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Things are happening in the boating industry! A look back at the latest news from yachting professionals. The May 21, 2019 news briefs.

Privilège Marine expands its distribution network

Two years after its takeover by the German group Hanse, the Vendée-based manufacturer of semi-custom catamarans Privilège Marine is benefiting from synergies in Germany. French multihulls will now be represented in the Baltic, a body of water with strong catamaran growth, by the company Bootsmeile, based near Kiel.

Fountaine-Pajot partners with Volvo Penta in electric propulsion

Marine engine manufacturer Volvo Penta has announced its partnership with Fountaine-Pajot to develop its new electric propulsion solutions on board ships. A demonstrator will be installed for tests on a Lucia 40 catamaran in the summer of 2019. The technical details are not yet known.

Laser selected on the wire for the Olympic Games

World Sailing finally chose the Laser as its solo Olympic support for the 2024 sailing events. The dinghy was chosen by the board on Sunday May 19, to the surprise of observers. Indeed, the technical tests and the vote, the day before, of the Technical Committee on Equipment had crowned its competitor, the RS Aero, with a large majority. However, the decision remains subject to the resolution of the dispute between the manufacturer Laser Performance and the international class ILCA.

Dream Yacht Charter opens 3 bases in Europe

The leading boat rental company Dream Yacht Charter continues to expand in Europe and France. A new sailing yacht base opens in June in Venice, while two new Atlantic ports, La Rochelle and Lorient, will welcome the French lessor's fleet.

2nd edition of the Sharing and Sea Prize

The European Centre for Continuing Maritime Training (CEFCM) is holding the 2nd edition of the Sharing and Sea Prize, created in 2018. It rewards "a responsible and committed maritime company or institution that makes people its priority and acts effectively and positively in the field of improving human relations, skills and working conditions for itself or within the maritime community" The 2018 edition was crowned Profil Grand Large, organizer of the Bridge offshore race. Applications must be submitted by 15 June 2019.

Pollution: IMO rejects request for delay for yachts

The IMO (International Maritime Organisation) Environment Committee has rejected ICOMIA's request to relax the standards for the rejection of marine engines for yachts over 24 metres and under 500 UMS. This one invoked the difficulty of integrating very cumbersome catalytic systems on large yacht units, but necessary to limit Nox emissions and comply with the Tier III standard.