BMEA Direct is an online journal that is circulated to BMEA members and non-members with details of the latest developments in the industry. The on-line journal is published quarterly and is distributed to all members of the BMEA, including dealers, retailers, manufacturers, distributors and others involved in the design, manufacturing, sales, installation and service of high quality marine electronics for recreational boating and the commercial maritime marketplace. The journal covers a variety of topics including news from the BMEA itself, developments about its training schemes, industry news, in-depth articles, company profiles and details about the latest products in the market place.
As METS closed on 18th November, the numbers looked good. This year the show boasted more exhibitors than previous years with 1,320 companies exhibiting, of which 190 were METS virgins. There was also a record number of visitors streaming through the doors with 18,861 people from around the globe coming to check out what’s new for next year, during this three day event. So, what was on offer from the marine electronics sector?
Icom UK are supporting an ambitious project in which two men will attempt to pedal all the way from the Canary Isles to Antigua…in a Pedalo. The project called Project Torpedalo will see the two friends hoping to defy the odds and pedal 3000 miles across the Atlantic to raise £250,000 for charity. Icom have supplied the peddlers with an IC-M505 combined VHF/DSC transceiver and an IC-M71 VHF Handheld transceiver completer with associated chargers and spare batteries.
Paul Holland, BMEA Chairman welcomed the delegates to what proved to be the biggest Conference yet with a high number of delegates. He thanked all those organisations who had kindly sponsored the day, particularly the Conferences main sponsor Victron Energy. He also thanked all the speakers for their expertise, their time and effort in providing the day with relevant topics both technical and of a more general interest. Paul had attended the recent NMEA convention and stated that he felt the BMEA relationship with NMEA was both important and going forward well.
Navico (which has brands including Simrad and Lowrance under its portfolio) announced yesterday that Marine Electronic Services Ltd (MES) have won the prestigious 2010 UK Dealer of the Year Award. MES is the UK’s largest specialist marine electronics value added reseller and installer with offices in Bristol, Poole and London. Customers range from individual sailing enthusiasts to some of the world’s leading boat builders.
Olly Rofix, a survivor of a rare form of Leukaemia will be attempting to sail around Britain single handed to raise awareness and funds for the Anthony Nolan Trust. Icom UK have supplied Olly with an IC-M505 combined DSC/VHF VHF Marine Transceiver as his main means of radio communication and an IC-M71 VHF Marine handheld Transceiver as a backup.
The Regional Growth Fund is a discretionary £1.4bn Fund that will operate for three years between 2011 and 2014 to stimulate enterprise by providing support for projects and programmes with significant potential for creating long term private sector led economic growth and employment. In particular it will help those areas and communities that are currently dependent on the public sector make the transition to sustainable private sector-led growth and prosperity. This applies to England only and separate arrangements are being made under the devolved administrations.
Spanish boatbuilder Rodman has recently selected Simrad Yachting as its new navigation electronics supplier for its recreation ranges Rodman Fisher & Cruiser and Rodman Spirit.
We are pleased to offer a new date for the Marine Electronics Installer course – 9 December 2010 in Wroxham, Norfolk. The Marine Electronics Installer Program (MEI), established in 2004, is to encourage a high level of professional expertise in entry-level and mid-level technicians and to lead them to further develop their skills.
C A Clase received two prestigious awards during this year’s METS from manufacturers KVH and Nauticomp. On Monday 15th November, C A Clase received the ‘Biggest Total Turnover in 2010’ for the second year in a row, at KVH’s annual distributor awards. This was followed by an award from Nauticomp, for the ‘Distributor of the Year’.