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June 2012 Issue

exactEarth, VesselTracker Form Partnership
VesselTracker GmbH (Hamburg, Germany) will market services deploying exactEarth’s (Cambridge, Canada) exactAIS satellite data into the global commercial applications market through its Web services platform as part of an agreement, the companies announced in May.

VesselTracker presently sells products to customers in port authorities, fleet management, insurance and ship brokering. This deal will enable VesselTracker to provide visibility into ship movements out of the range of existing coastal stations. VesselTracker will also make available a custom data solution based on XML Web service data delivery.

“This agreement is a great step forward for exactEarth and means a whole new set of customers worldwide will now have access to our exactAIS data and will see the value of truly global coverage of maritime traffic,” said Peter Mabson, president of exactEarth.


Fugro Acquires GEOTER SAS
Fugro NV (Leidschendam, Netherlands) has acquired 100 percent of GEOTER SAS (Montpellier, France) shares. Fugro announced in May the purchase of the geoconsultancy company, which has 30 employees carrying out its geology, earthquake hazard and risk assessment, and applied GIS and spatial analysis.


AWT’s BVS Integrated With Transas’ ECDIS
Sunnyvale, California-based Applied Weather Technology Inc. (AWT) and Transas Marine (Gothenburg, Sweden) have agreed to integrate AWT’s BonVoyage System (BVS) with Transas’ Navi-Sailor electronic chart display navigation system (ECDIS).

This combination will enable data transfer between the BVS and Navi-Sailor ECDIS, allowing BVS routes to be viewed on the Navi-Sailor, the companies said in May. BVS is used by captains aboard more than 4,000 ships.


Ashtead to Offer Oceanscience Group Profilers
Ashtead Technology’s (Aberdeen, Scotland) offshore division entered into an agreement with the Oceanscience Group (Oceanside, California) to offer the UnderwayCTD and UnderwaySV systems for rental. Beginning in May, the free-fall profiling systems will be offered from Ashtead’s Aberdeen; Houston, Texas; and Singapore offices.


Reflex Marine Named Distributor of DMM
ShoreConnection International AS (Storebø, Norway) in April appointed Reflex Marine Ltd. (Truro, England) as global distributor of its Deck Motion Monitor (DMM) system.


Developed by ShoreConnection in partnership with ConocoPhillips Co. (Houston, Texas) and Høvik, Norway-based Det Norske Veritas (DNV) in 2007, the DMM measures the vertical deck velocity at multiple locations on the supply vessel deck and provides real-time wave height information to the crane operator. Real-time video from the supply vessel’s DMM camera gives the crane operator another angle view and can cover blind zones on deck, allowing the operator to define the safest lifting and landing area.


Austal Opens Support Base Near Headquarters
Austal (Henderson, Australia) announced in May the opening of its marine support base, located adjacent to Austal’s Henderson shipyard, which will provide refit, repair and maintenance services to private, commercial and defense operators. The site has four 90-meter berths, six sheds between 85 and 120 meters in length, workshop and fabrication facilities, 11,200 square meters of hardstand and the capacity to lift vessels up to 1,800 tonnes.


Thrane & Thrane Accepts Cobham Bid
Cobham plc (Wimborne Minster, England) announced in May that Thrane & Thrane (Lyngby, Denmark) has accepted its offer to acquire an additional 159,000 Thrane & Thrane shares, boosting Cobham’s ownership in the company to 50.1 percent of fully diluted share capital.

Thrane & Thrane shareholders will be offered DKK435 in cash for each Thrane & Thrane share, an increase of DKK15 per share over Cobham’s initial offer announced on April 10.

This revised offer values the share capital of Thrane & Thrane on a fully diluted basis at approximately £275 million, a 2.6 percent increase from the initial offer.


Hydroid Debuts REMUS 600 Survey AUV
Hydroid Inc. (Pocasset, Massachusetts) launched in April the REMUS 600 Survey (REMUS 600-S), which is designed for International Hydrographic Organization-quality survey applications.

