Ocean Signal to open U.S. operation

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Ocean Signal, a British maker of marine communication and safety products that include EPIRBs, search-and-rescue transponders and VHF radios, will open its own U.S. sales operation this month as Ocean Signal America.

The new company, headed by CEO Talbot Pratt, will be based in Newburyport, Mass., and will share facilities with Digital Yacht and Digital Deep Sea, which make a complementary range of marine electronic products, including AIS, chart plotters and marine PCs, for commercial and leisure markets.

"The U.S. office will be an extension of Ocean Signal's European operation and will allow us to offer a complete service, from sales and marketing right through to service and support for our U.S. dealer and distributor network. Ocean Signal's innovative product line, which includes EPIRBs and search-and-rescue transponders, will sit perfectly with our existing products," Pratt said.

Ocean Signal and Digital Yacht are showing their safety electronics at the Miami International Boat Show at booth C95 in the convention center.