Floods affect Reef, Stars the ticket for boat shows, Oman ambitions

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 11 Jan 2011
 
 

Floods affect Reef, Stars the ticket for boat shows, Oman ambitions

There is plenty of news this week from around the world, but the plight of Queensland has stolen the headlines.

Described by the Premier of Queensland and the Prime Minister as Australia's worst peacetime disaster, with the potential to rival Cyclone Tracy (which flattened Darwin and killed 71 people) and eclipsing the legendary floods of 1974, the Queensland floods have risen to a new peak.

Many suburbs in Brisbane are preparing to evacuate today and Toowoomba residents are still reeling from the 'tsunami' of water that flowed through yesterday, ripping houses off their peers, jumbling cars like toys in muddy, fast-flowing currents and sweeping people away.

More than 70 people have been reported missing and 8 people are confirmed dead.

Initial estimates of the damage in Queensland are being tallied in the billion of dollars. On the ground, the Premier, Anna Bligh has requested people donate at their local banks rather than calling the Premier's hotline which is being used as a source of information for emergency workers and flood victims. You can also donate online at www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.html

In other news, London is celebrating an enormous boat show this year, hoping to match the 102,000 visitors that attended last year's event. The approach this year was interactivity - get your hands on sailing, boating and all its bits - as well as celebrity. Too many 'names' to mention, but all of them famous in their fields. Read all about why aligning a brand or event with high profile people is a great way to cut-through in our exclusive interview with publicity-pro, Max Markson.

Marinas in Dubai and Cyprus, new products from Musto, the wrap up of PIMEX and details of the upcoming, bigger than ever Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle show are all here this week.

Please send your own news and views and keep in touch!


