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January 2011 Issue

HB Rentals Invests $20 Million to Add to Rental Fleet
HB Rentals (Broussard, Louisiana) has invested an additional $20 million in capital expenditures to add offshore accommodation units to its rental fleet, the company announced in late November.

The investment will allow HB Rentals to add 100 onshore units in the form of wheel-mounted trailers and cold-weather skid housing, as well as an additional 20 A60-rated offshore units.

Along with onshore and offshore buildings, the company is also increasing its inventory of auxiliary equipment and communication systems.

"This investment, as well as the original $16 million spent early in the year for the aggressive land-build program, is proof of HB Rentals' willingness to invest in its own growth in order to further support our customer base," said company president Deidre Toups. For more information, visit www.hbrental.com.

SA Photonics Achieves High-Data-Rate Underwater Communications in Turbid Water
SA Photonics (Los Gatos, California) announced in December that it has successfully completed open-ocean testing of its NeptuneTM underwater communications system. Testing was performed in conjunction with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at their pier in the San Diego, California, harbor. By precisely modulating a visible-wavelength fiber laser, Neptune achieved data rates of up to 50 megabits per second at distances beyond 20 attenuation lengths in turbid coastal water.

SA Photonics' Neptune system provides data rates that are 1,000 times higher than existing acoustic modems, enabling much needed bandwidth for critical underwater applications, the company said.

"Our Neptune communications system will transform communications between ships, submarines and unmanned underwater vehicles, even in turbid coastal waters," said Jim Coward, SA Photonics' president and chief executive officer. "Neptune also provides a means to communicate in acoustically noisy littoral waters, where traditional acoustic modems have difficulty." For more information, visit www.saphotonics.com.

Global Diving & Salvage Opens New Office in Houston
Global Diving & Salvage Inc. (Seattle, Washington) announced in December the opening of a new facility in northeast Houston, Texas.

The property has 2,000 square feet of office space and another 20,000 square feet of warehouse capacity. This regional office will allow Global Diving & Salvage to support their existing and future offshore energy clients in the Gulf of Mexico, the company said.

"The new facility provides us the ability to maintain personnel and equipment in the local area," said Bruce Humberstone, manager of Global Diving & Salvage's Gulf of Mexico Region. "This allows us to better serve our existing customers as well [as] enable us to respond more timely to emergent opportunities."

"The opening of this new office not only increases our capabilities to service our existing clients, but will also allow us to offer our other core service lines—casualty response management and operations, marine construction support services and marine environmental operations—to this dynamic market," Devon Grennan, president of Global Diving & Salvage, said. For more information, visit www.gdiving.com.

Iris Innovations Names Win-Tron Electronics National Distributor for Line of Marine Optics
Win-Tron Electronics Inc. (Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey) has been named national distributor of Iris Innovations' (Swanwick, England) entire line of marine optics, including specialist marine cameras, thermal imaging cameras and switching, Win-Tron announced in December.

Iris' products include SUBAR video inspections systems, SeeSeaTV marine camera systems and the new IM-PTZ-16 micro pan, tilt and zoom camera.

"Few things excite us more than offering our customers the newest and most innovative marine electronics available on the market," said Edward A. Winder, president of Win-Tron Electronics. "Iris Innovations have established themselves in a few short years as market leaders in this exciting and expanding sector. We look forward to building a solid, long-term relationship with them." For more information, visit www.wintronelectronics.com.

JMP Impellers Outperform Competition in U.S. Navy Testing
JMP Marine USA (Miami, Florida) recently announced that its impellers have performed well in U.S. Navy tests.

In a written assessment, the Navy noted how pleased it was with the impeller's performance, the company said. At the time of the report, JMP's impeller was still going strong at 541 hours with no visible wear. The other impellers lasted no longer than 300 hours, according to the report.

Through visual inspection, the report noted, the impeller appeared almost new. Its color was not faded and the rubber was soft and flexible with no visible damage. Little to no corrosion was present on the metal sleeve. For more information, visit www.jmp.co.kr.

BIRNS Inc. Team Achieves J-STD-001 Class 3 And WHMA-A-620-A Class 3 Certifications
BIRNS Inc. (Oxnard, California) announced in November the two newest levels of advanced certification of its team of electrical technicians, assembly and inspection personnel. The entire team recently achieved new J-STD-001 Class 3 and WHMA-A-620-A Class 3 certification.

"We're proud to certify the entire BIRNS production and inspection team to these exacting standards as part of our ongoing commitment to leading the industry with high-performance products relied upon in the world's harshest environments," said Steve Hollinger, quality assurance manager for BIRNS.

The J-STD-001 Class 3 standard prescribes practices and requirements for the manufacture of soldered electrical and electronic assemblies, and the WHMA-A-620-A Class 3 is focused on requirement and acceptance specifically for cable and wire harness assemblies. For more information, visit www.birns.com.

Nautical Control Solutions Successfully Defends FuelTrax Patent
Houston, Texas-based Nautical Control Solutions LP (NCS) announced in December that it has successfully defended its U.S. patent protection rights on its FuelTrax marine fuel management system.

NCS has settled recent claims regarding patent infringement in the marine fuel management market space, which protects the investment in the FuelTrax technology and protects the customer's right to the technology on all existing and future installations, the company said. For more information, visit www.fueltrax.com.

Pelican Products Ranked 25th in Los Angeles County List of Fastest Growing Private Companies
The Los Angeles Business Journal has named Pelican Products Inc. (Torrance, California) to its list of Los Angeles county's fastest growing private companies.

Ranking 25th in Los Angeles county overall and second in the category of companies with revenue of more than $100 million, Pelican was also recently featured in California congresswoman Jane Harman's "State of the Region" speech as an example of how manufacturing is alive and well in California.

"We are honored to receive this recognition from such a well-respected publication," said Lyndon Faulkner, Pelican president and chief executive officer. "This award validates our efforts and spurs us on to continue to create and manufacture the toughest and most reliable products around." For more information, visit www.pelican.com.

NSM Insurance Group Acquires IDEAL Marine Insurance
NSM Insurance Group (Conshohocken, Pennsylvania) announced in mid-November that it has acquired IDEAL Marine Insurance (Chicago, Illinois). IDEAL Marine Insurance is a program specializing in nonconstruction ocean and inland marine coverage.

"We are aggressively seeking specialty underwriting or program acquisitions," said Geof McKernan, chief executive officer of NSM Insurance Group. For more information, visit www.nsminc.com.

Perko Large Vessel Navigation Lights Receive ABS Type Approval
Perko's (Miami, Florida) line of navigation lights for vessels more than 20 meters in length has been granted American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) type approval, the company announced in November.

"Perko is proud to have accomplished this compliance, which results in a type approval that will help us better meet our customers' needs," said vice president of sales and marketing George Bellwoar.

ABS type approval is a voluntary program that certifies companies around the world in compliance with industry specifications for design, manufacturing and consistency. For more information, visit www.perko.com.

MSA's Sensor X-Change Program Will Replace Sensors on Demand
MSA announced in mid-December the availability of its Ultima® X Series Sensor X-Change Program, through which users can receive replacement calibrated sensors on demand when needed. Sensors arrive prior to the Ultima X Gas Monitor's scheduled calibration due date. For more information, visit www.msanorthamerica.com.


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