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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Mcmurdo News

Image Courtesy US Coast Guard

Fire Breaks out on USCG's Polar Star

It seems the U.S. cannot do enough to fast-track the construction of its new icebreaking fleet, as the USCG announce last night that the 150-member crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star fought a fire at approximately 9 p.m. PST Feb. 10 that broke out in the ship's incinerator room about 650 miles north of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica.After initial response efforts using four fire extinguishers failed, fire crews spent almost two hours extinguishing the fire. Fire damage was contained inside the incinerator housing…

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.

Photo courtesy of Alphatron Marine

Alphatron Marine Opens Office in Belgium

Alphatron Marine said it has acquired a new office and warehouse space in Zwijndrecht, Belgium to serve customers in Belgium and France. The new location – operational since September and officially opened on November 9, 2016 – replaces the company’s existing Meerdonk office. Alphatron Marine Belgium is part of a group of companies governed by Alphatron Marine. Together, they act as importer, producer, developer and service provider of navigation, communication and automation systems. Besides this, the company provides specialized IT solutions.

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IMRF Reveals Hero Long List

The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) has revealed the long list of entries for its H.E.R.O. awards – launched in April this year. The 30 finalists range from companies, maritime search and rescue organizations and individuals involved in technological developments to those involved with design and innovation, services and training, as well as those actively engaged in saving lives in the world’s waters. Entries come from across the world including organizations and individuals as far afield as China and the United States to Bangladesh and New Zealand. The H.E.R.O.

Ross Wilkinson, the new Managing Director of Survitec Group’s U.K. Services and Distribution business (Photo: Survitec)

Survitec Names Wilkinson Managing Director for UK Services

In recent weeks, Survitec Group, a provider of safety equipment to the commercial marine market, has appointed Ross Wilkinson as Managing Director of the Group’s U.K. Services and Distribution business. Wilkinson was formerly Managing Director of Survitec Group's Crewsaver business . He has leadership experience in the global marine and leisure industry, having worked in the sector for over 18 years. Before joining Survitec, Wilkinson was General Manager and Maritime Business Unit Manager at Orolia Limited.

Randel Maestre

McMurdo Appoints Maestre VP of Sales

The McMurdo Group today announced the appointment of Randel Maestre as Vice President of Sales for the Americas to lead the company’s expansion into one of the world’s major search and rescue regions. Maestre will be responsible for implementing a coordinated sales and marketing strategy for McMurdo’s product portfolio including emergency distress beacons, search and rescue infrastructure products and fleet management/tracking software. This will include building the sales teams…

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MNZ & AMSA Award McMurdo COSPAS-SARSAT Contract

McMurdo Group’s Techno-Sciences Inc. says it has been chosen by the Australia Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) to deploy their next-generation satellite-aided search and rescue systems. The MEOSAR (Medium-altitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue) installations will be the first such systems in Asia Pacific and will significantly reduce the time between a distress beacon activation and the resulting emergency alert notification from hours to minutes, greatly accelerating the rescue coordination effort by SAR personnel.

A Closer Look at Maritime Finance and Risk

Maritime businesses face a broader range of risks than most. A look at some recent business transactions is proof enough. Risk is a critical element of every maritime-related business transaction from a financial risk management perspective, a market perspective, or often both. As with most business segments, maritime dealmakers and financiers employ elaborate risk management tools to evaluate the efficacy of acquisitions, loans and investments. But perhaps even more important…

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New Alliance to Develop Advanced e-Maritime Systems

An alliance between France's Orolia, and Transas Group, leaders in maritime simulation, navigation and surveillance systems, aims to integrate Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) and Search and Rescue (SAR) functionality into enhanced marine communication solutions. Creating Advanced SAR-enhanced MDA Systems. Adding McMurdo Group’s proven beacon technology and COSPAS-SARSAT/MESOAR satellite-based solutions (including mission control and rescue coordination centers) to Transas’ world-leading vessel traffic management…

McMurdo Group Launched for Complete SAR Service

McMurdo Group was launched today as a new global company in end-to-end search and rescue (SAR) and maritime domain awareness (MDA) solutions. Comprised of Orolia’s former Positioning, Tracking and Monitoring Division, McMurdo Group combines Boatracs, Kannad, McMurdo and Techno-Sciences, Inc. into the industry’s first, single-vendor provider of end-to-end lifesaving and tracking solutions including distress beacons, satellite connectivity infrastructure, monitoring/positioning software and emergency response management.

