Brunswick Sets New Records at FLIBS
Brunswick Corporation has announced that its Sea Ray, Boston Whaler and Mercury Marine brands have set multiple records during the 2019 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. Sea Ray, which launched an all-new 320 Sundancer Coupe at Ft. Lauderdale, saw a massive 80 percent increase in show sales from a year ago, demonstrating the success of its reinvention strategy. Boston Whaler continues to benefit from significant year-over-year sales growth in September and October, leading to a very successful Ft.
The ABC’s of DP 101
Dynamic Positioning has been around for a while, it is evolving and it is here to stay. Here to sort it all out are two of industry’s more familiar stakeholders who also explain what might come next.When it comes to critical offshore operations and vessel handling, this is not your grandfather’s marine industry, and it hasn’t been for some time. That’s because the bridge layout and equipment commonly found on any recently delivered offshore service vessel would be unfamiliar to the typical deck officer of just 20 years ago.
China Unveils Retaliatory Tariffs as Dispute Escalates
China unveiled on Friday retaliatory tariffs against about $75 billion worth of U.S. goods, putting an additional 10% on top of existing rates in the latest tit-for-tat exchange in a protracted dispute between the world's top two economies.The latest salvo from China comes after the United States unveiled tariffs on an additional $300 billion worth of Chinese goods, including consumer electronics, scheduled to go into effect in two stages on Sept. 1 and Dec. 15.China's commerce ministry said in a statement it would impose additional tariffs of 5% or 10% on a total of 5…
Furuno Debuts FAR22X8BB
With more than 60,000 installations on vessels ranging from tugboats to aircraft carriers, Furuno's FAR21X7 Series Radar has been one of the most popular commercial Radar models on the water since its release in 2004. Due to its unparalleled feature set, and the well-known reliability of the Furuno brand, the X7 series has earned serious bragging rights after a decade-and-a-half of market dominance, a claim that is virtually unheard of in the realm of consumer electronics. This year…
Mnuchin: China Talks "So far, so good"
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said talks with China went well on Wednesday, as the world's two largest economies try to iron out an agreement to resolve their trade dispute."So far, so good," he said when asked by reporters on how the meetings in Beijing went. He did not say who he met.Mnuchin said earlier he hoped for "productive" trade meetings as the two countries seek to end a festering dispute that has seen both sides level tariffs at one other.U.S. tariffs on $200…
Milaha Rolls Out Qatar-Iraq Direct Container Feeder Service
Qatar-based maritime transport and logistics conglomerate Milaha has announced the launch of a direct container feeder service between Qatar and Iraq. The new service, which will be an expansion of the existing Qatar-Kuwait service that the company launched last year, will follow a Hamad Port-Umm Qasr (Iraq)-Shuwaikh (Kuwait)-Hamad Port rotation, and will be initially served by one vessel with a 1,015 TEU capacity and 110 reefer plugs. The service will have a transit time of 2 days…
Marine Fuels: Unmasking Gas
A primer on the way forward for alternative fuels for marine propulsion. By now, many of us have been passed by a garbage truck, taken a ride on an airport bus or hailed a taxi cab that is clearly labeled by their respective marketing departments that these vehicles are powered by clean burning natural gas. Even now in our own maritime industry, some trendy operators are looking to make the case for liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion systems, others are opting for hybrid-electric solutions, and some are even aiming for full electric configurations.
IEEE Honors Retlif Testing Laboratories
Independent Electromagnetic Compatibility testing (EMC) and Environmental Simulation testing (ESS) company Retlif Testing Laboratories said it has received an award from technical professional organization the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Ronkonkoma, N.Y. based Retlif, a longtime provider of strategic compliance services to the marine and maritime sector, was cited as a “Friend of the IEEE Long Island Section” and received a commemorative plaque for providing financial assistance, consultative advice and for hosting EMC Society events over the years.
Oakland Added to Transpacific Shipping Route
A Transpacific shipping route linking Asia and the U.S. will add weekly Port of Oakland stops beginning in November. The Port said that Oakland will become the sixth stop in the service operated by three Asian shipping lines. The service, known as the Calco-C, connects ports in Vietnam, China and California. It’s expected to bring an additional 50 vessel arrivals to Oakland annually. That could increase Oakland cargo volume by as much as 30,000 20-foot-containers a year. The Port handled the equivalent of 2.28 million 20-foot containers last year.
Industry Award for Simrad Structurescan 3D Sonar
Simrad StructureScan 3D sonar imaging has won the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Innovation Award in the Consumer Electronics category at the 2016 Miami International Boat Show. Following the success of the Simrad NSO evo2 multifunction display in 2014, and Simrad ForwardScan sonar in 2015, this is the third consecutive NMMA innovation win at the Miami show for the brand. Simrad HALO Pulse Compression Radar also won the NMMA Innovation Award in September at the 2015 International Boat Builders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX).
Rushton Gregory Inks iNavX Marketing Deal
Rushton Gregory Communications, a marketing communications agency specializing in the marine, outdoor, automotive and consumer electronics markets, announced today the latest addition to its industry-leading client roster, NavX Studios. Based in San Francisco, NavX Studios recently acquired iNavX, a pioneering mobile Marine navigation application. iNavX is developed specifically for mobile devices running iOS. With the iNavX app, users can purchase and display charts and navigation data from a number of the industry’s leading providers including Explorer, Navionics, NOAA, Theyr and X-Traverse. Under the terms of the partnership, Rushton Gregory will drive NavX Studios’ public relations efforts for iNavX including announcing new offerings…
Strum Named Samson President & CEO
Samson, the worldwide leader in performance cordage, announces that after 41 years with the company, Tony Bon will step down as CEO on January 1, 2016. Andrea Sturm has been appointed as Bon’s successor and will be joining the Samson team in November 2015. Bon will remain on staff through the end of 2016 to support Sturm during the transition. Bon has been a valued member of the Samson team since 1974 when he began on the manufacturing floor in Samson’s Massachusetts facility.
