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Monday, January 22, 2018

Class B Transponder News

Radio Holland Confirms Deal with Saab TransponderTech

At the Nor-Shipping exhibition held in Oslo in June, the the Radio Holland Group management signed a contract with Saab TransponderTech, for the distribution and service of the Saab R4 AIS system by all Radio Holland Group branches. The R4 AIS is manufactured by Saab TransponderTech AB and is is the fourth generation of Saab AIS. The R4 Class A Transponder System is type-approved with wheelmark and complies with all international standards for AIS ship systems. Saab is also providing free Seagull computer based training software with every AIS system, training seafarers how to use the AIS equipment. Radio Holland Greece has also announce that as of April 20, they have been approved by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance to the quality management system standard BS EN ISO 9001: 2000.

Vesper Marine FCC Approval for AIS Transponder

Vesper Marine, a manufacturer of marine safety products, has received FCC Approval for its next-generation, all-in-one, dedicated, collision avoidance display, the AISWatchMate 850 Class B Transponder. A self-contained device, the WatchMate 850 offers button-driven menus, built-in GPS antenna, and Class B AIS transponder. The system transmits a boat’s name, size, position, speed and course over AIS channels while simultaneously displaying the information boaters need to interpret potential hazards and react accordingly. www.vespermarine.com/where-to-buy

McMurdo Widens Range with New Transponder

M5 AIS Class A Transponder

McMurdo, a business of the Orolia Group, announced that Smartfind M5 AIS Class A Transponder is now available. The Smartfind M5 Automatic Identification System (AIS) Class A Transponder, previewed at Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) 2012 in Amsterdam, is part of McMurdo’s new range of AIS products that reflect its excellence in innovation and advancement in marine technology. The Smartfind M5 AIS Class A Transponder gives mariners the ability to view at a glance the AIS status of vessels all around them and provides access to a host of detailed navigation information.

Saab Announces Fifth-Generation R5 Maritime AIS

“The new R5 AIS products from Saab are the first to incorporate software-defined radio (SDR) transceivers together with newly developed high-speed analog-to-digital converters in a type approved Class A system,” says Stefan Karlsson, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Saab TransponderTech. Designed on platforms built to grow with new requirements, the new R5 products feature quick and easy installation of additional units with support for truly redundant/multiple Control and Display Units (CDUs), USB keyboards and flash drives. Sensor information available to R5 transponders can be relayed on the Ethernet interface, and additional CDUs can be used to display and monitor any sensor data available on the network.

GPS Option Available on AIS

Saab TransponderTech introduced a new type-approved GPS as an integrated part of the R4 ship AIS transponder system. Gunnar Mangs, business director for mobile systems, said, “This fully compliant GPS receiver is intended to provide a fully qualified backup to the SOLAS class ship’s main DGPS, and adds GPS navigation functionality to the AIS transponder. The GPS receiver is embedded inside the R4 transponder. It provides the necessary GPS outputs to the AIS, and also provides navigation functions on the R4 display unit.

Seapilot Class B AIS Available in North America

Seapilot WiFi-AIS CTRX Graphene (Image: True Heading)

True Heading, a manufacturer of Automatic Identification System (AIS) solutions, GPS compasses and app navigation, announced its complete line of Graphene Class B AIS transponders have received type approval and are now shipping in the North American market. The Seapilot Class B AIS is offered in four different versions, the CTRX Graphene, WiFi-AIS CTRX Graphene, CTRX Graphene+ and WiFi-AIS CTRX Graphene+. Compact and easy to install, the Seapilot Class B transmitter sends vessel information including heading and speed…

Implementation of AIS at Singapore Port

courtesy MPA

Currently, all power-driven harbour and pleasure craft are required as a condition of their harbour or pleasure craft licences, to be fitted with either an IMO-compliant AIS Class A/B transponder or a MPA-approved HARTS transponder. To enhance navigation safety and security within the port of Singapore, the MPA will require all power-driven harbour and pleasure craft to be fitted with an IMO-compliant AIS Class A/B transponder 1 and an ECS 2. With effect from 1 January 2017, MPA-approved HARTS transponder will no longer be in service.

