New Marine R&D Company Established In Canada
A company specializing in computer- assisted marine design and research and development opened recently at B.C.I.T., Discovery Park, Burnaby, British Columbia. Seatronics Technologies Ltd. has emerged from a long-established company, Seaspan Development Co. Ltd.
For many years Seaspan Development was the research and development arm of Seaspan International Ltd. The company's management staff has now acquired the research and development company, added new services and capabilities, and will be operating as a new and independent entity.
President of Seatronics is Jacques Heyrman, formerly vice president of Seaspan Development. He is principal shareholder in the new company and brings with him more than 20 years of management and technical experience in marine research and development. The trend-setting Hydralift skeg was developed and marketed under his direction. Seatronics now holds worldwide patents on Hydralift — a device which enables barge towing power savings of up to 30 percent. A new version, Hydralift II, is specifically designed to be retrofitted to existing barges. Seatronics will work in collaboration with its exclusive design consultants, NautiCAN R&D Ltd., to provide research, development, and consultation services for a broad range of equipment prototypes, including: Arctic class icebreakers ; support vessels for the offshore oil industry, particularly in the Arctic; special low-resistance, high-speed barges for commercial and military service; and unique fuel-effective tug designs with high towline pull at elevated service speeds.