Will you be attending the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show? It’s one of the most important and exclusive yacht shows in the world, attracting visitors from continents the world over. You can always expect to see the latest, the greatest and innovations you’d never imagined. Here are three exciting trends to look out for at the show. We’ll see you there!
Vessels at the show will marvel with attractive, practical and convenient sustainable design. Environmentally-friendly onboard equipment is quickly evolving, see how far the industry has come. Look out for sustainably produced ships as well as vessels with LED lighting and coatings that minimize their impact on marine environments. Rarer materials such as Burmese teak are being replaced with sustainable material such as Kebony wood while others are now being made from 100% recyclable material. And it’s now just the decks that are being made from recyclable matter, expect to see this alternative in use for a selection of different parts.
2. Smaller and More Efficient Equipment
Many new vessels feature special designs requiring less power and less fuel. Some of the latest features are answers to more efficiently meet current MARPOL standards whereas others are taking green yacht life further to usher in a new wave of greater consciousness at sea. You’ll see electric engines, solar power features and high performance propellers. There are electric vessels offering custom engine sizes and battery capacities based on buyers’ needs. Vessels operating making almost no sound join the fight against noise pollution and high-tech anti-UV film gives yachts the power of heating and cooling energy-efficiency.
3. Luxury Is Back in Yachting!
Yacht manufacturers have turned their focus back to the luxury aspect of their designs. This boat show is sure to feature plenty of head turners featuring the latest trends such as ergonomically designed seating areas, the finest in furniture and furnishings and retractable sunroofs and balconies. You’ll see hydraulic swimming platforms and experience acoustic insulation accompanied by interiors and exteriors with maximized spaces for the utmost of comfort at sea from favorite luxury brands from Azimut to Princess.
It’s an exciting time to shop for a new yacht. We’re so happy to see the far-reaching impact of environmental initiatives in the industry and we can’t wait to find out what’s next.
Are you planning to attend the 2016 WISTA AGM & International Conference? Here’s a sneak peek of the exciting schedule!
Welcome Reception at the Riverside Hotel
Will you be arriving to South Florida a little earlier to enjoy the sights? Be sure to attend Tuesday evening’s special welcome reception for registered guests, sponsored by Fowler White Burnett. The festivities and networking will begin before we’ve even left for sea! Remember, although tempting to bring spouses and other colleagues, this event is only for WISTA members and conference attendees.
WISTA International Annual General Meeting
WISTA’s annual general meeting and the remainder of the events will be held on the conference’s ultra-luxurious venue for 2016 – the ms Koningsdam, Holland America Line’s largest ship in history. 2,650 passengers will be carried on the vessel during the conference, a few hundred of which will be members of WISTA and their guests.
The general meeting will be a WISTA members-only event taking place along with a continental breakfast outside of The World Stage. Seeing and experiencing the World Stage in person will be an event of its own. It’s a configurable, multi-stage theater venue featuring state-of-the-art lighting and sound including a 270-degree LED screen and colossal HD LED screens. The space may be converted into any environment imaginable from a backdrop perfect for Cats to a manor in the countryside.
Taste of Bahamian Culture
The Bahamas will be the newest chapter to join WISTA’s international members including Brazil, Poland, Spain, Turkey and France. They’ll be hosting this special event upon our arrival to Nassau aboard the ms Koningsdam.
State of the Art Ships: LNG, Dual Fuel, Zero Discharge, Unmanned Ships
Learn about the newest and most promising environmentally-conscious advancements at sea with guest speakers including Margaret Doyle of the Gas Technology Institute and Total Marine Solutions’ very own Alexandra Anagnostis-Irons.
Group Dinner & Celebration
2016’s event will come to an end with a group dinner and a celebration of the times we’ve shared with one another networking, sharing ideas and expanding our visions for the industry. The festivities will take place in the Koningsdam’s impressive Main Dining Room, a breathtaking, two-floor space surrounded by views of the seas. Expect delightful cuisine and an expertly-curated wine selection. The host of the 2017 International AGM & International Conference will also be announced at this event.
