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November 2012 Issue
CARIS Completes Bathymetry Database System Implementation for Port of Melbourne
CARIS (Fredericton, Canada) completed in September the provision of a bathymetrical database system for the Port of Melbourne Corp. (Melbourne, Australia).The project involved the integration of CARIS Bathy DataBASE and the Engineering Analysis Module into existing port workflows.
The module includes reference model creation and editing, conformance analysis, shoal detection and volume calculations.
Georgia Ports Authority Posts Across-the-Board Growth for First Two Months of FY 2013
The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) said in October that it posted increases across all reporting categories for the first two months of fiscal year (FY) 2013.
There was 5.6 percent growth in tonnage across July and August, with 13.8 percent growth in total 20-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) for the month of August, an increase of 240,000 tons over the same two months in FY 2012.
The Port of Savannah handled 522,744 TEUs over the first nine weeks of the fiscal year, for a growth of 4.4 percent. August accounted for 270,614 TEUs, the GPA’s second-highest month for TEUs, behind October 2010.
The Port of Brunswick achieved 48.4 percent growth in total tonnage for the month of August at 199,141 tons and 30.2 percent growth on the fiscal year to date.
VT Halter Marine, DCNS Team Up On US Coast Guard Cutter Proposal
VT Halter Marine Inc. (Pascagoula, Mississippi) and DCNS (Paris, France) partnered in October to submit a proposal to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the design and construction of offshore patrol cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard. VT Halter Marine will be the prime contractor and DCNS will be its exclusive subcontractor for the offshore patrol cutter platform design.
The Coast Guard stated in its request for proposal that it anticipates acquiring as many as 25 vessels to replace an aging fleet of 28 medium-endurance cutters.
SeaTrepid Adds Comanche ROV to Fleet
SeaTrepid International LLC (Robert, Louisiana) added in October a Sub-Atlantic Comanche work-class ROV to its fleet of 32 observation, mid-class and light work-class ROVs.
The Comanche comes with A-frame launch and recovery systems, a 20 hydraulic-horsepower unit and more than 6,000 feet of main lift umbilical.
W&T Acquires $208 Million Worth of Gulf of Mexico Offshore Lease Blocks
W&T Offshore Inc. (Houston, Texas) closed in October its $208 million acquisition of exploration and production properties in the Gulf of Mexico from Newfield Exploration Co. (The Woodlands, Texas) and its subsidiary, Newfield Exploration Gulf Coast LLC (Houston).
W&T acquired 78 federal offshore lease blocks on approximately 432,700 gross acres, including 65 blocks in deepwater, six of which are producing; 10 blocks on the conventional shelf, four of which are producing; and an overriding royalty interest in three deepwater blocks, two of which are producing.
SAIC Awarded $56 Million Navy Contract
Science Applications International Corp. (McLean, Virginia), or SAIC, was awarded in October a $56 million prime contract by the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) to provide in-service engineering agent functions support services for shipboard and submarine tactical networks.
Work, to be performed primarily in San Diego, California, will include assisting SSC Pacific with sustainment of fielded systems through end-of-life replacement, distant support, on-site repair and system analysis.
Stabicraft Wheelhouse Fleet Marks First Six Months Of Service Monitoring Alaskan Fishery
The fleet of nine Stabicraft Marine Ltd. (Everett, Washington) 659 Wheelhouse vessels delivered to Alaska at the beginning of the year completed in October its first six months of service, having covered around 2,000 nautical miles since launch.
The vessels were ordered by Saltwater Inc. (Anchorage, Alaska) to monitor the gill net fishery and the fishery’s interaction with sea mammals and sea birds.
US Joiner Acquires Infinity Offshore Marine
US Joiner LLC (Crozet, Virginia) acquired in October Infinity Offshore Marine LLC (Houston, Texas). This acquisition will enable US Joiner to further establish its position in the offshore oil and gas market and provide it a presence in Brazil.
