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May 2014 Issue

New Energy Efficiency Methodology Introduced
In a new report, DNV GL (Høvik, Norway) addresses how a ship manager can identify the biggest sources of useful energy that are currently being wasted on a ship.

The methodology can be adjusted to suit newbuilds still in the design phase or operating ships, and it is designed to help managers make the most out of their ship energy efficiency management plans. Using both onboard measurements and the DNV GL modeling suite COSSMOS, energy losses throughout the ship are able to be quantified and ranked.

James Fisher Marine Services to be Launch Customer
James Fisher Marine Services (Barrow-in-Furness, England) and Supacat (Devon, England) announced the purchase of the Supacat multipurpose vessel 24 (SMV 24).

With an overall length of 25.7 meters, the SMV 24 is powered by two MAN V12 diesel engines providing a maximum speed of 30 knots and range of 675 nautical miles. The vessel is capable of carrying three standard ISO 20-foot containers.

Power Package Designed for Harsh Weather
DBR Generatorsets (Sliedrecht, Netherlands) has completed commissioning and start up of its custom-built auxiliary power package for E.ON's (D'sseldorf, Germany) Amrumbank West wind farm substation. DBR delivered and installed two 1,250-kilovolt-ampere diesel generator sets and one 250-kilovolt-ampere set. Cofely Fabricom (Immingham, England) is assembling the topsides at its Hoboken, Belgium, yard before installation in the German Bight.

Engineering Firm Completes Marine Insulation, Fabrication Contracts
IPS Marine Fabrications (Birkenhead, England) has completed a series of contracts for three ship operators.

IPS director Paul Smith said the contracts with Whitaker Tankers (Kingston upon Hull, England) and ferry operators Seatruck (Dublin, Ireland) and Stena (Holyhead, England) showcased the fabrication and insulation IPS can provide. Smith said IPS also worked with fellow Birkenhead contractor MPE Interiors on its contract to outfit the Stena Adventurer car ferry. Here, IPS manufactured and installed a range of stainless steel furniture and grills.

Osiris Marine Services Completes Commercial Nitrox Diver Training Course
Osiris Marine Services (Skipton, England) has completed the world's first commercial nitrox diver training at The Underwater Centre, Fort William, Scotland.

The course trains divers in the use of enriched air nitrox in an offshore commercial application. The pilot course was taught by James Ridgeway, offshore manager at Osiris.

With divers certified to international nitrox standards, Osiris is able to provide customers with additional assurance in its offshore capabilities and deliver a competent nitrox diving team to any global location.

New Sales, Services Partnership in Brazil
In addition to being appointed as Nortek's (Rud, Norway)exclusive distributor in Brazil, Seatronics (Aberdeen, Scotland) will act as Nortek's service center, offering comprehensive maintenance and repair services for all of Nortek's customers in Brazil.

Nortek will maintain its subsidiary in the country, Nortek Brasil. Under the leadership of Paloma Cortez, Nortek Brasil will be responsible for supporting Seatronics and other customers in the oceanographic and laboratory research communities, in addition to growing Nortek's business in other market segments and regions in the country.

Alfa Laval Acquires Frank Mohn AS
Alfa Laval (Lund, Sweden) signed an agreement to acquire Frank Mohn AS (Bergen, Norway), a manufacturer of submerged pumping systems to the marine and offshore markets.

Alfa Laval has agreed to acquire Frank Mohn AS, with the product brand Framo, for a total cash consideration of NOK 13 billion, on a cash and debt-free basis. Frank Mohn has approximately 1,200 employees and generated sales of NOK 3.4 billion and had an order intake of NOK 6.1 billion in 2013.

Management System Could Lead to Nearly 40 Percent Fuel Savings
When Imtech Marine (Rotterdam, Netherlands) was asked to supply a hybrid propulsion system for Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd.'s (CMAL), based in Glasglow, Scotland, diesel-electric, hybrid seagoing ferries in 2011, fuel savings of around 20 percent were expected. Following extensive trials, Imtech Marine announced that the actual fuel savings with the hybrid system—consisting of diesel electric in combination with battery technology—were up to 38 percent.

CMAL operates 30 ferries on the west coast of Scotland to 18 islands. Imtech Marine has now provided two CMAL ferries with the hybrid system.

Emissions Control Business to Expand for Yara
Yara International (Oslo, Norway) will acquire a majority 63 percent stake in Green Tech Marine (GTM), based in Lundeveien, Norway, a sulphur oxide (SOx) scrubber supplier to the marine industry.

According to a report, more than 15,000 ships are expected to be equipped with SOx scrubbers by 2020, representing a potential market of roughly €1 billion. GTM is an independent provider that has developed the smallest footprint SOx scrubber that can be retrofitted into any seagoing vessel.

Sonar System Added to Rental Fleet
Seatronics Pte Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland), an Acteon company, has purchased Kongsberg Mesotech Ltd.'s (Kongsberg, Norway) M3 sonar system to add to its Asia Pacific rental fleet. The purchase is part of an ongoing investment by Seatronics into cutting-edge technology to support its global marine equipment rental fleet growth.

ClassNK Helps Start new University Department
Kyushu University has established a new department of ocean energy resources with support from ClassNK (Tokyo, Japan). This new department will join the graduate faculty of engineering and will be supported by ClassNK for two years. The department is the result of collaboration between ClassNK and Kyushu University to create an education hub to promote research into new technologies to develop ocean energy sources.

Classification Societies Recognize Monitoring Service
Wärtsilä (Helsinki, Finland) has received service level recognition for its propulsion condition monitoring service (PCMS) by DNV GL (Høvik, Norway). Wärtsilä is the first company to attain this type of recognition from three of the major classification societies, namely the American Bureau of Shipping, Lloyd's Register (London, England) and DNV GL. The approval means that surveyors from the classification societies may rely on Wärtsilä's PCMS when assessing propulsion equipment. This eliminates the need for the compulsory five-year internal inspection.

Hydrasun Invests in Intervention Operations
Hydrasun (Aberdeen, Scotland) has invested more than £600,000 in new specialist equipment and inventory, for the completion of high-pressure, long-length specialist hose assemblies for subsea intervention operations.

Complementing its existing 1.5-inch and 2-inch product lines and available with working pressures of 5,000, 10,000 and 15,000 psi, this product can be supplied in lengths of up to 800 meters. Its mechanical, temperature and flow characteristics offer operational reliability and cost savings for customers undertaking subsea intervention operations.

Underwater Guage Launch in the Middle East Region
Unique System FZE (Sharjah, United Arab Emirates), a Unique Maritime Group company, has introduced the new DIVE MK2 underwater gauge from Cygnus Instruments in the Middle East region. Unique system FZE is the authorized distributor of Cygnus products for the region.

The new DIVE MK2 underwater gauge has a bright AMOLED display, updated topside and reporting software, and the introduction of twin crystal probes to assist in taking measurements on highly attenuated materials.

Seagliders to National Oceanography Centre
Kongsberg Underwater Technology Inc. (Kongsberg, Norway) has supplied five new Seaglider AUV systems to the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton, England. The AUVs were ordered by NOC's Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems facility and will become part of a fleet of underwater gliders that are made available to research institutes around the United Kingdom.

More VSAT Coverage in the Indian Ocean
Airbus Defence and Space (Leiden, Netherlands) has expanded its Ku-band VSAT (very small apperture terminal) coverage in the Indian Ocean region, using the Intelsat IS-702 S2 satellite.

The new coverage enables improved availability of Pharostar, Sealink and WaveCall VSAT voice and data services for vessels transiting or operating primarily in the Seychelles area, north to Ethiopia and south to Madagascar.


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