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New HD850 Precision Searchlight Sonar


The new HD850 series from Wesmar was installed aboard the F/V American Triumph. “The Wesmar HD850 is working well, marking fish down 320 fathoms on 1200 meter range,” said Captain Eric of the American Triumph. Captain Sandy also adds, “The Wesmar HD850 is marking extremely well. Active stabilization consistently keeps the fish on the screen.” The new trawlscan mode on the HD 850 shows more fishable area by keeping the sound beam out front. Features of the system include active stabilization, a digital link, and searchlight advantage. The stabilization gyro, located in the soundome, makes corrections in the exact direction the transducer is looking, and as a result, keeps the sound beam on target. The HD850’s digital link between the sonar transducer and the computer console in the wheelhouse, operates noise free for maximum sonar performance.  One hundred percent of Wesmar’s transducer surface area points in the direction of the fish in a sharp, narrow beam. Dispersed fish and previously hard to mark fish are detected, clutter free. (

Industry's First Color Fishfinder by Lowrance


  Lowrance, a world-leading brand in marine electronics since 1957 — announced today the newest additions to its Elite family of fishfinder and chartplotter products, the Elite-3x and Elite-3x All Season pack. The most affordable color fishfinder ever introduced, the new Elite-3x includes a dual-frequency 83/200 kHz Broadband SounderTM transducer and features an LED-backlit display with detailed 240x360-pixel resolution that’s easy to see in full sunlight from wide viewing

OSIL Uses Sontek ADCP

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Ocean Scientific International Limited (OSIL) has designed a system for testing deployments by surrounding SonTek’s Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) with its own deployment frame. The ADCP is a 3-axis water current profiler with an intended range of 180 m that uses transducers and electronics designed to reduce side-lobe interference problems. The frame also contains a double failsafe recovery system using two Sonardyne acoustic releases per frame

FarSounder Launches Next Generation Navigation Sonars

FarSounder Launches Next Generation FarSounder-500 and FarSounder-1000. FarSounder announced the introduction today of their new generation Navigation Sonars. This official launch has been planned to showcase the technology at the 2012 Monaco Yacht Show which opens this Wednesday in Port Hercules, Principality of Monaco. The newly launched 3D forward looking obstacle avoidance sonars are the FarSounder-500 and FarSounder-1000

Airmar Acquires Marport Commercial Fishing Division

Airmar Technology Corporation, a company that designs, engineers and manufactures ultrasonic transducers and sensor technology, announced that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Marport Deep Sea Technologies’ Commercial Fishing division, a leading developer of advanced sonar technology. Airmar will also acquire the Marport name and the web domain as a part of the transaction. The terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed.

Kongsberg Demonstrate Powerful Compact Multi-beam Sonar

EM2040 sonar display: Image credit Kongsberg

At the Muiderzand marina in The Netherlands, Kongsberg customers gathered for a working demonstration of the EM2040 Compact multibeam system on board the survey vessel ‘Havenschap 1’. The Havenschap 1 is equipped with a moon-pool mounting configuration to accommodate the EM2040C single sonar head together with a dual frequency single beam transducer; a proven concept and easy to install. The demonstrations took place over different areas including

The Electronics Revolution in the Pilothouse

By Larry Pearson Back in 1986 when I first started reporting on workboats, the most modern thing in the pilothouse may have been the coffee maker. Navigation was mostly "between the sticks" and via compass and communication was mostly VHF. Today's vessels, especially those working offshore, have a myriad of electronic devices that make the job easier, more precise and most importantly, safer. The new series of 10 supply boats being built by Bender Shipbuilding & Repair, Mobile, Ala

New Master Catalog from Gems

At more than 336 pages the new Gems Sensors, Controls and Fluidic Systems catalog features fluid level, flow & pressure sensors, miniature solenoid valves and proximity switches. This desktop resource features sensors and controls not offered in previous catalog editions. These include new electro-optic level switches, ultrasonic level sensors, float type level sensors, Warrick conductivity level and solid-state controls, new high-accuracy pressure transducers

New Mooring Technology for Oil & Gas Operators


Measurement Technology NW has recently completed a contract to provide an eight-point mooring monitoring system for the National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. Designed for NPCC's SEP-350 (Self Elevating Platform) vessel, the new running line tensiometer and LCI-90 Dual Winch display system replaces an old four-point mooring installation that no longer met the company's performance standards.

