Charlottesville, Va., is home to Sperry Marine Inc., a company which enjoys a world leadership position in an electronics market increasingly dominated by the Japanese. Sperry Marine, which celebrated its 80th anniversary last year, traces its
Bollinger Machine Shop & Shipyard, Inc. of Lockport, La., is building 16 Island Class patrol boats (WPB) under an $80-million contract awarded by the U.S. Coast Guard. These boats will be used for offshore patrol work involving law enforcement, surveillance, and boardings.
Through technology advancements, the major manufacturers of shipboard electronics are constantly introducing innovative products in an effort to make navigation safer and more precise and communications faster and easier. Newer, more powerful lorans,
—A Review— Recent technological breakthroughs and advancements in electronics, computer-controlled systems and software, and the introduction of Inmarsat satellite communication services have led to the development of a number of new innovative marine navigation and communications products.