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Furuno Manufacturer of the Year

Furuno, manufacturer of marine electronics, was honored with five awards at the 2009 National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) Convention in Sanibel, Fla. This year’s event, held Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, celebrated the 38th anniversary of the NMEA awards. This year, 10 NMEA Awards were presented and half were received by Furuno. For the fourth straight year, Furuno received the award for Manufacturer of the Year - Support. Furuno has secured this award every year the category has been included on the ballot. Furuno took top honors in the Best Radar Category for the thirty-fourth consecutive year with the NavNet 3D DRS Ultra Hi-Definition Radar Series. The NavNet 3D DRS Radars come in a variety of sizes, from the 2.2 kW, 19-inch Radome to the 25 kW, 6 ft. Open Array. Each sensor incorporates Furuno’s UHD Digital Radar processing for target detection and performance. In the Best Navigation Category, Furuno took home the NMEA award for the NavNet 3D MFD12. This unit sports a vivid 12.1-inch LCD that displays your choice of preloaded NOAA Raster and Vector charts. Enhanced by TimeZero technology, this chart plotter has incredible redraw speed. With its native 3D architecture, you can display your charts in 3D or traditional 2D, while further enhancing the charts with high-resolution satellite photography that can be downloaded at no charge from Furuno’s web site.

Furuno Now Offers LS6100

Furuno now offers the LS6100, which has been specially designed with pleasure craft and coastal fishing boats in mind. Sporting a sleek, stylish appearance common to Furuno’s new line of products, the LS6100 is small in size yet big in features. The LS6100 utilizes a high-resolution 6” silver-brite LCD screen that offers excellent daytime viewability, even in direct sunlight. Four gray tones at 240 x 320 pixels provide superior target resolution – a must if you’re looking to discriminate

California Charter Fleet Switches to Clean Power

Working out of San Diego's Fisherman's Landing Marina, J.J. Gerritsen recently repowered his 65 by 22-ft. aluminum charter fishing boat, Apollo. For Gerritsen, sport fishing is a serious business dependent on the unpredictability of fish and weather. Given those two great unknowns, he has learned you can't leave anything else to chance. In the heavily populated southern California market, Gerritsen is also aware of the crucial relation between a healthy environment and success in the

Image Marine Delivers Cruise Catamaran for Private Operation

Image Marine has delivered White Rabbit, a 118 ft. (36m)-cruise catamaran for private operation in Asia. Image has a background in supplying high quality customized vessels to the commercial live-abroad sector, however, White Rabbit is the first to be built exclusively for private operation. With a cruising speed of approximately 20 knots, the vessel is based in Singapore and will be used for coastal cruising to destinations such as the Philippines, Indonesia and the Asian Region

ST Marine Successfully Delivers Its First Seismic Survey Vessel

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Singapore, 28 March 2011 – ST Marine has successfully delivered its first Seismic Survey Vessel to Swire  Pacific  Offshore  Operations  (Pte)  Ltd  (Swire),  a  wholly  owned  subsidiary  of  Swire  Pacific Limited.    In December  2008,  ST Marine  announced  the S$30m  contract  to  provide  detailed  design  and  to construct  the 68-metre

MOB Device for Immediate Alert for Fast Response

ALERT2 Man-Overboard Alarm System from Emerald Marine Products  Photo Emerald Marine

Professional mariners know the life-threatening hazards of falling overboard, but may not consider how critical the recovery window is, especially with a moving vessel. Compact and easily carried on a PFD, the ALERT2 Man-Overboard Alarm System from Emerald Marine Products immediately sets off a piercing audible alarm in the wheelhouse upon immersion, and can even be wired to stop an engine and/or set a waypoint on a chartplotter.

Marine Transportation – New Market Research Report announces that a new market research report 'Marine Transportation' is available in its catalogue The global outlook series on Marine Transportation provides a collection of statistical anecdotes, market briefs, and concise summaries of research findings. The report offers macro level discussions on this infrequently reported industry. In addition to discussions on the industry's structure, players, and cargo traffic

US Fishermen Seek Federal Action against Illegal Fishing

Florida Rep. David Jolly listens to Mark Hubbard, CEO of Hubbards Marina in Johns Pass, Fla., explain how foreign illegal fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is hurting commercial fishing throughout the Gulf region. (Photo: Gulf Coast Leadership Conference)

Gulf of Mexico fishermen are threatened by a daily wave of foreign illegal fishing vessels and the U.S. fishing industry is calling on Congress to take action, Florida business owners said April 8 at an event hosted by the Gulf Coast Leadership Conference.   Mexican fishing boats enter U.S. sovereign waters and illegally poach hundreds to thousands of fish at a time. Although the U.S. Coast Guard and Gulf state maritime law enforcement agencies have taken aggressive action to find and

Investing in Unsustainable EU Fishing is Risky

Why Smart Investors Must Avoid Unsustainable Seafood Operations

  Recent changes to EU fishing and seafood legislation means that the financing of fishing operations reliant on overexploited stocks, or the use of destructive or unselective methods will prove a high risk to investors, Greenpeace warned today. The newly published Greenpeace briefing “Risky Business - Why Smart Investors Must Avoid Unsustainable Seafood Operations” outlines how a culture of overfishing

