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Radix Marine to Acquire Patrol Craft Prototype

Radix Marine, Inc, a marine vessel development company specializing in homeland defense initiatives, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire, through an Equipment Lease and Purchase Agreement, the GB Challenger Class Craft, the working prototype of the company's high-speed unmanned patrol watercraft. Radix Marine will own the GB Challenger outright at the conclusion of the five-year lease with Blue Ribbon Leasing and Financial, Inc., which acquired the craft from the builder. Radix Marine had previously arranged for the lease of the GB Challenger but decided against finalizing the agreement in lieu of focusing its efforts on other markets. With the company's name change in May and the cultivation of new opportunities in the marine industry, acquiring the GB Challenger became a key priority. Radix Marine's unmanned patrol craft, also known as the unmanned surface vehicle (USV), is the core technology and design platform for the company's current product line. Radix Marine intends to use this platform as the basis of its future product offerings, including both manned and unmanned patrol craft. "We believe the execution of the lease and purchase agreement is an important step for Radix Marine as we continue to strategically refine our business model to focus on opportunities within the marine industry. The GB Challenger has become an essential component for the company," said Kathy Bright, President of Radix Marine


Trellborg Supplies Fenders to Australian Developments

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Trelleborg Marine Systems has been awarded three contracts to supply fender systems to all three liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects on Queensland’s Curtis Island, Australia. Having already been awarded the contracts to supply docking and mooring equipment and monitoring software earlier in the year, Trelleborg has now been chosen to supply the Queensland Curtis LNG, Gladstone LNG and Australia Pacific LNG projects with SCN Super Cone and ANP Arch Fender Systems.


Marttinen Appointed President at Deltamarin

Vesa Marttinen, M.Sc. (Nav. Arch.) has been appointed as the new President of Deltamarin Engineering, Inc. in Fort Lauderdale. Deltamarin Engineering, Inc. is the sister company of the Finnish consulting and engineering company Deltamarin Ltd. Marttinen comes from the Finnish ferry company Silja Line, where he held several positions. Most recently, he was responsible for the conversion and refurbishment of Silja Opera into a new type of Baltic Cruise Vessel concept.


Kelvin Hughes Signs Contract

Kelvin Hughes is to supply its Nucleus3 radar and C.Plath gyrocompass to Wightlink. The St. Helen will be the first Wightlink ferry to be fitted with the Kelvin Hughes Nucleus3 5000 ATA radar system. The Nucleus3 5000 radar system, which has the ability to automatically track up to 50 targets at any one time, is ideally suited for use in high-speed craft and commercial shipping up to 10,000 tons. AIS compatible to meet future regulations


New USACE Contract

Great Lakes Dredging & Dock Co, LLC, Oakbrook, Ill. was awarded on May 6, 2009 a $7,329,750 firm-fixed-price contract for the maintenance dredging on Columbia River with optional dredging at Coos Bay entrance channel.  Work is to be performed in Brandon, Ore., (11.8 precent), Arch Cape, Ore., (44.1 precent), and Pacific, Wash., (44.1 precent) with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2009.  Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with two bids received.  U.S


Book Release: Sea Clutter, Second Edition

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The Institution of Engineering and technology published the second edition of “Sea Clutter: Scattering, the K Distribution and Radar Performance,” written by Keith Ward, Robert Tough and Simon Watts. The book gives an authoritative account of current understanding of radar sea clutter. Topics covered include the characteristics of radar sea clutter, modeling radar scattering by the ocean surface, statistical models of sea clutter


Lockheed Martin Demonstrates New Radar Capabilities

Lockheed Martin showcased its newest radar capabilities to U.S. Navy officials, legislators and international customers. Lockheed Martin's Moorestown facility is world-renowned for its advanced naval radars, especially its SPY-1 phased array radar. SPY-1 is the main sensor in the Lockheed Martin-developed Aegis Weapon System, which is installed on 65 percent of the U.S. Navy's surface combatants, warships in Japan and Spain, and recently was selected for warships in Norway and Korea.


Offshore Systems International Awarded Contract

John Jacobson, president and CEO of Offshore Systems International Ltd. announced the award of a $700,000 contract to deliver a radar display and tracking system to the Canadian Coast Guard for the new Marine Communication and Traffic Services Centre in Vancouver. This system will consist of three Offshore Systems radar displays and radar data processors, communications equipment, precise network timeserver and a full complement of spare equipment to provide a world-class solution for the


ITT Awarded $10.5m Contract Modification

ITT Industries, Gilfillan Division, Van Nuys, Calif., is being awarded a $10.5m modification to previously awarded contract N00024-06-C-5204 to exercise an option for the Radar Obsolescence Availability Recovery (ROAR) Program for the AN/SPS-48E Radar System. The AN/SPS-48 (series) radar system is the principal three dimensional air surveillance sensor on all U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and large deck amphibious ships


Integrated Vessel Control System Contract for Kongsberg

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Nordic Yards in Wismar, Germany, has awarded Kongsberg Maritime a contract to deliver an Integrated Vessel Control System for a newbuild 80m Wind Turbine Service Jack-Up Vessel, owned by Danish offshore services specialist, DBB Jack-Up. The integrated 'Full Picture' solution covers navigation, automation and manoeuvring systems, and will be one of the first to feature Kongsberg Maritime's recently launched LAN-based Radar system.


