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

Awlgrip alters topcoat formula

Awlgrip announced a revision to its topcoat, saying this latest change achieves the goal of providing for its customers, while accommodating regulatory requirements. “Awlgrip is committed to continual product development along with staying ahead of forthcoming legislation,” global manager Ken Hickling said in a statement. “The good news for customers is that Awlgrip is now…more

Cummins to expand Indiana plant, add jobs

Cummins is expanding its High-Horsepower Technical Center and high-horsepower engine product line at its manufacturing facility in Seymour, Ind., which is expected to result in approximately 200 engineering and manufacturing jobs in the next five years, the company announced. Cummins plans to invest approximately $100 million in the expansion at the Seymour plant, which currently…more

Win-tron readies for run to Bermuda

The Win-tron Electronics/Contender Boats New York-to-Bermuda Challenge Run is set for July 15-16. Chuck Arnold, Northeast sales manager for Contender Boats, will pilot the run. His crew includes Edward Winder, president of Win-tron. “We have set an aggressive target of completing the crossing to Bermuda in 18 to 19 hours, which would beat the current…more

Viking Life-Saving Equipment to acquire Virginia distributor

Viking Life-Saving Equipment has an agreement to purchase the assets of USA Services in Norfolk, Va., and, effective Aug. 6, the facility will operate under the Viking name, improving logistics and distribution for its regional sales and service partners. “Our goal is to provide comprehensive sales and service of all USCG- and SOLAS-regulated equipment,” Viking…more

Dometic offers help on cooling systems affected by Gulf oil spill

In response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Dometic Marine issued Guidance Notes regarding the operation of any water-cooled air-conditioning and refrigeration systems affected by oil. “While the effects of crude oil contamination on water-cooled air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment are not yet thoroughly known, it is recognized that crude oil could be detrimental to…more

Cook Composites exonerated in gelcoat claim

Cook Composites and Polymers was again found not responsible for cracking of gelcoat on yachts built by Viking Yacht Co. and Post Marine Co. between 1997 and 2004. The opinion, issued last week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, affirms a jury verdict issued last July after a five-week trial in…more

Viking Life-Saving Equipment revamps regional operations

Viking Life-Saving Equipment, a leader in marine and fire safety equipment, restructured its production facilities and representation into five regional areas across the globe. The company’s plans are designed to deliver new efficiencies and to support the delivery of a new level of customer experience for its business partners worldwide, the company said. “A natural…more

Intellian opens South Korean facility

Marine satellite antenna manufacturer Intellian opened a state-of-the-art facility for research and development, manufacturing, shipping and training near Seoul, South Korea. The Intellian Innovation Center is a new 71,000-square-foot, four-story building designed for increased production and technology development. The center’s training facilities will provide partners an opportunity to gain in-depth product knowledge, hands-on experience and…more

Dealer wins drawing held by Furrion, Land ‘N’ Sea

Wayne Black of South Austin Marine  in Austin, Texas, won a seven-day trip for two anywhere in the continental U.S. in a recent drawing sponsored by shore power products manufacturer Furrion and Land ‘N’ Sea Distributors. Furrion’s products – cordsets, cables, adapters, plugs and inlets – feature the company’s built-in Smart technology. Land ‘N’ Sea…more

Volvo Penta warns of engine damage from Gulf oil

As the effects from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion continue to spread, engine manufacturer Volvo Penta of the Americas issued a statement regarding customer unease over potential damage the oil can cause to their boat engines. “This disaster has and will affect an overwhelming number of Americans, their businesses, their recreation and our natural…more

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