Thursday, January 23, 2014

News: Martek launch latest product

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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 launched its latest product - a world-first, network-connected chart system.

Based in Manvers, Martek has been working on a new electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS), a navigation information system that keeps up-to-date charts and can be used as an alternative to paper nautical charts.

The iECDIS is the first of its kind to implement a GSM modem, meaning that the downloading and installation of charts and updates will be automatic, without any administrative pressures needed through CD updates. The GSM modem will use a mobile network signal, being able to download changeable weather forecasts and warnings instantly.

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) approved amendments to the international convention in June 2009 which made it compulsory to fit an ECDIS. All large passenger liners, tankers and cargo ships will be obliged to fit an ECDIS over the coming years.

Bentley Strafford-Stephenson, ECDIS product specialist at Martek Marine, said: "We've created a market-leading solution which combines cutting-edge technology with a very lucrative commercial proposition and a system which mariners will want to use and ship managers will find easy to adopt."

The Martek product uses military spec hardware and offers features such as radar, ice-chart overlays, weather, piracy and route planning, all available within minutes of uploading.

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. Recent product launches include the potable water testing kit, Drinksafe.

Martek Marine website

Images: Martek Marine

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