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September 2016 Issue
AMG Winyama Delivered to
Argonaut Marine Group
AMG Winyama will work out of the Port of Dampier in western Australia for Argonaut Marine Group. Argonaut placed the order with Dongara Marine after being impressed by the performance and quality of the first Berkeley class.
Developed to enhance safety and comfort for marine pilots, the design’s ability to safely transfer marine pilots to ships in heavy weather has been proven by Berkeley, which has been in service at the Port of Fremantle since June 2015.
Member of Parliament Visits Saab Seaeye
The Member of Parliament for Fareham, England, Suella Fernandes, visited Saab Seaeye. During her tour of the facilities at Fareham with Saab Seaeye’s Managing Director Jon Robertson, they met the staff and saw advanced underwater robotic systems with technological capabilities such as the ability to descend 3 mi. deep under the ocean, maneuver precisely in strong currents and grasp things using enormous strength or fingertip delicacy.
Singapore Maritime Hub Well-Positioned
To Benefit from Brexit Permutations
Singapore’s position as Asia’s leading maritime services hub is likely to be enhanced in a post-Brexit environment, according to Ince Law Alliance. Like Singapore, the U.K.’s economy is services-focused, with London the center of U.K. and European maritime services.
However, according to Bill Ricquier, managing director at Incisive Law, if London suffers from a U.K.-wide downturn, or instead gains from new free-trade deals and greater autonomy, Singapore is well placed under either scenario to benefit both from its historic relationship with the U.K. and from newly developed ties.
Updated Fuel Consumption and
Emissions Monitoring Software Released
As part of the ongoing Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Innovation Project, Eco Marine Power has announced that the Aquarius Management and Automaton System installed on Blue Star Delos has been updated with new fuel oil consumption and emissions monitoring software.
This updated software combined with the Aquarius MAS hardware allows for fuel consumption data from all flow meters on the ship to be displayed and logged in real time. In addition, CO2, NOx and SOx emissions are calculated based on fuel type being used.
New Hybrid Ferry to Feature Broad
Range of Wärtsilä Solutions
A new ferry being built at the Cemre shipyard in Turkey for Wightlink will feature a comprehensive range of modern Wärtsilä equipment and systems to ensure a high level of environmental efficiency. In addition to conventional fuel, the new vessel will be the first ferry to utilize Wärtsilä hybrid battery technology to improve efficiency, reduce the exhaust emissions and lower the noise level. The ferry will serve the crossing between the Isle of Wight and the English mainland.
Singapore’s Dr. Parry Oei Receives
2016 Alexander Dalrymple Award
The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has awarded the 2016 Alexander Dalrymple Award to Dr. Parry Oei, director and chief hydrographer at the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. The award is named in honor of the first Hydrographer of the Royal Navy in 1795 and is presented by the UKHO in recognition of an outstanding contribution to world hydrography. It is awarded to coincide with the celebration of World Hydrography Day, a United Nations-endorsed recognition of the importance of hydrography.
Reylaver’s Damen ASD Tug Christened
Damen announced the safe arrival and naming ceremony of Reylaver’s new ASD Tug 2411 Jesús. The ASD 2411 has a power-to-size ratio of 24-m length, 11-m beam, 5,632 bhp and 70-ton bollard pull, which is preferred for harbor operations.
Fugro Begins Seabed Investigation at
Proposed Nuclear Power Station Site
Fugro has commenced marine site characterization works for Horizon Nuclear Power at the proposed Wylfa Newydd power station site on the Isle of Anglesey, U.K. The detailed works will be carried out during July and August and will assist Horizon to gain better understanding of the geological conditions offshore of the site.
Two jack-up barges from Fugro’s fleet have been mobilized to conduct geotechnical drilling and sampling operations on 36 borehole locations, in varying water depths.
Subsea Centre Introduces New
Hydraulics Training Course
The Underwater Centre in Fort William, Scotland, has introduced a new hydraulics course that will provide candidates from a wide range of industries an introduction to fluid power systems. Hydraulics are essential to many industrial applications, including marine engineering and complex robotic and mechatronic systems.
This course will give candidates an introduction to the principles of fluid mechanics and provide hands-on experience using the Centre’s new training equipment.
JFD Acquires LEXMAR
JFD, a subsea operations and manufacturing company, has recently acquired LEXMAR, designer and manufacturer of in-built and modular saturation diving systems. LEXMAR is currently completing three 18-man twin bell saturation diving systems. They are currently in the process of undertaking the installation and commissioning in China, with a third system commencing in Singapore in early 2017.
STR Develops Bespoke
Cabling Solution for CEFAS
Subsea Technology & Rentals Ltd. (STR) has developed bespoke technology for the subsea industry with the design and manufacture of a custom cabling solution for the U.K.’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS). The cabling solution was designed in-house at STR to enable the SeaSpyder telemetry system and fiber-optic mux to directly interface with underwater LEDs, an array of laser pointers and line generators, an altimeter and depth compass.
SeaByte and MIT Autonomy Collaborating
To Get Robots Working Together
SeaByte and MIT are working together to improve the transfer of autonomy research and development between different autonomy systems. Both companies will develop technical approaches to allow improved cooperation and collaboration between these autonomy systems with the common theme being the transition from MOOS-IvP to Neptune for use in higher TRL activities.
LUKOIL Marine Lubricants Opens
New Branch Office in Hong Kong
With an increased market share in the greater China area, LUKOIL Marine Lubricants has opened a new branch office in Hong Kong. The geographical center of the fast-developing Asia-Pacific Basin, the office is located in the third tallest tower in the city, overlooking Victoria Harbor.
N-Sea Strengthens Middle East Presence
N-Sea has announced the opening of a new office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The new base will support N-Sea’s increased presence in the region, allowing for diving, ROV and survey projects in the civil engineering and offshore markets. Asa Gamble has been appointed managing director for the Middle East region and will be responsible for the establishment and growth of all N-Sea services and products in the region.
CSMART Officially Opens
In The Netherlands
Carnival Corp.’s new Center for Simulator and Maritime Training (CSMART) has officially opened in Almere, Netherlands. As a result of almost two years of intensive R&D investment, the new training environment concept has now become a reality.
Carnival recognized that a step-change was required in the way seafarers are trained to improve safety at sea. The interaction of human factors on board cruise vessels can become complex. Crews empowered with a solid foundation of generic core competencies ensure significantly better safety outcomes than those that rely heavily on established roles and procedures.
Unique Group Acquires Oceanvision PTE
Unique Group has completed the acquisition of Oceanvision PTE Ltd. Oceanvision is Unique Group’s third acquisition in nine months.
Svein Gunderson, engineering manager at Oceanvision, said, “This is an exciting time for Oceanvision as we become part of the globally respected Unique Group. I, and the team, look forward to working with our new colleagues at Unique. The additional products and services we can now offer will be advantageous for our current customers and provide new opportunities that exist in the area.”
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