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The English Channel

This animation shows 24 hours of shipping traffic in the English Channel - or La Manche as the French call it - one of the world's busiest shipping routes. Over 400 large ships pass through the Straits of Dover a day - the visualisation is mapped from GPS data.

Below is the even more extraordinary map of aircraft traffic over the UK. From the Beeb.


Yacht Fire - Port Vell Barcelona

Burnt shells of yachts on the quayside in Port Vell
Barcelona Port Vell Fire

Photo: Ricardo Pilguy • Port Vell, Barcelona • July 2008
Photo: Katja Juvonen • Port Vell, Barcelona • July 2008

Update July 2008: The top shot shows the burned shells of XTC and Drumfire, seen from the air, by Ricardo.

2 March 2008: This video and photo, taken in Port Vell, Barcelona, Saturday, by local resident Katja Juvonen, caught the drama of a raging fire as it tore through four 20+ metre yachts.

All four yachts sank with a fifth sailing yacht badly damaged - you can see the mast topple in the video. 6 people were on board but unharmed. Katja says the fire team seemed slow to respond, which may have allowed the fire to take hold.

The fire chief was reported in the press as saying that the job of extinguishing the fire had been complicated by the water-repellent nature of the yachts themselves - which may have been scuttled, as a last resort.

This La Vanguardia video shows a general view of the port with many yachts nearby. More links in comments.


Predator yacht
Predator in Spain
Predator seen from the air
Feadship Predator

Yacht name: Predator
Length: 236 ft • 72 m
Year: 2008
Builder: Feadship • De Vries • # 674
Architect: De Voogt
Design: Bannenberg
Engines: 4 x MTU 16V 595 TE90 diesel • 23,172 hp

Photo: monacoeye • Eze • July 2008
Photo: Andreu • Palma de Mallorca • July 2008
Photo: AW • June 2008 • Antibes
Photos: Arjan Schleeper • Amsterdam • 29 February 2008

July 2008: The Predator approaches Monaco …
June 2008: Predator has arrived on the Côte d'Azur - seen here from the air behind Amevi and Eos.

March 2008: Predator is in Amsterdam, captured here in this great set of photos by Arjan, against an overcast Coenhaven backdrop. As you can see the grey Awlgrip wrapping in the launch video below has now been removed - I think that's a trace of it still visible on the bow…

Jan 2008: The second reverse bow megayacht in as many weeks… The Feadship Predator was launched 5 Jan 2008 at Aalsmeer in the Netherlands.


Monaco Grand Prix Track

Visitors to Monaco often want to know where the Grand Prix track is. Well here it is, most of it anyway, at a speed marginally slower than Lewis Hamilton is capable of !

Penumbra 115m

A fly-by rendering of a 115m 2004 project by Penumbra Marine Logistics with architecture by Murray and Associates and interior by Sam Sorgiovanni.

Yacht Transport

An ad for Dockwise Yacht Transport demonstrating a float-on float-off yacht transporter - the easy way to get yachts from one side of the world to another.

Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta

A nicely put together montage of the 2006 Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, including shots of Altair, Eleonora and Ranger.


London Boat Show - Waterproof TV

This Aquivo waterproof TV is the perfect TV for those who like their TVs really clean. It'll be introduced at the London Boat Show which runs from the 1-9 December 2007.

If you have a cool yacht-related product, please mail images, video links and press releases to We do need visuals to be able to include the product in the Monaco Yachts feed.