Quick Hits: January 25, 2021


Inmarsat Maritime said in a statement that it completed its 10,000th Fleet Xpress installation and will launch a series of incentives to celebrate the milestone. “The Fleet Xpress service continues to provide the superyacht sector’s gold standard for seamless, mobile broadband,” Inmarsat president Ronald Spithout said. “Maritime digitalization is now unstoppable. The market is becoming mature enough to support its own digital ecosystem with separate bandwidth channels for crew, applications and operations.”

The National Marine Electronics Association’s installer certification classes are scheduled to begin Feb. 23-25 in three, six- to eight-hour virtual sessions: Basic Marine Electronics Installer, Basic NMEA2000 Network Installer and Advanced Marine Electronics Installer. A certification exam will follow each session. The sessions are open to NMEA members and non-members. Click here to register and for more information.


NMMA Confirms Industry Growth

NMMA president Frank Hugelmeyer said the boating business grew 12 percent last year during yesterday’s virtual State of the Boating Industry address.

Newport Show Dates Announced

Organizers are planning for an in-person Golden Anniversary edition of the show Sept. 16-19.

Quick Hits: March 5, 2021

The National Association of Manufacturers names Brunswick Corp. CFO Ryan Gwillim to its Board of Directors.

Caught Red-Handed

Two commercial fishermen were jailed for possessing an illegal haul that included 100 undersized lobster tails, which is a felony. Also, fisheries management gets new funding.

Bennington Expands Operations

The pontoon builder plans to add jobs at its new facility in Elkhart County, Ind., and increase manufacturing output.

KVH Industries Names CFO

Longtime telecom financial executive Roger A. Kuebel assumes the position that COO Brent Bruun had held in an interim capacity.