This is only a small selection of the incredible events that await us in November. We look forward to seeing you there!
We are thrilled to unveil our brand new website! Have you had the chance to take a look?
In addition to an attractive new appearance, we’ve revamped our site to increase functionality, to make it more user-friendly and to give it a more modern feel. It’s now faster and easier than ever to access the Total Marine Solutions resources you need. Are you a client of our TMS Data Warehouse? This impacts you the most as you log in to access notifications, documents, environmental audits and other essentials.
If you’ve accessed TMS-FLA.com in the past via mobile phone or tablet, we understand you weren’t able to navigate with plenty of ease. This is why we’re proud to announce our new mobile responsive design… you may now access TMS on the go with clarity and ease of mind.
Thank you for all of your support. You can be sure we’ll continue to evolve to serve you better!
Snowbirds and South Floridians, rejoice… it’s almost season in Fort Lauderdale! We always see a huge uptick in yachts this time of year, so for our yacht friends and clients, here are 8 events you won’t want to miss… add them to your calendar today!
1. 2016 Fort Lauderdale Fest: October 1st, 2016
It’s easy to see why this is such an exciting event with an incredible musical lineup, delicious samples of food and beverages from local dining establishments, wineries and breweries, and more! Click here for more information.
2. Miami Broward Junior Carnival: October 1st, 2016
Looking for cultural experience? Experience the music, dances and costumes of Carnival in the heart of Broward County. Participating children and teens put on a show at Central Broward Regional Park as an introduction to the Adult Carnival Parade and Concert. This family-friendly event includes dining, arts and crafts, games, contests, face painting and more. Click here for more information.
3. Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show – November 3rd-7th, 2016
We have to admit; this is one of our favorites! Whether you’re in the market for a new yacht or not, you will surely enjoy this internationally-renowned boat show featuring beautiful vessels and the latest innovations from around the world. Click here for more information.
4. Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival: November 4th-20th, 2016
Did you know we have a film festival? This incredible event offers a fine selection of independent cinema and takes place during a period of over two weeks! In fact, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, it’s the longest film festival on the planet. It’s not just about quantity, however, FLIFF is the only Southern film festival to receive four major grants from The Academy! Click here for more information.
5. Holiday Fantasy of Lights: November 18, 2016 – January 2, 2017
Tradewinds Park is transformed into a glorious, light-filled holiday wonderland for the annual Holiday Fantasy of Lights. This unique presentation is a drive-thru event allowing you to pass miles of bright, colorful holiday displays! Click here for more information.
6. Winterfest Family Fun Day: November 20, 2016
The streets of Downtown Fort Lauderdale are closed providing space for sports, games and other activities. Each year offers different surprises so come out and see what the city has to offer! Click here for more information.
7. The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade: December 10th, 2016
Come up with your concept, register your vessel and have fun decorating your ship to participate in the ever-popular Winterfest Boat Parade! The parade takes place on the New River including appearances by the Galleria Mall Reindeer Barge, the Santa Showboat and the Grand Marshal Showboat. If you won’t be participating, there are also wonderful spots on land to take in the festivities. Click here for more information.
8. Symphony of the Americas: Holiday Magic: December 11th-12th, 2016
Holiday Magic brings the yuletide spirit to Fort Lauderdale! This family-friendly event celebrates both Christmas and Hanukah through classic sounds. Click here for more information.
Monday marks the celebration of Labor Day 2016. Celebrated and recognized the first Monday of each September, Labor Day became an official national holiday in 1896. It’s a day to take the time to recognize the fruits of labor of hardworking Americans throughout the country and even worldwide. Our hard work equates to incredible advancements in our society and it’s the backbone of our nation’s economy. This Labor Day, we would like to specifically highlight the work of individuals in the maritime industry.
The American maritime industry is an important international force that supports our economy and allows us to lead the lifestyles and partake in the industries we do today. Our maritime industry is made up of a host of hardworking professionals from seafarers to ship builders… and we are grateful for them all!
How will you celebrate this Labor Day? Do you have the day off? We hope you will have time to celebrate and reflect with your closest family and friends!