Named after the famous lighthouse that stood on the Isle of Pharos in Alexandria, Egypt, Pharos Marine began making aids to navigation more than 100 years ago. The company's founder, Gustav Dalen, had a distinguished career, winning a Nobel Prize when he introduced a system of acetylene gas lights capable of operating for a year without service. His belief that "the light must never go out" became the foundation for a corporate vision that has guided our company to this day.
To date, Pharos Marine Automatic Power, Inc. has provided products for some of the most famous navigation projects around the world, including the first oil rigs off the coast of Texas and the first buoys for the Panama Canal. Today PMAPI continues to provide signaling, monitoring and power solutions, operating worldwide from offices in the United States, United Kingdom, and Singapore.
Our name, products and services have evolved over the past century. Our commitment to excellence has not.
PMAP releases Stainless Steel product line, officially becoming the first fully Stainless Steel Nav Aids supplier on the market.
PMAP launches the company's Touch Down Perimeter Marking (TD/PM) Circle and "H" Lighting System at Offshore Europe. Still in its early stages of development, the system was pending testing and approvals yet still generated a buzz within the industry for its unique and thoughtful design.
Building on a legacy of product innovation, PMAP launches new product families for applications requiring 3-5NM at 0.74T.
The PMAPI-NS35 is designed as a durable and reliable LED lantern with the benefit of the "flickering flash" programmable option that allows it to be more visible in areas with high background light interference.
The PMAPI-SC35 takes the NS35 optics and combines it with solar power and battery systems, creating a self-contained unit that requires no external power.
An extensive range of loading tests consistent CAP 437 requirements were completed and described in a detailed test report from Imperial College, where the tests were performed. No evidence of damage to the strip was recorded despite the fact that the pressure on the glass lens appeared to be somewhat higher than required, balanced by lower pressure remote from the lens.
Satisfied with the testing results, PMAP moves to distinguish its Circle and H from the competition and names it PharoDeck. PharoDeck is then trademarked.
After extensive testing, the PharoDeck™ receives approval from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for use in CAP 437 Offshore Helicopter Landing Areas.