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March 2013 Issue

Teledyne Acquires RESON
Teledyne Technologies Inc. (Thousand Oaks, California) has entered into an agreement to acquire RESON A/S (Slangerup, Denmark), the companies announced in February. RESON, which has 185 employees, will become part of Teledyne's marine instrumentation group.

'With RESON, Teledyne will possess the ability to provide detailed 3D imaging solutions, ranging from full ocean depth survey, shallow water and coastal zone imaging, terrestrial and airborne mapping, and even deep space science applications,' said Robert Mehrabian, president and CEO of Teledyne.

Ocean Exchange Competition Open For Sustainable Sea Technology Solutions
The Ocean Exchange has launched its third annual global competition for the Gulfstream Navigator Award ($100,000) and the Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Orcelle Award ($100,000). The theme for the 2013 competition is Leap to Zero+, which refers to generating economic growth and increased productivity while reducing the use of natural resources and waste.

Entries must be registered by 11:59 p.m. (GMT) on May 1. A prescreening application is available at www.oceanexchange.org. Submission reviews will begin May 2.

Previous winners include Liquid Robotics' (Sunnyvale, California) Wave Glider, the Protei_Open Source Sailing Drone and Nonox Ltd.'s (Nassau, Bahamas) Emulsion Combustion System.

Seatronics Opens Brazil Office
Seatronics Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) has completed the start-up phase of its new office, workshop and warehouse facility in Maca' in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It will support sales, rental, engineering and cable molding. Staff there will handle the complete range of Seatronics equipment, including inspection-class ROVs, cables and connectors.

The opening of the new facility coincides with the appointment of Fabio D'Agostino as Seatronics' vice president in Brazil.

ACL to Transport Petroleum for SeaRiver Maritime
Jeffersonville, Indiana-based American Commercial Lines (ACL) has entered into a multiyear agreement with SeaRiver Maritime Inc. to provide petroleum barge transportation services on U.S. inland waterways via its mainline service and in unit tows.

ACL is diversifying its business mix, with a focus on liquid cargoes, the company said.

Universidade de São Paulo Gets First Slocum
Teledyne Webb Research (East Falmouth, Massachusetts) has delivered the first Slocum G2 glider to the Coastal Hydrodynamics Laboratory at the Oceanographic Institute of the Universidade de São Paulo. It will be used for sustained monitoring over the continental shelf of São Paulo State.

The glider is outfitted with a CTD, an altimeter, and a sensor to measure colored dissolved organic matter, chlorophyll and backscatter. It is a 200-meter-rated coastal version of the Slocum. Subsequent gliders will be optimized for deeper operation up to 1,000 meters.

Two additional gliders are expected to ship to the university later this year.

Jewell Acquires Applied Geomechanics' Products
Jewell Instruments LLC (Manchester, New Hampshire) has acquired the product lines of Applied Geomechanics Inc. (San Francisco, California), which comprise tilt meters and clinometers, and include full signal conditioning electronics. Jewell has started full production in its facility.

PolyShield Enters Share Purchase Agreement for Ecolutions
PolyShield Technologies Inc. (Boca Raton, Florida) has entered into a share purchase agreement with Rasmus Norling, formerly of Royal Caribbean International, for the purchase and sale of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Ecolutions Inc. for the aggregate purchase price of $53,000, payable by the issuance of 100,000 restricted shares of PolyShield's common stock. Norling became PolyShield's president and CEO in February.

PolyShield has acquired all of Ecolutions' rights under collaboration, master distributor and license agreements with Green Tech Marine AS (Farsund, Norway). PolyShield will market the Green Tech Marine GTM R15 gas scrubber technology.

World's Second-Largest Ocean Cargo Line Puts More Money Into Long Beach Port
Mediterranean Shipping Co. S.A. (MSC) of Geneva, Switzerland, has increased its investments at the Port of Long Beach in California, its biggest West Coast hub of operations.

This comes at a time when the port sees potential challenges from ports in Canada and Mexico, as well as the expansion of the Panama Canal. The Port of Long Beach has been rebuilding and modernizing as part of a 10-year, $4.5 billion effort.

exactEarth Creates On-Demand Satellite AIS Access with GWS
exactEarth Ltd. (Cambridge, Canada) announced the release of new geospatial web services (GWS), allowing users to access satellite AIS data on request. Data can now be integrated with other geospatial data sets dynamically, and can be immediately consumed and displayed in any Open Geospatial Consortium-compliant geospatial system, such as Esri (Redlands, California) and Google Earth platforms. Users get access to daily live tracking of more than 90,000 ships globally.

Spurs Marine Sold to Internal Managers
Donald Govan, owner and chief design engineer of Spurs Marine Manufacturing Inc. (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida), has sold the company to Pablo Sosa, Spurs' vice president and general manager, and Chris Jones, Spurs' sales application engineer.

Sosa has been with Spurs more than 15 years, and has created computerized and technical systems for product manufacturing. Jones joined the company two years ago, and is responsible for product design and installation.

Hemisphere GNSS Buys Part of Hemisphere GPS
Hemisphere GNSS Inc. has purchased the Precision Products business, and related GNSS technology and intellectual property from Hemisphere GPS Inc. (Calgary, Canada). Hemisphere GNSS will operate its headquarters out of Scottsdale, Arizona, and will maintain its operations in Calgary.

Hemisphere GPS Inc. intends to change its company name to AgJunction.

As part of the agreement, Hemisphere and AgJunction have formed a strategic alliance and a collaborative business relationship that covers supply chain management, customer support, technology development and cross-licensing.

Drew Marine Acquires Alexander/Ryan
Drew Marine (Whippany, New Jersey) has completed the acquisition of Alexander/Ryan Marine ° Safety and Sea Technology (Houston, Texas). Alexander/Ryan is a manufacturer, distributor and safety certification provider for the offshore and marine industries.'

Labor Contract Rejected for California Ports
Negotiations broke down in February between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union's Local 63 Office Clerical Unit and the Harbor Employers Association with the rejection by union members of a labor contract.

An eight-day strike in November and December 2012 shut down most terminals at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in California before the parties agreed on a tentative new contract, now rejected.

Crowley Christens Florida Tanker
Crowley Maritime Corp. (Jacksonville, Florida) has christened its newest tanker, Florida, at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard in Pennsylvania. The Florida will be placed into service delivering domestic oil to U.S.-based refineries. It can carry 330,000 barrels of petroleum products and chemicals.

ESNE Becomes BIRNS Sales Rep
BIRNS Inc. (Oxnard, California) has announced Old Saybrook, Connecticut-based Electronic Sales of New England (ESNE) as the company's newest sales representative. The agreement includes sales and support of BIRNS' electrical, coaxial, optical, electrocoax, electro-optical and electro-optomechanical hybrid connectors.

The territory for ESNE's sales efforts on behalf of BIRNS includes Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

OMM Completes Fiber-Optic Work For Telecom Company in Mexico
Offshore Marine Management (OMM), based in Bristol, England, has completed a contract for Telmex to supervise and assist with repairs to the shore-end section of a fiber-optic connection between the Mexican mainland and the island of Cozumel.

OMM installed protective pipe onto the submarine cable section to provide protection and prolong its operational lifespan.

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