—Literature Available— Furuno U.S.A., Inc., South San Francisco, Calif., recently introduced a new low-cost searchlight sonar to their line of professional fish finding equipment, and added the FCV-551 eight-color video sounder to its sounder family.
A unique shallow-draft, selfcontained and self-elevating cantilevered drilling platform was launched November 22 from Marathon's Brownsville, Texas, shipyard. The new Marathon 150-44-C class platform is being constructed for Chiles Offshore Limited, Houston.
The European Union is on track to start its own satellite navigation and positioning system, Galileo, as it was earlier this year announced that the Council of Transport Ministers released the $44 million needed to develop Galileo, and at the same
China's importance in the world maritime market has accelerated rapidly over the past decade, but it appears that current and near future growth will prove even more prolific. Chinese shipyards for 10 years have continued to dent the market share numbers of major shipbuilders in Japan.
Maritime communications is an estimated $1 billion industry, encompassing ship operators, merchant fleets, governments and private yacht owners. There is arguably no more quickly evolving technical sector in the maritime market than the satellite communications niche.
—Literature Available The City of Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners has awarded a Port Development Study to MarineSafety International, which is headquartered at the National Maritime Research Center, Kings Point, N.Y. The study effort,
Japan Radio Co., Ltd. (JRC) of Tokyo, Japan, has introduced two new products, the JLR-4000 GPS Navigator, and the GSC-80 ODARS (On- Board Data Automatic Recording System). The GPS/NAVSTAR (Global Positioning System/NAVigation System with Timing
As the information age firmly roots onboard vessels of all shapes and sizes — from tugboats to tankers — there is a glaring need for enhanced information processing and handling to ensure that crews maintain their focus on the safe and efficient operation of the vessel.
Furuno U.S.A., San Francisco, Calif., recently announced the introduction of several new products. Furuno's new FAP-55 microprocessor- controlled autopilot features five operating modes, a large easyto- read LCD display, built-in dodge steering,
Aquamaster-Rauma Ltd., Rauma, Finland, has published free literature on products and services offered by the company. Included is a discussion of electric Rauma deck machinery aboard the M/S Silja Serenade, one of the world's biggest car and passenger ships.