Motorboat & Yachting: Nautilus International argues that Lee Joon-seok has been made a scapegoat for the sinking of MV Sewol and the deaths of more than 200 schoolchildren.

 

Maritime union Nautilus International has defended ferry captain Lee Joon-seok, who was sentenced this week to ten years in jail for homicide after abandoning a sinking ship.

An appeals court in South Korea reduced his sentence from 30 years to ten years, but Mark Dickinson, general secretary of Nautilus, claimed that the 70-year-old will likely die in prison for making a mistake.

“Once again, a captain has been made the scapegoat as a result of political pressure and media misrepresentation,” he said.

“Pinning the blame on an individual in this way helps to obscure the underlying causes of the accident, including regulatory failure, overloading and design changes.”

Passenger ferry MV Sewol was loaded to almost twice its maximum capacity when it capsized off the coast of Jindo on April 16, 2014, killing 295 passengers, many of whom were children on a school trip to the island of Jeju.

Mark argues that the captain is not the only one to blame: “It is the law-makers that determine the actions of owners and set the levels of safety. It should not be masters that suffer for their failure.”

As well as Mr Joon-seok, who originally faced the death penalty, 14 other crewmembers were jailed for their part in the disaster, with sentences ranging from 18 months to 12 years.

Local media reports claim that passengers were told to stay were they were at 0900 – half an hour after the ferry had begun to list – and that the order to abandon ship was never given.

After the trial, the Mr Joon-seok admitted that he had panicked and failed to take appropriate measures, but denied having any intent to murder.

 

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Motorboat & Yachting: Aston Martin announced today that it will be launching its first powerboat in September in partnership with Quintessence Yachts.

 

Plans for a 37ft powerboat were revealed to the media at Aston Martin’s Warwickshire headquarters today (April 29). The luxury car manufacturer has designed the AM37 in conjunction with Mulder Design after being approached by Quintessence Yachts, whose founder is a classic Aston Martin owner.

And although the first working prototype is yet to be built, the AM37 will have its on-water debut during the Monaco Yacht Show in September, Quintessence Yachts confirmed.

Mariella Mengozzi, CEO at Quintessence Yachts, said: “The Aston Martin Design department has been working seamlessly with the Quintessence R&D unit and naval architect Mulder Design in Amsterdam to achieve a true example of design purity.”

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Petrolheads may be disappointed to learn that Aston Martin’s naturally-aspirated engines will not be used in the AM37 to start with, although the company has not ruled out marinising a V8 in future.

In the meantime, all of the engine options on the AM37 will be twin Mercury set-ups, ranging in power from 370hp to 662hp – the latter will be capable of a top speed in excess of 60 knots.

Naval architect Bas Mulder provides the yachting expertise behind the vacuum-infused composite hull. When combined with a carbon fibre superstructure, this should deliver the handling, performance and comfort of a luxury sports car.

Aston Martin flourishes include the iconic winged emblem on the transom and a rear diffuser. The main deck layout will feature twin helm seats ahead of a u-shaped cockpit seating area. Other premium features include a voice-activated navigation and entertainment system.

Below decks, the AM37 will get a compact heads, galley and a convertible u-shaped saloon that can turn into a double berth, a spokesperson for Mulder Design told MBY.

Quintessence Yachts will be building the AM37 in Southampton, under the supervision of production director Ben Collett, whose previous credits include Discovery Yachts.

Aston Martin is arguably best known for providing cars for some of the most popular James Bond movies, and although the AM37 will not be ready in time to feature in Spectre, Aston Martin refused to rule out a future marine appearance in a 007 adventure.

The company also confirmed that plans for a Coste Design catamaran are still in progress and stressed this is a completely separate project.

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Pratical Boat Owner: The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) report into the loss of the yacht Cheeki Rafiki and its four crew in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 720 miles east–south-east of Nova Scotia, Canada on 16 May 2014.

 

Almost a year after the sailing community was shocked by the sudden and tragic loss of the British sailing yacht Cheeki Rafiki and its four-man crew, the findings of an official investigation have been published.

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At about 0400 on 16 May 2014 the UK registered yacht Cheeki Rafiki capsized approximately 720 miles east-south-east of Nova Scotia, Canada while on passage from Antigua to Southampton.

Despite an extensive search that found the upturned hull of the yacht, the four crew remain missing: Skipper Andrew Bridge, aged 21, from Farnham, Surrey and crew Paul Goslin, 56, from West Camel, Somerset; Steve Warren, 52, from Bridgwater, Somerset and 22-year-old James Male from Romsey, Hampshire.

At approximately 0405 on 16 May an alert transmitted by the personal locator beacon of Cheeki Rafiki’s skipper triggered a major search for the yacht involving United States Coast Guard fixed-wing aircraft and surface vessels.

