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Monday, October 23, 2017

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Transas to Present Pilot Solutions at UKMPA

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Transas Marine announced it will present its solutions for pilots at the UK Marine Pilot Association (UKMPA) conference in London, November 4-5, 2015.    The company will display the Transas Pilot PRO chart plotter and the recently launched T-Mapper desktop chart conversion and editing application.   The latest release of the iPad version of Transas Pilot PRO features new functionalities such as AIS Target Table, allowing for quick real-time filtering and search between hundreds of AIS targets, AIS Targets Meeting Points, including graphical presentation of CPA (Closest Point of Approach) and BCR (Bow Crossing Range) points and the Tidal Widget for a selected tidal reference point. Secured AIS feed over Internet allows integration with the Transas Vessel Traffic System in order to receive real-time AIS targets in defined areas. In addition the Pilot PRO’s user interface now supports Portuguese language.   The T-Mapper software is a powerful tool for prompt multi-format chart editing of a selected port area, which supports ENC, bENC and Transas TX-97 chart formats. The T-Mapper, allows port hydrographers to alter chart object information based on notices provided by local HO’s between official chart releases and share this data with the Transas Pilot PRO users.   

Galasso Joins SI-TEX Sales Team

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Industry Veteran Rich Galasso Joins SI-TEX Sales Team for South Florida Region   SI-TEX Marine Electronics has announced the addition of industry veteran Rich Galasso to its team of top sales professionals.   The addition of Galasso to the SI-TEX sales team will ensure strong representation for the rapidly growing company in the all-important Southern Florida market.   As part of his duties with leading rep group Pilot Marine

Safety: Monitoring & Control Products

Ros Delivers Underwater Surveillance Systems Ros Inc. of San Diego, Calif. recently delivered four Anchor Bolster Deployment TV Systems to R&B Falcon of Houston, Texas. The systems will be installed on the semi-submersible drilling rig MG Hulme, presently operating off Western Africa. This system incorporates video inspection equipment mounted on a deployment frame which is raised and lowered to the rig's four anchor bolster mounts located at the base of the vessel's four main columns.

MX Marine Introduces New GPS Products

MX Marine has unveiled a new family of marine GPS/DGPS products, which are designed to provide a flexible and expandable platform for the next generation of integrated navigation and marine information systems. The new MX500, MX510 and MX520 GPS control/display systems are being introduced by MX Marine to work with the MX521 smart antenna or MX525 black box receiver, providing a highly accurate integrated navigation solution that meets the latest international standards for GPS/DGPS

Bisso Towboat Accepts 4,000 ASD Tractor Tug

Bisso Towboat Co., Inc. announced the delivery of its new 4,000 HP ASD tractor tug Michael S. Constructed at Main Iron Works, Houma, LA, the 100 by 38 by 13.5-ft Michael S. is powered by two Cat 3516B main engines, producing 2,000 hp each at 1,600 RPM, which drive two Ulstein-Aquamaster US205 MK2 z-drives. The Z-drives feature 90.6 inch diameter by 82.4 inch pitch four blade stainless steel propellers set in stainless steel nozzles and the estimated bollard pull is 60 tons.

Simrad ECDIS Earns RS Type Approval

SIMRAD MARIS ECDIS900 Mk 5 (Image: Navico)

Integrated electronic navigation specialist Navico has secured type approval for its SIMRAD MARIS ECDIS900 Mk 5 and Mk 15 electronic chart data information systems (ECDIS) by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping.   The IMO type-approved navigation systems are designed for use on board merchant vessels which must meet mandatory compliance deadlines as set out in the International Maritime Organization’s SOLAS Convention regulations, as amended.  

Chesapeake Ranger Tugs Introduces the New Ranger R27

Chesapeake Ranger Tugs announced the all new Ranger Tugs R27, a fully-equipped cruising vessel that continues the Ranger Tugs tradition of creating trailerable seaworthy tugs. “Ranger Tugs has done it again,” said Chuck Wistar of Chesapeake Ranger Tugs. “The new R27 is the perfect choice for cruising in this region thanks to its shallow draft, comfortable interior, and solid engineering. This is one great trailerable tug.”

