Following months of controversy regarding the new Greek circulation tax, the Greek government has introduced two changes which cut harbour dues, the Cruising Association has revealed.


 

Until August 1 2014 harbour dues in Greece were collected by the Hellenic Coast Guard, colloquially known as Port Police or PP. Fees comprised an entry charge (paid per visit) and a berthing charge, payable from midnight to midnight for each day the boat was in port. They were charged per metre LOA, plus VAT.

The changes introduced mean the entry fees are no longer payable. Secondly, berthing fees will now be collected by the municipal or local authority (Limeniko Tameo) responsible for managing the quay. Advance payments for a month or more will earn discounts.

Marina fees, which broadly seem to include any quays or pontoons privately managed, will be collected as before, by the marina operator.

 

‘The old system was very unpopular’
Jim Baerselman from the CA said: ‘The old system of hunting down a port police office hidden in some tiny back street was very unpopular, both with the port police, and for visitors. The net result was that large numbers of cruising folk just didn’t pay, and there has been very limited investment in quayside facilities.

‘Dropping the entry fee is welcome. And if collection agents now come to the boat, far more people will happily pay harbour dues.  Genuine agents will offer a tax receipt.

‘From now on, visits to the port police will be only be required (1) on entering the country, or (2) once a year after that to have your DEKPA or transit log (Greek cruising papers) checked for the new Circulation tax (TPP) payments.

‘This is the controversial tax which came into force in January this year but there is still no indication if or when TPP collection will start.’

The CA has been given a detailed schedule of the local authority fees payable:

1. Arrival dues = zero
In the past, those dues varied from 0,02 euro to 0,30 euro per metre, depending on the type of boat, and  were payable each time a boat came into the harbour

2. Berth-mooring dues (stern to or bows to the quay)
a. Private “small” boats, i.e. boats of LOA up to 7m = 0,03 euro per day per metre
b. Private pleasure boats/yachts

  • of LOA fm 7,01m to 10m = 0,41 euro per day per metre
  • of LOA fm 10,01m to 15m  = 0,47 euro per day per metre
  • of LOA over 15,01m  = 0,55 euro per day per metre

c. Traditional boats/yachts (private or commercial, irrespective of LOA) = 0,08 euro per day per metre

d. Commercial (charter) boats, LOA (irrespective of LOA) = 0,20 euro per day per metre

e. Commercial boats/ships (of any type/LOA engaged in daily-cruise/excursion – art. 12 L.4256/2014) = 0,08 euro per day per metre

3. Alongside berthing is subject to 25% surcharge

4. The dues mentioned in para 2 and para 3 are subject to discount:

  • 20% if paid in advance for 1 month
  • 30% if paid in advance for 6 months
  • 40% if paid in advance for 1 year

5. Laid-up vessels (special berthing dues for 1 year, payable by 1st March)
Private “small” boats, i.e. boats of LOA up to 7m = 70 euro
All other = 280 euro

6. All the dues mentioned above a) have to be collected by the Limeniko Tameo, not the Port Police and b) are subject to VAT

7. Boats/yachts participating in a race are exempted from the payment of the dues during the race.
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The RNLI were called out to assist a motorboat that once starred in the James Bond film “From Russia with Love”.

 
 

A motorboat that once starred in the James Bond blockbuster ‘From Russia with Love’ had to be rescued on Wednesday after becoming stranded in Osborne Bay.
 
The 28ft Fairey Huntsman Fairey Nuff  appears in high-speed chases in the classic spy film but this time the boat needed assistance from Cowes RNLI. When the crew arrived on the scene, a towline was set up and the couple on board were taken to Trinity Landing at Cowes.
 
From there it was arranged for a marine engineer to visit the cabin based at Shamrock Quay, Southampton. Meanwhile, the lifeboat returned to Cowes station, an hour after it launched.

See article at Yachting & Boating World – click here

 

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French manufacturer Jeanneau has expanded its Merry Fisher, Leader, Cap Camarat, and Velasco ranges ahead of the new season.

 

Six more Jeanneau models will be added to the French manufacturer’s powerboat range in time for the new season, it has been confirmed.

