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Friday, December 9, 2016

Zodiac’s Consumer Rebate Program

Zodiac of North America, Inc., manufacturer of inflatable boats and rigid-hull inflatable boats (RIBs), announced their Save Fuel Keep Boating Consumer Rebate program to stimulate early season sales of their inflatable boats and RIBs. "Recreational RIBs are taking hold in America as primary boats due to their fuel efficiency and ride quality," Gary Durnan, Vice President, Zodiac of North America, said. "Offering a rebate program in today's tough economy will further encourage customers to put Zodiac on their list and give us a try.

Zodiac Introduces Trade in Program

Zodiac of North America, Inc., manufacturer of inflatable boats and rigid-hull inflatable boats (RIBs), announced a trade-in program for Avon and Zodiac jet-tenders in an effort to move the marketplace toward the more environmentally-friendly four-stroke models. "Our new four-stroke jet-tenders represent the latest technology, which in addition to maintaining their spirited performance, are also more in tune with today's environmentally-savvy customer," Gary Durnan, Vice President, Zodiac of North America, said. The trade-in program, Jet Set 5000, guarantees owners of Avon and Zodiac jet-tenders $5,000 for their trade to upgrade to a new four-stroke model.

Zodiac Files Suit Against Brunswick

Zodiac of North America, Inc., Zodiac International, S.A. and its AVON Inflatables Ltd. subsidiary filed a lawsuit against Brunsweick Corporation, charging that Brunswick infringed a Zodiac patent creating the Amanzi 380 Deluxe rigid hull inflatable boat (RIB), recently introduced by Brunswick’s Mercury Marine Division. Zodiac is claiming that Brunswick intentionally copied the patented technology of a Zodiac RIB design as well as features of the AVON Seasport De Luxe series. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, located in Baltimore.

Stimulus Sale for Zodiac & Avon Jet Tenders

Zodiac of North America, Inc., manufacturer of inflatable boats and rigid-hull inflatable boats (RIBs), announced a "Spring Stimulus Sale" for Avon and Zodiac Jet Tenders currently in inventory. The Spring Stimulus Sale saves customers 25% off the Zodiac ProJet 350 and Avon Seasport 320 Jet models. Freight and pre-delivery inspection fees are extra, and the sale is limited to in-stock models, on a first-come, first-served basis. Both jets feature compressed 4-stroke turbocharged engines that produce 104 horsepower. They also feature closed-circuit liquid cooling systems to maintain prime operability. Jet Tenders are primarily used as ship-to-shore service boats for motoryachts. As such, they have low, streamlined profiles optimized for davit use and on-boat cradle storage.

Seigal Appointed VP at Zodiak

Zodiac of North America, Inc., manufacturer of military and commercial inflatable boats and rigid-hull inflatable boats (RIBs), has hired Commander (Ret.) Steve Seigel to lead their military and professional business unit. Seigel’s Naval career includes both enlisted and commissioned service in multiple SEAL and Underwater Demolition Teams, and the US Special Operations Command. Following his operational and command tours, he reported to the USSOCOM acquisition and logistics directorate after completing the Defense Systems Management College. “Commander Seigel was assigned to the program management office responsible for the development…

Zodiac Enters Agreement to Expand Engine Options

Zodiac of North America (ZNA) has entered into an agreement with Honda Marine to offer Zodiac rigid inflatable boats pre-rigged for Honda engines. Zodiac already has such an agreement with Yamaha. All Honda Marine outboard motors now feature four-stroke designs, with models ranging from 2-130 hp. Yamaha offers a full line of two-stroke marine engines and four-stroke engines up to 115 hp. Customers of any ZNA leisure boat dealer may now request their Zodiac boat be delivered from the manufacturer pre-rigged for either a Yamaha or Honda engine. ZNA dealers carrying Honda engines can sell and install the Honda engine at the dealership, or request factory pre-packaged boat and morot combinations.

JJ. Marie Appointed to Board of AFRAS

JJ. Marie, President and CEO of Zodiac of North America (ZNA) has been appointed to the board of the Association for Rescue at Sea (AFRAS) _ a non-profit organization dedicated to providing much needed support to voluntary lifeboat services all over the world.

Zodiac of North America Website Award

Zodiac of North America, Inc. announced that several of their websites have received ADDY Awards at the 44th Annual ADDY Awards show held February 21, 2009 in Knoxville, TN. The Knoxville ADDY Awards is the first tier of a three-tiered national competition, which recognizes creativity, originality and strategy in the industry. Gold, Silver, and Bronze ADDY's are awarded in several categories. A series of Zodiac recreational products sites, www.zodiacyachtline.com; www.zodiacpro15.com; and www.zodiacprojets.com, won Silver ADDYs. Two social networking sites designed for Zodiac, www.hellonwater.com and www.savemoresouls.com, received Gold ADDY's, with savemoresouls.com also taking home the Best of Interactive.

