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PlanetSolar To Conclude its DeepWater Scientific Expedition in London

August 30, 2013

London will be the final port of call for the MS Turanor PlanetSolar, the world’s largest solar boat, following the PlanetSolar DeepWater scientific research expedition along the Gulf Stream.

PlanetSolar

PlanetSolar

This is the first time the impressive catamaran has visited the UK. The unique vessel will be docked at Canary Wharf from Saturday 31st August to Monday 2nd September to demonstrate its objectives as a scientific research vessel and the applications of solar technology.

The PlanetSolar is currently an ambassador for science and education, having been a scientific research platform for the University of Geneva (UNIGE) for the past four months and an educational platform for schools at each of the stops along its route, sharing knowledge and raising awareness of climate issues. The 2013 expedition has also further promoted the use of solar technology, PlanetSolar having previously completed a round-the-world tour in 2012 that demonstrated the potential of solar energy and the maturity of the embedded technologies.

The PlanetSolar began its 2013 campaign by repeating its Atlantic crossing in 22 days, beating its previous Guinness World record of 26 days. From June, the boat then became a research platform as part of the PlanetSolar DeepWater scientific expedition. Launched in Florida, the PlanetSolar DeepWater exhibition sought to collect a continuous series of physical and biological measurements along the Gulf Stream, both from the water and the atmosphere, using advanced instruments and the expertise of UNIGE scientists. The boat stopped in Miami, New York, Boston, Halifax and St. John’s (NL).

Led by Professor Martin Beniston, climatologist and director of the Institute of Environmental Sciences at UNIGE, the research team studied the key parameters of climate regulation, namely aerosols and phytoplankton, in order to improve the understanding of complex interactions between the ocean and atmosphere, as well as the role these interactions play in climate change.

“The PlanetSolar DeepWater expedition has allowed intensive testing in real-world conditions of a number of ocean and atmospheric instruments, some of which are prototypes developed at the University of Geneva,” Professor Beniston commented. “Following the DeepWater expedition, there is now a wealth of physical, chemical, and biological data housed at the University of Geneva, and which is beginning to undergo exhaustive scientific scrutiny. Although the data has not been analysed yet, we have noticed some very interesting trends, especially with regards to the production of aerosols by sea sprays.”

The objectives of the current expedition are to exploit the clean, green features of the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar and to further showcase its practical applications and the potential of such a vessel.

The largest solar boat ever built, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar is up to 35m long and 23m wide, depending on whether the solar panels are closed (when it is docked or experiencing very rough conditions at sea) or open (whilst at sea).

Able to travel at an average speed of 5 knots, the boat sets a clear benchmark for the importance of solar power and proves the practical application of green technology. The boat uses 512m2 of photovoltaic panels to power six blocks of lithium-ion batteries and is light, durable and completely silent. It clearly demonstrates the possibilities of solar power for sea travel, with massive implications for sustainable tourism and transport. With zero fuel requirements and zero carbon emissions, the boat can take to the open seas for months at a time, so long as the sun continues to rise.

“The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar has positive benefits for scientific study and exploration, allowing for pollution-free research to be carried out in the vicinity of the boat,” Professor Beniston added.

London to host the start of Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

August 29, 2013

For the first time, London will play a host to the start of this year’s Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, kicking off this Sunday. A fleet of twelve 70ft racing yachts will leave London’s St Katherine docks and take part in an amazing procession down the River Thames before starting the grueling 11-month race.

Yachts are gathering at London's Tower Bridge ahead of the world's longest yacht race

Yachts are gathering at London's Tower Bridge ahead of the world's longest yacht race

Following on from the success of last summer’s Royal River Pageant and the London Olympics, when the capital became temporary home to some of the world’s largest superyachts, the UK continues to establish itself as a major destination for maritime events.

Mark Upton, at London based superyacht advisory service MGMT Yacht says ‘the yachting industry recognises that the UK has the experience and knowledge required to oversee major maritime events. London is one of the world’s great and iconic cities and the River Thames provides a fantastic backdrop for yachting events such as the Clipper Race.

The competition’s sailors are mostly novices, although each yacht has a professional. Once the flotilla departs from the Tower of London it will take in Brazil, South Africa, Australia, China, the US and Jamaica, before ending back in London in July 2014.

