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January 2016 Issue

Fugro To Conduct Airborne Lidar
Bathymetry Surveys in Canada

Fugro has been awarded new task orders by the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) to conduct airborne lidar bathymetry (ALB) surveys in Eastern and Western Canada. The task orders, issued under a supply arrangement Fugro holds with the CHS, are in support of their nautical charting programs and involve surveying multiple sites along the coast of Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Central Canada.

The ALB Systems will be used to acquire hydrographic survey data and seabed imagery in shallow coastal waters. The data will fill gaps in shallow water in conjunction with existing deeper-water data acquired previously by CHS vessels.

Hydrofoils Inc. Completes Testing of
50-Ft. High-Speed Super Boat

Hydrofoils Inc. has completed successful testing of a 1/8-scale version of their latest project, the 50-ft. Interceptor boat. It will be powered by twin 1,800-hp gas turbine/electric hybrid engines built by Turbine Marine Inc. This combo provides a total of 3,600 hp for cruising speeds in excess of 100 kt. and up to 400 hp of eco-friendly electronic drive for silent harbor maneuvering.

Compared to other high-performance marine vehicles, the Interceptor provides more stability and is 20 to 30 percent more fuel-efficient, the company said.

International Marine Electronics
Alliance Formed

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) introduced a new affiliated nonprofit corporation—the International Marine Electronics Alliance, Inc. (IMEA). The mission of IMEA is to promote safe and reliable passage for all vessels in the maritime industry worldwide through a program of education, scientific research and testing.

IMEA will collaborate with other nonprofit associations and government agencies to advance relevant education, scientific knowledge and testing. They also plan to provide educational programs that will enable military service veterans to transition into the marine electronics workforce.

Teledyne Optech Completes
Leadership Transition

Teledyne Optech has completed its transition in leadership with Michel Stanier now serving as CEO of the company. Optech was acquired by Teledyne Technologies in March 2011, with the remaining shares being purchased in April 2015. Don and Elizabeth Carswell, previously president and vice president of sales, will retire from day-to-day operations.

Seatronics Delivers Cost Savings
With Meridian Ocean Services

Seatronics successfully completed a project with Meridian Ocean Services in Mexico. The purpose of the project was to inspect and chart existing pipelines along the coast of Ciudad Del Carmen, and required a full survey equipment spread utilizing a Forum Comanche ROV.

The full range of equipment provided by Seatronics included the Gen 5 Multiplexer; two R2 Sonic 2024 multibeam systems; a Teledyne Workhorse DVL system; an Octans Gyro; a TSS-440 pipe tracker; a Tritech bathymetric system; and a Sidus green line laser.

New Pacific Access Channel
Nears Completion

The Panama Canal Expansion Program—currently 95 percent complete—continues to progress and is one step closer to its opening in 2016. In November, the fourth phase of the Pacific Access Channel was nearly completed. The 2.3 km-long channel reached the water level of Gatun Lake. The filling of the channel was overseen by FCC-ICA-Meco.

In total, the Pacific Access Channel is 6.1 km long and is designed to provide navigation access to and from the new Pacific locks to the existing Culebra Cut, the narrowest stretch of the Panama Canal.

TE Connectivity’s C-Lite Cable
Ceritfied by CCS

TE Connectivity announced that its C-Lite cable family of lightweight marine cables has received classification certification from China Classification Society (CCS), making the C-lite family certified by eight of the top marine classification agencies in the world.

C-lite cables use TE’s advanced materials technology to deliver a thin-wall insulation that dramatically reduces the size and weight of cables—without reducing the electrical or mechanical properties. They install up to 30 percent faster into a vessel compared to traditional cables.

Gibbs & Cox Acquires
Donald L. Blount and Assoc.

Gibbs & Cox Inc., a maritime engineering and design firm, announced the acquisition of Donald L. Blount and Associates Inc. (DLBA), a Chesapeake, Virginia-based firm renowned for its naval architecture and marine engineering services for commercial and government clients worldwide.

“DLBA’s new association with Gibbs & Cox will significantly enhance our depth and breadth in providing timely and high-quality performance marine solutions to our worldwide market,” said Don Blount, President, DLBA.

Gulf, Hendry Marine
Consolidate Operations

Gulf Marine Repair Corp. announced it is consolidating operations with Hendry Corp. By combining the two shipyards, Gulf Marine will operate more efficiently and be better poised for additional growth.

The transition will result in a combination of shipyard assets and work forces, creating a seamless service provider with a much broader customer offering.

Damen Signs License Agreement
With Great Lakes Shipyard

An agreement was signed at the New Orleans Workboat Show between Damen Shipyards Group and Great Lakes Shipyard, USA, for Great Lakes to build two Stan Tugs 1907 ICE at its facility in Cleveland, Ohio.

Under the license, Great Lakes Shipyard will receive full construction, design and engineering support from Damen, which will also provide assistance based on its experience with construction of nearly 200 Damen-designed vessels.

Western Branch Diesel Named New
Volvo Penta Marine Power Center

Volvo Penta of the Americas has appointed Western Branch Diesel as an authorized Marine Power Center. The company will be responsible for the sales and service of Volvo Penta marine engines in Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio.

Juliet Marine Systems Inc.
Introduces GHOST Vessel to Korea

Juliet Marine Systems (JMS) introduced the GHOST vessel and JMS control and drag reduction technologies at the Hi-Tech Defense Industry Fair in Daejeon, South Korea. The GHOST demonstration vessel has shown the ability to safely and smoothly transport personnel and payloads through heavy seas, with high speeds expected for future-generation craft.

JMS has perfected patented SWATH control and is refining active drag reduction technologies that will increase performance significantly in next-generation offerings.

Metal Shark Delivers 55-Ft.
Port Security Fireboat

Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has delivered a 55-ft. multipurpose port security vessel to the Plaquemines Port Harbor and Terminal District in Louisiana. The welded aluminum vessel is designed to support port security efforts and firefighting missions at port district, 20 mi. south of New Orleans at the mouth of the Mississippi River.

For this application, Metal Shark equipped the vessel with twin Cat C-18 diesel engines mated to Hamilton water jets. It is also available with straight shaft inboards or pods.

General Dynamics Launches
The Independence

General Dynamics NASSCO recently launched the first ship in a series of ECO-Class tankers for the SEA-Vista fleet. The Independence is a 610-ft., 50,000 deadweight-ton and LNG-conversion-ready product tanker with a 330,000-barrel cargo capacity. The new ECO-Class tanker symbolizes the emerging direction of the shipping industry in the U.S. toward cleaner, more fuel-efficient modes of transporting product.

Chevron Announces $26.6 Billion
Capital and Exploratory 2016 Budget

Chevron announced a $26.6 billion capital and exploratory budget for 2016, which is 24 percent lower than total expected investments for 2015. Approximately $9 billion of planned capital spending is for existing base producing assets, which includes shale and tight resource investments.

Cranston-Eagle Batch Recertification
Program Underway

Delta “T” Systems and Delta “P” Subsea Systems initiated a new batch recertification program for Cranston-Eagle marine off-load hooks. The testing applies to the popular 2 MT-rated 200-APR-206-CBH model and will eventually include the 3.5 MT-rated version. The program was launched as a response to industry demand and to fulfill a request from the Washington State Department of Transportation, Ferries Division.


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