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May 2012 Issue
MacArtney Inc. Expands US Sales Base
MacArtney Underwater Technology Group (Esbjerg, Denmark) has expanded its North American operations with the merger of MacArtney Offshore (Houston, Texas) and M.J. Stewart Associates (Pembroke, Massachusetts) into MacArtney Inc. (Boston, Massachusetts).
M.J. Stewart Associates had been the sales organization for SubConn wet-mateable connectors in the U.S. for more than 15 years, while MacArtney Group handled SubConn sales in other countries. Now, MacArtney Inc. has assumed responsibility for SubConn sales in North America.
The new company will offer engineering services, terminations, slip rings, molding, multiplexers and subsea products and systems.
USACE Releases Study of Savannah Harbor Project
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced in April the release of the final documents for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) for review by state and federal agencies and the general public after 15 years of study.
The USACE estimates the SHEP will cost $652 million and provide $174 million in annual net national benefits. The project will increase the depth of the Savannah River by an additional 5 to 47 feet at mean low water, the USACE said. “We all know how critical this extra depth is to the ability of our nation to move cargo efficiently,” said Curtis Foltz, Georgia Ports Authority’s executive director. “The depth, along with an average 7-foot tide, strikes the right balance between the needs of our industry and the environment of the Savannah River. Nearly 40 percent of the project cost is dedicated to environmental mitigation, preservation of cultural resources or the improvements to river access for the public.”
The Port of Savannah is the fourth busiest and single largest container terminal in the U.S. It was the second busiest U.S. container port for U.S. exports by tonnage in fiscal year (FY) 2011. It also handled 8.7 percent of U.S. containerized cargo volume and 12.5 percent of U.S. containerized exports in FY 2011.
3D Sonar System Deployed in North Sea To Conduct Spool Piece Metrology
Seatronics Ltd. (Aberdeenshire, Scotland), Technip (Paris, France), Star Net Geomatics Ltd. (Livingston, Scotland) and BlueView Technologies Inc. (Seattle, Washington) announced in April that they have been developing the BlueView 3D system for underwater metrology, which was successfully deployed on a project in the North Sea.
The system combines terrestrial laser and underwater 3D multibeam sonar scanning technology. Several onshore dry-dock trials were conducted in Peterhead and Fraserburgh, Scotland.
Seatronics supplied the BlueView BV5000-1350 system and personnel for subsea metrology on Talisman Energy (U.K.) Ltd.’s (Aberdeen, Scotland) Auk North project in the North Sea, representing the third successful use of this technology. The system was deployed, and the survey was completed in December 2011. Coupled with Star Net’s data processing techniques, the technology provided measurements for a new spool piece between the subsea connection flanges on two manifolds in the Auk North field development. Star Net surveyed the two-piece pipe section and brought the sections together to confirm the fabrication tolerances. The BV5000 captured 14 acoustic scans in 8 hours. The spool piece was designed and fabricated following the survey.
Textron Demonstrates Unmanned Vessel
Textron Systems Advanced Systems (Wilmington, Massachusetts) announced in April that its second fleet-class common unmanned surface vessel (CUSV) has completed a successful in-water demonstration in New Orleans following vessel modifications at the Textron Marine & Land Systems (TM&LS) shipyard (Slidell, Louisiana).
Users can deploy any payloads necessary into CUSV’s reconfigurable payload bay to satisfy mission requirements, including towing, mine countermeasures, antisubmarine and anti-surface warfare, communications relay, launch and recovery for unmanned aircraft and underwater systems, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
If the Navy awards CUSV contracts, TM&LS will be the site for low-rate initial vessel production, including the manufacturing of hulls and the outfitting of the vessel with engines, drive trains and other components.
Construction Begins on USNS John Glenn
General Dynamics NASSCO (San Diego, California) began construction in April of the USNS John Glenn, the second ship of the U.S. Navy’s mobile landing platform (MLP) program.
The 765-foot-long ship is scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of 2014. It will be used as an offshore staging area for Navy and U.S. Marine Corps personnel and equipment. NASSCO has contracts to build a total of three MLP ships. The first one, the USNS Montford Point, is 48 percent complete.
Opto 22 Provides Control System For Record-Breaking Dive
Filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence James Cameron conducted a record-setting solo dive to the Mariana Trench in March aboard the submersible Deepsea Challenger, which includes a computer-based control system from Opto 22 (Temecula, California) that controls and monitors more than 180 onboard systems, such as sensors, batteries, thrusters, life support and lighting. Opto 22 helped with system design and integration, custom programming and troubleshooting.
Humphree Opens Office in US
Humphree (Gothenburg, Sweden) announced in April that it has opened Humphree USA LLC in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Kent Lundgren has been appointed president of the new company.
The office was opened due to the increasing demand for Humphree interceptor trim systems and signs of recovery for the marine industry in the U.S. and Canada. Humphree’s North American customer base already includes companies such as Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding (Somerset, Massachusetts) and SAFE Boats International LLC (Bremerton, Washington).
Optech Announces Teledyne Majority Ownership
Teledyne DALSA Inc. (Waterloo, Canada) has acquired a majority interest in the parent company of Optech Inc. (Vaughan, Canada), the companies announced in April.
“Optech’s bathymetric lidar systems used for coastal zone mapping and shallow-water profiling are highly complementary with our marine survey sensors and systems,” said Robert Mehrabian, chairman, president and CEO of Teledyne.
Ingram Barge Co. Buys US United Barge Line
United Maritime Group LLC (Tampa, Florida) in April entered into a definitive agreement to sell its wholly owned subsidiary U.S. United Barge Line LLC (Tampa) to Ingram Barge Co. (Nashville, Tennessee).
The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2012, subject to receipt of applicable regulatory approvals or other closing conditions.
InterMoor Breaks Brazil Mooring Depth Record
InterMoor do Brasil Ltda. (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) announced in April that it has beaten the depth record of 2,015 meters for conventional mooring offshore Brazil with a water depth of 2,027 meters as part of a one-year project to provide mooring and positioning support operations for Shell do Brasil Petroleo Ltda. (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
The project, which will run until midyear, is for the mobile offshore drilling unit Noble Clyde Boudreaux. InterMoor designs mooring patterns for the unit at every drilling rig location. This involves a mix of open-water exploration work and mooring around subsea assets. Operations now focus on the Campos and Santos basins but could be in any location off Brazil’s southeast coast in water depths ranging from 600 to 2,300 meters.
Channel Technologies Group Receives ISO Certification
Santa Barbara, California-based Channel Technologies Group (CTG) has received ISO 9001:2008 certification, CTG announced in March.
The certification is for all of CTG, which includes Channel Industries, ITC and Sonatech. This certification replaces the previous ISO 9001:2008 certification for the group’s Sonatech line.
USCG Conducts Demonstration for Russia
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) conducted a search-and- rescue demonstration in coordination with Alaska’s Air Station Sitka for the Russian Federal Security Service in April to show the USCG’s operational capabilities using a 45-foot response boat-medium crew and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew. The demonstration followed the signing of a treaty of understanding between the agencies in the North Pacific, Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean.
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