The Marina at the Marina City Club in California’s Marina del Rey Completes First Phase of Overhaul

September 30, 2014

Fronting the Ritz Carlton and Marina del Rey’s prominent Marina City Club, The Marina at the Marina City Club is a beautiful California yacht charter destination, nestled among some of the area’s most esteemed properties.  In 2013, the marina began the process of renovating its facility. The first phase of the renovation comprised the complete reconstruction of the marina’s dock system, shoreside railings, gates, as well as gangways.

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Bellingham Marine, world renowned marina builder, was hired as the design-build, general contractor to oversee the renovation.  The company’s scope of work included permitting support; dock system design, manufacture and installation including new concrete piling, design and installation of the utility and fire system; and installation of railings, gates and gangways.

“Bellingham Marine was an invaluable member of the team,” said Alicia Kunz, Marina Manager. “Having built a number of projects in the area, Bellingham Marine was confident in navigating the permitting process and was able to provide us with the best possible value for our dock system.”

“We took a streamlined, phased approach to the reconstruction of the marina’s docks. This approach allowed boaters to remain in the marina throughout the reconstruction process and helped our crews move quickly through the rebuild,” said Mark Secrest, Project Manager for Bellingham Marine.

The existing docks were removed one row at a time and Unifloat, concrete floating docks were installed in their place.  The new docks include upgraded utilities and amenities.  A new public pump out was installed at the end of E-2800 dock.

“Working in a high-profile, urban area with limited staging areas and in close proximity to other businesses is something our team is very skilled at,” remarked Secrest. “A skilled construction team and extraordinary marina staff all helped to ensure the project went smoothly. It’s been an exciting project to be a part of.”

The last phase of work, which will complete the transformation of The Marina at the Marina City Club, includes the reconstruction of the promenade.  Reconstruction of the promenade was started in September and is expected to be completed by March 2015.

As the world’s leading marina design-build construction company, Bellingham Marine specializes in floating dock, floating platform and floating wave attenuation systems for marinas worldwide. The company also produces dry storage systems for the upland storage of boats.

UIM Executive Committee meeting

September 30, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014 was marked by the UIM Executive Committee meeting. This was hosted by the amazing and suggestive location of the new Yacht Club of Monaco.

UIM Executive Committee meeting

UIM Executive Committee meeting

Among the several points on the agenda, the UIM Executive Committee received an update on the actions taken by the Special Commissioner Thomas Kurth, following the departure of the former Secretary General.

President Chiulli and the members of the UIM Executive Committee took this opportunity to gather with the UIM Office Team in a pleasant and enjoyable atmosphere and thank them for their dedication and support in the accomplishment of UIM’s objectives.

A special thanking by President Chiulli and the UIM Executive Committee members goes to the team of the Yacht Club Monaco for their warm welcome and hospitality.

Dubai Maritime Week 2014 to feature a series of high-level activities and events

September 30, 2014

Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority responsible for regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of Dubai’s maritime sector, has announced that it will organize a series of high-level activities and events during the upcoming Dubai Maritime Week 2014. This will take place next month under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council.

Amer Ali, Executive Director of DMCA, and Chris Hayman, Chairman of Seatrade Communications, with corporate identity of Dubai Maritime Week

Amer Ali, Executive Director of DMCA, and Chris Hayman, Chairman of Seatrade Communications, with corporate identity of Dubai Maritime Week

Dubai Maritime Week is poised to attract international maritime leaders, senior government officials, decision-makers, industry professionals, leading experts, and ship owners from the UAE and the region. It will be a platform for discussing the latest regional and international maritime trends and exploring the best industry practices to help promote sustainable development across Dubai’s maritime sector.

Amer Ali, Executive Director, Dubai Maritime City Authority, said: “The remarkable success of Dubai Maritime Week’s first edition held two years ago has inspired us to expand the agenda of the second edition under the theme of ‘Modernization and Inclusiveness.’ It will include a series of high-level events which will attract leading industry professionals and key decision-makers from all over the world to position Dubai among the leading international maritime hubs. We are positive that the set events and activities will serve as a key interactive platform to showcase the best promising opportunities across the local maritime cluster, which has the capabilities to compete with other global maritime and logistics centers.”

A key highlight of Dubai Maritime Week 2014 is the Dubai Maritime Summit. It is the first event in the region to discuss global maritime clustering and Dubai’s efforts to become a first-class international maritime hub, with particular focus on the latest worldwide industry developments.

