Pacific Marine Expo has come and gone for 2012. It was strange having it Tuesday-Thursday rather than its normal Thursday-Saturday but it seemed to work. As always this is a show where one gets to see ‘old’ friends and customers and check out what is new in the industry.
Sorry to say but there is not much to report on the new equipment front. The marine safety industry is still in consolidation mode and it seems that the remaining manufacturers are spending their time dealing with all of the aquisitions rather than developing new items to sell. There was some talk about a new Personal Locator Beacon with AIS for use in crew overboard situations. This would be a great piece of equipment allowing a victim to alert both Search and Rescue and vessels in his vicinity. As I learn more I will keep everyone advised.
Past president of the United States Marine Safety Association and retired sailor
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