Friday, 30 April 2010
Thursday, 29 April 2010
- Builder: Perini Navi
- Year: 1998
- Class: American Bureau of Shipping
- Length: 53.00m (173'11")
- Beam: 11.43m (37'6")
- Draft min: 3.84m (12'7")
- GRT: 530
- Guests: 12/14
- Crew: Up to 12
- Cabins: 1 Master / 3 Double / 2 Twin / 2 Pullman
- Hull: Steel
- Max. Speed: 16.0 knots (under engine)
- Retirement savings plans, flexible and adaptable to a crew member's unique lifestyle, available in all major currencies.
- Health insurance, including hazardous sport, piracy and kidnapping options, but always with Med-evac as standard.
- Accident cover for dismemberment, permanent incapacity and death, among other options.
- Flexible income protection and life insurance.
Monday, 26 April 2010
Friday, 23 April 2010
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
The concept is intended as a new resource for traditional brokerage houses, not as a competitor. It gives brokers and other sellers in the super yacht industry new opportunities to generate no-stress and especially fast sales. In addition to that any principal who brings a super yacht to the auction, is guaranteed to receive 50 % of the auction commission.
- Designed on a Linux platform, EVE is very stable and less inclined to be infected by bugs or viruses in comparison to using a PC with a Windows platform.
- EVE has a very low consumption rate of 7 watts per hour, much less than that of a PC.
- There is no screen or any mechanical parts to maneuver and it is very compact whereby taking up minimal space on your boat or yacht.
- EVE is an embedded system, which means it was designed to perform one dedicated function exceptionally i.e. routing.
- The system includes a fully customizable web interface that can be used to promote your business or yacht while at sea or on the port.
- EVE is fully manageable with no license needed and with no extra costs.
- The system includes hot spot capabilities.
- The system is continuously updated, catering for the possibility of custom feature requests.
Alexander Amrouni, Marketing director of Business Computing says, “EVE has a great competitive advantage as it is based on mobile connectivity and offers a very small possibility that you will be subjected to breakdowns, unlike our competitors offering Windows based PC's”.
Monday, 19 April 2010
Large Turnout for Antibes Show
With the closing of the 4th Antibes Yacht Show that ran from 8th through until the 11th April now is the time that the numbers are revealed.
Show organisers are reporting that there were 150 yachts and almost 180 exhibitors who had their products on display in order to catch the eye of the shows 11,000 visitors
Yacht brokers exhibited yachts for sale the largest the sailing yacht Elena at 55 metres with the largest motor yacht Shandor at 50 metres.
A spokesman for the show said, “The Show marks a second wind in the yachting industry; the economy seems to be getting back on track after the crisis.”
In agreement with the French authorities and in the light of the desire by operators of small craft to cross the Channel in order to pick up stranded tourists, the MCA has stated that such small boat operators must be properly certificated in order to make such a journey.
Such operators must be able to operate a Code vessel in at least Area Category 4 – up to 20 miles from a safe haven, in favourable weather and in daylight – as required for vessels certificated as a workboat or certificated for commercial use for sport or pleasure.
Anyone operating such vessels should also be aware that such certification is only valid for UK waters and so in conjunction with a valid Code certificate for at least Area Category 4 operation, the operator will also need to seek clearance for their vessel to operate in French waters from the French maritime authorities.
The exemptions granted to ferries applies to these vessels when operating in fair weather conditions and in daylight since these larger vessels already carry additional life saving appliances which can now be utilised in the current difficult conditions in order to repatriate tourists stranded in Calais.
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Wall Street Journal Journalist Gets Exclusive Insight into very private Superyacht
The Wall Street Journal has published an article all about the Superyacht A owned by the Russian Andrey Melnichenko.
Written by Robert Frank the article talks of fingerprint security systems, a 240 square metre master suite wrapped in bomb-proof, 44-milimeter glass, a king-sized bed that rotates with the press of a silver button and another suite that features white circular bed with padded walls and a ceiling-mounted TV.
It is this aspect of the story that has been taken up by other journalists among them, Tony Allen-Mills who writes in the Sunday Times all about somewhere he refers to as the yachts nookie room.
The articles make fascinating reading but it is not made clear in either of them why a notoriously private superyacht owner and one who requires crew to sign confidentiality agreements should allow a journalist on board in Barbados.