AFMA Moves to Strengthen Seabird Safety


Being followed by an albatross is considered to bring good luck to mariners but the birds themselves aren’t always so lucky when trying to pick up a free feed from fishing boats. To better protect seabirds from fishing gear, AFMA has been working with the fishing industry to develop new devices for fishers to use. Following successful sea trials of two new devices led by the South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association (SETFIA) and the Great Australian Bight Fishing Industry

Trawler Almost Capsized by British Submarine

The trawler Karen. Photo Credit: MAIB

 Royal Navy incompetence put an Irish trawler crew at risk after one of its submarines became snagged in a net and nearly capsized the ship.   The nuclear-powered sub was sailing out of Faslane on the Clyde in April 2015 when it snagged the Karen's fishing gear between Ardglass and the

Jensen Evolves With Crowley's Support

San Francisco’s Fireboat 3, recently named one of the 10 Significant Boats of 2016 by WorkBoat magazine Photo Jensen

As the City of San Francisco commissions its latest fireboat today, the vessel, designed by Seattle-based Jensen Maritime Consultants, exemplifies the evolution and growth of the naval architecture and marine engineering firm since it was acquired by Crowley Maritime Corp. in 2008.

Somali Pirates free 26 Asian Sailors held since 2012

A seafarers who was captured by pirates Photo MPHRP

Somali pirates have freed 26 Asian sailors held captive in a small fishing village for more than four years since their ship was hijacked in the Indian Ocean, a government official said on Saturday. The sailors -- from China, the Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia

Japan, Allies Block Proposal for South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary

Photo: IWC

Countries led by Japan on Tuesday blocked a move by South American and African states to create a South Atlantic sanctuary for whales they say are endangered by hunting despite a global moratorium in force for 30 years. The proposal brought by five African and South American countries would

U.S. meeting on ocean conservation nets $5.3 billion in pledges

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry,

International participants at a high-level conference on the world's oceans pledged more than $5.3 billion for conservation and designated vast areas as protected waters, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday. More than 90 countries took part in the two-day conference

More Plastic than Fish in the Ocean

Photo: International Maritime Organization

 Did you know that by 2050 there could be more plastics in the ocean than fish, if human habits don’t change?    India Clean Seas Conference taking place in Goa, India (22-24 September), discussed what needs to be done to keep the oceans clean.   

Protecting Global Maritime Traffic

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The world economy depends on safe, protected, secure and sustainable maritime traffic.    International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Chris Trelawny outlined how sustainable maritime development, underpinned by good maritime security can support improved economic development

Three Chinese Fishermen Dead in S.Korea Coastguard Confrontation

China lodges protest with Seoul over the incident. Three Chinese fishermen were killed on Thursday in a fire that broke out on their boat when South Korean coastguard men trying to apprehend them for illegal fishing threw flash grenades into a room they were hiding in

Vessel Spotlight: RV Meen Shandhani

PHOTO: Department of Fisheries in Bangladesh / International Maritime Consultants (IMC) / Sumber Samudra Sdn Bhd.

RV Meen Shandhani: International FRV for Bangladesh     IMC’s latest fisheries research and survey vessel design was built in Malaysia for the Bangladesh Department of Fisheries. RV Meen Shandhani arrived in Bangladesh in June after completing extensive sea and fishing trials

Naval War College Professors Testify on State of South China Sea

Subi Reef (Photo: CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe)

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) invited two U.S. Naval War College (NWC) faculty members to testify in Washington, D.C. on understanding and countering China's growing maritime concerns.   Andrew Erickson, professor of strategy in the China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI)

Port Canaveral Evacuated Ahead of Hurricane Matthew

Image: National Hurricane Center

With forecasts indicating severe weather conditions related to Hurricane Matthew, Port Canaveral CEO John Murray today issued an evacuation order for landside operations, including Jetty Park campers, marinas and all port businesses and tenants. The evacuation deadline is set for noon on Wednesday

Rolls-Royce Designs Stern Trawlers for Two Greenland Firms

Image: Rolls-Royce

Two stern trawlers of Rolls-Royce design are contracted to be built by the Freire Shipyard in Spain. The two vessels, both designed for catching shrimp, have been ordered by Greenland based ship owners Qajaq Trawl and Polar Seafood.  

Skipper Fined for Dumping Trash at Sea

A barge skipper has been fined £500 and more than £2,000 in costs, after pleading guilty to dumping trash at sea, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.   On the morning of May 26 this year, the barge Beta was traveling from Exmouth to Plymouth

China Rebuffs S.Korea over Sinking of Coast Guard Vessel

China said on Wednesday South Korea's coast guard should not have been operating in part of the sea where one of Seoul's patrol boats sank last week during an operation to crack down on a group of Chinese fishing boats.   South Korean coast guard vessels regularly chase Chinese boats for

Vard Acquires Equipment Supplier Storvik Aqua

Designer and builder of specialized vessels Vard Holdings Limited has entered into an agreement to acquire AS, an equipment supplier that provides feeding, measurement and control solutions to the aquaculture industry. The purchase price is approximately NOK 35 million.  

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