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February 2014 Issue

Biosonics Appoints Sales, Marketing Agency
BioSonics Inc. (Seattle, Washington) announced SUBSEA 20/20 Inc. (Seattle) as its exclusive worldwide sales and marketing agency. BioSonics echosounders are a part of the equipment catalog for SUBSEA 20/20, which will also represent select manufacturers of related and complementary underwater monitoring equipment.

Equipment integration will be a primary area of focus for BioSonics and SUBSEA 20/20.

S.M. Stoller Corp. Now a Part of Huntington Ingalls
The consulting and engineering firm S.M. Stoller Corp. (Broomfield, Colorado) was acquired by Huntington Ingalls Industries (Newport News, Virginia), reported Virginia Business.

A provider of environmental and technical support to the government, S.M. Stoller Corp. will be run from the Newport News Shipbuilding division. Stoller has 18 offices throughout the country and operates in nearly 30 states.

KVH Mini-VSAT Broadband Systems Installed
KVH Industries Inc. (Middletown, Rhode Island) has surpassed the 100-vessel mark in its 10-year contract to supply satellite communications for the U.S. Coast Guard's (USCG) fleet of small cutters.

KVH's TracPhone V7 systems have been deployed on 105 USCG vessels across eight different classes of cutters, and KVH's mini-VSAT broadband service has provided 29.2 terabytes of data and more than 835,000 voice over Internet protocol minutes. The contract for hardware, airtime and support was first announced in September 2010.

KVH systems are now in use on cutters in all USCG districts in the continental U.S.

Contract Awarded for New England Wind Farm
An offshore wind farm is in the works off the coast of Massachusetts. A contract for more than $100 million was awarded to Cianbro Corp. (Pittsfield, Maine) for the construction of an electrical service platform, according to the Portland Press Herald.

A substation will be supported by the platform, which will be installed on the seafloor. The electrical service platform is a part of the Cape Wind project, a $2.6 billion venture to bring a wind farm to Nantucket Sound.

Alaska Marine Lines Invests in Refrigerated Units
Alaska Marine Lines (Seattle, Washington) has purchased 200 energy-efficient, refrigerated units. The Star Cool 'reefers' achieve the industry's lowest energy consumption by matching the compressor speed to the required heat load of the container rather than running at a single, constant speed. In addition, the box and refrigeration equipment are built as one unit with an insulation system designed to minimize energy loss.

The energy saved will make it possible to power more units during Alaska's peak fish season to accommodate high volumes for customers without additional generators, energy use and fuel costs.

Expanded LPG Terminal Agreement
Oiltanking Partners L.P. (Houston, Texas) announced an expanded terminal agreement with Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (Houston) to increase exports of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) at the terminal on the Houston Ship Channel. With an expected completion date of year-end 2015, the expanded LPG export terminal will have total loading capacity in excess of 16 million barrels per month of low-ethane propane and/or butane.

Contribution to Panama Canal Locks Project
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued a proposal to the contractor of new locks, Grupo Unidos por El Canal S.A. (GUPC) of Las Condes, Chile, for the joint contribution of $283 million to the project. This contribution would allow work on the locks to continue while the claims within the contract are resolved.

ACP has forwarded a proposal to advance $100 million to GUPC under the mechanisms included in the contract to allow the contractor to tend to its pending obligations. The contractor must guarantee these funds through a letter of credit.

Tugboat Raised From Alameda Slough
Built in 1945, the 141-foot, steam-powered tugboat was utilized by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroads. Originally named the Edward J Engel, it moved railroad car barges from Oakland to San Francisco until 1969. The boat's name was eventually changed to TV Respect, and it remained a steam-powered vessel till 2007, when it sank in the Oakland Estuary.

In 2013, the United States Environmental Protection Agency embarked on a program to clean up the Oakland Estuary. Global Diving & Salvage Inc. (Seattle, Washington) performed a dive survey and took sediment samples throughout the sunken vessel site. Tests determined that the sediment contained a high level of bunker oils both surrounding and inside the vessel. The vessel was refloated and delivered to CalRecycle (Sacramento, California), which will take custody of the vessel.

Successful Testing of Vertical Launch System Interface
Lockheed Martin's (Bethesda, Maryland) Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) can be launched from any MK 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) by only modifying the software to existing shipboard equipment.

LRASM is an autonomous, precision-guided antiship standoff missile that was designed to meet the needs of U.S. Navy and Air Force warfighters.

V.Ships Signs With Spill Center for Global Vessel Spill Support
Spill Center (Hudson, Massachusetts) has expanded its program to include global cargo-carrying vessels. A new client is V.Ships (Glasgow, Scotland), which provides ship owners with a range of management and support services for oil tankers, chemical tankers, gas carriers and dry bulk cargo vessels.

V.Ships offers environmental support services to ship owners through Spill Center. Services include immediate response management, comprehensive regulatory expertise and reporting, cleanup contractor referrals and invoice auditing.

Marine Bayano Project Begins Timber Recovery Trials
Hollund Industrial Marine Inc. (Blaine, Washington) completed infrastructure construction at the Bayano Lake Timber Project in Panama.

Peter Meier, president of Hollund, stated, 'The Bayano Lake Wood Products project team has successfully completed construction on the primary access road and log landing site. This is a critical step in allowing the project to advance into the wood recovery, processing and distribution stage. We anticipate the logging crews will be conducting initial timber recovery trials just inside of the next few weeks.'

Engineered Syntactic Systems to Offer Oceanographic Buoys and Floats
Engineered Syntactic Systems, ESS, (Attleboro, Massachusetts), announced plans to extend its line of high-performance syntactic products to support more traditional oceanographic implementations. ESS syntactics are lightweight, engineered foams that can withstand significant hydrostatic pressure. The syntactics have been a component for manned and unmanned exploration vehicles; AUVs, ROVs, HOVs, plus a wide array of flotation and buoyancy applications.

Hydrologic Separation Could Alter Boating on Chicago Waterway
Within a 50-mile radius of downtown Chicago, there are approximately 25,000 waterborne boaters. In Chicago alone, there are nearly 6,000 slips in the city harbors on Lake Michigan, and it is estimated these boaters have an economic impact of between $70 to $90 million a year on the city's economy. In reviewing the GLMRIS Report announced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deal with the spread of aquatic nuisance species into Lake Michigan, the Great Lakes Boating Federation said that it is very thorough, but fails to adequately address the concerns of the recreational boaters and sportfishermen.

Increasing Support for LNG Fuel for Ships
LNG could become a primary fuel source for U.S. vessels. Environmental regulations, the rising cost of bunkers and a growth in production could spur the shift to natural gas. LNG as a fuel lessens emissions from vessels and helps ships comply with environmental regulations. Virtually eliminating particulate matter and cutting sulphur oxide (SOx) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions, the switch from conventional fuel also results in up to a 30 percent reduction of carbon dioxide, making LNG- fuelled vessels especially suited to environmentally sensitive coastal areas.

Shellfish Ranch Planned for California Waters
About 100 acres under federal water offshore California will be the site of a shellfish farm, which will produce more than 2.5 million pounds of mussels each year, reported The Los Angeles Times. Approval of the farm comes as demand for shellfish grows and NOAA looks to boost jobs and the environment by harvesting shellfish in U.S. waters. The Catalina Sea Ranch will be the first shellfish farm on federal waters.

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