Orca whales catching a sailor

Frightnening adventure for a  sailor feeling himself in unreversable trouble, when a pod of orca whales attacked his boat.

The 27 years old  was under attack more than two hours by several of these mammals reaching  25ft long and weighting  five tonnes each

“As per the best horror novel at one point all became quiet around me” this told by the young sailor, but after a while he saw the mammals pod changing direction again and coming back to him, do you remember the movie Jaws? well I can imagine something like this

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Couple killed in horror boat crash on Lake Garda ((With kind permission of Marine Industry News https://marineindustrynews.co.uk/)

Two German tourists from Munich are being investigated for alleged manslaughter and failure to provide assistance following a fatal boat crash on Italy’s Lake Garda on Sunday in which an Italian man and woman were killed.

Italian state RaiNews24 TV said investigators were awaiting results of blood analyses to determine if the tourists had been drinking before the crash.

According to reports by the Associated Press (AP), the woman’s body was recovered from the lake Sunday evening by Italian firefighter rescue divers and the man’s body was found in their small boat earlier in the day. It is believed the German tourist’s boat collided with that of the victims.

Local media has named Greta Nedrotti, 25, and Umberto Garzarella, 37, as the victims.

The Corriere della Sera newspaper said the victims’ boat was badly gashed near the bow and that the man, 37, had suffered a grave abdominal wound. One of the 25-year-old woman’s legs was partially torn off, it said.

The Italian Carabinieri paramilitary police said both Germans are free on their own recognisance while under investigation for alleged manslaughter and failure to provide assistance.

Images courtesy of AP.


Post-Brexit certification requirement clarified (With kind permission of Marine Industry News https://marineindustrynews.co.uk/)

Following the successful cooperation on VAT and customs, the leading European, British, and international leisure marine associations continue to provide clarity on the new post-Brexit trade relationships.

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA), European Boating Industry (EBI), European Boating Association (EBA), British Marine (BM) and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) have now issued clarification on certification requirements for second-hand boats in trade between the EU and UK post-Brexit.

In dialogue with the EU and UK authorities, key questions were raised, and clarification received. The scenarios have been confirmed by BEIS and are understood to be correct based on guidance by the European Commission.

Below are the scenarios for second-hand boats that are covered by the EU’s Recreational Craft Directive and the UK’s Recreational Craft Regulations. In cases where recertification would be required, a Post-Construction Assessment (PCA) will have to be completed. This applies from the end of the transition period (TP) on 1 January 2021.

Scenario Situation in 2021 Situation in 2022
Scenario 1
· Boat in GB at end of TP
·  CE-marked·
·  Sold in GB·
· Remains in GB
Would not need to be recertified Would not need to be recertified
Scenario 2
·   Boat in GB at end of TP
·   CE-marked
·   Imported to EU27
Would need to
be recertified
Would need to
be recertified
Scenario 3
·   Boat in EU27 at end of TP
·   CE-marked
·   Sold in EU27
·   Remains in EU27
Would not need to be recertified Would not need to be recertified
Scenario 4
·   Boat in EU27 at end of TP
·   CE-marked
·   Imported to GB
Would not need to be recertified Would not need to be recertified
Scenario 5
In GB sold to EU end user, but:
·   First sale in EU-27 (not GB market), (CE-marked, bought by EU citizen, registered, and used in EU)
·   Second sale to GB before 1
January 2021
·   Subsequent sale back to EU
Would not need to be recertified (but proof required by national authorities) Would not need to be recertified (but proof required by national authorities)


Further clarifications are being sought from BEIS and the European Commission related to trade with Northern Ireland.

“We are delighted to continue the positive cooperation on another important issue for industry and boaters,” says Philip Easthill, secretary general of EBI. “We hope that despite the additional barriers for second-hand boats, the clarification on VAT and now certification will facilitate trade as much as possible. Together with our partners, we will continue to work on mitigating the impact of Brexit through our advocacy channels at EU level.”

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Crack-down on illegal teak imports sees German company fined (With kind permission of Marine Industry News https://marineindustrynews.co.uk/)

A German company has been convicted and fined for evading sanctions on timber imported from Myanmar.

The Regional Court in Hamburg found WOB Timber had evaded the EU sanctions on 31 separate shipments of timber worth millions of euros from 2008-11, when the previous military junta –the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) – was sanctioned by the EU.

