Next week’s Audi Hamilton Island Race Week to feature high speed and high tech sailing

August 12, 2014

One of the world’s fastest sailboats for its size and type, the AC45 class catamaran, will be participating in next week’s Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, enjoying the waters of Australia’s Hamilton Island and the fantastic Whitsundays yacht charter destination.

AC45 sail catamaran in action

AC45 class catamaran in action

The AC45 class catamaran is one of the most technologically advanced sailboats of modern times – and probably the fastest sailboat ever to be on the waters of the Whitsundays. It is capable of sailing at more than 35 knots (65 kilometres per hour).

The great news for some of the crew from the 181 yachts entered for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is that they will get the chance to be aboard the catamaran on a demonstration run, and experience high speed sailing like never before.

These exhibition runs will happen on Dent Passage, immediately in front of Hamilton Island Yacht Club, after racing each day.

The AC45 class was designed to provide elite level sailors a smooth transition to the incredibly fast, America’s Cup hydrofoil catamarans. The secret to the AC45’s exceptional speed (for its size) is primarily due to the efficiency of its rig: the mast and mainsail form a single unit – an aerofoil-shaped, low drag, rotating wing. It has flaps on the trailing edge like an aircraft wing.

The hulls and much of the rig are built from ultra-lightweight carbon fibre. This means that while the hulls are 13.5 metres in length, the entire boat weighs only 1300 kilograms.

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week will be staged from August 16 to 23. The Notice of Race, entry form and regatta information are on the regatta website.

The event’s principal sponsor, Audi, is also demonstrating powerful, yet lightweight technology of its own with an exclusive preview of its A3 e-tron model throughout the week. The A3 e-tron is the company’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle which boasts zero emissions in full electric mode, yet is also the most powerful model in the A3 range. The brand is offering guests on the island a free shuttle service to experience the performance capabilities of this high-tech new model which will be on sale in Australia from March 2015.

Now in its ninth year at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week in 2014, the brand is hosting a range of events and activities on the island for yacht owners, yacht crews and guests to enjoy.

James Cameron’s Sub Designer Ron Allum and Triton Submarines working on next full ocean depth submersible

August 12, 2014

As the new James Cameron film “Deepsea Challenge 3D” graces cinemas all over the world, Deepsea Challenger’s lead designer, Ron Allum, and Triton Submarines, LLC are busy with the construction of the next full ocean depth submersible. This boasts, among other things, an entirely transparent pressure hull made of glass.

Triton 36000/3 Full Ocean Depth Submersible

Triton 36000/3 Full Ocean Depth Submersible

“As the film shows, Deepsea Challenger was very much a proof of concept vehicle,” says Allum. “The Triton 36000/3 takes us to the next stage, the world’s first commercially capable three-person submersible capable of diving to any place in the ocean, safely, reliably and repeatedly.”

The Triton 36000/3 cockpit will open and close like a clamshell, forming a completely, transparent sphere. It will be controlled through a system of touch screen controls and information displays with commands communicated by radio or light signals through the glass hull. Temperature controls keep the interior comfortable while the design keeps internal pressure stabilized at one atmosphere. Unlike conventional submersibles, the Triton 36,000/3 is configured vertically to eliminate drag while diving and surfacing. As a result, it can dive to full ocean depth in just two hours and remain there for up to twelve hours before beginning a two-hour return trip back to the surface.

Allum is confident the glass pressure hull will change our relationship with the deep ocean in a real and profound way.

“Up until now, deep diving submersibles have always had small viewing ports, which give no real appreciation of the environment or the life around you. A glass hull equipped submersible will provide an entirely different viewing and sensory experience.”

Allum and Triton’s President, Patrick Lahey first met while working on Cameron’s expedition to film the deep-sea hydrothermal vents. They share a love of the ocean, a passion for exploration and a healthy appreciation of the engineering and craftsmanship required to build ground breaking, deep diving manned submersibles.

“In the film, Deepsea Challenge 3D, Jim Cameron shows how advances made in materials technology and electronics have made it possible for a small, uniquely qualified and experienced company like Triton to build a submersible capable of safely exploring the deepest, most hostile and least understood part of the world’s ocean.”

Work on the Triton 36000/3 is steadily gaining momentum. Materials and model testing are underway and from there it’s on to construction.   All Triton needs now is a customer who shares their vision.

