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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Marine Electronics News

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Miami-Based Shipyard Adds Electronic Systems Division

Florida shipyard RMK Merrill-Stevens is adding a new Electronic Systems Division to the company.To lead the new business the company hired David Gratton, a new RMK Merrill-Stevens employee with experience in the electronics industry. Gratton’s career in electronics began in 1980 upon entering the U.S. Air Force. Gratton later worked on the environmental testing of NASA components for Teledyne Systems Company. Gratton has specialized in navigation, communications, and audio-visual, IT/networking, and PLC systems for commercial and recreational vessels.

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Survitec Opens Singapore Hub

Survitec opened a new service and distribution hub in Singapore.The complex in Singapore’s Sembawang district covers a 7,153 cu. m. area, of which 1308 cu. m. is outdoors. With more than 200 personnel, it is Survitec’s largest service and distribution center globally, housing three distinct business units: WH Brennan & Co Pte Ltd, Survitec Safety Solutions Pte Ltd and Survitec Fire Solutions Pte Ltd.The Survitec products and services supplied by the Singapore facility include…

Who Wins in Shipping’s Battle for Data?

Weather has to be one of the most important building blocks of any digital operations solution. But, that’s only one of dozens of individual variables. Building a data management solution that navigates the unexpected, and not just the low hanging fruit, is the way to go.One of the most fiercely fought battles in shipping today is the battle for data. On a weekly basis, we see companies of all stripes – ship managers, owners, class societies, equipment manufacturers and even coating suppliers – investing in their own digital solutions and fiercely competing for control over data: the new oil.

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Change of Command for Cal Maritime's Training Ship

After 10 years at the helm, Harry Bolton handed over command of the Training Ship Golden Bear Wednesday at California State University Maritime Academy.Bolton, a 1978 graduate of the Academy, returned to Cal Maritime on May 1, 2008 after a 30-year career with American Maritime Officers. Twenty of those years were with American Overseas Marine Corporation (AMSEA) aboard the original preposition ships based out of Guam, Saipan and Diego Garcia. Bolton began sailing as Master in 1985, only seven years after graduation.Dr.

Brad Norton (Photo: IMTRA)

IMTRA Announces New Hires and Promotions

IMTRA, manufacturer and importer of solutions and products for the marine, energy and transportation markets, has announced new hires and promotions. The company has hired Brad Norton and Van Noorden and promoted Kinder Woodcock and Nate Cabral.Brad Norton has joined IMTRA’s service team in a product technical support role. With over 20 years as a licensed yacht captain, Norton will use his vast, hands-on knowledge of the workings and operation of boats supporting IMTRA customers who need technical and application assistance.

Steve Rae (Photo: Navico)

Navico Names Rae Manager for Canada

Marine electronics manufacturer Navico has appointed Steve Rae to the position of Country Manager for Canada.Based in Vancouver Island, B.C., Rae will be responsible for sales, service and support for the company’s three marine electronics brands, Lowrance, Simrad and B&G. In addition, he will oversee a new Edmonton-based Navico service center that will open on May 30.Rae has been involved with Navico brands since 1988, managing Canadian sales and service for Lowrance. In 2008…

Ocean Signal founder, Alan Wrigley (left), hands over the reins to Neil Jordan (right) (Photo: Ocean Signal)

Ocean Signal MD Wrigley Steps Down

Alan Wrigley has announced that he is stepping down from his role as Managing Director of communication and safety at sea specialist Ocean Signal. Effective from June 1, 2017, company founder Wrigley is replaced by Ocean Signal’s current Senior Project Manager, Neil Jordan, in a planned transition developed to continue the rapid growth of the Margate-based business. Wrigley, who has been involved in the marine electronics industry for over 41 years, has steered engineering-led…

Bill Eastwood (Photo: Shakespeare Marine)

Eastwood to Lead Shakespeare Marine

Bill Eastwood has been appointed business manager for the Shakespeare Marine Electronics product line of Jarden Applied Materials, a business unit of Newell Brands. In his new role, Eastwood is responsible for the global sales and marketing of Shakespeare antennas and accessories, as well building upon its well-known brand to increase market share. He also oversees the continued development of connectivity technology advancements such as Wi-Fi extenders and cellular amplifiers, aimed at keeping recreational and commercial mariners connected.

Sean Hatherley (Photo: Navico)

Navico's Hatherley Joins NMEA Board

Sean Hatherley, director of sales for Navico Americas, has been named to the board of directors of the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). NMEA board members are appointed to a three-year term where they work together to create and promote NMEA strategies and programs. Hatherley has an electronics engineering degree and an extensive background in marine electronics sales and support.

