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Luke Powell at Working Sail in Gweek has now built seven wooden pilot cutters, since he built his first - 'Eve of St Mawes'.
The West Basin Municipal Water District has chosen Environmental Charter High School to receive a sponsorship and a place to compete in their 10th Annual Solar Cup Competition.
The program culminates in a weekend-long camping trip to Lake Skinner where all teams compete in multiple rounds of speed and endurance races.
ECS Intersession and Community Forum 2016On February 5th, 2016, Environmental Charter High School students hosted the culminating event, the annual Community Forum.
We Couldn’t Be More Proud of ECHS AlumniEnvironmental Charter High School hosted its first ECHS ADDO Networking event for alumni on Friday, January 8th. Retro and vintage boats are a picturesque reminder of an elegant time past, when beauty, form and style ruled. New Zealand has a rich maritime history, and many old boats are still in working order, plying our coasts, rivers and lakes.
Hamilton author Don Jesson, a yachtie and launch owner, who has been into boats since he was a child in the 1950s, found one thing in common with all the owners of the boats in his book: they lavish a lot of attention on them. A $60 million superyacht built in Auckland has been launched but details of who owns the boat or what’s on board have been kept under wraps. The company would not disclose the owner’s name or nationality, or where they were cruising to. The $60m yacht, weighing 550 tonnes, was put in the water at the shipyard in Mt Wellington prior to Christmas. Mr Eaglen said it was able to house up to 12 guests in luxury suites as well as 12 crew in ensuite cabins.
Southern Spars announces the joining of Composite Rigging and Future Fibres under the Future Fibres name. Southern Spars, a member of the North Technology Group and owner of Composite Rigging, acquired Future Fibres in November 2014. Southern Spars’ owned Composite Rigging LLC, based in Rhode Island, USA, is the market leader in carbonfibre rigging in large part due to its innovative, ultra-reliable ECsix multi-strand continuous carbon fibre rigging product. Valencia based Future Fibres, founded by entrepreneur Tom Hutchinson was the early innovator of the use of non-carbon advanced fibres for yacht rigging and has a wide product range based on this technology.
The new combined Future Fibres company will operate from existing locations in Rhode Island, Valencia and Sri Lanka. Serene, a super-yacht financed by vodka, has docked in Auckland and judging by its owner, it might be time to lock-up the vineyards and rock stars.
At 8231 tons, Serene might struggle to dock at Picton, although the Marlborough Sounds has plenty of discrete anchorages. A press release from the company just over a year ago said they were assessing opportunities in California, Spain, Portugal and Chile.
Mr Shefler’s US$330 million (NZ$431 million) ship arrived in Auckland, after an odd stop in the Tasman Sea, some distance off Ninety Mile Beach. Where ever the Cayman Islands flagged Serene is docked, it wins headlines, although Mr Shefler and his wife and son, are seldom photographed. At 134 metres long – longer than New Zealand’s two navy frigates and multi-role ship Canterbury – Serene is said to feature an internal seawater pool, two helicopter platforms and a helicopter hangar. A “dramatic” drop in demand for superyachts has forced Auckland boat-building company Alloy Yachts to shed 60 staff. Mr Hambrook said the explanation for the job losses was simple: demand for new superyachts had dried up. Alloy Yachts, which mostly builds boats up to 50m long, has been around since 1986 and Mr Hambrook said this was the toughest time it had ever been through. Mr Hambrook said one of the challenges for boat builders was a fall in re-sale value for luxury yachts, which not only made second-hand yachts a cheap option but made buying a new yacht a bad investment.
Like many exporters, Alloy Yachts has also had to contend with an unfavourable exchange rate with the dollar hitting record highs against several currencies this year. Auckland’s Harbourmaster is hailing the introduction of Auckland Council’s new rules on wearing lifejackets as a success. Harbourmaster Andrew Hayton said staff from his office visited several boat ramps to inform people about Auckland Council’s new navigation safety bylaw which came into effect at Labour weekend. The new bylaw requires everyone on a vessel of six metres or less to wear a lifejacket and that they can only be removed if the skipper determines that it is safe to do so. The bylaw follows similar moves by other councils around the country including Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, which has begun handing out $300 fines to boaties not wearing lifejackets. Of the 113 who drowned while boating between 2007 and 2013, 46 had access to flotation devices but didn’t use them.
The war on Auckland’s water is hotting up, with a new challenger making waves in the harbour ferry network. Mr Walden agreed there had been friction between Waiheke Islanders and Fullers Ferries in recent years, so it wasn’t all plain sailing. The recent closure of Fitzroy Yachts is linked to the failure of the yard to win the contract to construct vessels for the RNZN.
Under the Fitzroy-Vospers scheme the RNZN vessels would have been leased rather than sold and under the lease terms the consortium members would have provided through life maintenance under a service guarantee.
Substantial remedial work was required on the vessels with compensation eventually also being paid to the New Zealand government. Auckland Council’s Harbourmaster Andrew Hayton is getting behind the first national Safer Boating Week which launches tomorrow.
