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September 2013 Issue

Saab Seaeye Wins Two Awards
Saab Seaeye (Fareham, England) has won the Business of the Year and Excellence Through Innovation awards. Saab Seaeye was chosen among 185 companies in the South of Britain.

For the Excellence Through Innovation Award, Saab Seaeye scored high on the judging criteria and demonstrated forward thinking in use of technology in business.

The Business of the Year award comes as the company recently doubled the size of its operations by expanding into a second 24,000-square-foot facility. The extra space means they can expand the engineering team. The expansion will enable the company to invest in new products and offer bespoke engineering solutions.

Fourth Edition of PLOCAN Glider School
The fourth edition of the Glider School in the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) based in Telde, Gran Canaria, ended after six training days. Students and teaching staff, belonging to 24 international technology-based companies and 10 institutions representing 12 countries, conducted several training sessions, both theoretical and practical in laboratory and open waters.

High-Speed Ferry Powered by Axial Waterjets
Wärtsilä Corp. (Helsinki, Finland) has provided the waterjets for the Francisco, a high-speed ferry. In addition to two of its LJX1720SR axial waterjets, Wärtsilä has also supplied an advanced propulsion control system. The 99-meter catamaran attained a speed of 58.1 knots (107.6 kilometers per hour) in its recent speed trials. It will transport both passengers and cars between Uruguay and Argentina.

Wärtsilä's Lipstronic 7000 propulsion control system for maneuvering the vessel gives control of all the waterjets. It is designed in accordance with International Maritime Organization regulations. The system controls and indicates the steering angle, bucket position and impeller speed, and can be operated alternatively with joystick control or autopilot.

Positioning With Sonardyne Ranger 2 GyroUSBL
Acoustic positioning technology from Sonardyne International Ltd. (Yateley, England) has been selected by De Beers Marine (London, England) to assist in the search for diamonds buried off the Namibian and South African coasts.

The Ranger 2 GyroUSBL system was supplied through Sonardyne's South African agent, Underwater Surveys, and is being used to track the position of De Beers Marine's two AUVs as they undertake geophysical surveys in water up to 200 meters deep.

Dynagas Delivers Two New Ice-Class LNG Carriers
Dynagas (Athens, Greece) has taken delivery of Arctic Aurora, the second of two ice-class membrane LNG tankers. The 155,000-cubic-meter ships are fitted with GTT (Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse, France) Mk III containment systems. Propulsion for the ships is provided by a duel-fuel diesel generator engine system. Four Wartsila-Hyundai (Samho-Eup, South Korea) diesel engines in each ship, fueled by gas or fuel oil, will power two propulsion motors driving a single fixed pitch propeller. Registered in the Marshall Islands, the ships will operate on charter to Gazprom (Moscow, Russia) and Statoil (Stavanger, Norway).

Meridian Gyros Receive China Type Approval
The Meridian Standard and Meridian Surveyor gyro compasses manufactured by Teledyne TSS (Watford, England) have been given type approval by the China Classification Society. The approval was granted after the society inspectors completed a detailed study of the gyros, their performance and reliability, and the manufacturing processes and quality control methods employed at the Teledyne TSS factory.

Jet Engines Found on North Korean Ship
Investigators from Panama unloaded two MiG-21 fighter jets and two missile radar systems under 100,000 tons of sugar from a North Korean ship, reported Reuters.

The Chong Chon Gang was investigated after officials suspected the ship was carrying drugs. The sugar was said to be a donation to North Korea, which has been repairing arms for Cuba.

Three of the vessel's five storage compartments remain to be searched by some 500 police involved.

XPD8 and OCS Collaborate to Reach New Markets
XPD8 Solutions (Aberdeen, Scotland) has formed a collaborative partnership with Onsoft Computer Systems (OCS), based in Bergen, Norway, to provide complementary solutions to service both the energy and maritime industries.

The agreement will see the companies offering their respective expertise to enhance the other's products, providing clients with a fuller range of services and enabling XPD8 and OCS to access new markets.

Bridge Simulator Delivered to SMIT Australia
VSTEP (Rotterdam, Netherlands) delivered a NAUTIS DNV Class A FMB simulator to Seafood and Maritime Industries Training (SMIT) in Darwin, Australia, for specialized ship handling, maneuvering and radar training of coxswains.

The simulator allows navigation and ship-handling training of coxswains and maritime personnel alike in compliance with STCW requirements.

The simulator features a 240-degree field of view and an additional projected stern view, as well as a Kelvin Hughes (London, England) radar system for advanced radar simulation and training.

FoundOcean Receives Joint Accreditations
FoundOcean (Marlow, England) has been awarded two accreditations from DNV (Høvik, Norway). The OHSAS 18001 certificate confirms that the company has appropriate occupational health and safety policies and procedures in place. FoundOcean's policies are reviewed annually to monitor effectiveness.

Hydrasun Announces Middle East Expansion
Hydrasun (Aberdeen, Scotland) launched a company in the Middle East. Hydrasun FZE (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) has been formed to support the company's growing number of customers in the region.

The new 1,000-square-meter facility will establish a permanent presence in the region. Contract awards in the Middle East include a £1.5million contract for instrument tubing and hose assemblies for the Barzan Project in Qatar, a long-term supply agreement worth approximately £500,000 per annum.

Geomotive Becomes a Part of Atlas Services Group
Atlas Services Group Geophysics BV (Hoofddorp, Netherlands) completed the acquisition of Geomotive Inc. and Geomotive Ltd.

Atlas initiated the acquisition to add scope and options for both clients and contractors because in the current economic climate, clients continue to develop, and they expect a high-quality, professional service from suppliers, the company said.

Tritex NDT Opens US Office
Tritex NDT Ltd. (Dorchester, England) has opened an office in the United States. Due to steady growth and an increasing global demand, Tritex NDT opened the new office, based in Newark, New Jersey, to better serve their customers in North and Central America. Tritex NDT has taken this initiative to offer their multiple echoultrasonic thickness gauges into these regions and provide customer service. The new office will provide local product support, as well as sales and marketing operations.

Damen Wins Prize Among Green Companies
The top three greenest companies in the Netherlands were selected by a jury comprising green entrepreneur Ruud Koornstra, Marjan Minnesma and Prince Carlos de Bourbon de Parme. Damen Shipyards Group (Gorinchem, Netherlands) was recognized for its ASD Tug 2810 Hybrid.

The battery system makes it possible to turn off all the engines while continuing to maintain position, maneuvering and sailing without a tow. Given that tugs spend about 80 percent of their time waiting for and sailing to a towing job, these features can lead to substantial savings.

University of Kiel Acquires MacArtney Winch
The MacArtney Group (Esbjerg, Denmark) has delivered a Cormac 4 Stainless Steel Winch system to the Institute of Geosciences at the University of Kiel.

The winch system will be put to use on board various research vessels. The winch is delivered as a plug-and-play system, spooled with 500 meters of Rochester (Culpepper, Virginia) coaxial cable, termination, slip ring, wireless remote control, cable sheave and cable status indicator.

The Virgin Atlantic Challenger II Returns
The Virgin Atlantic (Crawley, England) Challenger II and crew was expected to set sail for the North Sea in August. Powered by two 12-cylinder MTU (Friedrichshafen, Germany) Series 396 engines producing 1,142 kilowatts, the speedboat had made a 5,500-kilometer voyage from New York to the British Scilly Isles in three days, eight hours and 31 minutes.

The vessel spent most of its recent years in a boatyard in Palma de Mallorca until British boatyard owner Dan Stevens discovered it, restored it and had it brought back to England. It is propelled by the original MTU Series 396 engines.


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