Electro-Nav's Fifth Annual Navigation And Communications Exhibit Held In New York
More than 350 industry visitors, shipowners, shipyard managers, port captains and other top marine people came to take a look at the equipment on display at Electro- Nav's Fifth Annual Navigation and Communications Exhibit held recently at the Whitehall Club in New York City.
Mario Yespa of Home Lines was there, as well as Captain Hope of Orion-Global. Jerry Burkhardt of General Dynamics Quincy Division was there, fresh from launching the LNG Aquarius. Capt. James R. Kelly, Head of the Nautical Science and Law Department of the USCG Academy was there. So were Joe Janssen, director of purchasing at American Export, Irv Fisher of the Army Corps of Engineers, Julian McLean and Lou Minett of the ABS. And a lot more.
They saw Ed Hecht and John Heerber put the new Magnavox MX-111 Shipboard Satellite Communications Terminal, and the MX- 1102 Sat/Nav Receiver through their paces. They saw Manfred Reimann of Krupp-Atlas demonstrate a full range of radar and echograph systems. Ivar Opgaard of North American Philips showed off the new STB 750 "Telex at Sea" system with an anti-garble feature that automatically requests repeat of any questionable word or character; that should make life a lot easier for shipowners and ships' captains. Jack Herther demonstrated Iotron's Diginav and Digiplot collision avoidance radar systems. Karl Johnson explained the operation of CAI's Free Running Synthesized SSB. And Gil Nelson of Simrad was smiling in anticipation of the new proposed Coast Guard Loran C regulations.
Electro-Nav president Bob Negron introduced the Com/Nav Seminar, initiated two years ago to help keep the industry abreast of ongoing legal and technical developments. Lt. Comdr. David Carter, USCG, spoke of proposed regulations to assign Loran C as the mandatory navigational system for U.S. coastal and inland waters. Krupp-Atlas Capt. Joe Pfeiffer analyzed the results of a recent survey of European shipowner preferences in relation to collision avoidance radar features. Ingo Harre, also of Krupp, gave a theoretical discussion on the use of Doppler Effect techniques to measure small distances for safer, more accurate navigation.
John Hoerber of Magnavox discussed cost and operation factors relating to satellite communications, with specific reference to the new MX-111 terminal.
One interesting aspect of the show was the attention attracted by marine equipment not directly related to navigation and communications. Bill Hough of Wagner Steering, and Dan Gideon of Mather Controls were kept busy demonstrating their systems. Frank Guerin, area manager for Oil Mop, used his equipment to extract oil from the bilge, leaving a very clear effluent and winning approval from Captain Kelly for his antipollution performance. Wayland Edwards of Varo showed off his 25 and 80-millioncandlepower searchlights; once he was overheard saying, "If only the show were held at night."