Ego, 'compact semi-submarine' from Korean company, Raonhaje, comes in luxury (personal use) and standard editions (resort and environmental monitoring) and functions as both a motor boat and as a sub to seat two.... [more]
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DEEDI: Current abundance of well-priced seafood on market
Consumers can take advantage of good savings on seafood following bountiful catches of fresh king and tiger prawns being made in Moreton Bay.... [more]
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Men arrested by Fisheries Victoria officers over illegal abalone haul
Department of Primary Industries VIC,
Two Melbourne men will be charged on summons after allegedly being caught at Altona with an illegal haul of abalone in a hidden compartment of a portable icebox.... [more]
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Nautilus Marine releases free mobile apps for boaters
Connexion PR,
Nautilus Marine has applied the latest technology communication to the Nautilus brand with the launch of a suite of free mobile applications. Available for the wider boating community, not just Nautilus Marine policy holders, the new mobile applications are downloaded from iTunes and the Android market.... [more]
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Recreational Fishing - Applications for large grants closing soon
Department of Primary Industries VIC,
Organisations wanting to improve their local fishing are encouraged to submit project proposals for the 2010/11 Recreational Fishing Grants Program.... [more]
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New fish cleaning tables for recreational anglers
Department of Primary Industries,
Recreational anglers visiting coastal fishing spots now have the luxury of cleaning their catch in comfort thanks to 20 new fish cleaning tables across Victoria.... [more]
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Variety Splash sets sail
Variety Splash,
Variety Splash - Over 150 guests including boat owners, corporate teams, Variety Ambassadors, Variety supporters and celebrities warmly welcomed the start of Variety Splash 2011 last night at an Official Welcome dinner.... [more]
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Swan Bay boost for boaties
Jasmine Sussex,
Swan Bay - Boating enthusiasts will gain a $135,000 upgrade to their facilities this autumn with the installation of a new landing jetty beside the Swan Bay boat ramp.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour talks with potential new venues
World Match Racing Tour,
Since announcing an ambitious expansion plan which will see the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) grow to 15 events by 2013, the Tour has been overwhelmed by the level of interest from potential new host regions and is now in extended talks with 10 venues who are all eager to embrace the benefits of hosting a stage of the Tour... [more]
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Sydney Harbour Wash Campaign this weekend
NSW Maritime,
Sydney Harbour will be the focus of a NSW Maritime campaign this weekend aimed at reducing and preventing excessive ‘wash'... [more]
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Winner of Marinas Scholarship announced
Bellingham Marine and Marina Industries Association of Australia (MIAA) are pleased to announce that the winner of the Intermediate Marina Management Bellingham Marine Scholarship is Frank Bergmann of Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.... [more]
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5th Mumbai International Boat Show starts today
Media Services,
Aiming to highlight India's evolving leisure boating sector, the fifth edition of the Mumbai International Boat Show starting Thursday is set to witness an array of boats and yachts, as well as a boating conference about the potential of the local industry.... [more]
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Rosehill Gardens set to welcome its eighth trailerboat show
Over the weekend of March 5-6 more than 50 of the state's leading marine dealerships will gather to present the eighth annual Rosehill Trailer Boat Show, an initiative of the boating industry's peak body, the Boating Industry Association (BIA) of NSW.... [more]
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Miami records 14% higher attendance
Media Services,
Attendance was up 14 percent at the 2011 Miami International Boat Show, which closed Monday.... [more]
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Fishing a major issue in NSW state elections
Jeni Bone,
Fishing and Marine Parks have emerged as a key issue in the lead up to the NSW state elections, with all parties divided on their stance, approach and policies.... [more]
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GME heralds the amazing G-Com marine VHF handheld radio
Matthew Heap,
GME, Australia's leading marine electronics company, will shortly broaden their product portfolio with the introduction of the amazing G-Com GX660 marine VHF handheld radio.... [more]
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B&G Zeus wins 2011 NMMA Innovation Award
Rushton Gregory Communications,
B&G, the world leader in marine instruments, autopilot systems and tactical software solutions for sailing enthusiasts, has been honoured for its powerful new multifunction navigation display, Zeus, winning the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Innovation Award at the 70th Annual Miami International Boat Show.... [more]
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Tacktick performance electronics chosen for new Bavaria 40S
Sarah Johnson,
Tacktick's award winning range of performance, wireless electronics have been chosen as the instruments for the new Bavaria 40 Sport which was designed by Farr Yacht Design and was recently launched at the Düsseldorf Boat Show. A fleet of 7 of the new Bavaria 40S are also going to be used in the 2011 World Match Racing Tour taking place on Lake Constance in May 2011.... [more]
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Volvo Penta and Garmin forge alliance for joint development
Mats Edenborg, AB Volvo Penta,
AB Volvo Penta and Garmin Ltd have entered into a joint development and marketing strategic alliance to provide instrumentation, navigation and communication equipment for marine use... [more]
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B&G wins NMMA innovation award
Sandman PR,
B&G has received the 2011 National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Innovation Award for its groundbreaking B&G Zeus multifunction display. The powerful Zeus system also integrates seamlessly with data from B&G H3000 instruments, GPS, radar, AIS and award-winning Broadband Radar technology.... [more]
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