Alert Systems

Emerald Marine Products' MOB Protection

It's not easy putting a price on safety. But Emerald Marine Products' ALERT Man-Overboard system delivers unmatched protection to marine professionals for a mere $1 per day—less than a cup of coffee. Built for commercial use, the ALERT system consists of a light, compact transmitter that's worn on a life jacket and a receiver installed in a wheelhouse or work office. Over the course of its three-year warranty, the cost equals $1 per day. By adding additional transmitters, this figure is reduced. The ALERT system is ideal for anyone who makes a living on or around water.

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Emerald Marine Products Shifts Branding

In response to an expansion of its line of man overboard alert systems, Emerald Marine Products has moved its offices.  For 15 years, its product line centered on its ALERT2 transmitter, receiver and related equipment. With the recent introduction of the state-of-the-art ALERT418 Transmitter and the ALERT418 Receiver launching this fall, corporate branding is shifting away from the ALERT name and towards the company name, Emerald Marine Products.  Emerald Marine Products manufactures life-saving products for the maritime industry, including technically advanced, water-activated man overboard transmitters and receivers. When immersed, the system instantly sounds a piercing alarm, and can be wired to set a waypoint, activate external speakers and strobes, and/or stop engines. Unlike AIS-reliant devices, there is no lag time, providing the extra critical seconds needed for a successful, locally managed rescue.

YachtProjects Relocates UK Operation at Solent

[ Press release ] YachtProjects International has relocated its UK operation at one of the country’s premier superyacht refit and repair facilities. The firm is set to expand. After taking the opportunity to move onto the new site at Solent Refit, at Hythe on Southampton Water, it is also soon to open offices in New Zealand and Australia. Solent Refit, which has built its reputation on maintaining and refitting classic and modern superyachts, welcomed the move as it sees a synergy between both companies and what they have to offer.

YachtProjects International owner Pippa Nicholas, left, and Allan Foot, MD of Solent Refit, right, at Hythe (Photo: YachtProjects)

Honda Marine Debuts New 4-stroke Engines

Portability, performance and reliability are the hallmarks of Honda Marine’s new and redesigned portable engine models, the BF4, BF5 and BF6 4-stroke outboards. Honda Marine debuts new engines with the BF4 and BF6 models, and redesigns the legendary BF5 models. Packed with the latest technology from Honda, the 127cc  4-stroke, single cylinder engines offer boaters the choice of four horsepower (BF4), five horsepower (BF5) or six horsepower (BF6). All three new engines are available with either a short (15 inch/38 cm) or long (20 inch/51 cm) shaft.

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Winch Malfunction Leaves Parasailors aloft for Three Hours

Two passengers were successfully launched from a parasail vessel for a ride aloft. As they were being winched in the winds picked up, and the parasail towline winch became inoperable and 800 feet of towline payed out stranding the passengers aloft. Additionally, the vessel was unable to make way through the water while battling rough seas and the strong winds, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a safety alert derived from a recent parasail casualty investigation. The cause of the winch malfunction was due to overheating of the hydraulic power system which occurred because of an inadequate oil cooling system (through hull fittings / scoop type system) that relied solely on the vessel's movement through the water. When the vessel's movement was overcome and stalled by the wind acting against the parasail and the waves, there was no water circulation and thus no resultant cooling of the hydraulic oil.

Vesper Marine Launches Smartais Technology

Vesper Marine, a manufacturer of marine safety products, has released its smartAIS technology. Combined with Vesper Marine products, smartAIS provides new capabilities – including the world’s first black box AIS transponder with built-in safety alarms. An active system with smart alarm logic, it proactively alerts boaters of potentially hazardous situations. Putting users in control, smartAIS combines navigation sensor data, and GPS and AIS information, with intelligent alarm management that prioritizes alerts for the most urgent response.

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Net-Logic Expands VesselWatch Applications

Net-Logic announced the expansion of the VesselWatch functions with the addition of three new applications. Monaco Yacht Show last month saw a strong reception for Net-Logic’s new VesselWatch multifunctional safety and communication solution, that was launched via Icon Connect's stand. Over the four days at MYS, VesselWatch was demonstrated to captains and distributors from all over the world. VesselWatch reduces the number of devices crew members have to carry, whilst dramatically increasing the features available to that crew member with unparalleled security.

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Property Monitoring with Voyager’s PierView

Voyager ToughCam’s new digital wireless surveillance system, PierView, provides owners with a way to protect key points on their property. The PierView system can simultaneously monitor up to four different areas such as a dock, equipment shed, hunting cabin or other areas with its expansive 1000 ft. viewing range. The system also has excellent night vision so the unit will work perfectly during the day or at night. Other key highlights to this system include email alert available with motion detection, built-in DVR, maximum 32G SD card allowable, waterproof and alarm clock.

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New System Protects & Tracks Outboard Engines

BoatWarden has launched a new system, Outboard Warden, to secure and protect outboard engines, to be introduced at the London Boat Show in London, United Kingdom, January 8, 2016. Outboard Warden is the latest product to come from Engineer, Inventor and Founder of BoatWarden, Kevin Hennessey, and he has been perfecting his system for a number of years: "Police, marine insurers and boat owners confirm engine thefts are on the increase and thieves are getting bolder, but Outboard Warden will put a serious dent in their criminal activities," according to Hennessey.

