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August 2013 Issue
Seatronics Chooses SeeTrack CoPilot for ROV
SeeByte (Edinburgh, Scotland) and Seatronics (Aberdeen, Scotland) announced that the Predator ROV will now be integrated with SeeByte’s SeeTrack CoPilot software. This collaboration will offer the applications available through SeeTrack CoPilot as an integrated package and as a rental option for customers.
SeeTrack CoPilot permits pilot-controlled autotransit and stop-and-hover, as well as automated sonar tracking and movement relative to a target.
Recovery of ADCP at Tidal Energy Sites
U.K. metocean survey contractor Partrac (Glasgow, Scotland) has been deploying acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCPs) in support of the tidal and wave energy sector since 2008. The recovery of one unit from the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth in the U.K. marks the 50th deployment and recovery completed by Partrac at tidal energy sites.
A marine team has focused on acquiring ADCP data in these regions. The team has developed the equipment and methodology required, including designing novel equipment and deployment methodologies, working with vessel teams and developing health, safety and environmental standards.
Aquamarine Power Releases Improvements to Oyster 800
Aquamarine Power (Edinburgh, Scotland) provided details of planned improvements to the Oyster 800 wave energy device with recent production figures.
The improvements, known as the Oyster 800 Product Improvement Programme, involve shutting down the Oyster 800, which has been operating since February at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, Scotland.
Work will take place in five specific areas on the machine, with the overall goals of improving performance, reliability and availability of the nearshore wave technology.
World Ocean Council Launches Program on Marine Spatial Planning
As a part of the World Ocean Council’s (WOC) effort to improve ocean business community engagement in marine spatial planning (MSP) and ocean policy in the United States, Leslie-Ann McGee has been appointed as WOC programs director.
Although WOC efforts initially focus on the U.S., the outputs will be of importance to the ocean business community in other areas where ocean policy and MSP are actively being developed, including Europe, Canada and Australia.
Efforts include establishing a regional ocean business council in three of the U.S. national ocean policy regions and organizing a national ocean policy conference for industry.
Unique Hydra Partners With In Situ Site Investigations
Unique Hydra (Cape Town, South Africa) signed an agreement with In Situ Site Investigation, based in Battle, England, to offer rental cone penetration testing (CPT) equipment and operators in the African subcontinent.
Unique Hydra’s product and service range includes design and manufacture of air, mixed gas and saturation diving equipment, marine winches, certified man-rider winches and specialized subsea rigging equipment.
In Situ is a geotechnical and geoenvironmental site investigation company, which specializes in the use of CPT techniques and other related pushing technologies.
Iroise Marine Nature Park Management Council Approves Deployment of Tidal Pilot Farm
Based on the potential of the tidal energy sector, the French government is putting in place measures to support its growth. The measures will be carried out in three successive steps: demonstration phase, pilot farms and industrial installation.
The Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy requested, through a letter in February 2013, that the Prefect of Maritime de l’Atlantique, the Prefect of Brittany and the President of Brittany Regional Council identify a suitable zone for the deployment of a pilot tidal farm in Fromveur.
Caterpillar Ships First MaKTM Dual-Fuel Engine
Caterpillar Marine Power Systems (Hamburg, Germany) announced the shipment of the first MaKTM M46 DF dual-fuel marine engine. The M 46 DF will power a newbuild ordered by Germany’s AIDA Cruises (Rostock, Germany). Three 12 M 43 C marine engines will also power the cruise liner. The engine left the MaK Rostock, Germany, facility en route to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Tokyo, Japan). With a bore of 460 millimeters and stroke of 610, the engine was designed for electric drive propulsion systems, as well as mechanical propulsion systems.
Damen Introduces Arctic Towing Supply Vessel
In cooperation with Damen Shipyards Group (Gorinchem, Netherlands) and other partners, a project by five engineering students at the Delft University of Technology has resulted in an Arctic vessel, the Damen AMTSV (Arctic Modular Towing Supply Vessel). The 100-meter, double acting supply ship can operate in the Barents Sea year round and in the Baffin Bay and Beaufort Sea for eight months.
The AMTSV has the ability to sail through 1.6 meters of level ice at 3 knots. Because the vessel can sail in both directions, its also has to be capable of towing in both directions.
Protacon to Renew Icebreaker
Protacon (Jyväskylä, Finland) has closed a contract with Viking Supply Ships (Copenhagen, Denmark) to modernize a Swedish icebreaker, Ymer. Last year, Protacon modernized the Finnish icebreaker flagship, Urho. The modernization project comprises the DC drives of Ymer’s propulsion machinery and the related control units, as well as other control equipment in the navigation bridge and the engine room. The modernization will extend the service life of the ship, which was originally launched into sea in 1976.
New Tognum Subsidiary
Bergen Engines AS (Bergen, Norway) has become part of the Tognum Group (Friedrichshafen, Germany). Following the acquisition of Tognum AG by the joint venture of Rolls-Royce plc. (London, England) and Daimler AG (Stuttgart, Germany), the former Rolls-Royce subsidiary Bergen Engines was merged into the Tognum Group. Tognum now has medium-speed diesel and gas engines with power outputs up to 10 megawatts.
Alfa Laval to Deliver Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems
Alfa Laval (Lund, Sweden) will supply its PureSOx exhaust gas cleaning systems to DFDS Seaways (Copenhagen. Denmark) for three roll-on/roll-off cargo vessels. Delivery is scheduled for July 2013, with installation and commissioning to follow immediately after.
PureSOx has logged more than 10,000 hours of operation in both open- and closed-loop configurations.
Southeast Asia-Japan Cable System Strengthens Connectivity
The Southeast Asia-Japan Cable (SJC) system is now operational. The system, supplied by TE SubCom (Eatontown, New Jersey) and NEC Corp. (Tokyo, Japan), provides connectivity to meet bandwidth requirement and allows for connectivity to other submarine cable systems.
Operated by a global consortium of telecommunications and technology companies, the SJC cable system links nations, including Brunei, mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the Philippines, including the option to link with Thailand.
Harbor Expansion of Port of Esbjerg
The largest harbor in Denmark expanded when the Port of Esbjerg’s Østhavn opened in June.
The new section of the harbor in Esbjerg covers 650,000 square meters and has taken two years to build.
Esbjerg has recently been nominated to become a member city of the World Energy City Partnership.
Reef Subsea Dredging & Excavation Completes Infill Project
Reef Subsea Dredging & Excavation (Mandal, Norway) has completed a rock removal project for A/S Norske Shell (Tananger, Norway) over an 11-week period in the Draugen Field, about 140 kilometers north of Kristiansund, Norway.
The work included providing the supervision of equipment and personnel to complete the rock removal and allow installation of new oil production and gas lift lines.
Offshore Wind Farm Vessel Management System Completes Sea Trials
Strainstall’s (Barrow-in-Furness, England) offshore wind farm vessel management system (OVMS) has successfully completed sea trials at E.ON’s (Düsseldorf, Germany) Scroby Sands Wind Farm in the North Sea. OVMS provides improvements in transfer vessel movements that support operation and maintenance activities in the offshore wind energy industry. The system builds on the integrated mooring monitoring solution.
Using a modular structure, OVMS provides a database, monitoring and control architecture that covers activities, including crew and vessel tracking, fuel monitoring and vessel performance monitoring.
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