ABB Debuts Intelligent Voice-activated Smart Home System
ABB, a global leader in power and automation, unveiled the world’s most advanced voice activated smart home automation system at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, Germany. This latest innovation allows consumers to use voice commands to control more than 60 home automation functions for the full range of applications in a typical residential smart home environment including lighting, heating, blind control and door communication. ABB launched free@home last year to make it easier for installers to offer home automation…
CEVA Appoint Two Sr Executive
Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, 27 April, 2015 – CEVA Logistics, one of the world's leading supply chain companies, today announced the appointment of two senior executives with deep sector-specific operations expertise to further drive its customer-focused Contract Logistics strategy. In its Contract Logistics business line, CEVA has established an industry sector and solutions approach led by industry operations experts in Automotive, Industrial, Technology, Consumer and Retail, Healthcare and Energy.
BlackBerry Woos Shipping with Cloud Management
Shippers can keep tabs on freight thanks to new technology based upon Blackberry's cloud management platform. BlackBerry is rolling out a version of its QNX software, initially targeting businesses in transport-related industries, particularly shipping containers and vehicles to help keep tabs on the whereabouts of their cargoes. The Waterloo, Ont.-based company will provide hardware and software support for cloud-based communications boxes built into shipping containers. Each device will include a cellular radio…
Navico Names Jourlait Deputy CEO
Marc Jourlait has joined Navico’s executive management team as deputy CEO. He has also been appointed to the company’s board of directors. Jourlait will take direct responsibility for the recreational marine and digital marine divisions, as well as managing the customer service and information technology functions within Navico. Marc Jourlait is a French, U.S. and Canadian national, and he has corporate experience, coming most recently from Bose Corporation where he was Vice President and General Manager for Europe.
Fusion Launch new Website FUSION-LINK.com
FUSION®, a worldwide leader in marine audio, announced today the release of a comprehensive new website, FUSION-Link.com. Designed to highlight the capabilities of FUSION’s industry-standard integration with multifunction displays from every major manufacturer, the new site features a cutting-edge layout that is both streamlined and intuitive for a feature-packed andeducational experience. Offering quick access to new product information, company news and more, the interactive…
World Magnetic Model Updated
NOAA officials announced today the World Magnetic Model (WMM), a representation of Earth’s large-scale magnetic field and an indispensable complement to GPS devices used by NATO, the United States and United Kingdom militaries, as well as civil applications ranging from mineral exploration to smartphone apps, has been updated. Changes in the Earth's outer core trigger unpredictable changes in its magnetic field, an invisible force that extends from Earth's interior to where it meets a stream of charged particles emanating from the Sun.
Simrad Partners with Maverick Boats
Simrad Yachting, a leader in the design and manufacture of world-class marine navigation, autopilot, radar, communications and fishfinding systems, announced today its partnership with Maverick Boat Company. Maverick’s Cobia brand of center console, dual console and bay boats have long had a reputation for stunning performance and value. The latest release from the industry-leading brand, the 334 high-performance center console, will include the Simrad NSO evo2 glass bridge as its standard navigation system.
Thomson Reuters Recognizes ABB as Top Innovators
ABB has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as one of the world’s top 100 innovators for a third year. This award acknowledges companies around the world for their outstanding commitment to global innovation, the protection of ideas and the commercialization of inventions. “This recognition is a strong endorsement. Innovation is ingrained in the DNA of ABB and a pillar of our Next Level strategy,” said ABB Chief Executive Officer Ulrich Spiesshofer. ABB announced its Next Level strategy in September 2014.
Japanese Technology Helps Farmers to Changes in Climate
The Japanese technology firms are using their experience in saving energy and in cloud technology to help farmers cope with changes in climate, cheaper imports and declining labor. Panasonic, Fujitsu and others looking for an opportunity in a niche market to offset the decline in demand for consumer electronics, are working in greenhouses and controlled by automatic sensors to ensure constant conditions to produce high quality vegetables all year fields . Fujitsu says its agricultural system Akisai cloud means users can sit behind a desk in Tokyo…
Shippers Turn to Equity Markets as Sector Eyes Recovery
Shipping companies are turning to equity markets to fill a growing funding gap, betting that investors hungry for decent returns will provide capital to a sector recovering from its worst downturn since the 1980s. Ship owners ordered large numbers of vessels between 2007 and 2009, just as the global economy sank into crisis. Prospects have brightened in recent months as world trade picks up and the ship glut is absorbed. The industry still faces a multi-billion dollar financing hole after banks…
FLIR Systems Elects Two New Directors
FLIR Systems, Inc. announced that Cathy Stauffer and Catherine A. Halligan have been elected to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. The addition of Stauffer and Halligan increases FLIR Systems' Board of Directors to 10 members, eight of whom are independent. "I am pleased to welcome Cathy Stauffer and Cathy Halligan to FLIR Systems' Board of Directors," said Earl R. Lewis, Chairman of the Board of FLIR Systems. "With over five decades of executive marketing experience between them, these talented individuals bring to our Board a remarkable range of brand management expertise, strategic marketing, and omni-channel business capabilities, with particular focus in the consumer electronics industry.