“Deepsea Challenge 3D shows just how little we know about the deep trenches in our oceans,” says Lahey. “It’s crazy -we are searching the heavens for a planet with water yet we have never explored the water on our own world. We need more visionaries like Cameron to help us explore and better understand the most important ecosystem on our planet.”

Lahey and his team often dive to depths of 1,500 to 3,300 feet where they have made some amazing discoveries. “On almost every dive, we are seeing a part of the world no human being has ever seen before.” Among these discoveries was the first-ever live encounter with a giant squid in Ogasawara, Japan in 2012.

Lahey believes the solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems lie in the deep ocean and this motivates him to build submersibles. “We don’t know what we may find but I’ve no doubt it will amaze us and could change the world forever.”

Numbers Up at Seattle’s 36th annual Lake Union Boats Afloat Show

August 12, 2014

Regular visitors to Seattle’s 36th annual Lake Union Boats Afloat Show will notice quite a few new attractions this year — from the addition of seminars and in-water docking classes to a new layout, new exhibitors, new food vendors, as well as entertainment for the kids, provided by Disney Radio.  First-timers will undoubtedly be mesmerized by the wide range of boats on display — from sport boats to sailboats, trawlers to super yachts, and everything in between.  This year’s event will be also notable for having more boats than any time since 2007. The show will open on Wednesday September 10th, and will last until Sunday 14th, 2014, and is sponsored by Word Yachts.

Lake Union Boats Afloat Show

Lake Union Boats Afloat Show

New seminar series, presented by Sea Magazine

The show is offering a series of free one-hour seminars with topics for the seasoned boat owner such as ‘Battling Mold and Mildew’ or ‘Cruising West Vancouver Island’ as well as topics geared to the first time boat buyer such as ‘Boat Buyers’ University: What is the process for buying a new or used boat?’  Seminars will be held on Friday through Sunday.

Docking lessons provided by the crew from Hampton Yacht Group

Docking can be nerve wracking —especially in tight spaces, unfamiliar marinas or when the wind or current kicks up. The ability to confidently and competently maneuver a boat in close quarters is the hallmark of a competent skipper and requires a set of skills that usually takes years to perfect and lots of trial and error. The Hampton Yacht Docking lessons will get participants started on that road to complete confidence and will cover: basic docking, docking in tight quarters, docking in wind, undocking; steering – turning and swinging, contrary motion and propulsion, pivoting and walking; hull effects – wind, current, momentum; human factors; and how to use lines and fenders. The classes include 25 minutes of classroom training, and 20 minutes of in-water demonstration, and will be held once a day on Friday through Sunday.

New exhibitors for 2014

There are more than a dozen new exhibitors this year. New in-water exhibitors for 2014 include:

•             Denison Yacht Sales

•             JK3 Yacht Sales

•             Silver Seas Yachts

•             Specialty Yacht Sales Corp

•             Stan Miller Yachts

•             West Bay Sonship Yachts, Ltd.

New shoreside exhibitors for 2014 include:

•             American Family Insurance

•             Fisheries Supply Company

•             Global Marine Insurance

•             Helly Hansen

•             Outdoor Emporium

•             Seakeeper, Inc.

•             Word Yachts

For the little ones

The show is not just for adults or for mom and dad to shop for the boat of their dreams. It’s full of free activities for kids of all ages. Kids 8-16 can get on the water and be introduced to the thrill of small boat sailing with 60-minute free sailboat lessons courtesy of Sail Sandpoint.  All ages can enjoy the Center for Wooden Boats hands-on toy boat building. And new for 2014, Radio Disney Seattle will be onsite hosting water fun and safety activities and giving away tons of prizes throughout the day. The Radio Disney Seattle Road Crew will be there for this family-friendly event bringing exciting games, dances, giveaways including Seattle City Light’s summer promotion ‘Cookin with Kilowatts.’

