>> CAPTAIN’S Q&A: LOUIS RICH OF MALTESE FALCON: Exclusive Interview With Louis Rich, Captain Of The Iconic 88-Metre Maltese Falcon p.06
>> ARMEL LE CLEAC’H WINS THE 8TH VENDÉE GLOBE: An exclusive interview with the winner of the winner of the VendéeGlobe p.40
>> ALEX THOMPSON’S DIARY IN HIS INCREDIBLE VENDÉE GLOBE JOURNEY: Alex Thomson chronicles his remarkable attempt for sailing history p.42
>> MARITIME SAFETY CULTURE: AN INTERVIEW WITH CAPTAIN JOHN WRIGHT: Murray Goldberg interviews marine safety expert Captain John Wright p.18
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The Vendee Globe
We focus on Alex Thomson’s new monohull singlehanded 24 hour
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Armel Le Ceac’h Wins Vendee Globe
Tribute to The eighth Vendee Globe race winner, which began November 6 from Les Sables
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The Everest of the Sea
We track the various sea-corridors of the most perilious and
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Armel Le Cleac’h Wins the 8thVendée Globe
An exclusive interview with the 39-year-old Frenchman, following his arrival after being
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Alex Thompson’s Diary in his Incredible Vendée Globe Journey:
“A terrible, terrible day. I awoke to a loud bang. There are dark times ahead.”
A unique glimpse with Alex Thomson, as he chronicles his remarkable attempt for sailing history in the
14 Sail Away: In Conversation with
Milena Modigliani Perini of Perini Navi
Claire Wrathall catches up with Fabio Perini’s wife to talk
beautiful boats, secret weapons and the buzz of working on
18 Maritime Safety Culture: An
Interview with Captain John Wright
Murray Goldberg, founder and President of Marine Learning
Systems, interviews marine safety expert Captain John
24 A Quality Achievement that
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Absolute 50FLY” crowned as the best European motoryachts
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26 America’s Cup 12 metre Freedom
Returns to Newport
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The latest addition to our family has been the launch of Malta
International Boats & Yachting Awards.
I am gaining a better understanding of why the boats and
yachting sector has never really taken off and flourished in
Malta, as it did in other areas in the Mediterranean. Because it
feels a bit like a pregnancy. Waiting for the baby to arrive, yet it
never does! The guys on the shop floor started to laugh when
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on a supernatural significance.
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shop floor family treat the event as a random occurrence, like catching an illness. All these elements
together give this story a distinct overtone of absurdity and suggest a universe that functions without
any governing system of order and justice. An allegory of the past, the present and perhaps the future!
I have many happy childhood memories of boats, yachts, naval vessels and aircraft carriers entering
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Admirality boats used to ferry the Rear Admiral of the British naval fleet in the Mediterranean, just
beneath Villa Portelli. It is at the same spot that I charter yachts which take me on weekend voyages
navigating around the Maltese Islands, and beyond! I will let you know how things turn out on my next
charter and where we have been. Just look out for “Captain Blood” this season. You will definitely see
me partying on board sometime in July/August. Its chartering life will begin from that point onwards.
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have our own boat. We reserve two to four weeks each year for ourselves and, for the rest of the time,
we are happy for it to cruise around with other boating and yachting enthusiasts. This is an easier way
for people to become familiar with sailing and check out whether it really is fun on the water, besides
adventuring to new places, such as the Aeolin Islands and visiting Vulcano, Panarea, Stromboli.
Of course, I have long known that it’s really great. But it would be good if I could persuade even more
people to sail with us. Preferably on an Absolut 50 Fly! But I don’t have to explain that to you either.
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Avel & Men, les hommes du vent!
Avel & Men offers a fine range of leather goods and accessories for the
lovers of the sea and regatta.
Xavier Broise, president and co-founder of Avel & Men, announced in the
press last October: "Our ambition is to be present in some forty countries
by the end of 2017". Thanks to the success of the brand’s launch and
following a warm welcome in the press, the Avel & Men crew is pursuing
its development strategy and announces its presence at the Maison et
Objet show. We will be present in hall 7 in the "scènes d’intérieur gallery"
section, which brings together the most exclusive and creative companies
at the show.
"We are pleased to offer a range of leather goods and luxury accessories,
while at the same time deepening our passion for Brittany and regatta. We
are pleased by the enthusiastic reaction of both the fashion community
At the show Avel & Men will present its initial range of products and the
latest additions. A few surprises and new prototypes will also be unveiled,
but still adhering to the trademarks of the brand: "an alliance of material,
technical rope and Italian leather as well as our exclusive isobaric card
lining" says Agnes Broise, co-founder of the company.
We look forward to seeing you from October 20 in Hall 7, stand F132,
and to presenting our concept to you. MS
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World Oceans Day
WORLD OCEANS DAY:
Richard Branson's top tips for saving our oceans
by Richard Branson
To celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8, 2017, activist
and philanthropist Sir Richard Branson suggests ten things
everyone can do to help care for the oceans...
>> Eight million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans every
>> It is predicted that by 2050 there will be more plastic in
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4. Take care of the beach
Tidy up after yourself and others, and join a global movement to keep beaches,
waterways and the ocean rubbish-free. Visit oceanconservancy.org
Pollution from land-based sources is the primary cause of
1. Reduce your carbon impact
Limit the damage to coral reefs and marine life caused by ocean acidification
from increased carbon dioxide emissions by reducing your carbon footprint.
Use public or cleaner transport, adopt energy-saving options at home, eat locally
produced organic food and cut down on meat and dairy. When you fly, offset
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2. Get to know your seafood
To help conserve fish stocks so they can continue feeding us in the future,
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questions. Discover which seafoods are commonly mislabelled and find out how
your supermarket ranks in seafood buying. Where possible, support your local
fishermen. Visit panda.org or usa.oceana.org
3. Reduce the plastic soup
Use fewer plastic products, recycle whenever possible, and say no to single-use
plastics, such as plastic bottles, bags and straws, to help reduce the amount of
plastic in the ocean. Support efforts to “ban the bead” and avoid products with
microbeads in them. Check out the National Resources Defense Council’s 10
ways to reduce your plastic use and move towards a plastic-free future by taking
the #OneLess pledge. Visit nrdc.org or zsl.org
Eight million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans every year
5. Encourage businesses to turn ‘blue’
The ocean is everybody’s business so encourage your workplace/company to
become more ocean friendly. Visit oceanunite.org
6. Look out for ecologically responsible products
Support efforts by fashion and beauty brands helping save the oceans, such as
by making stylish and sustainable outdoor furniture, sunglasses and any other
products from recycled ocean plastic.
