Furuno say new multi-GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) receiver chips "eRideOPUS 6" and "eRideOPUS 7" will be available from summer 2013. The new receiver chips are multi-GNSS compliant single-chip LSIs, capable of concurrently receiving signals from multiple satellites of GNSS systems, i.e., GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, etc., and Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) as well as Japan's Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS). The ability to concurrently receive GNSS and GNSS augmentation signals from multiple satellites belonging to different satellite services means that the receivers have a higher probability of acquiring a greater number of satellites at any single point in time. Subsequently, position stability as well as position accuracy will be greatly improved, minimizing the chance of a position loss. In addition, the receiver chips incorporate an enhanced level of noise rejection capability, through the implementation of an Active Anti-Jamming and an Advanced Multipath Mitigation functions. In May 2013, Furuno will start supplying evaluation kits for the new receiver chips to allow third-party manufacturers to evaluate the benefits of incorporating these receiver chips into their products. In August 2013, the new compact GNSS receiver modules GN-86F and GN-87F as well as the dead-reckoning-capable GNSS receiver modules GV-86 and GV-87, build around these new receiver chips
Jamestown Metal Marine Sales, Inc. has been awarded a contract by Blue Chip Casino, LLC, a subsidiary of Boyd Gaming, to construct a new casino vessel at Blue Chip's Michigan City, Indiana facility. The new vessel, which will replace the present vessel, will be approximately 400 ft. in length with a beam of 200 feet and provide about 75,000 square feet of gaming area on a single deck. In addition to the gaming area there will be another 85
SeaChange Maritime has completed a private placement of $100m, the proceeds of which will be used to invest in expanding its fleet of container ships. The company, which is registered in the Marshall Islands and operates from offices in Miami, Fla., was formed in 2006 by former Sammy Ofer group executives Samuel Norton and Yariv Zghoul to serve as a leading supplier of container vessels for charter to integrated liner operators
According to the Daily Telegraph, 30 of the 31 ferries in Sydney had global position systems installed, which will help improve the way ferries dock at a destination. In addition, the Hunter-based maritime firm Novamarine would install black boxes into the ferries, while Chipping-Norton based MTU Detroit Diesel would upgrade the engines on First Fleet and Rivercat vessels. The measures are part of a $5.4m safety upgrade announced in October last year after the Manly ferry Collaroy
The Georgia Ports Authority and Logistec USA, Inc. signed an agreement today to modernize the East River Terminal at the Port of Brunswick and facilitate the growing international market for wood pellets. Logistec, a marine and environmental services provider, will invest $5 million to expand the biofuel export market in Georgia and increase capacity for handling a broad range of general and bulk cargo. The East River Terminal will be significantly upgraded in the first phase of this expanded
Double-digit growth in TEUs, autos The Georgia Ports Authority has announced that the authority posted increases across all reporting categories for the first two months of fiscal year 2013. At its Oct. 8 meeting, the GPA board heard a report from Executive Director Curtis Foltz detailing 5.6 percent growth in tonnage across July and August, with 13.8 percent growth in total TEUs for the month of August. That’s an increase of 240,000 tons over the same two months in FY2012
3M™ reinforced polyurethane foam offers lightweight alternative to plywood for marine construction & general use 3M introduces its new 3M™ Reinforced Polyurethane Foam, a lightweight and rot-resistant alternative to plywood for use in structural and semi-structural applications. These polyurethane foam boards with fiberglass reinforcement provide high strength in applications including marine, transportation and general construction
CMR Group has welcomed James Thwaites to its professional team. Thwaites stepped into the newly created role of Group Marketing Manager and will coordinate global marketing efforts for CMR Group. He will lead all activities related to customer/product strategy and launching new products to market, including the Group’s Product Development Forum. Additionally, Thwaites will manage all traditional marketing functions including advertising, brand identity
Bureau Veritas has completed the first certification audit of any shipping company in the world to the new standard ISO 50001- 2011 - Energy Management Systems. Stena’s ship management division, Northern Marine Management Ltd including Northern Marine Management (USA) LLC, has achieved certification to BS ISO 50001, which ensures systematic monitoring and control of energy usage, helping to optimise efficiency, reduce fuel consumption
The U.S. Department of Transportations (DOT) Deputy Maritime Administrator Paul Chip Jaenichen visited the Port of New Orleans to tour the site. The site of planned infrastructure improvements was made possible through a US$16.7 million DOT TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant which was awarded in 2011. The 16-acre intermodal construction project will modernize and expand the ports rail terminal, greatly enhancing cargo efficiencies.