Carlton Schumacher (Photo: Siren Marine)

Siren Marine Names Sales & Business Managers

Siren Marine, a vessel monitoring and tracking technology, and a pioneer of the Connected Boat revolution, has announced that Carlton Schumacher has been retained to fill the director of sales position and Aaron Pape was selected to be business operations manager. In his new position, Schumacher is responsible for the development, management, and implementation of sales strategies for the company’s next-generation boat monitoring and tracking systems. He is an entrepreneurial…

Brian Kane (Photo: GOST)

GOST Names Kane Chief Technology Officer

Marine security, tracking, monitoring and video surveillance systems company GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies) has promoted Brian Kane to the position of Chief Technology Officer. A founding partner and GOST Board of Director member, Kane will, in his new capacity, will be responsible for overseeing all technical aspects of the company, including the development and implementation of strategies for new security technologies for the global maritime marketplace. “Brian was one of the founders of GOST over 12 years ago and is the backbone of our organization…

Mike Spyros (Photo: NMEA)

NMEA Selects Board of Directors Lineup

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) announced the selection of its new Board of Directors chairman, vice chairman and secretary, as well as appointment of four additional members. Mike Spyros of Electronics Unlimited, having served as NMEA vice chairman since 2014, took the reins as chairman on January 1, 2017, succeeding Johnny Lindstrom of Westport Yachts, whose term ended at the end of 2016. Board members Steve Katz of Steve's Marine Service and Lou Rota of FLIR Systems moved into respective positions as vice chairman and secretary.

Rob Yoder (Photo: GOST)

GOST Names Yoder Head of R&D

Marine security, tracking, monitoring and video surveillance systems company GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies) has promoted Rob Yoder to Director of Research & Development. Yoder has served the company for over four years in the capacity of technical sales representative and lead technical support agent. In his new position, Yoder will manage the technical support department; develop technical documentation, such as installation and user manuals; design, test and implement new technologies…

Brian Gifford (Photo: GOST)

Gifford to Lead GOST Sales Team

GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies), celebrating its 10th year in marine security, tracking, monitoring and video surveillance systems, announced that Brian Gifford has been tapped for the role of GOST National Sales Manager. A 30-year marine industry veteran and NMEA MEI, AMEI and NMEA2000 certified, Gifford began his career at West Marine in 1988, working his way up to store and sales manager positions over the course of nine years. During that time, he was responsible for sales, budgeting, and staffing for several locations at the largest marine retailer in the U.S.

Nicolas Quéru (Photo: Navico)

Quéru, Davis Take up Leadership Roles at Navico

Nicolas Quéru has been appointed to lead Navico’s Commercial Marine Division worldwide to take forward the marine electronics group’s continuing strategy for growth. Quéru has been made EVP Managing Director with immediate effect following his promotion from Vice President, Commercial Marine EMEA. He succeeds Jose Herrero. A French Native residing in Oslo, Norway, Quéru has extensive experience in international business management, including over eight years in management consulting at Oliver Wyman and Bain & Company leading assignments in strategic planning…

Leif Ottosson (Photo: Navico)

Navico Under New Ownership

Navico – a provider of marine electronics and parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad, B&G and GoFree brands – announced that Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and Altor Fund IV have partnered and signed an agreement to acquire Navico from the Altor 2003 Fund. Navico is an innovative force within the recreational and commercial marine electronics market and has a rich history of investment in research and development. In the last two years, the company developed such technologies as the HALOTM Pulse Compression Radar technology…

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SRH Marine and Setel Powerline Pact for Greek Market

SRH Marine Electronics SA and SETEL PowerLine Ltd have entered a Reseller and Installation Partner Agreement. Through this cooperation SRH is able to offer a complete and holistic approach to e-Navigation concept through Setel PowerLine specializing in the design and implementation of network solutions based on SETEL PowerLine suite of INDUSTRIAL GRADE PowerLine Communications (PLC) products. Vessel and Platform solutions as well as Wi-Fi, CCTV, LAN & Anti-Piracy are among the added value services that Greek Ship-owners can benefit from this agreement.

