MaxSea Commercial Fishing Software Installation for Namibian Fisheries Patrol Vessel

MaxSea distributor Radio Electronic CC is located in Namibia and tells us about a recent installation of the commercial fishing software MaxSea TimeZero PLOT on one of Namibia’s Fisheries Patrol vessels, AK Mungunda.

Walvis Bay, Namibia

The vessel, “Anna Kakurukaze Mungunda”, is one of two Namibian Fisheries patrol vessels, based in Walvis Bay, Namibia:

Commercial fishing vessel: Anna Kakurukaze Mungunda
Namibian Fisheries Patrol vessel, the “Anna Kakurukaze Mungunda”

She was built in 2003, is 59m in length and has a gross tonnage of 1413t.

As two of the Namibian Research vessels are already outfitted with MaxSea TimeZero installations, it was a logical choice to have the same type of system installed on this patrol vessel – for ease of sharing user data, such as PBG bathymetric data, among each other.

The installation

MaxSea TimeZero PLOT software, integrated with:

  • Standard GPS device
  • Depth, sounder
  • ARPA and AIS input

What makes this installation a little unusual is the 32-inch monitor which was used to display the commercial fishing software:

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MaxSea TimeZero PLOT displayed on a 32-inch monitor in the vessel’s helm

About the dealer

Radio Electronic CC, based in Walvis Bay, Namibia has been installing MaxSea products for the past 15 years.

You can contact Radio Electronic CC by email, post or telephone:

 info@recc.com.na

 17 Fourteenth Road, Po Box 670, Walvis Bay, Namibia

 +264 64207483


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MaxSea Tales from the Field: Hamburg, Germany

Last month, MaxSea Inside Sales Representative Irina Kuca, had the opportunity to visit two MaxSea distributors located in Hamburg, Germany: HanseNautic and Furuno Deutschland.

Day 1: Hansenautic

On her first day, Irina visited HanseNautic, a long-time partner of MaxSea. The HanseNautic store is located besides the biggest harbor of Hamburg. During her visit Irina answered the employees’ questions and provided training for MaxSea customers.

The HanseNautic store front
The HanseNautic store front
Hansenautic and Irina Kuca
Hansenautic employees Jens Rupprecht and Nils Nohr
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The MaxSea TimeZero installation at HanseNautic

In the evening, Hansenautic employees Jens Rupprecht and Nils Nohr took time to show Irina the Hamburg harbour. Coincidentally, the the 7th largest cruise ship in the world, the Queen Mary 2, was docked there. The day ended with a typical “German” dinner: schnitzel with French fries.

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Irina Kuca pictured with the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship

Day 2: Furuno Deutschland

The next day, a meeting with John Dempsey, Ruediger Engel and Claus Frederiksen from Furuno Deutschland was scheduled. Furuno Germany greeted Irina with a nice welcome message, which was placed on the screen at the entrance. John Dempsey introduced her to the whole crew of Furuno Germany.

Furuno Germany with Irina Kuca
Irina Kuca with John Dempsey and Kai Thiede

The two day trip to Germany was successful and Irina together with MaxSea are looking forward to work with Hansenautic and Furuno Germany for many years to come.


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The MaxSea-WASSP Seminar in Barcelona

Last week, MaxSea and ENL (Electronic Navigation Limited) co-hosted a training seminar event in Barcelona. Over 46 distributors and partners attended from 21 different countries around the world in order to learn more about MaxSea TimeZero software and the WASSP multi-beam sounders.

Dates: August 26th – 30th, 2014

Speakers: Iker Pryszo (MaxSea), Phil Seyb and Nick Fogarty (ENL)

Programme:

MaxSea-WASSP seminar

The Classroom Training

The Group Sales Manager at MaxSea, Frédéric Algalarrondo gave an introductory speech, welcoming all the particpants to Barcelona, and explained the schedule of the week.

Iker Pryszo then spent one day giving a technical training session on TimeZero Coastal Monitoring, a turnkey surveillance system that can be configured for a range of commercial applications, such as for ports, harbors or oil rigs.

On the second day, Iker presented MaxSea TimeZero PLOT, which is designed for commercial fishing and can now be integrated with WASSP multi-beam sounders, resulting in an extremely effective and powerful fishing aid. The MaxSea WASSP Module is required for this software-hardware integration.

