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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Kelvin Hughes News

Kelvin Hughes Opens Second US Office

Kelvin Hughes Ltd, navigation solutions provider, has opened a Kelvin Hughes USA LLC Washington office, in Alexandria, Virginia. The primary role of the new office is to expand on the existing Kelvin Hughes business and presence in the US, providing a greater level of local sales and support for US-based customers. The company already has a service centre in New Orleans. Kelvin Hughes has three offices in the UK, where it has its headquarters, as well as regional offices in The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Singapore and China. In addition to the SharpEye radar, Kelvin Hughes produces a range of navigation equipment, data services and paper navigation products for the commercial, military and leisure sectors.

Kelvin Hughes New Entertainment Service

Kelvin Hughes is offering a new crew entertainment package after signing an exclusive agreement with Headland Media. This agreement authorises Kelvin Hughes to sell Headland Media’s film, book, music, sports, and game service, Walport Entertainment On-Board. This will be a new addition to Kelvin Hughes’ existing navigational products. Walport Entertainment On-Board from Headland Media comprises a choice of the latest international film releases and classics, hit TV shows from UK and US, DVD coverage of major sporting events, CDs and pop videos covering a wide range of music, an unrivalled selection of books and magazines, and popular video games, including PS2, PS3, Xbox and Wii.

Japan Hydrographic Assoc. Chooses Kelvin Hughes

Kelvin Hughes has been chosen by the Japan Hydrographic Association (JHA) as official distributor for all Japanese W Series paper charts, sailing directions and special publications issued by the Japan Coast Guard. It is a legal requirement that all international commercial ships carry paper charts, many also choose to carry locally produced charts as these are often more specialised and include additional details. As the largest British Admiralty Chart Agent and JHA’s appointed distributor…

Indo-China Ship Management Purchases Kelvin Hughes Radars

The Indo-China Ship Management Company Ltd. has purchased Kelvin Hughes Nucleus3 radars for the retrofit of two ships. The Indo-China Ship Management Company is overseeing the retrofit of a product tanker in Dalian, China with a Kelvin Hughes Nucleus3 6000 radar. The company has also retrofitted a cargo vessel in Cammell Laird Shipyard in Gibraltar with Kelvin Hughes Nucleus3 5000 radar. Both ships were retrofitted with the Kelvin Hughes radars in dry dock. Launched in 2001, Kelvin Hughes’s Nucleus3 uses the latest in radar technology and offers a wide range of sophisticated and flexible operating modes. Features in clued automatic tracking of up to 50 targets at any one time and the Kelvin Hughes patented tracker ball and push button control.

ECI Acquires Kelvin Hughes

ECI Partners LLP (“ECI”), the UK mid-market buyout specialist, has acquired Kelvin Hughes in a $109.3m transaction out of Smiths Group plc, the UK listed technology company. Kelvin Hughes is a leading supplier of navigation products and services for the Naval and Commercial marine sectors. The purchase price comprises $100.9m which was paid in cash on completion of the purchase and a deferred payment of up to $8.4m depending on certain conditions being satisfied. Senior members of Kelvin Hughes management invested alongside ECI, becoming shareholders in the business. Kelvin Hughes has a highly innovative product range, which is designed to provide mariners with the most advanced navigation systems and services available.

Kelvin Hughes Announce Saab AIS Deal

Kelvin Hughes is now able to supply both Automatic Information Systems (AIS) and Voyage Data Recorders (VDR), as part of its fully compliant integrated bridge systems (IBS). Saab Transponder Tech, following an original equipment manufacture (OEM) agreement between Saab and Kelvin Hughes, will supply the AIS. AIS systems are being made compulsory as part of the changes to SOLAS V, which go into effect in July 2002. The systems are designed to work in tandem with a ship’s radar system to improve the identification and location of other vessels. Kelvin Hughes had several criteria that were important when selecting a third party AIS supplier including early type approval and hardware availability.

OSI and Kelvin Hughes Collaborate

Offshore Systems International Ltd. (OSI) announced that its systems division, Offshore Systems Ltd. (OSL), has entered into an agreement with Kelvin Hughes Limited, part of Smith Marine Systems, to jointly pursue opportunities to supply electronic navigation systems to military customers. With an initial focus on the UK, the companies will offer navigation systems compliant to the NATO Warship Electronic Chart Display and Information System standard, referred to in the industry as "WECDIS". Jacobson, President and CEO of OSI. perspective,". said Henry Schaefer, Kelvin Hughes' Naval Business Director.

