Motorboat & Yachting: Is the river Thames the future of commuting in London? The Port of London Authority (PLA) certainly thinks so, after it revealed its vision for the next two decades.
What’s more, the PLA believes that the total amount of cargo handled by the port could reach a new record high of 60 million tonnes per year within 20 years. This would cut road traffic by 550,000 lorry trips per year.
For this to happen the main navigation channels will need to be improved and safeguarded wharves will need to be reactivated, the report adds.
And the PLA proposes building new piers at Thamesmead, Erith, Greenhithe, Swanscombe, Grays and Tilbury.
Robin Mortimer, chief executive of the PLA, said: “Making the cargo port the biggest it’s ever been and doubling the number of passenger trips on the river are great goals to aim for.
“We can combine this with environmental improvement and drawing more people to the river to enjoy sport and cultural attractions,” he added.
“This is about opening our eyes to what the great River Thames can offer right in the heart of London and the South East.”
Motorboat & Yachting: Ferretti Group dealers Ventura have released details of the Riva model that they will be bringing to the 2016 London Boat Show.
The Ventura stand at the London Boat Show is always very popular, and the Ferretti Group dealer hopes to continue this trend in 2016 with its latest Riva display.
Heading to the Excel Centre for next month’s ten-day event is a unique Riva Aquariva that has been finished in Bentley blue to match the owner’s luxury car.
Built in 2009, but evoking the classic styling that made Riva a worldwide name in the 1950s and 60s, the Bentley-edition Aquariva is up for sale with an asking price of €395,000 (approx £288,000).
Powered by a pair of 380hp Yanmar 6 LY3/UP engines, Bentley Blue is capable of a top speed of 42 knots.
This display will replace the secret auction for a classic Riva that Ventura has run for the past two years.
A spokesperson for Ventura said: “A new Bentley to match this Aquariva is of course readily available should anyone wish to recreate the set, but there’s unlikely ever to be another boat like this!”
Bentley Blue will go on display at the Excel Centre from January 8-17 on Stand A120. Advance tickets to the London Boat Show are on sale now, with prices starting from £10 per adult.
Motorboat & Yachting: The organisers of the 2016 London Boat Show have revealed more details about their new Mediterranean Bay attraction.
A throwback to the days when the London Boat Show was held at Earls’ Court, this seemed like a great development.
Now, with less than a month to go until the doors of the Excel Centre are flung open to boating enthusiasts on January 8, organisers British Marine Boat Shows have given us more juicy details.
Located in the South West corner of the Excel Centre’s South Hall, the Mediterranean Bay will span an area measuring 500m2.
Visitors to the ten-day show will be able to try out a variety of on-water activities, ranging from kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding to more unusual pursuits like water walking.
Training in specialist skills will also be provided, including close-quarters yacht manoeuvring and blind steering a powerboat.
What’s more, Rockley Watersports will be running a daily timetable of seminars showcasing essential skills like escaping a capsize.
Finally, the pool will be used for expert demonstrations of new boating equipment, such as Bainbridge Marine liferafts, Rotinor dive scooters and Argus thermal imaging cameras.
Murray Ellis, managing director at British Marine Boat Shows, said: “At the show our visitors like to experience and participate in different boating activities. They really enjoy the educational and interactive elements that we offer.
“The Mediterranean Bay attraction at this year’s show will provide this as well as giving visitors the chance to learn, have fun and relax in the Mediterranean surroundings.”
To help create a Mediterranean atmosphere, the pool will be fringed by cafes and eateries, as the artist’s impression above shows.
Advance tickets to the 2016 London Boat Show are on sale now, with prices starting at £10 per adult.
Motorboat & Yachting: The woman who died after a speedboat accident on the Thames last week has been named as Charlotte Brown, 24, of East Finchley.
A 24-year-old woman died last week after a speedboat accident on the Thames, the Metropolitan Police has confirmed.
In a statement, it was revealed that the woman’s name was Charlotte Brown of East Finchley. She was recovered from the Thames near Wandsworth Bridge on Tuesday, December 8 after police were called to the scene following reports of shouts coming from the water.