At 1400 on 17 May, the upturned hull of a small boat was located; however, adverse weather conditions prevented a closer inspection and the search was terminated at 0940 on 18 May.

At 1135 on 20 May, following a formal request from the UK government, a second search was started. At 1535 on 23 May, the upturned hull of a yacht was located and identified as being that of Cheeki Rafiki.

On investigation, it was confirmed that the vessel’s liferaft was still on board in its usual stowage position. With no persons having been found, the second search was terminated at 0200 on 24 May. Cheeki Rafiki’s hull was not recovered and is assumed to have sunk.

In the absence of survivors and material evidence, the causes of the accident remain a matter of some speculation. However, it is concluded that Cheeki Rafiki capsized and inverted following a detachment of its keel.

In the absence of any apparent damage to the hull or rudder other than that directly associated with keel detachment, it is unlikely that the vessel had struck a submerged object. Instead, a combined effect of previous groundings and subsequent repairs to its keel and matrix had possibly weakened the vessel’s structure where the keel was attached to the hull.

It is also possible that one or more keel bolts had deteriorated. A consequential loss of strength may have allowed movement of the keel, which would have been exacerbated by increased transverse loading through sailing in worsening sea conditions.

 

Action taken
The yacht’s operator, Stormforce Coaching Ltd, has made changes to its internal policies and has taken a number of actions aimed at preventing a recurrence. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has undertaken to work with the Royal Yachting Association to clarify the requirements for the stowage of inflatable liferafts on coded vessels, and the Royal Yachting Association has drafted enhancements to its Sea Survival Handbook relating to the possibility of a keel failure.

A recommendation has been made to the British Marine Federation to co-operate with certifying authorities, manufacturers and repairers with the aim of developing best practice industry-wide guidance on the inspection and repair of yachts where a glass reinforced plastic matrix and hull have been bonded together.

A recommendation has also been made to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to provide more explicit guidance about circumstances under which commercial certification for small vessels is required, and when it is not.

Further recommendations have been made to sport governing bodies with regard to issuing operational guidance to both the commercial and pleasure sectors of the yachting community aimed at raising awareness of the potential damage caused by any grounding, and the factors to be taken into consideration when planning ocean passages.

 

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Motorboat & Yachting: The S-class range is expanding, with the Princess S65 due to be unveiled in the autumn, the Plymouth yard has announced.

 

Princess Yachts has announced a new S-class model that will be launched in the autumn, known as the Princess S65. The new arrival follows on from the launch of the S72, which was billed as a sportsbridge – as it combines the best bits of both a flybridge and sportscruiser.

The layout on the Princess S65 will include an aft galley across from the main dining area, which is connected to the cockpit by an electrically-opening aft window.

Below decks, Princess will fit four cabins and three heads compartments as standard, with a rear crew cabin offered as an optional extra. Other key features include a transom garage that can swallow up a tender measuring up to 3.3m (10’10”).

Engine options haven’t been disclosed yet, but the Princess S65 has been designed to hit a top speed of 38 knots, with a fast cruising speed of 30 knots.

It is not yet clear which autumn boat show Princess will choose for the unveiling of the S65, but all the key details will be revealed on MBY.com as soon as we get them.

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Motorboat & Yachting: Two major RIB brands could disappear from the market after Z Marine, the parent company of Zodiac and Avon RIBs, was declared insolvent.

 

The future of the Zodiac and Avon RIB brands is under threat, with parent company Z Marine declared insolvent earlier this month (April 2). The French manufacturer was named in insolvency proceedings at the Commercial Tribunal of Nanterre, our sister publication IBI reports.

It is understood that receivership proceedings have begun, as the company enters a six-month period of official observation. Investment fund OpenGate Capital currently owns Z Marine and made severe changes last year, which involved making 500 workers redundant.

Production was also relocated to Tunisia, following the closure of Z Marine’s facilities in Rochefort and Saint Jean d’Illac. Launched at the 1969 London Boat Show, the Avon Searider is believed to be the world’s first commercial RIB.

Both Avon and Zodiac remain popular brands in the RIB world, attracting a strong volume of orders at the recent Paris Boat Show, so hopes are high that a suitable buyer can be found in the coming months.

UPDATE: Z Marine North America has moved to distance itself from its French counterpart. The US-based division was keen to stress that it is financially independent and trading healthily.

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Motorboat & Yachting: Up to 80 tall ships will moor in Belfast Harbour this July before the annual Tall Ships Races to Denmark.

 

Tall ships lovers are in for a treat in Belfast this summer, as up to 80 of these historic vessels will be moored in the city harbour from July 2-5.

Visiting as part of the annual Tall Ships Races, the fleet will include 15-20 A-class vessels (more than 40m long) and a number of South American military vessels.

Classic yacht fans will have four days to see the ships close up as part of the Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival, which is free to attend and will include ‘park and ride’ shuttle bus services.