Individuals and businesses can make a huge impact on the health of the
7. Get active politically
Demand that your government prioritises the conservation of marine life
nationally by protecting at least 30 per cent of the ocean as marine reserves
by 2030. Request that it also does this internationally by supporting a strong
new UN agreement – the Paris Agreement for the Ocean – in 2017 to protect
marine life on the high seas, which makes up nearly two-thirds of our oceans.
8. Learn all you can about the ocean
Join the conversation and sign up to Ocean Unite’s monthly newsletter,
The Navigator, to keep your finger on the pulse. Spread the word about the
importance of ocean protection and ask your local education authority to ensure
that learning about the seas is part of the curriculum.
It is predicted that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish
9. Be a responsible ocean-user
If, like me, you love watersports, treat the ocean with respect – never throw
anything overboard and be aware of marine life in the waters around you, such as
delicate corals. Also know that your choice of skin protection can have an impact
on the ocean. Choose a suncream that does not contain oxybenzone, which is a
UV-filtering chemical found in thousands of brands. It can be fatal to baby corals
and, in high concentrations, harmful to people.
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Sail away: In conversation
Milena Modigliani Perini
of Perini Navi
T RO PHÉE BA ILLI DE S U FFREN
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by Claire Wrathall
Milena Modigliani Perini married into superyachting royalty, but she
brought with her a canny business sense, a razor-sharp mind and a keen
social conscience. Claire Wrathall catches up with her to talk beautiful
boats, secret weapons and the buzz of working on the frontline...
Earlier last summer in La Spezia, on Italy’s
Ligurian coast, Sybaris, a new 70 metre ketch,
was rolled slowly out of her dry dock for the first
time at the larger of Perini Navi’s two Italian
shipyards. Milena Modigliani Perini looked on
with tears in her eyes. “When I saw her touch the
water, I felt such emotion,” says Milena, whose
husband, Fabio Perini, founded the company
and who herself might be described as the “first
lady” of the superyacht industry, a figurehead, so
to speak, who is admired and liked by the sailing
community across the globe.
“Of course I would have seen her grow over four
years, but seeing her on the water, I thought
she was the most beautiful thing I would ever
seen in my life. She is marvellous. Unbelievable.
Her lines are so elegant.” She pauses. “I should
not say this because I love all our boats equally,
like my children. But just between me and you,
Sybaris is the one I am in love with. She’s like a
new baby. A very big baby.”
She is, for the record, the biggest sailing yacht
SHE IS THE MOST STRIKING YACHT TO
HAVE BEEN BUILT BY THE ITALIAN YARD
SINCE IT LAUNCHED 88 METRE MALTESE
FALCON IN 2006
ever to have been built in Italy. Owned by the
US lawyer-turned-software magnate Bill Duker,
Sybaris was designed by Perini Navi with, in
Duker’s words, “minimal, not minimalist”
interiors by PH Design. She is the most striking
yacht to have been built by the Italian yard since
it launched 88 metre Maltese Falcon in 2006,
the immediately recognisable sailing yacht that
incorporates a revolutionary rig that enables its
three self-standing, rotating masts to hoist its 15
sails at the touch of a button. (Such is its size that
it had to be constructed at Perini Navi’s shipyard
at Tuzla, a province of Istanbul, in Turkey, where
the group’s hulls and superstructures are built.)
The system at work on Sybaris is even more
sophisticated, Milena says proudly. “I know how
much my husband and his team have invested in
the development of a technology he invented [to
enable] an automatic way of sailing. He is always
busy with winches!”
Fabio Perini was born close to Viareggio, where
Perini Navi has its headquarters, into a family
with a paper factory. He made his fortune in
toilet paper, having invented mechanisms not
just to produce it but also to roll it. On realising
that this winding technology had potential as
an application in winching and sail rigging, and
confident that the only way he was going to find
the kind of yacht he wanted to sail – a highperformance
sailing boat with all the comfort
of a motor yacht and automated sails – was to
design and build it himself, he set up Perini Navi
in 1983. Two years later, Milena Modigliani, a
native of Viareggio, then 20 and a student of
modern languages at the University of Pisa, got
a job in its sales department.
It wasn’t that she needed to work, she explains.
Her father was against it. “But I strongly wanted
to be independent, no matter what,” she tells me
over a lunch of antipasti, asparagus risotto, sliced
tropical fruit and exquisite miniature pasticceria
in the Viareggio boatyard’s canteen. “And I had
always loved watersports and especially sailing.
The sea has always been a sine qua non for me.
I could never imagine living very far from it.”
Milena loved working there and stayed on. “It
was a very different company then. There were
only eight of us – now there are almost 150! So
back then each of us was doing several things. It
was like a family. We not only worked together,
we went out together and we spent our free time
together. It was fantastic.”
After graduating she married a geologist, Gino
Natali, a scion of the family behind the Quercetabased
marble-quarrying and processing giant
Henraux (and another accomplished sailor, with
whom she shared a 14 metre sailboat that they
took all over the Mediterranean). The couple
travelled the world, particularly to Brazil, where
Milena Modigliani Perini - wife of Fabio
Perini - on board Sybaris
they settled and had twins, Giulia and Lorenzo.
Tragically, Gino was killed in a plane crash in
1994. He was just 40; the twins were four.
Milena and her children returned to Italy to
her father and grandparents in Viareggio, where
once again she became acquainted with Fabio
Perini. A relationship was kindled and in 1996
they married. She has devoted herself to Perini
Navi, where much of her role is ambassadorial,
“OK, we build beautiful boats,” she says. “We
have completed almost 61 to date. But I believe
our secret weapon is our community of owners,
the fact that it all feels like one big family. It’s
fantastic how they love to spend time with us.”
Each March, for example, Perini Navi rents the
same house in St Barths for the duration of the
Bucket. “Every night we have a dinner at the
house – we bring a chef with us from Italy – for
the owners of our boats, their crew and some
locals. They all come, so the house is filled with
people, and we eat, we dance, we sing,” she says,
suddenly breaking into a powerful rendition of
Don’t Cry for me Argentina (Milena has a fine
soprano). “It’s very difficult to send people away
even at two or three o’clock in the morning.
