NMMA issues statement | Cantieri del Pardo suspends production | BIA cancels three Australian shows



The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has issued a statement urging the boating industry to come together to prevent a financial body blow to the entire ecosystem.


Ocean Alexander COVID-19 update

Florida-based Merritt Island Boat Works, which builds Ocean Alexander Yachts, has announced a 23% cut in its workforce and lower production levels due to the impact of Coronavirus outbreak.



New dates for Limassol show

The Limassol International Boat Show 2020 has been rescheduled from May 7-10 to October 1-4, 2020



TYBA Yacht Charter Show cancelled for 2020

The third edition of the Bodrum-located TYBA Yacht Charter Show, which was set to be held on May 7-10, has been cancelled for this year. Organised by the Turkish Yacht Brokers Association (TYBA), the next edition will be held in May 2021. “Our first priority is certainly the health and wellbeing of the general public and all of our participants,” says the TYBA in a statement. “The decision was made after very careful consideration of the current circumstances. The exact dates of the 2021 TYBA Show will be announced at a later stage.”



Glomex donates 3,000 masks to Ravenna Hospital

Glomex Marine Antennas in Ravenna, Italy has donated 3,000 masks to Ravenna Hospital ‘Santa Maria delle Croci’. Raffaele Fabbri, Glomex general manager, delivered the masks to Dr Paolo Tarlazzi, Ravenna Hospital Chief Medical Officer, to be used for healthcare workers engaged against the coronavirus emergency.

“It was not easy to find the masks due to their limited availability everywhere. Nevertheless, we are still working hard to get more,” says Glomex president Pier Antonio Baldassarri. “We have been able to make this donation also thanks to the great cooperation with our long-term partner SKW JIB Electronic Technology based in Zhuhai, a city located in Guangdong province, in the South of China.

“We are experiencing a terrible emergency,” Baldassarri adds. “We need to support our health system and the great job that doctors, nurses and all health workers are doing to block the spread of coronavirus.”


Cantiere del Pardo suspends production

In order to preserve the health and safety of employees and respect the latest decree of the Italian Prime Minister, Cantiere del Pardo says it is obliged to partially suspend production activities starting from today (March 26) until Friday 3 April, 2020. All boats that are finished in production will be normally prepared and loaded for the already organised and booked transports.

“We hope that this challenging situation will be overcome soon so we can all proceed with our normal daily occupations.,” says Gigi Servidati, chairman of parent company Cantieri del Pardo, in a statement. “All office activities such as administration, marketing, sales and customer care are smart-working from home and are at your complete disposal either via email or phone. We will keep you regularly updated on upcoming developments.”



Teignbridge Propellers issues business update

Following the additional restrictions put in place by the UK government, Teignbridge Propellers International has issued a statement to say that the company remains operational, although some production staff are self-isolating as a precaution.

“We have good reserves of ingot, however, some of our other suppliers are closing down for a short period of time and others are advising potential delays. We continue to manage our supply chain on a daily basis,” says Teignbridge CEO Mark Phare.

“Our sales, marketing, design, engineering, accounts, despatch and purchasing departments are now split with some staff working from home and a few core members of staff remaining in the office. You can expect the same standard of service; all of the staff working from home have been given hardware to facilitate full access to the necessary systems and records to undertake their tasks.

”We are still aiming to maintain our production targets. However, the completion, shipping and delivery of a few customers orders may be delayed by Covid-19 related issues. If this situation arises, we will, of course, continue to keep all of our customers updated.

“We are liaising with freight companies to monitor the situation in the UK and in each destination country. If further restrictions are put in place that will or may affect deliveries, we will let all of our customers know as soon as possible and we will investigate alternative options. There is some evidence regarding increased freight costs. If this affects any of our customers’ shipments, we will review alternatives and keep everyone informed should additional costs be unavoidable.

“We are regularly reviewing the status of all aspects of our business and making contingency plans for a number of scenarios, we are prepared for every and any, eventuality.

“Our factory in India has closed under government instructions and the Teignbridge workshop in Dubai is operating at a restricted level, but the sales staff are available for enquiries, quotes and customer service enquiries.”

Customers that require an update regarding orders should contact their designated salesperson or write to sales@teignbridge.co.uk



ACI Cup postponed to November

Nautor’s Swan has decided to postpone the first event of the ClubSwan racing circuit, which would have been the debut of the ClubSwan 36 class with more than 10 yachts participating. The ACI Cup, in partnership with ACI Marina, was originally scheduled for May 6-10 in Rovinj, Croatia. It will now be held from November 3-7.

“We are trying to do our part to fight against this pandemic. Our ClubSwan members come from very different geographical areas and we care for their safety and health, and also we don’t want them to miss the chance of racing all together,” says Enrico Chieffi, group vice president.

ClubSwan will continue to confirm the other events in its calendar planned for the 2020 season, reserving the right to provide regular updates on whether these are likely to be affected by national restrictions.



BIA cancels three Australian shows

Three Australian boat shows – Sydney (Jul 30-Aug 3), Adelaide (Jun 28-30) and Brisbane (Aug 21-23) – have now been cancelled due to the further spread of Covid-19. The action replaces earlier plans by the Boating Industry Association of Australia (BIA) to postpone them.


South Africa

SA government bans small boats
by Bobby Jordan

The South African government has banned all small boat water-based activities as from midnight on Thursday in line with a countywide lockdown to limit the spread of coronavirus. The prohibition was published this week in a marine notice issued by the South African Maritime Safety Authority. The prohibition includes canoeing, kayaking, recreational fishing, and boating activities, and applies to sea going vessels as well as those operating on sheltered waters.

“For those members of the public who reside permanently on board a vessel, specifically those within the yachting fraternity, you may not go to sea or leave your designated mooring during the lockdown period,” the SAMSA notice said. “SAMSA does not want to place emergency personnel at risk when responding to any accidents or incidents that may occur.

False Bay Yacht Club manager Natasha Fish said the club was allowing its ‘live aboards’ to access club facilities during the lockdown period. “We have given them extra tools now so that they can be completely self-sufficient,” Fish said. “We have asked them to look after themselves.”

Earlier this week President Cyril Ramaphosa outlined how government plans to enforce the lockdown, which will see the vast majority of South Africans confined to their homes, including in informal areas where millions still live in small shacks. The army has been deployed and will operate alongside other security and healthcare personnel.