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March 2016 Issue

ABS Launches Industries’
First CyberSafety Series

ABS has published guidance notes on the application of cybersecurity principles to marine and offshore operations. This cybersecurity guidance note is the first volume in the ABS CyberSafety series, and provides best practices for cybersecurity as a foundational element of overall safety and security within and across the marine and offshore industries.

The ABS CyberSafety series is the industries’ first risk-based management program for asset owners to apply best practice approaches to four key cyber areas: cybersecurity, automated systems safety, data management and software assurance.

Crowley Celebrates More Than 7
Million Man Hours Without Injury

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s tanker escort and docking services group in Valdez, Alaska, is celebrating over 7 million man hours and more than six years since logging its last Lost Time Injury (LTI). The company also announced that it had not had an OSHA recordable case in over 2 million man hours while performing tanker assist and escort work for Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.

In 2015, the company logged over 1 million man hours while safely escorting 236 tankers through Prince William Sound, transporting 185 million barrels of oil.

NMEA Introduces Online Marine
Electronics Training for Boaters

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has introduced a new marine electronics course designed for the boating public. Called the NMEA 0400 General Overview, the new course provides highlights of NMEA’s acclaimed 0400 installation standard.

The course provides general knowledge and understanding of common marine electronics installation and operational procedures, regardless of equipment manufacturer.

Ocean Networks Canada Celebrates
10 Years of VENUS Seafloor Observatory

Ocean Networks Canada’s VENUS coastal observatory in the Salish Sea celebrated 10 years of continuous operation in February.

Supporting international marine science, the VENUS coastal observatory is designed to operate for 20 years as a permanent infrastructure on the seafloor. The VENUS observatory has 40 km of cable with dozens of ocean sensors.

Newport Beach Marina Park
Earns ‘Project of the Year’ Awards

The newly constructed Newport Beach Marina Park in California, designed in part by Moffatt & Nichol, has earned some high honors. The American Society of Civil Engineers Orange County Chapter recognized Marina Park with two “Project of the Year” awards—under the categories airports and ports and architectural engineering.

The new Marina Park includes a 24,000-sq.-ft. sailing and community center and a 23-slip marina for visiting boaters. The new space officially opened in December.

Ketchikan, Alaska, Designated
As ‘A Coast Guard City’

RAdm. Dan Abel, Coast Guard 17th District commander, and Cmdr. Jack W. Jackson, commanding officer of Coast Guard Base Ketchikan, presented the U.S. Coast Guard Commandant’s Proclamation declaring Ketchikan, Alaska, “A Coast Guard City” in a ceremony hosted by the Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce.

As the 22nd city to become “A Coast Guard City,” Ketchikan joins Kodiak and Sitka as the third city in Alaska to be designated.

Cargo Volumes On the
Rise at U.S. Seaports

U.S. seaports are seeing a steady rise in waterborne cargo volumes according to a newly released U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s report. Overall, 2014 freight tonnages increased 3.1 percent over 2013 totals.

Based on the Corps’ new report, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) said that while volume of goods moving through U.S. ports in 2014 boosted the nation’s economy, it placed added burden on America’s aging and deficient freight transportation network.

Exports set a record for the fifth year in a row with a year-on-year increase of 3.7 percent to 647.8 million tons.

Phoenix Int’l. Returns to Search for
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. has been contracted by the Commonwealth of Australia to provide deepwater towed side scan sonar services in support of continuing the underwater search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370).

Phoenix and teammate Hydrospheric Solutions, Inc. (HSI) will conduct side scan sonar operations using the highly capable and technologically advanced SLH PS-60 (ProSAS-60), a 6,000-m depth-rated synthetic aperture sonar (SAS) towed system.

Raytheon Awarded $564 Million Contract
Raytheon Co. has received a $564 million contract modification award from NASA for two satellite sensors as part of NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Polar Follow-On missions.

The first Raytheon-built VIIRS instrument is currently flying on the NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite launched in 2011. The company has delivered a second VIIRS sensor for JPSS-1, scheduled for launch in 2017 and is currently building a third VIIRS unit for JPSS-2, planned for launch in 2021. VIIRS collects imagery in 22 bands of light, allowing scientists to observe emerging weather and climate patterns in unprecedented detail.

NCE Awarded U.S. Navy SBIR Grant
Using a small business innovation research (SBIR) grant, NCE will demonstrate the potential of active noise control (ANC) to reduce acoustic noise in Navy dive helmets by up to 15 dB. Emphasis will be placed on reducing noise caused by breathing apparatus and communication system noise.

Successful execution of this project will result in widespread use of innovative noise quieting dive helmets for U.S. commercial and defense industries where divers are exposed to high levels of noise.

MTS Announces Search for
New Executive Director

In keeping with the Marine Technology Society’s mission to promote awareness, understanding, advancement and application of marine technology, the Board of Directors have formed a Search Committee to recruit a new executive director.

Those wishing to be considered for the position, or to suggest others for consideration, are urged to contact Paul Belford at belford@jdgsearch.com at their earliest convenience.

Guangzhou Port Group Opens Office in U.S.
Guangzhou Port America, LLC in partnership with Guangzhou Port Group announced the commencement of their expansion to capitalize on strong demand for additional origin port options for importers, exporters, 3pl’s and ocean carriers.

“This new partnership will be a strong option for many shippers looking to diversify their selection for a full-service origin port,” said John Painter, president and CEO, Guangzhou (Nansha) Port America.

Removal of Derelict Fishing Gear
Has Major Economic Impact

A new study by researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) shows that a six-year program to remove derelict crab pots from lower Chesapeake Bay generated more than $20 million in harvest value for area watermen.

Lead author Andrew Scheld, an assistant professor at VIMS, said, “Our study shows that VIMS’ collaborative efforts to remove ghost crab pots from the lower Bay led to an additional 13,504 metric tons in harvest valued at $21.3 million—a 27 percent increase.”

Leading Marina Companies Unite
To Form Safe Harbor Marinas

Safe Harbor Marinas, a company formed in 2015 and backed by American Infrastructure MLP Funds (AIM), made its formal debut as the largest owner and operator of marinas in the United States at the International Marina and Boatyard Conference.

The company currently owns/manages 31 marinas across 12 states totaling over 20,000 wet and dry slips and is currently processing additional acquisitions in its pipeline.

EdgeTech Signs Distribution Agreement
EdgeTech has signed an agreement with Equipment and Consulting for Hydrographic Operations (ECHO81) to act as an exclusive 6205 MPES Representative for the Americas.

ECHO81, a distributor of marine survey instrumentation, offers equipment, installation, training and support services focused on hydrographic survey operations.

Subsea Global Solutions Opens Texas Office
Subsea Global Solutions (SGS) announced that the company has opened a new office in Texas to address growing demand for SGS services in the U.S. Gulf Coast oil, gas and commercial shipping industries.

The office, in Webster, Texas, near Houston, will help SGS support its expanding rapid-response maintenance, inspection and repair program to meet the needs of clients on the Gulf Coast, and in the Houston and Galveston areas.


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