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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.


AIM Marine Group Hosts Meet the Editors Event

More than a dozen editors from Active Interest Media’s Marine Group participated in the day-long, information-sharing event.

Fairline Makes Leadership Appointments

The British luxury boatbuilder founded plans to chart its course for the future with a new CEO and the return of Derek Carter as chairman.

Battle on the Great Lakes Rages On

The Icebreaker Wind Turbine Development faces strong headwinds from boating and fishing groups.

Limestone Boat Co. Expands Dealer Network

The company adds four new dealers to its roster, with three to represent Aquasport Boats.

NMEA Announces ‘22 Training Course Schedule

For next year, marine training courses will be offered as virtual and in-person sessions for basic marine electronics installers, and in-person only for advanced installers.

GM Invests $150M in Electric Boat Start-Up

General Motors has acquired a 25-percent stake in Pure Watercraft, a Seattle-based e-propulsion outfit.

Patrick Acquires Marine and RV Seating Maker

The Elkhart, Ind.-based component manufacturer finalized its purchase of Williamsburg Marine and Williamsburg Furniture.