Exporters win, Gulf Craft appoints Morris, White Bay 6 facilities open

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 05 Jun 2012

Exporters win, Gulf Craft appoints Morris, White Bay 6 facilities open

Erwin Bamps COO Gulf Craft  Gulf Craft

There's plenty to get excited about this week, with news from Korea, NZ, around Australia and positive results still coming in from Sanctuary Cove, both from exhibitors and the AIMEX members who have already experienced strong response and some preliminary deals underway with foreign delegates visiting ASMEX and SCIBS, backed by the Gold Coast City Council intent on supporting the local marine industry via this unique networking opportunity.

When one part of our industry triumphs, we should all take heart. Actually, that was Ita Buttrose's message at the boat show Ladies' Lunch: there's power in unity and we should celebrate when a rival triumphs as it inevitably brings benefits to all.

UAE icon brand, Gulf Craft, has appointed Richard Morris as Australian agent and we have the exclusive on his plans for the brand downunder. There's also our interview with COO Erwin Bamps, who reveals the brand's aims and values, as well as its approach to the challenges of the GFC and subsequent ripples of economic unrest.

Celebration in Sydney at the official opening of the combined White Bay 6 Marine Park and Baileys Marine Fuel Facility, which will provide an invaluable service to the Sydney Harbour maritime community including commercial fishing vessels, commercial vessels, charter vessels and recreational vessels.

Minister for Ports Duncan Gay opening White Bay 6 Marine Park  .. ©

There's plenty of activity in other markets too, with Auckland set to benefit from massive investment in its superyacht sector. Waterfront Auckland has announced it will progress plans for a new development to complement the recent building of six new berths Silo Marina, on the Westhaven side of the Wynyard Quarter.

The Viaduct Basin adjoining the Wynyard Quarter development is already a magnet for superyachts  Richard Gladwell

Congrats too to Neville Chricton of NZ's Alloy Yachts, recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours, bestowed with a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and yachting.

Also, warm congratulations to Victoria Smith at AIMEX, recognised for her hard work for exporters in her new role as Operations Manager.

There is an array of good gear this week, check out the PowerDive - a great Aussie invention for easy snorkelling fun, or serious boat maintenance without heavy tanks, manufactured in WA for global markets, and many more innovations we cover as they come in.

Stay tuned for a run down of the finalists in the 2012 Australian Marine Export & Superyacht Awards, with winners to be announced at the Sydney International Boat Show, 2 August.

We are updating constantly, news never sleeps.

Have a great week!