“Dubai Maritime Summit follows the ultimate vision of positioning Dubai as a premier destination for maritime excellence and innovation. We are confident that it will serve as a key addition to the international events being hosted in Dubai. The participation of high-profile experts and industry professionals will undoubtedly contribute to establishing effective strategies aimed at developing local maritime cluster components capable of competing regionally and globally to create an integrated, secure and sustainable maritime environment that can respond effectively to rapid industry changes and emerging market trends,” Ali concluded.

The second edition of Dubai Maritime Week will also feature Seatrade Maritime Awards 2014 and Seatrade Middle East Maritime Exhibition (SMEM). SMEM 2014 will unveil the latest global maritime trends and services that will appeal to the industry because of great importance. In addition, DMCA will host a DMCA partners appreciation gathering to acknowledge the efforts of its public and private partners in supporting its plan for the emirate’s maritime sector.

Premiere of Puerto Rico as Leading Caribbean Yachting Destination at MYS 2014

September 30, 2014

Last week saw the beautiful Puerto Rico yacht charter location participate in the Monaco Yacht Show 2014. Puerto Rico took its Caribbean flair to the French Riviera to demonstrate why it is an ideal destination for yachtsmen worldwide. The highlights of this breath-taking island include four luxury yacht marinas, yachting maintenance facilities, luxury attractions, as well as natural beauty.

Puerto Rico Marina

Puerto Rico Marina

“We are promoting our well-recognized yachting industry as an opportunity to put Puerto Rico on the map in a key growth market,” said Alberto Bacó-Bagué, Secretary of Puerto Rico’s Department of Economic Development and Commerce. “Yachting is a critical part of our five-year economic plan to support local growth and we are investing in the industry and other infrastructures to support international yachters.”

While 20 of the world’s largest mega yachts already visit the island each year, Puerto Rico is planning to grow its mega yachting industry from $3.6 million annually to more than $100 million in just five years. In addition to competitive port fees and berthing costs, Puerto Rico is the only region in the Caribbean with capacity to dock alongside and offers convenient and accommodating marinas. Puerto Rico’s unique jurisdiction also means there are no passport requirements for those traveling from the mainland United States.

Puerto Rico - El Morro

Puerto Rico - El Morro - Photo credit to Puerto Rico Tourism Company

Earlier this year, the Encanto Group announced an investment of $200 million to develop a world-class beach and marina community on the island’s east coast. The Yacht Club at Palmas del Mar is a state of the art mega-yacht marina located within a complete resort community just 45 miles from San Juan. The Yacht Club is a short boat ride from the world-class beaches of Vieques (15 miles) and Culebra (25 miles) and when complete, will offer 158 boat slips, including 40 designed for yachts up to 175 feet and a 30,000 square foot business and entertainment facility. The project is also expected to generate about 400 jobs.

Further evidence of high-end luxury attractions, The Yacht Club, Palmas del Mar, includes two 18-hole championship golf courses designed, respectively, by Reese Jones and Gary Player; the largest tennis facility in the Caribbean; an equestrian center with miles of adjacent riding trails, beaches, pools, restaurants, a private school, nearby hospitals, and full-service shopping; among other amenities.

Flamenco Beach Culebra Island Puerto Rico

Flamenco Beach Culebra Island Puerto Rico - Photo credit to Puerto Rico Tourism Company

Puerto Rico Tourism on Rise

Tourism is one of several key sectors that the Government of Puerto Rico has targeted as a growth opportunity to jump-start the island’s economy. The sector has remained strong throughout the recent recession and is on a growth trajectory, aided by new hotels, an increase in cruise ship passengers and increased air access and nonstop airline service from the U.S., Madrid and South America.

“Our investments will offer yachters and tourists a unique experience compared to any other Caribbean island,” said Marimar Lidin, Director of Puerto Rico’s Tourism Company in Spain. “Tourism contributes significantly to our gross national product and yachting is one of the leading niche markets in the industry. Puerto Rico’s unparalleled access to beaches, entertainment, culture, cuisine, nature, and nightlife make the island an ideal place for international tourists and yachters.”