Food, glorious food

It’s easy to work up an appetite climbing aboard all those boats.  Showgoers will be pleased to know that there are several new dining options this year.  In addition to a new restaurant at Chandler’s Cove — Nouvilhos Brazilian Steakhouse — there will be two new food vendors at the show:  My Sweet lil Cakes and El Sabroso. My Sweet lil Cakes was recognized by Thrillest last year as the Best Food Truck in Seattle and offers sweet and savory hotcakes on sticks, using batter made from scratch and fresh ingredients. El Sabroso serves up delicious Latin street food and specializes in gourmet Tortas, Tacos, Tamales (on green banana leaf) and Quesadillas. Those wanting to try the new Nouvilhos Brazilian Steakhouse should buy their show tickets online as they will receive a free appetizer at Nouvilhos Brazilian Steakhouse or a $20 gift card (and a one year membership to BoatU.S.).

All you need to know

What: South Lake Union Boats Afloat Show

When: Wednesday September 10th – Sunday September 14th, 2014

Hours: Weekdays 11am – 7pm/Weekends 10am – 6pm

Where: South Lake Union in Seattle

Tickets go on sale on August 10:

Buy your tickets online and receive 1 year Boat U.S. membership and a free appetizer at Nouvilhos Brazilian Steakhouse at Chandler’s Cove.

$12 for adults / $5 for kids 12-17 (kids under 11 are free).

$18 for a multi-day pass.

Weekdays 5-7 pm: $6

Special sailing ticket: $50 Intro-to-Sailing ticket includes 2-day admission, 1.5 hour seminar and 1.5 hour on-water sailing lesson.

Getting There: Parking lots are limited near the show. For convenience park downtown and take the Seattle Street Car directly to the show on South Lake Union.

Superyacht Life Programme launched by SYBAss

August 12, 2014

The Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) is thrilled to announce the launch of its eagerly awaited consumer programme, designed to inform, educate and excite a new generation of superyacht enthusiasts. SYBAss unites the world’s best superyacht manufacturers, with 23 members representing the very pinnacle of the superyachting industry.

71% - The Superyacht Life Magazine - Contents

71% - The Superyacht Life Magazine - Contents

The Superyacht Life is a multi-channel campaign conceived as a key part of the SYBAss’ pro-active approach to bring the innovation, craftsmanship and inspiration of its members to a new, wider audience. The first two elements of the programme launch today, 71% magazine and its sister website. Published twice a year with English and Mandarin editions, 71% is a truly global luxury lifestyle magazine, distributed around the world to reach an audience of passionate people to whom superyachting could represent the ultimate lifestyle choice. The magazine is totally independent, bringing to life opportunities that can only be delivered by the unique access of a superyacht lifestyle.

Named after the percentage of the world that is covered with water, 71% has been created to stand out from the crowd with quality journalism, modern design and high production values. 71% is a magazine that is much more than just another lifestyle bible, instead giving a fresh look at the world of ultra-luxury.

Issue one features exclusive content throughout, including an interview with Hugh Grant on the meaning of privacy and an exclusive drive of the latest McLaren P1 hypercar on the streets of Bahrain.

“This is a significant step by the SYBAss members. We are hugely excited to deliver a key set of messages about the appeal and possibilities of superyachting to new audiences around the globe,” said Theo Hooning, Secretary General, SYBAss.

The companion website expands the message even further, with additional content and inspiration, and a daily update of the allure and excitement of superyachting from around the world.

As well as being hand-delivered globally, 71% magazine will be available by subscription to qualified readers, as well as being available in full online.

Launch of new MDL Marinas charity initiative

August 12, 2014

Today, August 12, 2014, will see the launch of MDL Marinas’ new charity initiative – My MDL Selfie – challenging berth holders, marina visitors, as well as boating enthusiasts to get snapping this summer. In aid of Ocean Youth Trust South, MDL Marinas has pledged to donate £1 for every selfie received via social media using the hashtag #MyMDLSelfie.

mdl marinas

MDL Marinas wants to see how people are making the most of the Great British summer with a selfie photo – whether it is a snap taken during a hard day’s racing, enjoying an MDL social or simply just a day’s boating on the water or relaxing at the luxury yacht marina.

Entrants will not only be able to contribute to a worthy charitable cause – Ocean Youth Trust South – they will also be in with a chance of winning a dining experience with £50 dining vouchers up for grabs at a number of the fantastic restaurants across the MDL marina portfolio.  Tickets to the PSP Southampton Boat Show will also be on offer, where winners will be able to see their selfie snap on display on the MDL Marinas stand, located at E52.  MDL Marinas will select the best selfie entries based on their marina-themed settings and sense of summer fun.

