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Third China Maritime event to hit Hong Kong
Like the fabled typhoons that hit Hong
Kong at the end of each summer, the
China Maritime Exhibition and Forums
will return to excite the Pearl River
Delta region's maritime industry.
Now into its third showing, China
Maritime has become a fixture on the
Asian maritime industry calendar.
"The scope of China Maritime is wide",
says organiser Kishore Navani of Baird
Events. "It is truly global in context and
covers all vessel types and trades from
fishing boats, tugs and ferries to tankers,
bulkers, container ships and cruise liners.
"China Maritime is of interest to and
welcomes owners and operators of all types
of commercial and government vessels,
their designers, shipbuilders, agents,
managers, financiers, insurers, lawyers,
regulators and suppliers of all kinds", Mr
As well as presenting a major trade
exhibition, China Maritime 2010 will be
associated with a number of industry
association meetings and will sponsor a
series of highly focussed Product
There will be as many as fifteen of
those seminars presented over the three
days of China Maritime from March 16 to
18, 2010. They will include vital new
• Medscreen-Concateno -- A presentation
on the latest on legally defensible urine
testing and benzine testing of seafarers.
Speaker will be Ms Monica Pixley.
• Brigantine Services -- Mr David Schaus
will discuss the important but often
ignored subject of oil sludge disposal
and safe room.
• Harwood Marine -- A revolutionary
new 20 percent fuel saving, ultrafine
micro-bubble frictional drag reduction
system will be introduced by Mr
Each of the Product Presentation
Seminars lasts for up to an hour. This
gives plenty of time for a detailed
presentation, questions and discussion.
For further information please contact:
Kishore Navani. Baird Events, Australia.
PH: +61 3 9645 0411, FX: +61 3 9645 0475,
Kongsberg Seatex, a specialist in position reference systems,
has unveiled the latest additions to its highly regarded DPS
(Differential Position Sensor) product portfolio.
Two new products, DPS 110 and DPS 112, have been
developed to utilise the new Global Satellite Based Augmentation
System (Global SBAS) introduced by the navigation specialist
Fugro SeaSTAR, the SeaSTAR SGG service.
This new high performance navigation service offers
corrections to both GPS and GLONASS that enables sub-metre
accuracy with worldwide reach. Unlike regional SBAS services
such as WAAS, EGNOS and MSAS, and local DGPS services such
as IALA DGPS, SeaSTAR SGG utilises Fugro's own network of dual
system reference stations to calculate "orbit and clock"
corrections. The service provides consistent sub-metre level
accuracy positioning with global validity. The DPS 110 and DPS
112 are even capable of supplementing SeaSTAR SGG corrections
with regional SBAS and local DGPS corrections.
The Kongsberg Seatex DPS product line is well-proven and in
use by professional marine and offshore users worldwide. By
complementing the DPS product line and introducing the
SeaSTAR SGG service, Kongsberg Seatex and Fugro SeaSTAR
extend the user segment to new vessel categories.
"Operators have to consider the balance of cost versus
operational benefits in choosing a professional DGPS solution for
workboats and platform support vessels," commented Vidar
Bjørkedal, VP Sales and Customer Support, Kongsberg Seatex.
Managing Director Arne Norum of Fugro SeaSTAR
commented: "The new SeaSTAR SGG service is a competitively
priced variant of our premium G2 service. Whereas G2 provides
decimetre level accuracy, SGG gives sub-metre level accuracy.
SGG does however offer the same benefits of a composite
GPS/GLONASS satellite solution. For users where availability and
reliability are paramount, but accuracy demands are a little less,
we believe that this will be the ideal solution. In particular we
envisage applications in smaller, less complex vessels. SGG can of
course be used as an independent alternative service together
with the decimetre level SeaSTAR XP DGPS service."
DPS 112 is extending the GPS capability by utilising
dual frequency GLONASS signals. The addition of GLONASS
signals increases positioning availability, which is
essential when operating close to rigs, platforms or other
satellite signal obstructions.
DPS 110 and DPS 112 have a built-in display for easy system
configuration and status monitoring. The DPS 110/112 is an
addition to the existing high-end DPS range comprising DPS
132/232/700/4D. The high end solutions offer decimetre level
position accuracy, IMU integration (DPS 4D), application tailored
HMI, extended DP operation functionality and extended
"The DPS family products are well-proven as robust sources of
accurate positioning with high availability for use in safety
critical maritime operations. The DPS 110 and DPS 112 together
with the SeaSTAR SGG service make some of these capabilities
available to a wider range of applications," concluded Bjørkedal.
For further information contact:
Kongsberg Seatex, Norway.
Fugro SeaSTAR, Norway.
New DGPS from Kongsberg Seatex exploits the power of Fugro Seastar SGG
Worldwide sub-metre accuracy is available with the new Fugro SeaSTAR SGG service
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