The Yacht Club Marina

The Yacht Club Marina - Photo credit to Encanto Group

Earlier this year, Seaborne Airlines announced more than 2,500 monthly flights to/from Puerto Rico and recently consolidated its operations center on the island, adding 400 jobs. Further, cruise ship passengers arriving at the port of San Juan increased by 28 percent this summer, and the number of cruise ships that docked in the city represents a 41 percent increase. Just last week, Nicholas Prouty, CEO of Putnam Bridge, announced a $100 million construction project, which adds to a growing list of upscale property deals that totals over $1 billion in investment.

“Puerto Rico is an island unique to any other in the Caribbean, and offers the opportunity for visitors to enjoy one of the oldest cities in the Western hemisphere: Old San Juan,” added Lidin. “No other place can compete with the Spanish Virgin Islands, the bioluminescent bay of Vieques, the rare El Yunque rainforest, and of course, Puerto Rican rum.”

Puerto Rico as a Place to Live and Do Business

Puerto Rico’s well-established tourism industry is strong and getting stronger, but it is just one element of the Department’s comprehensive growth strategy. The Department of Economic Development and Commerce is strategically encouraging international investment in knowledge services, insurance, finance, and other industries by leveraging the unique benefits of its jurisdiction and incentives offered under Act 20 and Act 22.

This year alone, more than 400 companies have applied to establish operations in Puerto Rico through Act 20, which offers tax incentives to service-based organizations that offer services for clients off the island. As of July, 200 people have applied for Act 22, which offers tax incentives to individuals who establish residence on the island.

About the Department of Economic Development and Commerce

The Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development and Commerce is responsible for implementing and supervising the execution of Puerto Rico’s public policy on economic development in the sectors of manufacturing, commerce, tourism, and knowledge and financial services. In addition, the agency is responsible for promoting a stable and sustainable private sector that considers the globalization of today’s economy. The Department is committed to the implementation of strategies that foster investment, create jobs, and improve the quality of life on the island.

IMS Shipyard announces date for official opening of IMS 700 site at Monaco Yacht Show 2014

September 30, 2014

Positioned at the center of Toulon Bay in the South of France, the IMS Shipyard is set to become the largest yacht repair shipyard in the Mediterranean. During last week’s Monaco Yacht Show, IMS announced that the IMS 700 site will be officially opened on December 15, 2014.

IMS Shipyard

IMS Shipyard

2,700 square metres of earth removed and reused, over 6,000 tonnes of asphalt already used, 2,000 tonnes of piles for supporting the constructions in the maritime zone (hauling dock, breakwater and yacht pontoon), 4,500 square metres of paint applied, 80 members of staff working full time, i.e. 20,000 hours of work until completion… these figures illustrate the sheer size of this colossal project, a project the entire profession has been awaiting for years and which will house up to one hundred 20 to 80 metre yachts simultaneously all year round.

IMS 700 – LESS THAN 3 MONTHS BEFORE THE FIRST YACHTS ARRIVE

IMS Shipyard’s yacht restoration, repair and maintenance extension in Saint-Mandrier’s former naval air base (Toulon bay) will make it possible to increase the shipyards capacity fivefold and broaden its service offer, especially for very large yachts (up to 80-90 metres long) thanks to a water depth of up to 10 metres.

With a total 130,000 square metres of surface area, 4 to 5 times more than other existing shipyards, a large private, protected maritime zone and gigantic sheds with a ceiling height of up to 15 metres for long term work and material storage, IMS Shipyard can now offer the best tools on the Mediterranean coast for vessels of up to 80 metres long.

The work schedule for refitting the site has been followed scrupulously:  the site will be ready to receive the first boats very soon and the first reservations have already been completed.

IMS 700 Site - Rendering

IMS 700 Site - Rendering

SCHEDULE ON TRACK AND SUMMER WORK CHALLENGES MET

During the summer, 80 forty-metre tall piles (of the 143 received) were implanted at the bottom of the maritime area at an impressive rate of 2 metres per minute.

The 670 tonne lifting equipment (Travelift) was delivered unassembled at the beginning of July in 17 articulated trucks from Italy. The assembly operation went very smoothly, carried out by a team of 10 IMS colleagues over the whole summer.  The impressive 19 metre-high machine that represents an investment of over 2 million Euros for IMS Shipyard is now operational on the IMS 700 site

In September work began on the second phase of the 37,000 square metre central platform: civil engineering work above the implanted piles and transforming the buildings into workshops, offices, reception and recreational areas for crews.