Oceania Marine Tracking Buoy: Image credit McMurdo Marine Systems

Marine Tracking Buoy Showcased at SMM 2012 Expo

McMurdo Marine Systems shows off its Oceania Marine Tracking Buoy System in Hamburg. “The Oceania Marine Tracking Bouy has been designed as a versatile tracking and monitoring system that can be tailored to suit a wide range of applications such as oceanography data monitoring, iceberg tracking, oil spill tracking or as a discrete marker buoy or search and rescue distressed vessel marker. This geolocalization system will be a great aid to institutional, governmental or private…

Fishing Boat Fire in Antarctic Killed Three

Fire on board S. A major rescue effort was launched in the Ross Sea in early January when the 51 metre Korean fishing vessel Jeong Woo 2 caught fire. It was the second major incident in Antarctic waters in as many months and involved several Korean fishing vessels, a United States research vessel and a United States Air Force (USAF) aircraft. Jeong Woo 2’s distress call was picked up by another Korean fishing vessel, Hong Jin 707. The information was relayed via the New…

Smartfind S10 AIS Beacon

New McMurdo Smartfind S10 AIS Beacon

When manually activated, the Smartfind S10 uses AIS and GPS technology to give precise location information to aid the recovery of people in difficulty at sea. Waterproof to 60 meters, buoyant and compact, this unique device can make all the difference in a localized search situation. The chances of being rescued are greatly increased thanks to its ability to transmit both AIS and GPS data to the vessel the individual has come from and to other AIS equipped vessels within a four mile radius.

Kannad Marine SafeLink R10 SRS (Survivor Recovery System)

Man-Overboard Product Wins Award

Kannad Marine SafeLink R10 SRS Named Overall Winner of 2012 Pittman Innovation Awards. McMurdo Ltd, a company of the Orolia Group announced that its Kannad Marine SafeLink R10 SRS (Survivor Recovery System) has been selected as the Overall Winner of the 2012 Pittman Innovation Awards. This is the first year an Overall Winner of the Pittman Awards has been selected by the judges. The judging panel recognized that the SafeLink R10 was “the perfect man-overboard product” and commented…

This Day in Navy History

1776 - Revolutionaries fight the Battle of Valcour Island on Lake Champlain, N.Y. Although defeated, the American flotilla delayed the British advance and caused it to fall back into winter quarters. 1824 - Marquis de Lafayette visits the Washington Navy Yard during his yearlong tour of America. He returned to the yard October 12, to continue his visit. 1942 - Battle of Cape Esperance begins. In the two-day battle, an American task force stops a Japanese attack on Guadalcanal and sinking two Japanese ships in the process, while losing USS Duncan (DD 485).

Murmansk Shipping to Assist U.S. NSF

Murmansk Shipping Company was selected among other operators of icebreaking fleet by U.S. National Science Foundation (National Science Foundation - NSF) which provides U.S. Antarctic Program. The ice-breaker Vladimir Ignatyuk successfully works in Antarctica, including under the contract with the Center of Ocean and Antarctic Research of the Indian Government at Maitri and Larsemann Hills stations. The ice-breaker Vladimir Ignatyuk will provide services for piloting vessels for American polar explorers in difficult navigational conditions of Southern continent…

MSC Completes Antarctica Resupply Mission

Military Sealift Command-chartered container ship MV BBC Ems departed McMurdo Station, Antarctica, Feb. 13 after delivering more than 84,000 square feet of vital supplies in support of Operation Deep Freeze. ODF is an annual U.S. Air Force-led mission to resupply the remote scientific outpost. BBC Ems followed MSC tanker USNS Richard G. Matthiesen, which delivered more than 5.5 million gallons of crucial diesel, gasoline and jet fuel to McMurdo Station Jan. 29 to Feb. MSC ships…

MSC Reconfigures Tanker Fleet

The fleet of tankers operated by the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command is being reconfigured to meet fuel requirements in support of U.S. forces worldwide. This seagoing force of government-owned and U.S.-flagged chartered ships is acquiring a new chartered ship, MT Empire State, as two government-owned ships complete their service to the command. The newly built, U.S.-flagged Empire State came under charter to MSC for up to five years today and will operate worldwide carrying refined petroleum products for DOD…

Photo courtesy Beacon Technology

Hoffman Joins Cobham Life Support-ACR Products

Christopher Hoffman joined Cobham Life Support-ACR Products as the Director of Business Development - Beacon Technology. Hoffman brings a wealth of experience in the area of satellite detectable, emergency locator beacon development to Cobham Life Support-ACR Products. As chairman for three Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM) committees, he is an expert on COSPAS/SARSAT systems, as well as 406 MHz emergency locator beacons. In his new position, Hoffman will oversee all marketing and development efforts relating to beacon products and technologies…

This Day in Naval History – Oct. 12

1914 - USS Jupiter (AC-3) is first Navy ship to complete transit of Panama Canal. 1944 - Aircraft from Carrier Task Force 38 attack Formosa. 1957 - RADM Dufek arrives at McMurdo Sound, Antarctica to command Operation Deep Freeze III during the International Geophysical Year of 1957-58. 1961 - Five men cholera treatment demonstration team from Naval Medican Research Unit, Taipei leaves to assist setting up of facilities to treat an epidemic in Manila. 1965 - End of Project Sealab II where teams of naval divers and scientists spent 15 days in Sealab moored 205 feet below surface near La Jolla…