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FUNA acquires MAVCO

Miami-based FUNA International, a subsidiary of SAM Electronics, an L-3 Communications company, announced that it finalized the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of MAVCO, Inc. on April 12. MAVCO, a leading provider of integrated low-voltage electrical system solutions for marine- and land-based applications worldwide, will be integrated into FUNA's existing operational structure to deliver expanded capabilities to its customer base. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Established in 1962, MAVCO specializes in audio, video, lighting, public address, broadcast and security systems. MAVCO's headquarters in Miami houses its management, design, engineering, sales and logistics departments in addition to repair workshops and extensive fabrication areas. The company also maintains an engineering office in Worcestershire, U.K. As a part of the acquisition, the MAVCO name will be integrated into the new, now larger, FUNA brand.

"MAVCO is proud to be joining the L-3 and FUNA family," said John Timinsky, president of former MAVCO and new executive vice president within the now larger FUNA organization. "The acquisition expands our portfolio of products and services, providing us with greater resources to better serve our customers. MAVCO is a natural fit with FUNA's current business."

"We are excited to have MAVCO join the FUNA and L-3 team," said Rex R. Stull, president of FUNA. "MAVCO also brings a new set of customers to FUNA, as well as experience with several specialized markets, such as courts, and local, state and federal government agencies."

FUNA is a global design, engineering, integration and consulting firm that employs more than 200 professionals in 10 international locations. The company was founded in 1972, and its headquarters are located in Emden, Germany. FUNA has over 39 years of experience in integrating a variety of complex systems spanning numerous projects, from the cruise, mega-yacht and offshore industries to comprehensive land-based applications. Its extensive maritime expertise encompasses all types of vessels, including 8 of the 10 largest cruise ships currently afloat, as well as 25 of the 100 largest superyachts in the world. FUNA is ISO 9001 certified in Germany and Finland, and is in the process of receiving certification in the United States.

Wärtsilä Hamworthy wins MBR contract for UK’s largest cruise ship

Wärtsilä Hamworthy has won a contract from Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A. to supply two Membrane BioReactors (MBRs) to the 141,000 gross ton newbuilding under construction for Carnival group member P&O Cruises.

Hamworthy has delivered more than 25 MBR advanced wastewater systems to the world’s largest cruise ship operator, Carnival. The company’s MBR system produces the highest quality discharge without requiring any addition or generation of chemicals that are hazardous to the environment or vessel operation. For this contract Wärtsilä Hamworthy will also be responsible for UV polishing. The 3,611 passenger capacity vessel is set to enter service in March 2015. It will be the largest to be constructed for the British market and the order includes an option for a second vessel.

Incorporating a twin-line funnel profile, the newbuilding will reflect the highest technological standards as well as a stylish interior décor.

Kevin Robertson, Sales Director, Wärtsilä Water Systems, said: "Carnival group is once again showing confidence in the ability of Hamworthy’s advanced wastewater treatment technology to meet increasing environmental legislative requirements."

Vizada upgrades Pharostar VSAT portfolio

Vizada, the leading provider of global satellite-based mobility services recently acquired by Astrium, is launching a new addition to its Pharostar maritime VSAT portfolio. The latest innovation around the cost-effective high speed satellite service has been developed with a view to making maritime VSAT easier to install and more accessible to a wider range of vessels including medium-size transportation, fishing and leisure boats. 

With data rates up to 1,5Mbps, Vizada introduces a new range of service plans for Pharostar based on “data allowances” to compliment the traditional “throughput-based” VSAT offering. Packages start from 5 GBs for an airtime cost of $1,000, with easy top-up options.

New 60cm and 80cm compact and reliable Ku-band antennas have been added to the existing 1m antennas choices, and can be delivered pre-assembled for simpler and faster installation time on board. Pharostar’s coverage area is planned to be extended twice this year giving further reach to vessels operating in the South Atlantic and Indian oceans. The newly designed Pharostar service can be combined with a mobile satellite service (MSS) back-up for full global coverage.  

Ghani Behloul, Vizada Chief Marketing Officer, commented: “These additions are the latest components in our strategy to offer the largest choice to the maritime community and to develop the most comprehensive maritime broadband solutions portfolio in the market. They will allow us to welcome more vessels onto our network and contribute to improve the service for the existing ones.”

A major advantage of the new Pharostar service is that it can be efficiently managed through Vizada XChangeTM, a platform which can be easily installed on board the vessel to interconnect with the corporate network. Vizada XChange enables the IT manager to seamlessly switch connectivity from VSAT to MSS, ensuring continuous communications as the ship enters or exits the coverage zones. Access to, and management of Vizada SolutionsTM such as anti-virus software and web compression is also handled through Vizada XChange. Additionally, crew can choose between the full set of prepaid communications options (voice, email, web) while using a single card.