David Matsuda, the U.S. Maritime Administrator, announced that he is stepping down. In a statement released by Marad spokesperson Kim Strong, Matsuda's career highlights and accomplishments were also listed. The statement reads as follows:
Braemar Seascope said it is strengthening its ship broking activities by opening a new division within the group’s Houston offices focusing on the large crude and products tanker trades. The new operation will launch following the employment of four tanker brokers: Nelson Hebert
Decmil Group wins $25-million Shell Australia contract in support of the Prelude Floating LNG facility in the Northern Territory. Decmil has been engaged by Shell as the principal contractor for construction of the Darwin Onshore Supply Base to support the Prelude Floating LNG Facility
Seaspan CEO addresses concerns raised by the Parliamentary Budget Officer about the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS). (Seaspan affiliate companies include Vancouver Drydock, Vancouver Shipyards and Victoria Shipyards).
During the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2013, held February 16 - 19, in Jacksonville, FL, members of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) elected Carolyn Horgan, Blue & Gold Fleet, San Francisco, CA, as PVA President for 2013.
NBGI brings Cosalt’s Aberdeen and Norway businesses into its stable alongside ATR Group as it builds global provider of offshore equipment and lifting services NBGI Private Equity, investor in Aberdeen-based ATR Group, is acquiring the Aberdeen and Norway operations of Cosalt Offshore.
Variable Bore Rams, Inc. (VBR) contracted by Weatherford Asia Pacific to provide Blowout Preventer (BOP) rams. Equipment stocking will begin in Feb. 2013 and will allow for the quicker deployment of rams in the Asia Pacific region. The range of stock will include rams of multiple sizes in varying
Kirby Corporation (Kirby) has signed an agreement to acquire Penn Maritime Inc. (Penn) and Maritime Investments LLC. Penn Maritime is an operator of tank barges and tugboats participating in the coastal transportation of primarily black oil products in the United States
Maritime authorities in Quang Ngai ban a Panamanian-flagged ship from leaving after it spilled nearly 1,000 liters of oil at a local port. The Panama-flagged Chinese-owned Race Express belonging to Nova Shipping & Logistics Pte Ltd can only leave Dung Quat Port after its owners
Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) christened the 10th Virginia-class submarine, Minnesota (SSN 783), at the company's Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division. The ship's sponsor, Ellen Roughead, performed the traditional honor of breaking a bottle of American sparkling wine across
Bridging the gap between high-tech synthetic mooring lines and worn or corroded deck and dock equipment. As the marine industry moves from steel cable to synthetic materials for mooring purposes, the logical move also creates new headaches for operators
Satellite investment program progresses with three launches planned for third quarter; Intelsat EpicNG high performance satellite platform establishes leadership with long-term commitments. Intelsat S.A., the world's leading provider of satellite services
Affiliates of Drew Marine (Drew Marine) completed of the previously announced acquisition of Chemring Group PLC’s (Chemring) maritime interests for cash consideration of £32 million. Under Drew Marine's ownership, the acquired business will be named Drew Marine Signal and Safety (DMSS)
VectorNav Technologies launch the VN-200, high-accuracy GPS-Aided Inertial Navigation System (GPS/INS) on a surface-mount chip the size of a postage stamp. Combining an advanced GPS module with the latest in MEMS inertial and pressure sensor technology
Government safety agency Transport Canada advise another 157 they may lose their jobs bringing the grand total to 370 employees affected Amongst those receiving notices today are technical inspectors responsible for marine safety and security, as well as civil aviation airworthiness inspector