Tampa Yacht Manufacturing’s TEMPEST 50-FAC

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The Tempest 50-FAC from Tampa Yacht Manufacturing (TYM) is designed to provide Patrol and surveillance in shallow coastal and riverine waters by day and night in marshy areas of creeks with shifting sand bars, with low draft, high maneuverability and speed. The vessel’s hull design, which includes forward center of projected planning area center to ensure controlled turning at extreme rudder angles at high speed for pursuit and evasion

Silver Ships Delivers Patrol Boat to the Hamptons

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A 21-foot all-aluminum patrol/rescue boat was recently delivered to the Southampton, N.Y. Bay Constables for its law enforcement mission, the builder Silver Ships, Inc. announced.   The Freedom 21 center console boat was designed and engineered for one-man operation, which, according to Silver Ships, is a sought-after feature in today’s climate of staffing reductions by public safety agencies.   The boat is tasked with patrol, rescue and enforcement of various environmental

B&G Software Upgrade for Zeus2 and Vulcan Chartplotter

Zeus² is an easy to use, ultra-responsive, multi-touch chartplotter packed with Award Winning sailing features Photo B&G

B&G, the world’s leading sailing navigation and instrument specialist has upgraded its latest software for the full range of Zeus2 and Vulcan chartplotters. The new software upgrade enhances B&G chartplotters, allowing users to wirelessly download high-resolution weather information using PredictWind* GRIB files to store meteorological forecasts. This new functionality helps in trip planning or developing strategy for top-level competition

US Coast Guard Awards Navigation System Contract

The Coast Guard's Command, Control and Communications Engineering Center (C3CEN) awarded a contract to FLIR Maritime US, Inc., of Nashua, New Hampshire, Wednesday, for the Scalable Integrated Navigation System, Two (SINS-2). The single award Firm Fixed Price Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract is valued at $50 million and consists of a five-year base with a five-year option. The total period of performance is 10 years.  

Lake Assault to Build Pittsburgh Fireboat

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Lake Assault Boats, a leading manufacturer of purpose-built and mission-specific fire and rescue boats, has been chosen to construct a 34-foot fireboat by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire in Pittsburgh, PA.   The fireboat will respond to emergencies and help manage fires on waterways, waterfronts, rail lines, and marinas that lie along the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers, which join together in Pittsburgh to form the Ohio River. The contract is valued at more than $540,000

Five Facts about the SEAANGEL AIS FLARE ECO

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Five facts about the SEAANGEL AIS FLARE ECO, an AIS MOB device by FT-TEC USA Corp   Going out on the sea is fun and is one of the most favored recreational pastimes. With a pleasant day in mind, only few people are willing to consider the risks and hazards linked to this activity. This explains why most aquatic accidents happen in calm weather, close to the shore, probably even in the view of other people. Therefore, it should be easy to be rescued within a reasonable lapse of time

New Multi-mission Patrol Boat for Montauk, NY

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A new 38-foot multi-mission patrol boat for Montauk, N.Y. will be officially dedicated during a “splash down” ceremony on July 26.    Delivered by aluminum boat builder Silver Ships, Inc., the vessel is a multi-agency, multi-mission vessel designed for emergency response and patrol within the Montauk Harbor.   The vessel was garnered through the collaborative efforts of the Montauk Fire Department, the East Hampton Town Police Department

Virtual Aids to Navigation Mark Research Equipment

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Vesper Marine will provide its Virtual Aid to Navigation technology to the French company CGG, a  geoscience company that provides geological and geophysical survey and analysis primarily to the oil and gas industry.  In its ongoing quest to map the ocean’s floors, CGG survey vessels tow an array of cables in the water at a up to a 50 ft. depth, an array of cables that contain seismic energy sources, usually a series of airguns that are fired at regular intervals as the vessel

