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Electronic Matters Rule The Day In Amsterdam

The maritime industry gathered in Amsterdam last month at the semi-annual Europort Exhibition to display the latest technological advances in marine products and systems. While the show maintains a large local contingency — a good deal of the exhibitors are local agents rather than the manufacturing company principles — it is well regarded as one of the industry's premier events for showcasing new products and services to an international shipowning community. Of particular note — and not just in Amsterdam — are the tremendous strides which are continually made on the marine electronics products and systems front. Competition in this segment is very keen, and the category is dominated by very large, usually diverse industrial conglomerates that have made consolidation of systems and capabilities a quasi-sport in recent years. The need by shipowners to meet increasingly strict rules and regulations with advanced electronic products and systems and the economies of scale of being a "one stop shop" for bottom-line minded shipyards have been primaries drivers in the urge to merge. In addition, the task of continually delivering advanced products and systems which are increasingly easy to use requires that companies dedicate tremendous amounts of capital into the R&D side, another rationale for the trend towards bigger.


Transas Expands Capabilities

Relying on experience from more than 4,000 Navi-Sailor installations around the world, Transas Marine has added a number of features to further enhance the functionality of its Navi-Sailor marine navigation systems. Transas' ongoing R&D efforts are primarily focused on expanded integration with other systems, in providing a wider range of data which can be displayed on the electronic chart screen; and development and improvement of chart plotting features and presentation


NG Training Packages for NROTC

Naval Reserve Officer Training Candidate (NROTC) students at college campuses in San Diego have become the first to use an advanced navigation training package supplied by Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) Sperry Marine business unit. The computerized learning DVDs contain 16 interactive courseware (ICW) training lessons on the use and operation of Sperry Marine’s Voyage Management System (VMS) ship navigation software


NG Supplies Radar Systems for U.S. Navy Subs

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) Sperry Marine business unit has been awarded a contract to supply navigation radar systems for eight new U.S. Navy nuclear attack submarines. The firm, fixed-price contract, valued at $20.9m, was awarded to Sperry Marine by Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C. The contract calls for Sperry Marine to produce and deliver eight AN/BPS-16(v)5 radar sets to be installed on eight Virginia-class Block III submarines


Northrop Grumman Earns Suez Canal Contract

Northrop Grumman to Supply Marine Navigation Equipment for Suez Canal Authority.   Northrop Grumman Corporation's Sperry Marine business unit has won orders to supply navigation equipment to the Suez Canal Authority for tugboats and other assorted workboats. The orders include radar upgrades for 10 boats, and complete integrated bridge systems (IBS) for four new builds. The IBS is based on Northrop Grumman's VisionMaster FT navigation technology with TotalWatch multifunction


Northrop Grumman Upgrades Navigation Equipment on Stena Line Ferries

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Northrop Grumman Corporation has completed an integrated bridge system retrofit for several RoPax ferries operated by Stena Line. Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine business unit provided a fully networked suite of scalable navigation products  from the VisionMaster FT  series, used to form the core of a ship's integrated bridge. The Stena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII vessels were upgraded with VisionMaster FT navigation radars, a voyage data recorder


Furuno to Collaborate with OSI to Produce Navigation Systems

Offshore Systems International Ltd. (OSI) announced that its systems division, has signed a multi-year agreement with Furuno Electric Company Ltd. With the agreement, the two companies will work together to produce an electronic ship navigation system which Furuno will sell and service through its world-wide dealer network. "Furuno is a marine electronics leader with great products and huge reach," said John Jacobson, President and CEO of OSI. "Offshore is strong in the military market


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


NG Supplies Nav Systems for Brazil OSVs

Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Sperry Marine business unit has been awarded contracts to supply bridge navigation systems for four new offshore supply vessels to be built in Brazil. The four multipurpose platform supply vessels, designed by Rolls-Royce, will be built at the Estaleiro Alianca shipyard near Rio de Janeiro for Companhia Brasileira de Offshore (CBO). They will be placed on long-term charter with Petrobras, the Brazilian state oil company


New Sercel Marine Survey Design Software

Seismic equipment provider Sercel adds 'SeaPro Design' software to its marine navigation portfolio. SeaPro Design is a highly versatile tool for generating everything from simple geometry to complex designs for all types of marine surveys, whether 2D, 3D or multi-vessel seismic surveys. The software provides an enhanced graphic interface and all the advanced features needed to design surveys in a few simple clicks. Functionalities include geodetic definition, survey outline


IMO Closer to Polar Environmental Regulation

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

Last week, the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed which ships are to be covered by the future environmental regulations for voyages in polar areas, The Danish Maritime Authority said.