PlanetSolar arrives in Europe stopping in Oostende, Belgium

August 29, 2013

Having left St. John’s in Canada on August 6, the world’s largest solar boat, PlanetSolar, arrived in Europe on August 28, after crisscrossing the North Atlantic for 23 days and traveling 4598 kilometers. The collection of scientific data, carried as part of the “PlanetSolar DeepWater” expedition, continued during the second 2013 transatlantic crossing.

PlanetSolar in St. John's in Canada - Photo credit to PlanetSolar

PlanetSolar in St. John's in Canada - Photo credit to PlanetSolar

Transformed into a scientific platform, the ship enabled a team of researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) to take advantage of her exclusive features in order carry out an exclusive campaign of physical and biological measurements along the Gulf Stream. A series of events will be held onboard the ship, which will remain moored in Oostende until August 30, before setting sail for London (United Kingdom).

The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar returned to the old continent after 23 days of navigation. At an average speed of 4.5 knots, travelling 4598 kilometers across the North Atlantic proved to be difficult in terms of navigation. “The weather conditions were particularly unfavorable during this crossing! The wind, first during our southern descent, then the current, and finally a much lower than average amount of sunshine in the region for this time of year!” said Gérard d’Aboville, captain of the ship.

The “PlanetSolar DeepWater” scientific expedition’s last phase of measurements will begin in Oostende. “The final phase is of particular interest because data will be collected on the outskirts on an urban area. We have already observed some very interesting results around Boston. I look forward to discovering what measures will be taken around the British capital,” explains Jérôme Kasparian, UNIGE researcher and member of the expedition’s scientific committee.

Alongside the events dedicated to local authorities, the net destined for use during the floating plastic waste collection campaign (carried out in collaboration with Waste Free Oceans) will be tested during the Belgian stop.

Next, the ship will leave for London (United Kingdom), the stopover which will conclude the phase of exclusive measurements conducted as part of the “PlanetSolar DeepWater” scientific expedition.

The “PlanetSolar DeepWater” scientific expedition
Launched in Florida in early June, the “PlanetSolar DeepWater” expedition covered over 8,000 kilometers, using advanced instruments and the expertise of the UNIGE scientists to collect a continuous series of physical and biological measurements along the Gulf Stream, both in the water and in the air.

Led by Professor Martin Beniston, the research team studied the key parameters of climate regulation, namely aerosols and phytoplankton, in order to better understand the complex interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere, as well as the role these interactions play in climate change.

The researchers were particularly interested in the phenomenon of ocean vortexes—large whirlpools that break away from the main part of the Gulf Stream—that influence heat exchanges with the atmosphere as well as the behavior of phytoplankton.

PlanetSolar to dock in London for inaugural UK visit

August 27, 2013

The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, the largest solar boat ever constructed and the first to have circumnavigated the world by solar energy alone (2010-2012), will be shortly docking in London for its first ever visit to the UK.

Aerial view of PlanetSolar arriving in NY

Aerial view of PlanetSolar arriving in New York

As the largest solar boat ever built, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar comes in at up to 35m long and 23m wide, depending on whether the solar panels are closed (when it is docked, or experiencing very rough conditions at sea) or open (whilst at sea). It completed the first trip around the world powered exclusively by solar energy in May 2012 – no external fuel source and no CO2 emissions.

Able to travel at an average speed of 5 knots, this journey set a clear benchmark for the importance of green technology and proving its practical applications. The boat uses 512m2 of photovoltaic panels to power six blocks of lithium-ion batteries and is light, durable and completely silent. The rising of the sun each morning is all the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar needs to keep sailing.

Below is a video of the PlanetSolar leg from New York to Boston:

Feadship Yacht SEA OWL completing a hat-trick of English/Dutch superyacht deliveries for Andrew Winch Designs

August 19, 2013

Andrew Winch Designs handed over the 62-metre mega yacht ‘SEA OWL’, representing the most customised yacht of her size ever constructed at Feadship, to her Owners. Boasting exquisite Exterior and Interior designs by Andrew Winch, luxury motor yacht ‘SEA OWL’ sets new standards of design and craftsmanship, with sophisticated exterior lines and a lovely interior, inspired by nature, magic, as well as dreams.