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New HGH Infrared System Can Protect Megayachts

With the deadly threat of pirates, are mega yachts well protected? Military infrared cameras could be the solution say HGH. threats in maritime environment. The security stakes are high for the yacht crew being that isolation at sea and day- and night- time threats require military grade equipment. HGH Infrared Systems’ has recently released the Spynel-S, their new mid-wave infrared 360 degree camera ideally suited for maritime applications. The passive, gyro-stabilized Spynel solutions have been proven at sea with Navy’s specific for anti-piracy. The thermal camera withstands salty sea sprays and foggy weather and is useful for navigation purposes. With an early RHIB alert on asymmetric threats of 12 kilometers away, the Spynel-S can help yachts around the world protect themselves from pirates and other threats.

VesselVanguard Partners with Kadey-Krogen

VesselVanguard, the popular cloud-based maintenance management service, announced today a new partnership with renowned trawler yacht manufacturer, Kadey-Krogen Yachts. Adding value for customers by simplifying and streamlining yacht management, each new Kadey-Krogen vessel sold will be fully provisioned with a one-year VesselVanguard subscription—featuring a digital library of equipment manuals, a customized maintenance and inspection calendar for all onboard systems, and powerful functionality to track and oversee all service tasks.

MATRIX AIS/GPS GX2200 Launched

Standard Horizon announced the new GX2200 Matrix AIS/GPS, now with Class D DSC Fixed Mount VHF with integrated AIS and GPS, 30W PA/Hailer and RAM mic option, available starting January 2014. According to the manufacturer, key features include Integrated AIS and GPS, 4800 and 38400 baud rate selections (Allows connection to GPS Chart Plotter with 1 NMEA IN/OUT), selectable True and Magnetic readings for AIS target and PA/FOG simultaneous operation with AIS display and GPS status page.

Smartphone App Keeps Boat Anchor Watch

BoatMonitor app is a remote anchor alarm that enables smartphone or computer to track a leisure boat's position at anchor, moored or in dock. Detailed requirements are accessible here.

Boat Monitor App: Photo credit Boat Monitor

Yacht Fleet Management Software Launched

Pelagic Fleet Management launches yacht fleet management software solution to improve service delivery & gain operational efficiencies. Pelagic Fleet Management announced today the launch of Pelagic FM™ , a complete yacht management software-as-a-service solution, enabling yacht charters, brokers or service and maintenance managers to more effectively manage and monitor their fleets, improve service delivery to their customers and increase operational efficiencies. “Modern yacht management has has become more complex with customers making greater demands and expecting even greater value. To remain competitive and deliver exceptional value, you need comprehensive, reliable solutions to effectively manage your fleet.” said Daniel Avenel, President of Pelagic Fleet Management.

VesselVanguard Partners with Hatteras Yachts

VesselVanguard announced today a new partnership with Hatteras Yachts to provide a five-year subscription for its award-winning maintenance management solution to every buyer of a new Hatteras convertible or motor yacht. Hatteras owners will be among the first to have access to two groundbreaking new features of VesselVanguard’s cloud-based technology: GPLink telematics integration and interactive deck maps. “We want to give Hatteras owners the very best after-sales experience and VesselVanguard is a central part of that strategy…

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Vessel Vanguard Inks Agreement with Palm Beach Motor Yachts

VesselVanguard, the web-based subscription service that simplifies boat ownership, has announced  its partnership with award-winning pleasure boats builder, Palm Beach Motor Yachts. The company joins a growing list of twenty manufacturers that now provision all new boats with VesselVanguard, including Beneteau, Grand Banks, Hunt, Hargrave, Maritimo and Prestige, to name a few. Providing the ultimate yacht management platform to add value and simplify the ownership experience,…

First User-Defined ECDIS

Raytheon Anschütz introduces what it claims is the world’s first user-defined Electronic Chart Display and Information System, a system it will officially launch at NorShipping in Oslo. Raytheon Anschütz designed the new Synapsis ECDIS NX software based on direct input from customers. The software features a state-of-the-art design and stands out with an intuitive user interface, a clearly structured display, consistent operational concepts and modern interaction patterns such as touch operation, ‘drag and drop,’ pins and handles, and context-sensitive help dialogue.

Raytheon Anschütz’ new ECDIS NX was made from users for users. Image: Raytheon Anschütz

Safety Alert: Global Navigation Satellite Systems

This past summer, multiple outbound vessels from a non-U.S. port suddenly lost GPS signal reception. The net effect was various alarms and a loss of GPS input to the ship's surface search radar, gyro units and Electronic Chart Display & Information System (ECDIS), resulting in no GPS data for position fixing, radar over ground speed inputs, gyro speed input and loss of collision avoidance capabilities on the radar display. Fortunately, the vessels were able to safely continue their voyage using radar in heads up display, magnetic compass and terrestrial navigation. Approximately 6nm later, the vessels' GPS units resumed operation. Although the vessels had back-up systems to allow a safe transit, the consequences could have been severe. These types of…

Finning to Showcase New Diesel Engines

Finning Marine is showcasing the new Cat C8.7 and C12.9 diesel engines, along with the Tier III Cat C32 ACERT propulsion engine and remote monitoring tool at the Southampton Boat Show 2014. With a displacement of 8.7 and 12.9 litres respectively, the Cat C8.7 and C12.9 offer yacht manufacturers a broad array of horsepower ratings ranging from 650 to 1,000 mhp, with the latter making the C12.9 an industry leader in power density. In order to meet customers’ requirements, each engine will be offered in several different configurations; all will conform to Tier 3 emissions regulations.