Mobile online, risks to GPS, Mumbai show vital to industry

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 15 Mar 2011

Mobile online, risks to GPS, Mumbai show vital to industry

This week, as all our attention focuses on Japan, it's humbling to realise the scope and power of the communication tools that bring us unprecedented volumes of information from all parts of the world. Where journalists and rescuers can't tread, survivors and those in the thick of things are calling, texting, tweeting skyping, producing videoing and being their own broadcasters - helping to raise awareness and specify the help they need.

In the same way, media outlets - including TetraMedia, publishers of MarineBusiness-World, Sail-World and Powerboat-World - are adapting to these new technologies.

The stats are sobering and remind us all that to survive and flourish, you have to evolve. Apple advises it took 608 days to sell the first 1 million iPods; 74 days to sell the first 1 million iPhones and 28 days to sell the first 1 million iPads.

Internet TV and mobile internet browsing are relatively new concepts, but catching on fast. Google predicts that by 2013, more than 50 per cent of web traffic will come from a mobile device.

TetraMedia recorded over 500,000 visitor sessions in December, that is half a million times a boater visited one of our sites.

While our sites are iPad friendly and we receive lots of visits from mobile phones, we will shortly be sensing just what kind of device people are using whether its iPhones, Blackberry, Android smart phone, PC or Mac large screen or small and delivering the news, interviews, video, images in the best format for the device. We are using iPhones for interviews outselves and there will be a range of applications coming from us shortly.

This week, along with all the product and brand news that has happened locally and around the world, we look at a case study of import success from polarized sunglass manufacturer, Barz Optics, whose principal Kevin Barr travelled to METS last year as part of the AIMEX contingent. Five months on, the leads are still coming in and he tells us why the trade-only show was such a boon.

We also look at the risks to GPS systems of interference and deliberate jamming, a new world study into the threats to world reefs and oceans, and an exclusive look at the aims and challenges facing the Mumbai International Boat Show, which is working hard to generate interest and investment in the local boating industry.

Keep sending your news.

