Yachting Boating World: P&O Cruises has announced that it has ordered the next generation of mega ship. It will eclipse the British cruise line’s current 3,637-capacity flagship, Britannia.

 

The new ship for the British cruise line, P&O Cruises UK, will be able to accommodate 5,200 passengers.

This is 1,563 more than its current flagship, Britannia, which was officially launched by The Queen in Southampton in March 2015.

P&O’s parent company, Carnival Corporation, which is based in the US, announced that it had signed the deal to build the new ship earlier this week.

It is expected to be delivered in 2020 and will be built by Meyer Werft at its shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

Based on Carnival Corporation’s next-generation “green cruising” ship design, the new vessel will be part of the first generation of cruise ships to be fully powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The company claims using LNG both in port and on the open sea will significantly reduce the ship’s exhaust emissions.

It added that LNG is “the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel”.

The new P&O 180,000-tonne cruise ship is one of seven LNG-powered vessels being built for Carnival Corporation.

The first of these ships is expected to be in service for AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises in 2019.

CEO of Carnival Corporation, Arnold Donald, said: “We are proud to be at the forefront of introducing LNG-powered ships to the cruise industry, working with our partners to achieve shipbuilding breakthroughs like this that will help us produce the most efficient and sustainable ships we have ever built”.

He continued: “This is also an important step in our fleet enhancement plan that enables us to execute on our long-term strategy of measured capacity growth over time, while delivering innovative new ships that further elevate our already great guest experience.”

“Every time we launch a new ship, we have a new opportunity to create excitement and show consumers why cruising is a great vacation at an exceptional value, especially for those who typically consider land-based vacations,” added the chief executive.

Managing partner of Meyer Werft, Bernard Meyer, said the company was excited to welcome P&O Cruises back to Meyer Werft in Germany.

“These new ships will be built in our most modern and environmentally friendly facilities, and we are very proud to design, build and deliver these ships that provide breakthroughs in innovation and for the environment,” he said.

As part of its fleet enhancement plan, Carnival Corporation has already taken delivery of three new ships in 2016 for its AIDA Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line brands, and plans to launch the all-new Seabourn Encore in December 2016.

Carnival Corporation has a total of 18 new ships scheduled to be delivered between 2016 and 2022.

See article at Yachting Boating World

0

Posted:

Categories: Boat industry

Yachting Boating World: Pendennis Shipyard says Aquila is the largest yacht yet to be refitted in the UK. It took one year. Explore pictures of the refitted motor yacht below.

 

Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth, Cornwall has announced its finished the extensive refit of the 85.6 metre, Aquila. The work on the motor yacht’s five decks took one year to complete. At its peak, it involved more than 1,000 craftsmen and women.

Aquila now has a completed refigured owner’s deck, and a technology upgrade, which included the rebuilding of four generators.

Pendennis says Aquila is the largest yacht yet to be refitted in the UK.

Burgess was appointed as yacht management, supporting the owners throughout the project from concept to re-delivery.

It provided full project oversight including technical, financial, crew and safety management.

Fleet technical manager at Burgess, Adrian Tinkler, said: “To facilitate the extent of design and technical changes required, the interiors on Aquila needed to be stripped back to bulkheads across most areas.”

“The team completely updated the social spaces, modernised technical systems and lighting, and restyled the boat across an area of over 750 square metres, the scale of which was unprecedented by any of the suppliers in such a short time period,” he continued.

“Thanks to efficient planning and collaboration between the many hundreds of people involved at each stage of the design, specification and execution phases, the team delivered on time, a truly remarkable rebirth of this beautiful yacht,” added Tinkler.

Technology upgrades as part of the yacht’s five-year survey included a new AV and IT system, radar equipment, air conditioning and fresh air handling systems, along with the rebuild of the four generators.

A complete infrastructure repaint completed the refit works.

Redman Whiteley Dixon (RWD) and Susan Young Interiors were commissioned to evaluate the existing room and exterior layouts to reformulate spaces and improve flow between each area of the yacht.

Significant enhancements included reconfiguring the owner’s suite along with the addition of a 60 square metre private deck area.

The Jacuzzi was repositioned to the forward sun deck, and a cinema was integrated into the main salon.

Director at RWD, Tony Dixon, said a mix of dark wood finishes, pale leather panels with nickel trim and many new special surface materials were selected “to offer subtle style variations throughout the interior.”

See article at Yachting Boating World

0

Posted:

Categories: Boat industry

Yachting Boating World: Neil Salter has been named as the new managing director of Mylor Yacht Harbour in Cornwall. He will replace Robert Graffy who has stepped down.

 

Mylor Yacht Harbour has announced that its new managing director will be Neil Salter. He will replace Roger Graffy, who has stepped down after 20 years in the role.

