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Video: The Islands of Tahiti for the ISS Design & Leadership Award gala night

December 22, 2014

Tahiti Private Expeditions, specializing in custom dive and snorkeling trips for luxury superyacht and mega yacht clients in Tahiti and the South Pacific and a member of the International Superyacht Society Design (ISS) for many years, made an amazing film for the ISS Design & Leadership Award gala night, where the Islands of Tahiti was one of the platinum sponsors and the theme for the night was ‘Tahitian Flair‘. The film was played during the awards ceremony, following the beautiful testimonial of a yacht captain, who spent 2 years chartering around the fabulous Tahiti yacht charter destination, nestled in French Polynesia, on a 60 meter motor yacht.

Inaugural Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition

December 19, 2014

Superyacht UK will put the invaluable skill of hand-drawing under the spotlight at the next year’s CWM FX London Boat Show. Set to run from Wednesday 14 to Thursday 15 January 2015, the very first Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition will challenge eight university design students from around the country.  Sponsored by BMT Nigel Gee and Pendennis Shipyard, the competition will raise the profile of the marine industry as a potential career option and ensure more talent is available for design houses.

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Peter Brown of Burgess Yachts and Vice Chair of Superyacht UK said: “As people become more comfortable using advanced computer software to design, it is possible that the specialized skill of drawing by hand is becoming a lost art.  In the superyacht world, designing a yacht by hand is essential.  Designers need to be able to quickly capture the client’s imagination in the short time they have with them.”

James Roy from BMT Nigel Gee added: “The future success of our industry lies in the hands of the next generation, it is important that we encourage, motivate and foster their development and entry into the Superyacht industry. We are very pleased to support the SYUK Young Designer Competition in collaboration with leading industry partners, and look forward to seeing some exciting results.”

The students, in their third year, will be issued a brief in advance and will then have 36 hours from Wednesday 14 to Thursday 15 January 2014.  The judging panel comprises of Mark Tucker (Design Unlimited), James Claydon (Claydon Reeves), Peter Brown (Burgess Yachts) and Philippe Briand (Philippe Briand Ltd).

The winner will be announced at the Superyacht UK Technical Seminar at 4pm on Thursday 15 January and will receive a four week paid internship at Pendennis Shipyard.

International Superyacht Coatings Conference 2014 comes to an end

December 19, 2014

The International Superyacht Coatings Conference (ISCC) came to an end on Friday 12 December, following two days of presentations as well as discussions on issues relevant to the industry in the Amsterdam RAI congress centre. Ninety-nine professionals from eleven countries around the world were present at the ISCC, underlining the commitment of professionals who realise the importance of regulations and consensus in this field. Experts representing all key roles involved in the coatings process of newly built and refitted yachts gathered to discuss hot topics, define standards and investigate relevant innovations. ISCC 2014 was made possible by the four key sponsors: Gold Sponsor Jotun, and silver sponsors CAP Industrial, Tribos Coatings and Tufcoat Ltd.

The International Superyacht Coatings Conference (ISCC) 2014

The International Superyacht Coatings Conference (ISCC) 2014

The conference began with a welcome by Peter Methven, OBE, president of ICOMIA, and an introduction by Tony Rice, conference chairman. “The ISCC has been prepared for the industry, by the industry, with valuable input from both ICOMIA committees and SYBAss,” Rice said. “The focus has been on feedback from delegates and maximum interaction with the audience around every topic.” He went on to emphasise that the conference slogan ‘Driving quality, ensuring success’ would be achieved by “capturing the main issues that need addressing: matters that can be solved and goals that can be achieved – not just vague statements, but genuine conference outcomes.”

Next up was the keynote speaker, Joop Ellenbroek, managing director at Ellenbroek Coating Solutions (ECS), who challenged the coating industry to develop and introduce new and more sustainable products and technologies which match the new EU rules and legislation. “It is mainly the shipyards that are left to follow up on these rules currently but they need support from the paint industry, “he explained. “Moreover, in order to work with more sustainable products and techniques, we may have to accept coatings which are not so glossy as in the past. This makes it vital that our industry innovates and looks for solutions, products and new technologies.”

