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Dutch dealer to electrify fleet

Seven new electric motoryachts commissioned for the coming season
Citing statistics that indicate tourism is responsible for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions, a Dutch yacht dealer/charter company contends electric boats would enable emission-free boating, and has commissioned seven new electric motoryachts for the coming season. Family-owned Natural Yachts predicts that the company’s seven e-yachts will save 86 tonnes of CO2compared to a diesel-powered boat. Seven diesel boats would emit as much CO2 in the eight-month rental season as 18 Dutch households in an entire year.

Brunswick Sustainability Leadership Awards – winners announced

The two winners will each direct grant funds to sustainability-focused nonprofit organizations
Brunswick Corp has announced the winners of its inaugural Sustainability Leadership Awards, which celebrate the company’s commitment to sustainable, responsible practices by recognising outstanding environmental, social and governance (ESG)-focused contributions of individuals and teams at Brunswick facilities around the world. Brunswick employees nominated sustainability initiatives across four categories (People, Products, Energy and Environment), which were reviewed by a panel of company leaders based on criteria that evaluated each initiative’s innovation, complexity, ESG impact metrics and project execution.

Caterpillar Q4 revenues up 23%

Full-year net profit jumps 116% on continued high demand in all segments for US engine builder

Caterpilllar reported strong sales results in all segments including marine, driven by continuing high demand for produits like its new C32B marine engine

Illinois, US-based engine builder Caterpillar Inc released its 2021 fourth-quarter and full-year financial results early Friday, reporting revenue gains of 23% for the quarter and 22% for the full year. The company reported fourth-quarter revenues of US$13.79bn, representing a 23% year-over-year increase from revenues of $11.2

Q&A With Pure Watercraft CEO Andy Rebele

In late November, General Motors said it had acquired a 25 percent stake in Pure Watercraft, the Seattle-based e-propulsion outfit, for approximately $150 million. The automaker plans to invest $35 billion in electric and autonomous vehicle technology during the next four years. The deal with Pure Watercraft reflects GM’s mission to take the “holistic approach necessary for widespread EV adoption.”

Dockmate launches softdocking technology

Dockmate, manufacturer of advanced wireless remote control systems for yachts, announced today an absolute revolution in easy and stress-free docking with SoftDocking, its newly-patented technology. Regardless of the size or type of boat, power or number of engines, one thing that every boater understands is that docking is made more complex by the delay between engaging the throttle and the moment the boat begins to move. Unlike cars, where there is no immediate burst of power when the gas pedal is pushed and the driver can ease into motion, boat engines will fully engage immediately when put into gear. Docking skills are so critical to safe and enjoyable boating that beginner, and even some advanced, boating safety courses have sections entirely dedicated to safe docking techniques.

Electric boat propulsion drives – new gear for 2022

Six of the latest electric boat propulsion drives and outboards new for 2022, as released at the METS trade show.

Neander Names Whiting as New Marketing Director

German outboard manufacturer Neander announced it has welcomed Richard Whiting on board to join the team as marketing director. Whiting brings many years of experience in increasing brand awareness and will be responsible for leading all of the company's communications efforts designed to promote the Dtorque 50 diesel outboard and build customer confidence in the product.

Yamaha Does Not Give up V8 Engines and Develops a Hydrogen one with 442 HP That Only Emits Water

Yamaha does not give up V8 engines and develops a hydrogen one with 442 hp that only emits water. The advancement of anti-pollution regulations has brought with it the general end of large engines , to the dismay of many fans. But Yamaha wants to find a chance for its survival. On the occasion of the last round of the Super Taikyu championship in Okayama, the tuning fork brand exhibited a V8 prototype powered directly by hydrogen instead of gasoline.

New Mercury Joystick Piloting System Makes Docking Single-Engine Pontoons Easier Than Ever

Perhaps no other boat type celebrates leisure and camaraderie better than the beloved pontoon. With their wide-open decks, pontoons seem to naturally encourage friends and family to gather together on the water. Today, more and more people are upsizing their pontoon boats to enhance their fun on the water, and as these boats become bigger and are used for a wider array of activities (tow sports, cruising, even fishing), boaters are turning to Mercury’s industry-leading lineup of innovative high-horsepower outboards to properly power these larger rigs. While the increase in size helps to further facilitate on-water activities, a large pontoon boat with a single source of propulsion can be quite tricky to maneuver in close quarters. Throw some wind and current in there, and these large floating rectangles can really challenge a boater’s docking skills.

ABS, Hyundai working on joint autonomous marine projects

ABS and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) are to work together on a series of autonomous projects. ABS specialists will work with HHI’s Korea Shipbuilding and Offshore Engineering (KSOE) and its autonomous navigation subsidiary, Avikus, to integrate autonomous and remote-control functions into vessels. The work will be carried out in compliance with requirements outlined in the ABS Guide for Autonomous and Remote Control Functions. The Guide provides a mix of goal-based and prescriptive requirements set against a wider risk-based approach. ABS and HHI signed a Strategic Framework Agreement at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which will lead to a series of Joint Development Projects (JDPs).