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What's been happening in the industry? More than a little! Freedom Waters wraps up a successful event, a trip to the Arctic through the Bering Strait just became more feasible, KVH is expanding their service plans and Perini Navi is already preparing for the yard's fifth Perini Navi Cup Regatta.
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Freedom on the Water

Florida-based charity group Freedom Waters is finishing up its spring schedule of events and gearing up for summer. Recently the group held its first annual Putt Putt Pub Regatta at several locations along 15th Street in Fort Lauderdale: Southport Raw Bar, Quarterdeck, Kelly's Landing, Waxy O'Connor's and Bimini Boatyard. Guests completed a five-hole miniature golf course and prizes were awarded to the teams with the lowest scores. Another event this month included a day aboard the Naples Princess in Naples, Florida during the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Fishing Tournament. The organization is also looking for boats to take children and their mentors fishing on June 1.


Freedom Waters works with yacht owners and the marine industry to provide boating opportunities and marine related activities for veterans, people with disabilities, life threatening illnesses, youth at risk and others with special needs.

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NOAA Improves Arctic Charts

Recent hydrographic surveys conducted by NOAA ship Fairweather has provided the precise depth measurements the organization needed to enhance maritime charts of the Bering Strait. Specifically, chart 16190 of the Bering Strait North and chart 16220 of St. Lawrence Island to Bering Strait have been improved by the new data.


“Our Arctic Nautical Charting Plan identified the need for 14 new charts in the Arctic,” explains Commander Shep Smith, chief of Coast Survey’s Marine Chart Division. “Chart 16190 was high on our list of priorities, since the Bering Strait is the maritime gateway from the Bering Sea in the Pacific Ocean to the Chukchi Sea in the Arctic Ocean.”

“Charting the gateway is absolutely vital for safe navigation, but it is more than that,” Smith says. “In addition to the very practical aspects, this chart also symbolizes an opening to the growing opportunities for maritime transportation in the Arctic."

The NOAA electronic navigational charts (NOAA ENC) for 16190 will be available this summer.

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KVH Industries Acquires Headland Media

KVH Industries, Inc. recently announced its acquisition of Headland Media Limited, a media and entertainment services company. Headland has specialized in the sale of commercially licensed news, sports, movies and music content to maritime, hotel, and retail markets. The move is expected to broaden KVH’s service extension plans. Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH’s chief executive officer says, “We are now rolling out a new, highly efficient, low-cost multicasting capability that we believe will create significant growth opportunities for Headland Media’s content by eliminating the time and cost of physically delivering DVDs to vessels.”


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The 2013 Perini Navi Cup

From August 28 to 31, Porto Cervo, Sardinia will host the Perini Navi fleet for the yard’s fifth Perini Navi Cup Regatta. Reserved for Perini sailing yachts and co-organized by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, the event already has 18 yachts registered to attend including the 196-foot (60-meter) Seahawk, the 183-foot (56-meter) Panthalassa and the 147-foot (45-meter) Clan. Additionally, the 125-foot (38-meter) P2 will make her debut at the event.


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