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December 2014 Issue

LandScope Engineering Purchases BV5000 3D Underwater Scanner
A Teledyne BlueView (Bothell, Washington) 3D multibeam scanner was recently purchased by LandScope Engineering (Church Stretton, England). Scanning underwater provides clear and objective real-world 3D data to evaluate the current condition of underwater assets. The BV5000 delivers informative data that can cut risks and eliminate guesswork, saving time and money.

Xantrex Adds Manufacturer's Rep Firms
Xantrex (Burnaby, Canada) has appointed two manufacturer's rep firms for the RV and marine markets. The manufacturer's rep firms will help propel Xantrex's product and service offerings and strengthen existing partnerships.

Among the two rep firms, Tom Manning & Associates (Coldwater, Michigan) will represent Xantrex in the RV aftermarket in the United States, while Coast Marine Marketing LLC (Dana Point, California) will represent Xantrex in the marine OEM and aftermarket on the west coast of the United States.

Volvo Penta Moves Into Central Parts Distribution Center
Volvo Penta (Chesapeake, Virginia) announced the opening of the new Volvo Group Central Parts Distribution Center in Byhalia, Mississippi, in a move to optimize delivery performance and efficiency for dealers and OEM customers in North America. As the anchor tenant of a new industrial park, the 1 million-square-foot facility will support Volvo Penta recreational marine, commercial marine and industrial business segments, as well as all Volvo Group business areas in North America.

Power Products Acquires Blue Sea Systems
Power Products LLC (Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin) announced the acquisition of Blue Sea Systems (Bellingham, Washington). Blue Sea Systems is a recognized leader in the design and manufacture of products for marine and specialty vehicle electrical systems, including circuit protection, battery switches, busbars, power distribution panels and battery chargers.

New Rapp Corporate Brand, Visual Identity
The new brand Rapp Marine will promote the activities of Rapp Hydema (Bodø, Norway), Rapp Hydema U.S. (Seattle, Washington), Rapp Zastava (Kragujevac Serbia), Rapp Ecossee (Aberdeen, Scotland) and the parent company Rapp Marine (Bodø). Each company will continue as a legal contract partner, but the group will be branded as one company. The new branding brings together the expertise from all of the different segments, and the combined sales offices and agent network gives the company global coverage. The headquarters will remain in Bodø.

Maritime Broadband Opens Office in Greece
Maritime Broadband (New York, New York) has expanded its footprint by opening an office, Maritime Broadband Hellas, in Athens, Greece. The new office addresses the demand for the C-Bird VSAT communications solution and spearheads sales and service support in the region. The office will be located at 44 Adramyttiou Street 17121 in Athens.

Maritime Broadband Hellas, which is headed by Managing Director Thanasis Giamas employs a four-person staff fluent in English, Greek and French.

Atlantic Container Line Names G4 CONRO Vessels
Construction is progressing on Westfield, New Jersey-based Atlantic Container Line's (ACL) new G4 vessels, which will be the largest RORO/containerships in the world. The G4 vessels will replace the existing fleet of G3's operating in the company's transatlantic service. The new G4 Fleet is being named Atlantic Star, Atlantic Sail, Atlantic Sea, Atlantic Sky and Atlantic Sun.

Miko Marine Opens US Subsidiary
Miko Marine AS (Oslo, Norway) has opened a subsidiary in Morgan City, Louisiana, from where it will be able to supply ship operators and salvage companies throughout the United States. The company's magnetic patches are often used in conjunction with Kevlar-reinforced flexible patches that create a durable, water-tight seal where ships' hulls have been damaged by collision or grounding.

WESMAR Delivers Thruster to Fire Boat
WESMAR (Western Marine Electronics), based in Woodinville, Washington, delivered one of its bow thruster systems to another fire boat this month. It will be installed on a new fire boat for the City of San Francisco, California.

