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MedAire acquired Ocean Medical

MedAire has acquired medical kit supplier Ocean Medical International (OMI), the latest in a string of similar businesses MedAire or its parent, International SOS, has acquired in the past few…

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Tognum invests in expansion and development

Germany-based Tognum AG intends to invest more than 1 billion euros by the end of 2014. About 600 million euros will go each into research and development and long-term capital…

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Yachts named at World Superyacht Awards

The 47m M/Y Loretta Anna won Motor Yacht of the Year in the eighth annual World Superyacht Awards over the weekend. Designed by Dubois Naval Architects and built by Alloy…

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China islands open

China has begun allowing tourists to visit the Paracel Islands, one of a group of disputed islets and reefs in the South China Sea, according to a story by Reuters…

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New Zealand marine industry launches Friends of NZ Marine

In preparation of America’s Cup racing this fall, the New Zealand marine industry has launched Friends of NZ Marine, a new initiative designed to connect Kiwis and Kiwi friends working…

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Rhode Island starts marine apprentice program

Rhode Island starts marine apprentice program The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA) has received state approval and grant money to launch a pre-apprenticeship and an apprenticeship program for the…

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Customs and Border Protection automate Arrival Departure

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has begun automating Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record to streamline the admissions process for individuals lawfully visiting the United States. Form I-94 provides international visitors evidence…

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Bahamas gets more patrol vessels

The government of the Bahamas has signed a letter of intent with Damen Shipyards Group of Holland to buy eight long-range patrol vessels and an emergency relief craft for the…

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Safe Harbor Maritime Academy begins summer program

Jacksonville-based Safe Harbor Maritime Academy has begun its first summer program, Summer Yacht School where 12 teenage boys will spend the summer living aboard the 114-foot M/Y Amazing Grace and learn…

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Texas yacht sales tax cap in committee

A repeat effort to cap sales tax on yachts sold in Texas at roughly $25,000 is not gaining ground in a state legislature concerned about billions in predicted budgetary shortfalls.…

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