Vesper Marine Appoints Wickes Marine to promote smartAIS Transponders on the East Coast of USA


Leading Sales Group to Deliver Award-Winning Vesper Marine Products to its Extensive Network of Boat Builders, Distributors and Dealers.

Auckland, New Zealand - Vesper Marine: Vesper Marine, a leading manufacturer of innovative marine safety products, announced today that Wickes Marine will be their sales representative for the East Coast of the United States. Vesper Marine is experiencing growing demand for quality commercial and recreational AIS transponders in the U.S. market. Wickes Marine will be an essential link in building market share for Vesper Marine’s innovative smartAIS range of transponders through its extensive network of boat builders, distributors and dealers.

“With an experienced sales force managing all aspects of sales, training and marketing of marine equipment to retailers, distributors and boat builders, Wickes Marine represents the best marine equipment manufacturers,” said Jeremy Singleton, sales director, Vesper Marine. “Their understanding of the channel has been a key driver for expanding market share and sales growth for their brands. Bill Wickes and his team have extensive industry knowledge and experience that will provide Vesper Marine with an enhanced sales footprint amongst boat builders, electronics dealers and marine electrical contractors.”

“We are very excited about our partnership with Vesper Marine,” says Bill Wickes, founder and partner, Wickes Marine. “The company is well known for innovation and product excellence, backed by exceptional customer service and technical support. We are confident we can help make Vesper Marine smartAIS transponders a preferred choice at all customer touchpoints.”

An active system with smart alarm logic, smartAIS proactively alerts boaters of potentially hazardous situations. Unlike other transponders that simply send and receive AIS data, Vesper Marine’s smartAIS transponders continuously calculate crossing situations and trigger collision avoidance alarms, plot anchor position to alert the crew of anchor dragging and trigger alarms for immediate man overboard (MOB) retrieval. An extensible platform, smartAIS offers customers new features and capabilities through regular software updates, delivered automatically via a smart phone and the WatchMate App.

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