The Jeanneau Merry Fisher 695, Leader 36, Velasco 43F, Velasco 37F, Cap Camarat 7.5CC and Cap Camarat 7.5WA are all scheduled for a 2015 launch.

As the smallest of the new arrivals, the Merry Fisher 695 is a 23ft multi-use cruiser designed by Centowski & Denert. This four-berth model draws on the larger Merry Fisher 755 for inspiration.

Moving up the range and Jeanneau has added two more Cap Camarat models; the 7.5WA (pictured above) and the 7.5CC.

The former aims for a “distinctly young, dynamic and sporty style” with its American-style cockpit by Sarrazin design, while the latter features a centre console above a new Michael Peters V-shaped hull.

Meanwhile, the Leader 36 will be available in a choice of open and hardtop versions, giving more sundeck sportscruiser choice.

Finally, the Velasco additions will bring two more flybridge layouts to Jeanneau’s premium motor yacht collection.

No prices have been confirmed as of yet, but are likely to range from around £17,000 for the Merry Fisher to upwards of £240,000 for the Velasco.

 

See article at Motorboats Monthly – click here

 

Yachting & Boating World: Border Force officers who carried out a search on a yacht found it was carrying a reported 2,500kg of cannabis – worth an estimated £7.5 million just 10 miles off the Sussex Coast.

 

HMC Searcher was patrolling the area near Beachy Head on Friday 18th July when it intercepted the suspects’ vessel.

Walter Untermayer, 64, from Austria, and Hermann Josef Deuss, 63, and Willi Heinz Reichling, 56, both from Dusseldorf, Germany, have been arrested and charged with drug offences under the Court of Justice and International Co-operation Act.

Carole Upshall, Border Force regional director said: “Our fleet of cutters operate 24 hours a day responding to intelligence and patrolling the length and breadth of the UK.”

“They play a key role in intercepting and deterring shipments of drugs and other prohibited goods, as well as criminal gangs who attempt to traffic people into the country.”

After appearing at Brighton Magistrates Court on Tuesday, the suspects will remain in custody until the 13th August. The National Crime Agency are conducting a further investigation into the incident.

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2013 proved a record year for jellyfish sightings, and a large number of sightings have already been reported in 2014. A new report by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and the University of Exeter takes stock of where and when UK jellyfish occur in UK seas for the first time in more than 40 years.


 
The report, published in the Journal of the Marine Biological Association, details over 5,000 reports of jellyfish sightings of eight different species sent to MCS by the British beach going public between 2003 and 2011 for their MCS National Jellyfish Survey.
 
The survey is the largest of its kind in the UK and has been attracting a growing number of jellyfish sightings, with 2013 proving a record year when 1,133 reports were received.

This year is also turning out to be good for jellyfish, with over 500 reports already received by mid-July, only halfway through summer months when most records are received.
 
Dr Peter Richardson, Biodiversity Programme Manager for the MCS, said: ‘Our survey puts jellyfish on the map in the UK.

“In this latest paper we show where and when these species now occur throughout UK coastal waters. ‘he last time the national picture was described was well over four decades ago, so this study provides a very timely update.”

Prof. Brendan Godley of the University of Exeter said: “By taking stock of our jellyfish in this way, we provide an important baseline of information which will help us understand how jellyfish species react to environmental changes that influence our coastal seas, including climate change.”

 

Top 5 jellyfish species
The top five jellyfish species described in the report are summarised below.
Jellyfish species – % of records – Distribution – Season (when most reports received)

  • Moon – 9% – All around the UK – May to September
  • Compass – 19% – Merseyside to Norfolk – June to October
  • Lion’s mane – 18% – North Wales to Sunderland – May to October
  • Blue -15% – SW England and Wales, NE England and Scotland – May to Sept
  • Barrel – 10% – Hotspots in Welsh and Scottish waters – reported throughout the year

The other species are the mauve stinger, Portuguese Man of War (close relative of jellyfish) and the by the wind sailor (also a close relative of jellyfish), which together make up approximately 10% of survey records and are not recorded every year.
 
The survey depends on the generous support of an army of over 3,500 jelly-spotting volunteers, who have been diligently sending in their sightings throughout the year every year since 2003.

