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4 November 2013

Shipmate News 01 November 2013

Building bridges

Welcome to this edition of Shipmate News and firstly, if you are one of our subscribers who received a couple of ‘test’ newsletters from a couple of weeks ago, please accept my apologies. We value our subscribers and would never intentionally send you test emails. Unfortunately we had some issues with our ‘new format’ newsletter and in the process of addressing those we had a hiccup.

When we realized what had happened our immediate thought was to send a further email with an explanation and apology but decided that could have exacerbated the problem. Hence we’ve waited till now to explain. We sincerely regret any inconvenience and please be assured that we have taken steps to minimize the possibility of it ever happening again.

And now to the news and a story that belongs in the ‘What the…’ category. What in the world are Melbourne’s city planners thinking. Places Victoria, has recently released the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area, Draft Vision.

This is the urban renewal plan to convert the mainly industrial suburb of Fishermans Bend, about one kilometre from the CBD, into a prime residential area. No doubt a very commendable plan, but, part of the plan calls for a new pedestrian, cycle and tram bridge (or bridges) across the Yarra, just west of and down river, from Marina YE.

This low level bridge/s, if it goes ahead, will not only significantly impact boaters but, would have a devastating effect on Marina YE. It’s estimated that as few as two of the vessels currently berthed at Marina YE would be able to fit under the bridge. Not only would the current marina residents be denied access, but the many local boaters (and those visiting from interstate) who travel up river by boat to visit Yarras Edge, South Wharf or the Exhibition Centre, would no longer be able to berth anywhere on the south side of Docklands.

Have we learnt nothing from the past? With all of the low bridges already on the Yarra it’s only the smallest boats, or specially constructed ferries with low air draft that can travel along the Yarra to places like South Wharf or beyond. And now this talk of further restricting boating on the Yarra? Read the details below and how boaters can voice their objection.

Plenty of other news from around Australia in this edition so sit back, pick out what interests you and enjoy the read

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

100% Australian made fabric meets Flexitank’s vigorous requirements

31 October 2013

Flexitank (Australia) Pty Ltd, leaders in flexible polymer fabric products, announces their water bladder fabric is now 100% Australian made and exclusive to Flexitank. Production has begun on 4x4, marine, rainwater and made to order water bladders from the new 100% Australian Made potable drinking water fabric. All tank liners,... click for more

Maritimo sits with world leaders at Fort Lauderdale

30 October 2013

One of the largest boat shows in the world, The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, where some of the latest and most stunning vessels ever made are on display is expected to be kind to Australian luxury cruiser manufacturer, Maritimo. The Fort Lauderdale show starts on Thursday this week and runs until November 4. Maritimo’s sales... click for more

Five Short Blasts

30 October 2013

Five Short Blasts is an intricate, audio-based arts project focusing on the complex orchestrations of weather, industry, vessels and habitation in and around Melbourne’s docks. In maritime operations, communicating via a signal of five short blasts means ‘I am unsure of your intentions – I am concerned we are going to... click for more

Across the Bay to Conquer Cancer

30 October 2013

Across the Bay to Conquer Cancer is looking for boaters to assist as safety boats for their forthcoming event in January 2014. The now annual event involves a group of 50 experienced kiteboarders, followed by an squadron of 8-10 rescue boats, including Coast Guard Victoria, kite-surfing across Port Phillip Bay. One group of 25 riders will do... click for more

Maritimo appoints new GM Operations

28 October 2013

A marine industry business executive whose career spans more than 20 years has joined luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo as General Manager- Operations. For Phil Candler the move to Maritimo sees him re-join his former boss of more than 15 years, Bill Barry-Cotter, founder of the Maritimo Company. Candler worked for Barry-Cotter at Riviera... click for more

Safety regulator targets reckless boaters

28 October 2013

Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) is warning boaters who flout the law by anchoring in shipping channels or fairways that they will be pursued and may face on the spot fines of $289. Between 21 September and 21 October 2013, TSV received reports of a dozen instances of recreational boats anchoring in shipping lanes in Port Phillip Bay. Alarmingly,... click for more

What can Melbourne's city planners possibly be thinking?

