A new marina will open in the legendary Dunkirk, eco-yachting has taken a new development vector, and Elon Musk has launched the Internet for yachtsmen. The most interesting from the world of yachting in the last couple of days!
New Marina at Dunkirk
The urban community of Dunkirk has unveiled a massive development plan for the Grand Large wharf. The project is part of the strategy for the development of the maritime industry, which was announced by the president of the community, Patrice Vergrite.
The project is called a simple and unpretentious name "Marina". The Master Plan outlines the development of the Grand Large area by 2030-2032. By 2027, the marina should expand, increasing the number of berths from 250 to 450. It is also planned to attract large investments of around 7 million euros during the construction period.
In addition to increasing the number of berths, various services and accommodations will be created in the port. The port of Grand Large has direct access to the sea, without locks. Thanks to this, the municipality plans to integrate the marina not only as a separate place for yachts, but also to turn it into an important tourist and financial point.
Eco yachting and sailing
11 leading players in the racing boat industry have announced that they are joining forces for a joint project. The companies want to develop practical tools to build more environmentally friendly sailing yachts.
The project is funded by the research centers of the Ecole Nationale Rennes and the University of South Brittany on 43%, the Brittany region on 36% and companies on the remaining 21%. The project budget is 520,000 euros.
Among the companies-investors noted:
- Avel Robotics
- Gsea Design
- Guelt Nautic
- Ino Rope
- Karver Systems
- northern sails
- Pixel on the sea
At this stage, the initiative is looking for engineers to implement their ideas.
Carole Bourlon, spokesman for Bretagne Développement Innovation, says of the project: “There has been nothing like it recently. We found investors and people interested in developing the idea. Now it's up to the small - you need to promote, launch the project. To do this, we need specialists from many fields. We already have candidates, very soon we will launch in full force!”
Internet on a yacht from Elon Musk
Elon Musk's SpaceX will expand its Starlink satellite internet service to offer high-speed internet to yachts, oil rigs and merchant ships.
The Starlink Maritime website claims that users can enjoy "high speed, low latency internet" with download speeds of up to 350 megabits per second even in very remote locations.
The initial cost of all equipment is $10,000 (about €9,976) for two terminals, after which the monthly service fee is $5,000 (about €4,988). SpaceX says the service can be suspended at any time.
Musk took to social media to defend high prices. He explained that the terminals are designed to withstand any kind of bad weather. He also drew attention to the fact that the connection offered by Starlink is reliable and secure. also keep in touch during storms and rough seas.
Currently, Starlink Maritime only covers waters around North America, Europe and Australia. However, the company says it intends to expand this zone to the rest of the world by Q1 2023. To date, SpaceX has launched more than 2,000 of its Starlink satellites into orbit, with plans to launch 12,000 by 2026.
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