Vesper Marine Debuts New AIS Transponder

XB-6000 (Image: Vesper Marine)

Marine safety products manufacturer Vesper Marine has released a new Class B Automatic Identification System (AIS), the XB-6000. The black box transponder includes a built-in NMEA 2000 gateway and GPS antenna that integrates AIS, GPS and NMEA instrument data to display vital safety information on any AIS-compatible chartplotter, multifunction display (MFD) or personal computer. The Vesper Marine XB-6000 offers convenient access to AIS safety information instantaneously while on the water.

Attach a Transponder to Relocate Underwater Assets

Diver with Interrogator, Inset Transponders: Image credit JW Fishers

JW Fishers, manufacturers of underwater search equipment, advise that transponders make locating underwater objects easy. Attempting to relocate underwater objects in a low visibility environment can be a difficult and time consuming task. Acoustic transponders solve this problem. Not long ago transponders were expensive pieces of equipment used primarily by the military, oil and gas industries, and oceanographic institutions. Today these underwater locating beacons are being employed by a wide range of users including commercial diving companies…

Vesper Marine Upgrades Watchmate

AIS Transponder

Marine Safety Leader Releases Industry’s  Vesper Marine First AIS Devices With Built-in High Speed GPS Auckland, New Zealand – Vesper Marine, a leading manufacturer of innovative marine safety products, announced today powerful updates to its award-winning WatchMate Vision and XB-8000 product lines. Now, in addition to transmitting and receiving position, course, speed and vessel details for collision avoidance, both devices feature high-speed 5Hz GPS receivers making them the first Class B AIS transponders that can be used as a primary positioning sources for any chartplotter…

New Functionality in WatchMate Vision

WatchMate Vision

Vesper Marine has announced updates to its WatchMate Vision and XB-8000 product lines. Now, in addition to transmitting and receiving position, course, speed and vessel details for collision avoidance, both devices feature high-speed 5Hz GPS receivers making them the first Class B AIS transponders that can be used as a primary positioning sources for any chartplotter, multifunction display (MFD), autopilot or instrument display on an NMEA 2000 network. Vesper and its XB-8000 and WatchMate Vision now provide the option to enable high-speed GPS navigation computations.

A Definitive Guide to AIS

Image: BigOceanData

The world of AIS can be confusing to newcomers and experienced professionals alike. What is AIS? What data does it gather? How can it help my business? Do I need AIS if I don’t have a business? Class A or Class B transponders? Do I actually need it? There’s a plethora of questions from those looking to get the most out of their tracking tools, or from those looking into entering the maritime industry. The following is a comprehensive guide to AIS that covers a wide range of topics from specific AIS units to getting the most out of the data gathered.

New Vessel AIS Trasceiver by Koden

Photo credit Koden

New for 2012, Koden has introduced the KAT-100 Class A Automatic Identification System (AIS) transceiver, combining an AIS transponder unit with a high-contrast LCD display featuring rotary control knobs for quick data selection and entry via the keypad. Koden say its new IMO Wheelmarked KAT-100 Class A AIS is an ideal solution for SOLAS and sub-SOLAS class vessels, workboats and high-end private yachts. The KAT-100 transmits and exchanges the full range of required dynamic information with AIS equipped vessels…

Vesper Updates XB-8000 AIS Transponder

Photo: Vesper Marine

Vesper Marine announced today that its XB-8000 Class B AIS has a software update available for all new and existing owners, incorporating new features and capabilities to enhance marine safety. The XB-8000 is an upgradeable AIS platform, designed to be compatible with a continuous stream of feature updates, adding a host of new and unique capabilities. The most recent update makes it the first AIS transponder to allow users to connect an external buzzer to enable an audible alarm for AIS Man Overboard (MOB)…

Bollinger Promotes Fanguy, McDonough

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., has promoted two senior department heads at Bollinger’s headquarters in Lockport, La. Dennis Fanguy has been appointed vice president, engineering and Robert McDonough has been named vice president and general manager of Bollinger’s new construction division at Lockport. Fanguy’s shipbuilding career was launched in 1980 at Halter Marine, where he served as chief electrical engineer while earning a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Orleans at night. He joined Bollinger in 1984 as an electrical project engineer and has risen through tasks including: chief project engineer; chief engineer; director of program management, and technical director.

