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April 2014 Issue

LISST Instruments to be Distributed in Scandinavia
MacArtney (Esbjerg, Denmark) has an exclusive representative agreement with Sequoia Scientific Inc. (Bellevue, Washington) to distribute the full range of LISST laser particle sizers and other Sequoia products in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland. The submersible LISST laser particle sizers help engineers, scientists and monitoring agencies to measure the concentration and size of sediment, plankton and oil droplets in any water body.

Compact, Deep-Ocean Tooling at OI 2014
Hydro-Lek (Finchampstead, England) showcased their current range of subsea tooling products at Oceanology International 2014. Visitors to the stand had the opportunity to discuss HyBIS, Hydro-Lek's deep-sea observation and sampling platform. Unlike a conventional ROV, HyBIS does not have any floatation, but is suspended by its umbilical cable with the advantage that it can recover or deploy a payload up to its own weight of 750 kilograms. It is also designed to operate in conjunction with existing deck-handling and cable systems carried by most research ships and vessels of opportunity.

Endofa-VP Opens Office in France
Endofa (Dubai, United Arab Emirates), an independent physical marine fuel supplier and bunker trader, has partnered with another emerging bunker broker, VP BunkerS (Nice, France), to form Endofa-VP with offices in Nice. According to Endofa, the new entity is designed to expand Endofa's presence in Europe while serving as its exclusive agent in France.

Harren & Partner Implements ShipManager
Harren & Partner (Bremen, Germany) will implement the DNV GL (Høvik, Norway) business intelligence software systems ShipManager Analyzer and ShipManager QHSE for its entire fleet of 52 vessels. Both systems will enable Harren & Partner to extract data from operational systems and optimize management of its ships. By mid-year the entire fleet will have ShipManager Analyzer and ShipManager QHSE installed.

Consortium Study to Cut Costs of Offshore Wind
Xodus Group (Aberdeen, Scotland), Cathie Associates (Brussels, Belgium) and UTEC Geomarine (Newcastle Upon Tyne, England) have formed a consortium to deliver a study that will aim to reduce the costs of generating electricity from offshore wind farms in U.K. waters.

The Carbon Trust's Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA), which brings together nine offshore wind developers in a joint industry project, is working toward reducing the cost of offshore wind by at least 10 percent by 2015.

Joint Venture Could Save More Lives
The Los Angeles Long Beach Fire Department and Saab Seaeye (Fareham, England) engineers have started a joint initiative that hopes to cut the search time of a rescue or recovery mission from an average of three hours to less than 30 minutes using a modified Falcon ROV that can rapidly sweep the area.

Saab Seaeye engineers discovered a way to manage the buoyancy of the ROV and balance it to stay afloat and remain stable for accurate sonar scanning. They found the Falcon's five thrusters could handle the weight and maneuverability, while working in currents and deep water.

Ballast Water Management System Certified
The Wärtsilä (Helsinki, Finland) AQUARIUS UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has successfully completed verification testing for explosion proof (EX) requirements. The verification was handled through DEKRA, a notified body in Berlin, Germany, which specializes in the fields of safety, environment and health. It now means that the AQUARIUS UV BWMS range is EX certified for Zone 1 hazardous area operation in marine and offshore installations.

RBR Appoints UK, Ireland Representative
RBR (Kanata, Canada) announced the appointment of RS Aqua Ltd. (Alton, England) as the exclusive U.K. and Ireland representative. RS Aqua Ltd. has been involved in the ocean and environmental markets and supplies equipment to the research, survey and monitoring markets. The company says it represents the interests of some of the world's leading ocean equipment manufacturers via, sales, hire, service, calibration and spares facilities.

Refit for RFA Fort Victoria
Cammell Laird (Birkenhead, England) has begun a £47-million refit of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Fort Victoria.

The massive refit will be the biggest ever undertaken by the yard since it began its 25-year contract to maintain nine of the 13 ships in the RFA flotilla in 2008. The contract was renewed for a further five years from 2013 based on key performance indicators and value for money. The RFA Fort Victoria is one of the largest vessels operated by the British Ministry of Defence. The vessel has completed three years of active service.

LRQA Turkey Certifies Aliaga Ship Recycling Co.
Aliaga Ship Recycling Co. has become the first ship recycling company in Turkey to implement the Ship Recycling Management System standard and achieve ISO 30000:2009 certification from LRQA. This was also the first ISO 30000 certification for LRQA in the East Mediterranean and Black Sea region.

ISO 30000 certification is influential in the effort to comply with the new European Union Regulation on Ship Recycling and the International Maritime Organization Hong Kong Convention.

MacGregor Acquires Deep Water Solutions AS
MacGregor (Helsinki, Finland) has acquired privately owned Deep Water Solutions AS (Kristiansand, Norway), specializing in lifting applications utilizing electric multidrive technology.

'Customer requirements for environmentally friendly solutions are increasing in offshore load-handling applications, such as subsea cranes, module handling and LARS (launch and recovery) systems and by having Deep Water Solutions' experts in the MacGregor family we enhance and strengthen our multidrive technology,' said Tom Harald Svennevig, vice president for MacGregor Advanced Load Handling.

True Heading Appointed Netherlands Distributor
Ocean Signal Ltd. (Margate, England) has appointed True Heading Nederland BV (Enkhuizen, Netherlands) as its new distributor for the Netherlands.

Ocean Signal's SafeSea portfolio of GMDSS products and its rescueME PLB1 are suitable for a range of applications in the marine sector, with True Heading able to support all markets from commercial shipping to leisure boating. Strong in the offshore oil and gas industry and its associated support vessels, the new distributor will specifically target the Dutch commercial market and have key responsibility for expanding Ocean Signal's market share in this sector.

Fiber-Optic Link Between Singapore, Europe to Expand Communications
A cable under the sea stretching from Singapore to Europe will provide high-speed communication to the international community. Alcatel-Lucent (Paris, France) and NEC (Tokyo, Japan) will lay the cable and were awarded the contract by the 15 telecommunications companies that make up the Sea-Me-We 5 consortium.

The fifth project funded by the consortium, the cable will span 20,000 kilometers and provide a link of 100 gigabits per second. The western portion of the cable will be built by Alcatel-Lucent, and the eastern section will be in the hands of NEC.

Suite of Gemini NBI Sonars Added to STR
Tritech (Aberdeen, Scotland) has sold four Gemini NBI systems to Subsea Technology and Rentals (STR), based in Great Yarmouth, England.

This latest purchase will enhance STR's pool of subsea equipment to support excavating and dredging companies' requests for high-specification, multibeam sonars. The Gemini NBI offers a narrow vertical beam at 130° swath for applications where precision in target detection and monitoring of a position is required.

Potential Ocean Energy off the Coast of Ireland
The recent launch of its Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan puts the Republic of Ireland in the forefront of sustainable development of offshore renewable energy resources. On the Atlantic edge of Europe with a sea area 10 times the size of its land mass, Ireland is positioned to develop offshore renewable energy. Ireland has been a member of Ocean Energy Systems, the organization for developing ocean energy, since 2005.

More Than £500,000 Awarded for Deep Green Tidal Power Plant
Minesto (Frölunda, Sweden), IT Power (Bristol, England) and National Physical Laboratory (Teddington, England) have been awarded more than £500,000 from the British Department of Energy and Climate Change.

The funding will be used for extending the quarter-scale ocean trials with the Deep Green tidal current power plant in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland, to validate its commercial performance.


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