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February 2016 Issue

Low-Emission Concept
To Meet Regulations

A complete concept for a series of innovative and cost-effective shuttle ferries featuring zero or low emissions is being launched by Wärtsilä. The concept has been developed in line with the Norwegian government’s new environmental regulations for ferries emphasizing the elimination of harmful emissions. This trend is also evident in a number of other countries.

The design characteristic focuses on high energy efficiency with low resistance, both above and below the water line. The ferries are designed to run entirely on batteries or in a battery-engine hybrid configuration where the fuel options are LNG or biofuel. In plug-in operation, the fuel consumption is reduced by 100 percent compared to conventional installations, and all local emissions are completely eliminated. With the plug-in hybrid configuration, emissions are reduced by up to 50 percent.

The concept features Wärtsilä’s new wireless inductive charging system, which, for typical shuttle ferry operations involving 20,000 or more departures a year, is considered a notable benefit because of its time and energy savings. The system eliminates physical cable connections, thus reducing wear and tear and enabling charging to begin immediately when the vessel arrives at quay.

The design also encompasses a complete electrical and automation package based on the company’s battery/hybrid solution. It includes Wärtsilä azimuth propulsion units and a complete bridge control system. The ferry series can accommodate 60 to 120 cars on a single car deck for quick and easy loading and unloading.

New Underwater Centre
ROV Training Course

The Underwater Centre has added the FMC Schilling TITAN 4 syllabus to its current ROV training suite. The course familiarizes candidates with all major components of the TITAN T4 manipulator and provides system operation and routine maintenance procedures. The Centre has adapted the course to offer extensive operational practice.

There will be multiple deliveries of the course throughout the year, and it is included in the Centre’s seven-week Premium ROV Course. The two-day course will be integrated into the ROV Tooling module and offered as a stand-alone option as well.

The FMC Schilling Manipulator was donated to the Centre by Fugro and upgraded by FMC Schilling Robotics from a TITAN 3 to a TITAN 4.

Online Tool for Choosing
Maritime Security

Ship owners and managers now have the chance to choose the most cost-effective private maritime security company (PMSC) to protect their ships via a new online tool at www.marsecmanager.info.

The online program, Marsec Manager, is the brainchild of Bastion International, a maritime security brokerage company. It enables users to compare different PMSCs in terms of pricing and what they can offer before deciding which security solution is best for them.

The program can be easily navigated via the central dashboard. Users can access the PMSC’s profile, see biographies on the company’s security team members, request a quote or send them a message. When the security company logs in, it can see any requests for quotes it has received, as well as track the progress of previous quotes. The integrated calendar also monitors embarkations and disembarkations of armed guards for all companies individually.

The free online tool offers privacy in all negotiations. The website is available across all Web browsers and on tablets.

Top Rating to Pulse 8X

JW Fishers Pulse 8X has been rated the best underwater metal detector by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) program, established to assist emergency responders making procurement decisions.

The SAVER program conducts objective assessments and validations on commercial equipment and systems and provides those results, along with other relevant equipment information, to the emergency responder community.

Radar, ECDIS Installed
On Maritime Training Ship

Radio Holland, part of the newly formed company RH Marine Group, has completed the installation of new radar and ECDIS equipment on the bridge of the training ship of the California Maritime Academy.

Radio Holland will also provide training for the cadets on the vessel’s new systems and carry out maintenance in the future.

ESA Project to Capture
Environmental Data

A-SeNS is a European Space Agency (ESA) funded project that aims to demonstrate the capture of environmental data by satellite. The project extends OceanWise’s Environmental Data Sharing and Publishing capability by enabling data captured by monitoring stations and managed in Port-Log to be transmitted via an AIS transceiver. The satellites are operated by exactEarth Europe, which is leading the project.

The project involves adding new software code to OceanWise’s Smart Telemetry Unit, thus saving space and power in a fully integrated system. The code packages the data according to the International Maritime Organization’s TideMet specification and allows the data to be received locally by vessels, as well as by the exactEarth satellites. The data can then be shared for navigation, survey and other maritime operations.

HBOI Exhibit on
Ocean Exploration Tech

FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) unveiled its first rotating exhibit, featuring the tools HBOI scientists and engineers use to explore the ocean. The exhibit is on view at the new gallery at the Ocean Discovery Visitor’s Center in Fort Pierce, Florida.

“Sight, Sound and Dynamics in the Sea: The Role of Technology in Ocean Exploration” is the first in a series of exhibits under HBOI’s “Mission: Ocean Discovery” program. The exhibit presents a view into the innovative technology being developed at HBOI, where researchers are making groundbreaking discoveries every day.

The exhibit will remain open to the public through August.


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