Tag Archives: Spain

AIS and “my treasure”

We have so much fun talking about AIS, that news like this are just hilarious (otherwise as tax-payers, we should cry!). (sorry, in spanish only)

The summary of the story is the following:

The odyssey explorer, a treasure-hunter american ship from the Odyssey Marine Exploration company, has been exploring spanish or close to spanish waters for some time, searching for ship-wrecks likely to have huge treasures inside.

Spanish authorities have been tracking Odyssey’s position through coastal AIS receivers. They lost Odyssey’s track at around 30 miles from the coast. Spanish authorities suggest that Odyssey may have disconnected it’s transponder’s signal, whereas Odyssey’s officials argue that probably only the 30 miles distance was the reason that the AIS receivers lost track of them.

Ok, we know that class A transponders with enough power (trust me, this one has it!) can be seen from the coast at far longer distances than that. So it is actually likely that they did disconnect it, but our question is: if Spanish authorities were actually suspicious that they could be treasure-hunting in Spanish waters, why TF did they not send an undercover boat with an AIS receiver only following Odyssey??

Odyssey may lose the treasure through legal measures.

Spain may lose it (already did) or not recover it.

So the real winner is: AN AMERICAN LAWYER NAMED MR. GOULD!!

Are yachts an underutilised asset?

Foreign readers are very welcome to comment on the situation of their marinas in their countries.

In Spain it is common that in a Marina, up to 50% of the boats are hardly ever used, according to this article.

Is the profile of the average user of Spanish boats different from the rest? What makes an average user spending so much money not only on the boat and TAXES, but also on the expensive manteinance and specially expensive price of the berths?


It seems as if the renting market for boats is very similar to the renting market of flats in Spain, where many market imperfections such as overregulation push people towards buying rather than renting.


It was very interesting indeed attending the conferences of the Euromarina Association that took place at the same time as the Boat show in Palma. As a summary what we witnessed was an unstoppable movement of the Marinas industry towards professionalization.

The increasing amount of boats on our coasts, the variety of value added services demanded by a growing amount of users, and the undeniable necessity of controling and giving security to our harbours are the kind of matters pushing this industry towards more proffesional ways of working.

You can get more information about the Euromarina event here.