The Vega Beacon June 2015

In this issue

  • International technical seminar success
  • Out and about with Glen Brumby - Vega engineer
  • Vega in the news again
  • Dinesh Chandra supports the team
  • We’d love to hear from you. Contact us

International technical seminar success

Organised and led by John Brook, Engineering Manager, and Stephane Luteyn, Solution Engineer, the one day session included live demonstrations of the VSL-73 sector light (pictured) and updates on new products, such as Vega AIS, and participation by clients and partners from Denmark, the United Kingdom, France, Dubai, Spain and the Netherlands. Vega held its first technical seminar in Copenhagen recently.

Vega CEO Arjen Maarleveld also attended and said it was an excellent event that was appreciated by all participants.  As a result, it is likely that similar events will be planned to be hosted in other areas in the future.

Keep checking the Vega Beacon for details!

Out and about with Glen Brumby - Vega engineer

Travelling to out of the way and exotic locations is all in a day’s work for Glen Brumby, Vega’s service manager. 

But seeing the sights doesn’t feature on Glen’s agenda, instead he climbs towers, installs, tests and maintains some of Vega’s most complex lights.

Glen, who has worked at Vega since 2012, has a mechanical engineering and electronics background. While working at Vega’s Porirua-based factory, he is responsible for after sales service as well as ensuring the high specification products made there are up to Vega’s high standards.

While away from the factory, Glen works closely with customers to help to commission Vega light installations.  To be effective he has to work with the customer to ensure that what is needed to do his job is available when he arrives. This could include a tug boat, access to GPS positioning equipment and the relevant charts for the site and the country.

Most of the time he spends two to three days on site. But his work is very weather dependent as the lights can’t be opened in the rain and light alignments can’t be done in rough seas.

“The lights must be set accurate to the chart position so the boats’ captains know where they should be seeing the light,” he says.

In the last year, Glen has been to Venice, Italy; Sakhalin Island in Russia; Puerto Plata in Dominican Republic and North Port Oil Refinery near Whangarei.

Glen says his recent work installing three PEL lights in Venice, all of which have Vega web monitoring and SMS on-demand control, was pretty special.

“We had to install three lights, one either end of a channel and one facing out to sea and all working together to help navigate into and along the channel from the sea” he says.

The installation was part of Venice’s Tidal Barrier Project, which is creating a channel to help control water levels in the city.  During the four day installation, Glen had to scale two towers in the sea and one on land.

 “It was interesting work in an incredible location,” he says. 

Dinesh Chandra supports the team

Singapore-based Dinesh Chandra is supporting the Vega team to help develop a strategy

for the Asia region. Dinesh founded Consulting Curve, a firm that helps companies to

establish and expand their businesses across the Asia Pacific region.

He has global experience with more than 20 years in sales, marketing and leadership

in the information technology industry. One of his many assignments was a successful

role with Esko spanning more than a decade in developing and managing global

business units. Dinesh holds an Engineering degree (Industrial & Production) and

post-graduate in marketing management.

Contact Dinesh

Vega in the news again

Vega featured in the May/June issue of New Zealand Exporter under the headline “The world’s guiding lights.

It said “Vega is one of New Zealand’s best kept export secrets and proof that New Zealand firms can consistently achieve outstanding export success in high-end niche market sectors over many years.” 

You can view the full article go to page 8.