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May 2013 Issue

Strike at Hong Kong Port Over Pay
Employees at Hongkong International Terminals Ltd. (Hong Kong, China) went on strike to call for an increase in pay, Bloomberg reported. Dock workers at the port are calling for a 20 percent increase in pay to reflect rising inflation. Hong Kong is experiencing its worst economic disparities since 1971 as costs go up for consumer goods and real estate.

Indonesian Shipping Company Seeks Protection from Creditors
PT Berlian Laju Tanker (Jakarta, Indonesia), a shipping company, has filed for protection from United States creditors, Reuters reported. According to U.S. bankruptcy law, a foreign company may ask for a safeguard against a creditor attempting to seize its assets in the U.S. The court hearing came after a deal to restructure the company's $1.9 billion debt. The shipping company was struggling financially due to an increase in fuel costs and weakening freight rates.

AKA and KOTUG Collaborate On Hybrid Advanced Rotortugs
Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA) of Owen Sound, Canada, announced its most recent collaboration with KOTUG International (Rotterdam, Netherlands) for the newbuild construction of two hybrid advanced Rotortugs. The partnership will provide the next generation of hybrid Rotortugs for KOTUG's fleet on behalf of Elisabeth Ltd., based in Gzira, Malta.

Given its active green policy, KOTUG was keen to incorporate AKA's XeroPoint Hybrid technology in its newbuild program.

MacGregor Secures Two 100-Tonne AHC Offshore Cranes for Malaysian Shipbuilding Group
A Malaysian shipbuilding and chartering group has taken up its option for two more 100-tonne active heave-compensated offshore cranes from MacGregor, part of Cargotec Corp. (Helsinki, Finland). This contract follows an identical one placed last year by the same company.

ClassNK Approves First Application of NSSC 2120 to Tankers in Japan
ClassNK (Tokyo, Japan) has approved the first application of duplex stainless steel NSSC 2120 on vessels in Japan. Tankers built by the Japanese shipyards Sasaki Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (Hiroshima, Japan) and Hakata Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (Hakata-cho, Japan) were applied with the duplex stainless steel, which was manufactured by Nippon Steel & Sumikin Stainless Steel Corp. (Tokyo). The two domestic vessels, a chemical tanker and an oil tanker, were launched in January.

VideoRay and WFS to Promote Pro 4 seatooth Wireless Data Gathering Capability
VideoRay (Pottstown, Pennsylvania) and WFS Technologies (West Lothian, Scotland) announced a co-marketing agreement to promote their Pro 4 seatooth wirelessly enabled data-gathering system. The partnership will enable low cost and low risk underwater ROV-based wireless data gathering.

The VideoRay Pro 4 has internal features such as a 3D tilt-compensated compass, accelerometer, microelectromechanical systems gyro, internal leak alarm, internal temperature gauge, real-time volt meter and depth readout.

Lloyd's Register Introduces Guidance For Safer Management of Asbestos in Ships
It is estimated that more than 107,000 people die each year from mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis—the three major asbestos-related diseases—as a result of occupational exposure.

LLoyd's Register's (London, England) guide takes a wider look at asbestos, exploring its history, composition and health effects to underline the vital importance of correct management. It also details asbestos-related regulation and suggests tools that can be used to achieve best practice in asbestos management.

New Management for Ocean Business Show
Diversified Business Communications UK has acquired Intelligent Exhibitions Ltd., the organizer of the Ocean Business show in the U.K., for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition includes Offshore Survey and Ocean Careers, LIDAR International and LIDAR Europe. Offshore Survey and Ocean Careers will continue to be organized by the Intelligent Exhibitions team, headed by Versha Carter, from its offices in Nailsworth, England. The lidar shows will be organized from Diversified's offices in Portland, Maine.

Modus Seabed Intervention Creates New AUV Division
Modus Seabed Intervention Ltd. (Durham, England) has begun an investment program into a planned fleet of AUV units for survey and inspection across the offshore field development life cycle.

The new division will complement Modus's existing subsea operations and enhance the services it offers to the global oil and gas, renewable energy and telecommunications markets.

Daniamant Acquires Uni-Safe Electronics
Uni-Safe Electronics A/S (Copenhagen, Denmark) has been acquired by Daniamant (Copenhagen). As a result, Uni-Safe is now Daniamant Electronics A/S.

Daniamant Electronics will soon release their latest product within the Salinometer range: Salinometer SL8005. A salinometer is used in areas where freshwater generation or purification is taking place and the level of salinity in the freshwater must be monitored, as well as in areas where a set level of salinity is requested.

Imtech Marine Appointed as Reseller For Inmarsat Global Xpress
Inmarsat (London, England) has signed an agreement with Imtech Marine (Rotterdam, Netherlands), appointing the full-service provider and systems integrator as a reseller for Global Xpress, serving the worldwide maritime market.

Global Xpress will be the first to offer global superfast mobile broadband with download speeds up to 50 megabits per second through a 60-to-100 centimeter antenna. It will offer the global coverage and reliability that Inmarsat is renowned for, with backup from FleetBroadband for extra resilience in the most challenging environments.

Nautilus Takes Delivery of Newbuild Oil Spill Recovery Vessel
Nautilus Marine Acquisition Corp. (Athens, Greece) has taken delivery of the SK Line 69, to be renamed Vega Jaanca, a 5,150 BHP anchor-handling vessel, built in December 2012 in China. Nautilus has taken control of the vessel under a bareboat charter at a daily rate of $4,000, with an obligation to purchase the vessel at any time during the charter, at its option. The vessel has already completed its conversion into an oil spill response vessel and is en route to Cape Town, where the oil recovery equipment will be installed. Thereafter, the vessel will be delivered in Brazil into time-charter employment with Petroleo Brazileiro S.A. (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).

IMO to Assist in Implementation Of West and Central Africa Piracy Code
The International Maritime Organization has pledged to assist in the implementation of a new code of conduct concerning the prevention and repression of piracy, armed robbery against ships, and illicit maritime activity in West and Central Africa, which has been adopted at a ministerial meeting in Cotonou, Benin.

The code is expected to be opened for signature at the meeting of the heads of state and governments of Central and West African states, expected to be held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, in May.

Saab Seaeye Doubling in Size
Saab Seaeye (Fareham, England) has doubled the size of its operations. Planning for further growth, it has expanded into a second facility in Fareham, within meters of its existing factory of the same size.

The company's existing training facility is being expanded in the new premises with enhanced training packages for customers' operation and maintenance of Saab Seaeye's underwater vehicles.

No Compromise on Israeli Gaza Blockade
Israel has apologized to Turkey for the deaths of nine Turks in 2010 headed to Gaza on an activist ship, Reuters reported. The original deal included compensation for those bereaved or hurt and an end to the trade blockade. But Israel has yet to lift the blockade, citing arms smuggling as the reason.

N-SEA Secures the DPII DSV Northern River From Serco's Marine Services
N-SEA (Zierikzee, Netherlands) will install ROVs on board DPII DSV Northern River, including a high-powered work-class ROV and two sub-Atlantic (Aberdeen, Scotland) Mohican inspection-class ROVs. N-SEA will also mobilize a full survey suite and a transfer-under-pressure diving system to cover the multitude of operations throughout the coming 2013 season.


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