Motorboat & Yachting: BAE Systems has been awarded £13.5m to build 60 new lightweight rapid response boats for the Royal Navy.
The new boats are designed to be deployed from ship or shore for anti-piracy or drugs missions, or to perform rescue operations.
Travelling at speeds of up to 44 miles per hour, the boats can put a huge physical strain on their driver and crew, and have required extensive design changes to compensate.
The new fleet of RIBs are being fitted with shock absorbing seats to minimise the impact on crew members, and the change has the added benefit of allowing the boats to travel up to six-times further.
The seats are heavy, however, and designers had to find ways to cut weight elsewhere on the boats according to Ben Mason, project manager for the P24 RIB.
To make the savings, the boats are being fitted with a new, lightweight 370HP twin turbo diesel electronic engine.
“Since the engine is electronic, it means a lot of the heavy mechanical components have been removed,” Mason said.
Fibre-reinforced composite is also being used in the boat itself, according to Mason. The composite contains less epoxy resin than traditional polyester resin materials, and has a foam core, both of which help to reduce weight.
“The main weight saving comes through the production process,” he said. “The new P24s are manufactured from carbon and various types of glass, which are oriented in such a way as to give optimised strength to the boat.”
The RIBs will be built over the next four years at the company’s small boats manufacturing facility at Portsmouth Naval Base. They will be deployed on the Royal Navy’s Off Shore Patrol Vessels, and the new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, which are due to arrive in Portsmouth in 2017.
Pratical Boat Owner: Four people were abducted late on 21 September from the Ocean View Resort on Samal island, near Davao City, the largest city on Mindanao island in the southern Philippines.
Cruising sailors’ website Noonsite has received an eye witness statement about the kidnapping that happened at Holiday Ocean View Marina on Samal island.
The four people abducted on the night of 21 September were Canadian John Ridsdel of the catamaran Aziza, Canadian Robert Hall and his Filipino partner of the yacht Renova, and the marina’s Norwegian yard manager Kjartan Sekkingstad of yacht Wiskun.
Cruiser Luc Callebaut of SY Slopemouche, who is currently berthed in the marina, reports:
At about 23:20 on Monday night, 21 September 2015, the marina and boat yard on Samal Island, Davao, Philippines, was attacked by a group of about 10 armed and as yet unidentified men, apparently intent on taking four hostages.
It was a difficult situation with two cruisers hurt and others badly frightened by the altercations on the docks.
It appeared from the CCTV camera footage that after landing on the NE corner of the outer breakwater in two local boats, the group of armed men split up and spread out into the facility including the two marina docks.
Two cruisers that were still awake were taken from each dock. Two other cruisers that resisted were hurt, not seriously, but were not taken.
Included in those taken was the yard manager, who was responding to cries for help from the docks.
The two guards on the property were unable to respond in time to prevent the abductions. The incident was over and the group had boarded their boats and escaped with the four hostages, within about 15 minutes.
Not long afterwards, the police, military and island officials arrived and a search was initiated. Shortly after that, the bottom of Davao Gulf was sealed off by a Navy and Coast Guard blockade, and the military had search units combing the Gulf of Davao shores for the boats.
The following afternoon the two boats used by the armed men were found abandoned on the Davao Gulf eastern shore and the search and tracking efforts are continuing. No positive identification of the persons involved has been made and no group has as yet claimed responsibility.
The incident has drawn the attention of the world media, and the President of the Philippines has made the recovery of the hostages one of his top priorities. All of the Philippine military and police services are involved in the search.
During a meeting held by the marina owners on 23 September, the resident cruisers were given a briefing on the status of the investigation and the search for the hostages. Also, they were given a description of the substantial planned security improvements for the facilities, including a possible permanent military contingent, all to be supervised by a new staff security manager.
Because of the absence of the yard manager, temporary yard and marina managers will be appointed in the near future so that the facilities can remain open for business.
In summary, the Holiday Ocean View Marina and yard facilities here on Samal Island remain intact and will continue business as usual. In view of the unexpected incident, the security will be greatly improved with facility upgrades and additional guards and training.