The third day of classroom training was a techical training on the WASSP multi-beam sounders, presented by Phil Seyb and Nick Fogarty.

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The Welcome Dinner

After the first day of training, all the seminar attendees plus the MaxSea Naval staff enjoyed a dinner together. Some people stayed out later than they should have, but the details of this night are highly confidential and cannot be publicly disclosed…

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This was only the beginning…

Onboard Training

The last part of this seminar took place on the MaxSea boat. Attendees were invited to board at the Barcelona marina and see the installation of WASSP multi-beam sounder integrated with MaxSea TimeZero PLOT in action.

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Seminar attendees
The MaxSea WASSP onboard training
The view from the boat!
Brice Pryszo, CEO and President of MaxSea
Brice Pryszo, CEO and President of MaxSea
The MaxSea Naval staff
The MaxSea Naval staff

You can view more photos from the onboard training in this MaxSea Facebook album.

We would like to thank everyone for coming to the seminar, and it was a pleasure to meet so many distributors and partners and have the opportunity to have an enjoyable and informative week together.


If you would like to learn more about the products featured in this seminar, please use the below contact details:

MaxSea TimeZero PLOT: info@maxsea.fr

TimeZero Coastal Monitoring: info@tzcoastalmonitoring.com

WASSP Multi-Beam Sounders: Fill out this contact form


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Navigating the lochs in Scotland: Isle of Skye

Leon Schulz is a MaxSea partner and is a RYA Yachtmaster Ocean instructor. This week, he tells us about his unforgettable experience, navigating his yacht, the Regina Laska to one of the lochs in Scotland, Loch Scavaig in the Isle of Skye, Scotland. 

Arriving at Loch Scavaig brings a feeling of a total immersion in nature. Cautiously approaching the narrow harbour entrance, I like to compare the notes in the Imray Pilot Book “Skye and North West Scotland” with MaxSea navigation charts. Both the Navionics, Jeppesen and raster charts in MaxSea provide similar chart data and are very helpful.

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Loch Scavaig, Isle of Skye, Scotland

My observation at the harbour entrance, however, is that the water depth is slightly less than is claimed in all the available books and charts, and so, boaters should expect water depths of about 1-1.5 m more shallow than charts indicate, not only during low tide.

Lochs in Scotland: Beautiful scenery

When you arrive at the lagoon, you will be greeted by innumerable seals resting on the soft ground rock or curiously peeping out of the water. So we stare at each other and are enchanted by the contact between humans and animals.

Lochs in Scotland: Seals at the Isle of Skye

The silence of the mountains lying around is only interrupted by one sound – the noise of a waterfall, where the water seems to spring out of the fog into which bore into the mountains. Angelic water?

Lochs in Scotland: Regina Yachting

Slowly, carefully, and with the support of the Furuno NavNet 3D plotter, integrated with MaxSea TimeZero Explorer, we continue into the lagoon. There is no other boat in the area, not a soul. Even our mobile phone doesn’t have reception – no contact with the outside world. Only a small cabin with closed window shutters in the colors of the Scottish flag testifies to the fact that sometimes people here have to seek shelter when the weather becomes too harsh, as is the reputation of Scotland.

The dramatic scenery is breathtaking and so we put our dingy into the water and row ashore. Trails meander along lakes and high up into the mountains with a beautiful view over half Scotland, if not over half of the world. Time and space seem to merge.

Lochs in Scotland: Beautiful scenery at the Isle of Skye

My charter guests who have travelled with me all the way from Canada on my HR 46 Regina Laska boat, are full of happiness.

In the evening another yacht arrives in the area and anchors next to us. An aluminum yacht that looks as if it has come from as far as Greenland, Svalbard or Antarctica.

We happily sleep in this paradise, until we are awakened the next morning by a motor noise: A tour boat from the nearby mainland. And then another one. And later another. There are lots of hikers who have stopped here for a couple of hours, to see the same beauty that we had enjoyed in our loneliness the night before. But would they experience the same as us?

Lochs in Scotland: Beautiful scenery in Scotland

Yes, we think, and enjoy the morning coffee while in the sunlit cockpit.
No heaven can be kept for you alone! “Paradise is a state of mind,” said my charter guest. How true! We recognise that my favorite anchorage is no longer a secret. But as long as we believe it, we could feel unique and special in this world.