Dr Richardson added: “Our paper shows that publicly driven, collective citizen-science can help us understand our environment on a scale that would otherwise be unaffordable.”

This year MCS has so far received reports of seven of the eight species, including barrel, moon, blue, compass, lion’s mane, mauve stingers and by the wind sailors from around the UK.

As the summer progresses we can expect to see many more jellyfish reported to the MCS survey, and so far barrel jellyfish have made up the majority of reports (see table below), with most of these reported from South West England and Wales.
 
Prof. Godley added: ‘The remarkable number of barrel jellyfish reported from South West England this year is quite unusual, and at odds with what our report describes, previous years have seen hotspots for this species in West Welsh and Scottish waters.

“We’re not sure why, but the very mild winter probably meant more adults survived at depth, which will have returned to the surface in spring as waters warmed up.”

“This year’s strange barrel jellyfish results highlight the importance of running the survey year in and year out to track these unusual events and discover if they turn into trends.”

Dr Richardson said: “We still know relatively little about jellyfish, but given the economic impacts that large numbers of jellyfish can have on tourism, fishing, aquaculture and even power generation, we can’t afford to ignore them.”

How to take part in the jellyfish survey
The full-colour MCS jellyfish photo-ID guide can be downloaded from www.mcsuk.org, where jellyfish encounters can also be reported in detail online.

Survey participants should always remember to look carefully at jellyfish before reporting them, but should not touch them as some species have a powerful sting.
 
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The latest big name boat brand to confirm its Southampton line-up is Sunseeker, with the British manufacturer confirming a world debut.

 

The Sunseeker Manhattan 65 will be unveiled for the first time at the PSP Southampton Boat Show (12-21 September 2014), alongside the 86 Yacht, which will be making its first UK boat show appearance.

As the fourth model in the Manhattan line-up, the 65 will fit in between the 63ft and the 73ft versions. Other Sunseeker models to go on display at Southampton will include the 28 Metre Yacht, the 75 Yacht, the 68 Sport Yacht, the Manhattan 55, the San Remo 485, and the Portofino 40.

The Southampton show comes at the mid-way point of boat show season for Sunseeker, with the company also due to exhibit at the Cannes Yachting Festival (9-14 September 2014) and the Monaco Yacht Show (24-27 September 2014).

In other Sunseeker news, Motorboats Monthly has learnt that the company will be undertaking its largest and most ambitious boatbuilding project yet.

Currently under construction, the 168 Sport Yacht isn’t due to launch until 2017 and it will certainly be out of our price range.

But nonetheless, this tri-deck model promises to be truly spectacular, with a 4,000-mile range and a maximum speed of 25 knots. Watch this space.

 
See article at Motorboats Monthly – click here

 

A Thames passenger ferry has crashed into a barge, causing hundreds of people to be evacuated from tourist boats and four suffering minor injuries.
 

Everyone on board the vessels was safely disembarked by emergency services following the crash at 2.15pm today. The City Cruises vessel suffered visible damage as a result of the incident near Blackfriars Bridge, but was not sinking.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “Police were called to the Thames, near the Oxo Tower, at 2.15pm today following reports of a passenger ferry and cargo boat in collision.
 
“The Metropolitan Police’s Marine Support Unit, Coastguard, London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service are all in attendance and are currently in the process of taking those on board the ships to shore. At this stage there are believed to be a small number of people with minor injuries including cuts and whiplash.”
 
“Nobody from either vessel entered the water following the collision, and neither boat is believed to be at risk of sinking.” It’s not yet clear why the two boats collided.

 

See article at Yachting & Boating World – click here

German motoryacht manufacturer Bavaria has revealed details of its latest model, which will make its UK debut at the PSP Southampton Boat Show (12-21 September).

 

The Bavaria Sport 360 Coupe is a variant on the existing hardtop and open Sport 360 models, and the new vessel promises the utmost in versatility. Designed by Marco Casali, the 360 Coupe boasts large windows for better visibility, while the interior comes with a wide selection of fabric and woods.

Bavaria describes the helm design as “practical and simple”, while power on the base model will be drawn from twin Mercruiser 5.0 MPI DTS Brav III engines.

