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Kobelt Acquires Accu-Steer

Hydraulic Power Steering System

  Manufacturer of quality hydraulic steering actuators will join Kobelt to expand marine system offerings. Kobelt announced today the acquisition of Accu-Steer Inc., a US-based manufacturer of quality Hydraulic Steering Actuators. Founded by Bill Pulse and Paul Barber in 1993, Accu-Steer designs and builds a range of hydraulic power steering units. For over 22 years, the company has specialized in the design and manufacturing of reliable solutions for guiding and controlling motion on commercial vessels and pleasure craft. “The synergies between the Kobelt and Accu-Steer product lines make these two companies such a natural fit.” stated Bill Pulse, Accu-Steer President. “Kobelt’s goal is to provide comprehensive systems to their customers and the Accu-Steer product line enables them to achieve this goal and better service the customer. “We are very excited about the future for these combined product lines.” “We continue on our mission to design and manufacture systems that provide our customers with the safest, most trusted solutions to guiding and controlling movement.” said David Bockhold, CEO of Kobelt. “In our effort to provide complete steering packages to a broad range of the marine market, the Accu-Steer product line effectively fills some gaps in our current Kobelt product line

ABS Forms Asset Performance Management Group

ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki

ABS, a provider of global maritime classification services, announced the formation of the Asset Performance Management Group (APMG). The new organization integrates several existing services into a single team focused on complete life cycle performance services that complement traditional classification services. "The future of classification requires ABS to work with our members and clients in a more collaborative, more efficient and less intrusive way

Finnegan Joins Drew Marine As Manager

The Drew Marine Division of Ashland Specialty Chemical Company has elected John C. "Jack" Finnegan as manager of new business development. Finnegan, who comes to Drew Marine from Newport News Shipbuilding, will be responsible for identifying and developing new business opportunities to expand the range of products and services Drew Marine offers to the marine industry. He will also manage start-up operation and global implementation for the company's new business ventures and product lines.

Redefining Offshore Painting

Wasser High Tech Coatings has made dramatic technological breakthroughs, solving tough problems and producing a complete product line. Their advanced state-of-the-art coatings have made Wasser the largest U.S. supplier of bridge coatings, says the company.

Chris-Marine Strengthens Canadian Market Position

Chris Marine AB has announced that its sales portfolio now includes Scandic Diesel Services based in Montreal. Established in 2009, Scandic Diesel Services provide full services to Americas within their product lines and represent some of the strongest brands in the market known for their quality and service. Scandic Diesel’s primary focus is the professional marine, offshore, power plant and fishing industry - also within related service and repairs industry

PortVision Now Supports Long Range Tracking

PortVision now offers a service that allows PortVision users to integrate long-range vessel tracking (LRIT) directly within the web-based PortVision platform.  PV-Onboard Global is the latest addition to the PV-Onboard product line, which already allows barges, intermodal containers, railcars, and trailers to be tracked and managed along with AIS-enabled vessels from within the PortVision service. 

Thrane & Thrane to Trade as Cobham SATCOM

Cobham plc has established a new strategic business unit (SBU) Cobham SATCOM: Thrane & Thrane will form its core. Headquartered in Denmark, Cobham SATCOM is led by Thrane & Thrane CEO Walther Thygesen with assistance from a multinational management team, and includes Cobham’s satcom facilities in Cape Town, South Africa, Concord, California and Orlando, Florida. Cobham SATCOM is now twice the size of what either Thrane & Thrane or Cobham’s legacy satcom businesses

AER Distributes BSCO Fire Suppression

AER Supply Ltd. has been named the exclusive distributor for BSCO, Inc. Fire Suppression Systems for 13 states. BSCO manufactures and installs semi-custom systems that provide fire-protection solutions for small, enclosed areas, such as the engine room, to prevent fire from spreading throughout the boat. The company uses environmentally friendly agents and the USCG-approved suppression systems have been tested to meet the requirements of NFPA 2001 in a program jointly designed by Factory

Twin Disc Expands Marine Presence In Japan

Twin Disc is forming a majority-owned joint venture with Niigata Engineering Company, Ltd., of Tokyo, Japan. Twin Disc has had a long-standing and mutually successful relationship with Niigata Engineering. The new venture, named NICO Transmissions Co., Inc., will be an engineering and marketing company supporting Twin Disc's expanding global marine product line as well as a distribution company for NICO's family of transmission products.