Jeni Bone, editor



Look to London: Celebrities attract the crowds
Jeni Bone,
In the lead up to the recent Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show, plenty of column centimetres were devoted to the big names who would be on show - stars of the catwalk, TV, soaps, Olympics and extreme sports - all recruited to bring a broader range of people to a boat show.... [more]
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The Wave, Oman aims to be region's top yacht spot
Mourjan Marinas IGY,
Dubai-based marina developer, Mourjan Marinas IGY will develop and manage The Wave, a luxury marina facility in Muscat, Oman, to ensure it becomes one of the region's top yachting lifestyle destinations.... [more]
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Great Barrier Reef deluged with tonnes of toxic water
Jeni Bone,
Queensland's Great Barrier Reef is being flushed with toxic, pesticide-laden sediment that environmental experts fear could devastate fragile corals and marine life, damage that may require as long as a century to repair.... [more]
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Price site raises ire of Marine Retailers in the US
Jeni Bone,
In the US, a new website that provides consumers with information, including pricing, on boats and other sports products will soon go live and has raised the ire of the Marine Retailers Association of America.... [more]
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Queensland flooding health risks
Jeni Bone,
Along with loss of property, possessions and lives, the flash flooding in Toowoomba and other regions in Queensland will have massive impact on the state's economy and the health of its residents, according to scientific experts.... [more]
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Musto launches new Evolution Collection
Tracey Porter,
Technical marine sportswear brand Musto is set to dramatically broaden its reach following the release of its eagerly anticipated 2011 collection, due to hit stores next month.... [more]
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Musto presents new Lifestyle Collection
Tracey Porter,
Distinctive men's and women's marine lifestyle label, Musto has forged a new direction with the launch of its highly sought-after autumn/winter 2011 collection next month.... [more]
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Barz Optics launches new Maui model - ideal for all water activity
Barz Optics,
Barz Optics has just this week launched its new MAUI model, fitted with polarised photochromic acetate lenses.... [more]
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Karpaz Bay Marina to welcome luxury hotel and beach club
Marketing Matters UK,
Owners of the soon-to-be-completed Karpaz Gate Marina in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), part of the Karpaz Bay Resort, have announced plans for a new luxury hotel and beach club on the site.... [more]
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WA grants for recreational boating facilities - closing soon!
Department of Transport WA,
Time is running out for authorities to apply for their share of a record $6.5 million in State Government funding to improve facilities for recreational boating in WA.... [more]
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Snapper consultation extended due to flooding
Qld Fisheries,
Due to flooding in key fishing areas, consultation on future management arrangements for the Rocky Reef Fin Fish Fishery, which includes snapper, has been extended and meeting dates postponed.... [more]
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Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show: largest ever scheduled for April 2011
Marine Qld,
Save the date for Queensland's largest outdoor and leisure show, the Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show and National 4x4 Show and Outdoors Expo, 8-10 April 2011.... [more]
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Creation of Superyacht Association for the Philippines
Chris Ashton,
The world of sailing and superyachts has, up to now, been mainly focused around the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Several associations in Asia and Australia, however, have been created, in more recent years, to promote the area as an important third destination for superyachts.... [more]
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New Solas Life Jacket Light from Burke Marine
Colin Burgess,
Burke Marine is now distributing the UML Sea Flash SOLAS life jacket light. A compact super light weight product that will be a must have for sailors of all levels.... [more]
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Navico cartography toolkit for third-party developers
Sandman PR,
Navico has launched its innovative Cartography Toolkit which enables third-party developers to create mapping content for its renowned range of navigation products. The software tools and documentation allow experienced GIS engineers to convert content data into a format compatible with Navico products including Simrad NSE / NSO and Lowrance HDS, as well as the recently-launched B&G Zeus system.... [more]
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Raymarine's Extended Warranty Program
Liza Sticpewich,
Raymarine customers benefit from new Extended Warranty program, giving three years peace of mind... [more]
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Andrew Short Marine - Innovative promotion does the job
Bob Wonders,
Kylie Short claims a $1000 barbecue. The promotion was aimed, of course, at increasing sales of Mercury outboard engines, and included two-stroke and four-stroke models from 40hp up.... [more]
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PIMEX 2011: USD17m business transacted over four days
PIMEX Event Media,
Phuket is in celebratory mood as the eighth Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) comes to an end and delivers the goods. 2011 looks set to be another successful year for the regional marine industry as seven boats and numerous luxury cars were sold at PIMEX. According to Show Director Andy Dowden, transactions at the show exceeded USD17 million with more expected post-PIMEX.... [more]
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London Boat Show - RYA announces Henri Lloyd partnership
Ellie Williamson/RYA,
Tullett Prebon London Boat Show - The RYA has revealed a brand new partnership between its Junior and Youth Racing Programmes and Henri Lloyd, announcing the exciting new venture at the London Boat Show on Friday (7 January).... [more]
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Fairline launches all new Targe 50 Gran Turismo
Saltwater PR,
Fairline Boats, a luxury motor yacht manufacturer, is introducing the latest addition to the Targa express cruiser range with the world launch of the spacious three cabin, two en-suite Fairline Targa 50 GRAN TURISMO at this year's Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show.... [more]
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Licence fees at work for Mitchell River
Tim Mitchell,
DPI Victoria - Licence fees at work for Mitchell River - Using $85,000 from the Recreational Fishing Grants Program, the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority has placed 30 log structures into the lower Mitchell River, below the cut at Eagle Point.... [more]
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Sydney Rigging Specialists announce New Director
Bruce Clark,
Sydney Rigging Specialists are happy to announce the appointment of Craig Garnett as a new director to the company joining Bruce Clark and Peter Gardner who started the company 15 years ago.... [more]
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Phuket International Boat Show - USD $100 million in boats on display
Andy Dowden,
Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) 2011 - The show opened today to a packed in-water display and Exhibition Hall. 47 boats fill the marina basin, an increase of more than 25% on last year, and the Exhibition Hall is packed with marine products, luxury cars and high-end real estate.... [more]
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Fountaine Pajot announces launch of new Salina 48 Evolution
Kate Elkington,
With upgrades inspired by Fountaine Pajot's exclusive Flagship range, the exciting new Salina 48 Evolution has been launched to critical acclaim.... [more]
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Cheaper Fuel berths in Sydney Harbour
Bailey's Marine,
Sydney Harbour will have a new refuelling station in early 2011 with the Baileys fuel depot edging closer to opening its bowsers to commercial user and public users.... [more]
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Marine Rescue Swansea and Lake Macquarie are joining forces
Martine Tylee,
Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie and Marine Rescue Swansea are joining forces to make their service to the boating public even better. The new, single, unit will be called Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie and it will have its radio base on Swansea Heads and its boat base at Pelican.... [more]
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2011 Tullett Prebon London Intl Boat Show bursting with attractions
Jeni Bone,
Fashion identities, celebrities and stunts will herald the opening of this year's 2011 Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show on Friday 7 January.... [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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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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