Feadship mega yacht MADAME GU and superyacht SEA OWL - both designed by Andrew Winch

Feadship mega yacht MADAME GU and superyacht SEA OWL - both designed by Andrew Winch

2013 has seen a year of successful collaborations between the London based, Andrew Winch Designs and their Dutch counterparts. For the Andrew Winch Designs team, superyacht ‘SEA OWL’ completes a hat-trick of English/Dutch deliveries, following in the wake of the magnificent 99m mega yacht ‘MADAME GU’ (the largest Superyacht built in the Netherlands) and the bright and contemporary 108′ sailing yacht ‘INOUI’ (Andrew Winch Designs studio’s 22nd sailing yacht).

33m Vitters superyacht Inoui with interior design by Andrew Winch

33m Vitters superyacht Inoui with interior design by Andrew Winch

“I am immensely proud of SEA OWL, MADAME GU and INOUI,” comments Andrew Winch, “I am grateful for the vision and trust of our Clients and the dedication of the teams at Feadship and Vitters for their unwavering ambition to realise each of these projects.” Andrew continues, “To create such a variety of individually beautiful Superyachts, requires a huge amount of talent, creativity and attention to detail and I am so proud of the way that our Studio’s talented team members have worked with their Dutch counterparts to execute these most magnificent of projects.”

Below is a gallery for the outstanding charter yachts with design by Andrew Winch.

Princess 82 yacht announces European and American debut

August 09, 2013

Princess 82 yacht is currently displayed at the Grant Torrens Luxury Lifestyle Display in Sydney and will see her Mediterranean show debut at the upcoming Cannes Boat Show as well as the PSP Southampton Boat Show. America will have a chance to view luxury yacht Princess 82 at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, later on in November.

Princess 82 yacht

Princess 82 yacht

Elegant, powerful and incredibly spacious the new Princess 82 Motor Yacht epitomises everything that is Princess from her sleek, dynamic exterior to her impeccably finished interior.

On board Princess 82

On board Princess 82

As with all new Princess models, she has been developed and constructed using some of the most advanced technology available in the marine industry today and her uniquely designed deep-V hull is resin infused to ensure a highly capable and efficient performance that is both assured and rewarding.

Princess 82 yacht salon

Princess 82 yacht saloon

Her interior is light, sophisticated and beautifully detailed with an intelligent use of space throughout from the spacious saloon to the beautifully appointed guest accommodation which comprises of four en-suite cabins. Crew are accommodated in a twin en-suite cabin aft of the machinery space together with a utility area which can be specified as a second twin crew cabin if required.

Princess 82 dining

Princess 82 dining

Princess 82 motor yacht owner cabin

Princess 82 motor yacht owner cabin

luxury yacht Princess 82

luxury yacht Princess 82

The 82 Motor Yacht made her Australian premiere at the Grant Torrens Luxury Lifestyle Display in Sydney, 1st – 10th August 2013, and will make her show debuts at the Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes, 10th – 15th September 2013 and at the PSP Southampton Boat Show, 13th – 22nd September 2013. The 82 will also be appearing for the first time in America at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, 31st October – 4th November 2013.

Two Year Contract with Princess Yachts announced by National Boat Shows

July 10, 2013

National Boat Shows (NBS), a subsidiary of the British Marine Federation, is delighted to announce the agreement of a two-year contract with Princess Yachts International to showcase its luxury yachts at the 2014 as well as 2015 London Boat Shows.

Motor yacht Princess 82 presented at London Boat Show 2013

Motor yacht Princess 82 presented at London Boat Show 2013

An established exhibitor at the London Boat Shows, Princess Yachts International will continue to launch new motor yachts at the event and use the Show as an opportunity to build their growing base of international clients. The commitment to the London Boat Show confirms its place as one of the key events in the annual schedule for the leisure marine industry, and helps position the UK as a major destination for buyers of luxury yachts.

Chris Gates, Managing Director of Princess Yachts International, stated: “In light of Princess’ success at the 2013 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, we are delighted to confirm our presence at the 2014 and 2015 London Boat Shows. Our decision to commit to these dates underlines the high regard in which we hold the event – the Show is well recognised as a key sales platform and plays an important role in the annual sales strategy of the business.”

Murray Ellis, Managing Director of NBS, commented: “We are extremely pleased that Princess Yachts International has signed to exhibit at the 2014 and 2015 London Boat Shows. It signals their continued confidence in the event and reaffirms the vital role that the Shows play in the global boating calendar. We work with all our exhibitors to make sure that the London Boat Show builds on its success from year to year, and look forward to continuing our partnership with Princess to deliver another great event come next January”.