The boat is scheduled for delivery next year. The vessel's ability to maneuver and dock in tight situations and to hold steady during fire fighting and rescue operations will be facilitated by WESMAR's model V2-20 NS 100-horsepower, stainless-steel, dual-prop, counter-rotating bow thruster system.

Stackable Static Blocks Nominated for Dame Award
Colligo Marine's (Grover Beach, California) new stackers, stackable static bocks, have been nominated for a Dame Design award at the 2014 METS show in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The blocks are lightweight and static, with an integrated becket that can be stacked together to provide a purchase system from 2/1 up to a 5/1. They are designed for slippery lines and offer a very strong and simple alternative to bearing blocks. Stackers are a solution for challenges that offer a high-load/low-travel or a low-load/high-travel situation.

NMEA Announces 2014 Product Award Winners
Marine electronics experts nationwide named 11 products in nine categories as winners of the 2014 National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) Product Awards: Multi-Function Display—Furuno NavNet TZtouch TZT14; Autopilot—Garmin GHP 20 and GHC 20 with SmartPump, Raymarine Evolution System; Fish Finder—Furuno FCV587 Color LCD; Radar—Furuno NavNet TZtouch TZTBB with DRS6A UHD; Satellite Communications Antenna—KVH TracPhone V3IP; Marine VHF Radio—Icom IC-M506 Marine Transceiver; Satellite TV Antenna—KVH TracVision TV1; Computer-Based Software—Nobeltec TimeZero Catch; and Marine Specialty—FLIR MD-625 Thermal Camera System, GOST Watch HD App. Manufacturer of the Year-Support winner was Furuno USA (Camas, Washington).

Ping DSP Appoints First Authorized Sales Agency
Ping DSP (North Saanich, Canada) has named SUBSEA 20/20 Inc. (Seattle, Washington) the first authorized sales agency to represent their new line of 3D side scan sonar (3DSS) systems. Ping DSP's 3DSS sonar is based on a patented computed angle-of-arrival transient imaging (CAATI) technology, which provides high-resolution, 3D, point-cloud images over the entire water column. CAATI resolves multiple, simultaneous angles-of-arrival and also separates seafloor returns from sea surface, water column and multipath interference.

Ocean Power Technologies to Deploy PB40 PowerBuoy
Ocean Power Technologies Inc. (OPT), based in Pennington, New Jersey, announced that the PB40 PowerBuoy, fabricated for the WavePort project, has shipped from Santander, Spain, to Bayonne, New Jersey, with the intent to deploy off the coast of New Jersey in the first quarter of 2015. Having been disassembled for transport, it will require reassembly, final checkout and permits before deployment.

Hydroid Named Gold Winner in MassEcon Impact Awards
Hydroid Inc. (Pocasset, Massachusetts) has been named the southeast division gold winner in the 11th Annual Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards. Designed to recognize excellence in job growth, facility expansion and investment, the award celebrates companies that have made outstanding contributions to the Massachusetts economy.

Ingalls Shipbuilding Vice President Named Among Leading Business Women
Huntington Ingalls Industries (Newport News, Virginia) announced that Lori Harper, vice president of supply chain management at the company's Ingalls Shipbuilding division, was named one of Mississippi's 50 leading business women by the Mississippi Business Journal. These 50 senior decision makers are the most powerful, influential women business leaders in the state. More than an awards program, the Top 50 Women is a development and networking organization that encompasses training opportunities for the inducted women to grow together as business leaders.

McMurdo Provides Search and Rescue Products
Sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has chosen McMurdo (Beltsville, Maryland) to provide his personal safety equipment for the transatlantic Route du Rhum Challenge. The Route du Rhum is a single-handed, transatlantic sailing race where participants compete from Saint-Malo, France, to the finish in Guadeloupe. The 3,500-mile challenge tests sailors to the limits of their mental and physical endurance. McMurdo has supplied Knox-Johnston with a range of products, including FastFind 220 PLB and Grab Bag XL. Knox-Johnston was the first man to sail solo, nonstop around the world from 1968 to 1969.


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