They just don’t want to go. But I’m saying:
‘Tomorrow morning we have to go racing. That
is what we’re here for. Don’t forget!’”
The St Barths gatherings are so successful that
“we’re always trying to invent more occasions to
be all together because our owners enjoy each
other’s company. It’s interesting to see them
together as they get to know each other.” Indeed,
as the Financial Times once observed, “if there is
one thing more fascinating than a Perini, it’s the
owner of a Perini”.
This, then, was the inspiration for the biennial
Perini Navi Cup, a regatta restricted to Perini
yachts in Porto Cervo in Sardinia. Sixteen
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The bow of high-tech sailing yacht Sybaris
Milena with her children Giulia and Lorenzo
Cont. from pg 14
yachts competed at last year’s event, where the
overall winner was Rosehearty, a 56 metre yacht
launched in 2006, designed by Perini Navi and
Ron Holland with interiors by Christian Liaigre.
(Before its current owner, it belonged to media
kingpin Rupert Murdoch. It was Murdoch’s
second Perini; he sold his first, Morning Glory,
to Silvio Berlusconi.)
Also competing at Porto Cervo last September
were a who’s who of Perini greats, including
Perseus^3, Seahawk and Clan VIII, owned by
shipping magnate Betram Rickmers, which
came in second. Maltese Falcon was there too,
though it had been chartered by Li Jian, chief
executive of Seven Star Bay Marina in Shenzhen,
who discovered the joy of racing Perini yachts
two years earlier when he chartered 45 metre
Helios, launched in 2007 and currently.
“It’s so nice to see owners not only enjoying life
together but also talking business, exchanging
ideas,” she adds, “and meeting each other.” It
was, for example, at the inaugural Perini Navi
Cup in 2004, that she and her husband were
introduced to Bill Duker.
“Our work takes us to the most beautiful places,
where we meet the most interesting people, so
we hardly need holidays,” she laughs. That said,
twice a year they decamp to the island they
own off the Bahian coast of Brazil, a country
they both love and where they have taken out
citizenship. Here they have a fazenda (ranch)
she calls their “buen retiro” (good retreat). “It’s
very informal, almost primitive,” she says. “Last
Christmas there were 53 of us there! But we
have plenty of space for everybody. We dance
a lot; we play a lot of sports. Tennis is almost
compulsory!” Do they sail? “No!” she replies.
“Well, we have little boats like Hobie Cats and
some toys. But there’s a reef and several rocks, so
it could be dangerous. The only time we get to
sail now is when owners ask us aboard.”
Milena’s is also closely involved in fundraising
for the foundation established by her friends,
the singer Andrea Bocelli and his wife Veronica,
which seeks to alleviate “poverty, illness and
malnutrition” around the world. Her real
commitment to good causes, however, is evident
in her work for the Red Cross, for which she
spent three years training as a volunteer nurse.
Last November she spent 20 days working in a
refugee camp for migrants in Sicily.
“I like to be on the frontline!” she says. “I like
doing practical things. I believe anyone who is
privileged enough to be healthy and live a life
they enjoy should try to give something back. In
any case, it is just so fulfilling. It’s a better feeling
than anything. In that respect, it’s actually one of
the most selfish activities I can think of.” MS
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Maritime Safety Culture:
An Interview with
Captain John Wright
by Murray Goldberg
This is the second in a series of articles on
Safety Culture in the maritime industry.
“Safety Culture” is one of those terms that is
used a lot in the maritime industry. But how
many of us can define it, and how do we know
if we have it?
The last blog post gave an overview of maritime
safety culture. It provided a basic definition
and discussed the importance:
• management leadership,
• a focus on learning rather than blame,
• and continuous reflection
had on a culture of safety. The article then
concluded by introducing Captain John
Wright, an award-winning maritime safety
culture expert. This blog post continues the
discussion with Captain Wright.
MBR: What is the secret to safety and loss
JW: “Put simply it’s real workforce involvement.
It is necessary to close the ‘chasm’ that often
exists between the front line workers and their
managers and directors and create a ‘one team’
environment. This is achieved by running
the business such that the health, safety and
welfare of the employees are put first, second
and last by the leadership team – genuinely
and transparently. Inhabiting this morally
invulnerable high ground satisfies the hugely
important human need in the employees of
being valued and listened to. When this trust
is built there is absolutely nothing better an
organisation can do to improve all aspects of its
One company achieved a 3 to 1 return on
investment and I know of no other way that’s
possible to achieve! Better still, everyone goes
home in one piece to their loved ones!”
MBR: For management, what is the biggest
indicator that they can look for in their
company to determine whether they have a
safety culture problem — before an accident
JW: “This is a big question. The best indicators
are the clues presented by the five-stage safety
culture maturity level model, as identified in
UK Health & Safety Executive research first
published in 2001.
• Stage 1 ‘Emerging’;
• Stage 2 ‘Managing’;
• Stage 3 ‘Involving’;
• Stage 4 ‘Cooperating’;
• and the final Stage 5 ‘Continually Improving’.
There are quite a few indicators that identify
which stage a company has reached and they are
too numerous to list here. The most important
of all is how well accidents, incidents, near
misses (which we prefer to call ‘learning events’)
and first aid cases are reported, acted upon and
learned from. Under-reporting is common,
especially on the leading indicators, in safety
cultures up to and including level 3. The
problem is often denied or not recognized, but
is a solid reliable indicator.
Another, is how often directors, managers and
front-line supervisors visit their people at their
place of work and how well they communicate
with them. Is the communication conducted in
a, ‘I speak, you listen’ way, or is it a conversation
seeking the employees ideas on what’s wrong
and how he/she thinks it can be fixed (which by
the way they always know? The quality of these
conversations is critical and yet managers are
rarely given any help with developing these skills,
which once again will not occur spontaneously.
Another clue to the culture is when training is
the first thing to be cut when business is poor –
it should be the absolute last thing that is axed.”
MBR: If management is fully behind culture
change, how likely is it to succeed?
JW: “Very. However, since as we know it takes
time to achieve, the quality of the leadership
team’s ability to press on with the process in the
face of there being no apparent early signs of
change, together with other pressures weighing
in on them, cannot be overestimated. The
CEO especially has to have courage and lead
the process from the front. The management of
change is notoriously difficult but the fruits of
this labour are inestimable.”
