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  • 16 okt 2017
    DELFT Spend enough time at sea and you become good at predicting the force, size and direction of the next wave. Unless it is a rogue one, an extremely large, steep wave that surges without warning and seemingly at random and can cause severe damage. Little is understood how rogue waves form. Delft University of Technology researcher Peter Naaijen has developed a ‘wave radar’ that shows dangerous waves in the next few minutes. “Conditions at sea can be predicted, but not very...
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  • 16 okt 2017
    BEIJING China’s online retail sector is in its glory days. And they are only getting better. The country is home to 467million online shoppers 75% of them Millennials who racked up $750 billion in sales in 2016, Goldman Sachs research shows. Their ranks are forecast to swell by 200 million by 2020 and their sales will surge to $1.7 trillion. Chinese luxury travelers account for a third of global high-end purchases. They still love the swish shops of New York, Paris and London, yet...
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  • 12 okt 2017
    STOCKHOLM In early October, Rolls-Royce signed a deal with Google to upgrade its automated system that locates objects at sea. The deal has been hailed as a step forward in the development of fully autonomous ships and improving safety of existing commercial ships and yachts. Intelligent awareness systems will make vessels safer, easier and more efficient to operate. They can provide crew with data about their vessel’s surroundings by fusing information from existing ship systems, such as...
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  • 12 okt 2017
    AMSTERDAM The Dutch government has started an intriguing experiment: can mussels rescue centuries-old shipwrecks off the Dutch coast. Most endangered are wrecks in the Wadden Sea. Those shallow, tidal waters along the Netherlands’ north shore are littered with hundreds of wooden shipwrecks dating back to the 16th century. The Wadden Sea (wadden is Dutch for mud flats) stretches from the northwest of the Netherlands eastward, past the river estuaries of Germany and up the Danish west...
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  • 03 okt 2017
    Ignore Bill and Melinda Gates and it is easy to be despondent about the state of the world. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, launched in 2000 by the Microsoft founder and his wife, aims to cure poverty and disease through promising solutions and best practices. It is bullish about the future. The BMGF's just-released 'Goalkeepers' report, available in 4 languages, "comes out at a time when there is more doubt than usual about the world's commitment to development," the Gateses say. "In...
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  • 03 okt 2017
    Construction has begun of the first luxury submarine with a private jet interior, the result of 8 years of R&D by Ocean Submarine BV of the Netherlands. The company says it is teaming up with such icons as Rolls Royce, MTU and Bosch for the ambitious project. It says the sub, scheduled for delivery in early 2018, will be made of NASA-grade steel, offer a high degree of luxury and customization and reach speeds of up to 15 knots, around 3 times faster than conventional private subs. It can...
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  • 03 okt 2017
    Climate change drives people across many industries to spectacular projects. One amazing initiative in high-end yachting is the 63m EAU, a concept electric luxury yacht that has been shortlisted for a prize in the 2018 International Yacht & Aviation Awards contest in the category 40m+ Yacht Concept. Amsterdam-based designer Frank Tjepkema and his team have developed EAU with the idea that soon developments in electric car building will influence the yacht building industry. For one thing,...
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  • 19 sep 2017
    AMSTERDAM  An ING report says all new cars sold in Europe will be electric by the mid-2030s, an outlook that foreshadows more competition for European car makers. The Dutch bank says that by 2035, when battery-powered cars account for 100% of vehicle registrations in Europe, US and Asian car makers may overwhelm European rivals that today are lagging in battery output. ING’s 2035 target beats other predictions by a decade or more. British authorities expect 90% of new cars in their...
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  • 19 sep 2017
    An international consortium of companies around Damen Shipyards Group has produced a prototype of the world’s first, 3D-printed, class-approved ship propeller. The prototype weighs 400 kilos (882 lbs.) and has a diameter of 1,350mm (53 inches). It marks a big step on the steep learning curve toward understanding material properties, the consortium participants say. They speak of a “ground-breaking event for the maritime industry.” The nickel-aluminum-bronze alloy prototype was...
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  • 11 sep 2017
     The Great Barrier Reef is Australia's iconic tourism destination. But yachts of 35m (115ft.) and up have long been banned from the world's biggest structure of living organisms running for 2,500 kms (1,553 m.) along the Queensland coast. After much lobbying by Superyacht Australia, the Australian government has recently lifted that ban. Key to this change of heart was an SA superyacht economic impact study. SA CEO MaryAnne Edwards credits it for helping the government understand...
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