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.
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.
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!
On 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.
Here is the display of the exact sinking position, according to coordinates found on the internet:
After the death of more than 1500 people, some safety practices were modified or adopted such as:
Enough 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.