Coatings: contracting and delivery

The remainder of the first day of the ISCC focused on coatings-related aspects of yacht management. This led to wide-ranging discussions, as representatives from key roles and company types involved in the industry expressed different, and sometimes conflicting, points of view. There were many strong opinions and interests – perhaps unsurprisingly so, given that a paint job is a crucial part of the appearance of a yacht, and therefore inextricably linked to the emotions it creates. Led by the ICOMIA environmental consultant Albert Willemsen, the contracting and delivery session ultimately improved the overall understanding of parties’ roles and responsibilities, including the need for risk assessment.

ISCC 2014

ISCC 2014

First Registered Marine Coatings Inspectors

The Thursday of the conference also saw homage paid to the sixteen professionals from the marine coating industry who participated in the first RMCI course in Amsterdam. Organised by the Marine Survey Academy (the training division of the International Institute of Marine Surveying), the course was an initiative by the leading players in the marine coatings and associated fields, namely ICOMIA, SYBAss and IIMS. Its aim is to respond to a global need for formal qualifications for marine surveyors in the field of superyacht coatings.

Rory Marshall, coatings inspector for twelve years and a fresh RMCI candidate, described the new RMCI course as “a long overdue certification for a specialist field within the painting and construction part of the yachting industry. The RMCI course certifies sufficient knowledge of superyachts and provides a good basis for inspectors, paint managers and technical advisors so that inspection and evaluation is carried out in a more standardised way.” Tony Rice agreed: “ICOMIA is very pleased with the positive attitude towards the RMCI course from the industry and would like to reach a broad consensus on a standardised report.”

Standards and guidelines

One of the most important roles of the ISCC was to inform the industry on relevant legislation and influence the latter through associations, communication and information. Associations were encouraged to keep members informed on emerging mitigation techniques.

The hot topic of the second day of the ISCC was international ISO standards. Activities focused on the need to keep ISO standards up to date through industry feedback, and on the importance for industry participation in the revision of ISO 11347. Other themes included updating ICOMIA guidelines starting January 2015, developing ICOMIA tolerance guidelines, encouraging yards to develop their own consistent finish standard.

Innovation

Having focused on traditional subjects, the final part of the ISCC examined new coating technologies and materials. There was a session on the future of superyacht coatings, which considered the suitability of a new antifouling foil as an alternative to traditional antifouling methods. The foil has been tested by MARIN and in various marine environments and was found to be more sustainable and require less maintenance and less fuel thanks to its positive effect on hydraulic dynamics (i.e. less drag). Other innovative techniques discussed were electrostatic spraying, minimisation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and ionisation methods.

Another session focussed on the maintenance of coating systems and measuring the quality of coatings. It described different techniques for the improved maintenance of coatings, underlined the importance of correct maintenance and of ensuring that measurement equipment is consistently well calibrated and certified, and focussed on the role of management companies in this context.

Outcomes & follow up

“The industry can be proud of its efforts to professionalise the coatings process over the years,” concludes Tony Rice. “Change is often perceived as risky and expensive, yet it ultimately reduces risk and ends up protecting both workers and the environment. It is important to continuously improve working conditions and environmental impact, and this requires investment. One of the ways of doing this is by means of new technologies such as ionisation in the workplace, which reduces VOCs and dust and meets government approval when implemented.”

In January, ICOMIA will update its Technical Guideline: Minimum Acceptable Finish and Appearance for Super Yacht Gloss Coatings in light of the outcomes of the conference and will start developing an ICOMIA tolerance guideline for acceptance of contract finish specifications.

“ISO standards also need to be kept up to date though industry feedback, which is why ICOMIA and SYBAss are requesting input from the industry,” adds Robert Van Tol. “SYBAss will further discuss all outcomes in the SYBAss Coatings Working group and plan actions on behalf of its members accordingly.”

To summarise, in Joop Ellenbroek’s words, “Due to the fast pace of change within the industry, the innovation and the obvious need for consultation, I believe that the ISCC should be held more frequently – I’d like to see the next ISCC in 2016.”

Marine industry contributes to two million apprenticeship milestone

December 17, 2014

The UK government has fulfilled its commitment to starting two million apprenticeships in this Parliament, highlighting the role of apprenticeships in giving people the skills they need to get on and in supporting businesses of all sizes to grow their talent. The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, announced 22 new employer-designed apprenticeships in professions, comprising boatbuilding.

