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Malta offers great diving, deep harbors

Last summer, I had the privilege to captain the catamaran Ranger on its Malta expedition as part of the ocean advocacy organization Oceana (oceana.org). I was lucky to be surrounded…

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La Ciotat yard expands

Compositeworks, a shipyard in La Ciotat in the South of France, has an agreement with the Atlantic Refit Center to operate in its two dry docks in La Rochelle. The…

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New Italian yard open

A new refit yard has opened in Pesaro, Italy, on the site of the former Cantiere Navale di Pesaro on the Adriatic coast. Renamed Cantiere Rossini after the 19th century…

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OceanLED launches new sport series

UK-based OceanLED, a manufacturer of marine LED lighting, has introduced its new Sport Series, with the debut of the Sport S3116s, engineered for sport fishing and active cruising. The light…

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App for chart corrections live

UK-based DG MAritime has created an app to supply official paper chart corrections. Designed by mariners, the app allows charts to be maintained via compatible tablets. It offers flag state-compliant…

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Honda debuts new 4-stroke engines

Georgia-based Honda Marine has debuted its new BF4 and BF6 4-stroke outboard engines, and redesigned its BF5. They are billed as easy to start, thanks to a new decompression mechanism,…

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Danelec unveils new ECDIS

Denmark-based Danelec Marine has introduced its new DM700 series Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) that fully complies with the new IEC and IHO performance standards that will be…

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New EPIRB on four frequencies

UK-based McMurdo, a manufacturer of emergency equipment, has introduced a new family of EPIRBs that combines multiple frequencies into a single EPIRB product. The SmartFind and Kannad SafePro distress beacons…

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Rolls-Royce unveils new MTUs

Rolls-Royce has introduced its advanced design MTU Series 4000 diesel engines for IMO III and EPA Tier 4 emission regulations. The engines have completed over 4,000 hours on MTU’s test…

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Captain’s log: Cuba changing, western Caribbean not so much

By Sue Mitchell After leaving Ft. Lauderdale in June, we stopped at Santiago de Cuba and thought we would share our experience with other captains. We had to go alongside…

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