MBR: If you had to say, what is the one most
important ingredient in culture change?
JW: “The quality of leadership from the top:
The knowledge and commitment from the
leadership team, their abilities as leaders to
inspire their people and demonstrate their belief
in the process, and prove by their actions to
the most complete cynic in the workforce that
they are genuinely putting the health, safety
and welfare of their people as their number one
MBR: Is culture change always top down?
Where does it start and who is involved as it
JW: “Only in as much as the demonstrated
evidence of Board level commitment I have just
described. Thereafter, and when belief begins to
spread in the workforce, it is very much bottom
up driven, with processes owned and executed
by the workforce.”
MBR: What is the biggest challenge to a
positive culture change?
JW: “The ‘engine room’ of any organisation is
without doubt its middle management level
people. In shipping these are the superintendents
ashore and the captains and chief engineers on
the ships. So, once the Board of Directors are
committed to the process (which is usually a
relatively straightforward process) and the front
line employees begin to recognise what is being
attempted (and they dare to hope, which is also
relatively quick to happen for the majority), then
the main challenge is to convince these critical
middle management employees of the need for
this process and the need for them to change.
They need to change from the ‘I speak,
you listen’ command and control style of
management, to the ‘How can I help you and
how can I support you?’ method. They also need
to be comfortable and empowered to ask their
boss for help and support. All of this does not
occur spontaneously, or by a process of osmosis!
Leadership & Management training is essential
and this is where the STCW 2010 mandated
Human Element Leadership & Management
(HELM) training becomes essential.”
MBR: How do the attitudes and behaviors
of individuals relate to safety and culture
JW: “This question encompasses why
culture change is a 5 to 10 year ‘voyage’. The
‘battleground’ is to change the collective
attitudes, beliefs and values of the employees,
since it is they that drive behaviours. This
takes time, as realisation dawns in the minds of
employees that the company is serious about the
process and that this initiative will not just be a
passing ‘flavour of the month’.
Once this occurs, usually after about a year or
so, then eventually the 80 / 20 rule kicks in and
80% of the committed employees drag most of
the other 20% along, as they don’t wish to be the
odd men (or women) out. In many cases the few
remaining disenfranchised will leave. It is usual
to expect that when people who are influencers
in the company (and may often be early cynics)
embrace the necessary changes of behaviour,
they carry many others with him.”
MBR: Aside from attitudes, what are the most
important factors of the human element that
most companies need to address?
JW: “The first is standards of competence and the
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Absolute Weekend Portopiccolo
The launch of the Absolute 58 Fly, the flybridge of both worlds.
The simultaneous debut in Portopiccolo and Hong Kong.
A weekend of presentations, sea-trials and pleasant moments to
show the first shipyard’s novelty of 2017. A double event that took
simultaneously place at either side of the world, marked by one soul: the
extraordinary Absolute quality.
A weekend of presentations, sea-trials and pleasant moments to show the first
shipyard’s novelty of 2017. A double event that took simultaneously place at
either side of the world, marked by one soul: the extraordinary Absolute quality.
On Saturday, May 13th and Sunday, May 14th, the Absolute shipyard has been
the central focus of the global yachting. For the first time, the presentation of a
new model, namely the Absolute 58 Fly, has taken simultaneously place in two
harbors tens of thousands of miles from each other: Portopiccolo, Sistiana, 20
miles north of Trieste and Marina Cove – Sai Kung in Hong Kong.
It was the first trans-global Absolute Weekend. Two days dedicated to
customers, fans, insiders and friends of the brand which is contributing to the
Italian’s yachting image renovation in the world. They all have had the occasion
to admire the most recent model summa of the shipyard’s ability to merge
ergonomics and technology with a tricolor style and character.
To celebrate the event, all the Absolute Staff has been involved, starting from
Paola Carini and Angelo Gobbi, respectively, Managing Director, as well as
“sponsor” of the event, and President.
The two shipyard’s founders have spent lot of time providing details to
the audience: Marcello Bè, Executive Officer Operations Manager and
Logistics&Supply Manager and Sergio Maggi, Vice-President of the Brand,
Head of Research&Development and Manager of all the Absolute’s models
development – inter alia the Absolute 58 Fly. Cesare Mastroianni, VP Sales
& CCO, Manager of the Absolute global network, has presented all the special
features of the Absolute 58 Fly.
Patrizia Gobbi, Absolute Sales & Marketing Manager, as well as Communications
and Events Officer, has been managing the complex Europe-Asia organization.
Since one of the characterizing technical element of this new flybridge is the
Volvo Penta IPS 800 propulsion, also the Managers of the Swedish company
have been brought into play. Nicola Pomi, Head of Volvo Penta Italia and
Giorgio Paris, Head of Volvo Penta Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific, have
explained the synergistically efforts between the company in Göteborg and the
shipyard in Podenzano to find the best performance/consumption ratio.
May 13 th and 14 th : Absolute Weekend.
In the meantime, during the celebration organized in the modern recreational
port of Marina Cove, in the China coasts, three guests of the event have been
doing the honors for the large audience of the Celestial Empire: Thomas Woo of
Absolute Marine Limited, Absolute Dealer in Hong Kong; Steven Ding, Vice-
President, Sales&Marketing of Volvo Penta for Chinese market; and Jessica
Choi, head of English Department of YMCA Hong Kong Christian College,
moderator and anchor of the event.
The launch of the Absolute 58 Fly, the flybridge of both worlds. The simultaneous
debut in Portopiccolo and Hong Kong.
A weekend of presentations, sea-trials and pleasant moments to show the first shipyard’s novelty
of 2017. A double event that took simultaneously place at either side of the world, marked by one
Both events have been broadcasted live on Absolute social networks, to seal the
proximity soul: between the the extraordinary two events despite the Absolute geographical quality. distance, even thanks
to the opportunities offered by the web. This let almost ten-thousands people be
witness of the double meeting.
On Saturday, May 13
The new-born wasn’t the only character th and Sunday, May 14
of the event. In the th , the Absolute shipyard has been the central focus of the global
Giulia’s yachting. waters, the For shipyard the has first displayed time, also the other presentation three models of its of range, a new model, namely the Absolute 58 Fly, has taken
together simultaneously with the 58 Fly: two place models in of two the harbors Navetta range, tens 58 of and thousands 52 the of miles from each other: Portopiccolo, Sistiana, 20
Flybridge range flagship, 72 Fly.
miles north of Trieste and Marina Cove – Sai Kung in Hong Kong.
