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March 2016 Issue

AXIS Geospatial Takes Delivery of the LMS-Q1560
RIEGL USA announced that AXIS GeoSpatial LLC has become the latest U.S.-based commercial firm to own the LMS-Q1560 dual lidar channel airborne laser scanning system, adding to their lidar and camera system fleet.

The RIEGL LMS-Q1560 was selected by AXIS for its precision and accuracy. The sensor with its rotating mirror design and high output dual laser technology will allow them to deliver higher data density with uniform point distribution.

Saab Seaeye Consolidates Hydro-Lek
Following their acquisition of tooling maker Hydro–Lek, Saab Seaeye is now consolidating the business into their own facilities at Fareham, England.

”The decision to create a central technology hub allows us to grow and develop tool and manipulator technology and strengthen our position as a complete underwater robotic solutions provider,” Saab Seaeye Managing Director Jon Robertson said.

French Connection for IFHS
The Association Francophone d’Hydrographie (AFHy) has been elected a member of the International Federation of Hydrographic Societies (IFHS), whose other member organizations include those in Australasia, Benelux, Denmark, Germany, Italy, South Africa, South Korea and the U.K.

With headquarters in Margny-lès-Compiègne near Paris, AFHy serves as a dedicated forum for exchange, promotion and discussion of wide-ranging hydrographic issues between researchers, equipment manufacturers and surveyors within academic, private and public sectors of industry.

ABB Technology to Help Vessels
Operate Safely Below Sea Level

ABB will provide the technology that will help three vessels safely carry out construction and maintenance tasks up to 5 km underwater.

The vessels will be equipped with ABB’s OCTOPUS software that uses sensors to interpret weather conditions, allowing the crew to make informed decisions during sensitive operations.

SharpEye for New Trinidad &
Tobago Coast Guard Craft

Kelvin Hughes announced the successful installation of its new SharpEye upmast radar system on four new vessels commissioned by the Trinidad & Tobago Defense Force. The Damen Stan Patrol 5009 Coastal Patrol Vessels are now fitted with a Kelvin Hughes Advanced Surveillance System incorporating a SharpEye X-Band radar.

The SharpEye radar was selected as the surveillance radar due to its superior target detection capability, especially in poor weather conditions such as heavy rain and high sea states.

Performance Monitoring and Verification
Drives Orders, Investment for Norsepower

Finnish engineering company Norsepower reported that it has received €3 million in investment and has installed a second rotor sail on Bore’s Ro-Ro vessel MS Estraden.

The Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution is a modernized version of the Flettner rotor—a spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind power to propel a ship.

Transas, XVR Simulation Form Partnership
Transas announced its new strategic cooperation with XVR Simulation to expand their maritime training capabilities and to deploy common complex projects in the safety and security simulation market.

Emergency and crisis response training is a widely discussed topic in various maritime sectors. Now, thanks to the new cooperation and the companies’ combined strengths in simulation and training, customers will benefit from the advanced instructor application.

Korean Register Gains Authorization to
Deliver Statutory Services in Germany, Togo

Korean Register (KR) has been authorized as a Recognized Organization (RO) by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure to perform statutory services for flagged vessels. KR has also been authorized to provide similar services for flagged vessels on behalf of the government of Togo.

KR is now able to conduct surveys and audits and issue certificates to the flagged ships from these two countries for SOLAS and MARPOL.

Modal Training Invests in Advanced Suite
Of Kongsberg Maritime Simulators

Modal Training has invested in a full suite of advanced ship, offshore vessel, engine room and radar simulators from Kongsberg Maritime. Modal Training will use the equipment to support the delivery of advanced training courses for maritime professionals and businesses.

The simulators will enable Modal to offer training that effectively replicates the working environment for a wide range of maritime roles, including bridge crews, navigators, maritime engineers and Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) operators.

Radio Holland Opens Office in Abu Dhabi
Radio Holland, part of the newly formed company RH Marine Group, has received its commercial trade license for Abu Dhabi after signing a contract with sponsor Royal Ruby Group (RRG). The commercial trade license allows the opening of a Radio Holland Middle East office in Abu Dhabi, and Radio Holland service engineers can now start to service local customers.

In 2016, Radio Holland Middle East plans to increase its activities in Qatar, Kuwait and Oman as well.

King Abdullah Economic City
Launches Red Sea Foundation

Speaking at a special event at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Fahd Al Rasheed, Managing Director and CEO of King Abdullah Economic City, announced the formation of a nonprofit policy think tank, the Red Sea Foundation, to raise awareness of the region’s potential and advocate the necessary policy initiatives to drive development.

The Foundation will comprise a global advisory board of policy makers, business leaders and relevant subject matter experts. It will also include an operational staff that will research, formulate and promote policy recommendations.

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement
Official Marine Partner of IMAREST

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) announced Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) as a Marine Partner of the Institute.

IMarEST’s Marine Partners are able to work closely with the Institute to promote professional registration and membership, continuing professional development, knowledge sharing and learning opportunities within their organizations and the wider marine community.

SeaVex Refurbishment Wins
Estuary Power Cable Burial

After a four-week refurbishment of the recently acquired SeaVex, Pharos Offshore currently has a team of seven personnel manning the Mass Flow Excavator. SeaVex is based on a hybrid subsea excavation system that is extremely adaptable, compact and controllable and will be burying a live power cable section of 100 m to a depth of 4 m in the estuary of the River Weser, Germany.

SeaByte Founder Professor
David Lane Awarded CBE

SeeByte founding member Professor David Lane has been appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to engineering in the 2016 New Year’s Honors list.

Lane is a professor of autonomous systems engineering at Heriot-Watt University and a founding director of both SeeByte and the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics.

New Business Drives NAVTOR
Expansion in Singapore

NAVTOR is expanding its new Singapore office. The base, which opened in December 2014, has given the firm an important foothold in the key Southeast Asia market, driving new business with shipowners and managers.

Since launching its ENC service in 2012, NAVTOR has established a position as an e-navigation leader in Europe, bringing a series of products to market that simplify tasks for navigators, while enhancing safety, security and efficiency for shipowners and operators.

Orange Signal Appoints Ocean Safety
As Exclusive UK Distributor

Ocean Signal has further strengthened its presence in the U.K. with the appointment of marine safety equipment specialist Ocean Safety as its exclusive distributor.

The new partnership was announced during this year’s London Boat Show at ExCeL London, where Ocean Safety presented Ocean Signal’s innovative range of products for the first time.


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