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PRODUCTS, SERVICES & PEOPLE Wobble-free boarding with new design kayak launch Certified for fair and traceable transactions Dutch company Seijsener has become the first manufacturing company in Europe to be granted a type examination certificate by the German National Metrology Institute (PTB) for its shore power cabinets. This means that any user plugging in to obtain power will benefit from a fair, transparent and traceable transaction. “We are quite pleased and very proud to be Eichrecht certified,” says Seijsener director Bas Durieux. “This is an important step to further strengthen our position in the German market for shore power facilities.” “Currently, following an awarded tender, the Seijsener-Involtum consortium is installing more than 120 shore power facilities along the canals and rivers in North Rhine Westphalia. The cabinets are the first in Europe to comply with German calibration law. This underlines our dedication and drive to serve markets across Europe while respecting local regulations,” he continues. Seijsener will now be able to supply shore power cabinets throughout Europe that will give users complete confidence that they are paying the correct amount for their energy and, if desired, the technology can be applied to car charging stations etc. Many paddlers find the act of getting into and out of a kayak nerve-racking, especially with onlookers. Even the most stable solo or tandem boat will wobble and slip. Golden Boat Lifts has taken this concern into account with a completely redesigned and innovative kayak launch, which can safely and easily launch and recover the craft in under 90 seconds, even from high docks and seawalls and areas with tidal fluctuation. Using the Golden Kayak Launch couldn’t be easier. The user slides the kayak or canoe onto the twin bunks and lowers it into the water using the crank. Paddlers descend the stair tread ladder and enter the boat, using the grab rail on the opposite side to steady themselves. The launch’s stable platform minimises the awkward movement common with boarding. Boaters then slide their vessels out into the open water. Upon return, the steps are simply reversed. In a change from previous models, the new launch is now made from fullywelded square marine grade aluminium tubing and receiver pockets for maximum rigidity and strength. Nylatron rollers and a stainless steel brake winch and cable have been added to ensure moving parts will operate smoothly for years to come with very little maintenance. Craft up to 249lb (113kg) can be supported, and two models are offered with fiveand seven-step ladders. 54 - May/June 2020

MIA offers online education courses during pandemic The Marina Industries Association (MIA) has ramped up its online learning for the marina industries amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The MIA’s online offering has increased from two to six types of online programmes and the association expects to deliver a minimum of 17 online educational activities. PRODUCTS, SERVICES & PEOPLE MIA president Andrew Chapman said momentum for online learning was already growing before the COVID-19 crisis. “Twelve months ago we launched the Club Marina Extreme Weather Preparedness course online. While initial take-up was slow, there has been a 60% increase in course enrolments from nine countries this year.” In July, the MIA will conduct its first ever online Intermediate Marina Management (IMM) course. Traditionally face-to-face and conducted over 4.5 days, the online IMM will take place over a period of four weeks. MIA’s industry education officer, Vijaya Selvaraj, said studying online has practical advantages not just during COVID-19. “Shorter, more intensive and self-directed online learning gives our members greater flexibility to choose when, where and how they study. Members can participate from anywhere in the world and experts can be brought in via recorded interviews or live webinars.” “MIA’s Extreme Weather Course is self-paced and the materials can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week – and participants are given 30 days to complete the course,” she added. “We are also rolling out a course focused on marina boat fire prevention, which will be a blended online course.” MIA CEO, Colin Bransgrove, said: “Face to face learning will always be a core part of MIA’s education offering in normal times. The use of online learning, however, is suited to the MIA membership that is scattered across many countries from the Middle East to New Zealand. With 300 plus members across such a vast area of the globe, it is inevitable online learning will become an increasingly important component of MIA activity to support the sustainable growth of the marina industries.” 28 metres 65 tons no crane The Original - May/June 2020 55

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