 

Eaton presents versatile portfolio at SMM 2012 in Hamburg

Eaton, a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control, as well as hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment, will be showing its full range of offerings for the marine and offshore industry at SMM 2012 in Hamburg on 4th – 7th September. On its 95sq metre stand in Hall B6, Stand 308, Eaton will demonstrate its expertise in providing reliable, high-performance energy distribution and UPS systems as well as automation and hydraulic solutions that enable safe and comfortable voyages.

No matter what size the vessel, power distribution and control are essential to reliable operation. With a steady trend towards increasing operational efficiencies, the demand for power on-board continues to grow and so do the requirements for reliability, sustainability and safety. Eaton offers equipment for switching, distribution, protection, metering and control of electrical energy that meet these demands.

The medium voltage portfolio includes primary and secondary switchgear and ring main units which are free from SF6 (sulphur hexafluoride) gas, and thus, environmentally friendly vacuum switches combined with solid insulation material. Also highlighted on the stand will be Eaton’s range of low voltage systems designed for optimised energy management as well as for safety and flexibility. For example, the low voltage distribution and motor control centre Capitole 40 handling up to 6300A / 690V has a completely arc-free design by creation of a fault-free zone, and thanks to its plug-in and withdrawable units, accommodates quick on-site changes. Other low voltage systems integrate the arc-fault protection system ARCON, which not only detects an arc fault, but a special quenching unit also extinguishes it in less than 2ms. Circuit-breakers like the NZM and IZM offer the shipbuilding sector features like tool-less technology and interference-free operation.

With innovative technologies and more complex electronics moving on board ships, there is also a need for disturbance-free power systems that supply both uninterruptible and clean power. Thanks to over 50 years of experience in the design, production and delivery of advanced marine UPS to cruise liners, ferries, ice breakers, LNG carriers, cable ships, dredgers and oil rigs, Eaton is a global leader in power quality for marine applications. The portfolio comprises UPS’s to protect safety and cruising related systems, commercial applications on cruise liners and special systems on board vessels as well as UPS’s that guarantee the smooth operation of on-board business management systems. In addition to its marine certified small (0-3 kVA), medium (8-160 kVA) and large systems (225-1,100 kVA), Eaton offers complementary power management solutions comprising of software and connectivity products.

Visitors to SMM 2012 in Hamburg can find out more about these and other products and solutions, as well as Eaton’s global service network comprising more than 1,200 professionals and selected authorised service partners worldwide. Experts from Eaton will also be available on the stand to discuss visitors’ specific application needs.

VIKING ramps up Down Under

Six existing certified service partner stations in Australia, and three in New Zealand will expand their servicing portfolio to include VIKING’s popular fixed- price Shipowner Agreement. The expansion will take place through two long-running VIKING partners – Australia’s Wiltrading and New Zealand’s Denray Marine.

The inclusion of Australia and New Zealand in VIKING’s fixed-price Shipowner Agreement network has long been on the wishlist of shipowners doing business in that part of the world. While the addition of these two highly developed countries may seem a natural step for a global offering like the Shipowner Agreement, there is a powerful underlying driver in these markets: the generally high price levels Down Under, making VIKING’s globally fixed prices particularly attractive.

VIKING CEO Henrik Uhd Christensen: “By getting closer with the two partners Down Under, we have achieved our goal of providing comprehensive geographical coverage for the Shipowner Agreement. In both cases, we have simply extended a long history of fruitful cooperation, formalizing and deepening it even more. All parties are confident that this agreement will result in higher service volume and closer co-operation for many years to come.”

With the introduction of the Shipowner Agreements to the region, VIKING and Wiltrading have strengthened their long-term relationship with Wiltrading’s nationwide network.

According to Wiltrading’s General Manager, Rob Lynn, “VIKING’s Shipowner Agreements are revolutionizing the way servicing of life-saving equipment is carried out. Australia is an important link in VIKING’s global network and, with strategically located service facilities located around the Australian coastline, Wiltrading is committed to supporting shipowners whose vessels operate in this region.”

John Peake, General Manager of Auckland-based Denray Marine, sees the benefits of the Shipowner Agreements for his clients and his business: “We’re pleased to be part of VIKING’s Shipowner Agreement network, helping to bring fixed-price servicing to the global shipping industry.”

VIKING’s Shipowner Agreements offer the market’s broadest, most comprehensive servicing package for marine safety equipment. The agreements were the first to provide global, all-in-one servicing with a choice of product packages, systems and servicing that range from basic options to top-of-the-line innovations. These highly customizable, managed service offerings have been rapidly adopted by the shipping industry. Key to the success of the Shipowner Agreements is a variety of fixed-price payment plans aimed at ensuring shipowners know exactly what they can expect and how much it will cost. Shipowner Agreement-based servicing at a fixed price is now available in up to 118 ports all over the world.

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