As President It was the Gobbi first himself trans-global has announced Absolute during Weekend. the highlights Two of the days dedicated to customers, fans, insiders and friends
Christening, “the 58 Fly isn’t the only Absolute novelty of 2017. During the
of the brand which is contributing to the Italian’s yachting image renovation in the world. They all have had
next Yachting Festival Cannes, from 12th to 17th September, the Navetta 73 –
currently the under occasion construction to admire - will make the her most official recent debut. model summa of the shipyard’s ability to merge ergonomics and
technology with a tricolor style and character.
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To celebrate the event, all the Absolute Staff has been involved, starting from Paola Carini and Angelo Gobbi,
respectively, Managing Director, as well as “sponsor” of the event, and President.
The two shipyard’s founders have spent lot of time providing details to the audience: Marcello Bè, Executive
Officer Operations Manager and Logistics&Supply Manager and Sergio Maggi, Vice-President of the Brand,
Head of Research&Development and Manager of all the Absolute’s models development – inter alia the
Absolute 58 Fly. Cesare Mastroianni, VP Sales & CCO, Manager of the Absolute global network, has
presented all the special features of the Absolute 58 Fly.
Patrizia Gobbi, Absolute Sales & Marketing Manager, as well as Communications and Events Officer, has
been managing the complex Europe-Asia organization.
Absolute 58 Fly official presentation, that took place on Saturday, May 13th and Sunday, May 14th at Portopiccolo
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NEWPORT, R.I. (February 16, 2017) – The
12 Metre yacht Freedom has been purchased by
Charles A. Robertson (Guilford, Conn.), a wellknown
East Coast sailor who has been active
in a number of America’s Cup and 12-Metre
campaigns and is well known for skippering his
Frers 75 Maxi Cannonball and a series of other
like-named boats to victory in various onedesign
and offshore racing events.
Robertson, a former trustee of the New York
Yacht Club, plans to race Freedom in the boat’s
home waters of Newport, R.I. starting in June.
He will participate in the International 12 Metre
Class’s recently announced “Road to the Worlds”
series that culminates in the 2019 12-Metre
World Championship, which is scheduled to
coincide with celebrations marking the 175th
anniversary of the New York Yacht Club.
Designed by Olin Stephens and constructed
at Minneford Yacht Yard in City Island, NY,
Freedom was the last yacht to successfully
defend the America’s Cup for the New York
Yacht Club by defeating Australia in 1980 in
four out of five races. After the 1983 America’s
Cup, she was sold to France where she stayed for
many years before returning to the U.S. in 1999.
Currently, Freedom is at Pilot’s Point Marina
in Westbrook, Conn. where she is undergoing
substantial work. Along with getting new sails,
instruments and electronics, she will be newly
painted to look similar to how she did in 1980.
“Olin was a dear friend of mine, and Freedom
was the last 12 Metre he designed,” said
Robertson. “He had a special affection for this
boat, and so do I.” Robertson added that – like
his past Cannonball campaigns – this one will
involve a contingent of “young, enthusiastic
sailors who are predominantly amateur.”
In the Road to the Worlds series, Freedom
will sail in Modern Division (for 12 Metres
built between 1968 and 1983) against Victory
83, Challenge 12, Lionheart and the only two
America’s Cup yachts to win the Cup twice,
Intrepid* and Courageous.
The Road to the Worlds schedule for 2017 starts
with the Newport MetreFest, June 9-11, which
coincides with the New York Yacht Club 163rd
To find out more about Freedom, including crew
opportunities visit https://freedomus12-30.
com/. For more information on the Road to the
Worlds 2019, visit http://www.12mrclass.com/
or contact Peter Gerard at pgerard53@gmail.
com. Follow the 12 Metre class on Facebook.
*Although she was built before 1968, Intrepid
is still considered a Modern; Australia II,
built during the specified period for Modern
designation, is not considered a Modern. MS
America's Cup 12 Metre
Freedom to Return to
The 12 Metre yacht Freedom (US-30) has been bought by Charles A. Robertson who will make
her race-ready for the 2017 sailing season.
12 Metres off Newport, R.I. at the 2014 12 Metre North American Championship. (photo
credit: SallyAnne Santos/Windlass Creative)
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The Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta will open the Mediterranean superyacht calendar on May 30 - June 3, 2017. Organised by the
YCCS and Boat International Media, this four-day sailing regatta is expected to attract an ever-increasing fleet of sailing yachts.
The 2016 event saw the Wally Class fleet return to the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta.
Racing at the Loro Piana
Superyacht Regatta 2017
Now in its ninth year, the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta opens the
Mediterranean superyacht season. Year-on-year the regatta attracts the
world’s most notable and award winning sailing superyachts for four days
of exhilarating racing.
The Notice of Race for the 2017 Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta has been
Hosted by Boat International Media in conjunction with the worldrenowned
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), the fleet will take to the
glittering waters of Sardinia from 30 May - 3 June 2017. Racing is set
against the region’s spectacular coastline, with four days of breathtaking
sailing in a full race programme organised by the highly experienced YCCS
international race committee. With a stunning clubhouse in Porto Cervo
and a reputation as one of the world's leading regatta organisers, owners and
crew can expect exclusive hospitality services and the highest level of racing.
With a strong intake of early registrations, yacht owners who wish to
participate in the event should register without delay to secure their place
in the fleet and their berth at YCCS Marina. The Loro Piana Superyacht
Regatta and YCCS Marina welcome sailing and motor yachts with an
LOA over 100 feet.
The regatta is open to the following boats: boats with LH of 100 feet or
above with a current ORCsy Handicap Certificate; It is at the discretion
of the Organising Authority to invite or accept yachts of particular interest
or historical significance.
Depending on the number and nature of the entries, the Organising
Authority at its absolute discretion may divide them into groups or
divisions. Divisions may have different courses, cruising or racing
orientated, and starts (pursuit or fleet starts) in accordance with the nature
of the yachts. MS
For further information about the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, please
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The Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta is made possible with the generous support
of our Title Sponsor Loro Piana as well as our event partners Baltic Yachts and
Loro Piana operates in the luxury goods industry making uncompromised
quality its mission and offering a complete selection of ready-to-wear,
accessories and gifts that are made in Italy with the finest raw materials available
around the world. It reaches its most exigent customers through a global retail
network of directly operated stores on the most exclusive shopping streets, on
loropiana.com and in a very select number of specialty stores.
