Sunseeker appoints Andrea Frabetti as new CEO

Andrea Frabetti has taken over as Sunseeker International CEO following the resignation of Christian Marti.

Andrea, formerly chief technical officer at Sunseeker, will work with chief financial officer Mike McMillan and chief operations officer Michael Straughan to form a new strategic committee focusing on developing a strategic framework for the business.

The committee will continue to work with the current executive management team of Adrian Powell, Sean Robertson, Barbara Baker (as interim HR director) and Sian Dodds on return from maternity leave, to formalise a more ‘product-facing organisation structure and a Continue reading “Sunseeker appoints Andrea Frabetti as new CEO”

Debut London Yacht Show postponed until 2020

"Following extensive consultation with key stakeholders, we therefore believe it is in everyone’s interest to postpone the show until next year".
“Following extensive consultation with key stakeholders, we therefore believe it is in everyone’s interest to postpone the show until next year”.

Informa worked in partnership with St Katharine Docks and British Marine to organise the event, which was due to take place from 8th to 12th May in Central London.

According to Informa, postponing the event was crucial to guarantee that the yacht show meets the high standards expected of the event and to ensure it gains maximum involvement from the yachting industry’s numerous stakeholders.

Previously known as the London On Water Boat Show, the yachting event endured a complete rebrand in December 2018 to focus on the high-end of the marine and luxury goods market.

Andrew Williams, president of Informa’s Maritime Group, commented, “Since an initial burst of interest in the London Yacht Show, take-up has slowed from some segments of the industry and from luxury brands.

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Recontruction of classic 1954 superyacht Istros being undertaken by Feadship

Istros is due to be relaunched in mid-2020.
Istros is due to be relaunched in mid-2020.

Dutch shipyard Feadship is set to completely rebuild 42-metre (138-foot) classic motoryacht Istros. Built in 1954 by Amsterdam yard De Vries Lentsch and previously regarded as one of the largest superyachts to be built in the Netherlands, the yacht is now undergoing a total refit at Feadship’s facility.

Istros, meaning ‘inspiration’, featured an advanced radar system and on-board telephone, which was a rarity at the time.

H2 Yacht Design and Laurent Giles Naval Architects made a first attempt to restore the yacht in 2013, but the project was rejected due to lack of funding.

Under new ownership, the current rebuild project began last year with the removal of the superstructure and reconditioning of the hull at a shipyard in Malta. The yacht has since arrived back in the Netherlands.

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Mataró Marina Barcelona hosts the first Refit Conference

Mataró Marina Barcelona has hosted its 1st Refit Conference under the organisation of the Barcelona Clúster Nàutic, Daevi and Varador 2000.

The event, directed towards professionals involved with the maintenance and repair of boats, has strengthened training and networking in this sector. It has also facilitated a dialogue between business and administration, as the event was attended by the manager of Ports de Catalunya, Joan Pere Gómez.

David Bote, mayor of Mataró, introduced the conference before the ‘Present and Future of the Refit Sector in Catalonia’ meeting commenced, involving Toni Tió, president of Barcelona Clúster Nàutic, along with the representative of Ports and the CEO of Varador 2000, Xiqui Mas.

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