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Yacht transporter makes Arabian Peninsula delivery

Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT) conquered a new frontier when it delivered a shipment of pleasure yachts to Jebel Ali, Dubai on February 19, in time for the Dubai International Boat Show, which began March 11.

The operation took place aboard the Lady Gloria, a ship supplied by BBC Chartering and Logistics, which partnered with DYT last October to expand global shipping options for DYT customers and will now regularly service Dubai and other previously hard-to-reach destinations.

The same loading masters who manage DYT’s unique float-on/float-off service for its fleet of four semi-submersible ships managed the lift-on/lift-off service aboard the Lady Gloria, one of 140 BBC vessels in operation worldwide.

On its voyage from Port Everglades to Dubai via Genoa, Lady Gloria loaded an impressive set of yachts, including a new, 105-foot Mangusta and a unique 30-foot limousine tender from Royal Denship.

DYT President Clemens van der Werf said, “Dubai will be a regular stop for DYT, which now also services new ports of call in Southampton, UK; Aarhus, Denmark; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Houston, Texas, in an effort to expand cruising options to these exciting international playgrounds.”

For more information, visit www.yacht-transport.com or contact Catalina Bujor, Dockwise Yacht Transport, (954) 525-8707, pr@dockwise-yt.com .

Lauderdale anchorage changes finalized

The Port Everglades Harbor Safety Committee recently announced the final regulation changes to the Port Everglades commercial anchorage area near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at the NovaSoutheasternUniversity’s OceanographicCenter on JohnU.LloydState Park.

The changes are effective immediately and are a result of recommendations made by the Harbor Safety Committee following a review of commercial groundings off the Fort Lauderdale coast, including the grounding of the motor vessel Clipper Lasco Sept. 14, 2006, the last grounding of a commercial vessel near the anchorage.

“The reconfigured anchorage area should greatly reduce the potential for future commercial vessel groundings by eliminating the former anchorage area located between the second and third coral reefs,” said Capt. Karl Schultz, captain of the port and chairman of the Port Everglades Harbor Safety Committee.“While the new anchorage area is approximately 13 percent smaller, the new configuration is expected to continue to meet the needs of ships conducting business in Port Everglades, a key regional economic engine.”

The changes to the existing Port Everglades commercial vessel anchorage were:

• Eliminating the section of the anchorage closet to fragile living coral reefs, noting that Florida possesses approximately 84 percent of the nation’s reef system.

• Expanding the anchorage to deeper waters farther away from the reef.

• Limiting the time a vessel may remain in the anchorage.

Grants awarded to improve boating

Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne recently announced that more than $13.5 million in competitive grants will be awarded to 15 states ranging from California to Rhode Island for 19 boating infrastructure projects. The grants, which will help fund construction of docks, boat slips and other facilities to support recreational boating, are made available through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program.

Among the winning proposals for competitive grants:

Alabama: The Alabama Department of Environmental Management will receive nearly $345,000 and match that amount with more than $500,000 to construct nine slips for visiting boats and a fuel pier at the Ditto Landing Transient Boating Facilities.

Florida: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will receive more than $600,000 and match that amount with more than $1 million to provide dockside utilities to 78 visiting boat slips at Metropolitan Marina Park in Jacksonville.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will receive $500,000 and match that amount with more than $10 million to conduct one-time dredging operations necessary to maintain access to a multitude of visiting boating facilities in MartinCounty.

Georgia: The Georgia Department of Natural Resources will receive $1 million and match that amount with more than $4.4 million to construct a 1,000 linear foot floating dock for visiting boats in Savannah.

Texas: The TexasParks and Wildlife Department will receive more than $366,000 and match that amount with more than $200,000 to construct 16 slips for visiting boaters in the PortAransasMunicipalHarbor. The proposed visiting facilities are part of a larger marina renovation project that also includes providing dockside utilities, sewage pumpout facilities and other improvements. www.fws.gov

Paddlers gear up for ‘Kayak-A-Thon’

Charity West Palm has scheduled its annual 15-mile kayaking event for April 19 to raise money to benefit Reef Rescue and Shake-A-Leg.

Formed by a group of Palm BeachCounty divers in 2003, Reef Rescue is a watchdog organization of coral reefs and the coastal environment in southeast Florida. Shake-A-Leg is an organization that works with socially, mentally, and physically handicapped children in a marine environment, using the ocean and waterways to teach environmental lessons, therapeutic sailing and swimming. The group has specially outfitted vessels to allow the physically handicapped access to the water.

Corporate and private sponsorships will underwrite the event. Much like a walk-a-thon, kayakers will have the opportunity to raise money by asking family members, friends, co-workers, etc., to sponsor them for the event. Adventure Times of North Palm Beach will supply kayaks and equipment for up to 30 participants who do not have one of their own.

The event starts at BicentennialPark in Riviera Beach and ends at Bryant Park in Lake Worth. A support team will follow kayakers in the water and on land, providing them with snacks and water, as well as an opportunity to rest.

To sign up as a kayaker or to get more information on sponsorship, visit www.kayakathon.com. The event goal is to have between 60 and 100 kayakers participating this year. Prizes are given away to the top fund-raisers.

The financial goal is to raise $25,000 to $30,000 through the event to go directly to Reef Rescue and Shake-A-Leg. For additional information on the Reef Rescue, visit www.reef-rescue.org , www.shakealegmiami.org or

www.charitywestpalm.com.

Horizon Yacht Charters celebrates 10 years

Based in the British Virgin Islands, Horizon Yacht Charters recently announced offers, promotions and packages to commemorate the firm’s 10-year anniversary.

Charter promotions include the themes: Sail & Spa; Antigua Rum Cruise; Grenada Sun, Sea and Music; Stay & Sail; and Watersports Bonanza.

Horizon is the authorized regional dealer for Bavaria Yachts and Caribbean dealer for Fountaine Pajot Catamarans.

Horizon expanded into Grenada and The Grenadines in 2000 and opened their third location in Antigua & Barbuda in November 2003. Horizon’s fourth location swung into action in 2006 on St. Martin.

For more information please contact info@horizonyachtcharters.com . www.horizonyachtcharters.com

Nordic Tugs owners set to rendezvous

The Nordic Tugs owners’ associations throughout the United States have announced their 2008 rendezvous dates. East Coast gatherings include:

• Southeast Fisherman’s VillageYachtBasin, Punta Gorda, Fla., April 22-24.

• North East River Yacht Club, North East, Md., May 18-20.

• EssexIslandMarina, Essex, Conn., July 23-26.

For additional rendezvous information or to register to attend, click on the ‘owners’ link on the Nordic Tugs Web site at www.nordictugs.com .