MaxSea Commercial Fishing Software Installation for Namibian Fisheries Patrol Vessel

MaxSea distributor Radio Electronic CC is located in Namibia and tells us about a recent installation of the commercial fishing software MaxSea TimeZero PLOT on one of Namibia’s Fisheries Patrol vessels, AK Mungunda.

Walvis Bay, Namibia

The vessel, “Anna Kakurukaze Mungunda”, is one of two Namibian Fisheries patrol vessels, based in Walvis Bay, Namibia:

Commercial fishing vessel: Anna Kakurukaze Mungunda

Namibian Fisheries Patrol vessel, the “Anna Kakurukaze Mungunda”

She was built in 2003, is 59m in length and has a gross tonnage of 1413t.

As two of the Namibian Research vessels are already outfitted with MaxSea TimeZero installations, it was a logical choice to have the same type of system installed on this patrol vessel – for ease of sharing user data, such as PBG bathymetric data, among each other.

The installation

MaxSea TimeZero PLOT software, integrated with:

  • Standard GPS device
  • Depth, sounder
  • ARPA and AIS input

What makes this installation a little unusual is the 32-inch monitor which was used to display the commercial fishing software:

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MaxSea TimeZero PLOT displayed on a 32-inch monitor in the vessel’s helm

About the dealer

Radio Electronic CC, based in Walvis Bay, Namibia has been installing MaxSea products for the past 15 years.

You can contact Radio Electronic CC by email, post or telephone:

 info@recc.com.na

 17 Fourteenth Road, Po Box 670, Walvis Bay, Namibia

 +264 64207483


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MaxSea Tales from the Field: Hamburg, Germany

Last month, MaxSea Inside Sales Representative Irina Kuca, had the opportunity to visit two MaxSea distributors located in Hamburg, Germany: HanseNautic and Furuno Deutschland.

Day 1: Hansenautic

On her first day, Irina visited HanseNautic, a long-time partner of MaxSea. The HanseNautic store is located besides the biggest harbor of Hamburg. During her visit Irina answered the employees’ questions and provided training for MaxSea customers.

The HanseNautic store front

The HanseNautic store front

Hansenautic and Irina Kuca

Hansenautic employees Jens Rupprecht and Nils Nohr

HanseNautic store

The MaxSea TimeZero installation at HanseNautic

In the evening, Hansenautic employees Jens Rupprecht and Nils Nohr took time to show Irina the Hamburg harbour. Coincidentally, the the 7th largest cruise ship in the world, the Queen Mary 2, was docked there. The day ended with a typical “German” dinner: schnitzel with French fries.

Queen Elizabeth II

Irina Kuca pictured with the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship

Day 2: Furuno Deutschland

The next day, a meeting with John Dempsey, Ruediger Engel and Claus Frederiksen from Furuno Deutschland was scheduled. Furuno Germany greeted Irina with a nice welcome message, which was placed on the screen at the entrance. John Dempsey introduced her to the whole crew of Furuno Germany.

Furuno Germany with Irina Kuca

Irina Kuca with John Dempsey and Kai Thiede

The two day trip to Germany was successful and Irina together with MaxSea are looking forward to work with Hansenautic and Furuno Germany for many years to come.


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The MaxSea-WASSP Seminar in Barcelona

Last week, MaxSea and ENL (Electronic Navigation Limited) co-hosted a training seminar event in Barcelona. Over 46 distributors and partners attended from 21 different countries around the world in order to learn more about MaxSea TimeZero software and the WASSP multi-beam sounders.

Dates: August 26th – 30th, 2014

Speakers: Iker Pryszo (MaxSea), Phil Seyb and Nick Fogarty (ENL)

Programme:

MaxSea-WASSP seminar

The Classroom Training

The Group Sales Manager at MaxSea, Frédéric Algalarrondo gave an introductory speech, welcoming all the particpants to Barcelona, and explained the schedule of the week.

Iker Pryszo then spent one day giving a technical training session on TimeZero Coastal Monitoring, a turnkey surveillance system that can be configured for a range of commercial applications, such as for ports, harbors or oil rigs.

On the second day, Iker presented MaxSea TimeZero PLOT, which is designed for commercial fishing and can now be integrated with WASSP multi-beam sounders, resulting in an extremely effective and powerful fishing aid. The MaxSea WASSP Module is required for this software-hardware integration.

The third day of classroom training was a techical training on the WASSP multi-beam sounders, presented by Phil Seyb and Nick Fogarty.

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The Welcome Dinner

After the first day of training, all the seminar attendees plus the MaxSea Naval staff enjoyed a dinner together. Some people stayed out later than they should have, but the details of this night are highly confidential and cannot be publicly disclosed…

MaxSea-WASSP Seminar Dinner

This was only the beginning…

Onboard Training

The last part of this seminar took place on the MaxSea boat. Attendees were invited to board at the Barcelona marina and see the installation of WASSP multi-beam sounder integrated with MaxSea TimeZero PLOT in action.