Staff from the Harbourmaster’s Office will join others outside the Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum, stressing safe boating messages and the wearing of life jackets. Safer Boating Week has been organised by members of National Pleasure Boat Safety Forum – led by Maritime New Zealand and runs 17-24 October.
Auckland Council’s new Navigation Safety Bylaw comes in to effect at Labour Weekend and includes new rules regarding wearing of lifejackets. Mr Hayton has 23 years experience in the maritime industry, including a four-year stint as a marine accident investigator and port state control inspector for Maritime New Zealand. The Harbourmaster’s primary role is to ensure navigational safety in the harbour through a range of responsibilities including patrols, regulation, communicating with all users, mooring management and education of safe and environmentally sound boating practices. The Harbourmaster’s team are tasked with ensuring the highest navigational safety standards, compliance with the Port and Harbours Safety Code, management of boat moorings, and providing a ready response to marine pollution incidents.
Mr Hart, above left,  complete with a nautical-monogrammed blazer, and wife Robyn were at the Kleven Verft shipyard for the launching of Ulysses. When Kleven won the contract to build the ship, they called it an expedition support vessel, specially designed for adventurers who would settle for nothing but the most luxurious digs.
Svein Rune Gjerde, chief executive of Marin Teknikk, said Mr Hart approached his company to design something different. Auckland ferry giant SeaLink has just wrapped up an 18-month investigation into whether it could operate a service from Onehunga, to areas like Clarks Beach and Waiuku. Manukau Harbour Restoration Society chairman Jim Jackson said public access would be a boost for the wharf.
SeaLink managing director Todd Bolton said providing ferries from Onehunga Wharf was possible. Onehunga Business Association manager Amanda Kinzett said the proposal has the ability to make the wharf a real hot spot. Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board chairman Simon Randall said the board has raised the issue with the council arm that owns Ports of Auckland and has expressed an intention in its local board plan to get the public more access to the Manukau Harbour.
Ports of Auckland infrastructure and property manager Alistair Kirk said a decision has not yet been made about the future of the Onehunga port. Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s Harbourmaster has issued the first infringement fines for people breaking the bylaws requiring lifejackets to be worn. The Navigation Safety Bylaws were reviewed in 2012 and require lifejackets to be worn by everyone on board a vessel 6 metres or less in length. After a two year education programme about the lifejacket bylaws, the HBRC Harbourmaster is now taking legal action against anyone seen breaking the rules. The bylaws state that a boat must carry sufficient personal flotation devices for each person on board and that this is the responsibility of the person in charge of the craft. Managing director Jeremy Ward said the couple, who have tourism interests in China, plan to immigrate to New Zealand and wanted to add a third ferry to the 25-year-old company’s fleet. More than 100 people are losing their jobs, as a New Plymouth luxury yacht builder ceases the bulk of its operations. Managing director Rodney Martin said the 2008 Global Financial Crisis has slowed the number of new build orders the company received. The Marine Industry Association has called on the Government to do its bit in terms of lowering interest rates, to keep the industry afloat.
The association’s executive director, Peter Busfield, admits the effects of the 2008 Global Financial Crisis are still being felt by the industry.
An ostentatious display of wealth in the form of an unusual fleet of superyachts is attracting overseas tourists by the busloads to Auckland’s Wynyard Wharf.
Star of the show – if only because it is virtually on a public wharf – is the 1929 built classic Nahlin, shown at top right. It has a glorious past, not least that it was privately used in 1936 by Britain’s King Edward VIII to meet his secret love, Wallis Simpson, during a cruise in the Adriatic Sea. Nearby Nahlin is Auckland billionaire Graeme Hart’s new monster, seemingly named Pacific, middle right.
The 77m craft was bought as little more than a hulk from a bankrupt Chilean shipyard and towed to New Zealand. The formal farewell for outgoing Director of the New Zealand Maritime School, Captain Tim Wilson will be held as part of the Nautical Foreign Going Graduation ceremony on November 23, at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, in Auckland. Graduates, former graduates, their families and friends are all invited to the function, along with some long serving leaders of the maritime and logistics industries.
Tim Wilson has now moved out of day to day New Zealand Maritime School activities after 23 years service.  He is now be focusing on his executive role in Manukau Institute of Technology and the establishment of a new commercial subsidiary, EnterpriseMIT Ltd.
Paul Harper, formerly a senior lecturer and programme co-ordinator, marine engineering,  has succeeded Tim as Executive Dean, Maritime.
Paul holds an MBA, a Class 1 Marine Engineer and sailed as Chief Engineer in the international fleet. Tim will remain involved in the maritime industry in an Emeritus Director role that will involve continuing his chairmanship of GlobalMET and involvement with both the IMO and the maritime forum for the time being. A stunning superyacht that resembles a stealth destroyer has cruised into Auckland harbour. Owned by Russian fertiliser and chemical magnate Andrey Melnichenko, 41, the vessel slipped into port in Auckland last month without any listing in the Port’s shipping movement bulletin. Designed by Philippe Starck, A has become one of the most loved and loathed ships in the world. The yacht is highly secure, with its rounded exterior and knife-like hull making it difficult to board. WSJ said the Melnichenkos make frequent changes in itinerary and do not spend much time in any one port, preferring to roam the seas for weeks at a time. Mr Melnichenko founded a bank in 1993 and then moved into pipe manufacturing and fertiliser and chemicals.