Gemeco Partners to Refit the Impossible Dream


  Gemeco Marine Accessories, world-leading experts in the selection, placement and technical support for marine transducers and NMEA networking products, announced today its partnership with non-profit organizations, the Impossible Dream and Shake-a-Leg Miami in the refit of the universally accessible 60-foot sailing catamaran, Impossible Dream. The organizations are developing the Impossible Dream as a flagship vessel to promote sailing as a way to improve the health, education

Enerpac Takes the Load for Lamprell Jack-Up Rig

Photo courtesy of Enerpac

High-pressure hydraulics specialist, Enerpac, with its official distributor Al Masaood Trading, Dubai, has supplied Lamprell, a provider of diversified fabrication, engineering and contracting services to the onshore and offshore energy industries

Furuno Debuts Updated Echo Sounder

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Furuno has introduced a new IMO Echo Sounder, FE800, offering an 8.4-inch Color LCD display with built-in dual-frequency capability. It also features a new system design that provides immediate retrofit capability of older Furuno units, as well as easy installation on new build vessels.  

Lowrance Debuts StructureScan 3D

Electronics Leader Transforms What Anglers See Below The Surface

  Lowrance, a world-leading brand in fishing electronics since 1957, announced today the release of a game-changing,sonar-imaging system – Lowrance StructureScan 3D. Lowrance StructureScan 3D allows anglers to easily see fish, underwater structure and bottom contours in a stunning

New Product: Running Line Dynamometer

The finished product was the result of a three-part consortium representing the UK, USA and Sri Lanka. (Photo: Straightpoint)

A three-part consortium from the UK, USA and Sri Lanka, triangulated expertise to develop a new product for measuring tension on lines recently launched by Straightpoint, the Running Line Dynamometer (or TIMH), part of the manufacturer’s tension in motion range.

Boat of the Month

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Alion & Robert Allan Team up to Deliver High Tech Research Vessel In the very near future, the new scientific Research Vessel Investigator will enter service for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), an agency of the Federal Government of Australia

Kongsberg Maritime's Double Whammy 200th Anniversary

Plaque presentation: Photo Kongsberg

Kongsberg Geoacoustics informs it has delivered its 200th Geoswath Plus on Kongsberg Maritime’s 200th anniversary. Nick Burchill, Subsea Sales Manager for Kongsberg Maritime in Canada presented a plaque to Denis D'Amours, Director of the Canadian Hydrographic Service's Pacific Region

Offshore Surveyor Training: Kongsberg's New Workboat

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Kongsberg Maritime says it has introduced a series of new on-water training courses for offshore surveyors and survey engineers following the launch of its own chartered vessel, 'True North'. The vessel will enable Kongsberg Maritime Ltd to introduce a practical element to the courses already

WASSP Goes Wireless with New Remote Mapping System

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Multi-beam sonar manufacturer WASSP Ltd . debuts its latest system – now for super yacht applications. WASSP-Wireless has been designed to address one of super yacht captains biggest concerns; underwater obstacle avoidance. Ideally suited to use when navigating in unknown waters or where

Differential Pressure Transducers Launched

Exproof Non Sparking Differential

  American Sensor Technologies, Inc. (AST) has released explosion proof and non-incendive versions of its differential pressure transducer model AST5400. This addition compliments AST's other products in the hazardous location market. AST added CSA certifications for Class I Division 1 and

New Research Vessel Delivered on the Great Lakes


The new oceanographic research and fisheries assessment vessel, Arcticus, completed her sea trials and was delivered to the U.S. Geological Survey's Great Lakes Science Center on October 17. The Arcticus, designed by JMS Naval Architects (JMS) and constructed at Burger Boat Company

Burger Boat Delivers R/V Arcticus

R/V Arcticus (Photo courtesy of Burger Boat Company)

Burger Boat Company delivered the R/V Arcticus, a 78-foot research vessel for the United States Geological Survey (USGS), on Friday, October 17, 2014. The Arcticus replaces the 38-year-old R/V Grayling and brings the USGS Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC) large vessel fleet up-to-date

American Sensor Technologies Achieves ATEX Certification

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  American Sensor Technologies, Inc. (AST) has achieved ATEX certification of its Explosion Proof Pressure Transmitters for Class I Zone 0 Exd hazardous locations. The added approvals enhance the ability for equipment manufacturers to specify AST pressure transducers as the sensors can now

NMEA Updates Installation Standards

2014 edition of NMEA 0400, Version 4.00 features extensive updates and new information   The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has published Edition 2014, Version 4.00 of the NMEA 0400 Installation Standard, which contains information on new technologies

Rushton Gregory Inks Gemeco Marketing Deal

Gemeco Marine Accessories is a wholesale distributor to thousands of marine electronics dealers throughout the USA and abroad.

  Rushton Gregory Communications announced today the latest addition to its industry-leading client roster, Gemeco Marine. Based in Lake City, South Carolina, Gemeco has over 30 years of experience serving the marine electronics industry as experts in the selection

Damen Refits Fisheries Research Vessel

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Tridens joins select group of vessels installed with ‘drop keel’ echosounder technology     Last week, the Dutch governmental shipping company Rijksrederij (part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment

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