MaxSea’s picture of the day by Jacques Vapillon: May 21 to 25

Hello,

This week started with high doses of adrenaline after the 7 IMOCA boats set sail from Barcelona, beginning the Europa Warm’Up race. We’ve also received great news from Norway and will be soon unveiling a very special video about navigation…we’ll keep you posted.

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Have a great weekend!

Past weeks:

MaxSea’s picture of the day by Jacques Vapillon: February 20th to 24th

MaxSea’s picture of the day by Jacques Vapillon: February 27th to March 2nd

MaxSea’s picture of the day by Jacques Vapillon: March 5th to 9th

MaxSea’s picture of the day by Jacques Vapillon: March 12th to 16th

MaxSea’s picture of the day by Jacques Vapillon: March 19th to 23rd

MaxSea’s picture of the day by Jacques Vapillon: March 26th to 30th

MaxSea’s picture of the day by Jacques Vapillon: April 2 to 5 and 10 to 13

MaxSea’s picture of the day by Jacques Vapillon: April 16 to 20

Furuno Norway AS joins MaxSea’s distribution network

Furuno technicianFuruno Norway AS becomes the Norwegian distributor of MaxSea navigation and fishery systems developed by the French company MaxSea International.

As of May 22, the distribution rights for all products have been transferred from the until now distributor MaxSea Norway AS to Furuno Norway AS. At the same time, two of MaxSea Norway’s three employees are transferred to Furuno Norway, while the third will continue to develop MaxSea Norway for other products and markets under a new name.

MaxSea has recently launched a new version of its navigation system called MaxSea TimeZero, which offers full integration with Furuno’s existing products (radar, fish finders). The rapprochement is therefore quite natural, and will provide clear synergies that will benefit both customers and MaxSea/Furuno partners.

MaxSea TimeZero Plot PBG Seabed
MaxSea TimeZero built-in 3D mapping database of the seabed

Customers will have access to complete high-tech systems from one supplier integrating all together fishing plotter, weather data, sounder, radar, AIS, engine information, etc. In addition to new features and a very user-friendly interface, the new MaxSea TimeZero also has a built-in 3D mapping database of the seabed in all relevant areas of fishing activity, based on an extensive database that users have collected and shared over several years. All products will be distributed through the established network of dealers all along the Norwegian coast.

Furuno Norway AS is a sales and service organization that provides navigation, communication and fish finding equipment to the Norwegian, Russian and Brazilian shipyards and shipowners. Furuno Norway AS has office in Ålesund, and branch offices in Bergen and Oslo. Furuno Norway currently has 31 employees. 

Furuno dealers in Norway
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MaxSea International is the world’s largest supplier of PC-based marine charting systems with more than 50.000 systems delivered worldwide. In Norway, MaxSea mapping systems are installed on board more than 2.200 vessels. MaxSea International is headquartered in France with offices in Spain and the United States and national distributors worldwide. MaxSea International presently has 60 employees.

MaxSea International warmly welcomes its new distributor!

The History of MaxSea Infographics 1984-2012

Many of you might have some questions regarding our company’s past and present. Well, this infographics is intended to help you understand our history through some key dates and facts.

The History of MaxSea1984-2012 - marine navigation software leader

Key Dates 

1984 – Brice Pryszo, naval architect and passionate about informatics, invents a revolutionary algorithm for automated sea routing

1985 – Creation of Informatique et Mer company and its first software for Mac, called MacSea

End of 80’s – After a huge success in the french market, MaxSea starts developping its distribution network. Iceland becomes its first distributor, followed by other scandinavian countries

1994 – Foundation of the electronic cartography company MapMedia

1999

  • Switch from Mac to PC
  • Company and software change their name to MaxSea
  • Launch of 3D PBG  module

1990-2000 – MaxSea’s distribution network covers Northern Europe

2000 – Setting-up of a US subsidiary company: MaxSea Inc.

2001 – SigNet Group was created to group together all companies: MaxSea International, MaxSea Naval and MapMedia

2000-2005 – Further expansion of MaxSea’s distribution to Southern Europe and Latin America

2004 – Technical and financial alliance with FURUNO, marine electronics leader

2007 – Foundation of MaxSea Naval, the Spanish subsidiary

2008 – Launch of TimeZero technology and first sailing software powered by it: MaxSea TimeZero Navigator and Explorer

2009 –

  • Purchase of Nobeltec, main rival and US leader
  • Launch of MaxSea Webstore

2010 – Launch of MaxSea TimeZero professional range: ECS and Plot

2011 – Launch of Nobeltec software powered by TimeZero technology

This is the first of a series, we will hopefully enhance the aesthetics of the next one!

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Remembering the Titanic: major improvements in marine safety

Titanic Ad PosterOn the night of April 14th 1912, after a successful sea trial, the RMS Titanic sank during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. The ship hit an iceberg right before midnight and was engulfed by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean by 2.20 on April 15, becoming the deadliest maritime disaster of all time.

