Tony Webb completes the Round Britain Challenge

17 year old, Tony Webb achieved his dream of successfully completing the Round Britain solo challenge on his most cherished sail, the ‘Danera’. Danera is a 21′ Beneteau First 211 sailing yacht. The sail can tackle waves of up to 4 metre on the Beaufort Scale 8. This was the perfect designed sail for the young adventurer on his journey.

The main purpose of the journey was to raise funds for RYA Sailability and Even Keel. These are charities supporting disabled sailors.

The voyage lasted for 8 weeks with 39 halts along the way.The hardest part of the voyage for this young sailor was sailing through 50mph winds for 6 hrs around Bangor, Northern Ireland.

But the scenic Scottish mountains and 50 dolphins in the Briston Channel along with the funds raised more than made up for the hardship of the trip.

MS Turano PlantSolar Memorable World Tour

MS Turano PlantSolar, the world’s largest solar-powered boat, is all set to sail from Singapore to Mumbai as well aims to denote its name in the history of voyaging by starting its 18 months journey around the world. Continue reading

Myanmar Port opens for trading with North East India

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The bilateral trade agreement between Myanmar and India will open up trade between the provinces of North East India and Myanmar. The project cost is at around $20 million and is estimated to be completed around 2013. The project will connect the North Eastern Indian provinces to the Sittwe port in Myanmar via Mizoram.

The project involves massive dredging and construction of new terminals to fulfill completion. However, upon completion direct sailing will be possible that enables ships to pick up mainline services from Kolkata. The countries also aim to bring trade between the two countries to around 3 billion by lowering trade tariff rates.

In spite of India’s economic growth, the north eastern provinces also known as the ‘Seven Sisters’ remain economically backward. The nearest port to the provinces is Kolkata which can take a week to reach.

India is also trying to patch up the cracks in the relation between Bangladesh as the Chittagong port in Bangladesh also offers easy connectivity to the Seven Sisters.


Jeffrey Allison first British to navigate the Arctic Circle

Sailing (Credit: US Navy)

Jeffrey Allison, a 73-year old retired engineer has become the first British to circumnavigate the Arctic Circle clockwise with only a single crew member. Continue reading

Emax E-Volution – The Greener the Better

If investing in ‘little’ luxurious indulgences like cruise yachts is your favorite pastime, then we guarantee that the newly designed Emax E-Volution fits your taste. Introduced at the Monaco Yacht Show in Monte Carlo, the Emax E-Volution is designed by Sauter Offset Carbon Design to maximize the use of clean energy sources like wind, solar and wave power. With help of these natural energy combinations, the solar hybrid schooner can reach a cruising speed of 14 knots and captain a top speed of 28 knots. Continue reading

Freight container shipping rates drive down

The near future for container shipping remains unpromising as demand drives down by western buyers. The panic and fear of a second recession has made westerners wary causing the demand to drive down deeply. The US economy is in shambles and no immediate stimulus seems in sight to give it a boost. The picture of the European economy seems even bleaker than the US economy. The emerging nations provide a fair amount of demand for freight container shipping; however they alone are not enough to fulfil the gap left by the decreased demand from Europe and US. These new markets have fledged rapidly but the demand still remains nominal when compared to the earlier demands from Western countries. Container shipping rates from Shanghai to US fell almost by 40 percent.

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