28 October 2013

What in the world are Melbourne’s city planners thinking with the call to build yet another another low level bridge across the Yarra. Places Victoria, along with a project control group consisting of members from the City of Melbourne, City of Port Phillip, Port of Melbourne and the Department of Transport, Planning and Local... click for more

World-first active running trim measurement system

24 October 2013

Horizon has a strict no-compromise approach to quality for our luxury yachts, from the initial build stages to the sea trial (the final testing stage), to ensure that the yacht meets the designer and owner’s expectations. Part of this approach includes use of the intricate Vibration Measurement and Analysis System, which measures and... click for more

Australians profiled globally

24 October 2013

Following a successful Monaco Yacht Show, the Australian superyacht industry is ready to further strengthen their engagement with industry in America at the upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. AIMEX & Superyacht Australia CEO MaryAnne Edwards commented on the importance of ensuring Australia’s capability, facilities and... click for more

Innovations, incentives and new fee structures for SCIBS

24 October 2013

Plans are well underway for the 2014 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show with applications open to exhibitors from 9am Wednesday October 23 and the 2014 Exhibitor Information Kit available online at The Boat Show website has been upgraded as a one-stop information spot for exhibitors. The site features a simple... click for more

An underwater haven at Lady Musgrave

24 October 2013

The 7th annual, R Marine Jones, Great Sandy Straits Experience, certainly provided a sea change for Riviera 51 Open Flybridge owners, Michelle and Mark Bissaker who traded 40 acres of farmland in NSW for 50 nautical miles of pristine ocean in tropical Queensland. Mark, Michelle and their 11-year-old son, Aaron met the R Marine Jones team... click for more

'Sail' of the century: Port of Airlie offers rare 94-year berths

24 October 2013

Airlie Beach has been a drawcard for boaties for a long time with its sublime water, awe-inspiring natural beauty and laid-back character. But there’s a new attraction helping take the Whitsunday town to a whole new level of wow. Port of Airlie is a premier marina community just a short walk along the promenade to that famous Airlie Beach... click for more

Chaparral & Robalo ready for Gold Coast Show

24 October 2013

Chaparral and Robalo Boats are all set for next week’s (01 - 03 november) Gold Coast Marine Expo with an impressive line up of boats covering the entire range. With boats on display including cruisers, big bow riders, entry level H2o sport, ski/fish models and Robalo centre consoles, there is something for everyone. “The... click for more

Australian marina industry research breaks new ground

22 October 2013

The Marina Industries Association (MIA) is pleased to announce a record number of Australian marinas have to date participated in the current round of data entry to support the 2013 Health of the Australian Marina Industry Survey. When the research was last conducted in 2011 a total of 110 marinas participated. This represented 31% of... click for more

Opportunities for Aussies at Miami Boat Show

19 October 2013

Ensuring opportunities to profile Australian marine manufacturers, the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) has responded to member demand by securing space at the Miami International Boat Show 13-17 February 2013. AIMEX organises a number of Australian stands at many of the key international shows providing a platform for the... click for more

Big Bird’s record flight to Auckland

19 October 2013

When they passed between Auckland’s North Head and the leading lights at Rangitoto Channel at 9:12:43 NZ time this morning, the six-man crew on the giant multihull from Sydney nicknamed ‘Big Bird’ set a new world speed passage record from Sydney to Auckland. Once verified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council, it will be... click for more

Helly Hansen outfits all-womens team for Volvo Ocean Race

18 October 2013

Helly Hansen, the Norwegian manufacturer of premium performance apparel and footwear, has signed a three-year agreement as the official clothing and footwear supplier for SCA, a leading supplier of sustainable personal care and forest products who is heading into the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. Team SCA, an all-women’s team, was the first... click for more

Docklands recreational fishing strategy

17 October 2013

The City of Melbourne is developing a strategy in response to growing popularity of recreational fishing in Docklands. The strategy will provide the basis for the expansion and improvement of Victoria Harbour as a destination for fishing and is being funded through a $22,000 grant from the Victorian Government. Victoria Harbour has a healthy... click for more

Club Marine on board for SCIBS 2014

17 October 2013

The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) is charting its course for 2014 with planning well under way for the event’s 26th year. SCIBS sales, sponsorship and events manager Johan Hasser said major sponsor Club Marine was back on board for the 2014 show set down for May 22 – 25. It will be the eighth consecutive year... click for more

Pelican rescue – Beyond the call of duty

17 October 2013

A crowd gathered for a community event at Pittwater (NSW) got more than they bargained for when a Roads and Maritime Services Boating Safety Officer (BSO) demonstrated his commitment to helping the marine community recently. BSOs Daniel Duemmer and Mark Raward were at Rowland Reserve boat ramp educating boaters about the importance of carrying... click for more

Beneteau First Nationals planned for Festival of Sails

16 October 2013

Beneteau has confirmed that their second annual First Nationals will be held in conjunction with the Festival Of Sails Regatta in Geelong between the 23rd to 27th of January, 2014. In a coup for the leading French manufacturer, the First Nationals will be staged as part of the Festivals official race program, with Beneteau Divisions including... click for more

Festival of Sails entries open

16 October 2013

Entries opened at midnight last night for the 2014 Festival of Sails and within minutes Yachting Australia Vice President Matt Allen entered his new Carkeek 60, the next in a line of boats named Ichi Ban, the Japanese term for ‘First’. Built in Dubai by Premier Composite Technologies, Allen’s latest pedigree is currently in... click for more

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