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18 April 2017

Find a job that you love and you’ll never have to work another day in your life. That saying has, at various times, has been attributed to Mark Twain, Confucius and a number of others.

Irrespective of who said it first, nevertheless, it’s so true. You see, I’m in the fortunate position where my lifestyle, my hobby and my work all seem to blend seamlessly into one. While life is always busy, It’s hard to tell if I’m working or having fun, I’m enjoying both.

But why bring this up again now? Because I’ve just been reminded (again) of what a great industry I’m a part of. One of the things I’ve been involved in for the last few years is the annual, Australian Marine Export & Superyacht Awards, in which I am fortunate to be one of the Judges. Having just spent the last week judging the awards again this year I was blown away by the high standard of the nominations, which obviously made the task very difficult. The capacity, the ingenuity and the resourcefulness of individuals and organisations within our industry, is nothing short of amazing and made me very proud of our marine industry in Australia.

Run under the auspices of the Australian international Marine Export Group (AIMEX) and Superyacht Australia, the winners of the various awards will be announced during the ASMEX conference to be held on the Gold Coast 22 – 24 May 2017, leading up to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

Now a little closer to home and I’m really pleased to report that the Shipmate website at www.shipmate.com.au continues to rate highly amongst the boating community. Our latest figures show we had over 36,000 visits and more than 195,000 page views in March alone and this month we’re well on track to see over 40,000 visits. If you’re looking for marine trades, services, marinas, shipyards, weather or tide information, or just to catch up on the latest marine news then make sure you visit us at www.shipmate.com.au

And now to what else is making news in the marine world from around Australia and a great wrap up again in this edition, so sit back, browse through and enjoy the read.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

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Barramundi an economic boon for Valley

15 Apr 2017

A recent report on Victoria’s first ever Barramundi fishery at the Hazelwood pondage has shown the fishery has made a significant economic impact on Latrobe Valley’s economy. Prepared by management consulting firm Kinetica, the independent report was based on an email survey sent to more than 3,500 fishers who applied for

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Riviera takes out top award at Asia Boating Awards

15 Apr 2017

Australian luxury boat manufacturer Riviera was awarded ‘Best Sportscruiser (above 45ft)’ at the Asia Boating Awards which were held on Wednesday night 5 April, during the Singapore Yacht Show. With more than 25 awards being handed out the Asia Boating Awards are amongst the most prestigious marine awards in ASIA. A growing market

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Sail Port Stephens magic finish

15 Apr 2017

A magic final day at the 10th anniversary Sail Port Stephens in gentle east to nor’east winds belies the approaching cold front and low pressure system soon to deliver rain and strong winds to the New South Wales Hunter coastline. The record 112 boats and crews made the journey to Port Stephens from South Australia, Victoria,

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Influx of Trawlers cruising into SCIBS

15 Apr 2017

Buyers looking for the ultimate ocean lifestyle where they can live aboard, travel long-range distances at a relaxed pace and enjoy spacious entertainment areas need look no further than the 29th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS). Trawler boats are charting their course for SCIBS 2017, held from from May 25 to 28, with organisers

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Sirocco presents new model Sealegs and Brig at SCIBS

15 Apr 2017

Sirocco Marine North will be part of a national contingent of dealer principals attending the 29th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, 25 to 28 May on Queensland’s Gold Coast. New in 2017 is the Sealegs 7.7m Sport D-Tube, ideal for the coastal lifestyle, adventure nomads, anglers and those living and FNQ or regions where there is

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Marina Traineeship underway

15 Apr 2017

The new traineeship for the marina industries will formally commence on the 2 May with participants gathering in Sydney. The Certificate III in Marina Operations was announced in December 2016 by the Marina Industries Association (MIA) and the Registered Training Organisation Safety Corp. The Boating Industry Association Watsons Bay Boating

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Have you seen Maritime Safety's summer safety messages

15 Apr 2017

Have you seen Maritime Safety Victoria's important summer safety messages when you've been out boating this season? If so, they'd love to hear what you thought, and you can enter into the draw to win an emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) - worth $220. Maritime safety Victoria are wanting to better understand the

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Business get behind Australian Superyacht Rendezvous

15 Apr 2017

High profile marine businesses have been quick to back the first ever Australian Superyacht Rendezvous being staged on the Gold Coast on 19 and 20 May in a bid to tap into economic potential of the estimated 20 billion euro global superyacht industry. The Australian Superyacht Rendezvous – aimed at showcasing the economic and tourism

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Operation Cord targets illegal fish sales