The world’s new largest superyacht is the 180 metre Azzam, launched earlier this year for an Abu Dhabi billionaire.
Three of the fastest and most radical yachts in Australasia will race in the PIC Insurance Brokers Coastal Classic next month. The massive 60 foot trimaran Team Australia will be making a World Speed Sailing Council-ratified attempt at a Trans Tasman speed record, before lining up for the iconic 119 nautical mile race between Auckland and Russell in the Bay of Islands. Giacomo, owned by New Zealand winemaker Jim Delegat, was formerly known as the Volvo Ocean Race winner, Groupama, and arrives in New Zealand soon ready for repainting and an offshore racing program that will include the Sydney-Hobart in December. While the trimarans have the advantage of two extra hulls, Giacomo’s massive canting keel and huge sail area, will stand it in excellent steed, especially upwind.
More than 50 boats have already entered and close to 200 are expected on the start line, on Friday 25 October 2013. New plans for the controversial high performance yachting facility at Takapuna Beach (shown above) are being drawn up behind the scenes. Yachting New Zealand is in the midst of preparing a resource consent application for another take on the contentious National Ocean Watersports Centre but details are being kept under wraps. The Minister for Sport and Recreation,Murray McCully is understood to have committed $3 million of government money to the project, and  a media response through the Official Information Act was declined.
Further clarification revealed that Yachting NZ is currently preparing a resource consent application with the support of Sport NZ.
Mr McCully referred to the centre as being a ‘sure thing’ in a letter of support for a bid to host the 2015 Finn Gold Cup sailing competition in Takapuna.
There has been overwhelming opposition from the public to the centre being sited on reserve land currently occupied by the Takapuna Beach Holiday Park.
It is unknown whether the resource consent application will ask that the facility be located on the area now used by the holiday park, or the original and less contentious site some 200 metres away next to Takapuna Boating Club.
Earlier this year the board passed a contentious reserve management plan which includes a provision for some boat storage and ancillary functions.
A hearings panel had previously rejected plans for a facility that would have included an office block for Yachting NZ staff. Campground owner Marius Rothmann said he’s been assured by council officers that there is nothing planned for the holiday park site in the near future. Ports of Auckland has signed up as the new naming rights sponsor for the Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta. A flawed decision by three jurists is costing lives at sea and New Zealand taxpayers millions of dollars in fruitless searches but Parliament will not do anything about it, a maritime legal expert believes.
The flawed decision found foreign flagged yachts departing New Zealand were not legally obliged to comply with the safety standards then established by Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) requiring boats to have long range radios and emergency locator beacons on board. The search for Nina has now been called off and families of the people on board have held a memorial service for them in Florida. In a Court of Appeal judgment written by Sir Ken Keith, now on the International Court of Justice deciding on Japanese whaling, Mr Sellers said he based his maritime art on the mystery of the sea. He sailed without inspection and when he returned was charged and convicted in the district court.
The three jurists decided that under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, New Zealand did not have the right to regulate the extraterritorial operations of a foreign-flagged vessel.
Around 500 yachts depart New Zealand each year and as the court noted a number of them get into difficulties in New Zealand’s 15 million square kilometres search and rescue areas.

Mr Marten, who did his PhD at Hamburg’s Max Planck Institute on port state maritime controls with particular focus on Sellers, says the case law was inhibiting the ability of MNZ to carry out its responsibilities.
He dismisses the argument that New Zealand was trying to enforce extra-territorial implications. The lost 21-metre vintage schooner Nina set off from Opua in the Bay of Islands to Newcastle on May 19, but has not been heard from since a text message on June 4. West Aucklanders might feel they were left high and dry after the Government’s major transport announcements last week. Throw your head back and laugh as you glide across the harbour looking back at gridlocked traffic. Auckland Transport began a design study into a ferry wharf, 200 space park-and-ride car park and an access road with turning capability. The town’s residents and ratepayers association secretary Bryce Pearce says its preference is the boat club because they oppose all development on the park.
Auckland Transport is aiming to create a unified public transport system by making bus routes simpler and easing the transfer from one mode of transport to another.The improvements are expected to cost $60 billion over the next 30 years.
