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  • Gangs use luxury yachts to bring migrants to England

    Posted: 7th February 2013 | Written by: This Is Cornwall

    Organised gangsters are bribing owners of luxury yachts to carry illegal immigrants from the continent to the Westcountry, it has been alleged. Albanians desperate to reach the UK are paying to cross the channel from Brittany to the southern coast of South West England, landing in smaller ports unguarded by border agency staff.
  • Are historic ports being ruined?

    Posted: 6th February 2013 | Written by: Bruce Smith, The Associated Press

    The growing industry and plans by the South Carolina State Ports Authority to build a $35 million cruise terminal have brought lawsuits in state and federal courts. Plaintiffs are concerned that pollution and congestion threaten Charleston's historic district. City leaders say that the industry is being handled appropriately and that Charleston will never be a major cruise destination.
  • Oracle racing team back to training for America's Cup

    Posted: 6th February 2013 | Written by: Julia Prodis Sulek, San Jose Mercury News

    A day after San Francisco 49ers fans got that sinking feeling when their team lost the Super Bowl, Larry Ellison's Oracle Team USA relaunched its newly-repaired boat Monday after a catastrophic capsize months ago while training for the super bowl of regattas - the America's Cup.
  • War of nerves as Team NZ launch

    Posted: 5th February 2013 | Written by: Dana Johannsen, The New Zealand Herald

    Team New Zealand have reached the point of no return with the launch of their second AC72 yesterday, 24 hours ahead of Oracle's boat, and the nerves are beginning to show. The milestone, marked in a blessing ceremony led by Auckland iwi Ngati Whatua at the Team New Zealand base in the Viaduct, represents a significant point in the campaign...
  • Former U.S. presidential yacht's ownership subject of lawsuit

    Posted: 5th February 2013 | Written by: Randall Chase, Associated Press

    The owners of the former presidential yacht Sequoia are asking a Delaware judge to prevent a lender from seizing it. Sequoia Presidential Yacht Group claims in a Chancery Court lawsuit filed late last week that FE Partners reneged on a $5 million loan agreement in a "dastardly" plan to take control of the historic vessel. Washington, D.C.-based FE Partners says the lawsuit is grossly inaccurate and without merit.
  • Italian boat-builders suffer from large taxes on yachts

    Posted: 4th February 2013 | Written by: Manuela Mesco, The Wall Street Journal

    Italy's campaign against tax cheats is starting to sink its €3 billion ($4 billion) boat-building industry, industry officials say. They say that by slapping a tax on large recreational boats, targeting boat owners for audits and searching yachts moored in Italian ports, the country's tax authority caused boat sales in Italy to fall as much as 25% last year. Of course, it doesn't help that the country is in recession and that bank financing for leasing pleasure boats has all but disappeared.
  • ICOMIA lobby for MARPOL Tier III changes to enter final stage

    Posted: 4th February 2013 | Written by: Don Hoyt Gorman

    Tony Rice, Secretary General of ICOMIA has made it clear that it’s unlikely superyachts will get an exemption from MARPOL Tier III emissions targets in 2016. Instead, as he begins the final phase of lobbying to amend the regulations, he says a delay in their onset for superyachts is more likely. “No one at this stage should be dreaming of an exemption,” Rice said by telephone when contacted about the latest developments in ICOMIA’s bid to amend maritime environmental regulations. “MARPOL Annex VI was a highly political, hard fought negotiation. No one is going to allow us to cause an unpicking of that regulation.”
  • 3 Continents for Extreme Sailing Series™ 7th season

    Posted: 1st February 2013 | Written by: Extreme Sailing Series

    Eight host venues spanning the Middle East, Asia, South America and Europe have been announced for the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series, marking the third year of truly global competition for the circuit first launched as a European only event in 2007. The Series’ award-winning Stadium Racing format will return to all seven of the intense stadium arenas from 2012 with Singapore returning as a venue after hosting successful test and exhibition events in 2010 and 2011. Eight iconic locations, on three continents.
  • Ken Hickling Speaks on ISS’s Ethics Initiative

    Posted: 1st February 2013 | Written by: Amy Halsted

    The ISS is pleased to announce that Ken Hickling, it's President, is a featured speaker at the 'Opportunities in Superyachts' conference on 5 March 2013 at the Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta. Ken’s topic, 'Establishing a Code of Ethics for the Superyacht Industry', updates attendees and the industry on the ISS initiative begun in 2012 and supported on the global scale. Since its introduction, ISS has kept the industry informed through a series of association meetings at Monaco, Fort Lauderdale and the Miami Show.
  • Costa Concordia captain hopes to sail again

    Posted: 31st January 2013 | Written by: Nick Squires, The Telegraph

    The former captain of the Costa Concordia is convinced he can one day return to the helm of a cruise ship, despite being under investigation for abandoning ship and causing the deaths of 32 people. Captain Francesco Schettino was asked on Wednesday whether he still harboured hopes of returning to sea and replied “Yes, certainly”. He was responding to journalists’ questions as he entered a court near Naples, where he is fighting his dismissal by Costa Cruises, the Italian company that owns the Concordia.
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