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February 2016 Issue
RTsys Develops Next Generation of AUV
RTsys has developed COMET AUV, a compact system with high speed and autonomy that is quickly reconfigurable and deployable. It weighs less than 35 kg and can speed up to 15 kt. It is able to cover a 200-km distance at 3 kt. on a single deployment thanks to its rechargeable batteries. Moreover, COMET AUV’s can be used as collaborative underwater drones or operate in “swarm” mode.
The COMET AUV will be displayed at Oceanology International 2016, and a conference on COMET AUV will be held March 15.
Aquatic Achieves 1 Million Working Hours
Without a Single Lost Time Incident
Aquatic Engineering & Construction Ltd. has marked 1 million working hours without a single Lost Time Incident (LTI). This milestone follows Aquatic’s achievement of 1,000 days without an LTI in December 2014.
The improvement level in FPAL scoring since 2013 and successful accreditation to BizSafe3 in Singapore demonstrate that Aquatic is continually improving standards and providing training opportunities across HSEQ.
VIKING, Daemyung Marine Invest in Korea
Marine safety equipment manufacturer and servicing provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S will be establishing a local presence in Korea through a joint venture agreement with Daemyung Marine Co. Ltd.
The venture aims to bring faster access for Korean-based and foreign-flag ship managers in the cargo, passenger and offshore segments to the full range of VIKING products and service concepts. It is the next logical step for a highly successful partnership that has extended over more than 30 years.
Ecoslops Agrees to Develop
New Recycling Plant in the Ivory Coast
Ecoslops recently announced that it has received an agreement in principle from the Port of Abidjan, in the Ivory Coast, to provide the company with land on which to establish a new oil residue recycling plant in the region.
The Abidjan Port Authority has granted Ecoslops with more than 538,000 sq. ft. of land within the port boundaries. Ecoslops will begin preliminary studies and analysis to evaluate the full financial and technical considerations of the project and establish relationships with local partners.
CASCADe R&D Project Develops
New Ship Bridge Designs
CASCADe, a three-year, EU-funded project, has developed new methodologies in which information is shared and displayed on a ship’s bridge, helping to improve efficiency on board and contribute towards the prevention of accidents at sea.
Drawing directly from the experience of seafarers, CASCADe has developed a new adaptive bridge design methodology that treats both human agents and electronic equipment as parts of a cooperative system. This allows for the sharing of information to be optimized.
IMarEST Supports Mentoring Program in Singapore
The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) has joined with the Industry Mentors’ Network (IMN) program, seeing first-year polytechnic students linked with industry professionals to gain access to career advice and industry networking. The program seeks to provide greater opportunities for education and career guidance and to get students in Singapore to think about career aspirations early in their polytechnic education.
Students will receive early advice from their mentors on what it takes for them to achieve their career goals and how to chart their career roadmaps.
Ocean Signal Appoints Marinplus as
Exclusive Distributor in Sweden
Ocean Signal has appointed Marinplus AB as its exclusive distributor in Sweden. Marinplus will supply a comprehensive range of Ocean Signal products, including its rescueME devices and SafeSea portfolio of GMDSS products.
“We are looking forward to working with Marinplus to further increase sales and awareness so that we can maximize all the opportunities for our rescueME and SafeSea products in Sweden,” said Alan Wrigley, managing director of Ocean Signal.
ClassNK Opens New Survey Office in Russia
ClassNK has opened a new exclusive survey office in Novorossiysk, Russia. Novorossiysk is a port city in southwest Russia facing the Black Sea.
The Novorossiysk office joins an existing network of survey offices throughout the region, including in Constanta, Romania, and Istanbul, Turkey. The strategic positioning of the Novorossiysk office will allow ClassNK to swiftly respond to the recent increase in clients’ needs across the Black Sea.
DMCA Highlights Key Opportunities
In Dubai’s Maritime Sector
Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) showcased the emirate as a first-class maritime hub and an attractive destination for maritime companies to a global audience during the high-profile London International Shipping Week.
DMCA presented a detailed insight about the strengths of Dubai’s maritime sector, which has steadily positioned itself to be among the world’s top maritime centers. The first-of-its-kind Dubai Maritime Sector Strategy (DMSS), established to regulate, develop and promote the maritime industry, was also discussed.
DVL Additions for STR
Subsea Technology and Rentals (STR) recently confirmed the addition of two Sonardyne Syrinx Doppler Velocity Logs (DVLs) to their expanding rental inventory.
The Sonardyne Syrinx differs from other DVLs through its use of fully linear signal processing, low-noise electronics and adaptive bottom lock. These features enable Syrinx to operate at altitudes over 50 percent higher than conventional 600-kHz DVLs, with the high-resolution performance of a 1,200-kHz DVL.
Electronic Navigation Ltd. Celebrates 70 Years
New Zealand marine electronics distributor and manufacturer Electronic Navigation Ltd. (ENL) will achieve a significant milestone throughout 2016 when the company celebrates 70 years of operation.
Formed in December 1945, the company started as a small public company by Dr. Russel Thomas and Mr. Duncan Cox. 70 years later, the ENL Group company operates between its three offices in Auckland and Nelson and more recently a satellite office in Europe supporting its locally manufactured global brand WASSP multibeam sonar.
Chief Executive of The Nautical
Institute Awarded OBE
Philip Wake has been appointed an Ordinary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the U.K.’s New Year’s Honors’ List for his services to the maritime industry. Wake was elected a fellow of The Nautical Institute in 1996, and became chairman of the voluntary London Branch. He became the chief executive in May 2003.
ABB Services More Than 300
Turbochargers For China
ABB Turbocharging has signed its third and largest operation performance package service agreement with China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL).
The contract covers the service and provision of spare parts for 113 turbochargers on 23 vessels, including 51 TPL- type and 62 VTR-type turbochargers.
Wärtsilä to Supply Waterjets
For the KatExpress 3
The Incat Tasmania Pty shipyard in Hobart, Australia, has chosen Wärtsilä waterjets and controls for a new fast ferry, the KatExpress 3. The yard has previously specified Wärtsilä waterjets for a number of fast-ferry projects.
The KatExpress 3 is a 109-m-long catamaran capable of carrying around 1,000 passengers and with capacity for 411 cars or a mix of trucks, vans and cars.
Load Cells Weigh RNLI Equipment
For Saving Lives
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) uses a load cell to weigh and test boats and other components critical to the ongoing work of the charity that saves lives at sea.
Manufactured from aerospace-grade aluminium and utilizing an advanced internal design structure, the range of nonindicating load cells are lightweight, easy to handle and are used worldwide in an array of industries for lifting, pulling, proof and structural load testing.
BSM Unveils New Mooring
Station Training Facility
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) has opened its new state-of-the-art mooring station training facility, designed to provide seafarers and cadets with experience of this crucial and potentially hazardous area of operations.
The facility is based at Subic Bay in the Philippines and is designed to work in conjunction with a comprehensive, interactive training portfolio comprising video learning and class discussion around case studies from real-life scenarios.
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