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The employers, who are part of the government’s trailblazer scheme, design apprenticeships to meet the needs of their industries making sure people have the right skills to get on in the world of work. Within this scheme, a new boatbuilding apprenticeship is being developed by employers working together to design standards in their occupations and sectors.

Co-ordinated by the British Marine Federation (BMF), the employer led group to encourage apprentices in the marine industry is led by Berthon Boat Company. BMF member companies taking part include Sunseeker International, Princess Yachts, Pioneer Sailing Trust, Pendennis Shipyard, Fairline Boats, Broom Boats, Green Marine, English Harbour Yachts, RNLI, Windboats and Cockwells.

The Business Secretary said: “Reaching the two millionth apprenticeship is testament to this government’s commitment to apprenticeships and employers are a shining example of how apprenticeships give young people the chance to start a career and give businesses the talent to grow.

“This isn’t just about numbers. From space engineering, to TV production, to boatbuilding, apprenticeships are the ticket to a great job and a route employers trust to access the skills they need.”

METS 2014 a Huge Success

December 17, 2014

Having rewritten the record books for exhibitor as well as visitor attendance, this year’s edition of the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) reconfirmed its status as the most authoritative B2B event of its kind in other ways too. Amsterdam RAI’s new Innovation LAB platform was a huge success and there was significant growth in the number of decision makers visiting METS. With new awards announced for boat builders and post-event surveys showing impressive satisfaction rates among all who were in Amsterdam this November, METS is on course for further growth in the years ahead. Next year’s METS will take place from 17 to 19 November in Amsterdam RAI.

METS 2014

METS 2014

Irene Dros, Maritime Domain Manager at Amsterdam RAI, is obviously delighted with the bar-raising statistics for the event she helped organise. “To be able to welcome 1,358 exhibitors from 48 countries along with 21,086 visitors is very pleasing,” comments Dros. “However, it was the atmosphere on the exhibition floor and in the adjacent conferences which struck me most. A good vibe has long been the basis for year-on-year growth at METS but in 2014 – with a 6.5% rise in international visitors representing no less than 108 nationalities – it became clear that something special was happening within the halls of the Amsterdam RAI.

“Globalisation drives business growth and the global economy was very much in action at METS. We may live in a digital world but the event reconfirmed the unrivalled importance of face-to-face meetings in a tradeshow environment. METS 2014 has proven that the marine industry is continuing to develop strongly worldwide with this exhibition as a vital hub.”

International growth

Nigel Craine, Marine OEM Sales Manager at Garmin (UK) agrees. “Garmin generated a lot of interest internationally at METS and received a positive response from a significant number of potential new customers as well as our existing customer base. Overall there was a very positive outlook throughout the show and we are confident of further growth within our marine sector over the coming year.”

Chris Feibusch, Head of Global Marketing at Drew Marine Signal & Safety UK Ltd, is also very pleased with the way METS 2014 facilitated his company’s global ambitions. “Once again, METS provided an excellent opportunity for the Drew Marine Signal & Safety team to meet with global distributors from as far afield as New Zealand, Singapore, Middle East and Africa as well as from all over Europe. METS provides the platform for us to introduce new products and discuss business strategies for the year ahead. No other show on the calendar betters METS for its global reach and quality of visitors.”

Innovation LAB

As Feibush mentions, another factor behind the bustling B2B buzz at METS was the superb selection of innovative products and services on display from around the world. This backed up the RAI’s decision to introduce its new Innovation LAB concept to the METS community. This onsite activity platform pays even greater attention to innovations, products and technologies in a wide variety of ways, including the Innovation Stage and an enhanced spotlight on the DAME award nominations.

“This was just the start and we have ambitious plans to expand and develop the Innovation LAB further in the years ahead,” adds Dros. “There will be more virtual technologies deployed as we increase the all-year-round availability of information on innovations.”

Attracting the right people

The success of an exhibition revolves around the ‘quality’ of the exhibitors and visitors as well as their number. An analysis of the data for METS 2014 makes encouraging reading for the RAI. For example, the number of decision makers present increased by three percent and there was a significant growth of twenty percent in the attendance figures for yacht builders, designers, naval architects, naval engineers and interior designers.