Entries for the My MDL Selfie campaign are open now and will close at midnight on Friday 12th September 2014. To take part, people simply need to share their selfies via the MDL Marinas Facebook page or Twitter (@mdlmarinas) account and include the hashtag #MyMDLSelfie. The best entries will be displayed in an MDL Marinas Facebook gallery, while the cream of the crop will be included in a video reel that will be on show at the PSP Southampton Boat Show.

Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, said: “The My MDL Selfie initiative is a fun way of engaging with our berth holders and marine enthusiasts, while supporting a very worthy cause. We’re thrilled to be able to make a charitable donation to the Ocean Youth Trust South this summer – their work is outstanding and we’re proud to be able to support it with the My MDL Selfie campaign. We are looking forward to making the donation as big as possible with our customer’s help.

“My MDL Selfie has some great dining prizes up for grabs with the campaign, so I can’t wait to see the best selfie poses. The Great British summer is serving us well at the moment, so we want boat users to make the most of it and share their boating moments with us!”

MDL Marinas has a long standing partnership with Ocean Youth Trust South, including the annual sponsorship of the MDL Sail Training Awards. MDL Marinas has pledged to donate £1 for every selfie received as part of this campaign, but those involved can also donate additional monies to the charity just by texting MDLS99 followed by the donation amount to 70070. Ocean Youth Trust South is a charity that uses Adventure Under Sail as a personal development opportunity for disadvantaged young people aged 12-25, taking them to sea in their 72-foot sailing yacht John Laing.

Nautical competitions at Marina Ibiza

August 12, 2014

The glamorous Ibiza yacht charter destination, nestled in the Mediterranean, is not only trendy for its clubs, parties, fashion, as well as celebrities who come and go throughout the summer to visit this fabulous Balearic island. It is also fashionable in the marine industry for becoming a revealing destination for celebrating sailing competitions. And the island has the perfect combination to ensure the success of any event related to the sea. There are several factors that come together and make Ibiza as special as the only place to race.

Marina Ibiza - a beautiful Ibiza yacht charter destination, nestled in Spain

Marina Ibiza - a beautiful Ibiza yacht charter destination, nestled in Spain

On one hand, the crystallized waters of Ibiza and Formentera, its coastline and idyllic coves along with its extraordinary climate. Statistics say that Ibiza has 300 days of sunshine a year. This says it all.

On the other hand, its dining, leisure and entertainment offer. Nothing like it in the world. Ibiza is unique to see and be seen. For fun and unforgettable experiences.

Thirdly, the surprise effect. Ibiza is reinvented every year and offers to the world new activities, new shows, new stores and new concepts of fun. It is no secret that the most influential people in the world expect to be surprised every year in Ibiza without missing one summer event.

Marina Ibiza

Marina Ibiza

And finally, its sailing facilities. Since Marina Ibiza completed its renovation three years ago, this port has become a compulsory stop for real gems of the sea that have changed the tourism landscape of the island. A few years ago, superyachts could not tie into any port of the island. Now, thanks to this marina facing the D’Alt Vila, who was the first one to offer berths for megayachts, Ibiza has been open to the sea as ever. And this has led to numerous organizations related to boating have chosen this special competitions as a key part of their site.


The program is tight. From 5th to 7th of September Marina Ibiza hosts the first Aquabike and Class1 Championship, and promises to crank up the adrenaline of participants and spectators. Boats will depart and arrive at the marina from their official itinerary in Playa d’en Bossa. The marina will also host the awards.

Royal Cup at Marina Ibiza - Photo by Xaume Olleros 52 Super Series

Royal Cup at Marina Ibiza - Photo by Xaume Olleros/52 Super Series

In addition, Marina Ibiza will be hosting at the same time the Aquabike free style night show to impress the curious and lovers of the sea with a unique view. Passion and adrenaline guaranteed.

In the same scenario, and two weeks later, from the 17th to 21st of September the Zenith Royal Cup Marina Ibiza is held, it will be the last competition of the TP52 circuit Super Series, which will also host the final awards.

