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January 2013 Issue

EPA Has Until March to Issue VGP
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has modified settlement agreements signed in March 2011 that called for EPA to issue the 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP) by November 30, 2012. This allows the agency additional time to complete work on the VGP with an extension to March 15 for taking final action.

The VGP is the centerpiece of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System vessels program. This extension will not impact the December 19, 2013, effective date for the next VGP.

US Coast Guard Wants Design Compatibility With ShipConstructor 3D Models
For their proposed 11 new Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC), the U.S. Coast Guard has asked designers to provide them with a 3D product model compatible with ShipConstructor Software Inc.'s (Victoria, Canada) ShipConstructor.

The Coast Guard's National Security Cutters (NSC) and Fast Response Cutters (FRC) are already built in ShipConstructor software. Additionally, almost all potential bidders on the OPC project already utilize the program, the company said.

The Coast Guard is using ShipConstructor-generated 3D models to review the progress of construction on the NSC and FRC projects, and plans to use data from as-built 3D product models to help provide life-cycle support.

Fraser Optics Partners With West Marine Inc.
Fraser Optics (Warminster, Pennsylvania) announced in December that it has entered into a distribution agreement with West Marine (Watsonville, California).

Fraser Optics' Mariner Series of products will be sold direct to the consumer through the West Marine flagship stores, website, catalog and wholesale via West Marine's Port Supply Division.

UTEC Acquires Geomarine
UTEC (Houston, Texas) has acquired Geomarine Ltd. (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England), which has operational offices in Bath, England, and Singapore.

The acquisition will consolidate UTEC's global geotechnical capabilities, in addition to increasing its service offering significantly, UTEC CEO Martin O'Carroll said.

Bollinger Delivers Fourth FRC to US Coast Guard
Bollinger Shipyards Inc. (Lockport, Louisiana) delivered in November the Robert Yered, the fourth Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the U.S. Coast Guard. The 154-foot patrol craft is the fourth vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program.

To build the FRC, Bollinger Shipyards used an in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708. It has a flank speed of 28 knots and a stern launch system for the vessels 26-foot cutter boat. The Coast Guard is scheduled to commission the vessel in Miami, Florida, in late February.

Each FRC is named for an enlisted Coast Guard member who distinguished him- or herself in the line of duty. This vessel is named after engineman first class Robert J. Yered for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in Vietnam.

Iver2 AUV Now Available With EdgeTech 2205
OceanServer Technology's (Fall River, Massachusetts) Iver2 AUV can now be equipped with an EdgeTech (West Wareham, Massachusetts) 2205 high-resolution side scan sonar.

With the EdgeTech 2205, the Iver2 AUV can gather high-resolution acoustic imaging in surveys of littoral waters. The 2205, designed specifically for use on AUVs, represents EdgeTech's latest generation of electronics, transducers and software optimized for the size and power constraints of a small-platform footprint.

Kirby Agrees to Acquire Penn Maritime And Maritime Investments
Kirby Corp. (Houston, Texas) has entered into an agreement to acquire Penn Maritime Inc. (Stamford, Connecticut) and Maritime Investments LLC (Coconut Creek, Florida).

The transaction, which has a total value of approximately $295 million, was expected to close in December.

Esri ArcGIS Applications to be Bundled Into QPS End-to-End Hydrographic Solution
Quality Positioning Services (QPS), based in Zeist, Netherlands, has signed an original equipment manufacturer agreement with Esri (Redlands, California) that enables QPS to bundle its QINSy and Fledermaus products with Esri software to provide a complete hydrographic survey, data management and charting solution.

QINSy Premium will incorporate Esri's ArcGIS for Maritime: Bathymetry and ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting.

Intergraph's SmartMarine 3D Selected for Samsung Heavy Industries' Offshore Division
Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. (Seoul, South Korea) has selected Intergraph Corp. (Madison, Alabama) SmartMarine 3D for its offshore division. Samsung has already been deploying the solution within its shipbuilding division.

Samsung deployed SmartMarine 3D successfully for its pilot project and has since applied the Intergraph solution to its present offshore projects. SmartMarine 3D has helped Samsung to streamline its design process, reducing production man-hours and project costs, Intergraph said.

JonRie InterTech Challenges Markey's Trademark Of Render/Recover a Second Time
In February 2012, Markey Machinery (Seattle, Washington) announced that it had prevailed in a dispute over its Render/Recover trademark, which another U.S. winch manufacturer had attempted to cancel.

The press release noted that the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board had 'dismiss(ed) with prejudice (the) Petition for Cancellation of the trademark, Serial Number 3,545,593.'

However, Markey announced in November that a further challenge to its trademark has been made by Brandon Durar of JonRie InterTech LLC (Manahawkin, New Jersey), who made the original challenge. He has applied for a request for remand and amendment to the board. The basis for the challenge is a magazine article published in the June/July 2011 issue of Professional Mariner.

Hydroid to Open New Headquarters
Hydroid Inc. (Pocasset, Massachusetts) began in November construction on its new manufacturing and applied research facility in Pocasset.

The new headquarters, located close to Hydroid's present home, has 40,000 square feet of floor space. Hydroid expects to hire at least 21 new employees during 2013.

Globe Wireless Communications Chosen by KGJS
Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Skipsrederi AS (KGJS), based in Fyllingsdalen, Norway, has selected Globe Wireless (Palm Bay, Florida) Dual Globe iFusion system as the communication solution for both SKS Tankers Holding AS (Hamilton, Bermuda) and KGJS Cement Holding AS (Fyllingsdalen).

Vigor Replaces Petroleum Barge Bow
Vigor Marine (Portland, Oregon) has replaced the bow of Olympic Spirit, an 80,000-billion-barrels-of-oil, double-hull petroleum barge owned by Olympic Tug & Barge (Portland). The project took less than three months and was completed in November.

The bow replacement was necessitated by some mistakes that were made during the original construction of the barge. The 300-ton bow module was prebuilt in a section of Vigor's 150,000 square feet of fabrication bays in its Swan Island shipyard in Portland.

Industry Coalition Writes Letter Urging Settlement of Contract Negotiations for East, Gulf Coasts Ports
Organized by the National Retail Federation, a coalition of about 70 U.S. manufacturers, farmers, wholesalers, retailers, and transportation and logistics providers, sent a letter in December to the International Longshoremen's Association and the United States Maritime Alliance regarding their contract negotiations, stating: 'It is critical that a new agreement can be reached between both sides.'

Without an agreement, the threat of an East Coast and Gulf Coast port shutdown would hurt jobs and U.S. economic competitiveness, the letter said. The two organizations were scheduled to meet for another round of negotiations in December. The deadline extension for a deal was December 29.

Furuno to be Tidewater's Primary BNWAS Supplier
Tidewater Inc. (Houston, Texas) has selected Furuno USA Inc. (Camas, Washington) as a primary supplier for their bridge navigation watch alarm system (BNWAS) needs. The installation project will take the majority of 2013 to complete for the fleet.

Samson Will Expand Manufacturing And Corporate Space
Samson Rope Technologies Inc. (Ferndale, Washington) announced in December a major expansion of its Ferndale manufacturing facility and corporate offices, projected to be complete by the end of 2013.

The new space will significantly expand the facilities of the research and development department, and provide additional lab and manufacturing space.

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