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October 2013 Issue

Saab Seaeye Buys Hydro-Lek
Saab Seaeye Ltd. (Fareham, England) has acquired ROV toolmaker, Hydro-Lek (Finchampstead, England).

Formed 20 years ago, Hydro-Lek has long supplied manipulators and hydraulic components to Saab Seaeye for its ROV systems.

Customers will gain from systems integration following the blending of technologies that will create integrated solutions.

Agreements to Sell Fleet to Acquire New Vessels
TOP Ships Inc. (Maroussi, Greece) has entered into three stock purchase agreements with an affiliate of the AMCI Poseidon Fund. TOP Ships Inc. has agreed to sell the six shipowning subsidiaries, which own the company's six vessels, for an aggregate cash consideration that includes debt and swap obligations of the company that will be assumed by the buyers.

The stock purchase agreements are subject to approval of the transactions by the company's shareholders, bank lenders and charterers.

Craig Group Invests £70 Million in New Vessels
Craig Group Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) invested £70 million to build six new vessels at the Balenciaga shipyard in northern Spain. Four D-class IMT 950 emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRVs) and two F-class IMT 958 ERRVs will be delivered during 2014 and early 2016, replacing existing tonnage in the fleet. Fifty meters in length, the vessels will be outfitted with at least one daughter craft and one fast rescue craft, as well as survival facilities.

Representative Agreement with Zetechtics
Seatronics Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) and Zetechtics Ltd. (Amotherby, England) have signed a global representative agreement for the Jupiter range of subsea ROV intervention control systems and associated products.

The agreement includes the provision of rental equipment that will be held in all of Seatronics's locations. In addition to rental equipment, each location will hold a sales stock.

Exhaust Gas Cleaning System Operates Inside U.S. Emission Control Area
MV Balder, equipped with an exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS) from Clean Marine Systems LLC (Sacramento, California), is the first vessel to operate this system in the U.S. emission control area.

The vessel uses high-sulphur fuel oil with EGCS, rather than burning the more expensive low-sulphur fuel oil, which has a 1 percent sulphur content. The EGCS is fully certified by DNV (Høvik, Norway) and can reduce sulphur content to below 0.1 percent.

Bundle Fabrication Site Refurbishment
Subsea 7 (London, England) is investing more than £5.5 million in refurbishing its pipeline bundle fabrication site near Wick, Caithness in Scotland. Established in 1978, the fabrication site is located six miles north of Wick, Caithness and runs 7.8 kilometers inland, covering a total area of 300,000 meters squared. It has a sheltered bay from which to launch the pipeline bundles.

The refurbishment program is set to be carried out in two phases and includes equipment for five firing lines.

Eitzen Chemical Picks Energy Efficiency Solutions
Eitzen Chemical ASA (Oslo, Norway) has decided to implement Jotun's (Sandefjord, Norway) hull performance solutions on two of their chemical carriers. The first vessel applied SeaQuantum X200 to the hull at the COSCO Dalian Shipyard Group Co. Ltd. (Da Lian, China) in May, while the next vessel will dock later this year.

Oceanfoil To Continue Development of Aerofoil Technology
Oceanfoil Ltd. (London, England) has formed partnerships with naval architects Owen Clarke Design LLP (Dartmouth, England) and University College London's Energy Institute.

Oceanfoil will work with the naval architects during the final design and engineering phase, leading to the manufacture of the working prototypes of wingsails for sea trials in the second half of 2014.

OSIL Supplies New Port Development
OSIL (Havant, England) has supplied and installed a dredge monitoring system to the New Port Development Project Doha, Qatar. The facility consists of a new port, naval base, economic zone and residential area. OSIL was asked to provide a monitoring system able to survive the length of the entire project, as well as extremes of temperature, high data rates and high vessel traffic.

Harkand Closes Veolia Marine Services Acquisition
Harkand (Aberdeen, Scotland) has acquired Veolia Environmental Services' (Chicago, Illinois) Marine Services. The acquisition adds 150 onshore and offshore staff, three multipurpose vessels and six work-class ROVs to Harkand's fleet.

The acquisition expands the group's international reach by adding a Houston, Texas, operation with experience in deepwater inspection, repair and maintenance in the Gulf of Mexico.

Defibrillator Orders Rocket as Shipowners Look to Meet MLC Demands
Martek Marine (Rotherham, England) is reporting an increase in marine defibrillator sales in 2013, up 475 percent from 2012. These sales include an order of more than 100 AEDs to Swire's (London, England) China Navigation fleet.

The Maritime Labour Convention set an August deadline to have a marine defibrillator on every vessel, with crew trained in its use.

Imtech Marine Extends VSAT Coverage Network
Imtech Marine (Rotterdam, Netherlands) has extended the coverage of its Global VSAT Network to offer coverage to the Indian Ocean. Imtech Marine offers a broadband communication solution that utilizes the iDirect Evolution platform.

It covers all major shipping routes and includes automatic beam switching.

New Vessel for World Wide Shipping
Damen Shipyards Galati (Galati, Romania) has handed over the second platform supply vessel in a series order. World Peridot, built to Damen's PSV 3300 design, has been delivered to World Wide Supply (Fosnavåg, Norway), or WWS. Delivery was seven weeks after the handover of the first of class PSV 3300, World Diamond, and is part of a rolling six-ship handover schedule from Damen for WWS.

Huisman Opens Office in Norway
Huisman (Schiedam, Netherlands) has recently opened up a new office in Bergen, Norway, Huisman Norge AS. The new representational office is a 100 percent subsidiary of Huisman and is set up to meet the demand within the Norwegian offshore market. This is the first Huisman office in Scandinavia.

3sun Group Expands Presence in Aberdeen, Scotland
3sun Group (Great Yarmouth, England) has acquired RRC Controls Services Ltd., based in Gourdon, Scotland. The deal is part of 3sun Group's plans to expand in Aberdeen, Scotland. The acquisition of RRC Controls Services will allow 3sun to provide the global subsea market with full turnkey engineering solutions.

ROHR-IDRECO Delivers Floating Bucketladder Dredge
The Rohr division of Rohr-Idreco (New Richmond, Wisconsin) has delivered a new floating bucketladder, a KS 225 dredge in France. This dredge is being used to replace an older dredge and increase the digging depth in an existing sand and gravel operation. The customer chose this type of dredge for shallow dredging of large cobble. The KS 225 is an electric dredge with a digging depth of 13 meters and production capacity up to 432 meters cubed per hour.

New Port Design to Meet Shipping Challenges
Bechtel (San Francisco, California) has created a design for ports in Africa. The Multi-User Offshore Hub is designed for two or more users and consists of an offshore smart terminal arrangement and docking system that can accommodate oceangoing vessels and barges. The Multi-User Offshore Hub increases port capacity and reduces port construction and operation costs.

Offshore Wind Turbine Delivered for Onshore Testing
Samsung Heavy Industries' (Seoul, South Korea) prototype 7-megawatt offshore wind turbine nacelle was delivered to the National Renewable Energy Centre's (Narec) test facilities in Blyth, England. Initially, Samsung's nacelle will be used to commission Narec's £47 million independent 15-megawatt capacity test facility.

MacArtney Steps up Presence in Poland
The MacArtney Group (Esbjerg, Denmark) has signed a representative agreement with Escort Sp. z.o.o. (Grudziadzka, Poland) to function as the MacArtney agent in Poland. Escort will administer the promotion and sales of MacArtney systems and products on the Polish market for underwater technology.


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