The judge ordered the company to pay a fine of €3.3m and sentenced director Stephan Bührich to a 21-month suspended prison sentence and a fine of €200,000 – and warned further cases would result in even harsher penalties.

The fine and suspended jail term constitute one of the largest penalties ever imposed on a timber trader in the EU. Many of the shipments involved timber being processed in Taiwan and declared as originating in Taiwan, rather than Myanmar, to avoid the reach of the sanctions.

Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) exposed the role Taiwan plays in supplying Myanmar teak to the international markets in its 2019 report State of Corruption.

WOB Timber is also accused of exploiting regulatory loopholes to trade illicit timber more recently, as revealed in EIA’s 2020 report The Croatian Connection Exposed, when it used Croatian company Viator Pula to import timber into the EU to avoid the EU Timber Regulation’s due diligence requirements.

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Motor cruiser deaths caused by cabin heater exhaust, says MAIB report (With kind permission of Marine Industry News https://marineindustrynews.co.uk)

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published its findings regarding the loss of two lives on a motor cruiser.

The bodies of two men were discovered in the cabin of the privately owned motor cruiser Diversion, which was moored to a quay in the centre of York, England in December 2019.

The boat owner and his friend had spent the previous evening in the city centre socialising with former work colleagues and were spending the night on board. But both men died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. The carbon monoxide had leaked into the cabin from the boat’s diesel-fuelled cabin heater exhaust.

MAIB says it found that the cabin heater’s exhaust silencer was not designed for marine use: its connection to the exhaust pipe system was not gas tight, the installation had not been checked by a professional heater installer, and it had not been serviced.

The cabin ventilation system did not meet the requirements of the Boat Safety Scheme and this might have increased the rate at which the carbon monoxide accumulated in the boat’s cabin space, says MAIB.

The owner and his friend were not alerted to the danger because a carbon monoxide alarm had not been fitted.

The report says three men motored on the boat for a four-mile trip upriver to York city centre, where they had arranged to attend a pre-Christmas social gathering with former work colleagues.

They left the marina at about 12:30pm for York, where the owner and one of his friends, both retired power station engineers, planned to sleep on board Diversion overnight.

The three men went ashore, and spent the afternoon drinking and socialising with their former colleagues in several city centre pubs. One of the men later went home by train.

The owner and his other friend had a meal with some of the group then returned to Diversion.

At about midday on the following day, the families of the owner and his friend became concerned that they had not heard from either man.

They made several telephone calls to try to locate them, but without success, and later in the afternoon they reported their concerns to the police.

A police officer was dispatched to the quayside and confirmed that the boat was still moored there, and that its accommodation was in darkness and no one appeared to be on board.

The officer was then instructed to continue on patrol.

With no further contact from the two men, the families contacted the police once again to express their increasing concern.

At about 20:00, another police officer boarded Diversion and found the main cabin door unlocked, with all lights switched off…

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Man steals $210K yacht, sailing straight into $60K of trouble (With kind permission of Marine Industry News https://marineindustrynews.co.uk/)

A man who stole a $210,000 yacht to sail the Cook Strait and get to his son in Wellington caused $60,000 worth of damage to the boat and its engine.

The man, Sean Murdoch Grant, 41, told police he did it because there were no available ferry crossings, according to Stuff.

A police summary of facts said at about 1pm on October 27 last year, Grant stole an eight-foot dinghy from Waikawa Marae, which he rowed out to a yacht that was moored nearby.

Grant then motored the yacht away from its mooring, but failed to open the engine coolant seacock which resulted in the engine being extensively damaged. With the engine no longer working, Grant continued on his way under sail.

The following day, he ran the yacht aground on Motaura Island. After refloating the yacht, he then sailed across the Cook Strait, where the next day he ran the yacht aground again in Plimmerton, Porirua.

At this point Grant abandoned the yacht, having lost the dinghy, and left the scene with an associate in a car….

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October 2020 Annual Meeting: Suspended

The Global Marine Investigators association (GMI) announced that the October 2020 Annual Meeting will be suspended because of the current COVID-19 pandemic and its unforeseeble business consequences. “While this was a difficult decision, it was necessary based on the science and guidance around COVID-19. All the GMI Board after several internal discussions reached out this common decision as we don’t expect conditions to improve to a point where we could feasibly hold the planned in-person meeting in October” said GMI Board Yusuf Civelekoglu