With this in mind, we drop anchor and sail instead of continuing to the nearby Talisker distillery.


Leon Schulz’s yacht, the Regina Laska is available for charter. Learn more about his services on the Regina Sailing website.


 

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Boat Racing for Dummies!

Henri Antoine is an International Race Officer at the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). This week, he tells us about a recent boat racing training session that was organised for newcomers to sailing racing: Racing for Dummies!

The first ‘Racing for Dummies’ training session was held in Dunkerque, Northen France on Saturday, April 5, 2014, on the premises of the North Sea Yacht Club.

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A poster advertising “Racing for Dummies” training session

This event was designed to encourage boaters to take part in boat races. Boaters often want to race but are apprehensive about beginning. It is a fear of not understanding how it is done, or looking ridiculous in comparison to more seasoned competitors.

Thierry Maurick, Chairman of YCMN, (the North Sea Yacht Club) immediately found the idea interesting and fun. It was a way to bring a new audience to boat racing without any pressure in a relaxed setting. Hence the idea of the event title “For Dummies”.

The goal: to demystify and “play down” boat racing, which many people believe to be more complicated than it is.

Participants in this Dunkirk training session really enjoyed it and the event was very successful. To make it as accessible as possible, many concrete examples, diagrams and pictures were used.

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GRIB weather files overlaid on the chart in MaxSea TimeZero

MaxSea TimeZero was used to demonstrate how coastal routes can be easily viewed. In coastal routes in areas where marine navigation is tricky, this helped participants to quickly understand how to approach this type of race. They learned how to read and understand nautical charts in a practical way.

The participants really liked how easy it was to integrate wind information (using GRIB files in TimeZero) and tidal current data. These types of information are of course, very important for boat racing.

There was positive feedback from participants, and another session in mid-May is planned.

This was a great initiative – thanks Henri!

For more information about ISAF, please click here.

To find out more about the North Sea Yachting Club in Dunkerque, France, see their website.

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Under the Pole – Underwater Polar Expeditions

We are very happy to announce that MaxSea has recently developed a new partnership with French expedition ‘Under the Pole‘. By providing our navigation software to this great organization, we are able to contribute in some way to the fantastic research that they carry out.

What is Under the Pole?

Under the Pole carries out a series of underwater polar expeditions to explore the polar environment. Their aim is to increase scientific knowledge of the poles.

Each time they carry out a new expedition, they build up more knowledge that is added to the existing data base. Each expedition is also considered a preparation for the next one.

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Lucas Santucci of Under The Pole, using MaxSea TimeZero software in 2014

What have they done so far?

From March to May, 2010, Under the Pole carried out an expedition to the North Pole, which lasted for 45 days.

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During this trip, they studied the icecap in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, and led a unique submarine exploration under extreme conditions.

Exploring the North Pole in 2010
Exploring the North Pole in 2010

In January 2014, Under the Pole have began an expedition to West and North Greenland, which will last for 22 months altogether, and is being dubbed “Part II”.

This is a continuation of the study carried out at the North Pole. This time they will focus on the submarine environment between the pole and the polar circle.

Greenland Expedition
Greenland Expedition

What’s next?

In 2016, they will move to the other hemisphere and will lead an expedition to Antarctica.

We wish Under the Pole all the best in these exciting and enlightening expeditions!

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The Arctic is a victim of climate warming.

A fascinating world is disappearing.

Some species living there are threatened of extinction.

Many of them have not yet been observed.


 

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My Favourite books about the Arctic, by Janusz Kurbiel

Since 1975, Joëlle and Janusz Kurbiel from IMERPOL, have dedicated their lives to the exploration of the North Pole. For the last few years, they have navigated through this region with the help of TZ Navigator, their marine navigation software.

In this post, Janusz shares his favourite books written about the Arctic. So if you planning to navigate in this region, make sure to read as many of these books as you can!

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Books about the Arctic Ocean

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  • Tilman, H.W. – The Eight Sailing – Mountains-Exploration Books, Diadem Ed., 1987.

If you need further information on how to purchase any of these books, just leave a comment below. Safe journey!

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