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December 2013 Issue

Boston Engineering Corp. Opens Office
Boston Engineering Corp. (Waltham, Massachusetts) is opening an office at the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in Fall River, Massachusetts.

Boston Engineering's advanced systems group will incubate projects emphasizing maritime activities, such as technology with UUVs. The site is adjacent to South Watuppa Pond and very close to the ocean.

'Our engineers have a long history of collaboration with Dr. Lou Goodman, associate dean at the School for Marine Science and Technology,' stated Roger Race, ASG's innovation program developer.

NMEA to Expand Standards Development
The National Marine Electronics Association's (NMEA) involvement in marine electronics equipment standards has been recognized under a status enhancement granted by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Under the status change, IEC has appointed the NMEA as a Category A Liaison with IEC's Technical Committee TC 80. Created in 1980, TC 80 defines operational, performance and test methods required for maritime navigation and radio communication equipment and systems. TC 80 provides the industry standards that are the basis for type approvals by national governments, as required by the International Maritime Organization's SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) Convention.

First Ocean Energy Company Joins World Ocean Council
Resolute Marine Energy (RME), based in Boston, Massachusetts, has joined the World Ocean Council (WOC) as the first company from the marine renewable energy sector in the global ocean industry leadership coalition.

RME is developing and deploying technologies that harness ocean wave energy to produce electricity and fresh water in areas where there is a weak or nonexistent electrical grid, as well as where desalination can have a positive impact for coastal communities.

WOC CEO Paul Holthus noted, 'Newly developing ocean industries, such as offshore wave, tidal and wind, can benefit from collaboration with other sectors. Synergies, economies of scale and savings can result from collective efforts to develop solutions to cross-sectoral challenges such as ocean noise, biofouling, marine mammal interactions and marine spatial planning.'

SSI Attends USCGC Hamilton Christening
SSI (Victoria, Canada) USA's Pat David and Paul Henderson attended the christening of the U.S. Coast Guard's national security cutter, USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753). As with previous national security cutters in the Legend class, the Hamilton is being constructed at Ingalls Shipbuilding (Pascagoula, Mississippi) using SSI's ShipConstructor CAD/CAM software.

With a 4,300-ton displacement, these cutters are the largest in the history of the Coast Guard, but the engineering department completed the first vessel on time and on budget. Ingalls has proposed the design for the Royal Australian Navy. Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Germany have also shown interest in derivatives of the vessel.

New Alloy Temper for Marine Applications
Aleris (Cleveland, Ohio) announced that it is now offering 5083'H128, an aluminum alloy temper for marine applications that meets ASTM's B928-13 standard. Marine plate is used in applications such as ship and vessel construction.

While exposure to elevated temperatures can increase the susceptibility of these types of alloys to corrosion, Aleris's process for developing marine plate temper resists corrosion in these conditions.

California Green Trade Corridor Opens
The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Maritime Administration has dedicated the California Green Trade Corridor, which will help take freight traffic off California's congested I-580 by offering shippers an option to move cargo along the waterways between the ports of Oakland, Stockton and Sacramento. The project received a $30 million grant from DOT, as well as $5 million from local sources. Acting Maritime Administrator Paul Jaenichen and state and local leaders were on hand for the dedication.

Northland Joins Lynden
Northland Services (Seattle, Washington), a marine transportation company providing shipping between Seattle, Alaska and Hawaii, is now a part of the Lynden (Anchorage, Alaska) family of companies.

Northland's barge service from the Pacific Northwest to Hawaii adds to the company's current ship and air services to the islands. The addition of Northland's western Alaska barge services enables Lynden to service ports throughout the state of Alaska.

Vigor Fab Delivers Alaskan Deck Barge
Vigor Fab (Portland, Oregon) delivered Harley Marine Services' (Seattle, Washington) newest vessel, the Iliuliuk Bay deck barge. Iliuliuk Bay, an Aleut name meaning Big Island, entered service in November. The vessel's design allows the barge to switch between containers and other cargo. Iliuliuk Bay will transport a variety of cargo between Dutch Harbor and neighboring islands.

Ultrapetrol Expands PSV Fleet to 14 Vessels
Ultrapetrol Ltd (Nassau, Bahamas) has taken delivery of two new platform supply vessels (PSV) of the 4,500-class type powered by diesel electric engines, DP2, FiFi1, directly from the building yard in China. The ships cost about $32 million each.

Ultrapetrol exercised an option to purchase a sister vessel on identical terms and conditions. Following delivery of this additional vessel, which is expected in the fourth quarter, Ultrapetrol's PSV delivered fleet will increase to 14 vessels.

GCI Agrees to Extended Capacity on the Intelsat Fleet for Service to Rural Alaska
General Communication Inc. (GCI), based in Anchorage, Alaska, signed a long-term agreement with Intelsat S.A (Luxembourg, Luxembourg) for extended C- and Ku-band capacity on Intelsat's Horizons 1 and Galaxy 18 satellites. GCI uses Intelsat's capacity for infrastructure to provide telephony, high-speed Internet and video services to customers across Alaska. The agreement enables GCI to support broadband services to schools and medical clinics, as well as telemedicine applications for hospitals that are located in underserved areas of Alaska.

Aqueos Corp. Receives OSHA-SHARP Recognition
Aqueos Corp. (Broussard, Louisiana) has met all of the HSE safety requirements to be recognized as an OSHA-SHARP (Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program) company. Businesses that achieve SHARP status maintain a high standard of injury and illness prevention programs.

In the state of Louisiana, there are six companies that have achieved the SHARP designation. Aqueos has increased that list to seven companies.

U.S. Marine Regulations Could Cost Canadian Economy $1.1 Billion
A report released by the Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) found that American regulations to require the installation of ballast water treatment equipment on Canadian domestic vessels beginning in 2014 will cost the Canadian economy $1.1 billion over the next five years. Ship owners cannot comply with the regulations at this time, as the appropriate technology does not exist, according to the report. The United States Coast Guard, which is responsible for type-approving the technology, has yet to approve a technology that works in the cold and fresh waters of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Waterway.

The research found that significant adverse economic impact to the Canadian economy could result from the pending regulatory framework.

Agreement Signed to Commercialize PowerBuoys
Ocean Power Technologies Inc. (OPT), based in Pennington, New Jersey, and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (MES), based in Tokyo, Japan, signed an agreement to cooperate in the development and commercialization of OPT's PowerBuoy technology. The agreement sets the terms of technology licensing and other financial arrangements between MES and OPT regarding the PowerBuoy systems. Under the terms, MES has the licensed right to sell PowerBuoys for both grid-connected utility and autonomous applications in Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Mozambique, South Africa and Namibia.

Four Super Post-Panamax Cranes Start Work at Port of Savannah
All four of the super post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes that arrived at the Port of Savannah in June are now fully operational at Georgia Ports Authority's Garden City Terminal.

After the cranes were offloaded, crews began raising the booms and the electrical and machinery housings roughly 100 feet to their proper position. Additional on-site work included elevator installation and final wiring connections.

The first of the new cranes went into service in August, with additional cranes coming online every few weeks. The fourth new super post-Panamax crane has begun moving cargo. Each new crane can lift up to 65 tons.

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