ACR Europe Appoints Andreas Lesch Managing Director

Andreas Lesch was recently named Managing Director of ACR Electronics Europe GmbH (formerly Nauticast), and now commonly known as ACR Europe based in Vienna, Austria. market segments. In his previous position as Chief Technology Officer at ACR Europe, Lesch led development of the highly successful ACR Nauticast Class A AIS system. In early 2003, the Nauticast Class A AIS Transponder received BSH Wheelmark Approval and the AIS company went from being a technological innovator to a force in the industry. ACR Europe recently introduced a Class B AIS system known as Nauticast B, one of the first entries into the Class B category.

Unique Maritime adds Kongsberg to Inventory

Unique Maritime Group Adds the  Kongsberg cNODE family of transponders to its Rental fleet. Unique Maritime Group has announced the introduction of the Kongsberg cNODE family of transponders to their  rental pool inventory. The cNODE transponders are for underwater acoustic positioning and data link that can use both the traditional frequency shift (FSK) modulation technique and the new Cymbal acoustic protocol which utilizes wideband Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) signals.

VTS Plans for New Orleans

The USCG will release a proposed rule requiring transponders and electronic charts on most vessels operating in the New Orleans VTS zone. Project officers outlined their plans at a meeting of the Lower Mississippi River Waterway Safety Advisory Committee. Under the new VTS system, vessels will use Automatic Identification System (AIS) technology, including transponders and electronic charts, to locate and identify other vessels in their vicinity. The question before the USCG is: which vessels should be required to carry the equipment? · Power-driven vessels of 131 ft. · Towing vessels of 26 ft. · Dredges or floating plants. The USCG would require power-driven vessels between 66 to 131 ft.

Ralf Pluch Strengthens MARIS Sales Team

Ralf Pluch, Sales Director for Europe

Maritime Information Systems AS, Norway (MARIS) has appointed Ralf Pluch Sales Director for Europe. Austrian-born Mr Pluch joins the company from ExNC Entwicklungs- und Vertriebs GmbH, which he founded to develop and market AIS Class B transponders. Prior to this, he worked as Sales Director with Nauticast GmbH/ ACR Europe, developing an international sales and service network for AIS Class A transponders. During this time, the company gained a market share of 20% in more than 30 countries. In his role at MARIS, Mr Pluch will target sales in the European markets excluding Scandinavia.

Irish Ports Implement Thales Systems

systems within their STN Atlas VTS installations. in the efficiency and safety of their operations. operator complete control over it. automatically. receive its messages. within a designated area for which there is a central control. options unavailable on the AIS system. reporting intervals and content of the transponder signals. from the display if crowding makes it desirable. the radar track table data back to the port control. data links between each station and the control headquarters. linked to a TDMA receiver. pilots and harbor craft. a TDMA unit operating within the area.

Solace Called Upon to Address Industry Standards

Solace Global Maritime, a private maritime security company, has been seconded as an industry expert from SME32 Ships and Maritime U.K. Committee to advise the QS1 Quality Committee on proposed changes to the international management standard, BS EN ISO9001. The Committee is supporting the U.K.’s input for changes to BS EN ISO9001 which aims to eliminate misinterpretation and confusion caused by the existing wording of the standard. Although the planned changes will not come into effect until 2015…

Black Sea MOU - New Inspection Regime

Photo:  Gard

Quality ship operations will be rewarded with a reduced inspection burden when the Black Sea MOU launches its new inspection regime on 1 January 2016. The Black Sea (BS) MOU had announced that their new inspection regime, BS-IR (2016), will be in force from 1 January 2016. The new regime will apply a risk-based approach for selecting ships to be inspected and brings the BS MOU in line with the leading memorandums Paris MOU and Tokyo MOU. Under BS-IR (2016), scope, frequency and priority of inspections will depend on a “ship’s risk profile”.

Vesper Marine Launches smartAIS technology

Vesper Marine XB-8000 smartAIS Transponder Photo Vesper Marine

Vesper Marine, a leading manufacturer of innovative marine safety products, announced today the release of its revolutionary smartAIS technology. and more enjoyable. Unlike other manufacturers’ solutions that simply send and receive AIS data, Vesper Marine’s smartAIS goes much further. An active system with smart alarm logic, it proactively alerts boaters of potentially hazardous situations. Putting users in control, smartAIS combines navigation sensor data, and GPS and AIS information, with intelligent alarm management that prioritizes alerts for the most urgent response.

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