• Celia Sampol

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

    With one of the only large cruising trimarans on the market, for the French company Neel Trimarans business is booming. The founder, Eric Bruneel, tells us about the advantages of a trimaran over a catamaran. The company intends to launch its new model at the International Multihull Boat Show in April.   NauticExpo...

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    Beneteau will launch its new Boat Club at the beginning of 2018. Borrowing the idea from the US, the French boatbuilding giant is counting on it to generate significant growth. We interviewed Bruno Lescher, head of the Boat Club.   NauticExpo e-magazine: How will the Beneteau Boat Club work? Bruno Lescher: We’re using...

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    PowerDocks announced the European launch of its Blue Isles floating microgrid at METS 2017. Initial introduction of the firm’s Marine Autonomous Powered Docking Platform (MAPD) took place earlier this year in the US. The world’s first autonomous powered mooring is capable of generating, storing and distributing...

    French firm CarenEcolo, founded in 2015, was nominated for a Marina and boatyard equipment DAME Award at METS 2017. Its economical mobile hull washing system removes pollutants from wash water so that it can be put back into the natural environment. We spoke with system creator Gaëtan Fouquet.   NauticExpo e-mag: How...

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    Every big event leaves an environmental footprint. In sailboat racing, vessels are built, a huge logistical operation is set in motion and RIBs log hours of water time. In addition, race villages at each port produce a lot of waste. A recently-implemented program is designed to minimize the Volvo Ocean Race’s impact....

    Dutchman Jason Schot created the PanPan Beacon and App in January 2016. Soon after, it received  the 2017 Pittman Innovation Award and can be found on NauticExpo website. This smart, inexpensive crew monitor consists of a beacon and a simple phone app to constantly check everyone’s presence on board. Jason told us...

    OnWaves is a maritime GSM provider whose service enables calling anywhere in the world from the middle of the ocean. Headquartered in Iceland the company began operating in 2007 on cruise ships, ferries and offshore platforms, with the goal of “enhancing the lives of the crews.” NauticExpo e-magazine met with OnWaves...

    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...