Qinetiq Type Approves Kelvin Hughes VDR

Kelvin Hughes has been awarded type approval for its NDR 2002 Voyage Data Recorder (VDR). The type approval includes two different crash survival modules (CSM), and has been awarded by QINETIQ formerly DERA. The type approval is unique as Kelvin Hughes is the only company offering two crash survival modules with type approval in its VDR. One is manufactured by L#, the other by Smiths Aerospace of which Kelvin Hughes is the marine systems business. Offering two crash survival modules allows Kelvin Hughes greater flexibility and guarantees product availability.

World’s Fastest Ferry Using SharpEye Radar

Kelvin Hughes, a designer and supplier of navigation and surveillance systems, announced that its SharpEye radar is now in continuous use on the world’s fastest ferry, operating between Argentina and Uruguay. Launched in Oct 2013 by the President of Argentina, Christina Fernandez de Kirchner, and operated by Buquebus of Uruguay, the ferry, named Francisco after the Argentinian-born Pope Francis, carries up to 1024 passengers and crew together with 150 cars on a daily basis between Buenos Aires and Montevideo.

Kelvin Hughes Launched ETD for Radar

Kelvin Hughes has recently launched "Enhanced Target Detection" (ETD) as an enhancement to its MantaDigital range of wide-screen radars. This new facility enhances the display of slow-moving or stationary targets without interfering with the normal radar appearance or operation. ETD, the latest innovation in the MantaDigital range provided by Kelvin Hughes, treats stationary and moving returns differently, highlighting the moving ones by displaying them in a different color. "We are harnessing modern signal and image processing techniques to give the navigator better information,”said Spike Hughes, Director of Sales and Marketing at Kelvin Hughes.

Expanded Kelvin Hughes Product Range on Display

Kelvin Hughes is launching and demonstrating a host of new products and services at SMM 2014, including a port security radar system, specialist mission radome radar and displays, Voyage Data Recorders and the latest version of ChartCo PassageManager software. Co-exhibiting with Lammers Schiffselektronik GmbH who represent Kelvin Hughes in Germany for radar and navigation equipment sales and service. This is the biggest and broadest set of new products and offerings that Kelvin Hughes has ever brought to SMM, the company said.

Safe Ships, Safer Seas 2011: Kelvin Hughes’ Piracy Seminar

(l-r) George Gourdomichalis, Spike Hughes (Kelvin Hughes), George Tsavliris

Safe Ships, Safer Seas 2011: Kelvin Hughes’ Athens seminar tackles piracy issues head-on. Thursday 20 October 2011 saw world-leading navigational systems provider Kelvin Hughes present the first in its series of  ‘Safe Ships, Safer Seas’ seminars to an audience in Athens consisting of 100 Greek ship owners, operators and senior executives. Held at the Apollon Divani Spa Hotel, Vouliagmeni, the event went ahead despite national strike action across Greece and was well attended, with a keynote address by George D. Gourdomichalis, President and MD of G.

New Managing Director at Kelvin Hughes

Kelvin Hughes has appointed Ron Nailer as the new managing director of Kelvin Hughes Ltd., succeeding Dr. Martin Jones, who has returned to the parent company - Smiths Group Plc head office - to pursue his responsibilities as director of Technology and Innovation of Smiths' Industrial Group. Nailer leaves his current post as divisional managing director for the Dowty aviation support and electronics distribution companies, which Smiths acquired via its merger with TI last year.

Gould Named Managing Director of Kelvin Hughes

Russell Gould has been appointed managing director of Kelvin Hughes Ltd, part of the Specialty Engineering Division of Smiths Group plc. Russell joined Kelvin Hughes in 1985 as a graduate engineer responsible for the development of new navigation products. In 1995 he became head of radar techniques and was appointed engineering and operations director in 2001. For the past 5 years he has been the Company's commercial business director.

Kelvin Hughes Expands Sales Force

Kelvin Hughes has expanded its international sales team to meet the growing interest in its range of hi-tech radar equipment for the commercial, military and leisure sectors. Ian Yuill has been appointed International Sales Manager and Peter Chahal and Wilko Smit have become Area Sales Managers. Yuill has a background in sales and marketing spanning over 25 years with companies such as Northern Foods, BT and BBL Medical. He joined Kelvin Hughes from US based software company, Compassoft, where he managed the European sales operation as Director of EMEA. Smit, originally from Rotterdam, served in the Royal Dutch Navy for six years as a Technical Specialist before working as a Sales Engineer for one of Kelvin Hughes’ main distributors.