Riva to participate in Masterpiece Fair London 2013

June 26, 2013

Riva, a legendary brand of the Ferretti Group – one of the world leaders in the design, construction as well as sale of motor yachts – will participate in the eagerly awaited annual Masterpiece Fair London. Set to run from June 27 to July 3, the Fair represents one of the most interesting and successful international events, cutting across several disciplines – from art to antiques, all the way to design.

Riva to take part in the Masterpiece Fair London 2013

Riva to take part in the Masterpiece Fair London 2013

Riva will welcome the visitors of this important fair with one of its most charming historical yachts: the Tritone. This craft was designed by initiative of a far-sighted Carlo Riva who, during the decade of Italy’s industrial revolution (the first hull dates from 1950) – dominated by the myth of speed and racing cars –, managed to produce a range of wooden yachts characterised by a unique, unmistakable design.

The Ariston – a luxury ‘car of the sea’ – was the precursor to modern day motor yachts, and was followed by the Sebino, which marked the beginning of mass production, the Florida, a homage to the United States, and obviously the Tritone, the first twin-inboard-engine model in the family. Featuring a below deck cabin, the 7.60-metre-long Tritone became the protagonist of the Dolce Vita, the yacht chosen by great Hollywood stars like Anita Ekberg, who was pictured many times on her Tritone No. 142, with its unmistakable zebra upholstery.

This legendary motor yacht will be on display in an entirely dedicated area set up thanks to the cooperation of Ventura UK Limited, the British dealer of the Ventura Group, one of the leading Distributors in Ferretti Group’s network.

Riva's Tritone Yacht Tender

Riva's Tritone Yacht Tender

Masterpiece, which has reached its fourth edition this year, is a multidisciplinary exhibition of outstanding works of art from all over the world, capable of blending together tradition and contemporary style, just as Riva has always achieved within its yachts.

Riva’s range currently includes flybridge, open and coupe models from 27’ to 122’ (8-37 metres): Iseo, Aquariva Super, Aquariva by Marc Newson, Rivarama Super, Rivale, SportRiva56’, 63’ Vertigo, 63’ Virtus, 68’ Ego Super, 75’ Venere Super, 86’ Domino yacht, 92’ Duchessa yacht and 122’ superyacht Mythos.

Largely appreciated by international customers looking for truly exclusive yachts in terms of both style and performances, Riva yachts stand out for their elegance, strong personality and the utmost care devoted to the tiniest details, in line with the century-old craftsmanship that has made Riva an icon of Made in Italy products and style all over the world.

ICOMIA/IFBSO Congress 2013 hosted and organised by British Marine Federation (BMF)

June 17, 2013

Taken place in London, United Kingdom, from June 11 to 14, this year’s ICOMIA/IFBSO Congress was hosted and organised by the British Marine Federation (BMF). The event was held at Devonport House, positioned in London’s exclusive Royal Greenwich, a World Heritage Site.

ICOMIA

The first two days of Congress consisted of various committee meetings including the first gathering of ICOMIA’s new committees: ‘Grow Boating’, which examines current campaigns dedicated to growing recreational boating globally and the ‘Exporters Committee’, which provides members a forum to share knowledge on export markets, discuss import regulations and exchange information on overseas boat/trade show experiences.

The annual ICOMIA/IFBSO Joint Session was held on Thursday morning; key-note speakers included: Mark Pragnell, Head of Commissioned Projects at Capital Economics, who discussed ‘the world economic situation and future prospects’; David Pegler, CEO at Excel London who spoke about London and the development of a major international exhibition centre; Alex Mills of 5 West who provided insight into event sponsorship; and Helena Gao, of the China Boat Show, who talked about trends in Chinese consumer activity.

Continuing the focus on emerging markets, ICOMIA’s afternoon Session featured ICOMIA members the China Boat Industry & Trade Association (CBITA) and the China Cruise & Yacht Industry Association (CCYIA) who made presentations on the Chinese market, whilst ICOMIA sustaining member, Hainan New Century Cultural Industry Investment & Development Co., LTD gave an update on the ICOMIA supported ‘International Boat Show & Festival’ which takes place between 17-20 October 2013 in Serenity Marina, Sanya, Hainan, China.

