• Michael Halpern

    Michael Halpern is a US-born and bred writer with experience in radio. He has lived in southern France for 15 years. He is our in-house NauticExpo anglophone translator.

    Rolls-Royce, the Norwegian University of Technology and Science researchers SINTEF Ocean and classification society DNV GL have partnered to develop an open-source platform for the development of new ships. The tool will enable designers to create a “digital twin,” a copy of an actual vessel, including its operating...

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    RAMLAB, the port of Rotterdam’s additive manufacturing lab, is developing the first ship propeller manufactured using 3D-Printing technology. The joint effort includes partners Damen Shipyards, Promarin, Autodesk and Bureau Veritas. The propeller is based on a Promarin model found on a Damen tug. It measures 1,300 mm...

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    The NERD 3CSup is a stand-up paddle-board that stands out. Nominated for the 2017 Compasso d’Oro, it is ultra light—just 7 kg. The translucent board has an environment-sensitive cardboard core protected by a nature-friendly water-based coating. In addition, a valve built into the handle works like a whale’s blowhole,...

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    Taboo, a 90-meter ice class concept super-yacht is the fruit of a collaboration between New York’s Gill Schmid Design and Tim Dempers Studio in Cape Town. Conceived for global exploration, it can handle conditions from polar to tropical. It combines the performance of a commercial vessel with luxury to suit the most...

    Sealver, creator of the jet-ski driven Wave Boat, is leveraging the power of virtual reality (VR) to improve both production and marketing of their craft. A brick-and-mortar showroom can hold only a few models, while VR can present the entire line. In addition, it is the best way for faraway clients to examine the...

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    Lloyd’s Register launched its Virtual Reality Safety Simulator at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas. The software is designed to raise awareness of on-site safety issues and facilitate risk assessment in the oil and gas industry. Offshore platforms and onshore plants are particularly...

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    The Italian company Ice Yachts won this year’s Asian Marine & Boating Award with its new  Ice 52 RS for sailing yachts over 45 feet. Announced at the China International Boat Show in Shanghai, the prize recognizes design and innovation excellence. The yard builds entirely in-house, from glass fiber-carbon hull to...

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    S Com Tech launched its Smart Cat 850 at the recent China International Boat Show in Shanghai. The entry-level vessel can carry 12, but is perfect for a cruising couple or small family. Options include two or three cabins and one or two heads. The manufacturer states that the boat is manufactured to meet luxury...

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    This year’s China International Boat Show in Shanghai saw Victron Energy haul in the Most Innovative Company award. The Dutch firm beat out competitors from throughout the marine sector with its Quattro inverter/chargers and other recent products. The 15 kVA Quattro can be connected to two different AC sources—for...

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    Recent research shows that sharks have much better eyesight than previously thought, and that vision plays a crucial role in hunting prey. In response, Australian wetsuit manufacturer Radiator has incorporated certain colors and motifs developed by Shark Mitigation Systems (SMS) into its Shark Deterrent line. The...