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Boat Show plans ramp up - Australian newsletter

by Peter Rendle 1 Apr 14:00 PDT
Sydney International Boat Show 2019 © David Clare /

We start with a message from the Boating Industry of Australia. To be included in the first round of allocations for the 2021 Sydney Festival of Boating, applications and deposits must be received by COB on Friday 9 April 2021.

Yesterday the BIA emailed applicants confirming they had received their application and deposit, for space at the festival. If you did not receive this confirmation and believe you have submitted an application and paid the deposit, please contact the BIA immediately by calling 02 9438 2077 (opt. 2). There is still an opportunity to submit your space application and deposit before the first round closes. Applications will continue to be accepted after 9 April however, priority for space will be given to applications and deposits received before the first-round close date in accordance with the Boating Industry Association Ltd space allocation policy (point 5 as referenced in the BIA Terms and Conditions for Exhibitions and Events).

In Melbourne potential exhibitors can shore up one of the last prime sites and do so while the 2019 pricing is still available. 2019 Exhibitor pricing at Melbourne has been extended until 14 April 2021, after which time 2022 prices will be in effect. The 2022 Show is selling fast with all of the yellow and green spaces already filled! Make sure to have plenty of time to organise your supply chain and stock. Be ready for what could be, given the market, and the new audience coming to boating, the best Boat Show ever! Support the industry and sure up the future of boat shows in Victoria. Join the nearly 50 Exhibitors that are already locked in and planning for the event. In the first instance pay just 10% of the site fee or $5k maximum as your first refundable instalment. More information: Invitation to exhibit [PDF] / Apply for exhibitor space / All exhibitor information.

In Brisbane, with the likelihood of that city hosting the 2032 Olympic Games, a record number of luxurious superyachts and their A-list guests would be likely to visit Australia for a front row seat. Many of the world's most exclusive privately-owned vessels could descend on our shores in a sight normally reserved for the likes of the French Riviera. Australia's superyacht refit and maintenance destination, Rivergate Marina and Shipyard, expects the influx would also deliver a massive economic and employment boost for the marine and tourism industries. Rivergate Director Tom Hill said the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the America's Cup in Auckland had originally been tipped to bring around 160 superyachts to the Asia Pacific region, before COVID-19 disruptions.

Meanwhile the pursuit of electric marine power refuses to abate. BRP recently announced its five-year plan where it will offer electric models in each of its product lines by the end of 2026. To achieve this, BRP plans to invest $300M over five years in product development, specialized equipment, infrastructure, production tooling and facilities. "We have always said electrification was not a question of 'if' but a question of 'when'. Today, we're very excited to unveil more details of our plan to deliver market-shaping products that will enhance the consumer experience by offering new electric options," said José Boisjoli, President and CEO. "We are leveraging our engineering know-how and innovation capabilities to define the best strategy for developing electric-powered products," he added.

But its not just electric power being researched for future propulsion options. Yanmar Holdings Co., Ltd. and its subsidiary Yanmar Power Technology Co., Ltd. have conducted a field demonstration test for the maritime fuel cell system on March 24, in Oita, Japan. The International Maritime Organization has announced a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by the end of this century. With marine environmental regulations tightening worldwide, in December last year, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry formulated its "Green Growth Strategy towards 2050 Carbon Neutrality". The strategy highlights the development of energy and power sources that reduce the impact on the environment, including those for vessels powered by carbon-free fuels such as hydrogen and ammonia. A global leader in maritime powertrain technology, Yanmar was among the first companies to comply with environmental regulations with its development of dual-fuel marine engines. Looking to the future of powertrain technology, Yanmar has developed a maritime fuel cell system that incorporates hydrogen fuel cell modules from Toyota's MIRAI automobile. The system was installed into Yanmar's EX38A FC pleasure boat for field testing.

A more conventionally powered craft was recently launched by Norman G. Wright, one of Australia's oldest boat builders. The company has launched 'Siabo', the first of three new custom designed and built 14.2m XLW Class Pilot Boats, for PNG Ports Corporation. 'Siabo' is the first boat to hit the water from Wrights featuring their all-new Extra Long Waterline (XLW Class) design, which offers optimum seakeeping and efficiency in all sea conditions. The new generation XLW Class Pilot Boat was designed and built from the keel up incorporating a warped planing hull and new production techniques that have resulted in a 3 knot increase in max speed with 100hp less power, whilst retaining strength and providing a soft dry ride. Working with the team from ATL Composites, Wright's Naval Architects and Master Tradesmen integrated unique composite construction combining resin infused and pressed GRP cored panels with DNV GL approval.

People in the news this week includes Groupe Beneteau who announced that Martin Schemkes has been appointed Brand Director of DELPHIA. Previously in charge of sales management for the JEANNEAU and PRESTIGE brands in Central and Northern Europe, Martin Schemkes joined the Groupe Beneteau in 2000. Over the past 20 years, he has effectively developed the Central and North European markets and managed both sales and marketing for JEANNEAU powerboats and sailboats, as well as PRESTIGE motoryachts. Prior to joining Groupe Beneteau, Martin Schemkes held various sales and marketing positions in the marine industry for boat and engine manufacturers. A Dutch national, Martin is a marine engineer with marketing training. He speaks English, German and French.

And finally, for all the marine companies involved in recreational fishing we now have a regional website covering Australia exclusively. With the ability to constantly update news within hours the site will be a favourite with all fishos anxious to learn of the latest boats and products, and with the help of clubs and associations the news from these essential organisations regarding events and latest topics.

Stay safe,
Peter Rendle

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