Nowadays, onboard electronic equipments make this kind of accident almost impossible. New radars, such as Furuno FAR 2xx7 series, offer an ultra-high definition of surroundings. MaxSea TimeZero paired to a Furuno FAR Radar offers a great overlay feature which allows easily displaying and understanding of radar information.

If Titanic was equipped with MaxSea TimeZero and a Furuno FAR radar, the iceberg would have appeared on screen for sure.

Radar Overlay - Furuno FAR 2xx7 series Radar and MaxSea TimeZero

Here is the display of the exact sinking position, according to coordinates found on the internet:

Titanic sinking in the North Atlantic Ocean on MaxSea TimeZero

After the death of more than 1500 people, some safety practices were modified or adopted such as:

  • Free Guide: 10-point safety checklist before sailingEnough lifeboats for everyone: Many of the recommendations pronounced by both the British and American Boards of Inquiry were included into the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) passed in 1914. They stated that ships had to carry enough lifeboats for those aboard, mandated lifeboat drills would be implemented and lifeboat inspections would be conducted.
  • Radio watch 24/7: the US Radio Act of 1912, along with the SOLAS, required ships to maintain contact with close vessels and coastal onshore radio stations, and that radio communications on passenger ships would be operated 24 hours along with a secondary power supply.
  • Unequivocal Distress Rockets: the SOLAS stated that the firing of red rockets at sea must be interpreted as distress signal only.
  • International Ice Patrol’s threat monitoring: the SOLAS led to the creation of an US Coast Guard agency in charge of monitoring and reporting on the location of North Atlantic Ocean icebergs that could be threatening to transatlantic sea traffic.
  • Safer Ship design: double hulls and higher bulkheads were among the changes implemented in ship design for increased safety.

If you want to know more about MaxSea TimeZero’s radar overlay and radar compatibility please refer to our MaxSea TimeZero range page.

MaxSea et Furuno partenaires de la navigatrice britannique Sam Davies

MaxSea International et FURUNO FRANCE SAS sont heureux de renouveler leur partenariat avec la navigatrice, ingénieur, maman et fan des réseaux sociaux britannique, Samantha Davies.

Sam Davies - Savéol - MaxSea et Furuno partenaires 2

Pour la saison 2012-2013, Sam Davies bénéficie du résultat d’une alliance technologique, le nouveau PC radar, et devient ainsi une des premières sportives à l’utiliser à bord de son nouveau bateau Savéol, récemment mis à l’eau.

PC Radar MaxSea - Furuno

Cette solution révolutionnaire permet aux coureurs de bénéficier d’un équipement très performant tout en préservant les contraintes de poids et d’espace à bord (connexion directe du PC à l’antenne radar).

Sam Davies - Savéol - MaxSea et Furuno partenaires

La skipper, qui se prépare d’ores et déjà à la prochaine édition du Vendée Globe, a mis son nouveau bateau à l’eau la semaine dernière et a commencé à naviguer à Port-la-Forêt afin de tester Savéol dans des conditions réelles.

Sam Davies - Savéol - MaxSea et Furuno partenaires

Suivez le blog de Sam Davies sur http://www.samdavies.com/, sa page Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sam-Davies/112138698811863, Twitter https://twitter.com/samanthadavies and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/saveol60

MaxSea and Furuno sponsor British sailor Sam Davies

MaxSea International and FURUNO ELECTRIC CO. are glad to renew their sponsorship deal with British yachtswoman, mechanical engineer, mum and Social Media heavy user, Samantha Davies.

Sam Davies - Savéol Boat - Sponsored by MaxSea & Furuno 4

This 2012-2013 season, Sam Davies will benefit from a unique joint venture technology, the new PC radar, and be one of the first racers to sail with on her recently launched Savéol boat.

PC Radar MaxSea - Furuno EN

This revolutionary and lightweight solution allows racers to have highly-performing equipment without sacrificing speed and space by connecting her PC directly to the radar antenna.

Sam Davies - Savéol Boat - Sponsored by MaxSea & Furuno

The female skipper, who started training for the upcoming Vendée Globe, officially launched her new boat last week and started her sailing sessions off Port-la-Forêt in order to test Savéol in real conditions.

Sam Davies - Savéol Boat - Sponsored by MaxSea & Furuno 2

Follow Sam’s blog at http://www.samdavies.com/, her Facebook page, Twitter account and her YouTube channel.

Furuno NavNet TZtouch: our partner’s newest platform

This month, our partner Furuno launched NavNet TZtouch™, a new platform combining TimeZero™ technology with the industry’s first multi touch control MFD,  a high-sensitivity, edge-to-edge glass multi touch screen, giving total control at your fingertips.

Some of its features:

  • Multi-Touch Control
  • Wireless Hotspot Connectivity
  • Tablet & Smartphone Apps
  • TimeZero Technology

Here’s NavNet TZtouch guided tour:

For more info about the product visit http://www.navnet.com/prodcut/index.html

Follow Furuno on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/furuno

Read the press release on Furuno’s website http://www.furuno.co.jp/en/news/product/20120217_001.html