49 Metre Superyacht Sold
This major refit the superyacht underwent in 2005 resulted in a vastly improved yacht: improvements included the addition of a sloping transom with built-in stairs for easy access to the generous swim platform, a complete remodelling of the sundeck and a comprehensive renovation of interior spaces. She has a unique layout offering three staterooms on the main deck (full-width master and two VIP's) and four staterooms on the lower deck (two doubles and three berth cabins) and can accommodate up to 16 guests. Her lounges and deck areas are spacious and ideal for entertaining and she benefits from the addition of a gym on the upper deck, and flat-screen TV's throughout.
In early 2008 all new teak decks were laid and her superstructure re-painted. Mary-Jean has been well-loved by the vendor who has poured a lot of time, energy and money into her over the years and is now moving to a larger yacht.
Mary-Jean is the ideal yacht for large groups, with accommodation for up to twelve guests in seven cabins. She has a unique layout offering three staterooms on the main deck (full-width master and two VIP's) and four staterooms on the lower deck. Here you will find two further doubles and two three-berth cabins. Her lounges and deck areas are spacious and ideal for entertaining. She now has the addition of a gym on the upper deck, and flat-screen TV's throughout.
- Length: 48.82 Metres (160 Feet)
- Beam: 8.43 Metres (28 Feet)
- Draft: 3.50 Metres (11 Feet)
- Built by: Campanella
- Year Built: 1981
- Last Refit: 2005
- GRT: 404 Tons
- Main Engines: 2 x Nohab 1320 hp
- Cruising speed: 12 Knots
- Max Speed: 13 Knots
- Cruising Range: 3,500 NM
- Fuel Consumption: 300 Ltr/Hr (79 Gall/Hr)
Friday, 16 April 2010
The 125, at 38 metres, brings Johnson into the superyacht arena not just because of its internal volume, but because of the features that Bill Dixon and his team have been able to find room for. Most notable is the split-level owners suite, a feature which is believed to be a first on a yacht of this size. And what an owners suite; an office, dressing room and bathroom on the lower level and steps up to the bedroom which, as it is located at deck level, provides its occupants with panoramic views.
Every other area of the 125 is spacious, from the huge main saloon with its separate dining and lounge areas to the four guest cabins, two of which have VIP status, and together can sleep eight guests. There is plenty of space also for the crew of 8, and another unusual feature on a yacht of this size; the crew can gain access to any deck directly from their own quarters.
The yacht has several open deck areas, some public, some private, and dining is possible on no less than three decks depending on the formality of the occasion and the size of the party. The largest open deck area is the flybridge, which features a Jacuzzi and sun pads with a bimini extending over an informal relaxing area. There is also plenty of room in the large tender garage capable of holding a significant number of water 'toys', as well as the yachts tender.
Depending on the choice of engines the new Johnson 125 is capable of a top speed of 24 knots and cruises comfortably at 20.
- Length Overall 38.00 metres
- Length Waterline 31.38 metres
- Beam 8.377 metres
- Draught 2.3 metres
- Engines 2 x 2580Kw
- Speed 24 knots
YachtInfo the educational arm of the International Superyacht Society (ISS), Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) and United States Superyacht Association (USSA) is clearly filling a much needed educational niche in the large yacht industry.
Following its successful debut at last years Fort Lauderdale Boat show the programme is set to run again.
This year’s programming will take place on Friday, 29 October 2010 from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Seminars will be held in the Bahia Mar Ballroom with the Captains Briefing and Cocktail Party also held at the Bahia Mar. Requests for Proposals for course curriculum will be announced in early May 2010.
Here is the schedule for the day:
- 9:00 am – 12:00 noon: Morning Seminars Session
- 12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch
- 1:00-4:00 pm: Afternoon Seminars Session
- 4:30-6:00 pm: Captains Briefing
- 6:00-7:00 pm: Cocktail Party
Participants are required to register in advance of attending. Tickets for the seminars are $25.00; complete tickets—which include the seminars, Captains Briefing and Cocktail Party are $35.00.
An historic yacht that was first launched in 1920 having been built to a design inspired by old Baltimore schooners is now, after a period of total reconstruction about to set off around the world on a journey that promises to be both an adventure and exceptionally comfortable, thanks to the extraordinary level of sophistication on board.
No.6 Texel, a 33m vessel entered service as a pilot schooner in Texel, Holland. But in 1933, she was purchased by Philadelphia cotton tycoon, and turned into a luxury yacht. After the Second World War, she was sold to King Farouk I of Egypt and remodelled to provide regal comfort. The vessel passed through a number of hands before being bought in 2001 by her present owner.
He chose to have her refitted in the Spanish shipyard of Atollvic. There he has seen her transformed into a yacht that blends a unique heritage with state-of-the-art systems.