Salter has spent the last 18 years working with Marina Development Limited (MDL), managing some of the largest marinas and their related operations in the UK. He has also set up marinas in Spain and Italy and has consulted widely within the industry.

Devon-born Salter has now moved to Cornwall from Southampton to head up the state-of-the-art marine business. Mylor Yacht Harbour has been built up by Graffy after he took the helm two decades ago.

Spotting its huge potential, he and his co-owner, wife Dinah, set about a £7 million investment programme to establish one of Cornwall’s busiest boatyards and marinas.

They aimed to match Mylor’s fabric and infrastructure to its natural environment.

Speaking following his appointment, Salter said: “This is a golden chance I couldn’t miss – a chance to use all my years of experience in the marine field, working with a fantastic team and building on Roger’s great legacy – all in one of the most beautiful parts of the British Isles.”

Nearly 100 people applied for the position. Graffy explained while Salter was “the dream candidate”.

“We needed someone who would share our values and was capable of building and growing the business and all the people in it,” said Graffy, who will remain as chairman and, with Dinah, will continue to own the company.

“We also wanted to find someone who was better than me – and I’m delighted to announce that such a person exists!” he continued.

“Neil believes in building great teams, delivering excellent customer service, developing sites, working safely and maximising financial performance – all of which makes him our dream candidate for the job,” concluded Graffy.

Salter will be in overall charge of all Mylor Yacht Harbour’s operations.

This includes its marine team of engineers, technicians and boat-builders, its boat storage and marina activities and developments.

See article at Yachting Boating World

0

Posted:

Categories: Boat industry

Yachting Boating World: British Marine has released new research into the profile, behaviour and purchasing dynamics of UK boating enthusiasts and boat owners.

 

British Marine, which represents the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry, surveyed thousands of boat owners and enthusiasts to find out more about Britain’s boating community.

The Boaters and Boat Owners Survey covered all types of recreational boating and watersports, from charter sailing to navigating inland waterways.

It found that more than half of people surveyed – 55.7% – had learnt to sail or drive a boat through formal qualifications, especially on hire and charter holidays.

A further 23.7% of those surveyed also undertook further training for personal development or to benchmark their skill level.

The survey also found that 42.7% of boaters swapped to a different on-water activity rather than giving up boating and watersports.

A large portion of past participants of small sailboat activities and racing (30.4% and 34.2% respectively) now consider sail yacht cruising as their main boating activity.

In comparison, a number of boaters are moving to activities that are more manageable with their lifestyles.

The research shows that 48.9% of watersports enthusiasts and 25.9% of canal boaters surveyed were previously sail yacht cruising participants.

This is due to families converting to the flexibility of canoeing and rowing and older yachters switching to less physical motor boat activities.

While the cost of boating remains a barrier  –  48.2% of participants listed cost as a reason for inactivity – 60% of those surveyed listed not knowing anyone who owns a boat as a reason for not participating.

The survey found that the activity profile of boaters doesn’t automatically reflect the type of boat they own.

For example, one in 10 dinghy owners consider yacht cruising as their main activity.

While one in five narrowboat owners reported sail yacht cruising or motor boating/cruising as their main activity.

For some boating enthusiasts, the financial flexibility and diversity of craft and locations offered by the hire and charter sector provides a compelling alternative to owning their own vessel, with 45.1% of non-boat owners surveyed previously hiring or chartering of a boat.

Despite new pension freedoms introduced in the 2015/16 financial year, out of the people who chose to purchase a new or used boat, just 1.5% of them had opted to use tax-free pension withdrawals to fund the sale.

Instead, 86.6% of consumers have used savings as the primary means of funding a purchase.

The findings of the survey, which was sponsored by Navigators & General and MDL Marinas,  will be used to analyse and formulate future developments in the marine industry.

It was conducted in October 2015, at the end of the boating season.

Commenting on the survey, the chief executive of British Marine, Howard Pridding, said: “This in-depth research further cements British Marine’s position as a market research leader by providing a unique, in-depth insight into today’s consumers for marine businesses across the industry to use.”

He continued: “By highlighting the importance of generational learning and outlining the key influencers and concerns of prospective boaters and boat owners, this study provides a platform for British Marine to develop a new strategy to increase boating participation in the UK.”

See article at Yachting Boating World

0

Posted:

Categories: Boat industry

Yachting Boating World: Pougher has now replaced Fiona Pankhurst as the president of British Marine, which has more than 1,600 industry members.

 

David Pougher, the principal of Deep Consultancy, has now been appointed president of British Marine. The organisation represents the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry, and members include Princess Yachts, Berthon and Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth.

Pougher takes over from Fiona Pankhurst who has held the position since 2014.

