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July 2011 Issue
DCNS Floats Gowind-Type Offshore Patrol Vessel
DCNS (Paris, France) launched the Gowind-type offshore patrol vessel, L'Adroit, just one year after construction work began, with the "first cut" on May 7, 2010, and float-out on May 18, 2011, the company said in May. DCNS said improved design and production methods enabled them to build and outfit the vessel in less than 20 months.
Eleven companies are supplying systems and equipment for L'Adroit free of charge, with more than 50 co-contractors contributing. After completion of quayside testing of the electronic systems and equipment in June, L'Adroit will begin sea trials scheduled for the summer. For more information, visit http://en.dcnsgroup.com.
First-Ever Induction Framework for Subsea Industry Launched to Improve Safety
A safety forum established by Subsea UK (Aberdeen, Scotland) launched in May a framework to reduce accidents and improve safety performance through a greater understanding of the risks and what is required.
This "common induction framework" is intended to ensure that everyone working offshore, onshore or onboard vessels in the subsea sector will receive a common induction process before beginning work. It has been developed by sharing best practices among the main contractors to guarantee a common approach. The framework is the first in a series of initiatives the Subsea Safety Leadership Forum, established in 2010, will launch to improve safety. For more information, visit www.subseauk.org.
Acteon Group Acquires NCS Survey
Acteon (Norfolk, England) announced in May that it acquired NCS Survey Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland), adding to its rig-positioning market. NCS Survey will retain its existing personnel and management team. For more information, visit www.acteon.com.
Kelvin Hughes Triples Warranty Duration On Commercial Bridge Equipment
Kelvin Hughes (London, England) has increased the warranty period on its commercial bridge equipment from one year to three years, the company announced in May. The new, three-year warranty applies to products delivered after June 1, 2011. For more information, visit www.kelvinhughes.com.
Caley Delivers 400-Tonne Mobile Turntable
Caley Ocean Systems Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland) announced in June the delivery of a 400-tonne mobile turntable for spooling that went to Mooring Systems Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland). Capable of handling a wide range of flexible products, including cables, umbilicals, dynamic risers and hoses, the modular turntable spooler can be configured in either "reel" or "basket" modes. Built to Lloyd's Register rules, the turntable can deliver almost 20 kilometers of 100-millimeter cable in one batch. For more information, visit www.caley.co.uk.
OSIL Launches New Data-to-Web System
Havant, England-based Ocean Scientific International Ltd. (OSIL) launched in May a new data-to-Web system for transmitting, storing, hosting and presenting data from all common sensors to a website in real time, the company said.
The new system, available through a stand-alone device called Falcon or an integrated device called Falconet, can communicate using GPRS, GSM, radio or satellite. It can also be coupled to almost any sensor and be retrofitted to existing platforms. Data are presented on a dedicated, password-protected website using secure servers and can interface with existing data gatherer and supervisory control and data acquisition systems. For more information, visit www.oceanscientific.com.
Kongsberg Maritime and Becker Marine Launch Rudder Force Detection for Dynamic Positioning
Kongsberg Maritime (Kongsberg, Norway) and Becker Marine Systems (Hamburg, Germany) launched in May a new support tool designed to enable efficient propeller and rudder use in dynamic positioning (DP) operations.
The Kongsberg Becker Intelligent Monitoring System (KBIMS) was jointly developed by the companies. The first pilot installation has already been agreed for KBIMS on a Volstad Maritime AS (Aalesund, Norway) offshore construction vessel under construction in Fosen, Norway.
Once KBIMS integrates with a Kongsberg K-Pos DP system, it can learn the rudder's characteristics so the correct combination of rudder angle, propeller pitch and propeller rotations per minute are used. Exact measurements of actual rudder force should improve station-keeping performance, and rudder control will reduce wear and tear of steering gear, rudder stock and bearings, leading to less downtime and maintenance, the companies said. For more information, visit www.km.kongsberg.com or www.becker-marine-systems.com.
Jamaica Strengthens Water Pollution Measures
The Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) rolled out stricter measures to combat water pollution in the Caribbean Sea after May 1, when the Caribbean became a special area for preventing pollution by garbage from ships in accordance with the MARPOL Convention.