REMINDER OF THE KEY ADVANTAGES OF IMS SHIPYARD’S OFFER:

-              lifting equipment for up to 670 tonnes (including 2 travelifts, cranes, forklifts, platforms and a boat slip for vessels up to 100 tonnes and 20 metres in beam) under full private management offering adapted costs and flexible usage;

-              100 slots including 25 floating berths;

-              water depth of up to 10 metres for large sailing yachts;

-              long term mooring available for long term work in closed, covered boatsheds;

-              a vast paint workshop: a boatshed dedicated to paintwork that can hold three boats of up to fifty metres at the same time;

-              vacuum system of waste water disposal from the boats;

-              a private and secure site 24/24 and 7/7 including the maritime zone

-              individual box storage for sea toys and various equipment all year round

-              a 500 square metre CREW QUARTER designed to simplify daily life for crews (offices, multimedia room, fitness, terrace and BBQ);

-              a conference/meeting room for 100 people.

First ever Monaco Yacht Show Awards

September 30, 2014

The Monaco Yacht Show represents the most prominent yachting event in the world. What higher acclaim is there than to be recognized by the show, the media, as well as the industry as one of the best of the best during the inaugural Monaco Yacht Show Awards.

Monaco Yacht Show Awards Ceremony

Monaco Yacht Show Awards Ceremony

Taking place at the brand-new Monaco Yacht Club the evening before the 24th edition of the show begins, the MYS Award ceremony welcomed the industry to cocktails, canapés and high hopes for such mantles as Best Interior, Best Exterior and Best in Show.

Given the high percentage of brand-new yachts launched in 2014 here at the show, each nomination was selected from the 40 new builds here at the show, and the inventory was nothing short of spectacular.

Among nominees were motor yacht Como, superyacht Entourage, mega yacht Equanimity, super yacht Grace E, Polaris yacht or mega yacht Solandge.

46m motor yacht COMO by Feadship

46m motor yacht COMO by Feadship

The ceremony began with Gaelle Tallarida, show Managing Director, welcoming the industry representatives to the 24th edition of the Monaco Yacht Show, a short speech from the Minister and an honourable award which was given to the new construction project Yersin – built by a resident Monaco owner. Yersin will be used for the scientific and environmental researches led by the A.S.E. project (Adventure – Science – Education).

After this it was time for the Best Interior, which was given to the brand-new Perini Navi motor yacht Grace E. This 73 metre yacht was built from Perini Navi’s Picchiotti range and features close collaboration with Remi Tessier.

73m Vitruvius mega yacht Grace E

73m Vitruvius mega yacht Grace E

The Best Exterior was given to superyacht Solandge, an 85.5m Lurssen motor yacht with subtle lines and an unforgettable profile by Espen Oeino.

However, after these two prestigious awards were given – it was time to learn of the Best in Show. This award for the best overall yacht launched within the last two years at the show went to the brand-new 91.5 metre superyacht Equanimity – built by the revered Oceanco yard.

85m Lurssen mega yacht Solandge - Photo by Klaus Jordan

85m Lurssen mega yacht Solandge - Photo by Klaus Jordan

The ceremony ended with the RINA Green Plus Yacht Award given to the M/Y Entourage, for her construction respectful of the environmental standards set by the Italian classification company RINA.

The 24th edition of the show has shown clear signs of the exhibit’s evolution, and for a shipyard or designer to be given even further recognition by this institution is a clear victory for those involved.

New Mondo Marine motor yacht SF35 concept designed by Luca Vallebona for SF Yachts

September 30, 2014

Luxury motor yacht SF35 concept is a striking 36m (118’) vessel, unveiled by the prestigious Italian shipyard, Mondo Marine. Superyacht SF 35 design has been superbly penned by Luca Vallebona for SF Yachts.

New Mondo Marine superyacht SF35 concept designed by Luca Vallebona for SF Yachts

New Mondo Marine superyacht SF35 concept designed by Luca Vallebona for SF Yachts

Technical Specifications of luxury yacht SF35 concept:

General Data

Naval architecture: Mondo Marine Engineering

Exterior design: Luca Vallebona for SF Yachts

Interior design: Luca Vallebona for SF Yachts

Luxury motor yacht SF 35 concept

Luxury motor yacht SF 35 concept

Class register: RINA C HULL • Mach YCH Unrestricted Navigation

FLAG: Red Ensign – Compliance LY3

SF 35 yacht concept - aft view

SF 35 yacht concept - aft view

Hull material: Light Alloy

Superstructure material: Light Alloy

Super yacht SF 35 concept

Super yacht SF 35 concept

Technical Data

Length over all: 36m (118’)