Former owners Lloyd Burris and Ray Coats will continue to lead the Infinity Marine Offshore division of US Joiner.
Honeywell to Install Tank Gauging and Monitoring System on Two New Jumbo Fleet Vessels
Honeywell International (Morristown, New Jersey) was selected in October by Brodosplit Shipyard Ltd. (Split, Croatia) to install its tank gauging and monitoring solution on board two new top-segment heavy-lift vessels, hulls 473 and 474, being built at the Brodosplit shipyard for Jumbo (Rotterdam, Netherlands).
The systems will provide real-time data about onboard tank levels and volumes.
GL Noble Denton Opens Marine Casualty Investigation Practice in Seattle
GL Noble Denton (London, England) expanded in October its marine casualty investigation practice in North America by launching operations in Seattle, Washington.
The practice works with vessel owners, insurers and protection and indemnity clubs to determine the cause and extent of machinery damage, fires, collisions, groundings, salvage operations and other marine incidents.
Lockheed Successfully Completes Critical Design Review of Application Software for Iridium NEXT
Lockheed Martin Corp. (Bethesda, Maryland), part of the Iridium Communications Inc. (McLean, Virginia) NEXT Mission Team that will develop and build the NEXT constellation of satellites, successfully completed in September a critical design review of its application software for NEXT. It supports all Iridium capabilities, and its modular design will allow 3G services to be implemented in NEXT.
The NEXT satellites are scheduled for a first launch in 2015 and will replace the present Iridium constellation of 66 cross-linked, low-Earth orbiting satellites.
MacArtney Opens Fourth Office In North America
The MacArtney Underwater Technology Group (Esbjerg, Denmark) opened in October an office in San Diego, California, as the fourth branch of its North America-based subsidiary MacArtney Inc. (Houston, Texas).
The other MacArtney Inc. offices are in Boston, Massachusetts; Victoria, B.C., Canada; and Houston.
Vulcan Materials Christens MV Hazel Demery
Vulcan Materials Co. (Birmingham, Alabama) christened in October the MV Hazel Demery, a new tug boat that will be used at the company’s Grand Rivers, Kentucky, facility.
The 60-feet-long, 24-feet-wide harbor tug vessel was built by Sisco Marine LLC dba Marine Inland Fabricators (Panama City, Florida).
It features a pilot house that elevates to provide a view above empty barges and lowers to clear overhead restrictions in harbor.
RV Cape Flattery Converted to Catcher Vessel
Marcon International Inc. (Coupeville, Washington) sold in September the RV Cape Flattery from Tanadgusix Corp. (Anchorage, Alaska) to U.S. Seafoods (Seattle, Washington).
The vessel, renamed Seafreeze America, is being converted by U.S. Seafoods to fulfill a new role as a catcher and processor, joining their fleet of four catcher-processors and two catcher vessels working in the Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands and the Gulf of Alaska.
A 60-foot midbody section is being added for a 246-foot overall length.
USCG Chandeleur on Its Way to Alaska Base After Modernization and Maintenance Upgrades
The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Chandeleur arrived in Juneau, Alaska, in October on its way to its new home in Ketchikan, Alaska. The 110-foot Island-class patrol boat was moved from Miami, Florida, to Alaska to help support the regional response capabilities of the service.
The vessel underwent modernization and maintenance at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Maryland, which included the replacement of hull plating, tanks, piping and electrical wiring; renewal of decks; rehabilitation of berthing spaces; and installation of new prototype equipment, such as switchboards and generator sets.
GP Strategies Acquires Rovsing Dynamics
GP Strategies Corp. (Elkridge, Maryland) completed in September its acquisition of Rovsing Dynamics A/S’s (Herlev, Denmark) operating assets.
This augments GP Strategies’ EtaPRO performance and condition monitoring system by adding online predictive vibration condition monitoring and diagnostics using Rovsing’s OPENpredictor and AutoDiagnosis applications.
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