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June 2014 Issue

Success in Gulf of Mexico for Churchill Drilling
Churchill Drilling Tools (Aberdeen, Scotland) completed its first year of dedicated service in Houston, Texas, with a number of milestones achieved.

Through its Houston base, the company has completed projects, developed a range of high-performance case histories both on the Gulf of Mexico shelf and in deepwater, as well as generated a high demand for advanced drifting and circulating technologies in the Gulf of Mexico.

Avista, SEACOR Tankers Form Jones Act Vessel Joint Venture
Avista Capital Partners (New York, New York) announced an investment in a joint venture with SEACOR Tankers Inc., a subsidiary of SEACOR Holdings Inc. (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) that operates a fleet of seven U.S.-flag Jones Act vessels transporting crude oil, petroleum and specialty chemical products. Under the terms of the joint venture, ACP III Tankers LLC, a wholly owned entity of Avista, will fund a portion of the equity required for the design and construction of three 50,000-deadweight ton product carriers.

INTTRA, Catapult International Partner
INTTRA (Parsippany, New Jersey) announced a strategic agreement with Catapult International (Lenexa, Kansas) to sell integrated rate and contract management capabilities to freight forwarders, shippers and carriers that use INTTRA's global e-shipping solutions. The agreement brings together two solutions to automate the complete shipping process—from carrier rate, schedule and booking selection through ocean freight invoicing. Integrating accurate rate information directly into the e-shipping lifecycle will create efficiencies for freight forwarders, shippers and carriers.

New InterMoor Office in Asia-Pacific Region
InterMoor (Houston, Texas) has enhanced its customer support and added to its stock of mooring equipment in Asia Pacific by opening a new office at the Loyang Offshore Supply Base in Singapore. The new office will accommodate InterMoor's Asia-Pacific team, including engineering, offshore installation and commercial activities. The office was necessary to house a growing workforce and to provide additional capacity to serve customers' requirements.

ABS Holds 151st Meeting
ABS (Houston, Texas) recently hosted its annual meeting in New York, during which ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki said, 'ABS had another strong performance year and achieved several milestones during 2013 as the global economy began to strengthen.' In 2013, the ABS-classed fleet expanded to 205.6 million gross tons, a growth rate of more than 6 percent year-on-year.

Samson High-Performance Ropes to be Available in Europe
Samson (Ferndale, Washington) and United Offshore Services (UOS), based in Moerdijk, Netherlands, announced their recent partnership to supply Samson high-performance synthetic ropes to Europe. This expansion of the UOS product offering is driven by demand for heavylift slings made with synthetic rope.

Custom-engineered solutions for unique applications are Samson's focus in industries like vessel mooring, tug assist/escort, mining, cranes, and offshore oil and gas.

The Oceanscience Group Appointed HYPACK Partner
The Oceanscience Group (Carlsbad, California) has been appointed as an authorized HYPACK (Middletown, Connecticut) OEM partner, which will strengthen the available options for the Z-Boat 1800 remotely operated hydrographic survey boat. Oceanscience can now supply their single-beam and side scan-equipped Z-Boats as a full turnkey package including HYPACK software. With a digital full water column echogram driver for the Z-Boat's CEE HydroSystems (Hornsby, Australia) CEESCOPE or CEE ECHO single-beam echosounders, the software interface brings familiar and proven editing and QC tools to the remote survey process.

Delta SubSea Launches Tooling Solutions Division
Delta SubSea (Montgomery, Texas) launched a new business line, DSS Tooling Solutions, that will provide competencies in ROV, remote intervention systems, subsea robotics and special tooling. With services ranging from engineering and manufacturing to assembly, testing, training, operation and maintenance, DSS Tooling Solutions is an integrated provider of remotely operated solutions for the offshore oil and gas industry, offering control of technologies, internal research and development, and design and manufacturing capabilities.

Liberty Bay Named New U.S.-Flag Tanker
Exxon Mobil Corp.'s marine affiliate, SeaRiver Maritime Inc. (Benicia, California), named the Liberty Bay, the first of its two new U.S.-flag crude oil tankers, at a ceremony at Aker Philadelphia Shipyard.

The first-in-class vessel, constructed at the shipyard, incorporates the latest safety, navigation and engine-room technologies and will begin supplying crude oil from the Alaska North Slope to refineries along the U.S. West Coast later this year. The double hull Liberty Bay is 820-feet long and has capacity to carry 800,000 barrels of oil.

Deep Trekker ROV Aids in Investigation of South Korea Ferry
The dangerous waters in South Korea have made the search and recovery efforts for the Ferry Sewol disaster difficult. With the death toll rising to more than 120 victims, Websolus Co. Ltd. (Daejeon, South Korea), a Deep Trekker (Waterloo, Canada) dealer in South Korea, has offered the help of the DTG2 ROV (Sea Technology, February 2014) to carry out the inspections without putting more divers at risk. The use of ROVs allows searchers to inspect areas that are too dangerous for divers to search.

Fidelis Group Holdings Hires Executive Vice President
Fidelis Group Holdings LLC (Covington, Louisiana), through its subsidiary company Continental Underwriters Ltd. (Covington), a national marine and inland marine insurance coverage and service provider, announced the appointment of Michael L. Civisca as executive vice president. Civisca will oversee and continue building the company's expanding platform for its marine and inland marine products as well as new lines of business throughout North America.

STEM Week Tackles Nation's Technology Workforce Challenge
U.S. News & World Report and Raytheon Co. (Waltham, Massachusetts) launched the STEM Index to measure the key factors related to STEM jobs and education. The Index finds that although the U.S. is making strides in some areas, it continues to fall short in preparing today's students for tomorrow's innovation workforce.

For one week, Raytheon joined industry, government and education leaders in Washington, D.C., to address this workforce challenge. Attracting bright students who are pursuing STEM degrees as potential future employees is an important mission for Raytheon.

Houston Port Authority Receives Go-Ahead on Dredging Project
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given the Houston Port Authority its draft permit for the Bayport Channel Improvement project, Executive Director Roger Guenther reported to the Houston Port Commission. The draft permit for Barbours Cut channel dredging will follow soon. The projects at the port authority's two container terminals will deepen the channels from 40 to 45 feet to match the depth of the Houston Ship Channel.

Residents Support Offshore Wind in Atlantic City
The majority of residents in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and surrounding communities favor the construction of an offshore wind power project, based on surveys conducted through the Delaware Sea Grant College Program.

Results show that 77 percent of residents are inclined to support a demonstration project of five offshore wind turbines visible from the shore, versus 20 percent leaning the other way. The remaining three percent were undecided.

Port Consolidated Announces Certified ValvTect Marina
Port Consolidated Inc. (Tampa, Florida) has completed the rebranding and retrofit of its marine fuel dock in Fernandina Beach, Florida. The facility features a ValvTect (Northbrook, Illinois) fuel pump capable of servicing pleasure craft, commercial ships and industrial vessels. The Port Consolidated Fernandina Beach fuel dock has four transient slips with an approach depth of 50 feet and a dockside depth of 30 feet.

Dredger Solves Silt Problem at Xacbal Dam
Grupo Terra's (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) IMS Dredge (Prairie Village, Kansas) Depth Master Dredge operating at the Xacbal Dam is removing silt and sand at a 16.7-meter depth. The Depth Master Model DM-55 is removing the silt from the dam to keep the turbines operating, which are critical for producing Guatemala City's energy. IMS started the dredge at the dam in late 2013 and did another follow-up training and maintenance visit in 2014.

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