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SW/TCH Maritime Funds H2 e-Ferry

SW/TCH Maritime has announced its investment to construct and own the ‘Water Go Round’ e-ferry in collaboration with Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine (GGZEM).SW/TCH Maritime is a New York-based investment platform building the first fleet of zero-emissions maritime vessels in the US. GGZEM is a provider of turn-key hydrogen fuel cell power systems for ships.The 84-passenger e-ferry is currently under construction at the Bay Ship & Yacht shipyard in Alameda, CA using private funding…

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Dometic Debuts Titanium VARCX Chiller

Dometic is introducing a new titanium VARCX variable capacity chiller at Seawork International in Southampton, UK. Dometic’s HVAC technology has enabled the development of the new chiller with two significant features - corrosion-resistant titanium and variable capacity technology for energy efficiency.The use of titanium condenser coils is designed to increase chiller longevity, ensuring seawater erosion and corrosion caused by marine organic growth are kept to a minimum.All Dometic VARC chillers adjust capacity output based on the current load demand…

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Mission Boat Gear Names New CEO

Mission Boat Gear, designer and developer of innovative boat accessories, announced that it appointed Corey Uchtman as CEO.The announcement coincides with Mission's larger strategy to expand beyond the boating market and tap into the much larger outdoor recreation industry, a goal that Uchtman will support by taking over the daily governance of the company's business activities and financial operations.Uchtman's diverse background will serve him well at the growing design and technology company.

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New Wi-Fi Gateway With Data Logging

Actisense launched tits Wi-Fi Gateway, the W2K-1, which also records a variety of marine vessel data.Actisense released the W2K-1, its NMEA 2000 Wi-Fi Gateway with data logging technology that has the ability to record navigational and engine data.The W2K-1 can transmit NMEA 2000 data using TCP and UPD while also offering support for conversion to NMEA 0183. In addition, the device has the ability to log a wide variety of vessel data such as position, speed, course, depth, wind speed and engine data.All data received from the vessel is logged on the W2K-1’s internal micro SD card…

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Dockmate at Seawork International

Recently brought to the UK’s shores, Dockmate is a future proof, wireless remote-control boat steering system that can be fitted in less than a day on any boat or yacht across the country from driveway to dry dock. Designed to eliminate all the worry and uncertainty associated with docking, Dockmate has confirmed it will be exhibiting for the first time at this year’s Seawork International - Quayside.The team at Dockmate will demonstrate how its remote boat docking technology…

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Fusion Launches New Apollo RA670 Stereo

Fusion offers the new Apollo RA670, a marine stereo featuring a brilliant, optically bonded, full-color LCD display, Fusion’s Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology, Fusion-Link integration and control, multi-zone control in up to three audio zones and PartyBus capabilities when connected to a Wi-Fi or Apollo network; the RA670 is a powerful extension of the Apollo Series.The Apollo Series harnesses the power of Fusion’s DSP technology, designed to deliver premium audio  to all speakers in any environment.

The new simulation centre will be located at the Lakeside North Harbour business hub, near Portsmouth, UK. Copyright: Lakeside North Harbour

Wärtsilä Enables Innovative Simulation Hub

The technology group Wärtsilä is to supply and configure the software solutions for a new, state-of-the-art, purpose built simulation center being constructed near Portsmouth, England. The center is an expansion of the Maritime Skills Academy’s (MSA) training portfolio serving the Solent region, and is designed to meet the specific simulation training requirements of cruise, ferry and superyacht clients. MSA Solent is part of the Viking Maritime Group, headquartered in Dover, England.

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Simrad Cruise: A New Chart Plotter

Simrad Yachting announced Simrad Cruise, an intuitive chart plotter. Designed for simple and straightforward navigation, Cruise features a simple, easy-to-use interface, sunlight-viewable display, pre-loaded U.S. coastal charts, mounting bracket and sonar transducer.Taking ease of use to a new level, Simrad Cruise combines essential GPS features with basic depth-finding capability to deliver safe and reliable navigation at an affordable price. Free from complicated fishing-specific sonar and networking features…

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First Deployment of a Kymeta Sat Antenna

FMC GlobalSat has deployed the world’s first use of the Kymeta software-steered satellite antenna aboard a sportfishing yacht, delivering satellite and wireless network access through its 4G/LTSAT service. Through this solution, the award-winning S.Y. Bad Daddy, a 76-foot Spencer, has global access to FMC GlobalSat’s 4G/LTSAT converged communications platform to receive uninterrupted network connectivity in port and at sea. The solution aboard the S.Y. Bad Daddy leverages a Kymeta…

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V. Ships Leisure, Mystic Cruises Team Up

V.Ships Leisure, part of V.Group, a global marine support services provider, has partnered with Mystic Cruises to provide crew management services including deck, engine, and hotel crew for the 9,300 GRT ice-classed vessel World Explorer.The vessel, which is currently under the final stages of construction at WestSea Viana Shipyard in Portugal will be delivered to Mystic Cruises in Q2 2019. With capacity for 200 passengers, World Explorer will be Mystic Cruises’ first newbuild expedition vessel…