The banks of the Whau River are dry at low tide and the ferry would have to travel down a narrow channel with its speed limited to five knots. New Zealand marine companies have again taken out prestigious international awards with Auckland superyacht builders Alloy Yachts and Yachting Developments winning major trophies at the 2013 World Superyacht Awards at the Boat International Media Group-run ceremony in Instanbul on May 4. Peter Busfield, CEO of NZ Marine, said: “Continued success in the major international awards demonstrates that New Zealand superyacht builders are at the forefront of the global industry. Loretta Anne, a 47-metre raised pilothouse motor yacht, was launched by Henderson, Auckland-based Alloy Yachts in May 2012 and won her finalists’ category for ‘raised pilothouse semi-displacement or planing motor yachts’ as well as the top award for motor yachts against 31 other finalists to be named ‘motor yacht of the year’.
Designed by UK’s Dubois Naval Architects with an interior by Donald Starkey Design, Loretta Anne is the third yacht that Alloy Yachts has built for a Northern Hemisphere-based owner. The winning refit of J Class luxury yacht 39.6 m Endeavour was an 18 month project for Hobsonville, Auckland-based Yachting Developments. Yachting Developments’ managing director Ian Cook said the extensive refit included the replacement of the complete weather deck, new deck equipment, relocation of steel deck framing, reconfiguration of the accommodation forward and new interior. Mr Cook was also delighted to that the Yachting Developments-built 30.49 m composite sailing catamaran Quintessential received special recognition from the World Superyacht Award judging panel.
Mr Busfield notes that a third New Zealand yacht builder, New Plymouth-based Fitzroy Yachts was also a finalist in this year’s World Superyacht Awards with the Dubois-designed 49.7 m Ohana.
One of the biggest superyachts in America has docked in Wellington Harbour, but the rich-list owner is yet to be seen. The 74-year old founded the hedgefund management company Renaissance Technologies in 1982, and is a very active philanthropist in his retirement. The Archimedes, named the 24th largest yacht in America in 2011, is hard to miss despite being docked in the shadows of Wellington Indoor Sports stadium on the waterfront. Managing director Todd Bolton said it’s time to have a serious discussion about the future of ferry services in Auckland. The company currently provides services to Waiheke from Half Moon Bay and Great Barrier Island from the city, but is considering moving further into the commuter market. Ferry development has begun in other parts of the city like Hobsonville and Beachhaven.but Mr Bolton said Hobsonville in particular is a developing area, rather than one where ferry services are needed immediately. Another idea Mr Bolton is promoting is the use of ferries for tourism purposes when they aren’t needed for peak hour travel. Auckland Transport spokesman Mark Hannan said a number of submissions noted the draft public transport plan doesn’t adequately address the development of future ferry services.
However an Auckland Transport report on the draft plan doesn’t spell out a clear role for ferries as an integral part of the new public transport network. Consultation on the revamped public transport network, which includes a major shakeup of bus routes and timetables, is expected to start in June. An upturn in the boat building industry may have come too late for a $67 million industrial marine project due to be built in Hobsonville. Twenty hectares were bought by the Auckland council to provide a space for Yard 37, a large scale boat building and servicing hub in West Auckland. A council team heading the development needed to get three property agreements by March 31 for the project to proceed but only managed to secure just one sale.
Deputy mayor Penny Hulse said a range of alternatives including development of the site as a mix of residential and business options could be considered. New Zealand Marine Industry Association executive director Peter Busfield said more time is needed to get the original plan off the ground. Mr Busfield says the location is perfect for building and maintaining large ships due to the deep water that surrounds Hobsonville Point. The project was labelled very high risk in February due to its specialised nature and the limited pool of potential investors.
The 2011 business case says the land purchases, planning and marketing cost council $27m and it would have to spend another $40m.
Upper Harbour Local Board chairwoman Margaret Miles said it was always an optimistic proposal. South Island tourism company Southern Discoveries is continuing to invest in new business opportunities after signing on the dotted line for a multi-million-dollar new high-speed catamaran. She will carry up to 150 passengers from Queenstown across Lake Wakatipu to the normally inaccessible Mt Nicholas Station for a tourism service.
Designed by Brett Crowther of Incat Crowther, a boat designer with several examples of their designs already operating in New Zealand, construction will be by Aluminium Marine Pty Ltd of Brisbane.
Southern Discoveries General Manager John Robson said the decision to invest in the single-level catamaran was a significant one that reflected the forward thinking vision of the Queenstown-based Skeggs Group, owners of the company. Over the past four years the company has re-branded from Milford Sound Red Boats to Southern Discoveries, acquired Te Anau-based coach and tour operation Go Milford, invested in a 50% shareholding in KJet (formerly Kawarau Jet) and re-opened the Milford Discovery Centre and Milford Deep Underwater Observatory.
As well as running daily operations with a range of product packages which are still being finalised, the new Spirit of Queenstown catamaran will also be available for private charter and conference and incentive work. Auckland Mayor Len Brown may have missed the boat but that could not stop the opening of two new ferry terminals.
Lucky for Mr Brown, the 360 Discovery vessel, carrying Prime Minister John Key (both shown at right), Auckland Council members and other dignitaries, turned back to the new Beach Haven Ferry Terminal when the mayor was marooned.
After a 10 minute delay, Mr Brown and other VIPs were all onboard and bound for the new Hobsonville Point Ferry Terminal opening ceremony.
