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November 2016 Issue

Chubb Launches Marine
Services Capabilities in China

Chubb has announced the launch of its marine service capabilities in China, which include a broad range of specialized and customized insurance solutions to meet the needs of importers, exporters and transit operators. Capabilities include project cargo and consequential loss insurance for engineering project freight movements of oversize, fragile or difficult to handle equipment; multimode freight liability; and enhanced annual cargo insurance.

New Integrated Vessel Concepts
Launched by Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime debuted a new portfolio of fully integrated vessel concepts designed to harmonize handling, operations and energy systems on a wide range of specific vessel types. The concepts are a product of the company’s new integration strategy, which was established this past summer to leverage new and existing Kongsberg technology to achieve tangible operational efficiency improvements.

Dynamic Load Prediction (DLP), Dynamic Inertia Control (DIC) and Dynamic Supervision and Control (DSC) are some new features enhancing energy control for DP operations.

Dubai to Become Among
Top 10 Maritime Capitals

Dubai has joined the list of the world’s top 10 global players in terms of competitiveness and attractiveness. Dubai ranks fourth among the top five world “Headquarters for Operators of Ports” and sixth in both “Ports and Logistic Services” and “Global Logistics Level.”

The Dubai Maritime Sector Strategy aims to enhance the strengths of the local maritime sector, including ports, imports and exports, and financing services, as well as developing logistics and marine services to maximize growth opportunities for shipowners, brokers and maritime finance and insurance companies.

ICS Chairman Sets Shipping’s Three Challenges
ICS Chairman Esben Poulsson suggested that the shipping industry must respond proactively to three major challenges: maintaining the authority of the International Maritime Organization (IMO); addressing the legitimate demand for even greater levels of environmental protection; and making policy makers better aware of the industry’s existing achievements. With respect to protecting the global maritime regulatory system, Poulsson said this is being challenged by the increasing tendency for EU Member States’ positions to be coordinated by the EU, with negative impacts on the quality of IMO debates and its decision making. The ICS chair also warned of the dangers of politicization of IMO debates.

Boskalis, GoodFuels Marine Successfully Test
UPM’s Sustainable Wood-Based Biofuel

Boskalis and GoodFuels Marine have successfully performed live tests using the sustainable wood-based drop-in biofuel called UPM BioVerno. The fuel supplied by Finnish UPM Biofuels is the first ever biofuel derived from wood residue used in a marine fleet.

The testing of the fuel marks another landmark development for the marine biofuels consortium, announced last October by GoodFuels Marine, Boskalis and Wärtsilä.

Maritime Skills Academy Launches
Innovative Survivor Complex

Maritime Skills Academy (MSA) celebrated the opening of its specialist training facility. The new complex, located in Dover, Kent, England, will enable MSA to extend the range and number of courses it offers, including a wide portfolio of MCA accredited Standards of Training; Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers courses; refresher training and professional development; and business-to-business service.

ASV Global Expands into South America
ASV Global has expanded into the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. ASV will be working with local universities and authorities to bring the latest in autonomous surface vehicle technology to the emerging South American market.

“We’re excited to announce the opening of ASV Global in Brazil,” said Dan Hook, managing director, ASV. “There are lots of opportunities in Brazil and South America for autonomous systems to offer cost savings and operational efficiencies in applications such as bathymetry survey, security, oil and gas and marine science.”

DEME Debuts Living Stone
Living Stone, the world’s most advanced subsea cable installation and trenching vessel, will be deployed by DEME’s Dutch subsidiary Tideway in the offshore renewable energy market. The vessel will serve transport and installation projects as well as offshore power cable installations, interconnectors for the future European Supergrid. The vessel features Dynamic Positioning 3 capability and has been designed as environmentally friendly with dual engines, with LNG being its prime fuel source. It can accommodate a crew of 100.

Jotun Approves of EU Decision Regarding
The Use of Copper in Marine Anti-Foulings

Jotun believes the European Union’s (EU) decision to approve the use of copper in marine anti-foulings will ensure continued delivery of powerful benefits for both the shipping industry and environment. Copper is a key ingredient of most anti-fouling coatings, ensuring clean vessel hulls.

To prove the effectiveness of copper in the SeaQuantum X200, Jotun has developed a Hull Performance Solutions (HPS) concept that combines the coating with enhanced technical service and performance analysis.

Hong Kong International Convention
One Step Closer to Ratification

Denmark’s recent decision to move ahead with the ratification of the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (HKC) in Spring 2017 is one step closer to implementation.

“Denmark’s decision to move towards the ratification of the HKC shows a growing international support for sustainable recycling across the globe,” said Dr. Anil Sharma, president and CEO of GMS, which buys vintage ships and offshore structures.

Unique Group Adds Sonardyne SPRINT,
Syrinx Technologies to European Rental Pool

Unique Group has selected subsea vehicle positioning and navigation technology from Sonardyne International Ltd. to add to its expanding equipment rental pool. The SPRINT Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) and Syrinx Doppler Velocity Logs (DVLs) will be held at the company headquarters in Aberdeen and made available to support survey and construction projects using ROVs and AUVs in water depths of up to 4,000 m.

Ecoslops, Total Partner to Develop a
Maritime Oil Residue Processing Plant

Ecoslops has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Total, forming a partnership to set up a maritime transport induced oil residue waste-processing plant near Marseille, France. A detailed study and research with regard to the final investment will be done in 2017.

Moorside Site Investigations
Approach Final Stages

NuGeneration Ltd. (NuGen) is planning to build a nuclear power station of up to 3.8-GW capacity at Moorside in West Cumbria, England. To facilitate the project, NuGen is undertaking a program of works and studies to provide information on the Moorside site’s characteristics. Fugro is carrying out onshore and offshore site characterization involving geotechnical, hydrological, topographical, geophysical and geoenvironmental data acquisition. In addition to informing design and layout of the site, data will support licensing, planning applications and other consents for the construction of the power station.

AXYS Partners with GeoMarine
AXYS Technologies announces the appointment of Geomarine as their new value-added reseller in Italy. The AXYS range of metocean solutions, including the TRIAXYS family of wave buoys, complements the existing Geomarine range of offerings, enabling them to extend their capacity to support the Italian offshore assessment sector.

The Nautical Institute releases Second Edition Of Improving Ship Operational Design
Hoping to make maritime operations safer and more effective, the second edition of 'Improving' Ship Operational Design was launched at the Royal Institution of Naval Architects’ conference. Much of the new edition is the result of the European Union research program CyClaDes, which looked at the design and operation of ships and ship systems. The book gives insight on the needs of a shipowner, operational requirements, onboard living requirements and user-centered perspectives.

MacGregor Organizes First Hackathon
MacGregor has organized an open innovation hackathon event at the Interschalt Marine Center near Hamburg, Germany, November 11 to 13. Called “Hack the Sea,” the goal of this hackathon is to explore and experiment with new opportunities to reduce waste in the maritime industry. The event is organized with Industryhack.


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