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October 2012 Issue

AXYS Technologies Provides Buoys to Ocean Wave Test Center Launched Offshore Oregon
The Ocean Sentinel, a $1.5 million, 1-square-mile mobile wave energy test facility, began operation in August about 2 miles northwest of Yaquina Head, Oregon, in open Pacific Northwest waters.

AXYS Technologies Inc. (Sidney, Canada) had delivered an Ocean Sentinel buoy and TRIAXYS directional wave buoy to the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center at Oregon State University to be part of this facility, which will be used by academic researchers and device developers to measure wave resources and assist in the study of energy output and other environmental issues.

The Ocean Sentinel platform is based on a NOMAD 6-meter hull design with four large watertight compartments able to withstand severe oceanic weather. The TRIAXYS buoy will be deployed separately from the Ocean Sentinel and will provide wave measurements.

Initial testing began with a wave energy converter developed under the Wave Energy Technology ' New Zealand (WET-NZ) program by Industrial Research Ltd. (Lower Hutt, New Zealand) and Power Projects Ltd. (Wellington, New Zealand).

OPT Forms Government Partnership, Receives Grant for Ocean Surveillance Testing
Ocean Power Technologies Inc. (OPT), based in Pennington, New Jersey, will perform in-ocean tests on its APB-350 Autonomous PowerBuoy to demonstrate the technology's use for ocean surveillance and vessel detection.

In September, the company entered into a cooperative research and development agreement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and received a $75,000 grant from the Maryland Technology Development Corp. (Columbia, Maryland) via a joint technology transfer initiative, which will fund the deployment of an upgraded APB-350 off the coast of New Jersey by the end of the year.

The new APB-350 will feature an acoustic sensor system in addition to the existing high-frequency radar, allowing it to collect data for ocean-observing applications while it performs its surveillance duties.

In August, OPT Wave Park LLC (Reedsport, Oregon) received the first approval from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a wave power station in the U.S. OPT's 35-year license covers the full build-out of the company's planned 1.5-megawatt, grid-connected wave power station off Reedsport, which is now approved to deploy up to 10 OPT devices generating electricity for approximately 1,000 homes. Construction of the initial PowerBuoy is nearing completion, and it is expected to be ready for deployment about 2.5 miles off the Reedsport coast later this year.

MTN Expands TV Network into Oil and Gas, And Commercial Shipping Markets
MTN Satellite Communications (Miramar, Florida) in September made its MTN Worldwide TV service available to commercial shipping, ferry, oil and gas, and yacht customers, establishing the first fully digital, multichannel television service for the maritime industry.

Available in all regions, the service delivers programming from eight major television networks, including BBC World News, CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC, Sky News, Sky Sports News, Sport 24 and E! Entertainment Television.

C-Bird Antenna Installed on Nordic Aurora
Nordic American Tankers Ltd. (Hamilton, Bermuda), through vessel technical manager Hellespont Ship Management GmbH & Co. KG (Hamburg, Germany), in August installed the Maritime Broadband Inc. (New York City, New York) C-Bird VSAT antenna aboard the MT Nordic Aurora.

C-Bird was delivered to the vessel without use of a shore crane and was then assembled and installed on board while at anchorage in Fos Sur Mer, France, without drydocking the vessel. Preparation and fabrication of the pedestal took 48 hours, plus five hours by the crew of the Nordic Aurora and two Maritime Broadband technicians to assemble the C-Bird system. The MT Nordic Aurora is a 274-meter Suezmax crude carrier, built in 1999, that trades worldwide.

Ross Laboratories Named Dealer of WASSP S Sonar
Ross Laboratories Inc. (Seattle, Washington) has been as a Furuno USA (Camas, Washington) Elite Dealer for selling the WASSP S multibeam sonar system in the U.S.

The WASSP S, released in September by WASSP Ltd. (Auckland, New Zealand), has been developed to bring multibeam sonar to the survey, dredging and scientific research markets that usually rely on single-beam sonar systems.

exactEarth to Improve Systems With Federal Grant
The Canadian government in September will grant up to $50,000 to exactEarth Ltd. (Cambridge, Canada) from the Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program to adopt new software tools and information and quality systems. With the new tools and systems, exactEarth will improve its ability to locate more than 80,000 ships daily around the world and transmit this information to its customers.

