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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


Desperate Times for US Coal Mean Desperate Port Proposals

Photo: IEEFA

It’s a spectacularly atrocious time for U.S. coal companies. Demand for coal domestically is not what it was—and likely never will be—so producers have cast their gaze abroad, where they hope Asian markets respond as domestic ones fail. It’s a long shot, though, because there’s too much supply and too little demand, and the strong U.S. dollar continues to keep exports of all kinds less competitive.


New Radar Interface for Rose Point ECS

Image: Rose Point Navigation Systems

Rose Point Navigation Systems announces the launch of its new Commercial Radar Interface, delivering a solution for interfacing marine radars with Rose Point ECS.   The design of the Commercial Radar Interface uses an all-digital interface for data transfer that ensures a high level of image fidelity with the radar's display.   The Commercial Radar Interface was designed to combine the benefits of radar images with the navigation tools built into Rose Point ECS


Trellborg Supplies Fenders to Australian Developments

Photo: Trellborg Marine Systems

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.


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.


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


Integrated Vessel Control System Contract for Kongsberg

Wind Turbine Support Liftboat Image courtesy of Nordic Yards

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.


SharpEye Radar for Trinidad & Tobago CG Patrol Craft

Photo: Kelvin Hughes

Kelvin Hughes, a designer and supplier of navigation and security surveillance systems, announced the installation of its new SharpEye upmast radar system on four new vessels commissioned by the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force.   The Damen Stan Patrol 5009 Coastal Patrol Vessels are all now fitted with a Kelvin Hughes Advanced Surveillance System incorporating a SharpEye X-Band radar, located upmast in a carbon composite housing with a stealth profile


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.


Simrad Tech for Sydney Fast Ferries

Ocean Wave courtesy Simrad

Four new fast ferries, owned and managed by Manly Ferries and operating in the busy waters of Sydney Harbour, will use Simrad technology for safe navigation. The owner has specified a range of Simrad bridge equipment for its latest vessels, including an NSO Evo2 quad-core marine processor


US Navy Warship Undergoes Shock Trials

Independence variant Littoral Combat Ship USS Jackson (LCS 6) has completed the first of three scheduled full-ship shock trials. (U.S. Navy photo by Michael Bevan)

The U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship USS Jackson (LCS 6) completes shock trials; Austal USA receives LCS contract modification for 'Sea Giraffe' Radar   The Independence variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program continues to progress, with the U.S


Crashed EgyptAir Plane Located on the Seafloor

Photo courtesy of the Egyptian Armed Forces

The cockpit voice recorder from EgyptAir flight MS804 has been retrieved by search teams in a breakthrough for investigators seeking to explain what caused the plane to crash into the sea killing all 66 people on board.   The Airbus A320 plunged into the Mediterranean early on May 19 on its


US Navy Stealth Destroyer Showcases Furuno Technology

USS Zumwalt  (Photo: Furuno)

The U.S. Navy recently launched USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000), lead ship of the all-new Zumwalt-class of stealth destroyers. Named for Admiral Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt, this new vessel was developed under the US Navy’s DD-21 “21st Century Destroyer” program.  


New Dive Boat for Delaware State Police

Delaware State Police has taken delivery of its new dive boat, a RIBCRAFT 5.85.   RIBCRAFT, manufacturer of professional grade rigid inflatable boats (RIBs), built the 19' RIB for the State Police's SCUBA team to be used in search and recovery missions in the many waterways of Delaware


Simrad Debuts New 27” HD Monitor

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The new Simrad M5027 optically bonded HD monitor for the commercial marine market is a 27” marine monitor designed to meet the color calibration requirements of ECDIS systems and the size requirements of 320mm CAT1 radar systems.   


ACR Electronics Debuts New Products at Posidonia

GlobalFIX V4 EPIRB (Image: ACR Electronics)

Safety and survival technologies company ACR Electronics is introducing several new products at Posidonia 2016 taking place in Athens, Greece from June 6-10.   GlobalFIX V4 EPIRB ACR Electronics’ new GlobalFIX V4 EPIRB is a new professional grade design EPIRB


Brisbane Pilots Receive Simrad Radar Upgrade

Photo: Simrad

Pilots in the Port of Brisbane, one of Australia’s fastest growing container ports, are using the word “unmatched” when describing the performance of new navigational equipment from electronic navigation specialist Simrad, a brand within the Navico group


Simrad Launches New Radar System

Simrad R3016 12U/6X IMO SOLAS CAT 3 Radar System (Image: Simrad)

Simrad’s new R3016 12U/6X IMO type-approved radar system aims to deliver a powerful solution in a compact package   The newly launched Simrad R3016 12U/6X IMO SOLAS CAT 3 Radar System has been developed for the commercial shipping market, suited for use aboard CAT 3 SOLAS vessels


Raytheon Anschütz Selected as INS Provider for Canada’s OFSV

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 Raytheon Anschütz Selected as INS Provider for Canada’s OFSV   Thales, a major system integrator in Canada, has chosen Raytheon Anschütz as the supplier of the Integrated Navigation System (INS) for the Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG) new Offshore Fisheries Science


Navico Makes its Commercial Push

Halo Radar (Image: Navico)

Marine electronics group Navico, a literal ‘house of brands’ for the recreational, sail, power and commercial marine markets, is making a strong push in the commercial sector with its Simrad brand. Armed with a stockpile of new technology and a global network of sales and support


US Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Zumwalt

The future guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) transits the Atlantic Ocean during acceptance trials April 21, 2016 with the Navys Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). (Photo: U.S. Navy)

The U.S. Navy has accepted delivery of future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), the lead ship of the Navy's next-generation of multimission surface combatants, May 20.   DDG 1000 is tailored for sustained operations in the littorals and land attack


Automated Skill Erosion

The U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 2015 reinstituted a course of instruction in celestial navigation after abandoning it a number of years ago. Senior Chief Quarter Master Jonathan Myers teaches Command Master Chief April Beldo how to use a marine sextant during a demonstration of celestial navigation aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). (U.S. Navy photo by Travis K. Mendoza)

The increasing automation of vessels is causing some mariners to lose basic maritime skills.   Cruise ship Royal Majesty Grounding During dinner on June 10, 1995, the last night before the cruise ship Royal Majesty was due to arrive in Boston from its voyage to Bermuda


Airplane Lifejackets Found in Egyptair Search

Aircraft debris was found in the southern Mediterranean by Greek authorities searching for a missing EgyptAir aircraft which vanished from radar screens early Thursday, Greek state tv reported. Earlier, Greek officials said pieces of plastic were found in the sea some 230 miles south of the


Greece Deploys Ship, Aircraft to EgyptAir Search

Greece is deploying military aircraft and a frigate to an area in the southern Mediterranean where an EgyptAir aircraft vanished from radar screens early on Thursday, its defence ministry said. The search for the missing EgyptAir plane was taking place at sea






 
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