Jeni Bone, editor

Gold Coast City Council initiative a bonus for local marine exporters
The Mayor of Gold Coast City, Tom Tate visited the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show Friday 25 May to look at the show and meet the large number of international visitors and buyers who had been brought in by the council to look at the capability of manufacturers on the Gold Coast.... [more]
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Official opening of White Bay 6 Marine Park
The Hon Duncan Gay MLC,
NSW Minister for Ports Duncan Gay has unveiled new boating facilities at the official opening of the White Bay 6 Marine Park.... [more]
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Australian Superyachts appointed Australian agent for Gulf Craft
Jeni Bone,
Speaking at this year's Australian Superyacht and Marine Export Conference (ASMEX), Erwin Bamps, COO of Gulf Craft was also in Australia to formalise the appointment of Australian agent, Richard Morris of Australian Superyachts.... [more]
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Erwin Bamps, COO Gulf Craft: interview at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
Jeni Bone, editor,
Guest of Superyacht Australia and AIMEX, hosts of this year's ASMEX conference, 22 & 23 May, Erwin Bamps, COO of Gulf Craft, is staying on for the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, announcing today a formal agreement with Richard Morris to be the brand's distributor in this region.... [more]
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Mini boats a hit with the boat show dreamer market
Jeni Bone,
It was a great showcase for big boats, and the smallest boats at the recent Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. Clive Raharuhi from Concept Hobbies not only sold out of his show stock of remote-controlled boats, his store nearby was cleared out by visitors on their way home from the event.... [more]
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LNP will not stifle port development to protect reef: Newman
Media Services,
In the wake of the release of the UNESCO report that says rapid coastal development is threatening the health of the reef, Premier Campbell Newman has said slowing down port and industry development along Queensland's coast is not an option.... [more]
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Phil Shaw swaps Sanctuary Cove Boat Show for Supercars
Jeni Bone,
One of the familiar faces working all year round on the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show for four years, Events & Operations Manager, Phil Shaw departed the marina this year, attracted by the allure of the V8 Supercars.... [more]
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PowerDive for marine business and pleasure
Jeni Bone,
Invented by a Qantas pilot and manufactured in Perth, PowerDive has been in operation since 1997 and exhibited at SCIBS since then, this year recording 100% sales increase on last year.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: June 1, 2012 - Equity markets crash
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: June 1, 2012 - Equity markets crashed at the close of the week eradicating any gains in markets for 2012. The EUR fell below 1.2400 and looks likely to follow recent trends. Commodities also fell after China PMI also slipped as demand from Europe tanked. AUD and KIWI remained resilient despite commodities being hammered.... [more]
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TropiCare sunscreen combats UV all year round
Jeni Bone,
The visiting media from all corners of the globe may have believed that autumn temperatures and cloudy skies during the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show would render hats and sun protection unnecessary, but given the high UV index all year round in Queensland, they were grateful for the protection of TropiCare sunscreen.... [more]
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Princess Yachts Australia celebrates successful start to show circuit
Creating Demand,
Princess Yachts Australia commenced a very successful 2012 Sanctuary Cove Boat Show campaign with a private client event on the opening night of the show.... [more]
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Korea Government continues supports for marine leisure industry
Mike Derrett,
The Governor of Gyeonggi Province, Kim Moon–Soo, opened the fifth edition of the Korea International Boat Show at the Jeonggok Marina on South Korea's west coast. The Governor was accompanied by the Korean Minister for Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs, Mr Kwon Do-Youp... [more]
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RFD rebrands to Survitec Group
Connexion PR,
RFD (Australia) Pty Ltd, specialist product and service provider for marine, aviation, fire & safety technologies has announced plans to adopt the identity of its parent company, Survitec Group, and will be implementing the new brand over the coming weeks.... [more]
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Roger Hill Voodoo sea trials from success at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
Jennifer Donohoe,
Proving one of the most popular on water exhibits at this year's Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, the Roger Hill designed 17m Voodoo power cat will now be based on the Gold Coast for the next couple of months due to unprecedented market interest.... [more]
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Sydney International Boat Show confirmed for 2013 in Darling Harbour
Domenic Genua,
The Boating Industry Association of NSW (BIA) has confirmed that the Sydney International Boat Show will be staged in Darling Harbour in August 2013.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: 31 May 2012 - Spanish banks exposed
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: 31 May 2012 - The EU crises continued to unfold with the Spanish Banking collapse front and centre. The Bond Market reflects the state of the crises with US and German Bonds hitting new record highs as yields collapse. The AUD has been hit hard with risk aversion high and political turmoil undermining the economy. The AUD slipped back to test 0.9700... [more]
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If seeing is believing, then trying is buying a FLIR (part 1)
John Curnow,
Fortune. Not a word used much these days by news services, unless its stock market riches lost and won on the back of the latest Eurozone rumours. However, it has indeed been my fortune to have the unlimited use of a FLIR First Mate MS Series, handheld, infra-red, thermal camera. At just 172x58.7x62mm in size, a mere 340g, displaying images at 320 x 240 pixels and from AU$2300 RRP, it is simply... [more]
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Chandlery manufacturer Man Ship popular at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
Melissa Yeomans,
Another year up at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is done and voted a very successful show. Chandlery and hardware manufacturer Man Ship is just one of the participants expressing their delight with the results. Melissa Yeomans tells their story: This has to have been our best in years, with the people we spoke to having not only knowledge but enthusiasm for our products.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Race Week accommodation options!
Kristie Kaighin,
Have you booked your accommodation for Hamilton Island Race Week 2012? All the best properties book out early, so make sure you book soon to secure your preferred option.... [more]
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Victoria Smith appointed AIMEX Operations Manager
MaryAnne Edwards CEO of AIMEX and Superyacht Australia today announced the appointment of Victoria Smith current Marketing Coordinator to the position of Operations Manager.... [more]
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NX Compass – an easy addition for digital heading information
Tristan Campbell,
Nexus Marine has added the advantages of digital compass heading information to their successful NX line. The new transducer and display open up navigational features such as True Wind Direction and compatibility with auto pilots in the entry-level range known for its 'Easy System Expansion'.... [more]
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2012 Australian Marine Industry Awards judged at Sanctuary Cove
Last week during the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, the judging panel for the 2012 Australian Marine Export and Superyacht Awards met to determine the Award winners.... [more]
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Henri Lloyd Winter Sale - Samples and ex-stock galore - big discounts
Fran Burke,
The famous Henri Lloyd Winter Sample Sale has kicked off at the Henri Lloyd showroom in Crows Nest, Sydney! Huge range of samples and discontinued lines from Henri Lloyd's marine, footwear and lifestyle collections for men and women. Discounts of up to 80% off original RRP!... [more]
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Boating brokerage leads with a hand-picked team
Rosalie Taylor,
A passionate, dedicated team is the driving force behind the success of the fairly new Ensign Ship Brokers brand.... [more]
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Making a Splash – Brisbane Boat Show Set to Celebrate 52 Years!
Marine Queensland,
The mining boom credited with injecting valuable monies to Australia's regional communities and flagging retail sector is also proving to be a catalyst for a renaissance for the boating industry with more interest in all things marine than ever before.... [more]
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