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Comment: Training is going to play an increasingly vital role

Posted Friday, February 28th, 2014

Ed Slack, editor IBI magazine
Ed Slack, editor IBI magazine

The fact is recruiting skilled factory floor personnel – engineers, carpenters, electricians – is a lot harder than it should be

Maryland boat show sees 25% jump in attendance

Posted Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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Organisers of the 2014 Bay Bridge Boat Show reported a 24.9% gain in paid customers over last year’s show. An improving market and “perfect weather” helped increase attendance, according to Annapolis Boat Shows.
"These results are better than…

Fiji yacht study shows slight decline in economic impact

Posted Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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Fiji’s marine industry contributed F$28,607,128 to the country’s economy, according to the 2013 Fiji Marine Industry Survey, released on Monday. The study said this was about F$1.9m less than the 2012 F$30,508,832 contribution.
The study reported…

Korean government plans to cut taxes on new boats to boost boating industry

Posted Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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The Korean government has announced a plan to cut taxes on recreational vessels as part of an effort to boost the country’s marine industry. The Korea Joongang Daily reported that the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries has requested a cabinet meeting t…

World’s largest sailing catamaran design launched

Posted Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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The well-established Australian yacht and ship designer Albert Sedlmayer has launched a design for the world’s largest sailing catamaran. Called Spectrum 52, it is a 52m (171ft) concept that reflects his passion for such craft and what he would inclu…

International Safety Products appointment

Posted Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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International Safety Products, the UK-based inflatable lifejacket specialist, has hired Simon Potts to drive sales in the UK and parts of Northern Europe.
As regional sales manager, Potts will further develop the firm’s position in the commercial,…

Sunreef exports first 60 LOFT catamaran to China

Posted Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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Poland’s Sunreef Yachts has announced the sale of its first 60 LOFT catamaran to a Chinese client.
“The [craft] will be delivered in November this year and it will be located in Sanya, Hainan,” the company said in a statement.
The catamaran was…

Elan appoints exclusive US distributor

Posted Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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Slovenian boatbuilder Elan Marine has chosen Great Lakes Marine Group Inc (GLMG) as its exclusive distributor for the US.
GLMG will expand the Elan and Impression yacht ranges across the US. “We really wish we could get the yachts sooner as we have…

ISA Yachts launches 43m Philmi

Posted Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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ISA Yachts has launched the first motoryacht of the Granturismo range. Launched at the ISA Yachts’ facility in Ancona on the 29 March, the 43m yacht was christened Philmi.
The Granturismo was created to respond to a market demand for steel/aluminium…

Elections at Brazil’s ACOBAR

Posted Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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ACOBAR, the boatbuilding trade association in Brazil, has elected a new board for the next two years. Eduardo Colunna, current president of ACOBAR, has bee re-elected for this period.
The election took place in the annual general meeting held at Marina…

Yanmar Europe changes management

Posted Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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Yanmar Europe BV has announced that president Geert Jan Mantel will retire and resign from his position, as per 30th June 2014. The company has promoted vice president Peter Aarsen to succeed Mantel, effective 1st July 2014.
Geert Jan Mantel has served…

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