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An Increase in Australian Quarantine Clearance Fees

Date Published - July 08, 2008

The AQIS Seaports Program has completed a fee review. The new fees for the 2008/09 financial year have commenced on 1 July 2008.

The new fees for Yachts under 25m has increased from A$160 to A$240, also note, the Inspection time has increased from 1 hour to 1 & ½ hours.

The… Read More

Last Update - July 08, 2008

CROATIA: Update on Clearance Procedure

Date Published - July 09, 2008

Sailors clearing in or out of Croatia at Gruz (the commercial harbour of Dubrovnik), are strongly advised not to use this port during the high season as yachts have been waiting for several hours to complete formalities.

The Customs quay is under great demand from cruise ships and ferries and yachts… Read More

Last Update - July 01, 2008

FLORIDA – Skipper arrested for Anchoring for more than 10 days

Date Published - June 26, 2008

Cruising Compass report today that the City of Stuart, FL, has apologized to Vincent Sibilla after he was arrested for anchoring his yacht for more than 10 days in the City harbor. Sibilla, who sued the city last month over its anchoring restrictions, has been awarded $5,000 and a written… Read More

Last Update - June 26, 2008

Is the Panama Canal back to Normal?

Date Published - June 20, 2008

June 17, 2008

Because of the jam in the canal, waiting time 6 to 8 weeks, you gave the advice to make the transit next year. When do you think the waiting time could return to normal in 2009 and as of what month?


It seems that as of now, the Panama… Read More

Last Update - June 20, 2008

Watch out for Whales May to September

Date Published - June 17, 2008

As reported on

Media Release by GBRMPA, Thursday, 12 June 2008

Take care around whales and abide by approach distances – that’s the message from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) as they ask all on the water to be careful of whales migrating north.

The call comes as whales… Read More

Last Update - June 17, 2008

Forecasters Predict Active Hurricane Season

Date Published - May 31, 2008

The 2008 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially begins tomorrow (1 June), could be slightly busier than average, with a good chance of six to nine hurricanes forming, US federal forecasters said on Thursday.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials also said 12 to 16 named storms and two to five major… Read More

Last Update - May 31, 2008

Dispute As To Facts Of Kiribati Yacht Arrest

Date Published - May 31, 2008

Several concerned sailors have contacted Noonsite regarding a news item we published in April regarding the arrest of the crew of German yacht Atlantis in Kiribati after failing to clear into the country. Walter and Gisela Mittasch of SV Atlantis disputed the facts of this news report, stating they stopped… Read More

Last Update - May 31, 2008

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Sailor off the Bahamas

Date Published - May 30, 2008

May 27th, 2008 – MIAMI

Coast Guard search and rescue coordinators at Sector Miami suspended search efforts for Peer Steenburg, the master of the 36-foot sailing vessel Holo Ki Ki, Sunday night.

Crews from the Coast Guard Cutter Bluefin, two HH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews from Air Station Miami, an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter… Read More

Last Update - May 30, 2008

U S Coastguard Helping Asian Countries Against Piracy

Date Published - May 25, 2008

Neighboring countries working together in Asia have reduced serious maritime piracy incidents but the concept needs to be expanded, according to experts at the first gathering of the South Asia Regional Port Security Cooperative (SARPSCO), supported by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Southeast Asia is no longer regarded as the world’s most… Read More

Last Update - May 25, 2008

Couple's Tragic Accident - Correction To Previous News Item

Date Published - May 21, 2008

Following Noonsite’s report on May 18th of a tragic accident involving a British couple on their yacht Deja Vu, Glynn Craig, who was sailing on the yacht with her husband, has contacted Noonsite to inform us of the correct version of events.

We had reported that her husband Colin Craig was… Read More

Last Update - May 21, 2008

Biofuel damage to fuel tanks

Date Published - April 28, 2008

A Los Angeles firm has filed a class-action lawsuit against US oil companies on behalf of Californian boater owners with fibreglass fuel tanks. Some fibreglass fuel tanks can be dissolved by ethanol enhanced fuel and the flow of the dissolved mixture then damages the engine, causing damage that can cost… Read More

Last Update - April 28, 2008

Early Signs That Australian Customs Are Easing Up On Yachts

Date Published - April 17, 2008

According to the latest edition of The Coastal Passage, recent widespread coverage of Australian Customs severe penalties for yachts apparently failing to comply with regulations (reported on Noonsite Australia pages) may be contributing to a change in official attitudes to yachts:

“In an apparent response to coverage from The Coastal Passage… Read More

Last Update - April 17, 2008

State of the Art Yacht Transporter Sets Off on Maiden Voyage

Date Published - April 11, 2008

Dockwise Yacht Transport’s (DYT) newest ship, the 687.5-foot (209 meters) Yacht Express, left Ft. Lauderdale (Florida)with a full load of cargo: $154 million worth of private luxury and sport fishing yachts.

