Beier Radio Donates Bulletproof Vests for Local Officers

officers that got vestThe Beier Radio family of companies, including The Marine Training Institute and Sentinel Control Technologies, are marking their expansion in Terrebonne Parish by giving back to law enforcement officers who protect the community each and every day.  Today, Beier Radio donated seven bulletproof vests to the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Houma Police Department in a presentation at the corporation’s facility in Gray, Louisiana.


“Beier Radio is proud to be a part of this robust business community and we appreciate the law enforcement officers who keep us all safe at work and at home,” explains owner Karl Beier. “With this donation of bullet-proof vests, we are pleased to help protect the officers who protect us all.”


Six vests have been donated to the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office and one vest has been donated to the Houma Police Department.


“More and more people are carrying guns today, and more than ever before, officers don’t know what they are up against when they approach a situation.  Bullet proof vests are critical in protecting the lives of our police officers, and we need every one that we can get,” says Keith Gallicio, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, Houma Lodge. “We greatly appreciate Beier Radio’s support in providing one more safety advantage for our dedicated officers who put themselves in harm’s way every day.”


With headquarters in Mandeville, Louisiana, Beier Radio is a worldwide supplier of Integrated Vessel Control and Management systems, including the Beier IVCS 4000 series Dynamic Positioning system and IVMS 2000 Series Vessel Management system. Sentinel Control Technologies, the manufacturing division of Beier Radio, designs and manufactures high quality control and instrumentation products and systems used for vessel management, steering, cargo loading and unloading, navigation light panels, shaft tachometers, engine controls, and thruster controls.


The new Marine Training Institute offers navigation and dynamic positioning training to boat captains and operators utilizing revolutionary computer simulation technology. It is the only full-time ECDIS training facility along the Gulf Coast, and is accredited by The Nautical Institute in London for training in the operation of Dynamic Position systems.


The Marine Training Institute opened along LA Highway 24 in Gray in January 2014, and Sentinel, along with Beier Radio’s full service and engineering departments, moved to newly constructed facilities at this location in June.  When construction of a new warehouse is completed this fall, the 20-acre campus will house 50 employees for all three affiliated companies.vest group shot

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Move to new facilities in Gray, LA and Mandeville, LA

We are pleased to announce our move to new facilities in Gray, LA and Mandeville, LA.

Sentinel Manufacturing, Beier Service and Beier Engineering, will move to our newly completed facility at:
4234 W. Main St., Gray, LA 70359 Phone: (985) 360-3875
June 16-17, 2014

Administrative personnel, Management, Sales, Marketing and Accounting will be moving to our new facility at:
1150 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, LA 70471 Phone: (504) 341-0123
June 18, 2014

We will start work on an additional warehouse in Gray within the next thirty days. Our target date for completion and move of warehouse operations in Belle Chasse is September 1, 2014.

Once completed, our new Gray campus will encompass 36,000 sq. ft. of buildings on 20 acres of land and our Mandeville office will encompass 5,000 sq. ft. of buildings on 2.1 acres of land.

These facilities foster the Company’s focus on professionalism and future growth. We are determined to achieve through attracting and retaining highly qualified staff and providing exemplary products and services to our customers.

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ECDIS and DP Certification Offered

ECDIS and DP Certification Offered at New Marine Training Institute

May 16, 2014
(Gray, Louisiana) Classes are filling up quickly for ECDIS and DP training and certification at The Marine Training Institute’s new technologically advanced facility along the central Gulf Coast near Houma, Louisiana. Mariners are urged to visit to view class schedules and enrollment information for remaining 2014 training sessions.

Beier Radio opened The Marine Training Institute in January 2014, specializing in USCG approved ECDIS certification courses and type-specific ECDIS training, as well as basic and advanced DP Operator training. Students master the operations of vessel technology using simulators that apply real-world skills to the real-world challenges of the marine environment during four and five day sessions.

The Marine Training Institute is the only full time ECDIS training facility along the Gulf of Mexico. The Institute is also accredited by The Nautical Institute in London for its standard of excellence in the training of maritime personnel in principles and practices of operating a DP system in a working environment, and is the only training facility for Beier Radio DP systems along the Gulf Coast.

“Maritime navigation and control electronics have advanced significantly in recent years, and it is essential that mariners are trained on the latest and most up-to-date equipment available. The Marine Training Institute is focused on successfully preparing mariners for the safe operation and navigation of offshore and deep water vessels by providing hands-on experience with state-of-the-art systems and simulators,” says instructor George Raab.

The ECDIS certification uses the Transas NS-4000 ECDIS system to certify the bridge watch officer through familiarization, system simulations, and on-hands training to safely navigate using an ECDIS system, all meeting the current IMO Model 1.27. In upcoming months, the Institute will launch brand-specific ECDIS training for Transas and Furuno electronic navigation systems, and will be North America’s only Furuno ECDIS-certified training facility.

Using Beier Radio’s IVCS4000, students learn fundamentals and familiarization of a DP system in the basic DP class. The advanced class trains the DP operator on the full functionality and operation of the DP system.
Enrollment for all courses is limited in order to keep class sizes small and ensure a successful learning experience for all students. The four course instructors at The Marine Training Institute have over 100 years of combined experience in the commercial maritime industry and the U.S. Navy.

For more information about The Marine Training Institute and courses offered, or to enroll, visit or The Marine Training Institute on Facebook, call (985) 873-0031, or email

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