None of the 50-plus boats currently in the marina have plans to leave because of this incident. The location of the marina south of the NW Pacific typhoon zone and the quality of facilities and surrounding area are considered too good to move elsewhere.
For anyone reading this that had plans to come to the marina in the next few months, they should contact the marina at Info@HolidayOceanViewMarina.com in order to confirm their intentions.
Motorboat & Yachting: A 73-year-old man dies after a leisure boat overturns off Wexford in the south-east of Ireland. The man, from Salisbury in Wiltshire, died when a leisure boat overturned off Wexford in the south-east of Ireland. He was with nine other people on an 18ft fiberglass leisure boat, which capsized in choppy waters on Saturday, August 29.
The alarm was raised shortly after 11pm when the party failed to return from a fishing trip at the expected time and the Kilmore Quay lifeboat with five crew was launched just after 11.30pm. A spokesman for the Kilmore Quay RNLI said that the boat overturned off the Saltee Islands, a few miles from the mainland at Co Wexford.
The Saltee Islands passenger ferry, the An Crossan, also joined in the search along with Fethard RNLI.
The lifeboat from Kilmore Quay was making its way to the area where it was thought the boat was when it received contact from the An Crossan saying that it had spotted an upturned hull. Ten people were in the water half a mile south of the Great Saltee Islands: a woman, eight men, and a teenage boy. The weather conditions were overcast and there was a Force 2-3 south-westerly blowing.
The party was found after passenger ferry’s crew heard shouting from the sea. It is thought the party, all of who were wearing lifejackets, had been in the water for four to five hours.
The boat is understood to have overturned in choppy waters when a breaking wave stove in the wheelhouse windows and swamped the vessel.
The crew of the An Crossan pulled all 10 people from the water. The RNLI spokesman said that the 73-year-old man from Wiltshire required urgent medical attention and was airlifted by helicopter to Waterford University Hospital about 30 miles away, where he died.
The nine other people were transferred to the Kilmore Quay lifeboat and back to shore where they were medically assessed before being transferred to Wexford General Hospital and treated for hypothermia.
No other casualties have been reported. The dead man has not been named.
Motorboat & Yachting: Three men were arrested last week after sneaking into the country on board a brand new Broom 35 Coupe.
Bushnells Marina was the site of a dramatic escape last week, when three stowaways fled from a brand new Broom 35 that was being delivered.
Two men in their 20s from Pakistan and a man in his 30s from Iran leapt from the coupe when the transporter lorry stopped outside the West Berkshire marina.
The driver immediately called Thames Valley police who successfully tracked down and arrested the suspected illegal immigrants.
It is believed that the men snuck on board the brand new Broom 35 while it was being transported across the channel on a car ferry.
Broom have promised to take the boat back to their Brundle facility to be cleaned up and returned to pristine condition, after drugs and dirt were found on board.
New owner Ian Tritton told the Henley Standard that although he was satisfied with Broom’s reaction to the incident, he was “annoyed” that Border Control had allowed this to happen in the first place.
“Given the situation in Calais, these guys have obviously been spreading around ports in France looking for a way to get across,” Mr Tritton told the local newspaper.
“It’s a very sad situation for them and we feel for them but in this case we are annoyed at the various people involved, like the boat’s transporters and Border Control,” he added. “They need to be much tougher. Our private space has been violated.”
Motorboat & Yachting: More than 1,000 vessels are currently operating illegal bareboat charter in the Balearics, according to Palma charter commission APEAM. Bareboat charter customers are urged to stick with legitimate vessels, such as this Chris-Craft 28 from easyboats.
Holidaymakers considering taking out a bareboat charter in the Balearics this summer should beware of illegal practitioners, according to a local charter commission.
According to the Asociacion Provincial de Empresarios de Actividades Marítimas de Baleares (APEAM), more than 1,000 vessels are currently involved in illegal bareboat charter activities in the area.