Jeni Bone, editor

Mumbai International Boat Show aims to drive development
Jeni Bone,
Alpa Antani from the Mumbai International Boat Show speaks exclusively to [more]
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Great Barrier Reef sheds light on climate change catastrophes
Sydney University,
Limestone terraces - the relics of the Great Barrier Reef of the past - could give hints on a 'tipping point' that could trigger catastrophic climate change in the greenhouse in future, according to new research from the University of Sydney.... [more]
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Boat transport vessel outruns pirates en route to Dubai
PSP Logistics,
Worldwide boat transportation firm, PSP, has evaded a pirate attack and trouble in the waters around Egypt to get a multi million pound luxury yacht delivered to the Dubai International Boat Show safely and on time.... [more]
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Yamaha crowns top technician in the 2011 Marine Technician Grand Prix
Yamaha Motors,
The results are in. Yamaha has crowned Ryan Zell from Yatala Yamaha in QLD as Australia and New Zealand's top Technician in the 2011 Marine Technician GP.... [more]
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Bavaria-Yachtbau and Mercury Marine join forces
Reinhard Burk Brunswick Marine,
Mercury Marine is proud to announce their collaboration with Bavaria-Yachtbau in Giebelstadt, Germany.... [more]
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Yacht Sentinel launches free iPhone app
Dee Jones,
The Yacht Sentinel app which is FREE to download from iTunes makes it even easy to talk to your boat. Alarms can be set on or off just by sliding icons. Setting up the device is intuitive saving time and no need to read manuals.... [more]
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Musto extends tourism connections
Tracey Porter,
Trans-Tasman tourism consortium, Explore NZ can now look forward to complete protection from the elements after the company signed a unique sponsorship deal with Sydney-headquartered marine apparel brand Musto.... [more]
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Abu Dhabi Yacht Show Superyachts create international waves
Celine Fenet,
Abu Dhabi Yacht Show - Two of the largest superyachts built in the UAE have made this year's list of the world's top 100 largest superyachts, according to, the online resource for the international superyacht community.... [more]
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Neil Pryde withdraws support for Olympic kitesurfing
Bruce Spedding,
'... it is my view that Kitesurfing has not yet developed the rules of competition and disciplines that must be demonstrated to qualify Kitesurfing as an Olympic Event.' With a foot in both camps, and a big investment in Olympic windsurfing, Neil must have been caught a bit off balance by the move to choose either windsurfing or kitesurfing rather than both.... [more]
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Barz Optics international interest flows on from METS
Jeni Bone,
METS 2010 was 'sensational' for Kevin Barr of Barz Optics. The November event yielded plenty of leads and to date, four new companies stocking his specialised range of sunglasses.... [more]
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New $450,000 wharf at Yeend Street, Mort Bay
Neil Patchett,
NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn today announced Sydney Marina Contracting Pty Ltd as the winning tenderer for the construction of the new $450,000 Yeend Street Wharf, Birchgrove.... [more]
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Multihull Solutions: classy finish in Fontaine Pajot Evolution range
Tracey Johnstone,
Fountaine Pajot's design changes to their popular sailing catamarans heralds a new era for cruising sailors looking for more in style, comfort and value for money.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Partnership with the EIA confirmed
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - A partnership between the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and the Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) was confirmed at the Solo Racing Festival held at the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble, UK, over the weekend.... [more]
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World study reveals coral reefs at dire risk
Jeni Bone,
A new global study has found that 75% of the world's coral reefs are currently threatened by environmental and social pressures, and that number is likely to grow to 90% by 2030 if left unremedied... [more]
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Marine Trades Challenge teams build catamarans in two hours
Richard Gladwell,
20 teams competed in the annual Marine Trades Challenge, where apprentices from the marine industry and four school teams have two hours to build sail, paddle and motor a catamaran in Auckland's Westhaven Marina. Each team was supplied with three sheets of 6mm ply, and half a sheet of 9mm ply to be used for the transom and bulkheads.... [more]
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Andhøy refutes Berserk criticism: 'She was my little floating tank.'
Nancy Knudsen,
Norwegian sailor Jarle Andhøy, skipper/owner of the Berserk, the yacht missing presumed lost in the Ross Sea since 21 February, strongly refutes most of the claims made recently by other Antarctic seafarers in an interview with Sail-World. Experienced Antarctic sailors Skip Novak and Don McIntyre have been quoted recently criticising many aspects of the Berserk expedition... [more]
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Boaters beware GPS vulnerable to interference and jamming,
Researchers have warned that GPS systems are becoming increasingly vulnerable to accidental interference or deliberate jamming, raising concerns about reliability and security.... [more]
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McConaghy Boats appoints Ancasta as UK and Ireland Dealer
Ancasta International Boat Sales,
McConaghy Boats has appointed Ancasta International Boats Sales as the dealer for UK and Ireland. McConaghy's are arguably the world leading race boat manufacturer. They are seen as the standard setters for exquisite composite construction. Their list of achievements within racing yacht construction is unrivalled and Ancasta Group is delighted with this new partnership.... [more]
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Alinghi launches new commemorative book
Alinghihas launched a commemorative book celebrating 10 historic years of sailing. Alinghi 10' takes readers on a unique journey going behind the scenes to discover the story behind bringing the 150-year-old America's Cup to landlocked Switzerland.... [more]
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Pacific Tsunami warning after Japan's 8.8 magnitude earthquake,
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii has issued a Tsunami warning for the Pacific Ocean. The Tsunami wave could be higher than some low lying Pacific Islands.... [more]
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Multihull Solutions: boaters keep coming back to choice and service
Tracey Johnstone,
Multihull Solutions' approach to customer service and cruising catamaran product packaging breaks new ground and sets the business ahead in the tough Australian yacht brokerage market.... [more]
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NSW Police recognition for Marine Rescue Radio Operator
Ken McManus,
Marine Rescue NSW - On Friday, 25 February 2011 Marine Rescue Terrey Hills Radio Operator Ian Murdoch was awarded the Region Commander's Certificate of Appreciation from NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Ken McKay.... [more]
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Multihull Solutions: premium difference in choice and service
Tracey Johnstone,
Multihull Solutions' approach to customer service and cruising catamaran product packaging breaks new ground and sets the business ahead in the tough Australian yacht brokerage market.... [more]
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Sardines suicide in LA a natural phenomenon, and a big mess
Media Services,
A 'sardine apocalypse' in which at least one million dead fish were found floating in a harbour near Los Angeles on Tuesday may have been caused by a predator, strong winds or the fish simply getting lost, according to marine experts.... [more]
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Mustang returns - online
Imprint Media,
With the launch of the first new Mustang only weeks away, the brand has now unveiled its new website with a light, bright family appeal.... [more]
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Weed-eating fish 'key to reef survival'
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Preserving an intact population of weed-eating fish may be vital to saving the world's coral reefs from being engulfed by weed as human and climate impacts grow.... [more]
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NB Laser rebrands - opens new store in Queensland on 19th March 2011
NB Sailsports Media,
NB Laser, which was acquired by Finnports Pty Ltd in July last year, is pleased to announce some exciting new developments... [more]
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Port Stephens annual Luhrs Bill fish Tournament attracts record field
Bob Wonders,
More than 40 would-be entrants miss out due to space limitations. Many areas along the continental shelf has patches of fish, but things began to change by the first ‘sked' on day two with Captain Tim Dean at the helm of ‘Calypso' away to a flying start.... [more]
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Spend a night with a man who spends 200 days a year on the water
Jody O'Brien,
For many people, fishing is one of life's great joys. Whether it be offshore deep sea fishing, up a river or on a lake, just being out on the water with a rod or line in hand vying for the catch of the day, is a perfect way to spend time with mates, family or simply on your own.... [more]
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New Ultrascan PC180 Forward Looking Sonar now available in Australia
Jane Arakawa,
Interphase, the leader in award-winning and affordable phased array forward looking sonars for the recreational and light commercial market, introduces a new ultra fast multibeam sonar to the Australian market through Coursemaster Autopilots dealer's. Working like an acoustic underwater radar (except much faster), with a 180 degree view up to 360m ahead and to each side and to the bottom.... [more]
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Florida Powerboat Club's Poker Run attracts ‘red hot field'
Bob Wonders,
Poker Runs have never really hit the headlines in Australia, but they are a top draw card in the United States, particularly with the ‘muscle boat crowd.'... [more]
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Raymarine Asia has a vacancy for an energetic area sales manager
Liza Sticpewich,
Raymarine, the world leader in marine electronics has a vacancy for an energetic area sales manager at Raymarine Asia located in Belrose, NSW.... [more]
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Marinas 2011 brochure now available
The Marinas 2011 full conference brochure has just been released. The six page brochure provides an outline of the keynote speakers, summarizes two day conference program, the exhibition and trade show, the field trip and the partners program.... [more]
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Abu Dhabi anticipates super show at Yas Marina
Informa Yacht Group,
Some of the global superyacht industry's most important players have signed up for the third edition of the Abu Dhabi Yacht Show (ADYS) – the region's only exhibition exclusively dedicated to the superyacht industry – and are predicting exciting new sales opportunities, concept launches and regional premieres for the event... [more]
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Shock & Oar sets sights on international markets
Brendon Westerhout,
After two years in the Australian marketplace, nautical leisurewear brand ‘Shock & Oar' is returning to its roots with plans to market the brand to the US and European yachting market.... [more]
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