During her time as president, Pankhurst relaunched the organisation’s brand, aligning its members with Britain’s reputation for quality, excellent design and innovation.

As immediate past president, she remains on the management board of British Marine.

Incoming president, Pougher, has been involved in the UK marine industry for over 35 years. He retired from his position at Yamaha as Divisional Manager, Marine and All Terrain Business in 2013. Pougher then set-up Deep Consultancy, a marine business consultancy.

He has had extensive involvement with British Marine over the years, as a British Marine member and also through a number of British Marine groups and committees.

He has been a member of the British Marine Engines & Equipment Association, the Boating Environment & Facilities Committee, the British Marine Boat Shows Board and the British Marine Management Board.

On taking over from Pankhurst, Pougher said it was an honour to become the new president.

“My fellow British Marine members and the team at Marine House have my commitment, focus and drive to assist, support and protect over the next two years,” he commented.

“I look forward to this position and challenge and it’s my intention, during the next six months, to visit every region, every British Marine association and as many committees and individual members as possible,” he pledged.

Pougher’s appointment has been welcomed by British Marine chief executive, Howard Pridding.

“Firstly I would like to take this opportunity to thank Fiona for her commitment to British Marine during her time as our President and her enthusiasm in undertaking all of her British Marine duties. The successes she has helped to achieve will drive the industry forward.”

He continued: “I am delighted to welcome David as the new President and am looking forward to working with him and the new Vice-Presidents, Alice Driscoll and Anthony Trafford, to continue to raise the profile of the British marine industry both at home and overseas.”

See article at Yachting Boating World

0

Posted:

Categories: Boat industry

Yachting Boating World: Pougher has now replaced Fiona Pankhurst as the president of British Marine, which has more than 1,600 industry members.

 

David Pougher, the principal of Deep Consultancy, has now been appointed president of British Marine.

The organisation represents the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry, and members include Princess Yachts, Berthon and Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth.

Pougher takes over from Fiona Pankhurst who has held the position since 2014.

During her time as president, Pankhurst relaunched the organisation’s brand, aligning its members with Britain’s reputation for quality, excellent design and innovation.

As immediate past president, she remains on the management board of British Marine.

Incoming president, Pougher, has been involved in the UK marine industry for over 35 years. He retired from his position at Yamaha as Divisional Manager, Marine and All Terrain Business in 2013.

David Pougher then set-up Deep Consultancy, a marine business consultancy.

He has had extensive involvement with British Marine over the years, as a British Marine member and also through a number of British Marine groups and committees.

He has been a member of the British Marine Engines & Equipment Association, the Boating Environment & Facilities Committee, the British Marine Boat Shows Board and the British Marine Management Board.

On taking over from Pankhurst, Pougher said it was an honour to become the new president.

“My fellow British Marine members and the team at Marine House have my commitment, focus and drive to assist, support and protect over the next two years,” he commented.

“I look forward to this position and challenge and it’s my intention, during the next six months, to visit every region, every British Marine association and as many committees and individual members as possible,” he pledged.

Pougher’s appointment has been welcomed by British Marine chief executive, Howard Pridding.

“Firstly I would like to take this opportunity to thank Fiona for her commitment to British Marine during her time as our President and her enthusiasm in undertaking all of her British Marine duties. The successes she has helped to achieve will drive the industry forward.”

He continued: “I am delighted to welcome David as the new President and am looking forward to working with him and the new Vice-Presidents, Alice Driscoll and Anthony Trafford, to continue to raise the profile of the British marine industry both at home and overseas.”

See article at Yachting Boating World

0

Posted:

Categories: Boat industry

Yachting Boating World: The marine industry gives its assessment following the decision by the voting public to leave the European Union (EU).

 

It is too early to tell what impact the decision to leave the European Union will have on the marine industry.

What is clear is that there will be no immediate change to trading arrangements or legislation, or to free movement within the EU.

British Marine, which represents the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry, has always remained neutral on the decision to leave or remain as part of the EU.

The organisation has more than 1,600 different members including Princess Yachts, Berthon and Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth.

In a statement, the organisation said: “The result of the referendum has shown that the majority of the British public who voted wish to leave and during the forthcoming transition period, British Marine will inform and advise all its members and represent the interests of the industry to Government.”

It continues: “It is important for members to note that there will not be a change to legislation or trading arrangements for at least two years whilst the Government negotiates the withdrawal agreement with the EU.”

“British Marine will continue to ensure our members are informed about the implications for their businesses and will do so in representing industry concerns to Government throughout this transitional period,” the statement concludes.

In April, Superyacht UK, which represents the interests of the industry both at home and internationally,  announced growth in the sector.

According to the Superyacht UK survey, the industry grew by more than 10% to £542 million in 2014/15. Out of those surveyed, 48% reported an increase in profits. There was also a 6.9% increase in jobs.