From now on, the MAJ said, ships in the Caribbean, including pleasure crafts, are prohibited from discharging any ship-generated garbage, including plastics, paper products, rags, glass, metals, crockery, dunnage and packing materials, into the sea. Countries surrounding the Caribbean Sea now must have adequate reception facilities to receive the garbage the ships have retained on board, the MAJ said. For more information, visit www.mtw.gov.jm.
Stork Technical Services, Arle Acquire RBG Ltd.
Stork Technical Services (Utrecht, Netherlands) and Arle Capital LLP (London, England) announced in May the acquisition of RBG Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland). The acquisition includes RBG's business in the U.K., Europe, Americas, Caspian and the Middle East, as well as 4,500 personnel. For more information, visit www.storktechnicalservices.com.
iXBlue Sells 100th GAPS Unit
iXSea (Marly-le-Roi, France) announced in May that Unique System UK Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) ordered six iXBlue Global Acoustic Position System (GAPS) units—among them, the 100th unit to leave iXSea's Brest, France, factory. These six units went to Unique Systems' United Arab Emirates office. For more information, visit www.ixsea.com.
TransponderTech Plans New Generation of AIS
Saab TransponderTech AB (Linköping, Sweden) introduced in June the fifth generation of its R5 automatic identification system (AIS) products, which have improved receiver sensitivity stability and signal processing, the company said.
R5 AIS products will be the first to use software-defined radio transceivers with new high-speed, analog-to-digital converters, the company said. The new systems will be made available in phases during 2011 and 2012. For more information, visit www.saabgroup.com.
Braemar Shipping Takes on BMT Marine
BMT Marine & Offshore Surveys (London, England) announced in May its business and assets were acquired by Braemar Shipping Services Plc (London).
Nigel Clark, managing director of BMT Marine & Offshore Surveys, said, "We are looking forward to working alongside Braemar within its existing technical services division, which provides a range of marine surveying, adjusting and consultancy services to the marine and energy sectors."
For more information, visit www.bmtmarinerisk.com.
Fugro Tests New Airborne Lidar Bathymetry System
Fugro LADS Corp. (Adelaide, Australia) has commenced flight trials of its new Fugro LADS Mk 3 airborne lidar bathymetry (ALB) system, the company said in May.
Developed from the operationally proven laser airborne depth-sounder technology, the Mk 3 has successfully acquired accurate depth and hyperspectral data over test areas in St. Vincent and Spencer gulfs in South Australia, Fugro said. For more information, visit www.fugrolads.com.
Ferguson Group Launches New Company
The Ferguson Group (Inverurie, Scotland) announced in May it launched a new company, IceBlue Refrigeration Offshore Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland). IceBlue will provide refrigeration and freezing products for food transportaion and storage. IceBlue has stock available in the U.K., Norway, Singapore, Australia and the United Arab Emirates. For more information, visit www.fergusonmodular.com.
Cargotec Receives Order for Windmill Park Cranes
Cargotec (Helsinki, Finland) said in May that it will supply two MacGregor offshore deck cranes for installation on an offshore converter platform, BorWin beta, which will be located about 125 kilometers off Germany's coast. The platform, scheduled to begin test operations at the end of 2012, will supply 800 megawatts of energy generated by two offshore windfarms into Germany's electric grid.
The MacGregor luffing cranes have a safe working load of 10 tonnes at 41-meter outreach and will be used to offload supply vessels, handle materials on BorWin beta's open deck areas and lower them to the decks below via hatches. For more information, visit www.cargotec.com.
Lloyd's Register Publishes New Ballast Water Guide
Lloyd's Register Group (London, England) announced in June the release of the fourth edition of its "Ballast Water Treatment Technology" guide.
With the International Maritime Organization's Ballast Water Convention potentially coming into force as early as next year, shipowners, managers and operators should be planning now for retrofits, a Lloyd's employee said.
The guide provides updated information on suppliers and the solutions they provide, as well as how they relate to approval procedures. The guide also describes water treatment processes and appraises commercially available and developing technologies for ballast water treatments. For more information, visit www.lr.org.
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