OSI to Upgrade Canadian Navy Software

HMCS Toronto in the Arabian Gulf. Credit: Colin Kelley

OSI Maritime Systems Signs Contract with the Royal Canadian Navy to Provide In-Service-Support and an Upgrade to the Most Advanced ECPINS-W Sub 6.0 OSI Maritime Systems announced that it has signed a contract to provide in-service-support for its ECPINS-W Sub software - ECPINS is the only ECDIS


Great Lakes Shipyard Completes Winter Work

Photo courtesy Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard announced winter layup season is wrapping up at the yard after completing repair work on the following vessels: American Steamship Company’s M/V Sam Laud Grand River Navigation’s Manitowoc Interlake Steamship Company’s articulated tug-barge


US FMC Commissioner Visits Panama Canal Expansion Sites

Official photo of Commissioner Doyle

Counsel to the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission informs that  Commissioner William P. Doyle has recently surveyed the construction site on a visit to the Pacific-side of the expanded Panama Canal. Doyle viewed construction sites on the Pacific side and received extensive updates on several


St. Lawrence Seaway Opens 2014 Season

The Algoma Equinox at Lock 3 of the Welland Canal at the Opening Ceremony of the St. Lawrence Seaways 56th navigation season. (Photo: Kevin Richard Hotte)

$500 Million Being Invested in Vital North American Trade Route The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) marked the opening of the Seaway’s 56th navigation season today, with the transit of Algoma Central Corporation’s newly built ship, the Algoma Equinox


GPS lll Progress Report Update From Excelis

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Exelis says it has successfully completed and fully tested six transmitter assemblies, which are integral payload components for the first in a series of the next generation of GPS III navigation satellites. The navigation payload transmitters carry high-powered GPS signals from space to Earth


Passage Planner Features Weather and Piracy Overlays

Image: Jargoon

Scottish maritime software development company Jargoon has announced its product Seall Passage Planner has been added with additional features which further enhance the versatile passage planning tool. The newly added features are focused on providing additional navigational data and information


CG Icebreakers Active as Shipping Picks Up

USCG photo by Levi Read

The U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers are continuing to create pathways for commercial shippers throughout the Great Lakes region including the St. Lawrence Seaway, which connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.


Lockheed Martin Awarded Contracts Two GPS lll Satellites

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Lockheed Martin inform that the U.S. Air Force has awarded it more than $245 million in contract options to complete production of its seventh and eighth next-generation Global Positioning System satellites, known as GPS III. “With eight GPS III satellites now fully under contract


Northrop Grumman Appoint MD for Sperry Marine Business

Jeanne Usher: Photo Northrop Grumman

Jeanne Usher has been named managing director of the Sperry Marine business unit, effective immediately inform Northrop Grumman Corporation. Usher succeeds Alan Dix, who recently retired following a distinguished career with the company spanning 33 years.


NOAA's Paper Charts are here to Stay

Rear Adm. Gerd Glang certifies a new print-on-demand chart agent after inspecting the companys sample chart. (Photo: NOAA)

New certified printing agents bring buying options It won't be long before mariners and the boating public will have a wider choice of options and special services when they purchase NOAA paper nautical charts, thanks to NOAA's expanded "print-on-demand" chart production and


Staten Island Ferry Safety Statistics Released

Guy V. Molinari (Photo: Staten Island Ferry)

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) sets the standards passenger vessels, such as the Staten Island Ferry, must meet and then inspects the vessels regularly to ensure that they are in compliance. For large passenger vessels, the Coast Guard conducts four safety inspections each year


Transas Names Pfeiffer Navigation Director

Jens Pfeiffer

Transas Marine has announced the appointment of Jens Pfeiffer as a Business Division Director, Navigation, Transas Marine. Jens Pfeiffer first joined Transas as a Sales Manager, Navigation in the company’s German office in 2005 where he worked for two years


Aage Hempel to Equip 10 New PSVs

Photo courtesy of Aage Hempel

Aage Hempel, a company in worldwide merchant marine electronic service and focused on 24/7 maritime sales and service, signs agreement for the delivery of navigation and communication equipment included Integrated Bridge System from Kelvin Hughes with Shipyard De Hoop in Lobith


gplink Helps Kaitek Oversee Southern Ocean Traffic

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The unforgiving environments found in the southern extremes of Chile easily highlight the “remote” in remote monitoring, gplink said, and now the company is aiding captains in the region. Operating in close proximity to the Cape Horn and Drake Passage


 
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