Innovators and Record-breakers Headline Marine Power Conference

‘Next Generation Marine Power & Propulsion’ is a fast moving networking event that focuses on viable solutions for vessels of all sizes. More than 20 expert speakers will highlight a range of unique opportunities. The program covers three phases; ‘Here and Now Technology’ - considers how the U.K. and global marine industry can utilize the latest engineering. ‘Next Generation Systems’ - are within a few years of commercial release. ‘Innovation and Future Possibilities’ - are pushing the boundaries far and wide. The event is being held at the Grand Harbour, Southampton from April 26-28, 2016.

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Seafarers help Sought to Improve Onboard Design

The Nautical Institute and CIRM (the principal international association for marine electronics companies) today launched a joint initiative to improve the usability of navigation and communication technology on board ships. Speaking at the International e-Navigation Underway Conference today, David Patraiko, Director of Projects for The Nautical Institute, and Richard Doherty, Chief Technical Officer for CIRM, announced the development of the CIRM User Feedback Forum. The best way to achieve usability in a system, product or service is to ask users what they think at each stage of the design.

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Actisense Introduces Change for 2016

Actisense, a marine electronics brand from Active Research Limited, which provides products to the marine industry worldwide, said it has celebrated a successful 2015, and now with continued sales growth is set to introduce major changes to capitalize and develop the company in 2016. In 2015, the Dorset based company saw sales growth of 14 percent and won multiple business and export awards, including both national and international accolades. Following this success, Actisense have recognized the internal efforts of several members of staff who have been promoted to more senior roles.

Jon Closson (Photo: Furuno)

Furuno Bolsters Sales Squad

Furuno has announced several changes to its sales department, including the addition of two commercial sales representatives and promotion of several long-time employees, as well as welcoming new service personnel into the company. All of these changes became effective on December 1st, 2015. Furuno’s Northwest Regional Sales Manager since 2006, Jon Closson, will take up the role of Fisheries and Specialty Products Sales Representative. In addition to serving dealers, Closson has assisted in expanding Furuno's presence in the commercial fishing fleets of the Northwest and Alaska.

Joe Bauschka (Photo: Ocean Signal)

Ocean Signal Appoints US Sales Manager

Ocean Signal has appointed its first dedicated U.S. Sales Manager to manage the company’s expansion in the country. With a background in the marine electronics and fishing industries, maritime sales manager Joe Bauschka is handling increased demand for Ocean Signal’s rescueME and SafeSea ranges of recreational and commercial communication and safety products, and a growing distribution network in the U.S. Bauschka previously worked as regional manager for Navico Inc for 17 years, before moving on to key sales roles at Pure Fishing and Simrad Fisheries.

NMEA 2015 Technology Award

NMEA Award for Simrad HALO Pulse Compression Radar

Simrad HALO Pulse Compression Radar has been awarded the Technology Award at the 2015 National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) Conference and Expo in Baltimore, Md. The NMEA 2015 Technology Award is judged by an independent panel of experts recognizing exceptionally innovative consumer marine products. Simrad HALO Pulse Compression Radar is the world’s first high-performance, solid-state, open-array radar system with pulse-compression technology, suitable for recreational and light marine markets.

Phil Whitehurst (Photo: Dorset)

Dorset, Actisense Shortlisted For Entrepreneur Award

Press release - Phil Whitehurst, CEO of Dorset marine electronics brand, Actisense, has been short-listed for the prestigious Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2015 sponsored by Nat West. Actisense, are set to wave the Dorset flag on November 25, at The Ballroom Southbank, after being announced as finalists in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards. Out of hundreds of entrants, Phil Whitehurst and his Dorset-based brand, Actisense, have been shortlisted along with just 7 other businesses from across the UK in the Export/International Trade Entrepreneur of the Year category.

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MET Honors 3,000th Participant

Press release - The Maritime Education & Training Center (MET) has honored its 3,000th course participant. The award, in the form of a certificate and gift, was officially presented to the American electrical engineer Guillermo Medina by Michael Neumann, the technical head of the MET. Guillermo Medina had successfully completed the three-day seminar on "Marine Electronics, Engine Monitoring and Automation" for marine engineers and technicians. In addition to power management,…

The agreement represents a big win for new Phoenix Boat”

Lowrance, Phoenix Boats Join Forces

Lowrance, a world-leading brand in fishing electronics since 1957, announced today its renewed OEM partnership with Phoenix Bass Boats. Under the terms of the renewed three-year agreement, Lowrance is the standard electronic equipment on all Phoenix high-performance bass boats. Featuring Lowrance HDS Gen3 displays and optional Lowrance boating and fishing marine-electronics gear, Phoenix boats are the ideal fish-finding machines. Cutting-edge Lowrance options for Phoenix customers…