Meik Lessig, head of sales and after-sales at Bavaria, said: “We have analysed the needs of our customers along with our dealers around the world and incorporated them into the new Sport 360.

“A requirement of the market was to build a Bavaria Coupe also in this size range. And the lines of the Sport 360 realize our plans and we have succeeded very well with this new model.”

Interior pictures and technical specifications are yet to be released, but Bavaria has confirmed that the starting price will be 129,900 euros (£107,000) excluding VAT.
See article at Motorboats Monthly – click here

 

The economic impact of the UK marine industry and spend associated with boating participation was an estimated £6.2billion in 2012/13, according to a new report released by the British Marine Federation (BMF). The sector is healthier than a year ago with high future expectations.

 

Latest industry trends results also announced by the BMF show encouraging signs of an upward trend for this key contributor to the UK economy.

The two reports were announced in a week when the UK leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry came together at the BMF’s annual conference in Liverpool. 

In addition to highlighting the £6.2billion contribution, the BMF’s “Economic Benefits of the UK Boating Industry” also revealed expenditures are estimated to support approximately 141,000 full time jobs and more than £5.3billion of Gross Value Added in the UK economy, taking into account all direct and indirect effects.

The estimates in this report include associated manufacturing, repair, servicing, distribution, retail, finance activities and other consumer and business activities as well as wider tourism activities and spend.

According to the BMF’s “Industry Trends Report” (November 2013 – May 2014) the sector is healthier than a year ago and future expectations for the marine industry are also more promising.

Almost half of the 353 BMF members who responded to the survey said they had experienced an increase in overall marine business activity over the last six months and profit levels showing ‘the most positive trend since pre recession’.

Hit hard by the downturn, the leisure market is now improving steadily and new build activity is seeing uplift over the last six months ago compared to last year.

In the superyacht and small commercial sectors, both of which are still performing ahead of the leisure sector overall, the most significant improvement is being seen in the aftermarket/ refit markets.

‘Great news’
Howard Pridding, chief executive of the British Marine Federation, said: ‘This economic benefits report now completes the picture and we can appreciate the full economic impact of the marine industry; £6.2billion is a significant total.

‘It’s also great news that latest indicators from our members really do show that the industry is moving forward. ‘We’ve seen the sector experience two consecutive years of positive growth and BMF membership numbers recently reach 1,601, the highest since pre recession.”

‘Many marine companies reported good sales at our two last boat shows – PSP Southampton in September and London in January – and it is very positive that interest is high for the forthcoming PSP Southampton Boat Show, with 97% of space already sold.

‘This progress and positivity for the industry was also evident at our annual conference in Liverpool this week.  With a theme focusing on growth, many members came together to share best practice and discussed ways to develop both businesses and the industry.’

Annual conference
The BMF Annual Conference took place in Liverpool as part of the International Festival for Business 2014. Former John Lewis Partnership customer service specialist Andrew McMillan addressed the group as its keynote speaker this year.

 
See full article at Pratical Boat Owner – click here

 

The 50ft yacht where Google executive Forrest Hayes was killed has been put up for sale in California.

 

The yacht where a Google executive was killed has gone on sale for $345,000 in California. Forrest Hayes, 51, was found dead aboard the 50ft vessel named “Escape” in November last year following an alleged heroin overdose.

Broker Richard Boland Yachts is now selling the boat, which was recently moved to the marina village in Alameda. The Alaska Flybridge 46 was built in 2006 and comes with twin Cummins 380hp engines and thermal night vision cameras.

It’s been reported that lots of people have been looking at the boat, but so far there have been no offers. Broker Richard Boland told SFGate that he doesn’t think events onboard will deter any potential buyers.

“I don’t think it will make a lot of difference. The massive upgrade that Forrest made to the electronics on the boat is what people are really looking for.”

Hayes installed a security surveillance system onboard to monitor a refurbishment of the vessel, which later proved prostitute Alix Tichelman had been on board when he died.

Santa Cruz police recently charged the 26-year-old woman with manslaughter after discovering footage of her injecting the victim with drugs and then leaving the boat when he fell unconscious.

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