Chiswick RNLI responded to a Coastguard call at 2352 and after a 20-minute search, Charlotte and a 29-year-old man were both found.
However, despite the best efforts of the local emergency services, she was pronounced dead at St George’s hospital.
A post mortem investigation was carried out on Friday December 11, but proved inconclusive and the coroner has ordered further tests. An inquest is due to be held tomorrow (December 15).
The Metropolitan Police added that the 29-year-old man who survived the speedboat accident has not been arrested, but has been helping police with their inquiries as a “significant witness”.
Charlotte’ sister Katie told the Daily Mail: “We don’t know exactly what happened. If she was wearing a life jacket there is a chance she could still be here today.”
Photos published by the newspaper show that the boat Charlotte was onboard at the time of the accident was an open Fletcher model, powered by a Yamaha outboard engine.
Motorboat & Yachting: Boat owners in Hampshire have been warned to be on their guard after a spate of outboard thefts.
Boat owners are being urged to stay vigilant following a ‘spike in thefts’ of large outboard engines. Aside from the ‘year-round’ theft of small outboard motors, of less than 20hp, marine police have noted an increase in larger motors of 200 to 350hp.
Sergeant Damon Kennard, from Hampshire Constabulary’s Marine Unit, said: ‘We’ve had a bit of a spike and what’s unusual is that 350 horsepower big outboards stolen, predominantly from the back of RIBs. At this time of year they’re all taken from trailers or drystacks.
‘It’s early days but we think it’s probably organized criminal gangs, these are not just opportunistic thefts.
‘People are coming and moving through a region, looking for high value outboards.
‘One weighed nearly 400kg, you can’t just turn up on your own to steal things like that.’
Sgt Kennard said another unusual aspect is that marine police hadn’t yet been able to recover any of the 25 stolen outboards along the Hampshire, Dorset and surrounding coast over the past year.
He said: ‘We go to all the car boots and jumbles, we monitor eBay, the best guess is they’re going overseas. Speaking to our contacts in the marine insurance industry the consensus is that they’re all going overseas.
‘It’s unusual, normally one or two would turn up.’
Sgt Kennard said the only large stolen outboard that did turn up was found in Germany.
Boat owners with high-value outboards are advised to check them throughout the winter.
It is suspected that thieves visit boatyards and ‘take all the bolts and nuts and pieces off’ then return the same night or a few days later with a van.
Sgt Kennard urged boat owners: ‘Check your outboard hasn’t been tampered with. If it has, let us know.
‘A lot of people put covers on, leave the RIB on a drystack and forget about it. If you have a spare day, it’s not a bad idea to go and check on it.’
With some 260 miles of coastline to cover, Sgt Kennard said it was hard for the Hampshire marine police unit to know which boatyard would be targeted next to catch the criminals red-handed.
He said: ‘They turn up, take an engine and then two weeks later another engine goes missing 20 miles down the coast.’
Boaters are being encouraged to assist police by reporting any suspicious activity by emailing email@example.com or calling 101 and quoting Project Kraken.
Motorboat & Yachting: Next month’s London Boat Show will be officially opened by Lucy Watson, star of TV show Made In Chelsea, it has been announced.
The London Boat Show always features a sprinkling of stardust and next month’s event will be no exception, with Lucy Watson of Made In Chelsea fame due to cut the ribbon.
The actress, model and avid sailor will be appearing at the British Marine Boat Shows stand at 1100 on Friday January 8, the organisers announced.
In a statement, British Marine Boat Shows added: “As a firm fixture of the London social scene and a fan of all kinds of activity on the water, Lucy is a great fit for the show.”
Lucy will no doubt want to check out the new Mediterranean Bay area, which gives show visitors a chance to get on the water indoors.
Other key attractions at the 2016 London Boat Show will include the public launch of the new Princess 75 and Sunseeker 131.
Advance tickets are on sale now, with prices starting at £10 per adult for midweek entry. Those wishing to see Lucy Watson on preview day will have to pay the full rate of £20 per adult.