Loro Piana boasts six generations of experience in the production of top-end
textiles and continues to be an industry leader. This vertical integration is the
best guarantee to access research, the best raw materials and for the control of
the manufacturing processes, which together with the aspiration of maximum
quality and the ability to meld trailblazing technology with the Italian artisanal
and sartorial tradition, make Loro Piana a brand of reference in the luxury
goods market. MS
Event partner: Tai Ping
Headquartered in Hong Kong, with 14 showrooms
across Europe, Asia and North America, the House
of Tai Ping covers every sphere of the residential
and hospitality markets.
Each of its five distinctive brands – Tai Ping,
Edward Fields, La Manufacture Cogolin, 1956
by Tai Ping and Carpets Inter – creates bespoke
rugs and textile floor coverings designed and
customised to the unique vision of the clientele.
Tai Ping has won international renown with its
innovation and expertise steeped in a rich history,
a celebrated archive, unparalleled design and
service to the world’s most discerning clientele.
House of Tai Ping extends its cultural legacy into
the present, continuing an exceptional tradition
of craft and dedication to innovation in every facet
of carpet design and manufacturing. This spirit of
excellence is evident in each of its products and
every aspect of the customers’ experience.
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Armel Le Cléac’h Wins Vendée Globe
Les Sables d’Olonne, France (January 19, 2017) – Armel Le Cléac’h, 39, from Brittany, crossed the finish line of the race in
Les Sables d’Olonne, France, at 1537hrs UTC after 74 days, 3 hours, 35 minutes and 46 seconds at sea on his 60ft racing
yacht Banque Populaire VIII.
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The eighth Vendée Globe, which began November
6 from Les Sables d’Olonn, France, is the only nonstop
solo round the world race without assistance.
Twenty-nine skippers representing four continents
and ten nations set sail on IMOCA 60s in pursuit of
the record time set by François Gabart in the 2012-
13 race of 78 days, 2 hours and 16 minutes.
For the first time in the history of the event, seven
skippers will set sail on IMOCA 60s fitted with foils:
six new boats (Banque Populaire VIII, Edmond de
Rothschild, Hugo Boss, No Way Back, Safran, and
StMichel-Virbac) and one older generation boat
(Maitre Coq). The foils allow the boat to reduce
displacement for speed gains in certain conditions.
It will be a test to see if the gains can topple the
traditional daggerboard configuration during the
long and demanding race.
His time sets a new record for the race, beating the
previous record of 78 days 2 hours 16 minutes set by
French sailor Francois Gabart in the 2012-13 edition
by 3 days, 22 hours and 41 minutes. Le Cléac’h, the
runner-up in the 2008-09 and 2012-13 editions of the
Vendée Globe, covered 24,499.52 nm at an average
speed of 13.77 knots during the race, which began
from Les Sables d’Olonne on November 6 last year.
The Vendée Globe, which was founded in 1989,
follows the ‘clipper route’ around Africa’s Cape of
Good Hope, Australia’s Cape Leeuwin and South
America’s Cape Horn. Second-placed Alex Thomson is
expected to cross the finish line on his boat Hugo Boss
around 12 hours behind Le Cléac’h.
Le Cléac'h, 39, from Brittany, sealed the win – and a
place in the Vendée Globe history books – crossing the
finish line at 1537 UTC to complete the course in 74
days, three hours and 35 minutes. His time sets a new
record for the race, beating the previous record of 78
days 2 hours 16 minutes set by French sailor François
Gabart in the 2012-13 edition by three days, 22 hours
and 41 minutes.
Dozens of spectator boats took to the water to welcome
their new hero back to the French port of Les Sables
d'Olonne, from where the race started on November 6
last year. With his shore crew taking control of his 60ft
IMOCA race boat Banque Populaire VIII, a tearful Le
Cléac'h was left to enjoy an emotional reunion with
his son Edgar, 6, and daughter Louise, 9. Thousands
more fans lined the walls of the town's famous harbour
entrance as Le Cléac'h arrived dockside at Port Olona
to a fanfare of fireworks.
Le Cléac'h, runner-up in the last two editions of the
Vendée Globe, said he had now fulfilled a lifelong
dream. “This is a dream come true,” he said. “I hoped
to win this race 10 years ago but I finished second.
Today is a perfect day. I understand that today I have
done something big. My team have been amazing
they're the dream team, and this is their day too.” Le
Cléac'h also paid tribute to Thomson for his skill and
tenacity in pushing him right to the finish line. “It has
been very difficult with Alex behind me, he gave me
a really hard time in this Vendée Globe,” he added.
“Each time things went his way and I got nothing.
It was stressful because he kept catching me. With a
lead of 800 miles off Cape Horn, I didn’t think I’d be
facing such pressure. I'm very happy for Alex, it is a
great second place.”
Le Cléac'h took the lead within 24 hours of the
race start but had lost it to Thomson by the time
the skippers, both racing on new-generation foiling
IMOCA 60s, reached the Equator. After catching
Thomson in the Southern Ocean the pair traded places
on numerous occasions before Le Cléac'h established
a solid lead on December 3. From that point on he
refused to relinquish his grip on first place despite a
sensational effort from Thomson to reduce an 819nm
deficit at Cape Horn to just 50 miles at the Equator.
Even when Thomson surged to within 30 miles of Le
Cléac'h with a few hundred miles to go the French
sailor held strong, defending his position until victory
was all but guaranteed.
Le Cléac'h averaged an incredible 15.43 knots of
boat speed over the 27,455 miles he actually sailed,
on occasion hitting speeds in excess of 30 knots. His
best 24-hour run came on January 16 when Banque
Populaire covered 524.11nm averaging 21.8 knots,
surpassed only by Thomson who on the same day
sailed 536.81nm averaging 22.4 knots, breaking
François Gabart's existing record by two miles. Le
Cléac'h held the top spot for 56 of his 74 days at
sea, and between him and Thomson they broke every
single one of the existing race records. MS
Source: Vendée Globe
The Vendée Globe is the hardest and most famous sailing
race in the world. Nicknamed the Everest of the Seas, it
involves sailing around the world alone, without stopping
and without assistance, setting sail from and finishing in
Les Sables d’Olonne, after rounding the three legendary
capes: The Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, Cape
Leeuwin in Southern Australia and the infamous Cape
Horn at the tip of South America. They therefore have to
sail twice in the North and South Atlantic – on the way
down and on the way back – and sail around Antarctica by
crossing the Indian Ocean and the huge Pacific. Like other
major international sporting events (the Olympics, World
Cup, etc) it has been organised every four years since 1989.
