Navigation Systems

A new class of ship: Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection (Image courtesy: Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection)

Raytheon Anschütz INS for Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, together with the Spanish Barreras shipyard of Vigo, have selected Raytheon Anschütz to supply a high-end Integrated Navigation System (INS) of the Synapsis NX generation for the first vessel of a new class of most advanced passenger ships.The INS is part of a larger contract awarded to ABB’s Marine and Ports Business, who are acting as the total ship system provider and integrator to the new class of ships. ABB and Raytheon Anschütz have entered…

Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum solid state S-Band radar system (Image: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä Rolls Out New Solid State Radar

Wärtsilä introduced its new Nacos Platinum solid state S-Band radar system at the SMM trade fair in Hamburg.The next generation marine radar offering promotes safety via optimized target detection, regardless of the prevailing environmental conditions, the manufacturer said. Furthermore, the compact design enhances system reliability, while the elimination of a magnetron creates a reduction in maintenance costs compared to conventional radar systems.“Wärtsilä’s smart marine vision is to utilize the latest technologies…

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Raymarine Launches New AIS Transceiver

Raymarine, a brand by FLIR systems, has announced the launch of its new Automatic Identification System (AIS) transceiver featuring an integrated antenna splitter. The new Raymarine AIS700 Class B transceiver enables boat owners to share the same antenna with their onboard VHF equipment making installation much easier, tidier and less expensive. Delivering the best-in-class performance, the AIS700 uses the latest networking technologies for faster updating, increased bandwidth and better range.

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Safebridge Launches SafeYacht

SafeYacht opens up a professional dimension to the training of sport skippers. Safebridge, a Hamburg-based company training international commercial shipping navigators since 2009, with SafeYacht extends its portfolio to recreational boating. SafeYacht is a cross-platform application which uses the e-learning methodology as a unique feature and gives the access to the software of the final device. A new online training enables sailors and motor boat drivers to deal with their navigation systems as thoroughly like professionals on large vessels.

ML-XT solution for wiring applications in harsh environments. The 18-circuit ML-XT sealed system, with XRC terminals, color-coded housings and custom options, ships fully assembled—ready to deliver full IP68, IP69K and SAE J2030 compliance. (Photo: Molex)

Navigating Marine Connectivity

The NMEA (National Marine Electronics Association) 2000 standards helped create a framework for safer, more reliable marine communications by streamlining the connectivity of boat engines, navigation, control, power distribution, water, waste and other mechanical and monitoring systems. Onboard connectivity translates into improved operator safety, better diagnostics, simplified maintenance and lower lifetime costs. Manufacturers recognize the value of electronics to distinguish their brand—and satisfy customers seeking connectivity at sea.

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Damen Launches 55m Yacht Support Vessel

On July 10, Damen launched its latest vessel New Frontiers, a new evolution in the Dutch shipbuilder’s yacht support range. For the first time, the 55-meter vessel debuts dedicated owner and guest accommodation plus a host of yachting enhancements that distinguish the YS 5009 from its predecessors. The new build is scheduled for delivery in September and has been confirmed to appear at the Monaco Yacht Show from September 27-30. New Frontiers offers a combination of adventure and superyacht support functions, explains Commercial Director, Rose Damen: “New Frontiers is ripping up the rule book.

B&G will be providing vital race support to the organizers and crews of the race. Image B&G

B&G Selected Official Volvo Ocean Race Supplier

B&G will be an Official Volvo Ocean Race Supplier for the 2017/18 race. B&G will be the    heart of the entire fleet of Volvo Ocean 65 yachts with state-of-the-art navigation systems, tactical software and Grand Prix level  instrument systems. B&G will also be providing race support to the organizers and crews of the 2017 Volvo Ocean Race, which begins on the 4th October in Alicante, Spain. “Since the inception of the    world-renowned Volvo Ocean Race, every winning team has relied on sailing instruments from B&G,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO of Navico.

Lowrance HOOK-4 fishfinderchartplotter, with powerful CHIRP and DownScan Imaging features, will be offered as exclusive navigation option on all 2017 Crest I, Crest II, Crest II Fish and Crest II Select boats. Photo Simrad

Simrad, Crest Pontoons Ink Partnership Deal

In an exclusive partnership with Crest Pontoons, Simrad GO5 XSEmultifunction displays will be offered as the standard navigation system on all 2017 Caliber, Classic, Caribbean, Continental and Savannah boats. Loaded with today’s latest boating technologies, the Simrad GO5 XSE features a super-bright multi-touch display, internal 10 Hz GPS receiver, StructureScan HD and CHIRP Sonar, autopilot integration/control, engine data monitoring, full audio entertainment integration with SonicHub 2…

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KEP Marine Unveils KMGBL

KEP Marine – the manufacturer of type approved displays, computers and peripherals, announced  the release of the affordable, high-quality KMGBL Glass Bridge Light Displays. Offered in 12-, 15-, 19- and 24-inch screen sizes, the KMGBL Glass Bridge Light Displays are crystal clear, sunlight readable, LED-backlit LCD monitors, manufactured to KEP Marine’s world-renowned standards. The slim profile and lightweight case is constructed of milled billet aluminum and provides IP68 waterproof protection on the front face and IP65 protection when console mounted.

