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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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

New Simulation Complex for Dunkirk Pilot Station

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Transas informs it has installed the fifth simulator for high-level training for pilots who operate in the port of Dunkirk in France. The pilot station is now equipped with the latest generation of the Transas navigational simulator Navi-Trainer Professional 5000

New RIB Delivered to Vermont State Police


The Vermont State Police Department Marine Division has taken delivery of a specialized RIBCRAFT 7.8 RIB built by RIBCRAFT, a U.S. manufacturer of professional grade rigid inflatable boats for safety professionals, law enforcement and military agencies.  

IMCA Report Covers Mini RadaScan System for DP Ops

Richard Benzie (Photo: IMCA)

Reliable and robust methods of positioning are required for safe vessel operations at offshore installations. The development of dynamic positioning (DP) systems has been gradual over the past 50 years and today, various manufacturers’ systems are available around the world

Simrad HALO Radar Wins 2015 Design Award

In October 2015, Simrad HALO Pulse Compression Radar also won the NMEA 2015

Simrad HALO Pulse Compression Radar, the world’s first high-performance recreational solid-state, open-array radar system with pulse compression technology, has won the prestigious 2015 Design Award METS (DAME) in the Marine Electronics category at the Marine Equipment Trade Show in Amsterdam

HKND Awards Contract for Survey for Nicaraguan Canal

Signing ceremony between HKND Group and CSA Global from Australia. Photograph: HKND Group

 HKND Group, concessionaire of the Nicaragua Interoceanic Grand Canal project, signed an agreement with international geological and resource consultancy CSA Global of Australia in the headquarters of HKND Group in Hong Kong, entrusting CSA Global to conduct an aerial geological survey of the

Danelec DM100 VDR Earns KR Type Approval

Danelec Marine's DM100 series Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs) has received type approval from the Korean Register of Shipping, the manufacturer annouced today. The Korean approval certifies that the DM100 VDR complies with provisions of the new IMO VDR standard which came into force in

Industry Award for Simrad Halo Pulse Compresssion Radar

Innovation Award

  Simrad Yachting announced today that Simrad HALO Pulse Compression Radar has been awarded the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Innovation Award in the OEM Electronics category at the 2015 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX).

BCG Debuts Desktop Ship Simulator

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Buffalo Computer Graphics (BCG) Inc. launched a turnkey desktop ship simulator that adds a visual component to the company’s existing line of radar and communication simulation products.   The system represents the integration of BCG products with third party software for a complete

Keeping a Watchful Eye

Maritime surveillance technique & technology in the new millennium In 2014, Forbes Associate Director for Maritime Services at Control Risks stated that maritime risks are on the rise. Mariners and ship owner/operators experienced a 26% spike in maritime piracy and armed robbery since

Monitoring for Efficiency, Safety

“... since the monitoring network was installed, we have recorded a sudden drop in temperature of 8°C in just 5 minutes at the port of Armadale on the Isle of Skye, and a maximum wind gust of 96 knots at Castlebay on the Isle of Barra.”

Ferry masters operating off the west coast of Scotland traditionally would have to sail to a port and on arrival visually assess the weather and tide conditions before deciding whether it was safe to berth alongside the pier or quayside: a process which wasted time and fuel

Infrared Systems Protect UK Navy Ships at Sea

HGH’s Spynel-S 3500 as seen above, top right on top of container, on the integrated, mobile C2S system from Qinetiq (Photo: HGH)

International manufacturer of panoramic infrared thermal imaging systems HGH Infrared Systems was selected by the British Navy to incorporate its Spynel-S 3500 into an integrated Compact Combat System (C2S) for situational awareness and ship-based protection against small fast inshore attack

NMEA Award for Simrad HALO Pulse Compression Radar

NMEA 2015 Technology Award

  Simrad HALO Pulse Compression Radar has been awarded the Technology Award at the 2015 National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) Conference and Expo in Baltimore, Md. The NMEA 2015 Technology Award is judged by an independent panel of experts recognizing exceptionally innovative

NMEA Names Furuno ‘Best Radar’ for 40th Year

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For 44 years, the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has bestowed its NMEA Best Product Awards to marine electronics manufacturers for product excellence. Over that time, Furuno has been the most recognized company in the marine electronics field with a total of 215 wins

India, US, Japan Naval Drills Begins, Irks China

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 India, Japan and the United States kicked off the first joint naval exercises  in the Bay of Bengal in eight years and such drills will occur each year, Indian government sources said.   The Japanese Maritime-Self Defense Force (JMSF) confimed that it will Permanently Join

FDNY Boat Named for Firefighter Lost on 9/11

FDNY’s new fireboat, William M. Feehan, features a nameplate milled from an I-beam lifted from the rubble of the World Trade Center (Photo: MetalCraft Marine)

New York City Fire Department poised to take delivery of state-of-the-art fireboat, named after firefighter lost in the September 11 World Trade Center attacks   Construction of FDNY’s newest fireboat, William M. Feehan, has been completed by shipbuilder MetalCraft Marine Incorporated

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