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The wreck of a ship sunk by Japanese aircraft 74 years ago has finally been located, mapped and filmed by Australia's Marine National Facility ship RV Investigator operating in the Arafura Sea off the Northern Australian coast. The NT Government had requested the drive-by wreck search as the ship re-positioned between Australia's East and West coasts. According to CSIRO voyage ...

The last time I was here in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea commissioning a Sea Tel marine VSAT system, this beauty was erupting. It took us a bit longer than usual to figure out why we couldn't get the system on satellite.

We are looking forward to catching up with customers, suppliers, partners and friends this week at the Monaco Yacht Show. And of course getting our hands and feet on some of the latest and greatest marine hardware on the planet. 125 super yachts will be on show with 580 exhibitors from every corner of the world. Including Australia of course! Highlights for us comms nerds in ...

Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited have announced that they are cancelling or re-scheduling cruises in order to provide humanitarian assistance to victims of Hurricane Irma. Up to four vessels will be involved in providing supplies and transportation to affected areas including Saint Martin and South Florida. Majesty of the Seas is currently steaming towards Saint Thomas in the U ...

We had the pleasure of working with Signature Marine on the newest addition to Sydney's charter fleet this week. Recently re-located from the Middle East, the 30m Nadara yacht Shadow is sleek, contemporary and well equipped both inside and out. Best of luck to the Owner and the team at Shadow Charters for their upcoming first season on the stunning New South Wales and Queenslan ...

There has been a small but very welcome relaxing of the rules for super yachts visiting Australia's great Barrier Reef. National peak body Superyacht Australia announced this week that after many years of lobbying the federal government, their requests for better access to the iconic cruising grounds have finally enjoyed some success. New anchorages have been defined that will ...

Major exercises involving 21 ships, 33,000 troops and 200 aircraft from Australia and the USA have concluded this week off the Queensland coast. Operation Talisman Sabre is held biennially and is Australia's largest military training event. ...

Good things come in threes. Is that how the saying goes? One of our talented (and lucky) marine VSAT engineers completed three back-to-back VSAT service visits in the island paradise of Bora Bora in French Polynesia this week. All three super yachts had problems with their dual 1m Ku-band marine VSAT systems. All working again now, and not a bad place to work for a few days. ...

Only a few weeks since MY Glaze's Voyager award for its cruise of Northwest Australia, another Kimberleys yacht has been cited at the top of Boat International magazine's list of the 21 best charter yachts in remote destinations. Built in 1965, the 42m vessel Anda originally worked the much colder waters of the North Sea as a buoy tender for the Norwegian coastguard. Re-modele ...

Today is World Oceans Day and to mark the occasion, Museums Victoria will stage a live event on board CSIRO's ship RV Investigator. Children around the country will be able to see specimens such as the popular faceless fish and the alien-like sea spider.

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