News and Views

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.

Ships operating in high latitudes are likely to benefit from the new Iridium Next satellite network and Cobham Satcom's new Sailor 4300 unveiled at last week's Nor-shipping show.

If you've visited a maritime trade show in the last year or so, you may have noticed something unusual among the familiar crop of white, mushroom-topped satellite antennas on some of the tech stands. You might have spotted a strange, new, minimal form. In fact you may not have seen the low profile shape at all had it not been surrounded by excited sales people, be-dazzled cus ...

49m yacht and Acutec customer Glaze has won the prestigious Boat International Voyager Award for a trip around Australia's rugged and remote Kimberley coast last year. Competition was strong with Glaze beating off two other nominees for the most inspiring super yacht cruise itinerary of 2016. The top award was one of several presented at a glittering ceremony at Palazzo Vecchi ...

It's exciting to be officially opening our new base in WA this week. We love Fremantle with its nautical heritage and ideal location, putting us that bit closer to our customers and suppliers in the West. As well as offshore, WA is bustling with activity in the cruise, government and commercial maritime sectors. If you are in town, please drop in and meet the team! ...

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