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February 2016 Issue

Teledyne Optech Lidar Approved For Use
In OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Mission

Teledyne Optech announced that NASA, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), and York University have approved the OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter (OLA) designed by scientists and engineers from Teledyne Optech and built by MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates. The OLA is now being prepared for installation aboard the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.

Scheduled for launch in September 2016, OSIRIS-REx will visit the asteroid Bennu to survey, land, and return a sample of its surface material.

Greene’s Energy Group Receives Patent
For Closed Loop Separator

Greene’s Energy Group, LLC has been awarded a United States patent for its Closed Loop Separator, a step change in safety and solids handling for the oil and gas industry.

This third-generation system increases safety by preventing the release of gas on location during well completion and intervention operations.

In-Situ Helps in Assessing
Groundwater Resources in Uganda

In-Situ has donated two of their Rugged TROLL 100 data loggers and two Rugged BaroTROLL‘s to the Uganda Water Project. The BaroTROLLs record atmospheric pressure, which is used to adjust the transducer data so they reflect only water level changes due to groundwater fluctuations. One of the In-Situ transducers was installed in the Moroto West well in northern Uganda, a very remote area of the country.

The water level and water temperature data from this transducer will give Tom Osborne and his crew from HydroSolutions information on the groundwater response to the annual wet and dry seasons, and will also reveal the times and amount of daily use of the well by the community.

Larson Electronics’ Stainless Steel
Light Fixture to Debut on the Big Screen

Larson Electronics continues to experience significant expansion into the film entertainment industry with their latest debut in the new film “Deepwater Horizon,” set to be released in September 2016.

While building a pair of massive structures that will be portrayed as the Deepwater Horizon rig, the set crew have chosen Larson’s explosion-proof and stainless steel light fixtures to complete the appearance.

ClassNK Opens New Survey Office
Leading classification society ClassNK has opened a new exclusive survey office in Charleston, South Carolina.

Charleston is a major port city that is home to one of the fastest growing ports in the U.S. It has the deepest channels in the southeast region, and plans are underway to increase its depth to 52 ft. by 2019 to accommodate the ever-increasing size of containerships.

OceanWorks International Delivers
Refurbished, Upgraded Node Pod

OceanWorks International has delivered a fully refurbished and upgraded Node Pod to CSnet International Inc. The Node Pod is a significant piece of CSnet’s Offshore Communication Backbone (OCB) ocean observatory and represents the second unit refurbished by OceanWorks as part of CSnet’s planned maintenance cycle.

CSnet’s OCB subsea infrastructure in the eastern Mediterranean provides science, government and industry real-time data from sensor installations covering several hundred km.

Teledyne BlueView Partners with
Measutronics Corp.

Teledyne BlueView announced the selection of Measutronics Corp. as their Strategic Marine Partner for distribution in the Americas. Measutronics brings additional expertise in marine positioning, guidance, mapping and underwater imaging to the Teledyne Marine portfolio.

Chosen for their experience and reputation within the marine construction industry, Teledyne BlueView has timed the new partnership with Measutronics to introduce BlueView’s most recent system offering, MotionScan.

Bollinger Delivers CGC Winslow Griesser
Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the Winslow Griesser to the United States Coast Guard. The 154-ft. patrol craft is the 16th vessel in the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter (FRC) program.

It has a flank speed of 28 kt., state-of-the-art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessel’s 26-ft. cutter boat. The FRC has been described as an operational “game changer” by senior Coast Guard officials.

Crowley Takes Delivery of Second of Four New,
LNG-Ready Jones Act Product Tankers

Crowley Maritime Corp. took delivery of Texas, the second of four new, Jones Act product tankers, from Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSINC). The 50,000 deadweight-ton (dwt), 330,000-barrel-capacity Texas joins sister ship Ohio, which was received by Crowley in October, as the first ever tankers to receive the American Bureau of Shipping’s (ABS) LNG-Ready Level 1 approval, meaning Crowley has the option to convert the tanker to liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion in the future.

The remaining two product tankers being built by PSINC for Crowley are under construction, with planned deliveries in 2016.

KVH Expands mini-VSAT
Broadband Network Capacity

KVH Industries, Inc., expanded the capacity of its mini-VSAT Broadband network with two major upgrades recently, supporting growing customer demand for broadband at sea. One expansion added a new satellite beam that doubled the mini-VSAT Broadband network capacity in the North Atlantic Ocean region, including Canada’s Hudson Bay. The second expansion added a new beam across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa to add 30 percent more capacity across areas such as the North Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.

Fugro Wins International Award
Alaska Governor Bill Walker announced Fugro as winner of the 2015 Governor’s North Star Award for International Excellence in the category of Scientific Exchange.

Fugro was honored for its development of an airborne sea-ice management capability that enables ice thickness mapping, characterization, and monitoring over large geographic areas. Utilizing a unique radar mapping system known as GeoSAR, the ice management capability is designed to reduce risk in Arctic operations.

U.S. Coast Guard to be Represented in
Smithsonian Air and Space Collection

With every branch of the U.S. military represented except one—the U.S. Coast Guard—the Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, will unveil the Coast Guard HH-52A Seaguard helicopter, tail number 1426, this spring. On the morning of November 1, 1979, then Lt. j.g. Chris Kilgore and Lt. J.C. Cobb, both pilots, along with Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas Wynn, an aviation electrician’s mate, rescued 22 survivors from the burning tanker Burmah Agate and freighter Mimosa after the two vessels collided near Galveston, Texas.

Brown & Brown, Inc. Announces Asset Acquisition of
Ocean Marine Insurance Agency, Inc.

Brown & Brown Insurance Agency of Virginia, Inc. has acquired certain assets of Ocean Marine, which specializes in maritime insurance products, including insurance for commercial fishing vessels, commercial vessels, professional “six-pack” charters, passenger vessels, marinas, yachts and pleasure crafts, and marine artisans.

Following the transaction, the Ocean Marine team will remain in its current Warwick, Rhode Island, and Fairhaven, Massachusetts, locations and will operate as a branch office of Brown & Brown’s “Flagship Group” maritime operations in Norfolk, Virginia.

Teledyne SeaBotix Awarded ISO 9001 Certification
Teledyne SeaBotix announced that its management system has been independently audited and confirmed as being in conformity with ISO 9001 Standard. The company Quality Management System (QMS) was audited by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) in October 2015. The comprehensive audit covered every aspect of the QMS at the Teledyne SeaBotix facility in San Diego, California, where the ROVs are manufactured.

General Dynamics NASSCO Completes
LNG Bunkering for the Perla Del Caribe

General Dynamics NASSCO successfully completed bunkering of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for the Perla Del Caribe, the world’s second containership to be powered by LNG. The Perla Del Caribe received 210,000 gallons of LNG, which is nearly double the amount bunkered for its sister ship, the Isla Bella, the world’s first LNG-powered containership.

CEE HydroSystems Opens Office in San Diego
CEE HydroSystems has opened an office in San Diego, California. Located in Carlsbad, North San Diego County, the new office will position the company to maximize growth in the U.S., Canada, and South America, supplying products manufactured at the company’s Sydney, Australia, factory.

The San Diego office will be run by Vice President (Sales) Adrian McDonald.


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