• Theme: Equipment

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    RAMLAB, the port of Rotterdam’s additive manufacturing lab, is developing the first ship propeller manufactured using 3D-Printing technology. The joint effort includes partners Damen Shipyards, Promarin, Autodesk and Bureau Veritas. The propeller is based on a Promarin model found on a Damen tug. It measures 1,300 mm...

    Yachting has been transformed over the last 50 years by major innovations such as fibreglass hulls, Dacron sails, non-stretch Dyneema cordage and GPS navigation. Modern gear makes it easier to enjoy sailing and often requires less crew.   Nowadays, materials such as carbon, composites and alloys allow the construction...

    Catching the wrong fish is both an environmental disaster and an economic burden for fishermen. SafetyNet, a UK start-up, has successfully launched a crowdfunding campaign to help develop Pisces, its light-emitting solution. The system is based on the simple fact that fish and crustaceans are attracted by light, but...

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    This year’s China International Boat Show in Shanghai saw Victron Energy haul in the Most Innovative Company award. The Dutch firm beat out competitors from throughout the marine sector with its Quattro inverter/chargers and other recent products. The 15 kVA Quattro can be connected to two different AC sources—for...

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    Forget the rumors. There’s no ban on the horizon. Copper was recently EU approved as an active ingredient in antifouling, and there are interesting biocide-free alternatives on the market.   Keeping marine growth off our hulls without damaging ocean life is a real dilemma. And the problem is getting worse, as the...

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    Recent research shows that sharks have much better eyesight than previously thought, and that vision plays a crucial role in hunting prey. In response, Australian wetsuit manufacturer Radiator has incorporated certain colors and motifs developed by Shark Mitigation Systems (SMS) into its Shark Deterrent line. The...

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    Shoemaker adidas recently released the ULTRABOOST Uncaged Parley running shoe made almost entirely of plastic waste recovered from waters around the Maldive Islands in the Indian Ocean. Eleven plastic bottles go into each pair, with five percent of the content consisting of recycled polyester. New methods for turning...

    Bolidt has launched a new, innovative glow-in-the-dark decking solution, Bolideck Glow, that improves energy efficiency by reducing lighting requirements. In exterior applications it harvests and stores solar energy during the day which can be used for night-time lighting. The system also provides safety benefits by...

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    After more than three years of research and development, the US company Kymeta announced in early March that its flat-panel satellite antennas intended for superyachts are now available. The metamaterials-based mTenna ASM will appear on the first yachts in May and June of this year. Field testing will ensure that...

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    Last month’s EUROMARITIME fair in Paris inspired NauticExpo e-mag to take another look at the smart container revolution. The system renders a container intelligent, enabling it to communicate specific information in real time on its location and the state of the merchandise it contains. We talked to Tim Baker of...