“ ... the best expedition vessel ever built ... ” 
Nikolaos Doulis, Senior Vice President, New Buildings, Lindblad Expeditions, and the model of National Geographic Endurance at the tank testing facility, sporting Ulstein’s signature ‘XBox’. Photo: Lindblad Expeditions

"The best expedition cruise ship ever"

A cruise industry veteran of more than 25 years, Nikolaos Doulis, Lindblad Expeditions’ SVP, New Buildings, discusses with Maritime Reporter & Engineering News the build plan for “the best expedition cruise ship ever built.”Born in Greece to a seafaring family, Nikolaos Doulis was destined for a maritime career. His father was a ship captain and eventually a ship owner, and to support the family business he wanted his son to have an engineering education. So at the age of 14, Doulis started spending more time in and around ships…

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KVH VSAT Shipping Reaches Milestone

KVH Industries shipped its 9,000th mini-Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) Broadband system."The milestone highlights KVH’s position as a maritime VSAT market share leader providing satellite broadband connectivity to vessels around the world," said a press release from the US-based manufacturer of mobile satellite communications solutions.KVH’s TracPhone V-series antenna systems are designed to provide satellite broadband connectivity to commercial and personal vessels globally…

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Riviera to Showcase New Yachts in Japan

Riviera to showcase blue-water 43 Open Flybridge at the Japan International Boat Show and the 445 SUV at March 16 Premiere in Japan.Australia's premium luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, will showcase its blue-water 43 Open Flybridge model in conjunction with Riviera and Belize representative Unimat Precious at the Japan International Boat Show in Yokohama over four days from Thursday, March 7.Unimat Precious representative Mitsuru Ishii said he and his team are honored to showcase…

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Mariner Assessment: "There's an App for That"

Carnival Corporation partnered with Marine Learning Systems to develop an App for mariner skills assessment.Dubbed SkillGrader, the App was designed to help standardize Carnival Corporation’s training and assessment across the company’s fleet of 105 ships and 9 brands. Prior to its development, there were numerous different approaches to training, with hundreds of programs, and a variety of fleet trainers and external training providers.“We wanted to align and standardize our approach.” says John Allen, Carnival Corporation’s Director of Maritime Professional Development.

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Meet the new 105m Esquel

Oceanco’s newest project, the 105-meter (345 ft) diesel-electric driven Esquel has been conceived and designed to explore new territories.Oceanco created Esquel in collaboration with Timur Bozca Design, stylist Gina Brennan, Lateral Naval Architects and Engineering and Pelorus—an experiential and yacht expedition travel company.Sporting a displacement hull with a plumb bow, Esquel has been designed for extensive cruising to remote regions extending from the North Pole to the South Pole and everywhere in between.A blend between an expedition vessel and a superyacht…

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Hatteland Display, Elektronix Merge

Maritime display and computer manufacturer Hatteland Display has announced that it is merging with advanced technology solutions provider Elektronix. Under the terms of this unification, the two subsidiaries of the EMBRON group will now become a single entity, called Hatteland Technology.As a provider of advanced technology solutions within industrial computing, security & surveillance and industrial networking, the Elektronix portfolio is highly complimentary with Hatteland Display’s offering as the global leader in maritime display and computer systems.

Yellowfin Yachts Offering Klipsch Sound System

Yellowfin Yachts has partnered with ASA Electronics and now offers Premium Klipsch Marine Sound on many boat models. The Klipsch Complete Marine Sound System is custom-tuned and configured for each model to provide the best audio performance possible.The heart of the system, Bongiovi DPS Core Technology, dynamically adjusts and remasters the music in real-time, restoring it to playback the way the artist originally intended it to be heard. This ensures crystal clear studio grade audio, even with engine, wind and ambient noise.The 21 Hybrid…

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Klipsch Marine Website Launched

ASA Electronics has launched a brand new website for its Klipsch Marine products.The informational site, KlipschMarine.com, invites boat builders, dealers, and buyers alike to “Rock on Water” with the Klipsch Complete Marine Sound System. Born from a partnership between ASA Electronics, Klipsch Audio, and Bongiovi Acoustic Labs, we’ve created a system designed to deliver the best possible audio on any boat at all times.The website tells the full story of this partnership in addition to breaking down the technical specifications of our stereo, speakers, subwoofer, and amps.

Miami Super Yacht Show on Watson Island 2018. Photo by Lisa Overing

Two Valentine's Day Boat Shows in Miami

If you love boats, there’s no better way to enjoy Valentine’s Day than in Miami, Fla. among 2,000 of the world’s most spectacular yachts and pleasure craft. With temps forecasted in the mid 70’s F, Miami welcomes the world to two different boat shows in three locations, Miami Boat Show and Miami Yacht Show, amid breathtaking views, exotic sports cars, beautiful, stylish women and hand-rolled cigars.In its first year downtown on Miami’s Biscayne Bay, the 31st annual Miami Yacht Show takes place February 14 -18. Many yachting veterans will miss the show’s location on Collins Ave.