The Vega Beacon April 2015

In this issue

  • United States Coast Guard uses Vega lights in training centre
  • Canadian Coast Guard buys two Vega PEL lights
  • Vega lights up the news
  • Sophie Haslem joins the Vega team
  • We’d love to hear from you. Contact us

Vega supplies lights for US Coast Guard training centre

Vega is supplying a large number of VRL-74 LED range lights for the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Training Center in Yorktown, approximately 180 miles south of Washington DC. 

Among the many training facilities at USCG TC Yorktown, Virginia, is the National Aids to Navigation School. The Vega lights will be used by the school as part of the USCG staff training programme on beacon maintenance and operation. 

The Aids to Navigation School was established in 1944 and at the time had “18,000 square feet of floor space to provide for aids to navigational equipment used in training”. Read the 1956 article about the school.  

In 2014, Vega won the contract to supply US Coast Guard with LED range lights. The US Coast Guard has safeguarded the United States’ maritime interests and environment around the world since 1790.

Vega Lights to go to Prince Rupert for Canadian Coast Guard

The Canadian Coast Guard will install two Vega PEL-6-7.5 degree with oscillating boundary sectors at Prince Rupert port, British Columbia, Canada.

One PEL light is for the red sector (5°), with 1.5° oscillating red/white, and 1° white. The other PEL is for the green sector and is similarly constructed, with 5° green, 1.5° oscillating green/white, and 1° white. When the two lights are installed, the two white sectors will meet so that the total white sector angle is 2°.

This combination will achieve a day range of 2.4NM, which is nearly double the range of a single 15 degree PEL. The PELs will be used at day and night.

Prince Rupert port is situated on Kaien Island, approximately 770 kilometres north of Vancouver. The port is the first inbound and last outbound port of call for cargo ships travelling between eastern Asia and western North America.  Its harbour is the deepest ice-free natural harbour in North America and the third deepest natural harbour in the world.

Vega lights up the news

Jin Zhang, one of Vega’s two specialist optical engineers, featured in Wellington’s daily newspaper the Dominion Post’s business news section this month. 

Jin recently project managed the development and build of new LED lights for the Raffles lighthouse in Singapore.
“You develop something from scratch and when you see it completed it's a good feeling. And to know your work is in lighthouses like Singapore's oldest - it was built 150 years ago and is really famous - makes me feel really honoured.'' Read the full article.

Sophie Haslem joins the Vega team

Sophie Haslem has joined Vega as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Sophie has twenty years of broad commercial experience working across both large established corporate entities and early stage growth companies. She has held executive roles at Citibank NA, ANZ Investment Bank, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, and New Zealand Post. She is a Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and currently also sits on the board of a number of successful New Zealand businesses including, Rangatira Limited, Magritek Limited and Hydroworks Limited.

Sophie believes hi-tech manufacturing firms like Vega that are producing world-leading engineering products for deep niche markets are critical to New Zealand.

“Vega has been producing world-class navigational aids for global markets for over 40 years.  Our team of engineers is extremely clever and I am really pleased to have this opportunity to work with them,” she says.

Contact Sophie.