• Celia Sampol

    Journalist for 12 years in Paris, Brussels and Washington, Celia Sampol is now the editor-in-chief of NauticExpo e-magazine.

    Is it a ship or a spaceship? Scheduled for launch several years from now, Sea Orbiter will generate a gold mine of information benefitting scientific research, space exploration and education in general. We spoke to Frenchman Jacques Rougerie, the father of this future undersea observatory.   NE e-mag: What’s the idea...

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    France is one of the few countries with regulations governing the dismantling and recycling of recreational vessels. But with economic and psychological hurdles, and problems reusing fiberglass, the obstacles are numerous. We spoke to Benoît Ribeil, project officer at APER, the French network overseeing the...

    A British consortium has manufactured the first robotic “micro subs,” about one-third the size of most conventional autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV). The innovative ecoSUBm and the smaller ecoSUBμ are compact and simple enough to be launched from robotic surface vessels without human intervention. At about 50 cm...

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    After more than three years of research and development, the US company Kymeta announced in early March that its flat-panel satellite antennas intended for superyachts are now available. The metamaterials-based mTenna ASM will appear on the first yachts in May and June of this year. Field testing will ensure that...

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    Last month’s EUROMARITIME fair in Paris inspired NauticExpo e-mag to take another look at the smart container revolution. The system renders a container intelligent, enabling it to communicate specific information in real time on its location and the state of the merchandise it contains. We talked to Tim Baker of...

    The C-Worker 7 is a robust multi-function unmanned surface vehicle (USV) suitable for a variety of offshore and coastal tasks. For example, it can carry out subsea positioning, surveying and environmental monitoring without maintaining a ship on station, according to the website of manufacturer ASV Global. With a...

    At the Miami International Boat Show Raymarine presented an all-new family of multifunction displays called Axiom, game changers poised to shake up the marine electronics industry. The 7-, 9-, and 12-inch touchscreen displays feature the new LightHouse 3 operating software and RealVision 3D sonar for superior...

    Imagine being able to work out while enjoying a cruise on the Seine. This is the idea behind the Paris Navigating Gym project from the Italian firm Carlo Ratti Associati. The sleek, 20-meter-long fitness vessel would have glass walls and carry up to 45 people. Passengers on cross trainers and pedaling spin bikes would...

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    The naval shipbuilding company Privinvest, headquartered in Lebanon, recently announced the delivery of Sailing Yacht A—the “most advanced sail-assisted superyacht ever built.” The giant vessel measures 143 meters and weighs in at about 12,600 GT, making it one of the largest superyachts in the world. The Sailing...

    In late January, SEAir’s Mini 747 made its first outing with enough wind to fly completely above the waves, reaching 15 knots in only 8 knots of wind. According to the French start-up, it was a “unique performance” and “the first time in the world a racing monohull was able to achieve stable, balanced flight using...