Around 1000 people turned up at Hobsonville Pt where local iwi welcomed the special guests to the $3.2 million terminal.
Kaipatiki Local Board lobbied Auckland Transport last year for the project as Beach Haven had been without a ferry service since the 1970s.
In his speech, Mr Key paid tribute to the three men who died in last year’s tornado in Hobsonville, which tore through the community and left many homeless.
He said the Government is spending $1 billion a year on Auckland and he congratulated the council on completing the terminals at a low cost. The death of a Porirua man in the Marlborough Sounds in August last year was a reminder about the dangers of drinking on boats, a coroner says.
Patrick Gerald Rosson drowned on August 27 after he fell from a seven-metre boat in Queen Charlotte Sound, coroner Carla na Nagara said in her finding on Mr Rosson’s death, made public last week. There were lifejackets on the boat but neither man had been wearing one as the sea was calm. Toxicology results indicated Mr Rosson had a blood alcohol level of 236 milligrams, almost three times the legal adult drink-drive limit of 80mg. Mr Rosson had slept in the cabin on the return trip and went to urinate over the side as the boat entered Dryden Bay.
Mr Hanna threw a rope but it fell short so he maneuvered the boat again to come alongside Mr Rosson, who was lying face-down in the water.
A superyacht under construction and badly damaged in a fire at an Auckland shipyard three months ago is up for sale at a substantial discount.
The August blaze at McMullen and Wing boat-builders destroyed parts of the 50m luxury Star Fish’s interior but left the aft portions virtually untouched, said owner Richard Beattie, a Hong Kong-based multi-millionaire and chairman of charter company Aquos Yachts.
McMullen and Wing estimated it could be completed within 18 months and would need a new superstructure. Mr Beattie also owns the Big Fish, a luxury charter yacht which was built by McMullen and Wing and is now undergoing a refit at the shipyard. McMullen and Wing believe the fire was a catastrophic event for everyone involved but the yacht now could be seen as a well-developed blank canvas. A boat building company near Auckland has been ordered to pay $45,000 in fines and reparations for safety failings which led to a worker being seriously injured in a fall.
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) northern health and safety manager John Howard says the firm failed to recognise the hazards of working at heights. The rising value of the New Zealand dollar is putting at risk a fledgling recovery in the local boat building industry, according to Peter Busfield, executive director of the Marine Industry Association.
The New Zealand dollar was trading at around US75c a year ago, then went to US85c in March before dropping back go US75c in June. Mr Busfield said the currency’s recent gains had added 6 per cent to the price of exported New Zealand boats at a time when the US market was exhibiting a post-global-financial-crisis recovery.
US boat sales have risen by 10 per cent in the last three months compared with the same period last year, he said.
His comments coincide with those of the opposition political parties, several exporters and some economists who have complained about Reserve Bank’s interest rate policy and its impact on the exchange rate.
Sales in the international boat markets had dropped by about 30 per cent since the 2008 global financial crisis and turnover in the New Zealand market had fallen by about the same percentage, he said.
The industry has a turnover of about $1.7 billion a year, with exports accounting for about $650m of that. Mr Busfield, who has been in the marine business since the share market crash of 1987, has seen a few market downturns since then. The yacht, designed by New Zealander Ron Holland, was built to be the most eco-friendly yacht afloat. In 2011, Mr and Mrs Joy received the Perseus Award for their contribution to marine wildlife conservation. The 360 Discovery vessel was sailing from Auckland to Gulf Harbour when it made a mayday call just after six following suspected mechanical failure. Spokeswoman Lucy Farrington said the 57 passengers on board were moved to muster spots in case they needed to be evacuated. A fire which destroyed a $60 million super yacht at an Auckland boat builder’s yard will result in job losses, the company has confirmed.
Fire investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire, which broke out at McMullen and Wing yacht and boatbuilding in Mt Wellington at about 1am on August 12, but arson had been ruled out.
The vessel at the centre of the fire, Star Fish, was a 50-metre super yacht being built for Hong Kong-based Aquos Yachts, which had only half a year to go until completion.
Though the extent of the damage was still being assessed, he said there would inevitably be redundancies.
Much of the hull and lower parts of the yacht were made of steel and aluminium, and still intact. A marine engineering company has been hit with a massive legal bill after trying to freeze an Australian multi-millionaire’s luxury yacht over a third-party debt worth barely $2,000.
In 2009, Auckland-based General Marine Services (GMS) supplied fittings to Salthouse Marine for a $3.5m yacht called the Luana. Only two hours before the matter was to be settled and the Luana returned to Yachts West, GMS lodged a caveat preventing the release.
The caveat was eventually set aside by Justice Peter Woodhouse, who said it was an abuse of process and a contrived claim without merit. Upholding the initial judgment, Justice Douglas White said the lodging of the caveat was disproportionate to the amount of money at stake. Another was a separate High Court proceeding which GMS, along with other unsecured creditors, was taking against the directors of the Salthouse Marine subsidiary that built the Luana. Firefighters are dampening down hotspots at an Auckland boat builder’s yard today where a fire destroyed a super yacht, thought to be worth around $60 million. About 90 firefighters tackled the blaze with some making their way onto the vessel while it was still burning.
