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1 November 2015

Shipmate News 02 November  2015

Timely reminders

Looks like the snapper season has already taken its toll on one unfornutate, (or should that be foolish), fisherman who ran his boat up on the rocks at the 'Warmies' at Williamstown (Vic) last night.

Reports indicate that the six metre fishing boat was travelling along Warmies boat channel towards the boat ramp when the boat struck the rock wall about 9.15pm.

The boat capsized and two men on board were thrown out of the vessel and became trapped momentaraly before managing to scramble out onto the rock wall and walk back to the boat ramp car park. The pair then returned to their car and drove home.

Water police were called to the incident and caught up with the driver who returned a positive preliminary breath test. The 43 year old Newport man was taken to a nearby police station where he returned a reading of .085%. He is expected to be charged on summons with drink driving a vessel and other marine related offences.

And now to what else is making news around Australia with a wide-ranging wrap-up of news, views and information, but just before you get into that, 'click for more' on any of the articles in this edition and you'll note that we've made some (we are told) welcome changes to the format. As well as that, the pictures in the articles are much larger, and in a number of articles, there's more than one picture.

That's just one obvious change but there are more. We've been working behind the scenes to make Shipmate News easier to read with more information and there's still more changes on the way including a new format for Shipmate News which we'll launch soon. Actually, visit the website at and you'll get an idea of the new format from the layout of Shipmate News on the home page.

But that's not all we've been working on. We're also in the process of preparing a print edition of Shipmate Marine Directory for South East Queensland. The format will be similar to what we've been producing annually in Victoria for the last 11 years. 10,000 copies of this handy pocket size, recreational boaters essential guide, and the conduit between the marine industry and recreational boaters, will be distributed free to boaters prior to commencement of the boat show season in May 2016.

If you're a marine business that services boaters in South East Queensland then visit the website at and submit your free listing. That way you're sure to be included when we go to print.

Oh and by the way, on the website, all of the individual categories can be filtered by state or region making it easy for boaters to find you; wherever you're located! 

Well that's it for me again this time, I'm off to study some racing form, heard someone say there's some big horse race happening in Melbourne tomorrow...

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

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Fisheries Officers seize trophy fish

26 October 2015

A 25 year old Geelong (VIC) man will be summonsed to appear in Court after a routine inspection of his vehicle allegedly revealed more than five times the legal daily bag limit of trout at the Eildon Pondage this week. Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) Fisheries Officers discovered thirteen large trout... click for more

Aussie logistics company carries weight on global stage

26 October 2015

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Stolen Chaparral Vortex Jetboat

26 October 2015

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Repower saves ferry operator time and fuel

26 October 2015

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New photochromic bi focal readers

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New plastic fishing licences from November

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Mercury powers stunning new tender

22 October 2015

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29 nations set for Para World Sailing Championships

22 October 2015

The 2015 Para World Sailing Championships is set to welcome 140 sailors from 29 nations in Melbourne from 24 November to 3 December 2015. Racing out of the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria in Williamstown,competitors will be gunning for the final Rio 2016 Paralympic Sailing Competition with the stakes as high as they could possibly be. The 2.4mR... click for more

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22 October 2015

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Discover sailing on 15 November

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Southport Yacht Club will host a free 'Discover Sailing Day' at the Club’s Hollywell Sail Training facility, 1 Marina Crescent, Hollywell on Sunday 15 November, 2015. The Discover Sailing Day is aimed at increasing public awareness in sailing, especially amongst children, promoting the message: Sailing is for everyone... click for more

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