The six boats are equipped with SHOXS shock-mitigated seating
The United States gifted Colombia with five new 380X Defender interception boats and a 410 Apostle, each built by US manufacturer SAFE Boats International to support maritime patrol efforts in the Pacific and Caribbean.
The boats are equipped with shock-mitigated seating to keep crews comfortable for long patrols, and allow the performance necessary for high-speed pursuits. The 380X Defenders are equipped with SHOXS 4800 seating, and the Apostle has the SHOXS 2000.
The X-Series technology has made its debut in Europe
The X4 shock mitigating pedestal was introduced to the world for the first time at Seawork 2018, where the new technology was debuted to an audience of workboat builders, dealers, and suppliers. Maritime Journal reported on the new products, stating that the pedestals have been in development over the last 18 months. The pedestals represent an extension of SHOXS's flagship products, heavy-duty suspension seating for military and government watercraft. The new X-Series pedestals are designed to transform nearly any marine seat on the market today into a shock-mitigated seat, making the choice to ride smoother and safer now within reach for non-military users.
Tim Rees on the European Union's Directive 2002/44/EC
EU Directive 2002/44/EC specifies stringent constraints on acceptable workplace exposure levels to shock and mechanical vibration. The directive has a particularly important role to play in the maritime industry, where workers may be subjected to extreme shocks on a regular basis as high-speed craft slam into waves. The health risks associated with mechanical shock in the marine environment are well-known (see Ensign et al, “A Survey of Self-Reported Injuries Among Special Boat Operators,” 2004), and the EU directive is an attempt to provide protection for those in harm's way.
EU directives are similar to EU regulations, but individual member nations must transpose directives into their own regional laws. This is especially important in light of the legal precedent set by the case Francovitch v Italy, where it was ruled that a European member state could be held financially liable by those suffering from a loss due to that nation's failure to bring an EU directive into law. Through legislation introduced in 2005 (No. 1093, The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations) and in 2007 (No. 3077, The Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Control of Vibration at Work) Regulations), the UK has implemented directive 2002/44/EC, and while the steps taken towards compliance have not been dramatic thus far, recent developments suggest that things may be about to change.
SEAWORK.COM — Seawork International is Europe’s largest commercial marine and workboat exhibition and widely regarded as the industry’s one-stop-shop. Every June, buyers, legislators and influencers with direct access to the commercial marine and workboat market descend on the exhibition to show off the latest products and innovations. Fresh off their high-profile win of outfitting shock mitigated seating solutions to 60 Navy Pacific 24 MkIV RHIBS, SHOXS will be there to demo and profile the seats and technologies that placed them first in the UK Ministry of Defense's grueling selection process.
Seawork International has delivered a unique on-shore and on-water trade exhibition since 1998. The event comprises an exhibition, conference and awards, attracting 7,500 industry professionals, 10,000 products and services, together with over 70 vessels.
Department of Defence announces 60 new Pacific 24 Rigid Inflatable Boats
When it comes to protecting their men and women in uniform, The Royal Navy don't take chances. That’s why new Royal Navy Pacific 24 MkIV RHIBS will be fitted with SHOXS seats.
The decision to outfit the new BAE Systems RHIBS with SHOXS followed one of the world’s most exhaustive and scientifically valid evaluations of shock mitigating seats in history. Undertaken by the UK Ministry of Defense, this first-of-its-kind evaluation of more than 15 different seat manufacturers encompassed every area of performance, with shock mitigation tests taking over 2 years to complete.
So far this year forces have seized more than 30 tons of cocaine in the Colombian Pacific, aided in great part by the tactical and safety advantage provided by the 380X Defender platform, equipped with SHOXS Shock Mitigating Seats.
12.3m Guest Tender Features Custom-Built SHOXS 6190
The SHOXS engineering and sales team has been working with Dutch Boat Builder Xtenders to create a custom seat specifically designed to work ergonomically with the their proprietary console and integrate with the onboard overhead support structures. Xtenders specialize in building custom carbon fiber, super light weight yacht tenders. They employ production technology gleaned from Formula 1 and the aerospace industry, providing optimal structural performance while keeping weight to a minimum.
Meet The Polaris DAGOR™ ultra-light combat vehicle
Polaris Defense, a division of Polaris Industries Inc. is launching a new ultra-light combat vehicle - the DAGOR™ at the 2014 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting, in Washington, D.C. , Oct. 13-15. The DAGOR was designed and tested, and is now under contract and in production – all in less than two years – leveraging Polaris’ world class off-road engineering and design capability, to meet an emerging threat to SOF and light infantry forces.
The DAGOR has world-class capability in extreme off-road terrain at full payload. The purpose-built vehicle is designed with trophy truck-inspired suspension to carry 3,250 lbs of payload or a 9-man infantry squad at a higher rate of speed over terrain usually traveled on foot. This allows the warfighter to move quickly to the objective with mission-critical equipment.
“The DAGOR was engineered to meet a very demanding set of light-mobility needs for our customer,” said Jed Leonard, manager of Advanced Mobility Platforms, and Polaris Defense. “It provides the optimal balance of rapid air transportability, payload and advanced mobility. The design offers our customers a modular, light-weight platform to support a variety of expeditionary missions.”
Riverine Command Boats are a lesser known component of the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, which operates in the Persian Gulf region. They mostly sail in the shadows of the larger deck Navy warships that frequent the area and gobble up most of the attention. These extremely fast, armed crafts crewed by approximately eight sailors can perform a wide range of missions and have the capacity to carry special forces or small U.S. Marine units into coastal waters where larger warships simply cannot - making them a highly versatile asset. Safety and ergonomic features including SHOXS Shock Mitigation seating maximizes efficiency, safety and performance.
We are excited to welcome Tony Van Meter to the SHOXS team. Tony joins us as Director of Business Development — EAST and will be managing client relations and representing SHOXS and CDG Coast Dynamics Group with a focus on Asia Pacific, Latin America and Western U.S. regions.
Tony brings with him a wealth of industry experience and a true talent for building and nurturing strong customer relationships. His extensive knowledge of State and Local Law Enforcement, Fire and Maritime industries mean he is able to deeply relate to customer needs as well as the issues and capabilities that are most important to them when choosing shock mitigated seating for current and future projects.