MaxSea WASSP onboard training

Seminar attendees

The MaxSea WASSP onboard training

The view from the boat!

Brice Pryszo, CEO and President of MaxSea

Brice Pryszo, CEO and President of MaxSea

The MaxSea Naval staff

The MaxSea Naval staff

You can view more photos from the onboard training in this MaxSea Facebook album.

We would like to thank everyone for coming to the seminar, and it was a pleasure to meet so many distributors and partners and have the opportunity to have an enjoyable and informative week together.


If you would like to learn more about the products featured in this seminar, please use the below contact details:

MaxSea TimeZero PLOT: info@maxsea.fr

TimeZero Coastal Monitoring: info@tzcoastalmonitoring.com

WASSP Multi-Beam Sounders: Fill out this contact form


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Sailing Europe: Croatian Boating Itinerary

If you are considering sailing Europe, then Croatia could be the perfect destination. This beautiful coastline off the Mediterranean and the Adriatic Sea offers pristine beauty and more than 1500 islands.

Our contact Romeo Demes from Charter Orvas has given us some insider tips on the nicest areas to sail to in Croatia.

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to the Lastovo Archipelago Natural Park and the Island Mljet National Park where you can view exotic flora and fauna. There are several yacht charters where you may rent a boat and sail on your own or you may choose to use the numerous cruise tours offered by different hotels.

Highlights: Dubrovnik is probably the first place that comes to mind when you think of Croatia. This walled Medieval city whose walls have totally stood the test of time is a beautiful coastal town that borders the Adriatic. It is home to quite a number of islands like the Elafiti Islands which make the perfect environment for an exciting sail and excursion. For a feel of some great historical architecture, visit Kornati town located on the Kornati Island where you’ll also find the knight’s game of Moreska is still practiced.

Recommended route: Dubrovnik to Lopud to Saplunar Bay to Pomena to Lastovo to Korcula to Polace and back to Dubrovnik and at each stop, it is best to spend a full day so as to enjoy all that Croatia has to offer.

Sailing Europe: Croatian guide

Image source: Orvas Yachting

Kornati Islands

The Kornati Islands are a cluster of many islands including the Pag, Pasman, Dugi Otok, earning it the name Kornati Archipelago. Its indented coastline together with the perfect wind conditions provide the thrill needed for an exciting sail around these islands.

Highlights: The islands are home to the Plitvice Lakes National Park and the Kornati Islands National Park in case you want to get in touch with nature. The historical towns of Zadar and Sibenik are also nice spots to visit.

Recommended route: Sail through to Biograd then to Bozava Bay, to Telascica Bay then to NP Kornati. From there sail to Zlarin, to Skradin, to Vrgada Island, to Biograd then, back to Kornati. Along the way, enjoy the rich Croatian culture, the beautiful weather, warm beaches, deserted islands and the serenity and calm of the waters.

Sailing Europe: Croatian guide for Kornati

Island of Vis

Vis, the hidden gem of Croatia is home to some of the most exciting features of the Mediterranean.

Highlights: Head to the Blue Cave also known as the Blue Grotto and the Zelena Spilja, the Green Cave. These are great places to dive and enter, using their below sea-level entrances. The beautiful blue waters of the Adriatic and the beautiful beaches at Vis make an ideal environment for diving, snorkelling, swimming and excursions.

Recommended route: A great route to follow is from Kastela to Maslinica Bay then to Komiza, then to Bisevo, to Islet Budihovac to Stonicica. From here, sail to Hvar, to Stari Grad to Milna and back to Kastela.

Sailing Europe: sailing in Croatia


Croatia is a sailor’s paradise. Most of it is almost untouched by man. The spectacular coastline, beautiful beaches, peaceful waters and picturesque sights will keep you glued to this country once you visit it.

 We would like to thank Romeo Demes from Charter Orvas for writing this article.

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Release of Version 2.1 of MaxSea TimeZero Professional Range

We are happy to inform you that version 2.1 of the MaxSea TimeZero professional range MaxSea TimeZero PLOT and ECS has just been released and is available to download now.

Version 2.1 includes a range of innovative new features as well as several corrections. These improvements provide provide commercial fishing vessels and work boats with powerful functions that will make these activities even more efficient. This update is completely free of charge for all existing MaxSea TimeZero ECS and PLOT users!


Read a complete description of the improvements in v2.1 of the MaxSea TimeZero professional range


Here are a few of the main improvements you will find in version 2.1:

New features in MaxSea TimeZero PLOT

  • New 3D WorkSpace: can be set to full screen or split screen (2D/3D), improved display options. See image below:

New 3D display in v2.1

  • The Bathy Recorder function has been completely redesigned – for even more targeted fishing.
  • Addition of Manual Contour Lines and new Contour Line Tool. The contour line interval can be adjusted to a fixed step and user can choose a “highlight” contour line depth. See below image:
New manual contour lines

New features in MaxSea TimeZero ECS and PLOT

  • Proudman Currents are now available for various zones in Europe and the Arabian Gulf.
  • When integrating with a Furuno NavNet 3D or TZtouch MFD, TimeZero can access the NavNet DRS Dual Range capability from a new “Dual Radar” WorkSpace.
  • Fleet Tracking Position Report: TimeZero now automatically creates the Position Report file that can be sent manually or synchronized among multiple vessels using the file hosting service Dropbox. User can choose the frequency of these reports.

