Flood impact felt nationwide, PIMEX begins, life support superyacht

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 04 Jan 2011
 
 

Flood impact felt nationwide, PIMEX begins, life support superyacht

As we send this out, inclement weather is making headlines around the world - none so devastating as the impact of the flooding in regional Queensland. More than 200,000 people have been affected, some losing their homes, businesses and in four cases, their lives. So many services distrupted, so much infrastructure destroyed and livelihoods swept away. If you can help, please consider donating via www.qld.gov.au/floods

On a brighter note, plenty of the country is bathing in sunshine and looking forward to many weeks ahead of great boating conditions. Even Queensland boating and marine businesses along the coast and on the islands are reporting 'business as normal', thanks in part to internet interest which has been driving enquiry.

So this week, we have tried to balance the bad news with some good, international stories about new products, energy potential in the waves, and a superyacht that offers 'totally self-sufficient, carbon zero living'.

While many of you may have been away or still enjoying a break, those of you back on deck are welcome to get in touch with your news and views.

Have a great week!


Jeni Bone, editor



Queensland floods impact lives and livelihoods
Jeni Bone,
They have been described as 'floods of Biblical proportions' and have made global news. The Queensland floods have affected more than 200,000 people in 22 rural communities, inundating an area the size of Germany and France combined.... [more]
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Wave power study proves promising for Spain
Media Services,
The first detailed assessment of wave energy potential along the Spanish Coast has been completed. The study is aimed at including ocean energy in the country's '2011-2020 renewable energy National Plan'and shows plenty of potential in the sustainable, alternative energy stakes.... [more]
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Sydney City Marine adds electronics showroom
Jeni Bone,
Sydney City Marine has added an electronics showroom to its vast array of offerings, run by experienced marine electricians, Rocky Tassone and Stuart Graham.... [more]
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Sauter designs self-sufficient Life Support Superyacht
Jeni Bone,
Sauter Carbon Offset Design presents the Ocean Empire life support Superyacht, the world's first totally self sufficient Zero Carbon Life Support Vessel (LSV).... [more]
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Boats join the auction at 'The Event 2011'
Ray White Marine,
A series of high-performance and ultra-luxury marine vessels, from sports cruisers to luxury motor yachts, will be showcased on the Gold Coast in January as part of The Event 2011; a major annual campaign regarded as the largest real estate auction in Australia.... [more]
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Retailers lobby for GST on ALL online goods
Media Services,
Australian retailers, who state that they employ more than 76,000 people, will launch an advertising campaign urging the government to impose GST on all goods bought over the internet.... [more]
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Sailing of another era on Lake Geneva
Jean Philippe Jobé,
Now that the racing boats are ashore for the winter, it gives me the opportunity to talk about the old sailing barges that were used on the lake in the 18th and 19th centuries. Some of those still exist and a group of enthusiastic sailors have built a replica called La Demoiselle which is now one of the biggest sailing crafts in Switzerland.... [more]
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Sea Shepherd back on the hunt for Japanese whale research vessels
MediaServices,
Just one day in to the New Year, Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research, which is in charge of its 'scientific whaling program' has accused the Sea Shepherd conservation group of endangering its crews in the Southern Ocean.... [more]
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Marine study in Malaysia shows diversity and damage
Jeni Bone,
According to the WWF, preliminary results from an expedition in the seas off Sabah, Malaysia have uncovered a huge diversity of marine life that may just make this part of the 'Coral Triangle' the most biologically diverse area of our planet.... [more]
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America's Cup 2013 - San Francisco wins hosting right - its official
Stephanie Martin,
The world-famous San Francisco Bay will be home to the 2013 America's Cup Finals and the Challenger Selection Series for the Louis Vuitton Cup, as well as an America's Cup World Series event in 2012. This will be the first time the America's Cup has been hosted in the United States since 1995.... [more]
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Port of Bundaberg closed indefinitely until floods subside
Jeni Bone,