Auckland central area commander Kerry Gregory said it was not clear what started the fire but investigators would hopefully work out the cause.
McMullen and Wing employees gathered yesterday in a cordoned-off area outside their workplace before being briefed on the situation by management. Jet boat drivers will need to hold a new driving licence, as part of an overhaul of adventure tourism safety.
Associate Transport Minister Simon Bridges said commercial jet boat drivers operating on rivers will need to have the licence by August 2, under a new maritime rule. There were 42 operators carrying more than 370,000 passengers each year – and operators overwhelmingly supported the new licence, he said.
The new rule also makes driver log books mandatory, and includes boat design and construction changes, such as emergency exits and footrests, that provide greater passenger protection. Glendive, Montana." The riverboat also carried freight for the lower Yellowstone reclamation project. An AAA Good Roads Official on his transcontinental auto trip passes the only road sign in evidence along the dusty, desolate road near Glendive, Mont. Shed Office Green Courtyard Glass Door Circular Shaped Building Updated by Dick Oatts on Thursday, March 21, 2013, is one of the images from the main article Amazing House Extension Design for Working Purposes.There are 8 more images that you can see below.
OK when you are on some of our vessels you can buy a drink and T-shirt but that’s about it. If you sail with us, we know the Cornish based boat builders that really specialise in wood. Gweek Quay Boatyard has its own shipwrights and freelance shipwrights working on many large wooden restoration projects.
Over the course of seven months, teams from more than 40 high schools in southern California will attend technical, electrical, and construction workshops hosted by the MWD, and will then take that knowledge back to their classrooms and apply it to their boat. Students are in charge of every single aspect of boat construction: from hammering each nail on the boat to designing an effective circuit board for the engine and solar panel installation. They are the classic car or stunning hot-rod of the lakes and sea, and they are becoming increasingly sought after by New Zealand boaties.
Some are so historically significant that the owners consider themselves caretakers of the boat’s life voyage. Ship builders McMullen & Wing said the 50-metre vessel was the largest superyacht they had ever worked on and took about half a million man hours to complete. The focus for the first 100 days has been on evaluating the two industry leading companies to position products and capabilities that best support their customers and ongoing strategic objectives.
Providing the marine industry with uninterrupted access to the front end people and services they have grown accustomed to. Exiled Russian vodka magnate Yuri Shefler, has a taste for big parties, mansions and wants to diversify away from vodka to super-premium wine.

It’s docked at Wynyard Wharf ( shown above right) next to the unromantic and pragmatic bunker ship Awanuia. In New York, the only parking large enough was the Manhattan Cruise Terminal.In some ports, Venice and San Francisco among them, the size of the ship off luxury beaches has drawn complaints. The Henderson-based company typically has about 250 staff but following the jobs cuts that number will be down to 135, Alloy Yachts managing director Tony Hambrook said. However, while the kiwi has fallen more than 12 per cent against the US dollar since July, Mr Hambrook said most of Alloy’s competitors were based in Europe where the prospect of quantitative easing is pushing down the value of the Euro. It will now be an offence for anyone to be in charge of a vessel while intoxicated from booze or drugs. Fullers Ferries is now facing competition from the Explore Group on the busy Downtown to Waiheke Island route. He said it will also increase the capacity for the island’s tourism market in both winter and summer. Participants will get some fun photos to take away with them, or that can be emailed to them.
Mr Moss also has significant experience in the maritime industry, coming to the role directly from a position at Maritime New Zealand as a safety and environment auditor. They have another vessel, the luxury 77-metre Weta, moored in Whangarei undergoing a long refit after being towed from Chile as little more than a hull. The more modest 51-metre long ship sat for years at Auckland’s Viaduct, fully crewed and polished but going nowhere. The company took over Pine Harbour Ferries in August and could now look at using those vessels in the Manukau Harbour, he said. Eight fines of $300 each have been issued to boaties who were seen off the coast of Napier not wearing lifejackets on board their boats. The bylaw also requires that a personal flotation device must be worn at all times on all craft of 6 metres or less and on all paddlecraft, when the craft is underway or preparing to become underway, which means the responsibility is with each person on board. The East by West Wellington Harbour ferry service has been bought by Chinese couple Jin Jun and Xuying Qiao. He said staff will go once the company finishes building the 37-metre yacht its working on at the moment.
Luxury boat builder, Fitzroy Yachts, of New Plymouth,  is making 120 people redundant as it has no new orders. He said New Zealand’s high exchange rate is putting exporters on the back foot on the world stage. A glorious 91-metre yacht with a golden bowsprit, it is owned by the vacuum cleaner inventor James Dyson. The king reputedly had books removed from the yacht, then owned by King Carol II of Romania, so that it could carry more alcohol. In the year or so since it has been to Whangarei for a $50 million rebuild and refit codenamed Project Weta.
