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January 2014 Issue

Safe Software and CARIS Partner
Safe Software (Surrey, Canada) and CARIS (Fredericton, Canada) have announced that support for the CARIS Spatial Archive (CSAR) raster format for gridded bathymetry and elevation data will be included in FME 2014.

FME users will now have direct access to the data storage technology designed by CARIS for efficient storage and visualization of high-volume raster data. FME 2014 can now read and write CSAR raster files and can also read raster data directly from CARIS Bathy DataBASE, allowing CSAR rasters to be transformed and manipulated in FME workflows.

GlobeNet Completes Subsea Network Extension To Colombia
GlobeNet (Boca Raton, Florida) completed construction on the extension of its subsea network to Colombia.

The anchor tenant on this new express route, from its landing on Colombia's Atlantic coast to Miami, Florida, is UNE EPM Telecomunicaciones, the largest Internet provider and a leading full-service telecom operator in Colombia.

The build is a direct extension from GlobeNet's existing subsea cable system connecting the USA, Venezuela, Brazil and Bermuda. This subsea extension to the GlobeNet cable system includes the Alcatel-Lucent 1620 Light Manager.

Wärtsilä to Design Container Ship
Wärtsilä (Helsinki, Finland) will provide the extended engineering scope for the initial, basic and production designs for a series of two Container RoRo vessels to be built for Crowley Maritime Corp. (Jacksonville, Florida). The vessels will be powered by LNG and are to be built at VT Halter Marine's shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The contract was signed in the third quarter of 2013.

Wärtsilä's WSD CRV 2400 WB enables the capability to carry conventional 20-foot and 40-foot containers.

New Offshore Supply Vessel Company
Nordic American Tankers Ltd. (Hamilton, Bermuda) coordinated the establishment of Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NAO), an offshore supply ship company. NAT is NAO's largest shareholder (26 percent), with an investment of $65 million.

NAO has agreed to buy six platform supply vessels from the Ulstein Group (Ulsteinvik, Norway), which holds 4 percent of NAO. The ships are already operating, and NAO has an option for a seventh vessel on the same terms as the first six units.

Sale of Drew Marine Completed
J.F. Lehman & Co. sold its portfolio company Drew Marine (Whippany, New Jersey) to affiliates of The Jordan Co. Drew Marine is a global manufacturer and provider of advanced performance chemicals and safety solutions to the international maritime and offshore markets. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Tug Built by Main Iron Works Returning Home
The 5,570 BHP tug Jabbar has been sold by Awal Marine Services (Manama, Bahrain) to TradeWinds Towing LLC (Saint Augustine, Florida). Jabbar, meaning powerful or tremendous in Arabic, was originally built by Main Iron Works (Houma, Louisiana).

The tug is powered by a pair of recently overhauled diesels with fixed pitch props in kort nozzles. Maneuverability is enhanced by two flanking rudders, in addition to the main rudders and a bow thruster.

BVS Onboard System Integrated with e-Navigator
Applied Weather Technology Inc. (Sunnyvale, California), with the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), announced the capability of interchanging track waypoints between the ADMIRALTY e-Navigator and Applied Weather Technology's Bon Voyage System (BVS).

This new capability is intended to make passage planning easier. Users can employ the BVS system to optimize a voyage based on weather constraints, then display the track in the e-Navigator to validate that a vessel has all the required charts and nautical publications on board and up to date.

Shallow Water Record for Coastal Glider
The Exocetus (Anchorage, Alaska) Coastal Glider, a new oceanographic underwater glider that was developed to operate in coastal waters at depths as shallow as 10 meters, has now been successfully tested in coastal waters shallower than 5 meters. The Exocetus glider is designed for environmental monitoring in coastal waters with currents in excess of 1 meter per second and can operate in waters with large density variations due to Exocetus's adaptive ballasting control system.

Subsea Global Solutions Expands With Equity Investment
Lariat Partners has provided Subsea Global Solutions (Miami, Florida) with expansion capital to create a platform to reach new global markets and invest in new facilities, equipment and technology as well as highly specialized professionals.

The investment will allow Subsea Global Solutions to improve underwater repair and maintenance services.

exactEarth Expands AIS Satellite Fleet
exactEarth Ltd. (Cambridge, Canada) launched an advanced AIS satellite that will extend its exactAIS constellation and increase the capacity of its global vessel monitoring service. The spacecraft was built by SpaceQuest Ltd. (Fairfax, Virginia) and was launched from the Yasny launch base in Russia in November 2013 aboard a Dnepr rocket. The addition of this spacecraft will increase the exactEarth constellation to five satellites and improve exactEarth's AIS message detection from space.

RSC Bio Solutions Certifies EnviroLogic
RSC Bio Solutions's (Charlotte, North Carolina) EnviroLogic 200 and 200 EP series of environmentally acceptable lubricants and its EnviroLogic 802 grease, as well as the products' constituent components, have been evaluated by independent laboratories to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's definitions of biodegradable, minimally toxic and not bioaccumulative. RSC Bio Solutions certifies these lubricant and grease products as Vessel General Permit 2013 Compliant.

The EnviroLogic 200 series, 200 EP series and 802 grease products are designed for use as stern tube lubricants, gear oils, thruster fluids and greases in a wide range of applications throughout the marine industry.

Ohio Orders two Custom Dredges
The State of Ohio selected Ellicott Dredges (Baltimore, Maryland) to supply new dredging equipment for its Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), which is responsible for maintaining the lakes in the state's park system. The ODNR has agreed to a contract to buy two new Swinging Ladder Dredges (SLD) from Ellicott. With these additions, ODNR will have three Ellicott dredges working on Grand Lake St. Marys. The Ellicott-built dredge operating on Indian Lake is also still in service after nearly 50 years.

Economic Impact of Maritime Industry in Washington State
The maritime industry in Washington state generated a total of $30 billion in direct, indirect and induced revenues in 2012 and is responsible for more than 148,000 workers, according to a comprehensive study commissioned by the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County with support from the Puget Sound Regional Council. Maritime wages are close to or greater than the state median wage of $51,000, averaging $70,800 per year. The industry, as a whole, paid nearly $4 billion in wages in 2012.

TITAN Salvage Receives Hurricane Sandy Award
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) recently presented TITAN Salvage (Houston, Texas) with its Hurricane Sandy Award for exhibiting 'unprecedented support' immediately following the storm.

The award was presented during the Business Alliance Awards ceremony in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. During the ceremony, Vice Adm. Mark D. Harnitchek, director of DLA, presented TITAN's Samina Mahmood, U.S. commercial manager, with a framed flag.

Vice President Biden Highlights Importance of U.S. Ports
Vice President Joe Biden visited the Port of Houston Authority's Bayport Container Terminal to highlight the importance of ports and the Panama Canal expansion. His next stop is Panama, where he will tour the expansion project, set for completion in 2015.

Biden focused on investments in the Port of Houston that have triggered a 48 percent increase in exports.

Coast Guard Commissions Key West-Based Cutter
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. was commissioned at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Florida, in November.

The cutter Charles David Jr. is the first Sentinel-class fast response cutter to be homeported in Key West and is capable of conducting missions in areas such as ports, waterways and coastal security, fishery patrols, drug and illegal migrant law enforcement, search and rescue, and national defense operations.

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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