• Michael Halpern

    Michael Halpern is a US-born and bred writer with experience in radio. He has lived in southern France for 15 years. Michael is the copy editor of NauticExpo e-magazine.

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    The overall winner at the 2017 edition of the METS marine show’s DAME awards was an add-on to an established product—one that broadens access to marine activities to those with disabilities. The jury of professionals honored the UK’s Scanstrut Ventures Connect Conversion Kit, which makes it possible to modify the...

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    This year’s Safety Equipment innovation award winner at the Tampa, Florida IBEX conference went to Vesper Marine’s deckWatch app. The Auckland, New Zealand firm says it offers the app free to users of its smartAIS transponders. Currently available for Android Wear 2 smartwatches, the system serves as a secondary...

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    The Tampa, Florida IBEX 2017 conferred its Deck Equipment & Hardware innovation award on the Light Pole™ navigation lights from Aluna Systems. Designed to eliminate failures due to corrosion, it uses patented light conduit technology. Replacing standard contacts with light coupling, the system transmits light from a...

    Innovation award winners at last month’s IBEX conference in Tampa, Florida included the Seakeeper 3 anti-roll system in the Mechanical Systems category. Designed for boats in the 30-39 foot range, the unit occupies little space, weighs less than 250 kg (550 lbs), consumes minimal power and operates quietly. Rolling...

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    The TIWAL 3.2, U.S. Boat of the Year in 2014 and winner of a Red Dot design award, is the first performance inflatable dinghy on the market. The compact kit fits in two bags which are easily stowed in a car trunk. Inflation and assembly take just 20 minutes, all without tools. Disassembly is equally rapid and simple....

    Finnish marine tech heavyweight Wärtsilä successfully tested a long-range remote control system on a platform supply vessel in August. Using a standard satellite link, operators at the firm’s San Diego, California center sent maneuvering instructions to the dynamic positioning (DP) system of a Gulfmark Offshore ship...

    After three years of conception and construction, the giant Edmond de Rothschild trimaran underwent initial sea trials off Lorient, France in August. The latest member of the Gitana racing stable, the 15.5-ton vessel measures 32 meters long and 23 in the beam. It’s the first maxi tri ever designed for full foiling,...

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    An international consortium has announced the launch later this year of a prototype autonomous offshore support vessel, a world first. France’s BOURBON marine services company, UK-based Automated Ships (ASL) and Norway’s Kongsberg Maritime are working on the Hrönn, a light-duty utility vessel for offshore energy,...

    Robosea’s new underwater drone swims like a fish to depths of 60 meters for up to two hours. Biki’s sleek, hydrodynamic shape and WiFi operation allow it go nearly anywhere. Movement is generated by the flexible tail, which swings back and forth. Its still/video camera has an anti-vibration feature to keep shots...

    Launched in September 2016, Oceanco’s Black Pearl superyacht was, according to Boat International, recently seen slicing through the waves on sea trials near the builder’s Netherlands yards. Ebony sails grace the vessel’s three rotating masts which tower over triple decks and raised pilothouse. The proprietary DynaRig...