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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! ...

The world's fastest Aluminium yacht and the world's most decorated football player put in an appearance together at the Singapore Yacht show today. The event was captured by our Dominic Bond. Giggsy is tricky to spot on the helipad of the 77m long, Western Australia-built yacht Silver Fast. I'm sure Manchester United fans won't have any trouble picking him out though. ...

On several days of each year, interference from  the Sun completely wipes out satellite communications here on Earth. The  phenomenon is known as a sun outage and for those who rely on communications at sea, it can mean trouble. Almost all  communications satellites sit in space directly above the Equator. Unfortunately, on exactly two days a year, so does our sun. These dates ...

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