This merciless event, which combines human endeavour
and technological aspects, is raced on 60-foot monohulls
(18.28 m), IMOCA boats. The Vendée Globe has been
won by some very famous sailors, Titouan Lamazou,
Alain Gautier, Christophe Auguin, Vincent Riou and
François Gabart. Only one sailor has won it twice: Michel
Desjoyeaux in 2001 and 2009. The race record is held by
François Gabart, who finished after 78 days. The eighth
Vendée Globe will begin from Les Sables d’Olonne on
Sunday 6th November 2016.
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Baglietto launches first military-inspired
MV19 dayboat Ridoc
Alfa Romeo Giulia named a 'Game
Changer' at 2017 Autocar Awards
Lauded for its ‘incredible performance
and exciting handling’
The Baglietto MV range of high-performance day boats has expanded after the
Italian yard launched the first hull in its new MV19 series, Ridoc. The ceremony
took place on June 10 in the presence of her European owner.
features below decks include a spacious open dinette, comfortable sofas and a
fully kitted-out galley.
The 19.5 metre all-aluminium cruiser was designed in a collaboration between
Baglietto and Francesco Paskowski Design, with inspiration coming from the
First and Second World War MAS military vessels.
Take a closer look at the Baglietto dayboat Ridoc
This sporty open day boat’s purposeful design includes symmetrical air intakes
along the freeboard and a flush-fitting teak deck that runs parallel to the sheerline.
On deck relaxation areas include forward and aft sunpads, as well as a comfortable
dinette with a wet bar located aft of the exterior helm station.
The interiors of the Baglietto MV19 were styled in cooperation with Margherita
Casprini with a focus on creating a retro allure via Canaletto nut upholstery. Key
Ridoc's layout features an owner's cabin in the bow, two guest cabins and an
amidships en suite, as well as a captain's cabin with separate exterior access.
In keeping with Baglietto’s reputation for high-performance, her power comes
from a pair of 1,800hp MAN V12 engines for a top speed of 40 knots, meaning
that she can hold her own among the world’s fastest superyacht tenders.
Following her debut season cruising the Mediterranean, Ridoc will get a public
debut at the 2017 Cannes Yachting Festival.
Other projects currently under development at the La Spezia-based yard include
the new range of 44-50 metre Baglietto superyachts, which was announced at
the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show. MS
Creditline: Boat International Newsdesk
The Alfa Romeo Giulia has been named a 'Game Changer' at the 2017 Autocar
Awards as it has signalled 'a complete transformation for one of the most loved
names in motoring'.
Mark Tisshaw, Editor of Autocar, commented: "This is not only the most
competitive Alfa Romeo saloon since the last Giulia was launched more than
half a century ago but, crucially for anyone with Alfisti blood lurking in their
veins, it's the most likeable, too. With its incredible performance and exciting
handling, the Giulia is everything you'd want an Alfa Romeo to be."
Developed by the best engineers, designers and stylists within FCA, the new
Giulia embodies the core elements that have made Alfa Romeo one of the
world's best-loved automotive brands: Distinctive Italian design; innovative
powertrains, perfect weight distribution, unique technical solutions and the best
Autocar says that its 'Game Changers' are cars that 'bring new, higher standards
to their classes, or because they defy conventions to benefit buyers.' Of the
Giulia, Autocar says: "The Giulia is a riveting, idiosyncratic and striking entrant
into a class usually defined by an understated brand of superiority."
Alfa Romeo is now present at the FIAT showroom in Psaila Street B'Kara
together with all the other FCA’s brands. Showroom opening hours are from
8.30am till 6.30pm on weekdays and from 9am till noon on Saturdays. For
queries related to the Alfa Romeo, call on 2269 2215 or view the Alfa Romeo
website www.alfaromeo.com.mt MS
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espite the country's recent problems,
tourism in Israel is bouncing back.
Nick Jenkins discovers the ideal way
to explore this fascinating region is from the
comfort of a six‐star cruise ship.
Unless you grew up somewhere like Downton
Abbey, the chances are that ‐ like us ‐ you've
never had a chance to get used to having a
butler. It probably explains why, when we heard
we would have a butler on this cruise, our
daughter said we should insist on calling him
Carson at all times. Maybe our butler would
have got the joke, but we were just happy calling
him Melwyn. And, worryingly, after a few days
we realised that we could very easily get used to
having a butler around to sort everything out for
us. Clothes need pressing? Done. Another bottle
of wine in our fridge? Of course. A booking in
the ship's best restaurant? No problem. There
was only one line we felt we needed to draw.
Our butler was apparently happy, so the ship's
information told us, to help us unpack our
luggage ‐ but I wasn't going to let him hang up
my Primark T‐shirts. Not that it would have
bothered him. The Seven Seas Mariner is classy,
but it's also a very informal ship. No tuxedos
or long dresses are needed, as every night is
designated "elegant casual" on cruises up to a
To virgin cruisers like us, it was easy to see the
appeal of this sort of holiday. But there is more
to cruising than sitting around and being waited
on. Our ship was in the eastern Mediterranean
and the prospect of going ashore in Israel
was clearly a major attraction for our fellow
passengers ‐ many of them American ‐ judging
by the number of tourist buses waiting alongside
on the quay.
Ashdod, where we berthed for two nights, is
a modern city and an industrial port, but it is
handy for most sights in Israel. All tours from
the ship were heavily booked and our guide on
the Jerusalem tour, Mordecai, was determined
not to lose any of us. As we prepared to enter the
narrow alleys of Jerusalem's Old City, it almost
felt as though we were being roped together.
Maybe experience had taught Mordecai to be
cautious but he was right. The Old City is not
only a maze of narrow streets, but it is packed
with distractions for the curious tourist.