The largest vessel of its kind in the world, Yacht Express was purpose-built at Yantai Raffles Shipyard in China with… Read More

Last Update - April 11, 2008

Dockwise Yacht Transport Forms Partnership with The Billfish Foundation

Date Published - April 07, 2008

Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT), the world’s leading yacht logistics company with its own fleet of semi-submersible ships that offer a unique float-on/float-off service, has entered into a corporate conservation partnership with The Billfish Foundation (TBF). TBF is the only non-profit organization dedicated solely to conserving and enhancing billfish populations around… Read More

Last Update - April 07, 2008

US Coast Guard Announces Decision to Continue HF Weather Broadcasts

Date Published - February 29, 2008

In May 2007 Noonsite reported that the United States Coast Guard was seeking public comment on the need to continue providing high frequency (HF) radio broadcasts of weather forecasts and warnings.

After an extensive review and following a “substantial public response that overwhelmingly urged the continuation of these services” the Coast… Read More

Last Update - February 29, 2008

Authorities are tightening regulations in Patagonia

Date Published - February 11, 2008

Noonsite has received the following communication from Skip Novak, who has been chartering in Southern Chile and Antarctica for the past 15 years. Anyone planning to visit the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn should take note of the following: There is a very high likelihood that next season (2008/2009) Chilean… Read More

Last Update - February 11, 2008

Yacht Attacked At St Vincent: More Comments

Date Published - January 04, 2008

Yacht Attacked At St Vincent

After reading the above article and comments about this issue, I forwarded it to a friend who lives on St. Vincent to get his opinion. Here is his response:

“Yes, it’s very unfortunate. I would not say, however, that these incidents are getting worse, more than when… Read More

Last Update - January 04, 2008

Yacht Attacked At St Vincent

Date Published - January 04, 2008

Steve Jones has sent Noonsite the following account of a violent attack on his wife and himself while anchored off St Vincent in the Caribbean on December 23rd, 2007:

“My wife and I were cruising in St Lucia and the Grenadines this Christmas on a chartered Dufour 385 from Marin in… Read More

Last Update - January 04, 2008

Yacht Attacked At St Vincent: Comments

Date Published - January 03, 2008

Yacht Attacked At St Vincent

I have just read about the recent attack on the couple in St. Vincent. I have to agree that the monetary loss is nothing compared to the emotional and physical trauma that is left after such an attack. In May of 2006, my husband and I… Read More

Last Update - January 03, 2008

Unmanned Pirate-Hunting Boats For The Future

Date Published - December 31, 2007

For some years now, law enforcement agencies have proposed robotic boats, or unmanned surface vessels (USVs), as a way to help deal with 21st-Century pirates that target mostly commercial shipping, above all in the waters off Somalia. The US Navy has tested at least two small, armed USV demonstrators designed… Read More

Last Update - December 31, 2007

DYT Announces New Routes and Voyages

Date Published - December 12, 2007

DYT Announces New Routes and Voyages: Dubai, Southampton, Aarhus Added to Destinations

Following on the heels of a cooperative partnership with BBC Chartering & Logistics, Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT), the world’s only float-on/float-off yacht transport service, has announced several new routes made possible by the lift-on/lift-off capabilities of BBC supplied vessels…. Read More

Last Update - December 12, 2007

Seahorse Marine: One of China’s best kept secrets

Date Published - December 11, 2007

On a recent visit to China, Jimmy Cornell visited the Seahorse Marine boatyard in Zhuhai, close to Hong Kong. The yard produces a range of yachts in steel and fibreglass. Its continuing success is due both to the high quality of its boats and their extremely attractive price.

Set on the… Read More

Last Update - December 11, 2007

New Zealand Authorities Want Explanations

Date Published - December 07, 2007

New Zealand authorities will demand to know why the crew of a schooner carrying four Australians and five others failed to tell anyone they’d be late into port, sparking a massive search.

Authorities had held fears for the group, after the three-masted topsail schooner The Alvei failed to arrive in New… Read More

Last Update - December 07, 2007

Bumper Lot of Book Reviews

Date Published - December 06, 2007

Noonsite’s resident book reviewer has been busy and reviews of the following books have now been posted on Noonsite:

Greek Waters Pilot by Rod Heikell

West Aegean, by Rob Buttress

French for Cruisers by Kathy Parsons

Spanish for Cruisers by Kathy Parsons … Read More

Last Update - December 06, 2007

Galapagos: Forget Cruising Permit for Small Yachts!

Date Published - November 16, 2007

by Otto & Marita Ulrichs, S/Y Truant 2

Immigration and customs procedures and supposed new rules each year confuse nearly every sailor approaching the Galapagos archipelago. Agencies in the past made a lot of money by providing sailors with an official cruising permit called an “Autografo”. One agency now finally in… Read More

Last Update - November 16, 2007