Earlier in August, exactEarth responded to Hurricane Isaac's impact on the U.S. Gulf Coast by providing its vessel-tracking data as a public service to aid U.S. government disaster response. Data were to be delivered both via the U.S. Coast Guard National AIS and the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Safety and Security Information System network. exactEarth planned to provide data throughout September for the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and the approaches to the Panama Canal.

Elastec/American Marine Buys BoomVane System
Elastec/American Marine (Carmi, Illinois) has acquired the BoomVane technology, developed and patented by ORC AB (Frolunda, Sweden). The BoomVane is an aquatic paravane system that enables oil recovery and debris containment booms to be towed by a single vessel, as well as to deploy booms in rivers and tidal waters without boats or anchors.

Transferring manufacturing and marketing to Elastec/American Marine, ORC will continue to develop new oil spill recovery techniques, now focusing on a paravane-based system for a single vessel with wide-swath dispersant application.

Jensen Maritime Redesigns Vessel for Arctic Sea
Jensen Maritime Consultants Inc. (Seattle, Washington) has completed a major redesign of the fishing vessel Bering Defender, managed by Global Seas (Seattle). The project, which increased hold capacity by 30 percent, outfitted it for pollock fishing in Alaska's Bering Sea. The Bering Defender, which underwent construction at Patti Marine Enterprises (Pensacola, Florida), has begun work in Alaska, Jensen said in September.

Jensen added a shelter deck, two gantry cranes and a bulbous bow, which decreased the forward trim. The new shelter deck allowed for the existing winches to be relocated up one deck, giving the vessel additional freeboard for winter operations and for the fish holds to be expanded.

AWT Launches Fleet Decision Support System
Applied Weather Technology Inc. (Sunnyvale, California) unveiled in September its Fleet Decision Support System (FleetDSS), a customizable fleet management system.

Ships are displayed in a Global Mercator projection map with full-screen capability. FleetDSS has a dashboard that allows companies to apply filters to their fleet and focus on vessels that need the most attention for safety or performance reasons. Operators can also customize alerts for any issues that come up with the voyage.

SubC DVR Gets Integrity Management Support
SubC (Clarenville, Canada) has integrated WGIM's (Perth, Australia) Asset Integrity Manager, Aker Solutions' (Oslo, Norway) Coabis, Pisys Ltd.'s (Aberdeen, Scotland) SCOPE and other integrity management support into its DVR video management system. Dynamic overlays that respond to incoming data like depth and heading are included. Ethernet streaming allows video to be viewed over the local network or Internet. The DVR also has a black-box mode.

Exocetus Adds Agents for its Coastal Gliders
Exocetus Development LLC (Anchorage, Alaska) appointed several agents in August and September for the sales and marketing of the Exocetus Coastal Gilder. Exclusive agents include Alakaluf Ltd. (Punta Arenas, Chile) in Chile and AKER Ticaret (Istanbul, Turkey) in Turkey. Exocetus will be represented by Isetek S.A. (Lima, Peru) in Peru and Planet Ocean Ltd. (Camberley, England) in the U.K. and Ireland.

GMC Begins Qualification Testing of Rigid Riser System for Nautilus Minerals
Under contract to Nautilus Minerals Inc. (Toronto, Canada), GMC Ltd. (Reading, England) has commenced design qualification testing of its subsea Rigid Riser System (RALS), which will form part of the equipment packages required for delivering produced seafloor massive sulfide ore from the seabed in water depths up to 2,500 meters.

The GMC-developed connector employed the RALS is the first mechanical connector to be successfully tested to the ISO 21329 standard. The connector has fatigue capabilities more than 10 times higher than a typical offshore weld (Class C), the company said in September. The RALS comprises 1,700 meters of standard and buoyant riser joints configured with a 12-inch central riser tube featuring 1-inch wall X80 seamless pipe, and two 8-inch X65 water-delivery pipes.

Nautilus Minerals' deep-sea mining Solwara 1 project has faced delays in its vessel construction program and in June became mired in a contractual disagreement with the State of Papua New Guinea, which is undergoing arbitration in Australia.


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