VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA (June 15, 2010): – Carmanah Technologies Corp. through its marine partnership with Sabik Oy is providing Carmanah/Sabik solar LED marine lanterns for marking oil spill containment booms in the Gulf of Mexico. The lanterns are helping to keep marine traffic safe while containment and cleanup work continues in the area.
Through the efforts of Carmanah’s authorized marine distributor in Texas, several hundred white and yellow Carmanah/Sabik Model 502 and M650 solar LED marine lanterns have already been deployed to mark areas such as open bays and waterways where the presence of containment booms poses a risk to navigational safety. Carmanah is working with its Houston-based manufacturing partner to fast-track production and delivery of several hundred additional lights in the coming days. Carmanah has a history of responding in times of crisis, most notably in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when all production was diverted to supply self-contained, self-powered solar LED lighting solutions to keep road, air and marine traffic along the Gulf Coast moving safely while rebuilding efforts were underway.
“Our customer had tried and abandoned a battery-powered marking light due to performance issues and ongoing maintenance requirements. They asked us to provide a maintenance-free, cost-effective alternative that could be trusted to perform reliably in a range of operating conditions,” said Carmanah distributor Jeff Sandel, Vice President of Laporte, Texas-based Channel Safety and Marine Supply. “Our years of working with Carmanah, and Carmanah’s reputation as a trusted supplier of aids-to-navigation lighting to the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards, tell us that the Carmanah/Sabik solar-powered LED marine lanterns will deliver on all accounts.”
“With all available resources in the Gulf focused on containment and cleanup, this is no time to worry about whether or not the lights are working, or to be expending valuable manpower to change bulbs or batteries,” said Carmanah CEO Ted Lattimore. “The combination of solar power and LED technology in our marine lanterns means they can be trusted to perform day after day, year after year, leaving our customers free to concentrate on the job at hand.”
Carmanah is best known within the maritime community for its high-performance short-range solar LED aids-to-navigation lighting. A strategic partnership with Finland-based marine lighting pioneer Sabik Oy, announced in March of 2010, will allow both companies to deliver a complete range of aids-to-navigation lighting, from one to 18 nautical miles, to their respective global customer bases under the Carmanah/Sabik brand.
As one of the most trusted names in solar technology, Carmanah has earned a reputation for delivering strong and effective products for industrial applications worldwide. Industry proven to perform reliably in some of the world’s harshest environments, Carmanah solar LED lights and solar power systems provide a durable, dependable and cost effective energy alternative. Carmanah is a publicly traded company, with common shares listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “CMH”. For more information, visit www.carmanah.com.
Sabik is a Finnish company with sister companies in Germany and Denmark. Sabik is in the business of enhancing safety for traffic at sea, on the road and on the railways.
Sabik specializes in optical engineering, traffic telematic solutions and their components, and has accumulated knowledge in optics and microprocessor technology as well as in embedded and system level software. Sabik offers its clients the latest technical solutions and the technical support needed including installation and maintenance services.
Sabik is a certified ISO 9001:2008 Quality Assurance System as well as a IS0 14001:2004 Environmental Management system, and has been a member in IALA since 1992, currently representing the European industry within the IALA Industrial Members Committee. For more information about Sabik, visit www.sabik.com.
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