This latter statistic reflects an enhanced focus on this group at METS 2014, including the HISWA Symposium on Yacht Design & Construction, the Material Xperience presentation and a VIP programme for executives from the boat building industry. The more prominent role for boat builders was further emphasised by the fact that Carla Demaria, President of the Board of Directors of Monte Carlo Yachts and board member of the Bénéteau Group, gave the keynote speech at the opening ceremony as well as meeting members of the METS Young Professionals Club.

A special position

Demaria described how the philosophy of adaptive evolution has paid dividends for her company, ending her speech by urging the marine industry to see the crisis as an opportunity for progress. “Be open-minded, flexible and always ready to react to changes,” she concluded before moving on to be interviewed on the new Innovation Stage in the RAI. “METS has a special position among the exhibitions in the marine industry,” Demaria stressed. “It offers the most extensive showcase of equipment and yacht accessories and – as the extremely challenging market drives research and innovation – the number of new applications shown continues to grow. This makes METS an event one cannot afford to miss.”

Her comments about METS were echoed by Lorenzo Cesari, Area Sales Manager of Quick S.p.A. Italy, who said that “METS is the trade show for any worldwide marine industry player.” Charlotte Rutgerson from Rutgerson Marin in Sweden agreed: “METS is the ultimate meeting point for our industry worldwide. The show is perfect for doing business with both existing customers and new prospects.”

The highlights for Blair Hellyer, Sales Manager at On Board Marine Group Ltd, Hong Kong, were “meeting leaders in the marine industry and getting to see all products and service under one roof.” And Melissa Yeomans, General Manager at DeckHardware and Director at Sydney Sailboat Expo, Australia, described METS 2014 as “a fantastic event and the busiest I have attended. The young professionals club is an excellent initiative that very much helped me during my first METS a few years back.”

New awards

Returning to the boat builders theme, the opening ceremony was also addressed by Nick Hopkinson, Publishing Director of IBI magazine. He revealed that IBI news and METS have joined forces to create the Boat Builders Achievement Award, designed to offer yards the platform they deserve during the world’s largest annual gathering of marine equipment suppliers. “Nominations will be sought from across the entire industry and subject to a rigorous judging process,” Hopkinson explained. “This will include polling the industry to rank the nominations and having an international jury decide on the outright winners. These prestigious new awards will be presented at a gala dinner in the National Maritime Museum during METS 2015.”

Inspiring pavilions

The three dedicated pavilions for superyachts, marinas and construction materials also enjoyed unprecedented success as the global marine industry got down to business at METS. The Marina & Yard Pavilion, for instance, hosted a record number of 45 companies and organisations. The new Waterfront Stage featured a range of presentations from leading lights in the sector, including Jean-Michel Gaigné, CMM, Marina Manager, member of the board Global Marina Institute and member of ICOMIA Marinas Group.

“The Marina & Yard Pavilion was successful for us due to the fruitful discussions we had regarding projects and partnerships,” commented Virginie Segura, export sales manager with the French company Poralu. “It would be a great idea to duplicate this event in other territories such as Asia and the Middle East as markets are expanding in these regions and there is no appropriate show.”

Networking potential

As Mr Gaigné’s speech recognised, the networking potential of METS is another reason for its success. Guido Grulke, CEO at Solarlink, Germany, praised the “very reliable connections and innovative products. It is hugely impressive to meet all the manufacturers from all over the world in one place.” Peter Bresnan, Director of Onesails, added that: “METS 2014 fulfilled our goal of staying up to date with the latest innovations and technological advances. It also served to increase our group’s global exposure through very efficient networking.” And Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Director of Baitra in Spain, encapsulated the business that underpinned everything at METS: “From the first moment of the show until fifteen minutes after the end we were busy meeting new contacts.”

The fact that 62% of the stand floor space has already been booked for METS 2015 speaks volumes about the impact METS 2014 had on all those who attended. Colin McMurray, Managing Director of Pacific Aerials Limited, summarised the event very well: “If we could only pick one show a year to exhibit at, it would be METS. It’s the biggest and the best for marine equipment manufacturers, and more often than not delivers better results than all the other shows we do put together.”

