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Galasso Joins SI-TEX Sales Team

Rich Galasso

Industry Veteran Rich Galasso Joins SI-TEX Sales Team for South Florida Region   SI-TEX Marine Electronics has announced the addition of industry veteran Rich Galasso to its team of top sales professionals.   The addition of Galasso to the SI-TEX sales team will ensure strong representation for the rapidly growing company in the all-important Southern Florida market.   As part of his duties with leading rep group Pilot Marine, Galasso will be responsible for both of SI-TEX’S extensive product lines serving two distinct markets.  The SI-TEX brand provides the Recreational boating and light Commercial markets with a full line of sounders, autopilots, radar, chart plotters, instruments, AIS and more.  The Koden brand is recognized worldwide as a leading manufacturer of professional-grade radar, sounders, searchlight sonar, GPS navigators, chart plotting systems and more, including IMO-approved systems.   Galasso’s industry expertise will come into play as he represents these products and systems to the yachting and commercial marine markets across the South Florida region. Galasso has 18 years of experience in the marine industry, including a retail background with E&B and West Marine as store manager.  He also has vast marine electronics sales experience as a regional manager for Standard Horizon and Charles Industries, as well as serving as national sales manager for Uniden Marine

Safety: Monitoring & Control Products

Ros Delivers Underwater Surveillance Systems Ros Inc. of San Diego, Calif. recently delivered four Anchor Bolster Deployment TV Systems to R&B Falcon of Houston, Texas. The systems will be installed on the semi-submersible drilling rig MG Hulme, presently operating off Western Africa. This system incorporates video inspection equipment mounted on a deployment frame which is raised and lowered to the rig's four anchor bolster mounts located at the base of the vessel's four main columns.

MX Marine Introduces New GPS Products

MX Marine has unveiled a new family of marine GPS/DGPS products, which are designed to provide a flexible and expandable platform for the next generation of integrated navigation and marine information systems. The new MX500, MX510 and MX520 GPS control/display systems are being introduced by MX Marine to work with the MX521 smart antenna or MX525 black box receiver, providing a highly accurate integrated navigation solution that meets the latest international standards for GPS/DGPS

Bisso Towboat Accepts 4,000 ASD Tractor Tug

Bisso Towboat Co., Inc. announced the delivery of its new 4,000 HP ASD tractor tug Michael S. Constructed at Main Iron Works, Houma, LA, the 100 by 38 by 13.5-ft Michael S. is powered by two Cat 3516B main engines, producing 2,000 hp each at 1,600 RPM, which drive two Ulstein-Aquamaster US205 MK2 z-drives. The Z-drives feature 90.6 inch diameter by 82.4 inch pitch four blade stainless steel propellers set in stainless steel nozzles and the estimated bollard pull is 60 tons.

Tampa Yacht Manufacturing’s TEMPEST 50-FAC

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The Tempest 50-FAC from Tampa Yacht Manufacturing (TYM) is designed to provide Patrol and surveillance in shallow coastal and riverine waters by day and night in marshy areas of creeks with shifting sand bars, with low draft, high maneuverability and speed. The vessel’s hull design, which includes forward center of projected planning area center to ensure controlled turning at extreme rudder angles at high speed for pursuit and evasion

Derecktor Delivers Pilot Boat To Sandy Hook

The New York and New Jersey Sandy Hook Pilots took delivery of America, the first of their new 53-ft. Pilot Boats built by Derecktor Shipyards in Mamaroneck, NY. The New York and New Jersey Sandy Hook Pilots operate in one of the busiest ports of the U.S. and keep their boats stationed near Ambrose Light, tied up to a mother ship. From there the Pilot Boats can quickly respond to calls from incoming ships as they approach.

Chesapeake Ranger Tugs Introduces the New Ranger R27

Chesapeake Ranger Tugs announced the all new Ranger Tugs R27, a fully-equipped cruising vessel that continues the Ranger Tugs tradition of creating trailerable seaworthy tugs. “Ranger Tugs has done it again,” said Chuck Wistar of Chesapeake Ranger Tugs. “The new R27 is the perfect choice for cruising in this region thanks to its shallow draft, comfortable interior, and solid engineering. This is one great trailerable tug.”

Geo Shipyard Delivers Catamaran Survey Vessel

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Geo Shipyard, Inc. has built and delivered a new Survey Catamaran Vessel, Blake, for David Evans and Associates Inc.’s Marine Services Division in Gulfport, Mississippi. The newbuild, delivered in October, features wave-piercing bows, Tier 3 Cat diesels, twin 55-kW generators, a full suite of survey instrumentation, an A frame for towing astern, a DTI survey winch and a stainless steel hydraulically operated survey strut with a moon pool and hydraulically operated door through the

Death Knell for NOAA Traditional Paper Nautical Charts

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NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey has announced major changes ahead for mariners and others who use nautical charts. Starting April 13, 2014, the federal government will no longer print traditional lithographic (paper) nautical charts .  NOAA will continue to provide other forms of nautical charts, including Print-on-Demand paper charts as well as electronic and digital formats. Since 1862, those lithographic nautical charts -- available in marine shops and other stores -- have been

Nv-Charts Launches New Chesapeake Bay Chart Sets

Nv-Charts has produced new chart regions for Chesapeake Bay (Photo: Nv-Charts).

