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Working in association with British Marine, Actisense in mid-July hosted a series of NMEA 2000® training courses aimed at broadening the technical expertise of UK-based marine electronics dis- tributors and installers. The courses were held in the custom-built training center at Actisense
headquarters in Poole, Dorset.
Day one of the two-day session included a Basic NMEA 2000 Installers course. It was focused on giving
beginners and those who have been installing NMEA 2000 more information and an opportunity to share
ideas with experienced installers.
Day two provided an opportunity for attendees to become Actisense Accredited Installers. The curriculum included training for anyone seeking to improve their knowledge of Actisense products, solve common NMEA networking issues and to be more effective at troubleshooting.
Actisense Technical Support Engineer and Training Coordinator Owen Vachell led the instruction. He
holds an Advanced NMEA 2000 Installers certificate. Earlier this year, Vachell helped to qualify Poland’s
first Basic NMEA 2000 Installers at the training center.
Actisense offers NMEA 2000
installer courses in the UK
Aqualuma has announced it is moving away from a reliance on mass retailers to market its products in the US. Instead the Australia-based company is strengthening relationships with distributors, including new master US distributor CWR and, in California, Western Marine Marketing (WMM).
“Mass retailers, like West Marine, certainly play an important role in our industry for a wide range of
boating products. However, Aqualuma customers deserve the level of technical expertise and support
from CWR, WMM and other qualified distributors that mass retailers simply cannot provide,” said Alexandra Bader, Head of Sales for North and South America.
“CWR Wholesale Distribution is excited to be partnering with Aqualuma as their US Master Distributor,” said Scott Jacobus, Director of Purchasing and Sales. “Aqualuma’s commitment to quality and customer service is among the best in the business. This new relationship gives us the opportunity to stock
the entire Aqualuma lighting range and make it available to thousands of dealers in the US.”
Aqualuma shifts focus from mass retailers
to improve customer service
DNV GL, an international classification society based in Norway, has developed the first type approval scheme for the use of aluminum cables and connectors onboard vessels. The new type approvals for aluminum cables and connectors allow expensive copper to be replaced with aluminum. The cost
savings can be significant; the price of aluminum in 2018 is one-third that of copper.
Aluminum’s lower conductivity means that a thicker cable is required, but this is compensated for by
an overall lower weight. For example, a typical offshore support vessel may have 60 tons of copper cables
installed. If these were replaced with aluminum, the weight would be 30 tons. Even with the price of special high-quality terminations factored in, the overall estimated saving from switching to aluminum from
copper is 50%. Lighter cables also result in easier installation for the ship builder and lower material transport costs. Finally, a vessel with aluminum rather than copper cables is lighter and more fuel efficient,
resulting in lower operational costs.
The use of aluminum cables has been tested for the past three years in a pilot installation onboard an
offshore support vessel. The cables have been used to supply power to one of the vessel’s thrusters.
First type approval for aluminum
cables and connectors