The Vigo based yard is a specialist in the construction of custom sail and motor yachts in steel or aluminium, and they have restored over a period of five years
The shipyard first assessed No.6 Texel in 2005, and quickly realised the boat was in much worse condition than originally assumed. The hull, in particular, needed urgent repairs, with an estimated 85% of the steel requiring replacement. At this stage the owner decided to use the opportunity to dramatically overhaul the yacht and worked with an architect to alter the internal layout and increase engine capacity.
The yacht’s restoration began in dry dock with the careful removal of elements that could be kept, cleaned and reused. Parts that needed repairing or replacing were fabricated from scratch to match the vessel’s appearance by Atollvic’s sister company Vicalsa, a specialist in the production of custom steel parts, or where possible, they were sourced from similarly aged material.
The biggest challenge was in maintaining the original integrity of the boat whilst ensuring she was equipped for the modern age. The shipyard created a comfortable upper cabin that was packed with all the latest instrumentation for safe navigation, but that maintained all the materials that gave the boat so much of its original charms, such as veneered wood and leather.
The reconstruction of the engine room also presented challenges, with the incorporation of two new Scania engines within a space built for one, as well as a number of other elements, including modern levels of sound insulation.
For Marco Villar, Yard Director of Atollvic, the project has been an extraordinary experience. “No.6 Texel began as one kind of project and soon became something quite different. But we adapted and utilised all our skills to transform an old and run-down yacht into one of the most beautiful vessels imaginable. I am very proud of what has been achieved particularly on a schooner with such an illustrious history.”
Thursday, 15 April 2010
Building on the inaugural Show in 2009, the 2010 Gibraltar International Boat Show which ran from 8 to 11 April was designed to offer value and deliver a comprehensive programme to satisfy both exhibitors and the visiting public. The only factor beyond the organiser’s control was the influence of Mother Nature.
John Wood, Boat Show organizer, comments, “The elements certainly conspired to make the event a challenge for all involved. Ocean Village marina was buffeted almost relentlessly for four days by strong winds, gusting to gale force, and we had to manage its effects accordingly. Undoubtedly the weather had an effect on overall attendance but participants still deemed the event a success. Everyone from Breitling to Mercedes achieved confirmed sales whilst our on-water exhibitors gathered several serious leads. It seems spirit in Gibraltar isn’t easily dampened.”
John Alcantara of Boatshed Gibraltar actually found the inclement weather had its advantages, “The serious visitors were more visible to us as plenty of ‘fender-kickers’ chose to stay away. We were satisfied with the calibre of enquiries and, all being well, should have three new brokerage listings and one sale tied up as a result of the Show.”
Dominic Byrne, Managing Director of Sunseeker Costa del Sol and Gibraltar, was similarly impressed, “We’ll be following up separate offers on a Manhattan 60 and a Manhattan 66 over the coming days, although admittedly most interest was directed at the pre-owned yacht market - a sign of the times. Ocean Village’s 64 brand new premier berths, unveiled to coincide with the Show, also gained a lot of attention. The secure pontoons up to 25 metres in length are attractive to luxury yacht owners, confirmed by the fact that we’d rented four by the end of day one.”
Anxious to satisfy all ages and tastes, this second Gibraltar International Boat Show had a diverse range of add-on entertainment. The Essential Services generously donated their time with HM Customs offering white-knuckle rides on HM Sentinel, Gibraltar’s Classic Vehicle Association and the Ferrari Owners Club covered both ends of the spectrum with their car displays and local talent took to the stage with dance, music and fashion shows. .
The Show closed with Minister for Culture, Minister Reyes, announcing the big prize winner. Christina Torrez from The Bland Group’s Gibair will be zipping through the streets of Gibraltar on a brand new motor scooter worth £2,000. Chosen charity Childline Gibraltar will receive a cheque from the proceeds of the draw.
Following the success of a partnership during the MYBA Selection in the South of France last September. The brokers association has chosen once again to work with Yacht Carbon Offset to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions from its 2010 event, which will take place in Genoa from May 3rd – 7th.
Carbon savings from one of Yacht Carbon Offset’s selected projects, in Nicaragua, have been allocated to match the estimated carbon emissions from electricity consumption at the event.
Fiona Maureso, Chairman of the Show Committee, said: “The MYBA Show is dedicated to charter professionals and provides a showcase for the finest superyachts on the charter market today. However, we are increasingly aware that the event does create a carbon footprint and we are pleased to be working with Yacht Carbon Offset to reduce its impact. We have chosen Yacht Carbon Offset as they provide a specialist service for the superyacht industry and have Lloyds Register Quality Assurance Certification”.
