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May 2014 Issue

New Office for Marine Operations
Citing growth in the region as a strategic priority, Trelleborg Marine Systems' (Trelleborg, Sweden) U.S. president, Faiyaz Kolsawala, will relocate to Houston, Texas, along with several members of the global sales team.

Based within Trelleborg's Houston facility, the new office will enable both businesses to capitalize on the synergies their complementary product areas provide.

The regional sales office will serve the local U.S. and Mexican region across all five product areas of Trelleborg's marine operations: marine fender systems, oil and gas transfer technology, vessel technology, docking and mooring, and marine products.

Almarin Supplies Beacons to Panama Marine Authority
Almarin (Barcelona, Spain) has carried out the design, manufacture and supply of two beacons for the access channel to Manzanillo Bay, Panama. The Spanish contractor Delta 9 awarded this project to Almarin, which involved the design and supply of 16-meter focal plane ALT7 model towers, with corresponding lights, AIS systems and photovoltaic energy systems. These towers have been built to mark the entrance to the port of Manzanillo under the request of the Panama Maritime Authority.

Ultra Electronics USSI, Liquid Robotics Develop Maritime Security Solution
Liquid Robotics (Sunnyvale, California) and Ultra Electronics USSI (Columbia City, Indiana) announced the joint development of a surveillance system for the global maritime security market. This new product leverages the Liquid Robotics Wave Glider with Ultra Electronics USSI's acoustic sensing and signal processing. This solution helps address the need for affordable, long-duration, maritime surveillance of the world's marine protected areas, exclusive economic zones, ports and coastlines.

Public Offering of Common Stock
Ocean Power Technologies Inc. (Pennington, New Jersey) announced the pricing of an underwritten public offering of 3,800,000 shares of its common stock at a price of $3.10 per share. The company has also granted to the underwriters a 30-day option to acquire an additional 570,000 shares to cover overallotments in connection with the offering. After the underwriting discount and estimated offering expenses payable by the company, the company expects to receive net proceeds of approximately $10.8 million.

Horizon Marine Opens Office in Brazil
Horizon Marine Inc. (Marion, Massachusetts) will open its Brazilian office and has hired Andr' Gellers as country manager. Gellers has worked for more than 10 years supporting the Brazilian oil and gas industry, managing projects related to environmental licensing, emergency response, oceanographic monitoring and logistics. During that time, he gained an understanding of the Brazilian market and formed a network.

Hyde Sells 300th Ballast Water Treatment System
Hyde Marine Inc. (Coraopolis, Pennsylvania) announced that its GUARDIAN model HG150 ballast water treatment system will be installed on a tug boat for an articulated tug barge (ATB)—making it the 300th Hyde GUARDIAN unit sold.

Additionally, two Hyde GUARDIAN Gold (HG1000GX-ATB) units were sold. The Hyde GUARDIAN Gold units will be placed on the deck of the vessels, allowing the operator to optimize space for cargo and crew.

Report Shows KVH as Maritime VSAT Market Share Leader
The mini-VSAT broadband service from KVH Industries Inc. (Middletown, Rhode Island) increased its dominance of the maritime VSAT market, according to the latest edition of a report from Euroconsul. KVH's share of the industry's 11,000 activated maritime VSAT terminals is 26 percent, up from 16 percent two years ago. In the new analysis, KVH's market share was reported to be double that of its next closest competitor.

Puerto Caacupe-mi Selects Navis N4, Kalmar SmartPort
Puerto Caacupe-mi/Asuncion and Puerto Caacupe-mi/Pilar, which are ports in Paraguay, will implement N4 and Kalmar (Helsinki, Finland) SmartPort to accelerate customer service initiatives and achieve greater agility.

The order has been booked into Cargotec's (Helsinki) 2014 first quarter order intake. Together, the Kalmar solutions will increase security and productivity with yard operations, improve the quality of information, reduce human error and enhance terminal truck operator efficiency.

Arrival of New Survey Vessel
Chris Ransome and Associates Inc. (Houston, Texas), a hydrographic survey company, announced that their newest 26-foot survey vessel arrived.

The new survey yacht will be all-aluminum construction with a 9-foot cabin console and two 115-horsepower outboard engines. Scully's Metal Fabrication (Morgan City, Louisiana) has teamed up with Chris Ransome and Associates on the construction of the boat. A name has not yet been chosen.

Delivery of Components for Surveyor Solutions
MSI (Littleton, Massachusetts) is now producing two new synthetic aperture sonar (SAS) components for two systems of Raytheon (Waltham, Massachusetts) Integrated Defense Systems' PROSASTM suite of sonar solutions.

Raytheon's PROSAS Surveyor family provides high-definition sonar capabilities for a wide range of applications. The PROSAS Surveyor 60 (PS60) and PROSAS Surveyor 175 (PS175) systems collect simultaneous side scan and SAS data and operate at 6,000 meters depth. Both multifunction, wide-swath systems enable coverage rates up to three times greater than conventional side scan sonar systems.

Bollinger Delivers CGC Kathleen Moore
Bollinger Shipyards Inc. (Lockport, Louisiana) has delivered the Kathleen Moore to the United States Coast Guard. The 154-foot patrol craft is the ninth vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class fast response cutter (FRC) program. To build the FRC, Bollinger used a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen (Gorinchem, Netherlands) Stan Patrol Boat 4708. It has a flank speed of 28 knots, state-of-the-art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessel's cutter boat.

Cable-Route Planning Software Purchased
Makai (Kailua, Hawaii) has made sales of MakaiPlan, GIS cable route-planning software, and MakaiPlan Pro, cable lay simulation software. Makai's software aids cable planners and installers who serve the subsea telecom cable, power cable and military markets.

MakaiPlan is a tool to create and edit submarine cable routes, define cables and in-line bodies, define and adjust slack, instantly create RPLs and SLDs, estimate system costs, and generate a preliminary cable installation plan.

Canadian Shipowners Association Thanks Government of Canada
The Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA), based in Ottawa, Canada, is pleased that the government of Canada is responding to the need for additional icebreaking support on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Waterway. With another icebreaker, key cargo, such as wheat, will move to market quicker.

Even with the Canadian Coast Guard working at capacity to break the thickest and broadest ice cover on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Waterway in years, the CSA was concerned that navigation of these waters was threatened.

Crowley Tugs Delivers Tubular Bells Topside
Crowley (Jacksonville, Florida) has shown support for the domestic petroleum industry by providing ocean towing services for the Tubular Bells topside in the Gulf of Mexico for Saipem (Milan, Italy), a large, international contractor for the oil and gas industry.

Crowley has participated in each of the major installations that have taken place in the U.S. Gulf in 2013 and year to date, 2014.

Joint Sales Cooperation Announced
SEAmagine Hydrospace Corp. (Claremont, California), a designer and manufacturer of manned submersibles, announced the addition of new sales representation through Global Ocean Access Inc. (Galveston, Texas), a supplier of ocean industry products. The company said that the sales efforts and worldwide contacts of Global Ocean Access will provide SEAmagine with domestic and international networking capabilities for a wide variety of applications.

Sonar Robot Helps in Effort to Find Malaysian Airliner
An underwater robot has been sent by the U.S. Navy to be used in the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, according to USNI. Able to operate nearly 3 miles below the water's surface, the Bluefin-21 AUV, from Bluefin Robotics Corp. of Quincy, Massachusetts, can detect debris with its cameras and sonar. The equipment is designed to take photos that are highly detailed. The AUV can operate continuously for 20 hours.

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