Kelvin Hughes Bridge Chosen for Queen Mary 2

Kelvin Hughes has earned its way onboard the most prestigious current cruise ship newbuild project. Cunard selected Kelvin Hughes' fully integrated bridge system is to be installed on board its eagerly anticipated new flagship, Queen Mary 2. At over 1,132 ft. (345 m) long, Queen Mary 2 will be the largest passenger liner ever constructed. Construction is due to commence in January at the Alstom-owned yard, Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint Nazaire, France, which has had a key role in the equipment specification process. She is expected to be launched in 2003. Kelvin Hughes will supply a flat screen bridge system comprising eight screens from which Queen Mary 2's navigation systems, radars, dynamic positioning system, engine monitoring capability, can be controlled.

Dane Joins Kelvin Hughes

Kelvin Hughes, part of Smith Marine Systems, has enhanced its international team by recruiting Peter Devantier, a Dane, as the Sales and Marketing Manager for its Commercial Business. Peter brings to Kelvin Hughes a wealth of experience gained while working for more than 20 years within the marine industry primarily involved with navigation equipment and bridge systems. For the last 5 years he was responsible for the European Operations of the Marine Division of Lieca. Peter joins Kelvin Hughes to head up the team responsible for the sales and marketing of all the commercial products. These include the highly reputable Nucleus and Manta range of Radar System, Electronic Chart Systems, Voyage Data Recorders and Integrated Bridge Systems.

Kelvin Hughes and Zener Marine Expand Operations in Dubai

Kelvin Hughes and Zener Marine are proud to announce the signing of a new distribution agreement which will include a full range of paper and digital charts and publications. •    Paper and digital hydrographic charts and publications from Japan to the Baltic and Eastern USA along Panama with a concentration on Middle East coverage. •    Technical Publications from the UKHO, IMO, ITU, Witherbys, Seamanship and more. •    The Weems & Plath range of quality nautical instruments available in Dubai for the first time. Commenting on the new agreement, Mr D.S.

HENSOLDT Acquires Kelvin Hughes

Image: Kelvin Hughes

Kelvin Hughes has been acquired by HENSOLDT (formerly Airbus Defense Electronics) as a result of an agreement by its owners ECI Partners to sell its investment in the company. “Following the buyout from Smiths Group, ECI has been a consistent and supportive partner as we have consolidated our position as a global leader in surveillance and security radar solutions,” said Kelvin Hughes CEO, Russell Gould. Completion of the transaction remains subject to regulatory clearances. HENSOLDT, an independent sensor house, is a provider of radar and IFF systems on airborne, naval and land platforms.

Kelvin Hughes, Supplier for World Yacht Race

Kelvin Hughes has become the official supplier of electronic and paper charts for the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. During the race, ten identical stripped down ocean racing yachts will battle it out over 35,000 miles. Kelvin Hughes will be supplying Admiralty electronic and paper charts and their Chart Correction Team is busy updating the Clipper chart outfits, providing ten folios ahead of the race start from the Humber on 13 September. Through www.bookharbour.com and resellers all over the country…

70th Anniversary of First Type-approved Maritime Radar

Photo: Kelvin Hughes

Kelvin Hughes is celebrating 70 years of radar in 2017. In 1947 the first Type 1 radar was produced and installed on a new fishing trawler, the Type 1 then went on to be the first type approved radar, gaining its type approval certificate on August 11, 1948, the first radar to do so. Kelvin Hughes, a  maritime navigation and security surveillance radar, has a history stretching back over 250 years. Over the course of that period, the company has been responsible for a number of significant technology ‘firsts’, including the first navigation radar for commercial ships to be type-approved.

New Commercial Shipping Radar from Kelvin Hughes

Photo courtesy of Kelvin Hughes

Kelvin Hughes has announced the launch of a new range of radar systems for commercial shipping based on its innovative, solid-state SharpEye technology. Kelvin Hughes has been supplying IMO type-approved radar to merchant ships, fishing boats and workboats since the 1940s, delivering reliability and low cost of ownership together with highly superior detection capability. SharpEye, with its Doppler processing of the radar returns, has taken situational awareness to a new level with its ability to detect more targets, at longer ranges, than conventional, magnetron-based radar systems.

New Head of Kelvin Hughes Chart Services

Dr. Yiorgos Palierakis has been appointed as director of Charts and Maritime Services, Kelvin Hughes, part of Smiths Marine Systems. He will be based at the London headquarters of Kelvin Hughes. Yiorgos was born and educated in Greece and gained a PhD and an MBA from Bradford University. He is succeeding Roger Gibson who after 23 years with Kelvin Hughes is embarking on a lifetime voyage on board his yacht “Antigua Kiss”. Yiorgos is assuming responsibility of the Charts & Maritime Services Division as this world leading supplier of charts, publications and associated services is rapidly moving into a digital era. His brief is to accelerate the expansion of Kelvin Hughes’ well known services in navigation data as well as its e-business platform of bookharbour.com.

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