Transas Packs New Features into Pilot PRO

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Transas has released a new version of Transas Pilot PRO, iPad-based chart plotter for professional pilots and mariners.    Transas said its Pilot PRO is designed to make the job easier for pilots and other marine professionals in their daily routine, helping to maintain efficient pilotage and other onboard operations.   Version 2.0.5 includes Vessel Parking System (VPS), which ensures high precision docking thanks to real time audiovisual information on external objects and

Navionics SonarChart Compatible With Sounder

Real-Time Chart Generation Tool Expands List of Compatible Plotters and Sounders to Allow All Boaters to Wirelessly Monitor Improvements to Charts as they Occur

  Navionics, the leader in content and location-based services for the recreational boating and outdoor markets, announced today the latest details of its award-winning SonarChart Live. Now offering compatibility with Raymarine Dragonfly PRO and Wi-Fish systems, boaters can connect GPS chartplotters, sounders and fishfinders with their mobile devices using Wi-Fi to view an HD bathymetry map in real time while navigating

Transas' iSailor App Gets Android Debut

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Transas’ chart plotter and AIS Viewer navigation app iSailor, available to iOS device users since 2010, is now also available in an Android version.   Described as an easy-to-use navigational system for amateur seafarers, Transas said iSailor is used by hundreds of thousands of sailors around the world. Intended for use on boats and yachts, the app presents navigation information, electronic charts and other content.  

USCG AIS Mandate Resource Center Launched

McMurdo informs it has launched an online resource center at to help impacted vessel operators comply with the requirements of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Automatic Identification System (AIS) Mandate, which becomes effective March 1, 2016.   “Many vessel operators are still learning about AIS and there is still a fair amount of confusion about how it works, as well as which AIS device is appropriate for their vessel,” said Randel Maestre

Transas’ iSailor for Android

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Transas’ chart plotter and AIS Viewer navigation app iSailor, available to iOS device users since 2010, is now also available in an Android version.   An easy-to-use navigational system for amateur seafarers, Transas said iSailor is used by hundreds of thousands around the world. Intended for use on boats and yachts, the app presents navigation information, electronic charts and other content. iSailor for Android features the primary functions and options required for navigation

Chart Tile Service to Aid Charts Update

NOAA Coast Survey gives commercial navigation systems better tool to receive updated nautical charts.    Accessing up-to-date nautical charts on electronic systems and mobile apps is about to get easier, as developers start adopting NOAA Coast Survey's new Chart Tile Service prototype. Navigational chart users should not notice any difference in how their charting systems operate - except that service providers will be able to quickly update the charts with hundreds of corrections

Volvo Penta Debuts Innovative Glass Cockpit

The enhanced Glass Cockpit system brings a range of benefits to customers Photo Volvo Penta

The new generation of Glass Cockpit expands Volvo Penta’s collaboration with Garmin for an advanced monitoring and control system that makes boating easier. And its clever application, which is now available for all sized boats, is being unveiled at the Miami Boat Show.   Volvo Penta has taken boating to a new level of intelligent design with its upgraded Glass Cockpit system.   Glass Cockpit seamlessly encompasses the latest navigational technology from Garmin and Volvo

Brisbane Pilots Receive Simrad Radar Upgrade

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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. Installed during the recent refit of the pilot boat Amity, the equipment installations include an NSS12 evo2, 12-inch chart-plotter and multifunction display with GPS positioning, supported by a Simrad GS25 GPS antenna

ASIS Delivers First 9.8m Amphibious RIB

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Following the success of the ASIS Amphibious RIBs 7.1 and 6.1m, and in response to popular demand; ASIS just developed, tested and delivered its biggest amphibious RIB ever manufactured yet; A 9.8 meter Black Rigid Inflatable Amphibious boat. Amphibious RIB Boat This boat is intended for private use, and will reach its owner in The United States in September.   The Sealegs amphibious system available on the ASIS 9

nv Charts Updates Florida, Bahamas, Caribbean Charts

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nv charts has announced the release of their newly updated chart sets for Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean for 2016/17 in paper and digital format. In addition to being updated, the new NV.Atlas format brings a modern, handy design to the charts that’s practical and easy to use. The chart set includes a download of digital charts, including free navigation software, plus the free nv charts Mobile App for iOS and Android mobile devices

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