NMMA issues Covid-19 statement | Invincible Boats maintains production | Liqui Moly defies virus with staff bonus | Grand Banks closes Malaysian yard
Invincible Boats, which began the new year with a new catamaran, new marketing campaign and a new push into international markets, is adjusting to the changing market conditions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and, thus far, is continuing normal manufacturing operations.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) in the US has sent an email to its members, reassuring them that the NMMA remains open for business and is working hard to protect the industry. Click here to read the statement in its entirety.
American Boating Congress – cancelled
12-14 May, Washington, DC
Event organiser, the NMMA, says it plans to hold a “virtual advocacy summit” in May.
Newport Boat Show – postponed
23-26 April, Newport, RI
The Newport Boat Show, originally scheduled for April 23-26 at Lido Marina Village, has been cancelled. The new show dates are May 14-17.
Suncoast Boat Show – cancelled
24-26 April, Sarasota, FL, USA
The Suncoast Boat Show will return to Marina Jack in Downtown Sarasota next year for its 38th annual edition from April 23-25, 2021.
Liqui Moly, the German oil and additive specialist, has reacted to the coronavirus crisis by paying a bonus of €1,000 to all of its employees. The company now has almost its entire administration team working from home. The move is intended to protect all workers while keeping production running.
Production continues at SF Marina
By Tony Esposito
At SF Marina, the Swedish manufacturer of floating concrete breakwaters, docks and waterfront structures, chairman Lars-Gunnar Odhe told IBI that the company’s headquarters and worldwide offices have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. “Swedish and European Union authorities have imposed certain restrictions, and some people are sick and/or in quarantine; these have all impacted our staff and our suppliers,” he said.
“Production continues at a slightly reduced capacity and may create delivery delays. We’re following the situation and responding on a day-by-day basis.”
SF Marine recently started operations at its new manufacturing facilities in Malaysia and Thailand. This is in addition to expanding its production sites in Sweden, the US and New Zealand.
Ümit Uzun, CEO of Würzburg, Germany-based charter brokerage Charterbar Yachting, tells IBI how charter firms are reacting to the cancellation of summer charter trips.
South Coast Boat Show – postponed
15-17 May, Southampton, UK
The South Coast Boat Show, guided by Raymarine, has been rescheduled to the first weekend in July. Featuring global power and sailing brands as well as an extensive land-based exhibition of ancillary services, the show will now take place from 3-5 July at Southampton’s Ocean Village Marina. Free tickets can be claimed, and appointments can be made, via www.southcoastboatshow.com
Grand Banks Yachts has closed its Malaysian boat manufacturing yard in compliance with a 14-day ‘Movement Control Order’ issued by the government of Malaysia, intended to contain the spread of the Covid-19 infection within the country and effective 18-31 March 2020.