For the second year the 52 SuperSeries has chosen Marina Ibiza because of the good vibrations left by the first edition in which more than 200 sailors defined it as one of the best that had been involved in recent years. It will be an event to be followed by the sea and enjoy browsing these sailing formulas 1.

Luxury yachts at Marina Ibiza

Luxury yachts at Marina Ibiza

A few weeks later, from 8th to 11th of October comes Ibiza Rendezvous, the first and only superyacht regatta held in Ibiza for sail and motorboats. The organization promises to return to the roots and provide a programme full of activities and excitement, true to the Ibiza style. Participation is open to any boat from 17 to 60 m in length.

And finally, and already scheduled for 2015, the prestigious brand of luxury yachts Mangusta, returns with the second edition of its International Meeting of Mangusta owners. Participants will engage in activities and surprises for a full weekend having Marina Ibiza as the base of scheduled sailings around the island and Formentera.

Yachting Pages announces sponsorship of 7th annual Fort Yachtie Da International Film Festival for yacht crew

August 12, 2014

Yachting Pages, a specialist in products and services for the superyacht industry, has proudly announced its sponsorship of the 7th annual Fort Yachtie Da International Film Festival for yacht crew, an event which emulates the Academy Awards. The Oscar Fish trophy for Best Overall film in the last year’s Film Festival went to the second engineer of the breath-taking 79m luxury charter yacht Pegasus V (ex Princess Mariana), Rory Gillanders.

Fort Yachtie Da International Film Festival for yacht crew

Fort Yachtie Da International Film Festival for yacht crew

The Film Festival, run annually by Crew Unlimited, a yacht crew placement agency is a short video competition aimed at luxury yacht crew.  Videos are no longer than five minutes in length and give yacht crews a chance to exercise their creative talents in a bid to win the top prize of $1000.

Amateur yacht crew producers can win $500 cash and a stainless steel ‘Oscar Fish’ trophy in each category.  The video with the highest number of votes will win the best overall large ‘Oscar Fish’, $1000 cash and $500 travel voucher from ISSGMT.

The entry deadline is 1st October and categories include:

•             Best overall

•             Best original screenplay

•             Production quality

•             Yachtie Lifestyle

•             Female actor

•             Male actor

•             Comedy

•             Action

Michelle Williams, website and digital marketing manager for Yachting Pages said, “This is such a great event for yacht crew to get involved with, it’s fun, creative and unique; we’re delighted to sponsor Fort Yachtie Da International Film Festival.  Some of last year’s entries were hilarious, it’s a chance to showcase innovation and for yacht crews to enjoy an elegant red carpet evening emulating the Academy Awards, putting their talents in the spotlight.”

Online voting begins on October 2nd 2014 and ends November 3rd 2014, each registered voter can select only one winner of each category.  Winners will be determined by a panel of judges, sponsors and online voters, weighted equally.  The award ceremony takes place on 15th November at Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale from 7pm to 12am, attended by approximately 400 crew members and yacht industry professionals.

Each year money is raised through ticket sales to support worthy causes.  This year 15% of ticket sales and the raffle prize sales will be donated to Marine Industry Cares, which supports children and families.

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week: Ladies Day Trophy 2014

August 12, 2014

Cowes Week Limited (CWL) presented Ladies Day for the first time in 2006, with one simple objective: to raise the profile of sailing as one of few mainstream sports where men and women compete on equal terms. Over the last decade, female participation across the sport has grown, and at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week a third of all competitors participating in the racing are female.

Dee Caffari - Winner of the 2014 Ladies Day Trophy

Dee Caffari - Winner of the 2014 Ladies Day Trophy

Ladies Day provides a fantastic platform for celebrating women in sailing, and by doing so, helps promote the fact that Cowes Week is fully inclusive.

The main focus of the Ladies Day celebrations each year is a special evening reception at which the ‘Ladies Day Trophy’ is awarded. This trophy recognises the outstanding contribution, commitment, or achievement of women in sailing.

The judging panel for this year’s Trophy was formed of double Olympic gold medallist, Shirley Robertson, Aberdeen Asset Management’s Global Head of HR, Kerry Christie, Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation Trustee, Karen Wilson, Yachting World’s editor, Elaine Bunting, and CWL’s Michelle Warner.

