Posted by JD Yachts | 15th November 2017
 
The UK Ship Register announced that it has signed its first-ever unmanned vessel to the flag.
 
ASV's C-Worker 7 can be used under direct control, semi-manned or completely unmanned.
 
Although such autonomous vessels are now being introduced to many fleets in both commercial and military sectors across the world, they are still relatively new in the maritime sector.
 
“By supporting emerging technologies such as autonomous systems, we are helping to keep the UK at the forefront of the global maritime industry,” Doug Barrow, Director UK Ship Register, said.
 
“The UK Flag is growing, as we have invested in resources to meet the demands of that growth. We have the support of the UK Government, and the wider UK maritime industries to continue our expansion,” Barrow added.
 
Vince Dobbin, Sales and Marketing Director of ASV Global said, "We are delighted to have achieved the first registration of a semi-autonomous vessel for maritime operations. The MCA has been critical in enabling ASV to reach this pivotal milestone recognising the prominence of unmanned systems in the maritime environment,"
 
ASV has designed and built more than 80 vessels which are now deployed all over the world in the service of the oil and gas, scientific and defence sectors.
 
 
Posted by JD Yachts | 8th November 2017
Building a cruise ship is expensive, with costs in excess of $1 billion.
 
Alternatively, you could always cut the one you already have in two and fit an extender section. You can see what that looks like in the time-lapse video below of Blohm+Voss in Hamburg extending a Fred. Olsen ship called the Braemar.
 
Posted by JD Yachts | 2nd November 2017
Garmin has bought Italian electronic navigation charts company, Navionics.
 
Garmin CEO Cliff Pemble said the company would combine Navionics content with Garmins own BlueChart and LakeVü mapping systems. Navionics will bring its extensive database of nautical charts for oceans, rivers and lakes, developed in the field and remotely with satellite imagery and laser scanners.
 
"Navionics has long been known as a leading supplier of highly accurate navigational charts and mobile applications for boaters," Cliff Pemble said in a release. "Going forward, we plan to retain the Navionics brand and will continue to support Navionics' existing customers."
 
Garmin stated it would continue to employ Navionics 350 employees worldwide. The company did not disclose the financial terms of the deal.
Posted by JD Yachts | 25th October 2017
A few months from launching its first Wider 165, Wider is showing off more than three years worth of work all condensed into a couple of minutes of video.
 
 
 
 
A stand out feature on the WIDER 165, is the 98m² beach club with a 7m pool – larger than any competitor – which converts to store a 32’ rigid tender. In addition, her diesel-electric propulsion using azimuthal pods – the same system as used on the WIDER 150 – ensures that she will be the quietest among yachts in the same size range.
  
The Wider 165 will be in the water in early 2018.
Posted by JD Yachts | 18th October 2017
The Harbour Hotel, which has been designed to look like a modern superyacht, is situated on the waterfront at Ocean Village and is hoping to gain a five-star rating imminently.
 
The striking building boasts 85 bedrooms, with prices starting from £185 per night, and is surrounded by an extensive decked terrace outdoors to offer great views of the marina.
 
Among the building’s indoor features is a jetty-style ground floor restaurant, a cinema that will showcase the latest films and cult classics, and numerous event rooms for weddings and other functions. On the top floor there is a rooftop bar, kitchen and club, which will open late every night and host local DJs and live music. Elsewhere, the hotel also contains an indoor pool, sauna, steam room and hydrotherapy pool.
 
Residents of Southampton have been given full access to all facilities.
 
Simon Maguire, general manager of Harbour Hotel commented, “With the team now in place for our new milestone Southampton opening, we are extremely excited to welcome locals and new visitors to the area.”
 
For more information, visit Harbour Hotel.

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