Luxury Superyachts visiting Maldives

December 17, 2014

The fabulous Indian Ocean yacht charter destination – the Maldives has attracted a large number of luxury superyachts in 2013 and 2014, as stated by Asia Pacific Superyachts Maldives GM Mohamed Hameed.

Maldives yacht charter destination, positioned in the Indian Ocean

Maldives yacht charter destination, positioned in the Indian Ocean

APS Maldives GM Mohamed Hameed commented on some stunning yachts visiting the Maldives in 2013-14, all using the services of APS Maldives as their local agent: “These wonderful yachts cruising in the Maldives (in the atolls) had private and charter guests onboard with a few exceptions. Guests reported they enjoyed the Maldives and expressed they’ll be returning in the near future for another holiday.”

DAMRAK II - Main

DAMRAK II - Main

Mohamed reports the following amazing yachts that visited the Republic of Maldives during 2013 & 2014: motor yacht Anna; luxury yacht Aquamarina; charter yacht Archimedes; charter yacht Cloud 9; charter yacht Damrak II; M/y Pacific; M/y Talisman C; mega yacht Vava; M/y Aldabra; M/y Ecstasea; M/y Pelorus; M/y Samax; M/y Diamonds Are Forever; charter yacht Delma; charter yacht Keri Lee; and M/y Mayan Queen.

NZ Millennium Cup 2015 to feature Dubois Race Day

December 16, 2014

The world-renowned UK superyacht design studio, Dubois Naval Architects, is pleased to announce that the 2015 NZ Millennium Cup will feature the Dubois Race Day. The regatta is set to run from January 21 to 23 and will be hosted by the breath-taking Bay of Islands yacht charter destination, nestled in New Zealand.

NZ Millennium Cup 2015 to be hosted by the beautiful Bay of Islands yacht holiday destination, nestled in New Zealand

NZ Millennium Cup 2015 to be hosted by the beautiful Bay of Islands yacht holiday destination, nestled in New Zealand

The Millennium Cup is the South Pacific’s premier superyacht regatta and since its inception in 2000, the event has enjoyed growth in both attending yacht numbers and supporting sponsors.

The sponsorship compliment features local firms and international superyacht industry names. The event takes care to incorporate the best of New Zealand hospitality and  guests will enjoy three days of shore-side entertainment and three exciting races.

There are three returning Dubois entrants; 39.7m superyacht Janice of Wyoming, 36m charter yacht Bliss, and reigning champion, 33m luxury yacht Silvertip. Other competing yachts include sailing yacht Silencio, Sassafras yacht, Steinlager II and Antaeus.

“In recognition of the significant number of Dubois-designed superyachts built by New Zealand yards, and Ed Dubois’ ongoing stance of support towards the New Zealand industry, the NZ Marine Export Group have named one of the 2015 Millennium Cup race days, the Dubois race day. Race organisers are delighted Ed will be participating in the 2015 Millennium Cup, sailed for the first time in the picturesque waters of New Zealand’s Bay of Islands.” - Peter Busfield, NZ Marine’s CEO.

New Zealand coastline opened for increased superyacht chartering

December 16, 2014

NZ Marine has announced the all-new process, aimed at streamlining the temporary import procedure for luxury yacht charter in the popular New Zealand yacht charter location. The process ensures chartering in New Zealand is easy as well as attractive prospect for visiting superyachts.

Luxury sailing yacht Silvertip - Great Barrier Island NZ

Luxury sailing yacht Silvertip - Great Barrier Island NZ

A new process announced in New Zealand in time for the country’s cruising season significantly streamlines the process for superyachts chartering in New Zealand waters. The new procedure works with New Zealand’s existing TIE – temporary import entry – making provision for superyachts to charter, undertake private cruises and complete refit work within the Pacific nation.

Charter work must make up less than 65% of the superyacht’s time within New Zealand waters and NZ Customs requires a declaration from the vessel’s owner to satisfy them the yacht will not stay in New Zealand for longer than 24 months.

New Zealand’s TIE means yachts can stay in the country for up to 24 months to enjoy to the fullest its cruising, refit and charter potential. Superyachts in New Zealand waters holding the TIE will enjoy zero GST rating for goods and services for the yacht, (except while under actual charter), and crews’ qualifications can be cross credited to New Zealand qualifications by Maritime NZ.

