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July 2013 Issue

Synthetic Aperture Sonar for DSTO Australia
The Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. (St. John's, Canada) AquaPix interferometric synthetic aperture sonar was integrated and tested onboard Australia's Defence Science and Technology Organization's Kongsberg (Kongsberg, Norway) REMUS 600 AUV.

The system integration, dockside testing and sea trials were completed in less than two weeks. Dockside tests were carried out in the shallow waters surrounding the HMAS Waterhen naval base in Sydney harbor, while deeper water tests were conducted from HMAS Creswell in Jervis Bay.

Stirling Dynamics Approved for Smart Funding
Stirling Dynamics (Clifton, England) will receive funding from the U.K.'s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, through their Smart scheme. The funding will be used to support full authority submarine control (FASC) concept development. FASC is a concept for submarine steering and diving systems that combines Stirling's active control technology with autopilot and hover control software.

The Technology Strategy Board's Smart scheme (previously known as Grant for Research and Development) offers funding to small and medium-sized enterprises to engage in research and development projects.

High-Voltage Shore Connection
Ystad Hamn Logistik AB's (Ystad, Sweden) high-voltage shore connection (HVSC) has been installed in the Port of Ystad.

Recently, more than 70 participants from Nordic countries and the Baltic States gathered for a seminar featuring technical discussions and live inspection of the double-frequency HVSC, which has two independently operating frequencies for up to four ships.

The HVSC installation supposedly contributes to a healthier environment both for crew and port staff.

China Looks to Ocean Power
China plans to deploy a 200-kilowatt, horizontal-axis turbine in the Pacific Ocean (East China Sea).

This project, being developed by Harbin Engineering University (Harbin, China), is one in a series of ocean energy projects that are being deployed along the coast of China with support from national research and development funding programs. It is part of the National Plan for Islands Protection to use marine renewable energy to improve the sustainability of remote islands.

Marintek to Distribute Aquatic AV Marine Audio Products
Marine audio manufacturer Aquatic AV (San Jose, California) has appointed Marintek AS (Istanbul, Turkey) to distribute its product range in Turkey.

Aquatic AV products are designed and manufactured to withstand the marine environment using stainless steel, specially coated metals and gaskets, silicone and other materials to fill in air gaps to prevent water from damaging or destroying audio components.

Sovcomflot gets Environmentally Friendly Tanker
Sovcomflot (St. Petersburg, Russia) has taken delivery of the ice-class LR II tanker Viktor Bakaev, built at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering's (Seoul, South Korea), or DSME, Okpo yard. It is the fourth vessel to be built as part of an agreement between Sovcomflot and the Zvezda-DSME yard. The three other tankers—Nikolay Zuyev, Georgy Maslov and Anatoly Kolodkin—are already in operation.

The vessel was designed and built to Lloyd's Register's (London, England), or LR, environmental protection notation and is equipped with a ballast water treatment system. The design complies with LR's ice-class rules and features a Van der Velden (Krimpen aan de Lek, Netherlands) hydrodynamic rudder.

Port of Santa Cruz Outfitted With Coastal Beacons
Almarin (Barcelona, Spain) has installed two marine beacons equipped with a corresponding radar reflector and self-contained 3-nautical mile lights in the Port of Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands.

With a 3.5-meter focal plane, the beacons are the smallest of the standard series and are manufactured from hot-dip galvanized steel.

Unique Hydra Signs Agreement with EIVA
Unique Hydra (Cape Town, South Africa) signed an agency agreement with EIVA (Hasselager, Denmark) to represent its products and services in the southern part of Africa.

Unique Hydra focuses on marine engineering, hyperbaric, military defense, aerospace, nuclear and chemical engineering.

EIVA is an engineering company with more than 30 years of experience in the offshore construction and survey industry, providing software, hardware, turn-key solutions and services.

JRC ECDIS Training Module Launched
Seagull AS (Horten, Norway) introduced an equipment-specific training module for Tokyo, Japan-based Japan Radio Co. Ltd.'s (JRC) ECDIS systems. Developed in close cooperation with JRC, this computer-based training module is designed to train navigators in the use of the JRC 701B, 901B and JAN-2000 series ECDIS.

Targeting deck officers, the new course will allow ship owners and operators with JRC ECDIS on board their ships to meet the regulatory requirement for specific training in addition to generic ECDIS training.

GE to Deliver Drive and Automation System
Dalian Shipyard (Dalian, China) has turned to GE Power Conversion (GE), based in Paris, France, to supply the drive and automation system for the Goliath crane. GE has also adapted its drive solutions by connecting existing components and systems to GE's crane technology.

Construction Begins on Production Facilities in China
Wärtsilä Yuchai Engine Co. Ltd., the joint venture owned by Wärtsilä (Helsinki, Finland) and Yuchai Marine Power Co. Ltd. (Zhuhai, China), began construction of its new production facilities with a groundbreaking ceremony in Zhuhai.The agreement to establish the joint venture was signed in December 2012. The company will manufacture medium-speed marine engines. Production is planned to start in 2014.

ECO Research Center Set Up in Singapore
FutureShip (Hamburg, Germany) unveiled its ECO Research Center in Singapore. The center, which will conduct research on energy-efficiency solutions, will be supported by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore under its Maritime Cluster Fund (MCF).

The ECO Research Center will be the first research and development center to benefit from the enhancement to the MCF, which was expanded to cover research and development and test centers in Singapore.

AXYS WindSentinel for Wind Source Assessments
National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in southern Taiwan launched its floating lidar, an offshore wind resource assessment buoy, at Tainan Hydraulics Laboratory. Laser wind sensing technology will be used on a floating platform to measure Asia's offshore wind resources.

The offshore research buoy, the WindSentinel, was manufactured by AXYS Technologies Inc. (Sidney, Canada). The WindSentinel will provide extended season, real-time, in-water data.

Malaysian Marina Opts for Versi-Dredge
Danga Bay Marina, (Johor Bahru, Malaysia) a full-service, 150-berth facility, has purchased a Versi-Dredge 7012 horsepower dredger from IMS Dredge (Prairie Village, Kansas) for use in the marina and surrounding estuary waters. The marina, which opened in 2009, is part of a waterfront development that is still up for expansion.

The dredge will be used within the marina basin and for nearby river deepening and peripheral mangrove swamp maintenance. It can dig down to 9.1 meter depths and maintains one-truck transportability.

New Training Scheme for Dynamic Positioning Operatives
DNV (Høvik, Norway) is launching a new training certification scheme for dynamic positioning operatives to training providers in the U.K. The program will be rolled out in Aberdeen, Scotland, and London, England, and will offer more tailored course options in the field.

To develop the new training system, a pilot project together with the Ship Modelling and Simulation Centre AS (SMSC) in Trondheim, Norway, was established.

Certificates issued will be valid only for the functionality covered by the particular course or exam.

Swathe Services Upgrades Rental Pool
Swathe Services (Cornwall, England) purchased the R2 Sonic (Austin, Texas) Sonic 2020 multibeam and ultrahigh-resolution upgrade for the Sonic 2024 to add to its rental pool. The Sonic 2020 is a compact wideband shallow water multibeam echosounder, providing more than 20 times selectable operating frequencies. It offers variable swath coverage selections from 10 to 130 degrees, as well as the ability to rotate the swath port or starboard in real time.


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