He also has management experience within the shipping industry globally, including technical management roles with SSM Ltd of Glasgow and Jebsens of Norway, Chief Executive of Carter Holt Harvey Lodestar and Group General Manager of Interisland Line.
He will also see the current reviews of maritime and logistics qualifications and introduction of SeaCert through to completion in terms of the development of the new qualifications and learning programmes. Known only as A, the superyacht is dominating Auckland’s Viaduct and sparking marine industry gossip over who is getting big money to service the ship. At 119 metres long and 5959 gross tons, A is a metre longer than New Zealand’s two warships, the frigates Te Kaha and Te Mana which weigh in at 3600 tons. She is considerably bigger than the largest New Zealander-owned superyacht, Graham Hart’s modest 77 metre Weta.
Reporter Robert Frank went aboard in Barbados and noted that at the top of a spiral staircase lined with scalloped, silver-leaf walls is a door accessible by a fingerprint security system. It has 44 security cameras and more than a dozen exterior cameras fitted with motion-detection systems and a night-vision infrared system. For two years running TeamVodafone has enjoyed a clear run to line honours and race records in the 119 nautical mile race from Auckland to Russell. Skipper and Owner Sean Langman is looking forward to racing TeamVodafone in her own waters. The Orma 60s have not lined up with Giacomo before, but TeamVodafone did race another Volvo Open 70 to Fiji two years, ago, finishing the race less than half an hour ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand’s boat, Camper, in the 1100nm race. All information is being withheld on the grounds that negotiations regarding the centre are still under way. But these latest plans have been kept from the Devonport Takapuna Local Board, which has landowner rights over the beachfront reserve land. Mr Rothmann said he has been told to open up his bookings but as yet the council has not given him any sense of how long the campground might be around for.
The first Auckland Regatta was held on the day the city was founded in 1840, 11 years before the first America’s Cup race. It competes in the popular tug boat race, and provides free boat tours of the port and harbour during Anniversary Weekend.
Then came the case of sole eccentric sailor William Sellers and his 10 metre Malta flagged cutter Nimbus. I am protesting on religious grounds to attempts to restrict free and private movement on the open sea,” he said.
It was upheld in the High Court but then went to appeal where in addition to Sir Ken Keith, tax specialist Sir Ivor Richardson and Sir Peter Blanchard, now retired from the Supreme Court, sat.They ruled in a 62 page judgment that safety inspections could not be required of foreign flagged yachts. The Dyche family formerly lived in Panama City’s Cove neighbourhood and were popular members of the local boating community. That could become a reality as plans for a ferry from Te Atatu to the city begin to take shape.
A study in 2005 identified two possible sites, one near the boat club on the southern side of SH16 or on the peninsula side on the Harbour- view Orangihina Park.
It suggested road congestion in the area and low density housing would limit the number of people who could walk to the ferry.
New Zealand boat builders such as Alloy Yachts and Yachting Developments have an on-going ability to produce workmanship that is recognised by their international peers as the ultimate standard of achievement. It also indicates the strength of the training and depth of experience and talent of personnel throughout New Zealand’s marine industry. With a gross tonnage of 444, she’s capable of cruising at 14 knots and has an estimated range of 3,500 nm.
He founded the Paul Simons Foundation, a charitable organisation which supports projects related to education, health, and scientific research. Mr Simons also founded Math for America, a non-profit organisation with the mission to significantly improve maths education in public schools. Mr Simons is known to shun the limelight and rarely gives interviews, and neither Wellington harbourmaster Mike Price nor a spokesman for CentrePort Wellington knew anything about the billionaire boat owner. It also supports an extension of services in the Waitemata Harbour to areas like Orakei, St Heliers and the North Shore in its submission to Auckland Transport’s draft Regional Transport Plan. The latest study that looked at providing ferry services in the Manukau Harbour was in 2005 by the former Auckland Regional Transport Authority. There is an opportunity to establish something viable now, while bigger development could take time, he said. That’s in part because some major services are provided on a commercial basis, without a contract with Auckland Transport, the report states. It receives its main source of income from renting space to Yachting Developments which builds super yachts like the one pictured under construction.
The missed target has meant the whole project has been reviewed by Auckland Council Properties Limited (ACPL) to establish whether it should continue. The possibility of not meeting the sales target was also labelled high risk due to the economic state of the marine industry. Southern Discoveries will be the only company offering excursions to Mt Nicholas Station, which will undergo some development in order to host the trip. The finished catamaran will be sailed to New Zealand and then transported from Bluff to Kingston where she will be launched on Lake Wakatipu. In addition, the company launched a new kayak operation in Milford Sound, opened new visitor information centres in Queenstown, and launched a scenic sightseeing cruise on Lake Wakatipu aboard the Queenstown Princess.
