China's Superyacht Sales Boom

China's rapid economic growth since the 1990's has led to the emergence of a new class of super rich looking to display their newly earned wealth and status to the world. Of couse, there is no better way to do this than by purchasing a luxury superyacht and so despite the recent recession, mainland China has seen a boom in luxury yacht sales in the last few years. 

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Internet access for all exhibitors and visitors at the AYS 2013

AYS LogoFor this year’s Antibes Yacht Show which will take place April 18th -21st, the organisers are proud to provide free Wi-Fi for the exhibitors and the visitors of the show. Global Marine Communications has been a partner of the show for the last 2 years showing that they can manage Wi-Fi connections that work properly.

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Somali Pirate Leader Mohamed Abdi Hassan Retires

"The retirement of the pirate leader Mohamed Abdi Hassan, also known as "Afweyne," has generated much media coverage, but the real significance of his announcement is the indication it gives of how Somalia's pirates currently view their business model. It appears that hijacking vessels in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden is no longer seen as a relatively risk-free affair."

These encouraging words are written by CNN's Adjoa Anyimadu who attributes the recent decline in both attempted and succesful hi-jackings to "international governments seeking to protect their trade interests and to maintain security along Africa's east coast" (Read the full article at http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/11/opinion/somalia-pirate-retires/index.html). She writes that this decline is also thanks to best management practices that have been laid out in order to help protect vessels from being targeted by pirates. 

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Dubai International Boatshow 2013

Dubai International Boat Show5 - 9 March 2013

Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi

Dubai International Boat Show is the region’s undisputed maritime sales platform, uniting over 5,000 high-net-worth individuals from the local area and wider GCC with world-class suppliers and distributors from across the maritime spectrum.

With a rich history and a proven track record spanning two decades, the exhibition is the most anticipated event in the Middle Eastern maritime calendar. With an emphasis on brand message – partnership, passion, progress – the exhibition is an unparalleled platform for exhibitors to showcase boats and products to the Middle East’s marine investors and enthusiasts.

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BNWAS and how it affects your yacht

BNWAS - Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm System is a safety system made mandatory in amendments to SOLAS (Chapter V, regulation 19).  Its purpose is to monitor activity on the bridge and detect inactivity of personnel on watch and then alarm and alert the master or other qualified crew, thus avoiding a potential maritime accident. 

BNWAS will affect all yachts greater than 150 GT that are built to the Large Yacht Code and the Passenger Yacht Code and must be installed on all newbuild vessels with keels laid on or after the 1st of July 2011.  This equipment is considered to be part safety equipment and it will therefore be surveyed as such.

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