Eni Targets Growth in North American Market

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Eni USA R&M subsidiary of Eni S.p.A. (seventh largest integrated  multinational oil and gas company headquartered in Italy present in 90 countries) plans to go beyond its historical business area of Quebec, Ontario, eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York boroughs where it has sold its high quality lubricants since 1987. In the last two years, Eni USA R&M changed its business model by selling its products mostly through distributors instead of direct selling to its

Flynn Refrigeration Secures Deals with Solstad

Normand Installer (Photo: Flynn Refrigeration)

Merseyside refrigeration and air-conditioning specialist Flynn Refrigeration has landed a fresh series of deals with Norwegian shipping company Solstad   The Birkenhead-based firm announced it has secured contracts to supply the Normand Oceanic and Normand Installer vessels with Bitzer

MHI's Two New Firms Commence Operations

MHI Shipyard, Nagasaki Credit Wiklpedia CCL

  On October 1 two new wholly owned group companies of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) succeeding to MHI's ship construction operations in the Nagasaki district will commence business operations. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shipbuilding Co., Ltd

IMTRA Debuts AcXent LED Linear Lighting System


  IMTRA announced today the release of the AcXent LED Linear Lighting System. AcXent is a linear LED solution that provides customized overhead and accent lighting in lengths from 4-inches to nearly 8 feet for power and sailboats. Ordered cut-to-length at the IMTRA facility

Pettit Paint Debuts Antifouling Line for Yachts

  Pettit Marine Paint, leading manufacturer of high performance marine coatings, announced today the release of the all-new superyacht antifouling system, the Pettit XL line. Consisting of the top-selling antifouling products in Pettit’s line

Standing on Guard(eon): Preventing the ‘Arc Flash’ Casualty

“It’s less about breakers tripping than it is about the predictive maintenance ... Whether its marine customers or oil & gas customers or data center customers, what they care about is being able to predict if a breaker is going to trip in the future and take action in advance of that. So it wasn’t a customer that came to us, but instead it’s a problem that keeps coming up in heavy process industries. This is the solution to that problem.”  Norm Sowards, General Manager,  Power Components, GE In

As GE celebrates the grand opening of its Mebane Customer Experience Center and a multimillion dollar manufacturing facility renovation, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News gets an advance look at a new product line that could save marine and oil and gas customers millions of dollars in lost

Hoover Container Solutions Unveils Asset Tracer

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Hoover Container Solutions, a subsidiary of Hoover Group Inc., and a global provider of chemical tanks, cargo carrying units and related products and services, has unveiled its new Liquitrac Tracer, a battery-powered GPS unit that can be easily attached to any of Hoover’s comprehensive

MN 100: Continental Underwriters, Ltd.

Chairman of the Board: H. Elder Brown, Jr.

The Company: Continental Underwriters, Ltd. is a national, multiline firm for all types of marine coverage. The firm offers both admitted and non-admitted products in all 50 states, packaged in flexible, competitively priced insurance options with broad terms and conditions for even the most

MarineCFO Unveils Endurance Software

Capitalizing on its 2013 acquisition by software firm VerticaLive, MarineCFO has announced a Fall 2015 introduction of Endurance, a cloud version of the MarineCFO Enterprise Solution. “MarineCFO has proactively sought to bring efficiency

Volvo Penta Debuts Marine Gas Sterndrive Engines

5.3L V8 gasoline engines for the marine sterndrive

  Volvo Penta today unveiled its new family of next-generation 5.3L V8 gasoline engines for the marine sterndrive market in a press preview at the company’s Test Center in Suffolk, Va.   “Volvo Penta has a rich history of innovation in marine propulsion

ACR Electronics Introduces New AISLink CB1

ACR AISLink CB1 Class B transceiver (Image: ACR)

Suited for a range of recreational boaters and commercial vessels across the world, the new AISLink CB1 Class B transceiver is introduced by survival gear specialist ACR Electronics, a Drew Marine Company.   ACR’s easy-to-use and reliable Class B Automatic Identification System (AIS)

Hoover Debuts Offshore Acid Tanks

Image: Hoover Container Solutions

Hoover Container Solutions, a provider of chemical tanks, cargo carrying units and related products and services, has introduced acid tanks intended for transport and storage of a range of corrosive liquids and chemicals as the newest addition to its offshore product line.  

EnSolve Wins NSF Grant for Sox Scrubbers

Image: EnSolve Biosystems

Maritime equipment company EnSolve Biosystems won a $500,000 Phase IIB National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to continue commercial development of its EnScrub technology which treats particulates and petroleum hydrocarbons from the effluent of shipboard sulfur oxides (SOx) scrubber systems.

Roller Names Flynn Marine and Offshore Supplier

(Photo: Flynn)

U.K.-based refrigeration and air-conditioning specialist Flynn has been appointed as an official supplier for German refrigeration firm Roller, the company announced.   As part of the deal, the Birkenhead business will act as a worldwide distributor for Roller’s marine and offshore

Dometic Debuts Engineering Team for Ship-wide Ventilation

Dometic Marine, a division of Dometic Group, a global provider of leisure products for the marine, truck, caravan, motor home and automotive markets, has unveiled its new, dedicated team of ship-wide ventilation experts, who specialize in providing customized design

Tracking Field Equipment in Harsh Environments

Geoforce (Image: OriginGPS)

OriginGPS’ Spider GPS Module Provides Geoforce GTx Series with Low Power Consumption and Precise Location to Track Container Fleets and Oil and Gas Assets    OriginGPS announced that Geoforce, an international provider of asset management solutions for oil and gas and other

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