Newport, Rhode Island – Nv-Charts, a global supplier of charting products for mariners and cruising sailors, has now extended its coverage and produced new chart regions for Chesapeake Bay, just in time for the 2012 cruising and boating season. The coverage is divided into two regions, North and South. The North region includes Delaware Bay and the Chesapeake-Delaware canal, coverage from Cape May, N.J., to the Potomac River; and the Southern region continues down to Norfolk and the

Transas’ iSailor for Android

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Transas’ chart plotter and AIS Viewer navigation app iSailor, available to iOS device users since 2010, is now also available in an Android version.   An easy-to-use navigational system for amateur seafarers, Transas said iSailor is used by hundreds of thousands around the world

USCG AIS Mandate Resource Center Launched

McMurdo informs it has launched an online resource center at to help impacted vessel operators comply with the requirements of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Automatic Identification System (AIS) Mandate, which becomes effective March 1, 2016.  

World ENC Charts Now in Nuno Navigator

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CherSoft’s professional navigation software Nuno Navigator now has access to a full portfolio of ENC charts from PRIMAR.   ENC charts have traditionally been limited to ECDIS systems. Now, Nuno Navigator is bringing professional quality charts to smaller workboats, back offices, pilots

Transas' iSailor App Gets Android Debut

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Transas’ chart plotter and AIS Viewer navigation app iSailor, available to iOS device users since 2010, is now also available in an Android version.   Described as an easy-to-use navigational system for amateur seafarers, Transas said iSailor is used by hundreds of thousands of

Navionics SonarChart Compatible With Sounder

Real-Time Chart Generation Tool Expands List of Compatible Plotters and Sounders to Allow All Boaters to Wirelessly Monitor Improvements to Charts as they Occur

  Navionics, the leader in content and location-based services for the recreational boating and outdoor markets, announced today the latest details of its award-winning SonarChart Live. Now offering compatibility with Raymarine Dragonfly PRO and Wi-Fish systems

SevenCs Launches New ECDIS Kernel

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The new version of the SevenCs ECDIS Kernel SDK (Software Development Kit) 5.20 has been designed to meet all future requirements of the latest international standards to reduce implementation irregularities and improve the overall usability of chart display systems (IEC 61174 Standard edition 4

Transas Packs New Features into Pilot PRO

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Transas has released a new version of Transas Pilot PRO, iPad-based chart plotter for professional pilots and mariners.    Transas said its Pilot PRO is designed to make the job easier for pilots and other marine professionals in their daily routine

Virtual Aids to Navigation Mark Research Equipment

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Vesper Marine will provide its Virtual Aid to Navigation technology to the French company CGG, a  geoscience company that provides geological and geophysical survey and analysis primarily to the oil and gas industry.  In its ongoing quest to map the ocean’s floors

Navionics Debuts SonarCharts

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Navionics, the leader in location-based content for the recreational boating and outdoor markets, announced today the release of a new SonarCharts chart card for use with several Garmin GPS chartplotters. Featuring extraordinary bottom contour detail of up to 1 foot in the US and Canada

Fugawi Debuts Quilted Charts


  Industry leading online chart service Fugawi X-Traverse, announced today that in coordination with GPSNavXTM and its app, iNavX, the availability of quilted raster charts for the navigation app’s most recent version. One of the most established marine navigation apps on the Apple iOS

Navigational Charts App Debuts at Ocean Business

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An independent consultancy and software development company will launch a new web and PC based navigational charting app at Ocean Business 2015.   Norcom Technology Limited said its eChart software combines up to date information from different sources including wreck, cable

Vesper Marine Upgrades Watchmate

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  Marine Safety Leader Releases Industry’s  Vesper Marine First AIS Devices With Built-in High Speed GPS Auckland, New Zealand – Vesper Marine, a leading manufacturer of innovative marine safety products, announced today powerful updates to its award-winning WatchMate Vision

New Functionality in WatchMate Vision

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Vesper Marine has announced updates to its WatchMate Vision and XB-8000 product lines.   Now, in addition to transmitting and receiving position, course, speed and vessel details for collision avoidance, both devices feature high-speed 5Hz GPS receivers making them the first Class B AIS

Virtual AIS Beacons Employed in MH370 Search

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Vesper Marine, a manufacturer of marine safety products and virtual Aids to Navigation (ATON), announced that its Virtual AIS Beacons are employed in the search for lost Malaysian airliner MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The international search team is a closely coordinated effort between

New Bahamas Northwest Chart Set Upgrade

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nv charts announces the release of its newly updated chart set for Region 9.1, Bahamas Northwest, including Bimini and Berry Islands, Nassau to Abaco, and Grand Bahama, for 2015/2016 in paper and digital format.   The chart set includes a CD of digital charts

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