Yacht Carbon Offset’s Managing Director Mark Robinson commented: “We are delighted to be participating at the forthcoming show and look forward to raising awareness of our specialist service during this important event.”
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
Recent visitors have included: the 47.5m Ellix Too with her distinctive red hull, and the 74m Silver Zwei.
Jaume Marco, general manager of Ronautica, the Spanish company that manages the marina said: “These superyachts are now regularly coming here, which was not possible until one year ago.”
Johnathon Stansfeld the Captain of Ellix Too, is quoted as saying his crew’s stay in Qatar as “extremely enjoyable so far,” explaining that they have relished the chance to get out and about and see a bit of the country and it is really interesting to get to see such a different culture.”
He described the security as very good but did describe some of the regulations related to mooring in Qatar as slightly time-consuming, he said he believed things would be made easier in the future.
Rowan Peake Captain of Silver Zwei said in an interview with the newspaper that his yacht has been travelling throughout the Gulf for several months with their next destinations to be Bahrain and Kuwait before returning to Doha.
He said that this was the yacht’s third visit to the marina, and that the crew will be staying for another three or four days.
Peake described the marina as “one of my favourite sports,” claiming to be impressed by the security and friendliness of the staff.
Marlink, the global provider of maritime satellite communications, has been certified as a 'Gold Partner' by Inmarsat. The gold status is the highest level awarded by Inmarsat's Partner Accreditation Programme and confirms the company’s strength as a service provider for the company.
"Achieving gold status is a key milestone for us and reinforces our position as a provider to the maritime market. For more than thirty years we have worked closely to establish a strong network of technical and service personnel specialising in Inmarsat knowledge and skills. Our ongoing relationship will enable us to continue delivering high quality products backed by exceptional customer service and support," comments Tore Morten Olsen, CEO, Marlink.
Inmarsat's Partner Accreditation Programme comprises of gold, silver and bronze levels. In order to be awarded the highest level of partner accreditation, Marlink was required to demonstrate exceptional knowledge of Inmarsat's network and services, as well as related hardware and telecommunication technologies. In addition, they offer commitment to service by providing customer support 24/7, worldwide.
As the provider of satellite communications services to the maritime market, the company is committed to providing high-quality MSS solutions backed by exceptional customer service. Currently, every fourth vessel going to sea with MSS on-demand satellite communications onboard has purchased the hardware and services from Marlink.
Marlink's portfolio includes both MSS on-demand services and its own VSAT solutions Sealink and WaveCall and operates regional customer service centres in all major regions of the world. For further information,
Having already signed a memorandum of understanding in October 2009, Abu Dhabi MAR, the international shipbuilding group based in Abu Dhabi, and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems have now signed the contract for the sale of Blohm + Voss to Abu Dhabi MAR. The transaction is subject to clearance required under merger control laws. For the naval activities, the transaction is also subject to the approval of the German government under the provisions of the Foreign Trade Act (Außenwirtschaftsgesetz). The deal is expected to conclude at the end of June 2010.
The contract includes the acquisition of Blohm + Voss Shipyards in Hamburg and the civil shipbuilding facilities of the former HDW Gaarden including employees in Kiel. Abu Dhabi MAR will also acquire an 80% stake in each of Blohm + Voss Repair and Blohm + Voss Industries, both of Hamburg.
The parties also agreed on the formation of a 50:50 strategic partnership for the design and program management of naval vessels.
His Excellency Ahmad Darwish Al Marar, Chairman of Abu Dhabi MAR, said: “This agreement is an important milestone for Abu Dhabi MAR in the implementation of our strategy to position ourselves as a world leading shipbuilding company. The aim of this transaction is to generate long-term growth, strengthen the international market position of the company, expand our product range and gain access to new customers.”
Abu Dhabi MAR a holding company jointly owned by the Al Ain International Group (70%) and Privinvest (30%) was advised by International Investment House, the investment company headquartered in Abu Dhabi, as well as Corporate Finance Advisor Hans Lotter, the international law firm Allen & Overy LLP and Deloitte & Touche GmbH, the accounting firm.
Abu Dhabi MAR, a holding company based in Abu Dhabi, is quickly establishing itself as an international shipbuilding group having already swallowed up the French superyacht builder CMN. The company now has capacities for the construction of ships up to 200 metres.
In a short statement the Dutch superyacht builder Oceanco have announced a restructuring of their top management. In it they say, “Following a valuable cooperation over several years, Mr Eel Kant, the company’s former Managing Director, will no longer be with us. The Oceanco Board of Directors warmly thanks Mr Kant for his contribution to the company’s development over the past seven years and wishes him every success in his future endeavours.”