14 Apr 2017

Five retail outlets are being investigated after a Fisheries Victoria operation targeting the sale of recreationally caught fish was recently undertaken. Fisheries Victoria Senior Officer David Burgess said Operation Cord was run in the week leading up to Easter. “This Operation involved 27 officers and investigators covering 50 retail

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Clean up underway in preparation for Airlie Beach Race Week

14 Apr 2017

A clean-up campaign is underway in Airlie Beach in the wake of Cyclone Debbie, as Whitsunday Sailing Club officials announce Airlie Beach Race Week 2017 is definitely on, “so keep the entries coming in,” is the clear message from event officials. “While the cyclone damaged some homes, marinas and commercial premises, it

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Rescue 1 repowered with Mercury FourStroke

14 Apr 2017

With boats that routinely hit more than 200 km/h, safety is a crucial element of Formula Powerboat Grand Prix racing. That is why new sponsor Mercury Marine is so pleased to help ensure help will be on hand as quickly and dependably as possible. As part of their sponsorship Mercury has repowered the event rescue boat Rescue 1 with a

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Boating legend Carlo Riva passes

14 Apr 2017

The Riva Shipyards, the Ferretti Group and the entire boating world are grieving over the loss of the legendary Carlo Riva, who passed away earlier this month in his hometown of Sarnico (Italy) at the age of 95. In the 1950s and 60s, driven by a fascination for speed and racing cars, Carlo Riva grasped the spirit of the age and created boats in

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Cyclone Debbie won’t stop Hamilton Island Race Week

10 Apr 2017

The Oatley family, owners of Australia’s internationally acclaimed tropical destination, Hamilton Island, have confirmed that despite the Whitsunday Islands region being devastated by Cyclone Debbie two weeks ago, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2017 will proceed in August as scheduled. “We are planning to make this year’s Race

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Australia's Kimberleys feature in World Superyacht Awards

10 Apr 2017

The 12th World Superyacht Awards will take place on Saturday 13 May 2017 in the beautiful city of Florence, Italy. These awards recognise the remarkable ingenuity and innovation demanded by the design, engineering and construction of the world’s finest Superyachts. The elite of the superyacht world, owners and industry leaders will come

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Riviera Festival of Boating combines education and spectacle

07 Apr 2017

Australia's world-class luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, is celebrating after its sixth annual Festival of Boating on Queensland's Gold Coast concluded last week. The three-day Festival brought together Australia's most comprehensive motor yacht education program and a series of spectacular social events. Riviera Brand and

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Northrop & Johnson assembles Australia's largest Superyacht charter fleet

07 Apr 2017

Leading brokerage and charter company Northrop & Johnson Australia has anchored the largest superyacht fleet under charter management in Australia, with three new vessels joining its stellar line-up. The Gold Coast-based company recently welcomed luxury yachts Flying Fish, Alani and Lady Pamela to the fold, boosting its growing fleet of

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PWC riders warned to ride right or pay the price

06 Apr 2017

A recent spate of collisions and a wave of public concern has prompted a crackdown on riders of personal watercraft (PWC). Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) has launched a blitz on rogue PWC riders, with more Water Police hitting hot spots and fining those who break the rules. Peter Corcoran, Director of Maritime Safety at TSV, explained that

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Relief efforts underway for marinas after Cyclone Debbie

05 Apr 2017

“We waited till the evacuation of tourists had been completed, then our team headed north,” said Bellingham Marine’s John Spragg. “Greg Dunne and Paul Sorrel, from Bellingham Marine, and Darren Wilkinson, from M-Tech arrived on Hamilton Island in the Whitsunday Islands on Tuesday. The chaos and level of devastation is

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Navionics funcionality available now on lowrance, Simrad and B & G

05 Apr 2017

Navico, a leading provider of marine electronics under the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands, and Navionics, the leader in content and location-based services for the recreational boating and outdoor markets, have collaborated to make several new features available to customers using Navionics charts. The NOS56 software update released for a

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Pantaenius Superyacht and Marine Pavilion at SCIBS sold out

04 Apr 2017

The Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) have proudly to announced that the “Superyacht and Marine Export Alley” in the Pantaenius Superyacht and Marine Pavilion at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show has officially been sold out. The 29th edition of the boat show awaits more than 40,000 visitors and is set to

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Abell Point Marina is open for business

04 Apr 2017

Abell Point Marina has issued a statement thanking customers, suppliers, operators and marine industry colleagues who have sent messages of support and well wishes in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Debbie. In the week after the super storm passed over the Whitsunday coast the resilience and spirit of the boating and Whitsunday community is

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