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

Viking Life-Saving Equipment reports 2010 growth

Denmark’s Viking Life-Saving Equipment, a global manufacturer of safety equipment for the maritime, offshore and fire industries, said it grew about 11 percent in 2010. Last year’s strategic focus areas – increasing the product range and expanding service solutions – resulted in an operating profit of 97.6 million Danish kroner (about $18.6 million), a 6…more

SureShade gains patent for canopy design

SureShade, a designer and manufacturer of retractable sunshade systems for the marine industry, received final acceptance of a U.S. patent for its arched roller canvas design, or “arched canopy assembly,” on a boat, the company said. “Our goal in developing the arched roller for our retractable sunshades was to mimic the style of a traditional…more

Aqualuma, Win-tron help Australian flood victims

Aqualuma Marine Lighting and Win-tron Electronics are making donations to help people affected by flooding in Queensland, Australia. Aqualuma and Win-tron have each pledged to donate $10 to the cause for every LED light sold worldwide through March 31. “Aqualuma wants to do whatever it can to help the people of Queensland recover from this horrific tragedy,”…more

Companies collaborate on night-vision tools

OceanView’s Apollo II night vision camera can now be fully integrated into Furuno’s NavNet 3-D navigation system, the companies announced. “OceanView cameras are easily compatible with our NavNet 3D system, making them an ideal collaborator,” Furuno marketing manager Dean Kurutz said in a statement. “We enjoy a good working relationship with OceanView, and full integration…more

Group makes offer to buy Dometic

EQT V, a European private equity group, submitted an offer to acquire Dometic Group from a consortium of lenders, the board of directors and employees of Dometic Group. The deal is worth an estimated 12 billion Swedish kronor (about $1.8 billion). The deal is subject to approval by what is called an extraordinary general meeting…more

MIAMI: Volvo Penta, Garmin to join on product offerings

MIAMI – AB Volvo Penta and Garmin Ltd. entered into a joint development and marketing strategic alliance to provide instrumentation, navigation and communication equipment for marine use, the companies announced at the Miami International Boat Show. Volvo Penta and Garmin will jointly develop the equipment, which will be marketed in a complete customer offer for…more

Suzuki adds marine accessories online

The American Suzuki Motor Corp. announced the addition of marine accessories to its online store, available at SuzukiMarine.com, expanding its online program beyond the motorcycle and ATV categories. Using Shopatron’s retail-integrated eCommerce solution, Suzuki will strengthen partnerships with its dealers by assigning online orders of marine accessories to local authorized dealers. Consumers can choose to…more

Lowrance announces rebate promotion

Lowrance announced a limited-time HDS Ultimate Upgrade Sales Event, which provides cash rebates on its High Definition System line and compatible products. Rebates are available through March 27 to consumers who purchase qualified Lowrance marine electronics from an authorized dealer. “This extensive promotion provides significant savings on our top-selling HDS line and its popular radar,…more

Yanmar debuts high-torque diesel

Yanmar is introducing a compact 4.46 L, twin-turbo V-8 diesel engine. EPA Tier 3-compliant, the 8LV is offered in 320-hp and 370-hp models at a dry weight of 992 pounds. This high-torque engine produces a broad power range, from 550 rpm at idle to 3,800 at the top end. Drive systems include the KMH50 series…more

Cummins reports 4Q, year-end results

Cummins reported record profits for all of 2010, as well as record quarterly sales and profits for the fourth quarter. Fourth-quarter sales were $4.14 billion, up 22 percent from $3.4 billion during the same period in 2009. Earnings before interest and taxes were $541 million, or 13.1 percent of sales, a 41 percent increase from…more

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