Mr Brown cited the Auckland Harbour Bridge as one of these decisions as only 10 years later clip-on lanes had to be added to cope with increasing traffic and light rail was not included. The service will take 30 minutes from Hobsonville Point to downtown Auckland and 40 minutes from Beach Haven. The pair were returning to Mr Hanna’s home at Dryden Bay after visiting friends in Queen Charlotte Sound.
The level of alcohol in his system may have impaired his attempts to get back on the boat after he fell off, Ms na Nagara said. He grabbed his friend but could not lift him on the boat so secured him with a rope while he radioed for help. The court heard that in February the man fell three metres as he tried to reattach handrails to a boat while it was on land for maintenance. He said businesses’ ability to develop new products was helping to keep the marine industry ticking over.
Each time, the industry appeared to be a leading economic indicator for what later unfolds by going quiet about six months before the rest of the economy, he said.
The Ethereal, owned by American couple Bill and Shannon Joy, is understood to have cost more than $60 million to build.
It is wind-powered and when there is no wind the propellers are driven by a hybrid of diesel and electric motors that move the boat, power household items and recharge the batteries at the same time. Mrs Joy recently joined the board of WildAid, a San Francisco-based charity that works to stop the trade in endangered animal parts. She said the issue was contained and the vessel proceeded to Gulf Harbour on one engine, escorted by the Navy ship HMNZS Manawanui. A hundred people had been working on the project for the last two-and-a-half years, and commercial manager Michael Eaglen said the fire had been devastating for all involved.
However, he said it was a long process to find out how much of the materials were actually salvageable. The 70-foot luxury launch was constructed for Yachts West, a company owned by wealthy Perth businessman Chris Norman. GMS took the matter to the Court of Appeal, which has now dismissed its argument and ordered it to pay the full sum. Further litigation between Delegat, Norman and a liquidator concluded at the High Court last month, with a judgment expected shortly. It is understood the vessel at the centre of the blaze was a 55m super yacht that had about one year to go until completion.
One employee who worked on the yacht said he did not want to speculate on the fate of the ship but that the situation didn’t look good. New drivers will have to sit a practical test, assessed by a qualified person approved by Maritime NZ. Custer's last stand, looking in the direction of the ford and the Indian village." A pile of bones on the Little Big Horn battlefield is all that remains, ca. Settler from Benson, Minn." Little girl feeding chickens against background of house, buckboard wagon, and ridge of plateau, Sun River, Mont.
Cockwells Modern and Classic Boatbuilding Ltd have leant more towards the Classic recently building the first new wooden passenger ferry for decades and two fine pilot cutters.
Our West Basin representative, Darryl Ramos-Young also provides media coverage updates and tons of positive energy and support. It’s also now compulsory to carry a communication device, such as a radio, mobile phone, distress beacon or flare, on board.
At the time it was associated with nearby Fitzroy Engineering, then as now the nation’s biggest heavy engineer. The ship would have a helipad, helicopter hangar, pool, hot tub and accommodation for 60 people. It is used for shipping container storage and as a base for the Sandford fishing fleet and Holcim Cement. It stated this in a submission to the regional transport plan last year and the company has also made submissions on the unitary plan.
Paul currently holds a number of Directorships, including Port of Napier Ltd and Netlogix Ltd, a 4PL logistics company. The boats have met several times on the race course in Australia, and Team Australia has taken four wins to TeamVodafone’s one. We have a connection with the regatta both through this history and the Waitemata harbour we share, which makes it the perfect event for us to support,” Chief Executive Tony Gibson said.
She carries a range of components manufactured by other New Zealand marine industry specialists such as anchors from Manson Anchors and windlasses and mooring capstans from Maxwell. A new carbon fibre mast was built by Southern Spars’ New Zealand custom projects facility and the new interior was built in-house by Yachting Developments tradesmen.
It suggested there would be limited demand for a service in the harbour and a lack of deep water at low tide was a problem.
Results will be discussed by the council finance and strategy committee on May 1 before a decision is made.
They had stopped at Furneaux Lodge where they had several rounds of beer, then visited a friend where they had a couple more beers. She is also director of the Joy Family Foundation, whose focus is the protection of marine ecosystems. A flume is laid upon bedrock in the bottom of Alder Gulch and the waters of the creek brought through it, carrying the auriferous sand.
Brian Pope at Penpol finds and restores classic yachts, Pendennis Shipyard restores superyachts, Square Sail at Charlestown teach traditional rigging.
Alfonso Morales is the teacher of the Solar Boat program at ECHS, along with the help of Fabian Ponciano. She also carries two custom-built 6.2m tenders built by Lloyd Stevenson Boat Builders in East Auckland and her carbon fibre side boarding ladder was made by another Auckland firm C-Quip. Staff at Furneaux Lodge and Mr Hanna’s friend had described Mr Rosson as moderately drunk. His level of intoxication was the primary factor in his death, as well as the lack of a life jacket, she said. He turned the boat around when he realised Mr Rosson was not on board and saw him in the water with his hand up. National Maritime Museum Cornwall & Falmouth Marine School offer a variety of professional Boatbuilding and Restoration courses.

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