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Navico Launches GoFree Brand

Navico, manufacturer of marine electronics and parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands, has launched its newest brand, GoFree. Designed to deliver content and services to consumers for use with Lowrance, Simrad and B&G Multifunction Displays (MFDs), as well as mobile devices. GoFree products include all existing Insight charts, Insight Genesis personalized mapping service with Social Map community data sharing, BioBase aquatic map Software as a Service (SaaS), the online GoFree Shop which offers content from Jeppesen…

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Simrad Teams with Chris-Craft

Simrad Yachting has entered into a new agreement with Chris-Craft which entails enables Simrad NSO evo2 multi-touch, glass bridge navigation systems to be offered on the Catalina 34 model of Chris-Craft center console powerboats. A new design for Chris-Craft, the Catalina 34 is the largest of the Catalina center console line and will incorporate the latest technology while maintaining the builder’s signature style. Powered by triple Mercury Verado outboard engines, the boat will include digital switching and Mercury VesselView integration that delivers over 30 engine parameters…

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Echo Yachts to Build Largest Austrailian Superyacht

Echo Yachts, based in the Henderson Marine Precinct, said it is bringing together a “who’s who” in the Australian superyacht industry. The company is undertaking yacht building projects, including the construction of the largest ever super yacht built in Australia. The 84-meter aluminum yacht, also to be the largest tri-hulled super yacht built worldwide, will have a tri-hull configuration allowing for a 20 meter beam. This feature will accommodate a vast deck expanse and palatial interior spaces. Construction will take three years from start to finish.

Oxis & MSP Jointly to Develop Marine Lithium Sulfur Batteries

OXIS Energy and Multi Source Power (MSP) Technologies say they have formed a new partnership to enable the development of marine lithium sulfur batteries, and will launch the new product in the spring of 2015. This development will be part of the Ghost Power Brand. It will be a versatile battery system scalable from 20 kWh to 50 kWh upwards and will provide multiple configurable voltage outputs that will not only power electric motor boats, but can also be used to power air conditioning systems, navigation systems etc. The…

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Simrad MX Now GLONASS Compatible

Simrad says that its new MX Series MX521B Smart Antenna, and HS80A and MX575D DGNSS Compasses are compatible with both Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) system in operation — the US Global Positioning System (GPS) and the Russian Federation's Global Orbiting Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS). A space-based satellite navigation system operated by the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces, GLONASS provides additional satellite coverage to GPS. Enhancing heading and position performance…

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Garmin to Acquire NZ’s Fusions Electronics

Satellite navigation systems provider Garmin says it has entered into an agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Fusion Electronics Limited and its subsidiaries. Fusion is a privately-held provider of integrated marine audio equipment, headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand. The completion of the acquisition, which is subject to customary conditions, is expected to occur on June 30, 2014. “Fusion has pioneered a number of innovations in marine audio. Their ability to integrate their products with networked marine multifunction displays has been recognized across the industry…

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Raymarine Introduces New Interface

New low-cost ECI-100 Universal Engine and Control Interface offers a single point of connection for engines and drive-by-wire propulsion systems. Raymarine is proud to announce the launch of the ground-breaking new ECI-100 Universal Engine and Control Interface. The ECI-100 is an innovative device for boat builders and system integrators that bridges the gap between engine instrumentation, drive-by-wire propulsion systems, and Raymarine network navigation systems. The ECI-100…

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New Jeppesen Cartography Available

Jeppesen’s new C-MAP MAX-N Wide cartography, designed for popular navigation systems from global marine electronics leader Navico, is now available to boaters worldwide through the Navico Insight Store and Jeppesen authorized dealers. MAX-N Wide is compatible with Lowrance Elite 7 and HDS Gen1, Gen2 and Gen2Touch; Simrad NSS, NSE and NSO and B&G Zeus Touch Multifunction Navigators. These navigation systems have are used across a spectrum of boaters, including fishermen, cruisers and sailors…

Standard Horizon Upgrades Navigation System

Standard Horizon released a free software upgrade for its CPN Series touch-screen multimedia navigation systems, the 10.1-inch CPN 1010i and seven-inch CPN700i. The update is available through Standard Horizon’s website at standardhorizon.com. By taking advantage of Standard Horizon’s v2.2.2.210 software, users of these advanced C-MAP 4D based chartplotters will unlock enhanced navigation performance, exclusive pairing with Jeppesen’s Plan2Nav mobile app and an improved online and entertainment experience anytime a WiFi hotspot is near.

New MAX-N Local Charts Provide Jeppesen Cartography

Jeppesen's new C-MAP MAX-N Local chart release for the EMEA region is made for two things -- compatibility with popular navigation systems from and the demands of cruisers, sailors and fishermen throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. New MAX-N Local charts will deliver an enhanced navigation experience to owners of Lowrance Elite 7 and HDS Gen1, Gen2 and Gen2Touch, Simrad NSS, NSE and NSO, and B&G Zeus Touch Multifunction Navigators. Jeppesen's launch of MAX-N cartography puts a new level of accurate chart data and detailed information at the fingertips of boaters navigating the Atlantic European Coasts…