Beam over all: 8.10m (26’57’’)

Luxury yacht SF 35 concept - Exterior

Luxury yacht SF 35 concept - Exterior

Draft: 2.20m (7’22’’)

Maximum speed: 16 knots

SF 35 superyacht concept - Cabin

SF 35 superyacht concept - Cabin

Cruising speed: 15 knots

Range at 12 knots: 3,200 nm

SF 35 yacht concept - Dining

SF 35 yacht concept - Dining

Fuel capacity: 40,000l

Fresh water tanks: 6,000l

Motor yacht SF 35 concept - Cabin

Motor yacht SF 35 concept - Cabin

Main Engines: 2 x MTU 12V 2000 M72

Maximum power: 2 x 1,080 kW, 2 x 1,450 HP at 2,250 rpm

INTERNATIO NAL GROSS TONNAGE: abt. 350 GT

Admiral – The Italian Sea Group attend Monaco Yacht Show 2014 with four superyachts on display

September 30, 2014

With four luxury yachts on display at the recently concluded Monaco Yacht Show 2014, The Italian Sea Group confirms a year of an amazing success. The event was marked by the official debut of Admiral Maxima 47m motor yacht Entourage, Admiral Regale 45m superyacht Flying Dragon, Admiral Impero 37m luxury yacht Nono, as well as Admiral Sail Silent 24m sailing yacht Gigreca.

Admiral Maxima 47 Yacht Entourage at launch

Admiral Maxima 47 Yacht Entourage at launch

This impressive display confirms The Italian Sea Group in the elite of the international boating industry, thanks to stylistic skills, techniques, and  innovation that characterize the group.

Admiral regale 45 Motor Yacht Flying Dragon

Admiral Regale 45 Motor Yacht Flying Dragon running

Several achievements  for The Italian Sea Group during the Show and other important moments worth mentioning:

1 – The M / Y Entourage had the greatest honor to host on board the Prince of Monaco Albert II at the ceremony of delivery of the plate referring to the Green Plus certification issued by RINA (Registro Italiano Navale)

Prince on board

Prince of Monaco Albert II on board Entourage Yacht

2 – The S / Y Gigreca has also been certified Green Plus notation “Platinum” , the highest recognition assignable to a boat “green .”

3 – On board the M / Y Nono the trophy “Best of the Best ” was handed to the Chairman by Robb Report, the international luxury magazine which annually selects the best organized and most innovative companies in technique and style.

Admiral Impero 37 Yacht NONO in the drydock

Admiral Impero 37 Yacht NONO in the drydock

4 – The show on board the M / Y Entourage by Italian artist Giovanni Balderi for the reuseded edition of “Art On Waves” has proved highly success with over 100 exclusive guests .

Great interest was also received for the two new projects officially presented in Monaco as the result of collaboration with international designers: the new Admiral superyacht “X Force 145″, developed with Dobroserdov Design, and the new project “Wave” from 38 to 60m of Admiral Sail, designed in collaboration with Philippe Briand.

The President Giovanni Costantino said he was very pleased with the results: “The success of an international exhibition of this magnitude confirms the strength of our business strategy . We will continue in this direction , with the aim to establish ourselves more and more as authentic interpreters of the Made in Italy design and technique.”

Stephen Huish Design unveils interior for 40m Classic Tri-Deck Motor Yacht by Sarp Yachts

September 29, 2014

UK-based yacht interior design studio, Stephen Huish Design, is proud to unveil the interior for a 40m classic tri-deck motor yacht, which has been developed with Sarp Yachts.

New 40m classic tri-deck motor yacht by Sarp Yachts

New 40m classic tri-deck motor yacht by Sarp Yachts

Layout:

The upper deck is dedicated to the owner with his suite and a dayroom/library.  Apart from the upper deck the layout is conventional with crew forward and guests amid ship. The wheelhouse is raised on the main deck with superb visibility.

The galley and salon cover the rest of the deckhouse. The large aft deck will be the hub of daily life and when opened through via double doors the salon will be a natural extension of the living space.

40m Sarp Classic Motor Yacht - Lounge

40m Sarp Classic Motor Yacht - Lounge

Interior:

The interior was inspired by the famous ‘one & only Ocean Club Hotel’ in the Bahamas – as featured in the James Bond movie Casino Royale.

