Thursday, October 23, 2003

Bowman Coolers Receive ABS Certification

U.K.-based EJ Bowman has manufactured its range of marine heat exchangers and oil since 1919. The company recently had its range of hydraulic EC to PK shell and tube oil coolers design approved for marine use by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and now hold certificate no. 02-LD302798-PDA. Bowman heat exchangers and oil coolers are suitable for use on engines up to 1,400 kW (1,880 hp) and for gear boxes up to 1,800 kW (2,400 hp). As a result of this design approval EJ Bowman are exhibiting at the Workboat Show in New Orleans in December 2003.

Universal Studio Water Taxis Get "Clean" Fire Protection

Guests at Universal Orlando theme parks benefit from complimentary, on-site transportation to and from its resort hotels and theme park attractions. To be sure the passengers are protected from the risks of onboard fires, the vessels are being equipped with FM-200 fire suppression systems from Sea-Fire Marine.

The water taxis utilize FD 150 model extinguishers, which are designed to protect engine compartments up to 150 cubic feet. The FD systems operate automatically through heat activation. However, they can also have an "M" designation, indicating that they may be manually operated. That is, the boat operator has the option of pulling a discharge cable, which activates the fire system.

Simrad Offers New TFT Display Sizes

Simrad launched a new range of LCD monitors in various sizes designed for use across all professional and commercial fishing applications. Based on the Fujitsu TFT MVA Premium technology, these industrialized displays are now available in 15-, 17- 19- and 23-in. versions, with a 10-in. version due soon. Called the 'CF' range, the displays are designed to offer excellent clarity and enhanced color and image quality. Improved input options means that each model includes DVI-D input, RGB standard input and Video input. As with Simrad's SunView displays, CF displays can be viewed almost anywhere on a vessel, making them easy to position for effective working conditions.

L'Orange Helps Diesel Engine Reliability

By focusing improving injection technology, L'Orange has made a big contribution to optimum engine performance. Many improvements on conventional injection systems and important new developments of L'Orange, above all the Common-Rail injection system, helped the large diesel engine to reach better heavy fuel suitability, lower fuel consumption and lower exhaust gas emission values. Thus, engine manufacturers can choose from a wide range of efficient L'Orange injection components. L'Orange has traditionally paid close attention to R&D, and its injection systems reflect this, meeting high standards as far as high-pressure systems, high efficiency, and easy maintenance are concerned. Each is tailor-made for the respective engine.

New Midwest Distributor for Guascor Engines

Reagan Equipment Company, Inc. of New Orleans announced the selection of National Maintenance and Repair, Inc. of Hartford, Illinois, as its Midwest Distributor for Guascor engines. National has long been recognized as a premier large diesel engine re-manufacturer and parts supplier to the Marine and Rail Industries. Located at milepoint 196.8 on the Mississippi River across from St. Louis, National is ideally situated near the confluence of the Missouri and Illinois Rivers. Also convenient to Interstate highways I-70; I-64; I-55 and I-40, Nationals facilities are easily accessible by truck.

In addition to sales and service of Guascor's exciting line of engines National will be handling Reagan's Kilo-Pak Spartan generator sets and Barge Pump-Paks. Their skilled technicians also are available for component rebuild, block repairs, gear and pump repairs and the latest in emission control technology.

National's parts warehouse features an impressive inventory on hand at all times to substantially reduce delays for our customers' parts needs. National also has a state of the art machine shop.

If shipyard repair services are required National features a full service facility with 8 drydocks available for your vessel prior to or following engine repair or replacements.

National also has repair yard facilities in Harahan and Paducah. The McGinnis, Inc. Division has repair facilities in South Point, OH.

Furuno Launches New GPS Navigator

Following the successful GP-80, a new GPS Navigator is launched by Furuno named GP-90. The new design builds on the same basic features and the known user-friendly key-layout of its predecessor, but is fully re-designed with a new Silver-grey 6-in. LCD display and new hard- and software.

The new GP-90 GPS Navigator fully complies with the new GPS Performance Standard IMO Res. MSC.112(73) regulations and IEC 61108-1 ed. 2 for SOLAS carriage requirements on and after July 1, 2003. GP-90 is equipped with the new RAIM feature (Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitor). With the RAIM function enabled, the GPS receiver automatically diagnoses the state of satellite signals and judges the positioning accuracy according to user selected accuracy level.

WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System), consisting of 25 ground reference stations across the United States and its two geo-stationary satellites, can be received by GP-90 for navigation in US waters increasing accuracy to 3 meters at 95% of the time.

For terrestrial DGPS correction, the GP-90 can be supplied either with an optional internal DGPS beacon receiver board or being connected to Furuno's external GR-80 Beacon Receiver. A combined DGPS antenna with integrated whip-antenna (GPA-018S) is also available as an option.

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