Several other new features have also been added to this update, as well as miscellaneous functions and bug corrections.


Price: The update to version 2.1 is totally free for all current MaxSea TimeZero users.

Download: You can contact your regular MaxSea reseller to download this update. Alternatively, you may log into your MyMaxSea account and use the download link in the ‘Downloads’ tab.

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Navigating the lochs in Scotland: Isle of Skye

Leon Schulz is a MaxSea partner and is a RYA Yachtmaster Ocean instructor. This week, he tells us about his unforgettable experience, navigating his yacht, the Regina Laska to one of the lochs in Scotland, Loch Scavaig in the Isle of Skye, Scotland. 

Arriving at Loch Scavaig brings a feeling of a total immersion in nature. Cautiously approaching the narrow harbour entrance, I like to compare the notes in the Imray Pilot Book “Skye and North West Scotland” with MaxSea navigation charts. Both the Navionics, Jeppesen and raster charts in MaxSea provide similar chart data and are very helpful.

Lochs in Scotland: Scavaig, Isle of Skype

Loch Scavaig, Isle of Skye, Scotland

My observation at the harbour entrance, however, is that the water depth is slightly less than is claimed in all the available books and charts, and so, boaters should expect water depths of about 1-1.5 m more shallow than charts indicate, not only during low tide.

Lochs in Scotland: Beautiful scenery

When you arrive at the lagoon, you will be greeted by innumerable seals resting on the soft ground rock or curiously peeping out of the water. So we stare at each other and are enchanted by the contact between humans and animals.

Lochs in Scotland: Seals at the Isle of Skye

The silence of the mountains lying around is only interrupted by one sound – the noise of a waterfall, where the water seems to spring out of the fog into which bore into the mountains. Angelic water?

Lochs in Scotland: Regina Yachting

Slowly, carefully, and with the support of the Furuno NavNet 3D plotter, integrated with MaxSea TimeZero Explorer, we continue into the lagoon. There is no other boat in the area, not a soul. Even our mobile phone doesn’t have reception – no contact with the outside world. Only a small cabin with closed window shutters in the colors of the Scottish flag testifies to the fact that sometimes people here have to seek shelter when the weather becomes too harsh, as is the reputation of Scotland.

The dramatic scenery is breathtaking and so we put our dingy into the water and row ashore. Trails meander along lakes and high up into the mountains with a beautiful view over half Scotland, if not over half of the world. Time and space seem to merge.

Lochs in Scotland: Beautiful scenery at the Isle of Skye

My charter guests who have travelled with me all the way from Canada on my HR 46 Regina Laska boat, are full of happiness.

In the evening another yacht arrives in the area and anchors next to us. An aluminum yacht that looks as if it has come from as far as Greenland, Svalbard or Antarctica.

We happily sleep in this paradise, until we are awakened the next morning by a motor noise: A tour boat from the nearby mainland. And then another one. And later another. There are lots of hikers who have stopped here for a couple of hours, to see the same beauty that we had enjoyed in our loneliness the night before. But would they experience the same as us?

Lochs in Scotland: Beautiful scenery in Scotland

Yes, we think, and enjoy the morning coffee while in the sunlit cockpit.
No heaven can be kept for you alone! “Paradise is a state of mind,” said my charter guest. How true! We recognise that my favorite anchorage is no longer a secret. But as long as we believe it, we could feel unique and special in this world.

With this in mind, we drop anchor and sail instead of continuing to the nearby Talisker distillery.


Leon Schulz’s yacht, the Regina Laska is available for charter. Learn more about his services on the Regina Sailing website.


 

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Jeppesen Charts Updated for Rest of World

The following 38 Jeppesen vector chart zones for the Rest of World have been updated and are available as of Thursday, August 7th, 2014. 

New chart updates: Jeppesen Vector charts for Rest of WorldDownload these nautical charts online from our Chart Catalog

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Improvements to these Nautical Charts

The chart data in these zones has been updated and improved. Many areas now include additional details, which makes navigating these places simpler and much safer.

Here are some examples of direct comparisons between the last version and new versions of the charts:

BAYKAL AND SIBERIAN LAKES – WVJRSM217MAP6.1:

Old/New Lake Ivan

SYDNEY HARBOUR – MWVJAUM007MAP6.1:

Old /New Sydney Harbour

NORTH – WEST AFRICA – WVJAFM210MAP6.1

Old/New Canaries

See more examples of the new chart updates in our Google+ and Facebook albums.

These charts are available to purchase in the MaxSea webstore, by contacting MaxSea sales at info@maxsea.fr or through your local MaxSea reseller.

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