Moored across ten docks and quays in the Titanic Quarter, the tall ships promise to be a spectacular sight, with the backdrop of the historic Belfast cranes Samson and Goliath.

Around 500,000 people are expected to visit the tall ships festival before the vessels depart for Scandinavia on July 5.

This year’s Tall Ships Races series will see the fleet call at Alesund and Kristiansand in Norway, before reaching the finishing line at the Danish city of Aalborg on August 4.

 
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Yachting Boating World: Devon and Cornwall Police are searching for the thieves who ransacked a motorboat near Plymouth following the incident earlier this month.

 

Police in Devon are appealing for information after vandals ransacked a motorboat in Plymstock and stole its rare outboard engine. The thieves cut through mesh fencing at the Plymouth Marine Centre in Pomphlett Road between 5.30pm on April 7 and 7am the next day.

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Once inside, the offenders targeted a Gobbi 19 limited edition powerboat moored just outside the marina, causing extensive damage.

In a statement, Devon and Cornwall Police said: “They ripped out the seats and threw them in the sea, pulled off the boat’s transom leaving it hanging at the back of vessel and ripped out the helm box and cabling.

“The thieves then escaped with a Yamaha 1998 offshore exhaust power shorts outboard engine, valued at £3,000 and just one of two in the country.”

Officers investigating the crime are appealing for witnesses to the theft and are asking anyone who has information to call Devon and Cornwall Police on 101, quoting crime reference CR/23546/15.
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Motorboat & Yachting: Prince Phillip Yacht Haven, a new £2.6m facility on the River Hamble, has welcomed its first vessels as the project nears completion.

 

The first boats have taken up their moorings at the new Prince Phillip Yacht Haven on the River Hamble, it has been announced.

Redeveloped by Marina Projects Limited at a cost of £2.6m, the facility is shared by the Royal Southern Yacht Club and the Royal Air Force Yacht Club.

Improvements include replacing the quay wall and extensive dredging work, which required an environmental assessment. And although the project is now substantially complete, the developers are still working on final landscaping improvements before the official opening by club patron the Duke of Edinburgh on June 4.

Mike Ward, managing director at Marina Projects Limited, said: “An immediate challenge for us was dealing with the historical cross-over between the access and activities, on both land and water, of the Royal Southern Yacht Club and their near neighbour, the Royal Air Force Yacht Club.”

He also praised the two clubs’ co-operation, which has allowed this project to come to fruition, and hailed the benefits for the local village.

A members-only soft opening for the Prince Phillip Yacht Haven will take place on April 25, with tickets priced at £10 each.

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Motorboat & Yachting: Haines Marine has announced plans to revamp the flagship Haines 400, which will be relaunched at this year’s Southampton Boat Show.

 

Norfolk manufacturer Haines Marine is planning to refresh its flagship motoryacht this year with the relaunch of the Haines 400.

The original Haines 400 was launched in 2010, but following the recent success of the redesigned Haines 32 Offshore and Sedan, the yard has decided to carry some of this design language over to the largest model in the fleet.

As a result, the new Haines 400 will get a stone grey hull and extra-long hull windows. Meanwhile the layout will include an aft owner’s cabin, VIP en-suite in the bows, raised aft cockpit, and a split-level saloon and galley.

Most importantly, the new arrival will get the latest 4.46-litre Yanmar V8 diesel engines, generating 370hp on each side for a top speed in excess of 30 knots.

Local dealer Norfolk Yacht Agency will be launching the new Haines 400 at the 2015 Southampton Boat Show, after which it will be displayed as a stock boat.

In a statement to accompany the news, the broker added: “The 2016 model will have all the well loved characteristics of the previous model with a subtle but notably updated exterior. “Needless to say we can’t wait for this gorgeous new boat’s arrival.”

 
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Motorboat & Yachting: Boatowners in Corsica could be subject to a new mooring tax, under plans approved by the French parliament. The new levy will apply to boats moored in the Bouches de Bonifacio and the Scandola reserve, but could in theory be expanded to cover all protected marine areas in France. This includes 50% of the Corsican coast and 24% of the mainland coast.

 

Corsican MP Paul Giaccobi put forward the proposal, which was voted in by a majority of 43 to 27 on March 4. The amount of tax payable has not yet been confirmed, but previous plans had suggested €20 per metre per day.

Reaction from within the French boating community has been largely negative, with many suggesting that the move will put off foreign visitors.

The French Federation of Nautical Industries (FIN) was particularly vocal, criticising a “divorce between leisure boaters and those in charge of the environment, whereas leisure boaters are in fact major players in safeguarding the marine environment.

“Now boaters may consider that extending protected marine areas, a measure they have supported, is a threat to their freedom,” the FIN statement adds.

There are more than a dozen marinas on Corsica, the largest of which is Port Charles-Ornano, with 850 berths up to 35m (82ft).

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