Motorboat & Yachting: The Plymouth-based boatbuilder has confirmed that it will be bringing the new Princess 75 to the London Boat Show.
Princess Yachts has announced that it will be bringing the new Princess 75 to the London Boat Show, confirming the leaked information we reported last month.
The Plymouth-based yard explains that its launch is ahead of schedule and that the Princess 75 will replace the 88MY in the line-up heading to the Excel Centre next month (8-17 January).
Performance will be a key selling point, with a choice of three engine set-ups offering an estimated top speed of 35 knots.
Up on the flybridge, owners will find three seats at the helm station, a U-shaped dining area and sunpad aft.
Moving onto the main deck and the unique floor-to-ceiling window on the port side provides a real wow-factor.
Accommodation is provided by three en-suite guest cabins in the bows and an amidships owner’s cabin, which gets its own private staircase.
Other key features include a walk-through bow seating area and sliding glass doors that allow for a seamless flow between the cockpit and saloon.
Motorboat & Yachting: Poole-based yacht builder Sunseeker has revealed that it has been in discussions with Unite about the possibility of employing ex-Fairline staff.
Sunseeker has announced that it is looking to expand its workforce by up to 100, leaving the door open for former Fairline staff to find new employment.
The news comes just one day after administrators FRP Advisory made 380 Fairline workers redundant.
In a statement released this morning, Phil Popham (pictured above), CEO of Sunseeker, said: “With the introduction of a number of new boat lines in 2016 we are now looking to recruit up to 100 new skilled staff to support future growth.
“The vacancies we have created include many similar roles to those at Fairline Boats – covering all construction trades.”
He added that Sunseeker representatives have been in touch with union representatives at Unite to “see if we can… keep these valuable skills within the UK boatbuilding industry”.
Any workers making the jump from Fairline to Sunseeker would need to consider relocation due to the 160-mile distance from Oundle to Poole.
Sunseeker plans to kick off 2016 with its largest ever London Boat Show launch, with the 131 Yacht making its public debut at the Excel Centre on January 8.
The Poole-based boatbuilder recently revealed its financial results for 2014, which included annual losses of £41m.
Motorboat & Yachting: Around 360 workers at Fairline have been made redundant, with the remaining staff kept on to complete the last few production boats.
The remaining 69 staff will be kept on to complete the final boats on the production line and their jobs will also be at risk if a buyer cannot be found for the historic British yard.
In a statement, joint administrator Alastair Massey said: “Our focus has been on liaising with staff, customers, suppliers and agents to ensure value can be realised from servicing existing orders whilst we explore options for the business.
“We shall be retaining a core team of staff to help service orders and continue operations where possible.”
He added that the brand is currently being “marketed for sale”, although no investors have publicly declared their interest so far.
At least three unfinished models are believed to be in progress, including a Fairline Squadron 65, which was bought through an Escrow account.
When the skeleton staff completes these models, the administrators will be able to access a significant sum of money to pay off Fairline’s creditors.
Practical Boat Owner: A yacht that was donated by a Jersey boat owner to help raise funds for shelters for migrants and refugees who are facing a cold winter in Calais camps is urgently awaiting sale.
Volunteer aid worker Ghazi Najib said the yacht was worth £25,000 but added: ‘As a charity we are happy to accept any offer as we need the money to buy shelters for the refugees before the weather get colder as soon as possible.’
Boat owner Michael de Petrovsky visited the camps with aid and construction workers and was so touched by the plight of people living there that the pensioner has now given his seven-berth racing cruiser Contango to Mr Najib.
The money raised will be used to build emergency shelters in the French port town. More than 300 shelters are needed at a cost of $1,700 each; each shelter can accommodate 20 people and provide facilities for eating and lighting.
Mr de Petrovsky is continuing paying the boat’s £350 a month mooring fees in Jersey until it is sold.
The yacht is being sold privately by Mr Najib who said: ‘Every penny counts at the moment before the winter hit.’
Interested buyers can call Mr Najib on 07797 862492 or email firstname.lastname@example.org