Meanwhile, the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has said it will continue to lobby European institutions to ensure minimum regulatory interference for boaters.

In a statement following the referendum on 23 June, it said the process to leave the EU will take time.

“The EU treaties will cease to apply to the UK from the date of entry into force of the agreement, or within two years of the notification of the withdrawal. The (European) Council may also decide to extend that period,” said the statement.

“Until such time, in terms of the advice regarding boating abroad on the RYA website, UK residents remain EU residents, the UK remains in the EU for VAT, Customs and Excise purposes and there should be little noticeable difference when sailing between the UK and other EU countries.”

See article at Yachting Boating World

0

Posted:

Categories: Boat industry

Motorboat & Yachting: The volunteer lock keeper scheme on the River Thames is gearing up for its sixth year, with the Environment Agency starting up its latest recruitment drive.

 

Boaters and river lovers alike are being encouraged to sign up to become volunteer lock keepers on the non-Tidal Thames.

The Environment Agency has been recruiting volunteers to help operate the 135-mile stretch of river since 2010, but there are still vacancies for enthusiastic volunteers to get involved.

Demetri Somarakis, who manages the Environment Agency’s River Thames volunteers team told MBY:

“The service we provide boaters on the Thames is unrivalled by any other river in the world, but our ability to maintain such high standards relies on the significant contribution of our volunteers.

“Whilst there are opportunities across the whole of the Thames, some sites are more subscribed than others,” he added.

The Environment Agency is particularly keen for people to become volunteer lock keepers at some of its more remote, and scenic, Oxfordshire sites.

Full training is included, as well as a Crewsaver 150N lifejacket, and while no experience is needed, some knowledge of the local area is required.

“There’s a sense of community reaching out to the lock as well,” Demetri explains. “The volunteer should be able to tell boaters where the nearest pub, shop or post office is.”

Volunteers are expected to commit a minimum of one day per week throughout the summer season, which normally runs from May to September, but can be longer depending on the weather and popularity of the lock.

Hours vary depending on location, but a typical day will see a volunteer lock keeper helping out from 10:00 to 17:00.

Anyone looking to get involved is encouraged to e-mail thames.volunteers@environment-agency.gov.uk or call 0203 025 9628 as soon as possible.

See article at Motorboat & Yachting

 

0

Posted:

Categories: Boat industry

Motorboat & Yachting: Thames-based brokerage firm TBS Boats has added two new ranges – Quicksilver Boats and Waterspoor Dutch sloops.

 

TBS Boats has added two new brands to its portfoilio and will be selling the Waterspoor range of Dutch sloops. Two demonstrator models, a Waterspoor 711 Open and a Waterspoor 707 will be arriving early May at the Bray office in Berkshire.

Meanwhile the Penton Hook branch will be adding models from the Quicksilver Boats collection, after TBS Boats became the 19th broker in the UK to stock Quicksilver, however the Waterspoor deal is a UK exclusive.

The Waterspoor’s range of semi-displacement cruisers are classified as RCD Category C, which means that these models are best suited for coastal hopping and day trips.

A wide range of engines will be made available, up to maximum top speed of 25 knots. Optional extras include canopy, sea toilet and a fridge.

See article at Motorboat & Yachting

0

Posted:

Categories: Boat industry

Motorboat & Yachting: Toyota, the world’s largest car manufacturer has revealed plans for the upcoming Toyota 28, including a composite aluminium/fibreglass hull.

 

Toyota is best known in the world for building affordable and reliable cars, but in Japan the company also has a strong foothold in the marine industry, one it hopes to reinforce with the launch of the Toyota 28.

At the Japan International Boat Show (March 4-6), their 26ft sportscruiser model was revealed as the first to be built under Toyota’s new partnership with Yanmar.

The Toyota brand is currently used on a range of aluminium-hulled boats, but the Toyota 28 will be the first to feature a composite aluminium/fibreglass construction.

Toyota claims that this new method will use vacuum infusion for the moulding, with aluminium stringers attached to a fibreglass hull with a foam core resulting in 10% lighter than its previous aluminium hulls and seven times more rigid than using fibreglass alone.

See article at Motorboat & Yachting

0

Posted:

Categories: Boat industry

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)20 7929 4058
Fax: +44 (0)20 7933 9350
Click here to email us

Velos Insurance Services Limited
52-54 Gracechurch Street
London, EC3V 0EH
View map

Connect with us


Latest News

British sailor Elliot Willis is fundraising for cancer charity

Practical Boat Owner: British Sailing Team sailor Elliot Willis is cycling 250 miles this September for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity: ‘Because they got me to this point where I feel I can do it.’   The Team GB

September 16, 2016 read more