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New Apollo II HD Thermal Camera System

OceanView Technologies Inc. announced the newest product in its extensive line-up of multi-sensor night-vision camera systems; the Apollo II HD. This is the Highest Definition Thermal Imaging camera available in the marketplace today at this price. It has an MSRP of only $17,995 and is shipping immediately. The OceanView Apollo II HD incorporates a 640x480 resolution thermal imaging camera with its new 4x digital zoom and an ultra-low-light camera in the same popular 360° pan and tilt housing as the Apollo II Camera. The Apollo II enables the user to see clearly not only in total darkness but also in a wide variety of poor lighting conditions including low-light, heavy rain, bright sun and some fog. The low-light sensor amplifies even barely discernable light to render a crisp detailed picture in any light condition except for total darkness. The combination of thermal and low-light in one unit makes boating more safe and enjoyable and extends the day into total darkness. Floating debris, channel markers and other vessels are easy to see. The camera has an on-control-unit camera position indicator and a home button.  With the new LCD control unit, the user has fingertip control and a clear view of the simple menu. The Apollo II HD, like the Apollo II, now has an IP control option for those users wanting to view images from the camera via an off vessel internet connection


Navy Space-Based Orbital Debris Sensor Gets Patent

Small orbital debris objects can threaten vital space-based assets. The Navy's patented compact debris detection device can detect debris in near real-time and provide essential trajectory data for future use. The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Geospace Science and Technology Branch, received U.S. patent (#8976245), March 10, for the Optical Orbital Debris Spotter - a compact, low power, low cost, local space debris detection concept that can be integrated into larger satellite designs


Navy Installs First Onboard Ship Protection System to Thwart Terrorist Attacks

The Navy will field the first Shipboard Protection System (SPS) aboard a naval surface combatant this month. The SPS equips the ship’s commander with organic tools to rapidly assess asymmetric threats and defend against terrorist attacks like the one that severely damaged the USS Cole in 2000. Ultimately, most U.S. naval surface vessels will have an SPS onboard to provide integrated anti-terrorism/force protection capabilities while operating in littoral waters


New Master Catalog from Gems

At more than 336 pages the new Gems Sensors, Controls and Fluidic Systems catalog features fluid level, flow & pressure sensors, miniature solenoid valves and proximity switches. This desktop resource features sensors and controls not offered in previous catalog editions. These include new electro-optic level switches, ultrasonic level sensors, float type level sensors, Warrick conductivity level and solid-state controls, new high-accuracy pressure transducers


Livorsi Obtains License From Mercury Marine

Livorsi controls (Photo: Livorsi).

Livorsi Marine Inc. has obtained a license from Mercury Marine which allows the company to combine Digital Throttle and Shift technology (DTS) with the options and quality of Livorsi controls. These controls provide precise control of a boat using Smartcraft ® DTS technology, which enables smooth and safe shifting. Direct drive of throttle position sensors results in faster response times. . These controls are designed to work on all Mercury I/O, OB and Cummins DTS engines


New NOAA ROV On Ocean Trials

Okeanos Explorer: Photo credit NOAA

The 6,000-meter-rated remotely operated vehicle (ROV) system will be tested from 'Okeanos Explorer' in the 2013 field season. Dave Lovalvo, project manager for the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research’s Deep Submergence Group and his team has built and will be testing the ROV during the 2013 field season. The vehicle will be operated from the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, America's only U.S. government ship that is dedicated to the sole purpose of exploring the world’s


Bringing Magic to the Cruise Experience — the Role of Technology

"Any sufficiently advanced technology should be indistinguishable from magic" — Arthur C. Clarke "Any technology distinguishable from magic is not sufficiently advanced" — Gregory Benford As we are swept along in the surge of technology that pervades almost every aspect of our lives, we sometimes take for granted the innovations that intervene in our most complex interactions as well as our most mundane. The passenger shipping industry is no exception: from mooring systems to


New Technology for Submarine Wireless Battery Monitoring

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The German navigation specialist Raytheon Anschütz introduces a newly developed wireless battery monitoring technology. The core of the system is a new sensor that features an innovative measurement concept to provide highest failure safety while contributing to cost savings during installation and servicing. Raytheon Anschütz, as a subsidiary of the Raytheon Company, presents a wireless battery monitoring demonstration at this year’s UDT in London.


