"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.
5 - 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.
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.
Lady K II - Originally named Radiant I, before launching as Princess Tanya, and subsequently being renamed as Lady K II, she was built at Austin & Pickersgill, in Sunderland,
The core hull is built out of steel and the motor yacht superstructure is made largely of steel. With a width of 8.81 m/28.9 feet LADY K II has a strong presence and a great deal of interior space. A deep draught of 3.6m (11.8ft) limits the number of ports she can visit. England, by the shipyard’s owner.Recognising that there was a gap in production at his shipyard, the vessel was commissioned based on a design by Theoharis Stylianou. The yacht was launched from the Sunderland shipyard in 1961.