Quick Hits: May 19, 2020

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Ritchie Navigation resumed production this week at its Pembroke, Mass., facility after a mandated closure in late March following state covid-19 guidelines. “During the closure, we received compasses in need of maintenance or repair,” sales and marketing vice president Roby Holland said in a statement. “It'll take us a couple of weeks to catch up with those, but we came back online in a strong way. We continued to take orders while we were down and don't foresee any delays in shipping them out.”

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations has published a policy paper on end-of-life boats in an effort to create a sustainable life cycle — something the group says is lacking in the industry. “What is needed is a collaborative approach involving stakeholders across governments, industry and the public to develop a strategic approach to the management of the issue of end-of-life boats,” said ICOMIA. Read the policy paper here.

Global Ocean Security Technologies has promoted Sean Ryan to global sales manager. “Sean joined GOST and quickly proved to be a dominating force in our sales department…we are super excited to see where he goes with this new role,” said president and CEO Jay Keenan in a statement. Founded in 2005, GOST’s marine security systems utilize HD cameras, motion sensors and real-time GPS tracking, and are compatible with smart devices.


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.