Zodiac’s New Distributor in Mexico

Zodiac of North America recently signed Yates y Costas S.A. de C.V. as their exclusive distributor for mainland Mexico. Yates y Costas S.A. de C.V. is based in Guadalajara with a rapidly growing distribution network in key markets including Cancun and Acapulco. Director General of Yates y Costas S.A. de C.V., Rodolfo Hagemann, has 30 years marine industry experience. Yates y Costas S.A. de C.V. has already delivered the largest Medline RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) ever sold in Mexico and has customers lined up to experience Zodiac’s newest model – the 420 Bayrunner which will arrive in July. Yates y Costas S.A. de C.V. will represent the full Zodiac range from 7.5 to 27.8 ft including portable boats…

Zodiac Promotions, Seigel, Beck, Tracy

Zodiac of North America, Inc., manufacturer of military inflatable boats and rigid-hull inflatable boats (RIBs), announced three essential staff changes. Vice President and General Manager, Steve Seigel, has been promoted to President and General Manager of the Military and Professional products business. Bob Beck has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer, and T.J. Tracy has been promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing. In the next twelve months, the Zodiac Military and Professional business intends to add more U.S.

Zodiac, New Law Enforcement RIBs

Zodiac of North America, Inc., is launching their new Zodiac Enforcer line of RIBs tailored to the needs of marine law enforcement agencies. The Enforcer series was first displayed to the public and law enforcement customers at the Miami International Boat Show this month. "Our military and Coast Guard customers have long understood the performance advantages of Zodiac RIBs and Zodiac Hurricane RIBs. What we needed for law enforcement was a vessel that could deliver these same characteristics, but at the price point of a production-built boat," said Steve Seigel, Vice President and General Manager of the Zodiac Military and Professional Products Division. "We achieved this with the Enforcer line by distilling the options down to build the quintessential law enforcement boat.

Brunswick, Zodiac Drop Suit

reached last week by the two companies. Inflatables Ltd. on a Zodiac patent and AVON's trade dress. The suit, filed in the U.S. Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation, introduced the Amanzi model. boat is appropriate for sale by Brunswick. lawsuit. Mercury Marine. Zodiac President and Chief Executive Officer J. happy to have the issue resolved. rights across the globe.

Zodiac Warranty through Boaters World

Zodiac of North America, Inc. announced its warranty policy for all Zodiac products bought by a consumer through a Boaters World liquidator. Zodiac will warrant all boxed boats, which are inflatable models, as though purchased through a normal dealer. Zodiac RIBs sold through liquidators do not come with a warranty, but if the customer takes the RIB to an authorized Zodiac dealer for a safety and pre-delivery inspection, then they can purchase the warranty from the dealer. "Our concern over RIBs sold through the liquidators is that damage may have occurred during the transition from Boaters World to the liquidators," a Zodiac representative said. "A safety inspection from an authorized dealer is essential to the safety of the buyers and the safe operation of our boats.

ZNA’s J.J. Marie Inducted into French Legion of Honor

J.J. Marie, president and CEO of Zodiac of North America (ZNA), was inducted into he French Legion of Honor, holding the title Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur. He was presented with the award in January at a private ceremony in the residence of Francois Bujon de L’Estang, French ambassador to the U.S. in Washington, D.C. The Legion of Honor, which is considered France’s highest honor, was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. Marie began his career in the French Merchant Marine, followed by the French Navy. He became president of ZNA in 1990, after serving the company for 10 years. Marie is a high-profile advocate of boating safety and holds leadership positions at many boating safety organizations.

Zodiac of North America, Marie Retires

Zodiac of North America, Inc. announced that Jean-Jacques (J.J.) Marie, its President and Chief Executive Officer, is retiring from the company at the end of February. The company plans for Howard French to lead their Recreational Products division and Steve Seigel to lead their Military Products division. Marie, who will assist with the transition as a consultant, will also remain on the Board of Directors. Marie has been with the Zodiac family of companies for 25 years including serving as President for the last 19 years. "I have mixed emotions about retiring in such trying times, but I'm confident that Zodiac is in good shape and will weather this current storm well," Marie said. Marie served on the Boards of the NMMA, U.S.