The interior is a ‘Colonial-Style’ inspired design using a combination of classic details.  The main objective was to maximize the natural light giving the interior a wonderful light and relaxed feeling throughout – a perfect gentlemen’ yacht.

40m Sarp Classic Superyacht - Lounge

40m Sarp Classic Superyacht - Lounge

The main salon has a combination of light and dark finishes with a distressed dark wood floor and painted bulkheads.  The bulkheads have a variety of classic details including raised & fielded panels and plantation style shutters.  All these features are complemented by the use of antique bronze mirrors. Other features of the interior include areas for owners artworks.  The aft entrance has two oval feature cabinets (port & strb)with marble tops for displaying sculptures.  The entrance also features a glass antique back-lit ceiling panel for added ambiance.

Additionally there is a large cabinet starboard and a niche portside for art displays.  Forward of the large seating area is a fully working bar.  The bar area has complete capacity for fridge, trash, ice makers and a working sink.  The rear of the bar features display of the glasses and liquor with back lit glass panels.  The front of the bar is a combination of marble, antique glass mirror and leather stitch work with antique style bar stools.

40m Sarp Classic Yacht - Cabin

40m Sarp Classic Yacht - Cabin

The master suite follows on in style and typical details from the main saloon.  There is a large built in wardrobe with plantation style doors, a good working desk/make-up table with storage, book shelves and seating for coffee/breakfast.  There is also plenty of storage with large drawers each side of the bed and a pop-up TV which is hidden inside a cabinet at the foot of the bed.

The interior is a classic interior but also personal in its attention to detail for any client.  The beauty of this interior is that it has a clean and fresh canvas for any owner wanting to make it their own.

40m Sarp Classic Superyacht - Cabin

40m Sarp Classic Superyacht - Cabin

With a superb exterior designed by the highly talented & experienced designer Tanju Kalaycioglu of Taka Yacht Design and an exceptional ship yard as Sarp Yachts, this yacht is a true gem for the ocean.

Stephen Huish is also developing two further yachts for Sarp – a 40M & 30M sailing yachts with modern contemporary interiors.

Qatar International Boat Show 2014, November 11 – 15

September 29, 2014

The second edition of the Qatar International Boat Show (QIBS) will be running from November 11 to 15, 2014. The organizers of the event have confirmed that plenty of the top names in the maritime industry will participate in the show.

QIBS 2014 Press Conference

QIBS 2014 Press Conference

Four shipyards will be exhibiting for the first time at QIBS 2014:

Palmer Johnson from the US, Blohm and Voss from Germany, Esen Yacht from Turkey and Grupo per Mare Amer Yachts from Italy, who will also be exhibiting one of the largest yachts in the show this year, at 92 ft in length.

Many exhibitors who were present in the first edition of the show are attending once again, including Sunseeker, Azimut and SeaRay represented by Seas&Deserts, Cranchi represented by MG International, Majesty Yachts represented by Aurora, Princess Yachts represented by Chelab Marine, Benetti a brand of Azimut Benneti Group, Lagoon represented by Tan Services, Ferreti Group whose brands include Ferreti represented by Ventura Yachts, Riva and Itama represented by Art Marine, Cigarette 1 represented by Performance Marine, Quicksilver and Rinker Boats represented by Alfardan Marine Services and Sunreef Yachts.

Nakilat Damen Shipyard, Qatar, too will have a presence. NDSQ is the only super yacht builder in Qatar – a joint venture of two blue chip companies: Nakilat and Damen.

Prestige Yachts is to launch its dealership in Qatar with Gulf Yachts that will be representing also Everglades boats. In addition to this, Lagoon catamarans represented by Tan Services, Hydrasports Custom represented by Plantation Boats and Ventus lounge boats, will all be exhibiting here in Qatar for the first time.

Faysal Mikati, Vice President of the QIBS’ organisers, Snow Comms, says the line up of exhibitors is like a Who’s Who in the maritime industry. “Even now, we are still getting enquiries from other potential exhibitors for the show; and it seems news of the success of the first edition of QIBS last year has filtered through the international boating community and it’s as if the whole of the industry is now making a beeline for Qatar. We have very high expectations for this year’s edition of the show.”

Qatar International Boat Show 2014 will be open daily from 3.00pm to 9.30pm from 11-15 November at Mourjan Marinas – Lusail City, just to the north of Doha’s city centre.