Although illegitimate operators are cheaper, they are far less likely to have the insurance to protect customers in the event of a serious accident and often lack the necessary safety equipment, claims Lorenzo Vila, director of local charter company easyboats.
“Personally I am delighted that APEAM has brought this scandal to attention – and it must be addressed,” he said.
“These unethical operators pay no tax, no licence fees, have no specialist safety equipment and take cash payments in order to stay under the radar.
“Customers focus on the money they save, rather than the protection they lose,” Lorenzo adds. “It’s a serious matter.”
Proposed solutions to the problem include increased police controls at marinas and heavy fines for skippers of illegal bareboat charter vessels.
Easyboats has a wide range of legitimate charter boats, including a Chris-Craft 28 (pictured above), Riva Rivale 52 and Monte Fino 78.
Read more at http://www.mby.com/news/palma-commission-exposes-illegal-bareboat-charter-47386#vzSTFCj5hBXd6cAg.99
Yachting & Boating World: Three teenagers have been arrested after stealing a 40ft yacht near Dublin and leading police on a chase along the east coast of Ireland. Two boys and a girl, all believed to be 18 and under, stole the vessel from Dun Laoghaire Harbour shortly after 5.30am on Sunday morning, according to the Irish Independent.
On realising it was missing, the yacht’s owner notified the Garda, who launched a helicopter to pursue the group.
They’d reportedly reached as far as Wexford before returning up the east coast and were later spotted near Greystone Marina at around 1.30pm.
The police helicopter spent up to 30 minutes chasing the stolen yacht, with the teenagers driving by other boats at speed. After several attempts at beaching the vessel, the group ran the yacht aground near South Beach just after 3pm.
On ditching the vessel, the three suspects fled on foot but were intercepted by police and arrested before being taken to Bray garda station.
Pratical Boat Owner: A sailing couple who had been reported missing in the Caribbean, are safe and well in St Lucia, the family have said. Sharon Went Alleyne and Arthur Alleyne are now ‘on land’ in St Lucia.
Arthur Alleyne and his wife Sharon Went Alleyne, left their home in St Lucia on 25 October for a routine sail to Barbados, but disappeared, raising fears they had been caught in a storm. Search attempts by marine authorities in Martinique, St Lucia and Barbados were unsuccessful.
The couple’s children had appealed for anyone in the surrounding islands with access to boats, light aircraft or helicopters to join in the search as the yacht might have been drifting. Arther Alleyne’s daughter Arianne Moore contacted the Barbados newspaper the Nation, to say all was well; She had spoken to her father Arthur Alleyne and the pair were ‘on land’ in Soufriere, St Lucia.
Arianne told the Nation: ‘I don’t know the whole story… He just said that the mast is all ripped up, the sails are shredded, the engines gone, but they are alive. ‘He just said ‘We are alive. Your father is not going to die like that, girl’.
Daughter Tao Alleyne used the social networking site Facebook to praise all those who had joined in the search or helped to spread the word. She said: ‘My siblings and I would just like to express how grateful we are to everyone who helped us during these past few days in the search for our parents!
‘Whether you were part of the search and rescue, someone who was passing along the relevant information to different authorities, someone who was sharing the news via media for us or even just someone who was praying for us and our family – we thank you.
‘We are overwhelmed by the love and support from friends and strangers alike and couldn’t have made it through without all of your help! We are so pleased to be able to announce that they have been found safe and well!
‘We have no details as of yet; I’m sure it will be an epic tale though! Once again thank you so much everyone!’
Motorboat & Yachting: Australian media magnate Kerry Stokes’ 36-metre luxury motoryacht was targeted by three pirates armed with bush knives while moored in Papua New Guinea.
The group boarded Antipodean, a 38-metre Oceanfast superyacht, armed with long bush knives and proceeded to steal diving equipment and food, ABC Australia reports. They made their escape in a separate boat, following a confrontation with the crew. Mr Stokes and his family were not on board at the time.
