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September 10, 2018

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Va Va Voom! Turn the Key and Go

Fashionista: The Invictus 320GT

America’s Cup 36—A Return to its Origins

The Online Boating and Maritime Exhibition

Motor Boat Frenzy

Dear readers,


NauticExpo e-magazine is happy to see you back after the summer break. In this September issue, we talked to builders, designers and engine manufacturers from all over the world to find out more about the latest trends in the motor boat sector.

On another note, one of our journalists dug into the massive legal document that sets the rules for the next America’s Cup to give you a taste of the main changes that will impact the race.

In this issue, we also talk about rotor sails, autonomous collision avoidance and biofouling standards. And don’t forget to read our stories about the maritime SMM show in early September in Hamburg and the Cannes Yachting Festival which is currently underway. As for the latter, we will publish more videos soon to illustrate the new products presented at the fair.


Happy reading!

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The demand is getting higher and higher for equipment that increases comfort or facilitates navigation so includes stabilizer, joystick, modular cockpits and water access.
The Sea Ray SLX 400 is one of the smallest boats to be fitted with a stabilizer; also note the moveable deck arrangement as well. (Photo: Sea Ray)


Convenience is king in many aspects of the modern world, so why should power boating be any different? NauticExpo e-magazine talked to global builders, designers and engine manufacturers to find out more about the latest trends in the motor boat sector.   Simply turn the key and go, preferably when the weather is nice....

The Invictus 320 GT will make its debut at the 2018 Cannes Yachting Festival. (Photo: Invictus)


Using striking aesthetics aimed at getting you noticed on the Amalfi coast and other chic places around the world, the Invictus 320GT combines style with substance.   Italian styling from superyacht designer Christian Grande along with some wonderful fine detailing elevates this day boat range beyond many of the...

Challenger Emirates Team New Zealand declared the return to monohulls in the next edition of the America’s Cup in Auckland in 2021. (Photo: Omega)


For the “new school” the recent declaration by Emirates Team New Zealand of the return to monohulls in the next edition of the America’s Cup in Auckland has been seen as a step backwards, bringing to a halt the recent progression made concerning both the advances in the design of multihull crafts and making the sport of...

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The cylindrical, 24 m-high and 4 m-diameter rotor sail is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 900 tonnes annually.
Already sailing wind-assisted—Viking Grace. (Photo: Tuukka Ervasti)

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Viking Line has installed a Flettner rotor sail on its LNG-fuelled Viking Grace ferry, making it the world’s first passenger ship to harness wind power with this kind of sail.   Lloyd’s Register (LR) approved the structure and the risk-assessment related to the installation of the sail in keeping with its Guidance...

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  • Automatic collision avoidance (Photo: Mohamad Ridzuan Bin Raml)

    In partnership with design, engineering and risk management consultancy BMT, autonomous technology specialist ASV Global is leading a new EUR 1.36 million research project to enhance the safety—especially collision avoidance—and reliability of autonomous navigation.   Partially funded by Innovate UK, Britain’s...

    A ship arrives at Ports of Auckland's Container Terminal. (Photo: Ports of Auckland)

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    The first country in the world to introduce a nationwide standard for biofouling, New Zealand now demands that all commercial and recreational vessels must comply with strict new rules before they enter the country’s waters.   Issued by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), the rules came into force in mid-May...

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    Beneteau is re-launching a new armada of boats including its race-winning line of cruiser-racers, First.
    Beneteau Oceanis 46.1 (Photo: Beneteau)


    French yacht building giant Beneteau is re-launching a new armada of boats including its race-winning line of cruiser-racers, First. They will be presented during the Cannes Yachting Festival from September 11-16 in southern France.   The iconic brand of cruiser-racers First is relaunching with a combination of new...

    LNG tank design with GTT's membrane containment system (Photo:t GTT)


    “It will start with areas where we don’t compete directly, and where we see value in cooperation. Are you big enough to optimize on your own? Today maybe, but in the future…?” That was the comment from Wärtsilä marine solutions president Roger Holm to NauticExpo e-magazine in January when he explained his vision for a...

    ABB next-generation DP system (Photo: ABB)


    Global technology company ABB chose SMM to launch its Ability Marine Pilot Control (AMPC) system, “the next-generation dynamic positioning [DP] system that paves the way towards autonomous shipping.” The launch was complemented by classification society Lloyd’s Register’s simultaneous announcement that the system had...

    The shipping industry has been slow to embrace the IoT. (Bigstock)

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    The shipping industry has been relatively slow to embrace the Internet of Things (IoT). Inmarsat and Denmark-based Danelec Marine plan to change that. “The critical element in any IoT system is the availability of timely, high-quality data through reliable low-cost connections from remotely-located machines, equipment...

    "If implemented correctly, blockchain technology has the potential to bring greater efficiency, security and trust to maritime industry transactions." (Photo: Bitcoin News)


    In collaboration with UK-based consultancy Applied Blockchain, classification society Lloyd’s Register (LR) has launched the world’s first blockchain-enabled tool at SMM for the process of registering new ships into Class. Also announced at SMM, South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) is to join LR in...


    Rowan Gyde

    A native New Zealander who previously worked in the marine leisure and superyacht industries, currently based in Southern France balancing content management for NauticExpo and writing for NauticExpo e-magazine.

    Monica Hutchings

    Monica Hutchings is a Canadian writer and translator who has worked on everything from technical descriptions to academic journals. She is also our in-house English translator.

    Kevin Green

    Kevin Green is a Sydney-based yachting journalist who contributes to international boating publications.


    Celia Sampol

    Celia Sampol has been a journalist for more than 15 years. She worked in Brussels and Washington for national medias (Agence France Presse, Liberation, Europolitics). She’s the editor-in-chief of NauticExpo e-magazine and MedicalExpo e-magazine.

    Tony Slinn

    Formerly editor-in-chief of IHS Maritime, Tony Slinn is an independent maritime journalist.