Coast Guard Responds to Plane Crash Near Brunswick, Ga.

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said in a news release that USCG boat and air crews are assisting the Georgia Department of Natural Resources in a search for survivors of a reported plane crash near Grant Creek on Mackay River, east of Golden Isles Aviation in St. Simons Island, Ga., Monday.


Space Age Developement For Blue Force AIS

The AIS 300BF is tailor-made for vessels undertaking demanding coast guard, anti-piracy, navy and boarder police operations. Image copyright - Torbjørn Kjosvold / Forsvarets mediearkiv.

Kongsberg Seatex announced the launch of a new generation of Blue Force (BF) Automatic Identification Systems (AIS), the AIS 300BF. The unit, which supersedes the current AIS 200BF, offers outstanding secure mode abilities alongside unique AIS receiver sensitivity and robustness –


New Satellite Images Earth Environment, Monitors Disasters

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Europe has launched the first satellite of its multibillion-euro 'Copernicus' Earth observation project that will supply valuable images in the event of natural disasters, ocean oil pollution, or even a plane crash. The Sentinel-1a satellite


IMCO Purchases NAUTIS ECDIS

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A classroom of NAUTIS Desktop Trainers and a NAUTIS Instructor Station was purchased by the International Maritime College Oman (IMCO). The simulators allow the IMCO to add certified ECDIS Model course 1.27 training to its curriculum. The classroom was delivered and installed by VSTEP engineers at


World’s Fastest Ferry Using SharpEye Radar

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Kelvin Hughes, a designer and supplier of navigation and surveillance systems, announced that its SharpEye radar is now in continuous use on the world’s fastest ferry, operating between Argentina and Uruguay. Launched in Oct 2013 by the President of Argentina


Martek: ECDIS Overlays Cover Most Nav Variables

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Martek Marine claims that its recently launched iECDIS offers the most comprehensive chart overlay options on the market.
 The company explains that chart overlays are an excellent decision support tool that provide a more holistic representation of available data


Sharpeye Keeps Watch on Chesapeake Bay

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Kelvin Hughes, a global supplier of surveillance and navigation systems, announced that it has recently supplied two SharpEye Solid State X Band surveillance radars to the Maryland Natural Resources Police (MPRP), to provide additional coverage around protected oyster beds.


Australia’s CEA to Show Off Hi-Tech Warship Radar

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Senator David Johnstone, Australian Minister for Defence, is inviting media and gallery TV to a briefing of the world-leading Australian Phased Array Radar technology at CEA Australia in Canberra on Thursday 27 February 2014. The developers explain that CEAFAR is an active phased array radar


Aigua Sea School Expands Simulator Capacity

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Six months after the initial installation of a classroom of NAUTIS Desktop Trainers, the Aigua Sea School in Mallorca has placed a follow-up order to further expand its simulator training capacity. The follow-up order for NAUTIS simulators was placed after positive feedback from both students


Navigation Training Delivered aboard EUNAVFOR Flagship

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On March 4, 20 trainees from the Basic Training course for the Seychelles Coast Guard took part in a training exercise covering the use of electronic navigation equipment. The training was delivered by Seychelles Coast Guard trainers and EUNAVFOR with support from EUCAP Nestor on board the French


Ocean Search for Downed Malaysian Airliner: Latest Update

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A Vietnamese official news agency report informs that Singaporean vessels searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines passenger plane have found debris or floating objects of some kind, located 100 km southwest of Tho Chu Island in the South China Sea


No sign of missing Malaysia Airlines plane

Ships from six navies, dozens of military aircraft, sweeps with radar technology that can spot a soccer ball from hundreds of feet in the air - all have failed to find a single confirmed trace of a Malaysia Airlines plane that vanished three days ago.


Bayfront Maritime Center Orders Upgrade

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The Bayfront Maritime Center (BMC) in Erie, Pa. has procured an upgrade to their existing BCG navigation simulator. Expanding their training system which consists of an instructor station and a one student position with single screen visual, ARPA radar emulator


SCI Simulator Offers One-on-One Training

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With a new simulator in full operation, SCI helps mariners complete assessments previously only available in large class settings or in the real world when exact conditions could be met on the water. The simulator offers affordable one-on-one assessments to help meet individualized training goals


Caribbean Security Challenges

The Royal Turks and Caicos Island Police Force Marine Police  are equipped with a variety of patrol boats to monitor and patrol their waters.  The three engines on this boat can achieve speeds up to 60 knots. Edward Lundquist

The Caribbean is a complex maritime environment, with multiple countries and territories, significant seaborne commerce and a wide variety of threats to safety, security, stability, the environment and sovereignty.  A diverse group of stakeholders gathered in Providenciales


 
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