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Circle 233 on Reader Service Card high-accuracy MX 421 GPS/DGPS receiver and an IMO-compliant AIS transpon- der system, with a combined control and display unit. Optionally, the MX 420 AIS can be interfaced with an already installed GPS or DGPS receiver onboard instead of the MX 421. The AIS transponder module in the MX 420 system was designed and devel- oped by SAAB TransponderTech, and meets all speci- fications for marine AIS shipboard equipment, and is designed to be compliant with future standards through software upgrades. The combined system takes advan- tage of another Leica innovation, the MX 421, a type- approved high-precision GPS/DGPS "smart antenna."

It was the first GPS product to use the new Silicon Ger- manium (SiGe) receiver chip, and was developed joint- ly by Leica and IBM.

In the wake of corporate consolidations, marine buy- ers can sometimes be confused as from which house comes which product. ExxonMobil, which completed the granddaddy of all mergers last year in combining the two oil industry behemoths, announced a plan to simplify the marine lubricants buying choice to its deep sea customers. ExxonMobil Marine Lubricants announced that its Mobilgard brand will be the flagship product line offered to deep sea customers. The Mobil- gard brand includes a full range of miner- al oils and syn- thetic lubri- cants for marine engines and equipment.

The company will retain the

Esso and

Exxon brand of marine lubri- cants for the coastal and inland sectors.

The company also introduced an enhanced oil analysis program with new Web-based delivery capabilities.

Dubbed Signum Oil Analysis, it will replace the com- pany's Exxcare and Progressive Fast Analysis (PFA) oil analysis programs. "The upgraded Exxcare and

PFA programs adds new on-line capabilities that will make it easier for customers to access information and remedy problems," said Wayne Sirois, global mar- keting manager, ExxonMobil Marine Lubricants.

The new system allows customers to gain access to their specific accounting information, including on- line lube charts, through the Internet, without adding new software.

Transas Marine, another company syn- onymous with advanced marine technolo- gy, in June launched the first of its new generation Navi-Sailor navigation sys- tems, Navi-Sailor 3000. The system incorporates all the functionality of the previously type-approved ECDIS with an additional array of innovative features.

According to Peter Mantel, director of marketing and business development,

Transas made the decision about a year and a half ago to invest in a new platform that would satisfy the technological needs of today and tomorrow. The system has been designed with flexibility in mind, as it features: the option of North-

July, 2001

Transas rolled out its new line — Navi-Sailor 3000 — in Oslo last month.




Up/Head-Up chart display modes; integrated weather forecasting, multi- ple chart display and user-selec- table screen layout; advanced Route

Planning, Radar Overlay and Playback facilities; Relative and True Motion display; and an advanced (U)AIS transponder interface, that will be modified with the final specification come out. The company intends to launch two additional products in the series later this year.

Hamworthy KSE AB, the Swedish-based dry cargo handling division of Hamworthy KSE, stressed that it was involved in far more than the simple design, man- ufacture and supply of cargo handling solutions. The organization is involved with three major European shipping transport projects, including the Improved

Port Ship Interface (IPSI) project, which aims to reduce cargo transported on Europe's clogged motor- ways with an integrated solution highlighting short sea shipping and inland waterways transportation.

Other significant developments that occurred throughout the week included:

MacGregor announced that its new Sherlog ultra- sonic testing system — designed to quickly and easily check the cargo access sealing system — has been type approved.

For additional information on the companies men- tioned in this report, circle the appropriate number on the Reader Service Card in this edition.

ExxonMobil Marine Lubricants 53

Hamworthy KSE 54

Leica 55

Lloyd's Register 56

Loipart 57

MacGregor 58

Transas Marine 59

Wartsila Corp. 60 ^ORTELBOER

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Register , ^km completed a study to find the optimum solution to the question of how to most efficiently propel the next generation of Ultra Large

Containerships (UCLS).

Finland's Loipart introduced a combined fire resistant and thermally insulated door for cold rooms and freezers, the A-60 line.

Brunvoll Bucks The Trend,

And Prospers

At a time when many companies in the marine indus- try see mergers as the key to success, Brunvoll AS, continues to steer its own course. In fact, as Knut

Andresen, Brunvoll's technical director said recently, acquiring a "package" of systems from a large concern may not be the best solution for shipowners anyway, because of the temptation for some companies to hide costs within the package.

Brunvoll has been designing and manufacturing thrusters for more than 37 years since it first introduced tunnel thrusters onto the Norwegian market. It contin- ues to specialize in thrusters to this day, and has gained a worldwide reputation in that sector of the market, choosing to design and manufacture thrusters that are customized to meet the demands of individual ships, rather than low cost, off-the-shelf equipment that is (continued on page 59)


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