Flood damage and debris have forced the indefinite closure of the Port of Bundaberg to all shipping.... [more]
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New Year's Eve Safety on Sydney Harbour
NSW Maritime,
Hundreds of boats will be heading out to get a waterside view of fireworks displays throughout the state. Detailed advice to skippers planning a trip out on the water this New Year's Eve can be found under Marine Notices at www.maritime.nsw.gov.au... [more]
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Phuket International Boat Show to smash all records
Event Media,
The 2011 Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX), now in its eighth year, is set to be the biggest and best yet and welcome a number of firsts. To be held 6-9 January 2011 at Royal Phuket Marina, Thailand, the Phuket International Boat Show is organised by Informa Yacht Group and expects to welcome 6,000 plus visitors this year.... [more]
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Your Fishing Licence fees at work in Lake Wendouree Victoria
Alan Everett,
Freshwater anglers at Lake Wendouree have plenty to celebrate now the lake is full, trout stocking has resumed and two fishing platforms built with licence revenue can now be used.... [more]
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Stay out of the water in flood zones!
Qld Government,
Qld Emergency service authorities are asking how many more people have to die before people understand the dangers of floodwaters following 30 water rescues again overnight.... [more]
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All brands head for Dubai for the region's premier boat show
Dubai World Trade Centre,
Dubai International Boat Show, the region's largest and longest running boat show, will be hosting the biggest cluster of Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) members in the show's history - among them Amels, Benetti, Burger Boat Company, B.V., Fincantieri, Heesen Yachts, Lürssen, Oceanco, Sanlorenzo and Trinity Yachts.... [more]
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All Marine Spares invests in exhibition space and global brands
Jeni Bone,
All Marine Spares enjoyed a buoyant 2010 and is anticipating building on that success in 2011 with an increased presence at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.... [more]
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Handy Boat Loan Widget Released
Josh Deacon,
Leisure Boat Sales have introduced a clever boat finance widget to there website giving boat buyers a more informed choice when looking at the overall cost of watercraft.... [more]
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Adapt to ecommerce or perish?
Jeni Bone,
Interest rate rises, deflated consumer confidence, an Aussie dollar at parity with the US dollar and the rise of internet shopping are causing Australian retailers to forecast 'devastating' effects on their annual profits.... [more]
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Beware Carbon Monoxide - the silent, odourless killer
Jeni Bone,
A recent boating incident on Queensland's Gold Coast highlights the dangers of carbon monoxide – the stealthy, silent and suffocating potential killer that could cost your life on your boat.... [more]
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Greenline celebrates 100 boats in just 10 months
North South Yachting,
The Greenline brand is celebrating 100 of its 33 Hybrid boats in just 10 months, which have been sold to all parts of the globe making it arguably the best selling boat of this size worldwide.... [more]
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Jet skis and PWC the target for NSW Maritime 'Ride Right' campaign
Jeni Bone,
Antisocial and plain dangerous behaviour on the water are the targets of a NSW Maritime campaign launching this week to highlight the dangers of jet skiing around other waterway users.... [more]
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Sunlight to fuel model offers hope for fossil-fuel free future
Jeni Bone,
American and Swiss researchers have developed a way to turn sunlight into fuel in a way similar to the process by which plants use sunlight to grow. Solar energy is a widely available clean, green energy source – but turning it into a transportable and dispatchable chemical fuel has been difficult.... [more]
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New Zealand Marine Industry 2011 Conference
NZ Marine,
Building on the success of two decades of growth and an industry currently worth more than $1.7bn, the New Zealand marine industry will gather in Queenstown in March 2011 to discuss ways of boosting exports and maximising growth over the next four years.... [more]
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Auckland boat show moved to Sept to coincide with Rugby World Cup
NZ Marine,
To coincide with the 2011 Rugby World Cup, guaranteeting it worldwide exposure, the Auckland International Boat Show in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour, which is traditionally held in early March, will this year take place on September 15-18.... [more]
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