The move comes at the end of a year which has seen New Zealand make considerable moves to promote New Zealand’s charter prospects to superyachts seeking an edge in the luxury yacht charter market. New Zealand’s agents are well-versed in the new process and will be instrumental in helping yachts streamline their entry and charter process.

First ONE15 Christmas Boat Light Parade comes to an end

December 16, 2014

Residents of the fabulous Southeast Asia yacht charter destination – Singapore and Tourists alike were treated to an amazing spectacle as a flotilla, made up of 21 vibrantly decorated yachts, cruised by the coasts of Sentosa and towards the Harbour Front Cruise Bay over two Saturdays, 6 and 13 December 2014, as part of the first ONE15 Christmas Boat Light Parade.

ONE15 Christmas Boat Light Parade

ONE15 Christmas Boat Light Parade

Held in other cities like San Diego, Newport Beach Fort Lauderdale, and Miami, USA, as well as Sydney, the ONE15 Christmas Boat Light Parade, a first of its kind in Singapore, was truly a sight to behold as power and sail boats of various lengths from 20 feet to 128 feet were adorned with festive lights and decorations to the theme of A Tropical Christmas on Water. “We’ve all seen military parades and holiday parades on land, but never on water in Singapore, which is why this event is so unique and special,” said Brian E. Werner, General Manager of ONE15 Marina Club, the organiser of the boat light parade.

Passing by locations within the Sentosa Harbourfront business precinct, such as Siloso Beach, Resorts World Sentosa, HarbourFront Centre and Vivo City, the participating boats gave a display at the Sentosa Boardwalk where they were assessed by a panel of judges, selected from the event’s sponsors, for cash prizes totalling overS$15,000. Boats were judged based on their creative use of lighting, music, crowd engagement, originality and depiction of the theme of A Tropical Christmas on Water. Open to both boaters (boat dealers, charter boat operators and boat private boat owners from all Singapore Boat Marinas and beyond) and non-boaters alike, various yachts, accommodating from 8 to 50 passengers were available for luxury yacht charter for those who do not own boats.

116ft charter yacht Hye Seas II during ONE15 Christmas Boat Light Parade

116ft charter yacht Hye Seas II during ONE15 Christmas Boat Light Parade

“It was very heartening to see all the creative use of lights and ornaments on the boats; especially when they were all cruising along the Sentosa Boardwalk, it was really inspiring. You can easily tell that the participants gave their all in this parade; some even performed a short musical number as they sailed by the judges’ boat,” commented Chris Milliken, one of the judges and CEO of PengWine®, a product sponsor for the parade. Other judges in the panel included Stephane Fabregoul, General Manager of W Singapore — Sentosa Cove, Sean Sprinkel, Project Administrator at SUTL Group, Keith Lin, a representative from Sony Singapore and Elisha Teo, a boat enthusiast.

The parade concluded back at ONE15 Marina Club for the Awards Ceremony and Closing Party where participants and guests indulged in a sumptuous spread of finger food, free flow of wine, beer, soft drinks and were entertained by live music.

Keeping up with the spirit of giving, guests of the Awards Ceremony and Closing Party did not leave empty-handed as the early birds toted back with them door gift vouchers sponsored byGogreen Segway® and a chance at the lucky draw prizes, such as the class-leading DSLR Camera, the Sony Alpha 77 Mark II, courtesy of Sony Singapore.

Luxury motor yacht Hye Seas II underway

Luxury motor yacht Hye Seas II underway

Peter Mahony GM from Princess Yachts Southeast Asia, supporting sponsor of the ONE15 Christmas Boat Light Parade, asserted, “I think ONE15 has really outdone itself this time. From the impressive fanfare of lights on water to the festive ambience of the closing party, added to the Club’s own stunning view of the marina, it was a really lovely way to start the holiday season. It was fantastic to be able to support such a great event and we are definitely looking forward to next year!”

Other sponsors who were onboard with the event include key sponsor, DBS Insignia Visa Infinite Card, contributing sponsors W Singapore — Sentosa Cove and World Sport Group and supporting sponsor, Simpson Marine. Product Sponsors who supported the event in-kind include Nestle Singapore, PengWine®, Sony Singapore and Gogreen Segway®.