Sir Peter Barter, former governor of local resort town of Padang, told the media provider: “They did not want to make an issue over this incident, but we insisted that a report was made to police. Regretfully, this incident is already known around Cairns and will deter motor yachts and tourists from visiting Madang and Papua New Guinea.”
Mr Stokes owns Australia’s Seven Network and his personal fortune is estimated at £868million. His current superyacht Antipodean was built by Western Australian yard Oceanfast in 1987.
Motorboat & Yachting: A passenger hovercraft pilot found guilty of drink-driving has been sentenced to eight months in jail today (10 September).
Richard Pease of Cowes was found to have almost three-times the limit of alcohol in his system six hours after he was taken ill at the helm of Freedom 90, which operates from Southsea to Ryde.
The 80ft hovercraft, which is capable of 45 knots, carried 134 passengers across the Solent on Sunday 22 June before the 50-yeard-old skipper had to be relieved of his duties and helped off the vessel by a member of crew.
Mr Pease, who has 18 years’ experience as a hovercraft pilot, pleaded guilty at a hearing earlier this summer. While handing down the sentence at Winchester Crown Court, Judge Susan Evans, said: “You put in jeopardy the safety of your passengers, your crew and other vessels in the Solent.
“This was a grave dereliction of duty and your actions could have resulted in tragedy. It’s tragic that someone of your standing and with such an impressive past career should have destroyed all of that in one day.”
His actions have also been condemned by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, with enforcement officer Neil Cunningham adding: “The master of any vessel has a duty of care to their crew and passengers, so to carry out this responsibility whilst under the influence of alcohol is totally irresponsible.
“Mr Pease was clearly not in any fit state to carry out his duties safely. It is incredibly fortunate that no-one was hurt in this case. “I would like to take this opportunity to praise the quick thinking of a crew member on board the Hovercraft Freedom 90 for safely bringing the craft to a stop in Ryde and also to thank Hovertravel for its cooperation and assistance throughout this investigation.”
Mr Pease’s former employers Hovertravel are the world’s oldest hovercraft operator and the only passenger hovercraft operator in the UK.
Yachting Monthly: Go online and tell the RNLI how you cope. The RNLI, RYA and MCA have launched a survey into ‘attitudes towards risk and safety’ and they want help from Yachting Monthly readers.
The research will look at what motivates sailors, how often they go to sea, their experience and training, awareness of potential hazards and use of safety procedures and equipment. The findings will be used to help develop tailored and relevant safety messages for yachtsmen.
An online questionnaire launched today will run for five weeks, during which time anyone who participates in yacht sailing – no matter how often or what level of experience – is invited to visit http://www.rnliyachting.substance.coop/ and complete the short survey.
The survey will be supplemented by focus groups held in selected locations. Pip Hare, RNLI Coastal Safety Manager, explains the reasoning behind the research project:
‘The RNLI exists to save lives at sea – a large part of that role is trying to prevent incidents from happening in the first place by providing important safety information. RNLI incident data shows our lifeboat crews have rescued almost 9,850 yacht sailors in the last five years.
‘We’re always pleased to see people enjoying their leisure time at the coast and we want to help ensure they can take part in their chosen activity safely.
‘The aim of this research is to help us understand why people get involved and how they behave when they are on the water so we can provide the most relevant and useful safety information to them. We’re working with the RYA and MCA to join expertise in coastal safety with experience of the sport. Once we have the results of the research, we will work together to develop the most suitable safety programmes and advice.’
Stuart Carruthers, Cruising Manager at the RYA, says: “Recreational boating activities are predominantly safe and fun, but accidents which could have been prevented do happen. The RYA’s advice – look after yourself; have a plan; keep in touch and know your limits – underpin the RYA ethos of self-reliance and responsibility for safety on board. The RYA supports this research because it will provide a clearer insight of people’s attitudes to their safety and help us to promote safe behaviour and practice in a more effective way.”
Kirsten Pointer, Head of Evidence Analysis and Research from the MCA, adds: “The results of this survey will really help to provide an evidence base to support the improvement of yachting safety standards.”