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  • 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.
  • Blohm + Voss to focus on superyachts

    Posted: 30th January 2013 | Written by: Eyk Henning, FoxBusiness

    London-based private equity firm Star Capital Partners Ltd. is pursuing a deal that will allow it to turn one of the oldest German marine companies into a firm dedicated solely to building and repairing yachts for the super rich.
  • Poor weather hits Dusseldorf Show

    Posted: 30th January 2013 | Written by: IBI News

    Visitor numbers were down by 8.3 per cent on account of heavy snow and ice. The 2013 Düsseldorf International Boat Show closed on Sunday with visitor numbers down 8.3 per cent to 226,300 people. Poor weather meant that many were prevented from attending the show due to ice, snow and strikes at some of North Rhine-Westphalia’s largest airports.
  • Superyacht chefs talk about life on board

    Posted: 29th January 2013 | Written by: Paula Forbes, Eater.com

    Eight superyacht chefs spoke with Eater.com about cooking on the high seas. Much like private in-home chefs, yacht chefs are often the first people awake, cooking breakfast for both the passengers and the crew, and the last ones in bed at the end of the day. But it's not all long hours in a tiny galley: yacht chefs travel the world, stopping in ports from Cannes to Tahiti, exploring local produce and seafood along the way.
  • 37 South launch new charter website

    Posted: 29th January 2013 | Written by: Ellie Brade, SuperyachtNews.com

    Kiwi support agent and supplier, 37 South, has launched a new charter focused website - www.37southyachtcharter.com - for their private yacht charter division. Launched at the end of 2012, the site focuses primarily on the South Pacific and fills a perceived niche for local destination focused information for charter clients. The main 37 South homepage - www.37southyachts.com - has also been redesigned and relaunched on a fresh new platform.
  • Yachtie found guilty in £90m cocaine smuggling case

    Posted: 29th January 2013 | Written by: IBI News

    Two crewmembers of the yacht Baila will be sentenced on Wednesday for attempting to smuggle 452kgs (996 lbs) of cocaine into the UK last summer A crewmember of a yacht intercepted off the Isle of Wight last June has been found guilty of possessing £90m of cocaine. Piotr Pachnia was convicted last Friday by a jury after a two-day trial in Portsmouth Crown Court. Pachnia and Thomas Dylik, captain of the yacht Baila, were both charged after the UK Border Agency found 452kgs (996 lbs) of cocaine aboard the boat. The seizure was one of the largest in the UK, the agency told the BBC.
  • India can try Italian marines for murder of fishermen

    Posted: 28th January 2013 | Written by: Annie Banerji, Reuters

    India has jurisdiction to try two Italian marines charged with killing two fishermen, the country's Supreme Court said in a long-awaiting ruling on Friday, setting the stage for a criminal trial that could further sour ties between India and Italy. The marines, members of a military security team protecting a cargo ship, Enrica Lexie, say they mistook the fishermen for pirates off the southern Indian state of Kerala in February 2012.
  • YPI bought up by parent company, new CEO named

    Posted: 28th January 2013 | Written by: IBI News

    Yachting Partners International (YPI) has confirmed that its parent company, shipbroking house Barry Rogliano Salles (BRS), has purchased all of YPI’s remaining shares to become outright owner of the luxury yachting group. BRS named Philippe Hetland as YPI's new CEO.
  • Sailing-France's Gabart wins round-the-world race

    Posted: 27th January 2013 | Written by: Reuters

    Frenchman Francois Gabart became the youngest sailor to win the Vendee Globe, a solo round-the-world race, when he reached the finish in record time on Sunday. The 29-year-old Gabart needed 78 days, two hours, 16 minutes and 40 seconds to complete his journey, smashing the previous record set by compatriot Michel Desjoyeaux in 2009 by almost seven days.
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