Crowned Best of Show and taking home the grand prize of S$3,000, Ms Tay Choon Yee yacht manager of Megaway 128 (128ft) was beaming in delight as she shared, “We never had such experiences before, so it was definitely a delightful surprise when we were named Best of Show. All our guests and crew had a wonderful time, be it decorating Megaway 128 or seeing the other participants with their equally majestic display. I am already looking forward to the next Christmas Boat Light Parade!”

Other winners from the different categories include powerboats charter yacht Hye Seas II (116ft) and Sea Monster (50ft) and sailboats Katrianne (45ft), Mikanna (47ft) and Sea Wind (46ft).

Added Werner, “We will continue grow this iconic event in Singapore each year, so that more may join us to enjoy the soirée of lights on water and revel in the spirit of Christmas. We have already receive additional sponsor and boat inquiries for next year’s Christmas Boat Light Parade and will be increasing the prize money and prize categories in 2015.”

Partnership of DMCA and Dubai Chamber to consolidate Dubai’s leadership on the global economic map

December 15, 2014

As part of its efforts to highlight the fabulous Dubai yacht charter destination as a leading global hub for trading, business and investment, Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry to pave the way for fruitful cooperation in various areas of mutual interest. The partnership between the two organisations concentrates on reinforcing Dubai’s maritime sector in recognition of its contribution to the national economy.

(Right to Left):  H.E. Hamad Buamim, President and CEO,  Dubai Chamber and H.E. Sultan Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and President of DMCA, during the MoU signing ceremony.

(Right to Left): H.E. Hamad Buamim, President and CEO, Dubai Chamber and H.E. Sultan Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and President of DMCA, during the MoU signing ceremony.

The MoU was signed between H.E. Sultan Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and President of DMCA, and H.E. Hamad Buamim, President and CEO, Dubai Chamber, in the presence of senior officials and managers from both the organisations.

H.E. Bin Sulayem said: “Our strategic partnership with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry is highly important. Both of us share a common vision of contributing to Dubai’s economic development and promoting the emirate as one of the world’s most prominent leading investment destinations. The new agreement also forms a nucleus for future cooperation between Dubai Chamber’s Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) and the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Center, a first-of-its-kind initiative which aims to settle maritime disputes in the Middle East.  Disputes are resolved in accordance with independent legal and regulatory measures in line with the maritime sector’s strategic goals of improving, organizing and enhancing Dubai’s competitiveness as a first-class global maritime hub.”

Commenting on the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, H.E. Hamad Buamim, President and CEO, Dubai Chamber, said: This MoU is in line with the Chamber’s strategic objectives of creating a favourable business environment, supporting the development of business, and promoting Dubai as an international business hub. Also, the maritime sector is an important pillar of Dubai’s economic growth as it directly supports the competitiveness of Dubai and its strategic location and status as one of the topmost transhipment hubs in the world. This latest agreement with Dubai Maritime City Authority will lead to a new phase of cooperation between us and will take the maritime sector a step closer to making Dubai a first-class global maritime hub.”

Under the new strategic partnership, the two sides agreed to enhance channels for transferring knowledge and exchanging experiences and information as well as begin their bilateral cooperation in arbitration. They will also coordinate in building the maritime sector’s human resources capacity by jointly organizing interactive workshops and training courses, attending regional and international meetings, and conducting official visits. The partnership aims to contribute to enhancing Dubai’s presence on the global economic map.

Dubai Maritime City Authority has established solid strategic partnerships with various government bodies, non-government institutions, and local maritime parties. These collaborations have had a positive impact on its efforts to improve the performance, safety, efficiency and competitiveness of the local sector and reinforce Dubai’s position in the ranks of the world’s leading maritime centres.

H.E. Bin Sulayem added: “Human resource development in the maritime sector is one of the most important strategic priorities of our agreement with Dubai Chamber. This is aligned with the vision of the wise leadership to appropriately invest in the country’s human capital in order to promote comprehensive economic and cultural development and progress. We are optimistic that our new MoU with Dubai Chamber is an important addition to our extensive network of strategic partners in the public and private sectors. We extend our gratitude and appreciation to them for supporting our grand aspirations of creating an attractive environment for the pioneers of the world’s maritime industries, activating the role of the local sector in promoting economic development, and promoting sustainability to meet the needs of future generations.”