Thursday, September 26, 2013

News: Martek continues to have success overseas

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Rotherham company, Martek Marine, one of the world leaders in the supply of safety and environmental monitoring systems for the shipping industry, has supplied 125 Navgard Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm Systems (BNWAS) to Tidewater's fleet on the coast of Africa, in a significant six figure contract.

Based in Manvers, Martek designed its Navguard BNWAS to monitor bridge activity and detect any operator disability that could lead to shipping accidents. The system monitors the awareness of the Officer of the Watch (OOW) and automatically alerts other staff if for any reason, the OOW becomes incapable of performing duties through an accident, sickness or even a security breach such as piracy or hijacking.

Tidewater has the largest fleet of offshore vessels providing marine support services to the oil and gas industry, transporting crews and supplies to rigs around the world.

Navguard is the only system available which has type-approval from all major classification societies and will be retrofitted to Tidewater's African fleet.

Martek started the installation project by training the fleet's engineers while the first few vessels were in dry dock in Las Palmas. The Tidewater engineers were quickly happy with the simplicity of the installation, at which point Martek simply supplied the equipment for the engineers to continue the installation – saving them thousands of dollars and not interrupting the vessels' operations.

Lyall Smith, regional technical manager at Tidewater, said: "After some consideration, I chose Navgard for our African fleet of offshore support vessels because the system had no hidden costs – our own engineers fitted them, the installation did not disrupt our operations at all, it already had type approval under ABS and all our flag states, including USCG and Martek were able to obtain blanket plan approval quickly and at very little cost."

Exporting to over 80 countries, Martek has a turnover of around £10m and recently sailed through the £1m profit barrier. Other innovative products include defibrillators, monitoring systems, electronic chart displays and a gas callibration system. The latest product to launch is the portable water testing kit, Drinksafe.

Martek Marine website

Images: Tidewater

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