We were entering the Christian Quarter from
the Jaffa Gate, heading for the Church of the
Holy Sepulchre, and while Mordecai was keen
to point out Roman remains and ancient stone
pavements, our fellow tourists kept being
distracted by the tat on sale in many of the
shops. The Holy Sepulchre, at the heart of the
Old City, is one of the world's great pilgrimage
It's allegedly the site of both the crucifixion and
Jesus's tomb ‐ and, handily, it's all under one
roof. But it's a sprawling building, decrepit in
parts and maintained by a holy alliance of the
Eastern Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic, and
Roman Catholic churches, a rather uneasy
coalition that has been known to descend into
fisticuffs over perceived breaches of an 1853
It's Plain Sailing to Israel
Guides love to point out a wooden ladder on a
ledge outside the basilica. It has allegedly been
there since the early 19th century because no one
can agree who has the right to remove it. It is a
symbol ‐ if any more symbols were needed ‐ of
the millennia‐old conflicts over this piece of land
in the eastern Mediterranean. Mordecai told us
he was a military reservist for many years and it
is hard to avoid the subject of conflict, big and
small, when visiting Israel. It is a country where,
even when all seems peaceful, you are never far
from reminders of a turbulent past and present.
But there is a lot to be said for visiting an oftenvolatile
region such as the Middle East by ship.
The rockets that began arriving in Israel from
Gaza shortly after our visit will have disrupted
many tourists' plans. Those who had booked
land‐based holidays in Israel and decided to
cancel will have missed out altogether, but a
cruise ship is, of course, mobile and can adjust
its schedules. Happily, things have calmed
down since then and tourists arriving on cruise
excursions now should have nothing to fear.
Our ship, the Seven Seas Mariner, is a regular
visitor to that part of the world and, as an allinclusive
ship, there is no added charge for
excursions – or for anything. It is described as
“the world’s first all-suite, all-balcony ship”, so
every guest has a suite with a balcony. Even the
smaller suites were described by cruise experts we
met on board as the best they had ever stayed in.
Our “penthouse suite”, up on the 11th floor, was
enormous. To a couple whose previous overnight
experience on ships was limited to twin cabins
on a ferry, this definitely fell into the luxury
category. In the parlance of the cruise industry,
the Seven Seas Mariner is a six-star experience.
But what struck us was the classlessness. Unlike
on some other cruise lines, guests can eat in any
by Nick Jenkins
Press Association / The Interview People
Nick sailed with Regent Seven Seas Cruises (www.rssc.com; 02380 682 280) aboard Seven Seas Voyager.
of the restaurants on board, whatever level of
cabin they are in. So it’s pretty much impossible
to distinguish the person who has saved for three
years to spend £4,000 on a once-in-a-lifetime
experience from the money-no-object fellow
guest who thinks nothing of spending £15,000
per person on one of the bigger suites.
It is possible to spend money on board – there is
a pricey spa, and you can lose as much as you can
afford in the casino – but you could enjoy a full
cruise, champagne all the way, without putting
your hand in your pocket once. Even tipping is
Seasoned cruisers – and we did not meet a single
fellow traveller on Seven Seas Mariner who had
not cruised many times – told us that excursions
and drinks bills can sometimes double the cost of
voyages on “non-inclusive” ships. Several made
the point that the ship was more sociable as a
result – not because everyone was drunk, but
because no one had to worry about adding to
what would have been an already – heavy drinks
bill run up on other cruises by offering to share
rounds with new acquaintances.
Recent reports suggest that cruising is growing
in popularity and more and more ships are being
brought into service to cope with the demand.
It is easy to see why. Several people we met
suggested that this “six-star” ship might spoil us
for the future. It could well be the case that any
cruise is likely to be something of a let-down if
we don’t have our own butler.
Even so, I’m not sure I could ever get used to
having a waiter insist on carrying my plate from
the buffet to my table, or be adamant that he
must put my gin and tonic on his silver tray as
I enter the restaurant from the bar – but it was
certainly fun while it lasted. MS
The Azure Window (Maltese: it-Tieqa Żerqa),
also known as the Dwejra Window (Maltese: it-
Tieqa tad-Dwejra), was a 28-metre-tall (92 ft)
limestone natural arch on the island of Gozo in
Malta. It was located in Dwejra Bay, within the
limits of San Lawrenz, close to the Inland Sea
and the Fungus Rock and was one of Malta's
major tourist attractions. The arch, together
with other natural features in the area, has
appeared in a number of international films and
The formation, created by the collapse of two
sea caves, consisted of a pillar of rock rising from
the sea and joined to the cliff by a horizontal
slab. Following decades of natural erosion that
caused parts of the arch to fall into the sea,
the slab and pillar collapsed completely in
stormy weather on 8 March 2017. Sadly, with
this natural wonder gone forever, there was a
plan to rechristen it the ‘Azure Pinnacle.’ Our
recommendation to Government: Artificial
reconstruction and recreation.
Source: Wikipedia/MBR Publications
The Azure Window in 2006...
...and 2012 after the partial collapse
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The Hamburg shipping company
Claus-Peter Offen has decided to take
over the Munich-based Conti Group
following a shareholders agreement of
the two companies.
According to the terms of the deal, Offen is taking tdw and 37 product tankers with 1.8 tdw.
over 100% of the corporate shares of the Conti
Conti Group has a fleet of 30 boxships, 8 product
Group and the qualified majority of shares in the
tankers and 29 bulk carriers, while BBG is in charge
Bremer Bereederungsgesellschaft BBG. After the
of the technical management of 35 bulk carriers
takeover, the Conti Group will continue as an
including the aforementioned 29 Conti vessels.
Germany’s Offen Group operates around 70
Claus-Peter Offen said that the takeover is a further boxships with a total of 417,000 TEU capacity,
step in its growth strategy, adding that Conti“is an including 33 large Postpanamax ships with up to
optimal fit for our group.”
With the addition of Conti Group’s 68 ships and The company’s ships are employed primarily in
BBG’s managed fleet, the Offen Group will have a scheduled services by the large charter companies such
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Hamburg Süd, predominantly on long term charters.
Since 2007, the company has also been involved in
product tanker shipping with around 30 ships, as
well as in bulk shipping with 8 ships.
The consolidation move of the two German giants
comes one month after Germany’s Zeaborn Group
signed a deal to acquire business operations of
compatriot liner services specialist Rickmers-Linie,
owned by Rickmers Holding.
The planned sale also includes the entire operating
business of Rickmers’ subsidiaries, MCC Marine
Consulting & Contracting, a bunker and chartering
broker, and NPC Projects, which was acquired by
Rickmers in July 2016 and offers a heavy lift tramp
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