This year’s trophy was awarded at a reception this evening, hosted by Aberdeen Asset Management, to Dee Caffari. Dee has helped bring sailing to the attention of the broader public since she started in the sport and has raced at nearly every Cowes Week over the last 15 years across a wide range of different classes. Outside of Cowes Week she has been instrumental in the success of the women’s sailing programme in Oman, has sailed single-handed and non-stop around the world in both directions and is the only woman to have sailed non-stop around the world three times. She’s about to set off on her 5th circumnavigation as part of Team SCA. Dee is also an ambassador for Toe in the Water and is a phenomenal ambassador for sailing, whatever the gender. Dee was this evening awarded the Ladies Day Trophy In recognition of her immense contribution to the sport of sailing.

Commenting on the win, Dee said: “It is very exciting to receive this award following in a long line of women who have got their name on this trophy. It is awesome to finally be holding the award. I have been nominated in the past but thought I’d never win it. To have my achievements listed and recognised, especially with the esteemed company in the room tonight, is very special.”

Largest Ever Australian Built Superyacht to be constructed by Echo Yachts in Henderson

August 12, 2014

A Singapore-based family has formed Echo Yachts, a yacht manufacturer positioned in Western Australia’s Henderson Marine Precinct to undertake the construction of the family’s yachts, comprising the largest ever super yacht built in Australia. The Company has brought together a regional ‘who’s who’ in the Australian super yacht industry.

Echo Yachts - Sheds

Echo Yachts - Sheds

The 84 metre aluminium yacht will also be the largest tri-hulled super yacht ever built anywhere – with tri-hull configuration allowing for an impressive 20 metre beam which in turn will accommodate a vast deck expanse and palatial interior spaces. Construction will take 3 years from start to finish.

The arrangement also includes the construction of a 46 metre fibreglass catamaran that will be deployed as a support vessel for the larger build. The catamaran will carry 12 tenders designed with a range of sporting and exploratory capabilities.  A 12m tender will be equipped with full navigation systems and high tech 3D sonar’s for the exploration of sea beds and sunken wrecks.

Both the super yacht and the support vessel will feature unique hull forms and the construction processes will incorporate numerous state-of-the-art build techniques and bold engineering ideas.

Commenting on the project, Echo Yachts director Mark Stothard said “Together with my partners Jurien Van Rongen and Nick Gardiner, we are thrilled to have been selected to head-up this project and, we are very excited about the world-class credentials of those who will be working with us.”

The super yacht’s external design and interior styling will be led by Fremantle based and world-renowned super yacht supremo, Sam Sorgiovani.

One2three Naval Architects, who operate from both Sydney and Henderson, will act as the project’s naval architects.

Construction of the support vessel is already well under-way with completion scheduled for late 2015. Designed by New Zealand’s LOMOcean, the vessel boasts the project’s hallmark and cutting-edge hull forms, lightweight lay-ups and state of the art build techniques.

Major upgrades for Damen Sea Axe Shadow Support Yacht UMBRA at Oceania Marine’s North Shipyard

August 12, 2014

Measuring 51,30 meters in length over all, the robust and impressive shadow support yacht Umbra represents the second Sea Axe vessel, constructed by the Dutch Damen Shipyards Group.  Superyacht support vessel Umbra has been recently slipped at Oceania Marine’s North Shipyard in Port Whangarei, New Zealand for major upgrades. The aptly named vessel hit the water in 2010, and shadows a 57m Explorer Superyacht.

Damen shadow support yacht Umbra at Oceania Marine's North Shipyard

Damen shadow support yacht Umbra entering Refit/Paint Shed C at Oceania Marine's North Shipyard

The project is scheduled to be completed within the next three months and includes, a two metre addition to the stern, fitting of helicopter deck and all equipment and infrastructure supporting helicopter operations. At the same time a full exterior repaint in owners colours and vessel survey requirements will be done.

Oceania Marine’s Brent Charlesworth is Project Manager and explains: We are working to a very tight schedule and have a lot to do within the timeframe. As a consequence we have put together a work team involving our best workers, sub-contractors and suppliers available from within Port Whangarei.”

Luxury yacht support vessel Umbra has been transferred from the hardstand into Refit/Paint Shed C where she will stay for the duration of the project. Crew and owners representatives have made themselves comfortable in the newly upgraded crew amenity and work areas with direct access at deck level.