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June 2013 Issue

W&O to Distribute Hyde Ballast Water Management Systems
Hyde Marine Inc. (Coraopolis, Pennsylvania) named W&O (Jacksonville, Florida) as its exclusive sales distributor in the United States and Canada for Hyde Guardian Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS). The chemical-free Hyde Guardian BWTS uses filtration and ultraviolet disinfection to treat ships' ballast water to prevent the spread of invasive species from port to port.

With 16 stocking locations in the U.S. and Canada, two in Europe and one in South America, W&O serves all segments of the maritime industry.

Saab Seaeye Opens US Office
Saab Seaeye (Fareham, England) has opened an office in Houston, Texas. The company is the world's largest manufacturer of electric ROVs with distributors in 26 countries. The move will help support sales and service in the region. Spare parts for Seaeye's commercial ROV and hybrid AUV systems are located in Houston to provide service to customers in the region.

Viking Opens Office in Houston
Viking Life-Saving Equipment (Esbjerg, Denmark) is now open for business in Webster, Texas. The facility provides Viking customers with a direct sales presence in the Houston, Texas, area.

The new office and warehouse facility will allow the company to cater to the needs of its offshore oil and commercial cargo clients. In business more than 50 years, Viking produces life rafts, evacuation chutes and slide systems, as well as personal protection equipment such as life jackets, immersion suits and fire suits.

Founder of Red Bull Buys DeepFlight Submersible
Dietrich Mateschitz, co-founder of the energy-drink company Red Bull, has ordered a DeepFlight Super Falcon submersible from Hawkes Ocean Technologies (Richmond, California). The two'person winged submersible craft is being delivered to Laucala Island Resort on Mateschitz's private island in Fiji.

Mateschitz joins a group of individuals, including entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson and venture capitalist Tom Perkins, who now own DeepFlight submersibles. Hawkes Ocean Technologies plans to make underwater flight available at resort locations around the world.

Shipping Industry Seeks More Funding From Federal Government
Members of the shipping industry flocked to Capitol Hill to urge representatives to support more funding for infrastructure along U.S. rivers, reported Reuters. Shipping companies are offering to pay higher fuel taxes if the government ups spending to fix locks and dams.

As the Senate prepares to debate the issue, shipping executives have garnered support from lawmakers of both parties. The decision will demonstrate if traditional lobbying tactics still work in an increasingly partisan Congress.

Emerson Helps Maintain Transport Vessel
Dockwise (Breda, Netherlands) selected Emerson Process Management (Bloomington, Minnesota) to supply the control systems that help maintain stability and structural integrity for Dockwise's semisubmersible heavy transport vessel, the largest of its kind in the world.

The new vessel, Dockwise Vanguard, is designed for heavy marine transport and offshore dry docking, enabling oil and gas operators to design and build larger offshore structures. Because of the ship's loading capacity of up to 110,000 metric tons and its bowless design, it is possible to load and transport the structures to remote offshore wells or production sites. Emerson supplied a ballast control system, which is responsible for helping the Dockwise Vanguard submerge and rise.

TE's Side Entry Repair Sleeve Receives NSN
The TE Connectivity (Schaffhausen, Switzerland) C-Wrap side entry repair sleeve, for use in aerospace, defense and marine applications, has been issued a National Stocking Number (NSN) from the Defense Logistics Agency. NSNs are used by U.S. military services, the Department of Defense and governments worldwide. The NSN indicates a review and approval for use within the military's logistics supply chain.

The C-Wrap device consists of two pieces—the outer tubing and adhesive—and is small in diameter and short in length. With its wrap-around design, the repair sleeve eliminates the need to de-pin the connector for repair, helping to save time, cost and manpower.

Pemex to be Majority Share Holder of Shipyard
Pemex (Mexico City, Mexico) is looking to buy a 51 percent share of Hijos de J. Barreras, reported Reuters. The Spanish shipyard, located in the Atlantic Ocean, has three current shareholders.

Much of Mexico's oil exports are shipped to the United States, and the purchase of the stake in the shipyard will help to update Pemex's fleet. Oil revenue accounts for a third of Mexico's funding.

Growing Demand for Fleet Management Software
More than 2,000 vessels are now being managed with the Boatracs Inc. (San Diego, California) BTConnect, making it the most widely used vessel tracking and fleet management software in the U.S. commercial maritime market. BTConnect combines visual monitoring of vessel positions on an interactive map with location-based two-way messaging and reporting. The technology provides intelligence to owners and operators of offshore services, inland waterways, coastal workboats and commercial fishing fleets.

Exocetus Appoints SIDMAR as Agent
Exocetus (Anchorage, Alaska) announced the appointment of SIDMAR, Estudios Y Servicios Oceanográficos, as its exclusive agent in Spain and Portugal, effective immediately for the sales and marketing of the Exocetus Coastal Gilder. The Exocetus glider is designed for environmental monitoring in coastal waters.

SIDMAR is a company based in Benissa, Spain, founded in 1994. The company is engaged in oceanographic studies and operational services, as well as marine research projects.

McCrometer Products Receive ISO Certification
The McCrometer (Hemet, California) FPI Mag (Full Profile Insertion) Electromagnetic Flow Meter, Ultra Mag Flow Meter and MX Ultra Mag Flow Meter have ISO 9001:2008 certification from the International Standards Organization (ISO).

ISO certification is based on predetermined requirements compliant with international standards. Benefits to ISO compliance include improved quality processes, audits for approved processes and environmental friendliness. The FPI Mag, Ultra Mag and MX Ultra Mag Flow Meters are produced by an operating management system that is compliant with regulations.

Pelican-Hardigg Achieves ISO 9001:2008 Certification
The Pelican Products Inc. (Torrance, California) Pelican'Hardigg Advanced Case Solutions (ACS) centers in Ontario, California; Front Royal, Virginia; and Northampton, Massachusetts, have achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification.

ISO 9001:2008 is recognized worldwide as standard requirements for an effective quality management system. Certification involved a year-long process that included auditing business processes to ensure that they meet internationally recognized principles and standards.

Gardline and OceanPact Launch Joint Venture in Brazil
Gardline Marine Sciences (Great Yarmouth, England) and OceanPact (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) established a 50/50 joint venture, Gardline Marine Sciences do Brasil S.A. It will focus on geophysical, hydrographic, environmental, oceanographic and geotechnical surveys. The company will provide marine science services, including shallow gas hazard analysis and coastal surveys.

Exhaust Gas Scrubber Advisory
ABS (Houston, Texas) announced the release of its Advisory on Exhaust Gas Scrubber Systems, which will aid vessel owners and operators in assessing the viability of utilizing exhaust scrubbers to meet current and forthcoming environmental requirements.

As the industry seeks solutions for increasingly stringent low-sulfur fuel requirements, owners and operators should understand the impact of the regulations and properly assess available technologies.

Port of Long Beach Invests in Clean Electricity
Ships will soon be able to plug into outlets along the dock at the Port of Long Beach. The $100 million project will reduce air pollution to meet the approaching January 2014 deadline to cut half of vessel emissions.

Ships at berth rely on landside electricity. Switching to shore power can reduce 95 percent of air pollution from a vessel. The regulation will require half of a fleet to be plugged in.

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