Zodiac Pens Multi-Million Hurricane

Zodiac of North America has weathered its own “hurricane” with the signing of a contract in excess of $5 million with the U.S. Coast Guard to supply the new Marine Protector Class of 87-ft. Coastal Patrol Boats (CPBs) with custom-built Hurricane 558 rigid-hull inflatable boats (RIBs). Per the contract, Zodiac is to supply a total of 52 H-558 RIBs to Coast Guard stations nationwide. The 558s will be used to support the 87-ft. (26.5-m) CPBs in a wide range of Coast Guard operations, which include Homeland and port security, search & rescue, boarding suspect vessels, drug interdiction, law enforcement, and fishing and environmental regulation. Measuring 18 ft. in length, the H-558 is specially designed to launch from the stern ramp of the 87-ft. CPB – even in heavy seas.

Zodiac to Offer F470 Training Class

Zodiac of North America, Inc. will offer two upcoming F470 training classes is Stevensville, Md. The first one will be held May 7-18, 2001. The second course is scheduled for July 9-20. The two-week course offers basic training for the first week and advanced instruction for the second week. The first week covers basic gluing techniques, simple patching, valve repair and replacement, and overall maintenance. The second week will include, but is not limited to, baffle repairs, transom replacements and complete overhauls. Units are encouraged to bring their own crafts to the course. All training is hands-on and led by Albert Czartoryski, technical manager. The fee for the class is $350 per student, per week. Per diem will be at the student’s expense.

Marie named “Honorary Frogman”

J.J. Marie, ADM Bonelli, and Jack Lynch, UDT-SEAL Association President.

At 10:00 AM on July 19, 2008, Zodiac of North America, Inc. President and CEO, J.J. Marie, became the newest SEAL in the United States Navy. Rear Admiral Garry J. Bonelli, Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command, presented Marie the certificate during the East Coast SEAL Reunion Breakfast/Business Meeting at the Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek. Only 175 people have been named "Honorary SEALs" in nearly 50 years. Marie received a standing ovation from the 200-plus in attendance for his ardent support of the Naval Special Warfare community.

THE Alliance, Hapag-Lloyd Enhance Network

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THE Alliance and Hapag-Lloyd have announced our new enhanced port coverage in the Mediterranean - North America market. "Further to THE Alliance port coverage of the AL7 service, we are pleased to inform you that Hapag-Lloyd will continue our well-established cooperation with ZIM Lines on this service also within the Eastern Mediterranean Area," says a statement from the company. "We will continue to offer direct coverage to/from Haifa, Ashdod and Piraeus. Both services will start…

Genscape Increases US Inland Waterways Coverage

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Genscape, a provider of real-time data and intelligence for the global commodity and energy markets, has announced the complete integration of more than 400 terrestrial AIS antennas in North America, providing an unprecedented level of data accuracy and visibility into ship movements in the U.S. Genscape’s private monitoring network covers every commercial port in the U.S., and over 90 percent of U.S. inland waterways, including extensive coverage of key regions such as the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, and the Gulf Coast.

Hapag-Lloyd Names First of Five 10,500 TEU Box Ships

ValparaĂ­so Express (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Hapag-Lloyd held a naming ceremony for the first of its five new vessels in its new 10,500 TEU class containerships, Valparaíso Express. Valparaíso Express was named by Rozío Gonzaléz – wife of Andrónico Luksic, Chairman of the Board of the Quiñenco Group – who performed the ceremony at the Terminal Pacifico Sur (TPS) in the port of Valparaíso, where the new ship will call regularly going forward. The Quiñenco Group is the largest shareholder of CSAV, one of the three controlling shareholders of the Hapag-Lloyd.

CMA CGM Improves ECS Service

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CMA CGM is pleased to announce an improved service offer directly connecting North Europe with Central America. The enhanced ECS service will provide one of the shortest transit times on the market, linking Rotterdam from Costa Rica in only 14 days and adding London as a port of call in 15 days. This offer is dedicated to reefer transport from Central America and the Caribbean to North Europe and allows to connect the United Kingdom with all of the Caribbean through CMA CGM’s strategic hub in Kingston, Jamaica, one of the most modern ports in the area.

ZF Marine Grows Presence in Louisiana

ZF Marine New location rendering (Photo: ZF Marine)

ZF Marine, the marine business unit of the global ZF Group, said it has secured a new location for its Gulf of Mexico/Inland Waterway sales and service operations. The company opened its wholly owned location in the greater New Orleans area in late 1996, the first satellite location outside of ZF’s North American marine headquarters. The location was established to provide close support for the commercial vessel industry in the Gulf of Mexico. Twenty years later, ZF Marine’s growing presence in the Inland Waterway…


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