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

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Meet MaxSea’s distributors: Brimrún from Iceland

We’re happy to share with you this great testimonial from Brimrun, our national distributor in Iceland. They explain how they designed a MaxSea TimeZero training course in order to face the complexity of MaxSea user profiles in this country.

Icelandic skippers have been using MaxSea navigation systems since the early days of the MaxSea company. The latest product, MaxSea TimeZero, comes with great many new features and opens up a whole range of new possibilities, aiming at more efficiency and productivity. The captains are as well able to adjust the system to their own preferences and needs, to a much greater extent than is generally expected of navigation systems of this kind on the market.

Demand for the TimeZero system in Iceland is high and such is the enthusiasm by the captains for learning to utilise and take advantage of this new ground breaking system, that Brimrun, Furuno and MaxSea’s national distributor in Iceland, has created for them a special MaxSea TimeZero training course.

MaxSea TimeZero Trainees in Brimrun Classroom

It runs for 8 hours, takes place at Brimrun´s premises in Reykjavik. Most skippers enlist for the course when purchasing the TimeZero system. The outcome has been very positive and it can be said without any exaggeration that everyone who has attended the course so far appreciates it and has found it well worth the while. Brimrun is scheduling courses for several months ahead to meet the wishes of the many individuals, who come from various places all around the country.

The training course is a “basic” TimeZero course and therefor a mixture of captains from the very different ships can attend it together. Next to each other may be sitting the captain of a purse seiner and the owner of the smallest small boat or the captain on a long liner etc., without any conflicting wishes and expectations.

Brimrun believes that the overall investment taken in the training course is worth the efforts, including the establishing of the class room, purchase of computers and preparing extensive training material. This can be concluded by the high number of participants attending the course and their appreciation of it.

MaxSea training - Brimrun Classroom

The company: Brimrún

Brimrun was established in the year 1992. Since the beginning the main purpose of the company has been to be The National Distributor for Furuno in Iceland. As such, the company operates mainly in the maritime market, more precisely the sector for navigational, fish finding and communicational equipment. Brimrun´s customers have all kinds of vessels, from the conventional small fishing and pleasure boats to the biggest of modern multipurpose fishing vessels and cargo ships. The company’s location is in Reykjavík, the capital city of Iceland. At the beginning, there were 5 people working for Brimrun, today they are 12. Several years ago, Brimrun established an outlet in the town of Akureyri, in the north of the country.

The number of ships and boats in Iceland has decreased considerably over these 20 years as a consequence of fishing quotas being cut by the Icelandic Ministry of Fisheries. This has been considered necessary to prevent overfishing. However, for the last two years, the situation has changed and the most important fish stock, cod, is gaining strength and the quotas are growing back. This trend will eventually result in an increase in investments and a growing number of ships and boats in Iceland.

A couple of years ago, Brimrun became the National Distributor for MaxSea in Iceland. The MaxSea name is very well known and established in the country. For navigational and chart systems, MaxSea holds the biggest market share by far. A skipper will not be found in the country who does not know what MaxSea is and what it stands for. Brimrun is very proud to be an agent for MaxSea and a part of its global network.

Several Icelandic fishing companies have expanded their business and established outlets and daughter companies overseas. For them it is important to have, not only reliable equipment but also service for it. Such service is now available to Brimrun´s customers through the MaxSea network.

Thank you very much for this enthousiastic testimonial, all our distributors are more than welcome to send theirs to info@maxsea.fr, we look forward to hearing from you!