Marine industry technology news ranges from engine and other product debuts to reports of executive promotions and interviews with CEOs.

Viking Life-Saving Equipment buys competitor

Marine and fire safety equipment manufacturer Viking Life-Saving Equipment A/S recently acquired Hygrapha GmbH & Co. “The move sees the two former competitors joining forces to strengthen capabilities, with a strong strategic presence in Germany, where the deal will be a significant win for ship owners looking for global safety solutions,” the companies said in…more

Cobra Electronics debuts new website

Cobra Electronics launched a new website featuring easier navigation. The site is organized into product categories as well as lifestyle categories to make it easier for users to see everything they need for a specific activity, such as spending a day on the water or taking a road trip. Each product category is then divided…more

Indmar unveils five-year warranty program

Indmar Marine Engines announced a new factory five-year warranty program available on all 2011 Indmar marine engines. The warranty is fully backed by Indmar and does not include an outsourced third party, the company said. The warranty is also fully transferable. “With five consecutive recognitions from the NMMA for outstanding customer service, offering the Factory…more

Cook Composites raises prices

Cook Composites and Polymers announced a price increase of as much as 12 cents a pound for Chempol Acrylic Coatings Resins and Coroc Additives. The new prices are effective for orders shipped on or after Sept. 20. “This action is necessary due to continued cost increases and tight supply of acrylic monomers,” the company said…more


Former Turning Point Propellers VP dies

The marine industry lost a man who helped create the concept of retail merchandising for propellers when Dixon L. Kendall, of Morton Grove, Ill., died Aug. 25 of a heart attack. He was 74. A Chicago native, Kendall brought decades of merchandising and marketing experience to his tenure with Turning Point Propellers, where he served…more

Duke Energy, UNC look at wind project off N.C. coast

Duke Energy Carolinas will no longer pursue a plan to place as many as three demonstration wind turbines in the Pamlico Sound. Instead, the company and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will refocus their efforts to study and help enable large-scale offshore wind development on the ocean side of the North Carolina…more

Closed-mold demos planned at IBEX

Composites One, along with Magnum Venus Plastech and the Closed Mold Alliance, will use closed-mold technology to build a variety of large and small boat parts in the outdoor demo area during IBEX 2010. IBEX will be held Sept. 28-30 in Louisville, Ky. Running throughout the show, the demonstrations feature three advanced processes: the new…more

Indmar named title sponsor of water ski tournament

Indmar Marine Engines was named the title sponsor of the 2010 Division 1 Show Ski national championships, USA Water Ski announced. The 36th annual Indmar Marine Engines Division 1 Show Ski National Championships will be held Aug. 13-15 at South Wood County Park on Lake Wazeecha in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. “Indmar touches the lives of…more

Lawsuit says Suzuki outboard overheats

Two men in Alaska are suing American Suzuki Motor Corp., alleging that the company’s DF300 outboard overheats, causing safety concerns and shortening the life of the engine, according to court documents. The lawsuit was filed in June in Superior Court in the First Judicial District at Ketchikan. Suzuki, which has not yet answered the complaint,…more

Win-tron Bermuda crossing is delayed

High winds and rough seas in the North Atlantic forced a rescheduling of the July 29 start of the Win-tron Electronics/Contender Boats Bermuda Challenge Run. The 673-nautical mile (774-mile) crossing from Manhattan to Georgetown, Bermuda, is now tentatively set for the week of Aug. 20, according to Chuck Arnold, Northeast sales manager of Contender Boats…more

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