LVDT Linear Position Sensors Perform in Hostile Environments

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LVDT Linear Position Sensors Available in Different Housings to Perform in Hostile Chemical, Radiation and Seawater Environments.   Macro Sensors (www.macrosensors.com) offers its AC-operated LVDTs in different material housings to perform in varying operating environments including those with high and low temperature extremes, radiation exposure, seawater and vacuum pressure conditions. Standard configurations of Macro Sensors’ AC-operated linear position sensors are


Wesmar Introduces New Catch Sensors

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Wesmar, a U.S. manufacturer of sonar equipment, has introduced its new line of trawl sonar catch sensors. ‘They are the fastest and most powerful on the market,” said Dennis Soderberg, WESMAR’s Vice President of the Electronics Division.   The Model CS20 WESMAR catch sensors work with the highly popular WESMAR TCS780 and TCS380 trawl sonar systems. Up to six catch sensors can be used on the cod end of a WESMAR system


US Sen. Murkowski Plans Bill to Kill Oil Export Ban

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski said on Thursday she will unveil a bill next week to reverse the U.S. oil export ban in an effort to build support for killing the 1970s-era restriction that drillers say threatens to choke the domestic energy boom.  


AMSA Upgrading Cape Byron Lighthouse

Cape Byron Lighthouse - Steve Fraser

  The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is currently undertaking renovation and upgrade works at the Cape Byron Lighthouse in New South Wales. The first stage of the project started in late April and involves removing the existing paint from the inside of the lighthouse and


Vandalism to Lights & Bouys Endangers Mariners in Pacific Northwest

The recently replaced Elk Rock Island Light 13 dayboard near Portland, Ore., U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell

The Coast Guard is asking for the public's help to put a stop to the vandalism of aids to navigation throughout the Pacific Northwest. Several navigational lights in the region have been vandalized rendering them inoperable or limiting their visibility.


Nigeria's Bonny Light Pipeline Shut Down

The Trans Nigeria Pipeline that carries Nigeria's Bonny Light crude oil to an export terminal has been shut down since May 12, a Shell spokeswoman said on Thursday. Neither the reason for the shut down nor its expected duration were immediately clear


U.S. Oil Train Traffic mostly from Midwest to East Coast

U.S. oil trains delivered more than 13.5 million barrels of crude oil from the Midwest to the East Coast in January, according to government data that gives a first of its kind snapshot of such shipments. The data from the Energy Information Administration is the first if its kind from the


Hess Selects BMT for Stampede Marine Monitoring System

BMT Scientific Marine Services (BMT), an international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has been selected by Hess Corporation to supply an Integrated Marine Monitoring System (IMMS) for the Stampede Tension Leg Platform (TLP) in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.


Oil Under Ice

Helix Oil Skimmer being deployed off the USCGC HEALY.

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab       How did an urgent requirement to build a road to Alaska end up helping to design submarines and to recover oil spills in the Arctic ice?


Azeri Light Oil Exports Set to Rise in May

Azeri light oil exports via the Turkish port of Ceyhan are set to rise to 735,000 barrels per day (bpd) in May, compared with 703,000 bpd in April, according to a preliminary loading programme released on Wednesday.     (Reporting by Gleb Gorodyankin; Editing by Alexander


Three Kidnapped from Boat off Nigeria -Bourbon

    French oil services company Bourbon said on Monday that three Nigerian crew members had been kidnapped after one of its speedboats was boarded off the Nigerian coast in the night of April 8.   "An emergency unit based in Nigeria has been immediately activated


UKHO Launches New ADMIRALTY Digital Radio Signals

Image: UKHO

ADMIRALTY List of Radio Signals, a comprehensive source of information on all aspects of maritime radio communication, is now available in digital format to make it easier to search and update than paper publications.   Together with ADRS 2


Chinese Warship Warns Philippine Patrol Plane in Disputed Sea

A Chinese warship stationed near a reclaimed reef in a disputed part of the South China Sea aimed a "powerful light" at a Philippine military plane on a maritime patrol, Philippine military sources said on Thursday. On Monday, the Philippines showed journalists surveillance pictures


Fugro Cut Costs on Market Downturn

Sales down 2.1 percent, order backlog falls 11 percent. Dutch marine services company Fugro said on Wednesday it would further cut costs and reduce the number of ships in its fleet in light of the continuing downturn in the oil market affecting its customers.


Capsized Trawler Adrift Disappearing Act in South Africa

Photo credit: NSRI

 South Africa’s charity National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) was warning fishermen and other boaters in and around the Cape Peninsula and False Bay Coast to be aware of a “barely visible” capsized boat. A few days later though, the wreck had disappeared!  


Buoy Tender Vessel Delivered Ahead of Time under IRClass

MV Indira Point

  IRClass (Indian Register of Shipping) has just completed the new construction survey of a high value, technologically sophisticated Buoy Tender cum multi-purpose vessel built by Cochin Shipyard Ltd (India) under single class.The new vessel MV Indira Point, 72 mts long,1350 tons DWT


High-Tech Buoy Tender Vessel Delivered

MV Indira Point (Photo courtesy of IRClass)

A newly built, technologically sophisticated buoy tender multipurpose vessel, MV Indira Point, was delivered to the Directorate General of Light Houses and Light Ships (DGLL India) in April after being completing ahead of schedule by India’s Cochin Shipyard Ltd






 
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