The Session concluded with an invaluable Q&A where delegates had the opportunity to discuss issues with the Chinese speaker panel.

The last day of Congress began with the ICOMIA Working Session; speakers included: Andy Claughton from the Wolfson Unit at Southampton University who spoke on advanced design technology; Josh Hall, Race Director of the Global Ocean Race; Peter Joyce, from the Marine Industries Alliance Department for Business Innovation and Skills, and Mike Cook, BMF President, talked about the UK’s Marine Industries Leadership Council; Jorge Nasseh, Vice President of ICOMIA member the Brazilian Marine Manufacturers Association, ACOBAR, gave an in-depth presentation on the Brazilian marine industry; and Darren Vaux, Chairman of ICOMIA member the Boating Industries Alliance Australia (BIAA) who presented the ‘I Boat – I Vote’ initiative, which has been developed to raise the political profile of the recreational marine industry in Australia.

The final meeting of Congress 2013 was the 47th ICOMIA Annual General Meeting where the Executive Committee, the management board of ICOMIA, announced changes to the Committee; bidding farewell to Vice President Romano Piculjan (Croatian CBIA) and Takashi Kajikawa (JBIA Japan) and welcoming Simon Cook (Australian BIAA), Philip Scott (Polish POLBOAT), Jorge Nasseh (Brazilian ACOBAR) and Erlend Prytz (Norwegian Norboat) as new members of the Committee. Whilst Claus-Ehlert Meyer, MD of the German Boat and Shipbuilders Association, DBSV, was elected as Vice President of ICOMIA.

Congress concluded with a fascinating tour of the Palace of Westminster – the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords – the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, followed by the annual ICOMIA/IFBSO Congress Gala Dinner, hosted by Mr Jim Fitzpatrick MP, held in the hall of the House of Commons.

Next year’s ICOMIA Congress will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, hosted by DENTUR, the Turkish Marine Industry Association.

ICOMIA and IFBSO 2013 Congress being hosted by British Marine Federation (BMF)

June 14, 2013

The British Marine Federation (BMF) is currently hosting delegates of the ICOMIA and IFBSO 2013 Congress, taking place at Devonport House, positioned in London’s historic Royal Greenwich. The annual event is organised by a different ICOMIA member-nation each year and this week is being hosted by the BMF as part of their Centenary Celebrations. The Congress will come to an end today, on June 14, 2013.

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The Congress is being attended by over 90 delegates from more than 21 countries, counting numerous marine industry associations and boat show organisers among the attendees. The forum is an opportunity to discuss the latest developments and best practice within the sector. For example, two new ICOMIA committees are holding their inaugural meetings at the event – ‘Grow Boating’ and ‘Exporters Committee’ – which look to expand worldwide recreational boating and unlock export markets; meanwhile IFBSO is focusing on exhibitor needs and new developments for shows.

A number of experts attending the event, with a strong emphasis on developing markets for international expansion, are:

–          Mark Pragnell, Head of Commissioned Projects at Capital Economics – The global economy and its impact on future industry prospects

–          David Pegler, CEO of Excel London – London and the development of a major international exhibition centre

–          Helena Gao, China Boat Show – Trends in China: the market and consumer activity

–          Jorge Nasseh,  ACOBAR – Understanding the Brazilian market

Further speakers from the industry include:

–          Andy Claughton, Wolfson Unit at Southampton University – Advanced Design Technology

–          Josh Hall, Race Director at Global Ocean Race – Global Ocean Race and the development opportunities it provides

–          Alex Mills, 5 Degrees West – An insight into event sponsorship

Alongside the meeting schedule, the Partners’ Programme is offering delegates the chance to visit some of London’s most famous sites. Trips to The Shard, the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square and Kensington Palace have been organised as well as a River Cruise Dinner on the Thames sponsored by IBI Plus.

The congress culminates with the Gala Dinner at the Houses of Parliament, sponsored by Jim Fitzpatrick MP.

Howard Pridding, Chief Executive of the BMF, said: “The BMF is pleased to welcome delegates to the ICOMIA and IFBSO 2013 Congress in London. This will be a dynamic forum focused on a number of the current issues impacting the leisure marine industry. We are delighted to host the event in Royal Greenwich, a place synonymous with Britain’s rich maritime history, and we look forward to addressing some of the industry’s biggest challenges over the next few days so as to maintain a thriving industry for many more years to come.”