The REMUS 600-S, a high-performance version of the REMUS 600 AUV, features technology that has only previously been available in Kongsberg Maritime’s (Kongsberg, Norway) HUGIN vehicles. The REMUS 600-S has a Kongsberg EM 3002 multibeam echosounder that operates at 300 kilohertz. The vehicle also features Kongsberg’s Navigation Processing Suite (NavP) and the Navigation Laboratory (NavLab) software.

The vehicle comes equipped with communications options, including Iridium, Wi-Fi and acoustic communication; Hydroid’s Vehicle Interface Program; and an EdgeTech (West Wareham, Massachusetts) 2200-S side scan sonar.


SeaZone Gets ISO 9001, ISO 14001 Certification
SeaZone’s (Wallingford, England) quality management system has been certified as compliant with the requirements of the international standard ISO 9001:2008, the company announced in May. SeaZone processes are also certified as being compliant with the environmental management international standard ISO 14001:2004.


First Appointments for XpressLink Dealer Network
Inmarsat plc (London, England) appointed 12 maritime communications companies in April to become the first XpressLink dealers: Anchor Marine Equipment & Repair Co. (Dubai, United Arab Emirates), AND Group (North Shields, England), Arskom Marine (Istanbul, Turkey), DH-INTERCOM (Rastede, Germany), Elcome International LLC (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates), Hellenic Radio Services (Piraeus, Greece), Navarino (Piraeus), One Net (Lemesos, Cyprus), Otesat-Maritel (Piraeus), Satlink (Harei Yehuda, Israel), Station Satcom (Mumbai, India) and Tile Marine (Dubai).

Inmarsat issued an invitation to distribution partners, service providers and system integrators in early March to confirm interest in becoming an XpressLink dealer, with a positive response from more than 80 percent. Negotiations with the majority of applicants for the Ku-band VSAT and L-band FleetBroadband service are ongoing.

Inmarsat expects more deals to follow soon.


Jotron Group Merges Its Norwegian Operations
Jotron Group will merge in July its three Norway-based companies Jotron AS (Tjodalyng), Jotron Phontech AS (Horten) and Jotron SatCom AS (Tranby). The name of the new company will be Jotron AS (Tjodalyng, Norway).

Jotron AS will have 150 employees and two market segments: maritime and energy, and air traffic control and coastal (shore-to-ship) communication. Kongs­berg Maritime has, as announced in March, acquired 100 percent of the shares in Jotron Consultas AS.


Pulse Tidal Wins Lease Offshore England For 1.2-Megawatt Tidal Power Generator
Pulse Tidal (Sheffield, England) has been awarded an agreement for lease by the Crown Estate for an area of seabed near Lynmouth, England. The company plans to deploy the 1.2-megawatt Pulse-Stream tidal power generator, which it says would be the country’s largest, in 2014, following consultation, environmental studies and permitting.

This deployment of the first commercial-scale Pulse-Stream will be at 18 meters depth. Pulse-Stream operates in tidal currents, which move horizontal blades up and down to drive a generator. The system sits on the seabed and is fully submerged, and it can come to the surface for maintenance without the need for cranes or offshore vessels.


CodaOctopus, Atlas Services Partner On Sonar Operator Training Program
CodaOctopus (Edinburgh, Scotland) has entered into an agreement with Atlas Services Group (Hoofddorp, Netherlands) to train sonar operators for the installation, configuration and operation of CodaOctopus’ Echoscope 3D sonar systems and Underwater Survey Explorer software.

The partnership, announced in May, was formed to meet the demand of CodaOctopus’ technology access program, part of which provides trained operators who ensure the Echoscope system is operating according to customer requirements. The first training course took place in April, with several surveyors and multibeam users having graduated as certified Echoscope operators, the companies said.


Navis Opens Singapore Office
Navis Engineering Oy (Vantaa, Finland) in May established an office near Singapore’s Central Business District as its sales hub to cover Southeast Asia and Oceania.

The office, headed by Southeast Asia Area Sales Manager Yuri Krivtsov, will be the focus for the company’s activities in Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Australia.


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